Programme Management Officer (DRR)
Org. Setting and Reporting
Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNDRR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.
The temporary contract duration is twelve months. The position is located in the UNDRR Headquarters in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Programme Officer P4 under the overall guidance of the Chief, Intergovernmental Processes, Inter-agency Cooperation and Partnerships Branch.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
Supports the design and implements UNDRR partnership engagement strategy. Coordinates with the regional offices to support partnership engagement at the regional and national level, in line with the overall UNDRR partnership engagement strategy; collaborates closely with the programme management officer responsible for stakeholder’s engagement in each regional office and provide substantive support as required; ensures the consolidation of feedback from regional offices and alignment of initiatives with UNDRR partnership engagement strategy. Under the supervision of the Programme Officer at the P-4 level, proposes improvements to UNDRR partnership engagement strategy in collaboration with the regional offices, for the review of the Chief of Branch and UNDRR senior management.
Under the supervision of the Programme Officer at the P-4 level, coordinates actions to engage the private sector as a key partner in disaster risk reduction. Supports ARISE to increase risk-sensitive business investments and foster risk-sensitive business practices globally; provides substantive support to the ARISE board to identify clear deliverables and metrics to measure the achievements of private sector entities against their commitment in disaster risk reduction. Collaborates closely with the Regional Offices to establish and support regional and national private sector networks for disaster risk reduction. Liaises with GETI to ensure the training of key stakeholders from the private sector on disaster risk reduction.
Supports the engagement of civil society networks and community organizations in disaster risk reduction and promotes their participation to the national, regional and international policy processes related to disaster risk reduction and linked to sustainable development and climate action. Conveys regular consultations with key civil society partners.
Supports and promotes the Parliamentarian Initiative among parliamentarians to ensure the Sendai Framework is recognized and included in national legislations; ensures that parliamentarians are effectively engaged to promote disaster risk-sensitive legislation and funding allocations for disaster risk-sensitives investments. Provides substantive support to parliamentarians in the form of policy briefs, tool kits and guidance on minimum standards related to disaster risk reduction to leverage support for the development of laws, regulations, policies and budget for effective and accountable disaster risk reduction. Support the development of indicators of success for the inclusion of disaster risk reduction into national debates and legislations.
Under the supervision of the Programme Officer at the P-4 level, contributes to the planning and carries out the work plan under his/her responsibility, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery; ensures that the outputs produced by the Unit meet high-quality standards and support relevant UNDRR mandates.
Carries out any other duties requested by the Programme Officer at the P-4 level and the Chief of Branch.
- Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and other risk management topics;
- Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
- Ability to establish and foster successful partnerships and collaborations;
- Ability to identify strategic opportunities for achieving the agenda of the Department;
- Well developed political acumen and analysis;
- Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
- Shows pride in work and in achievements;
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
- Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
- Remains calm in stressful situations;
- Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
PLANNING & ORGANISING
- Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
-Uses time efficiently.
-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
-Places team agenda before personal agenda;
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economic, business, public administration, social sciences, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with at least two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of relevant progressively responsible experience in project or programme management or related area is required.
Experience in building strategic alliances and partnerships and in disaster risk reduction is required.
Relevant experience working for international organizations such as the United Nations is required.
Experience in international financial institutions is desirable.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This temporary position is for a period of twelve months.
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While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station. This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15. Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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