2023/2024 GFDRR Disaster & Climate Risk Data Fellows Programme

Last Updated on December 2, 2022

GFDRR Disaster & Climate Risk Data Fellows

The Digital Earth team at the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is recruiting fellows from vulnerable countries to support World Bank disaster and climate risk data projects and contribute to the adoption of the new Risk Data Library Standard.

The fellowship programme will offer a 6-month placement for climate and disaster risk professionals (data scientists, geospatial analysts, and similar) from selected climate-vulnerable countries to work with the Risk Data Library Standard to access, create and communicate climate risk knowledge with their communities. The selected countries are: Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and South Africa.


The Disaster & Climate Risk Data Fellows will lead the development of the Risk Data Library Standard and contribute to its impact and adoption by World Bank and external users. The Fellows will be part of the GFDRR Digital Earth team and work under the remote supervision of Pierre Chrzanowski, Disaster Risk Management Specialist at GFDRR.

Specific tasks include:

  • Champion the principles and processes supporting the RDLS and endeavor to further its adoption and that of open-risk data more broadly.
  • Contribute to the development and sharing of new risk datasets using the RDLS within ongoing and new climate and disaster risk studies
  • Identify existing climate and disaster risk data and make them available as open data through the RDL.
  • Contribute to new climate and disaster risk data analytics and visualization.
  • Organize training and outreach events on climate and risk data and the RDLS.
  • Contribute to blog posts, social media, press releases, podcasts, and other media material.
  • Write the final fellowship report and the presentation of their project.


  • Open to Student, Master, Ph.D. or any level in the field of climate change, disaster risk management, geospatial technologies, computer science, or other relevant fields;
  • Experience working with digital technologies for disaster risk assessment and their communities, including digital platforms, data, models, and standards;
  • Demonstrated data science or geospatial analytics knowledge and skills;
  • Capacity for effective multi-tasking with a demonstrated ability to be an independent starter with minimal supervision and a high capacity to persevere for results;
  • Proven ability to carry-out independent policy-relevant research, translate theory into practical applications, and adapt professional knowledge and technical skills to analyze, diagnose and propose solutions to policy issues and challenges related to climate change and disaster risk management;
  • Strong communication and advocacy skills, including the ability to write concisely and clearly and synthesize complex documentation and ideas for a range of audiences, including through social media;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment;
  • Proficiency in English and ability to work in an environment of diverse cultures;
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and to meet tight deadlines.


Send a CV, letter of interest, and online portfolio of past projects to agarciatapia@worldbank.org and copy to pchrzanowski@worldbank.org by December 9, 2022 with the subject “Risk Data Fellow Application.

For more information, visit Disaster & Climate Risk Data Fellows.

Deadline: December 9, 2022

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