Programme Management Officer
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.
This position is located at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Headquarters in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Branch, Supporting and Monitoring Sendai Framework Implementation (SAMSFI).
Within delegated authority and under the guidance of the supervisor, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Proposes ways for ensuring and enhancing coherence and mutual complementarity between the Sendai Cooperation Initiative Phase Two launched by the Government of Japan and ongoing work undertaken and coordinated by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in support of disaster risk reduction strategies and related actions in the most at-risk countries.
•Takes stock and evaluates assigned programmes/projects related to the Phase Two of the Sendai Cooperation Initiative and other DRR-related initiatives in terms of their impact in supporting countries most at risk in developing and implementing effective disaster risk reduction strategies
•Develops and implements assigned programmes/projects related to Phase Two of the Sendai Cooperation Initiative and other DRR-related initiatives; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
•Plans and facilitates workshops which support the development of capacity of countries, local authorities and stakeholders for development of national and local disaster risk reduction strategies,
•Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources as requested. Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, the preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies related to the Sendai Cooperation Initiative and other DRR-related projects;
•Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; on disaster risk reduction, to support the achievement of Target E of the Sendai Framework; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Performs other duties as required.
•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.
•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
•Teamwork: 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.
•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, management, economics, environmental studies or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience managing programmes in cooperation with or within governmental structures is required.
Experience in disaster risk reduction is required, preferably for a minimum of three years.
At least five years of experience in Asia and the Pacific is desirable.
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in Japanese is desirable.
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 364 days. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him.
In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. If the selected candidate is a staff member
from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
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. 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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