Jobs: FEMA’s Community Planning and Capacity Building Branch in Washington, DC is hiring

Two Community Planner Positions Available Now FEMA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Community Planning and Capacity Building Recovery Support Function

These direct-hire positions will serve as a team member in the Community Planning and Capacity Building (CPCB) Branch, within the Interagency Coordination Division at FEMA Headquarters in Washington DC. You would be part of a collaborative team focusing on shaping national disaster recovery policy and guidance that implements the work of the CPCB Recovery Support Function (CPCB RSF). The CPCB RSF focuses on coordinating support for local governments to enable them to undertake effective post-disaster recovery and resilience planning and recovery management. The positions are full-time, based in Washington DC; however, the positions also involve occasional deployments to support CPCB RSF field delivery after disasters. Additional information on CPCB RSF can be found in a 2 page overview of the CPCB RSF.

Please send a resume addressing the requirements no later than Dec 2nd. Send to Matt Campbell, CPCB National Coordinator at

2 positions; One each at the GS 11 and GS 13 level

Starting salary $64,650 for GS-11, and $92,145 for GS-13

These two positions are contract-term positions (referred to as Cadre of On-Call Response Employees or CORE). These positions have benefits very similar to permanent positions (leave, insurance, retirement). It is a 2-year term, with extension possible. More information on the CORE program can be found at

Background and Description: 

The CPCB branch implements the CPCB Recovery Support Function. The mission of the Community Planning and Capacity Building Recovery Support Function (CPCB RSF) is to enable local governments to effectively and efficiently carry out community-based recovery planning and management in a post-disaster environment.

The CPCB RSF strives to restore and strengthen tribal and local governments’ ability to plan for recovery, to integrate resilience into recovery planning, engage the community in the recovery planning process, and build capacity for local recovery management. CPCB team members support the mission of the RSF at FEMA headquarters developing guidance and tools for local governments, building federal and non-federal organizational partnerships to support local planning capacity needs, and occasionally deploy to implement our work in the post-disaster environment. We work with a network of 10 Regional CPCB Coordinators in FEMA Regional Offices. CPCB RSF is part of the larger Interagency Coordination Division, which is responsible for implementing the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Online information regarding the NDRF can be found at

Desirable Qualifications

A GS 13 would have an advanced degree and 4 or more years of experience. A GS-11 would have an advanced degree and 2 or more years of experience.


  • Advanced degree in community, urban, or regional planning; community development; public administration, city or county management; or related degree; AND
  • Paid or unpaid work experience, that involved direct support to or interaction with local government and planning at the local level; AND
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local government roles and relationships
  • For the GS-13 level, experience in leading a team

Additional desirable background

  • Background or experience with geographic information systems, geography, political science, international development, sociology, environmental planning, or policy and guidance development
  • Experience with disaster recovery, hazard mitigation, or emergency management
  • Experience facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings, interfacing with unrepresented groups or vulnerable populations, or conducting partner outreach.

Level of Responsibility: 

  • The GS-13 position serves as a senior community planner, with expectation of higher-level contacts, high level of independent judgement and less guidance provided to accomplish tasks than the GS-11 level.
  • The GS 11 level serves as a staff community planner, with more direction and less expectation of independent judgement than the GS 13.

Duties of the positions:

  • Develop issue papers, guidance, operational instructions or procedures, or policy documents to support CPCB RSF implementation at the national, regional or field level
  • Evaluate or assist with coordination for CPCB RSF field operations
  • Develop local planning, management, community engagement guidance, tools and resources
  • Conduct partnership development and outreach to expand the network of partners collaborating under the CPCB RSF
  • Serve as a project lead.

Position is based out of Washington DC, but because all FEMA staff are called on to support field activities, the position would involve occasional deployment to disaster sites, sometimes for 30 days or more, to assist CPCB RSF field coordinators in their activities to support states and communities in local recovery planning and building of planning and management capacity.



Anticipating Climate Hazards contest call for proposals

Courtesy of CAKE

The UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), in collaboration with the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence’s Climate CoLab, has launched a new challenge on Anticipating Climate Hazards and building climate resilience. A2R is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative, launched in November 2015 to accelerate action on the ground to enhance climate resilience for the most vulnerable countries and people by 2020.

Building resilience and capacity to understand and effectively respond to climate extremes and climate-induced disasters is necessary to adapt to climate change. A first step is to increase the ability to adequately anticipate and respond to climate hazards and extremes.

The Anticipating Climate Hazards contest invites proposals on how the world should prepare and respond to climate extremes and climate hazards. It calls for a wide range of innovative and practical solutions – on the local, national and international levels – that can help strengthen early warning and early action in vulnerable communities around the world.

Selected by a panel of world-renowned experts in the field of climate change adaptation, the contest’s Judges’ Choice Winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to present their work before the A2R Leadership Group— many of the world’s leading experts in the field, in addition to wide recognition from the MIT Climate CoLab and A2R Initiative.

