Young Leaders Disaster Risk Reduction Fellowship program Nepal

Disaster Risk Reduction – Young Leaders Fellowship program provides DRR enthusiasts who are technically sound with an opportunity to gain in-depth experience in DRRM and related disciples. It further creates the next generation of DRR Young Professionals to enhance disaster resilience communities.

Youth Innovation Lab encourages all the interested applicants, especially youth from project municipalities including those who identify as women and indigenous community members/ minority caste groups in joining the Disaster Risk Reduction – Young Leaders Fellowship program.

Project Municipalities

Damak Municipality, Biratnagar Metropolitan City, Jaleshwor Municipality, Ishnath Municipality, Bhimeshwor Municipality, Neelakantha Municipality, Byas Municipality, Waling Municipality, Tulsipur Sub-metropolitan City, Rajapur Municipality, Birendranagar Municipality, Dullu Municipality, Lamkichuha Municipality, and Godavari Municipality.

Project Duration

Five months

Benefits for the Fellows

  1. Five-day residential training in Kathmandu on DIMS and DRRM.
  2. Stipend NRP 30,000 per month during the course of fellowship.
  3. Opportunity to work closely with IT professionals, Mayor, and Government officials at working station.
  4. Opportunity to participate in training/workshops/seminars organized by TAYAR Project, NDRRMA, and respective municipality.
  5. Graduation Certificate of the fellowship.
  6. Potential job placement within YI-Lab, partners, and related organizations.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

DRR – Young Leaders Fellows must:

  1. Be local from the project municipalities or willing to relocate to the municipality.
  2. Be of 30 years old or younger at the nomination.
  3. Have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Disaster Risk Reduction, Development Studies, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Crisis Management or other relevant field.
  4. Have an interest in learning technology and open data.
  5. Have knowledge of or interest in disaster/DRRM and related discipline.
  6. Be curious to work with municipality and Information Technology (IT) officers at the local level.
  7. Have strong knowledge in technology that includes mobile app, web app, MS office package.
  8. Have excellent communication skills in Nepali and English. Knowledge of the local language would be preferred.
  9. Have outstanding personal character and integrity.
  10. Have teamwork and collaborative skills.

Key Responsibilities of the Fellows

Fellows will be responsible for:

  1. Supporting their assigned municipality to administer and operationalize municipal level BIPAD portal.
  2. Collaborating with the IT officer and municipal DRR focal personnel for day-to-day capacity transfer.
  3. Working closely with the municipal personnel to compile DRR related datasets and standardize and integrate them into BIPAD.
  4. Working with municipal personnel to map and validate critical infrastructure datasets like education, health, finance, governance, tourism, industry, and communication.
  5. Attending learning and training events organized by Tayar Nepal and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) in the respective municipalities.
  6. Reporting and documenting the progress/challenges and share the case studies.

Given the reality that most of the municipalities lack capacities to collect, manage and use DRR information for informed decision making, the fellowship program aims to address this issue by mobilizing trained local youths with sound knowledge on BIPAD in the local governments. The fellows act as a connecting bridge to transfer the technical capacity of using BIPAD to the local governments. Throughout the fellowship program, fellows will also have exciting opportunities to participate in learning events being organized by leading institutions in the field of DRRM including NDRRMA and Tayar Nepal.LEARN MORE

The fellowship program with a core objective to transfer technological capacity at the local level by placing trained and qualified fellows at the municipalities for five months is the first of its kind in Nepal. It connects the dots of involving young people with government representatives in leading a transformative change in DRRM. In addition, sub-domains for each project municipality are developed to localize BIPAD at the local level. The program further provides an exciting opportunity for intergovernmental collaboration in the sector of disaster and data partnership as disaster data input from one system is interlinked to all other systems. Most important of all, it provides low-cost technology in DRR where municipalities can store data at the local level that will enable them to collect, manage, and use DRR information for informed decision making.

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