Urban Resilience Researcher needed for ActionAid

Building resilience of poor communities to disasters, conflict and climate change is one of ActionAid’s key organisational objectives. The resilience concept is still evolving; both as a sector and within ActionAid and others, and most strategies have so far focused on issues and challenges faced by rural populations. With urban populations growing rapidly around the world and disasters and insecurity demonstrating the often devastating impact on people in urban settlements, there is an important gap that needs to be addressed. ActionAid is looking for a Urban Resilience Researcher to assist them in their "Strengthening Urban Resilience in African Cities” project between February and July of 2015. The aim of this project is provide programmatic guidance on how to build the resilience of urban communities in African cities. The Researcher will be responsible for developing a multi risk assessment methodology for urban areas and carry out a mapping of vulnerable urban communities in four African cities to understand their risks, vulnerabilities and capacities. The Researcher will be expected to compile a research report that summarises the outcome of the mapping exercise, identifies policies and practices that cause the vulnerability of the urban poor and provides for recommendations on how these can be changed. Suitable candidates are invited to send their CV and a cover letter to Jessica Hartog ( The deadline for applications is 12 February 2015. However, we are seeking to fill this vacancy as soon as possible and will review applications as they come in.

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