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Recovery Researcher, International Recovery Platform

Kobe, Japan
Asian Disaster Reduction Center
International Recovery Platform

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General Incorporated Foundation
Asian Disaster Reduction Center
Application Guidelines for Researcher Post

Application Guidelines and details are also available on the ADRC website in English  and in Japanese.

Job Information

  1. Job title: Researcher
  2. Duties and Responsibilities:

    The researcher will work at the Secretariat for the International Recovery Platform (IRP) and will perform the following duties:
    • Contribute to the knowledge-management related work of IRP, including review and analysis of disaster recovery literature, and documentation of key data and evidence.
    • Contribute substantively to knowledge product development, which may include planning, drafting, editing, and finalization of project deliverables and communication materials, coordination with external partners.
    • Conduct original research on topics relating to post-disaster recovery, as guided by the IRP workplan and Steering Committee
    • Contribute to the planning and implementation of IRP Secretariat functions, including responses to technical requests, annual reporting, and preparation for the IRP Steering Committee meetings, etc.
    • Contribute to the planning and implementation of the annual International Recovery Forum, and IRP Secretariat's engagement in workshops and conferences.
    • Represent IRP Secretariat in international forums, and public engagements when appropriate.
  3. Number of researchers to be hired: One
  4. Qualifications:
    • Advanced university degree (master's degree or higher) in disaster risk reduction and management, public policy, economics, or a related field. PhD degree is preferable.
    • At least three years of practical work experience in a related area
    • Published a thesis, article, research report in a related area.
    • Ability to use a personal computer and standard applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail applications, etc.)
    • Ability to perform duties in English

Employment Period:

From 1 April, 2023 to March 31, 2024.

* Thereafter, the employment shall be renewed automatically for a further term of one year, unless either party gives the other party a notice of non-renewal at least 30 days prior to the expiration of any renewed term of the employment. (Annual contract is eligible for renewal up to 4 times, until the end of March 2028)

Employment conditions:

  1. Job title: Researcher, Asian Disaster Reduction Center/International Recovery Platform Secretariat
  2. Regular working hours: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:30
    (12:00-13:00 break hour)
  3. Holidays: As a general rule, holidays are Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays in Japan, and year-end and New Year holidays (29-31 December and 2-3 January) and other holidays designated by the Center.
  4. Leave: 20 annual paid leave days for the period from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024
  5. Salary, etc.
    • Base salary - JPY 257,500 per month
    • Bonuses: Will be paid in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Center.
    • Commuting allowance and housing allowance: Will be paid in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Center.
    • Social insurance: Health insurance, employees' pension plan, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation insurance, etc.
    • There are no retirement allowances, nor periodical salary increases for this post.
    • Salary payment method: Paid on the 20th of each month (for that month's salary).

Work location:

International Recovery Platform (IRP) Secretariat
DRI East 5 F, 1-5-2 Wakinohama Kaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan


The following application documents must be received by the Center by post or via e-mail no later than Wednesday 30 November 2022:
Curriculum vitae (with photo), employment history (including research achievements if any), a brief motivation statement for applying for this post (400-800 words in English), list of publications, with at least one copy of article/thesis/report in relevant area (written in English). A copy of document to prove English proficiency (Eiken, TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) is also required for applicants who are not a native speaker of English.
(The application documents can be in either Japanese or English, except for the ones that are specifically requested to be in English above.)

Selection method:

Primary Screening: Assessment of the submitted application documents.
Secondary Screening: For the successful candidates of the above Primary Screening, a written test and an interview (in English) will be conducted in the period from December 2022 to January 2023.

How to apply:

  1. Via postal mail:
    Attention to: Senior Administrative Manager, General Incorporated Foundation Asian Disaster Reduction Center
    DRI East 5F, 1-5-2 Wakinohama Kaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073 Japan
  2. Via email:
    Contact: mh-horiike(at)
    Applicants should use the following subject line when submitting their application: Application for Researcher Position

Contact for inquiries

*Inquiries are accepted only by emails. (Please refrain from making inquiries by telephone.)

  1. For inquiries regarding employment conditions, etc. : mh-horiike(at)
  2. For inquiries regarding job descriptions: inaba(at)
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