Learn more, and to submit:

CAKE November Newsletter resources

Courtesy of CAKE

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report, forecasts that climate change will have significant impacts on populations and environments around the world. Furthermore, it is likely that in the absence of concerted efforts to mitigate greenhouse emissions, climate change will have negative effects on business and global markets. It will likely lead to a change in existing business models and current risk management structures. This publication is focused on providing an overview of adaptation from a business perspective. It describes potential impacts of climate changes, risks and opportunities for business, and why business should consider adaptation planning and measures. It summarizes intergovernmental efforts to promote adaptation in vulnerable regions and highlights areas in which business could have a role in promoting adaptation, both at community and global levels.
The new Draft Stormwater Management Master Plan:

  • Accounts for sea level rise Accounts for sea level rise
  • Makes recommendations for 20-year capital improvements
  • Provides flexibility for various rates of sea level rise
  • Provides drainage analysis using modeling
The Resilient Oakland playbook is a holistic set of strategies and actions to tackle systemic, interdependent challenges. This includes equitable access to quality education and jobs, housing security, community safety and vibrant infrastructure, which will better prepare us for shocks like earthquakes and climate change impacts.
This document is prepared with the aim of providing a framework for the development of a Climate resilience strategy for the city of Surat. It has been developed through continued interactions with city stakeholders, sector studies conducted to understand different dimensions of current situation and information from secondary literature. Moreover, to gain a more analytical understanding, detailed Vulnerability Assessment studies and a series of Risk to Resilience Workshops were conducted. This document is aimed at city managers, while also providing information that can be understood by people at large. Lastly, this document is based on the current situation. We would like to highlight the need of the same being updated at regular intervals to reflect emerging trends over time. The resilience strategies with therefore evolve over time with better understanding of climate change phenomena as well as emerging city level issues.
This document is prepared with the aim of providing a framework for development of climate resilience strategy for the city of Indore. It has been developed based on interaction with city stakeholders, sector studies conducted to understand different dimensions of current situation, information from secondary literature, and through conduct of risk to resilience workshop. The City Resilience Strategy, is aimed at city managers and people at large. This document is based on the current situation and has a scope for updating to reflect emerging trends over time. The resilience strategies will therefore evolve over time with better understanding of climate change phenomena as well as emerging city level issues.
Gulf South Rising was a regional movement of coordinated actions and events to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the Gulf South region. Through collaborative events and actions around strategic dates in 2015, Gulf South Rising demanded a just transition away from extractive industries, discriminatory policies, and unjust practices that hinder equitable recovery from disaster and impede the development of sustainable communities.

Apply Now for HS-STEM Summer Internships

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) is now accepting applications for summer internships in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for 2017. Interested applicants may apply until December 7. 

The Homeland Security STEM Summer Internship is a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities nationwide and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. 

These summer internships are offered in a broad spectrum of STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant research areas including engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological and life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses, and graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Research experiences are offered at the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center; U.S. Customs and Borders Protection; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; S&T Office for Interoperability and Compatibility; Federal Emergency Management Agency; National Urban Security Technology Laboratory; Transportation Security Laboratory; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center; Health Service Corps; National Security Technologies; Naval Research Laboratory; and U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories.

The application deadline is December 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. To apply, submit applications and supporting materials at U.S. citizenship is required. Detailed information about the internships can be found at For questions please email:

UNC Engagement Opportunities

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Trips – upcoming Dec. 9
As communities across eastern North Carolina deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, efforts continue at Carolina to aid in many aspects of recovery. Individuals and groups of staff, faculty and students have already made several relief trips. The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with campus and community partners, is organizing campus-wide relief trips to affected areas. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. The first relief trip is Friday, Dec. 9 to Tarboro, North Carolina. For details and to register, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.
Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts
Funding is available to support campus relief efforts as donations to Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund are received. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students, faculty and staff from any campus unit or organization may submit a letter of request for funding to support relief trips and projects. The application letter should be sent as an email attachment to and should include:
  • a description of the effort,
  • what organization(s) or constituents will participate,
  • which community(ies) will be served,
  • overall budget information,
  • the amount of funding requested and
  • contact information (email and phone number).
Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship: Using Twitter to Promote Engaged Research
The next Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship focuses on using Twitter to promote engaged research, Friday, Dec. 2 in Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Twitter can be an effective tool to widen research audiences and to engage with community partners, policymakers and other key audiences impacted by research. This seminar will explain how to use Twitter effectively, including best practices and experiences from other researchers at UNC. Participants will learn how to use Twitter in their research and how to utilize social media in engaged research. Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. with the presentation and discussion from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Register online.
Community Engagement Fellowship Applications Open
The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. Fellows work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with their topics or geographic areas, while fellows are responsible for the major planning and implementation of their projects. The fellowships run from March – October with project implementation occurring during the summer. Applications for the 2017 Community Engagement Fellowship will be accepted from Nov. 16  to Feb. 6, 2017. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

Webinar: White House Resilience Opportunities Report, 11/18 @ 2p ET

Message from CEQ:
President Obama has taken unprecedented steps to enhance preparedness for the impacts of climate change that affects every community and economic sector in the United States.  On October 31 we released a Resilience Opportunities Report that outlines key opportunities for advancing climate resilience moving forward.
The report describes the strong foundation that the Administration has built over the last eight years to enhance resilience across the nation, acknowledges that we have more work to do, and distills high-level, forward-looking opportunities, building on our successes and lessons.  In particular, the document outlines three areas where opportunities exist for innovation and collaboration, including advancing and applying science-based data, technology, and tools; integrating climate resilience into Federal agency missions, operations, and culture; and supporting communities to enhance climate resilience.  You can find the full report here, and for more information about the report and our other new resilience announcements, please check out the White House Fact Sheet here.
You are also invited to join an off-the-record webinar on Friday, November 18, at 2:00pm (ET) to learn more about this new report from White House officials and Federal agency representatives. Click here to RSVP for the webinar. We will discuss the Obama administration’s foundation for this work and present the opportunities for future action.
We encourage your participation and please feel free to extend this invite to your organization and network.  If you have any specific questions before the off-the-record webinar, please contact us at