Org. Setting and Reporting
Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) 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), UNISDR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices.
Specifically, UNISDR 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 position is located in UNISDR, Geneva. The Programme Officer reports to the Chief of Branch, Catalysing Action through Member States and Partnerships.
Under the overall guidance of the Director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the
direct supervision of the Chief of Branch, Catalysing Action through Member States and Partnerships (D.1), the incumbent carries out the following duties and responsibilities.
Contributes to the implementation of the UNISDR partnership engagement strategy;
Coordinates with the regional offices to support partnership engagement at the regional and national level, in line with the overall UNISDR partnership engagement strategy;
Collaborates closely with the programme management officer responsible for stakeholder's engagement in each regional office and provides substantive support as required;
Ensures the consolidation of feedback from regional offices and alignment of initiatives with the UNISDR partnership engagement strategy;
Proposes improvement to the UNISDR partnership engagement strategy in collaboration with the regional offices, for the review of the Chief of Branch and UNISDR senior management.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Branch, effectively engages the private sector as a key partner in disaster risk reduction;
Supports UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) to increase risk-sensitive business investments and foster risk-
sensitive business practices globally;
Effectively engages 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;
Effectively engages parliamentarians 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;
Develops indicators of success for the inclusion of disaster risk reduction into national debates and legislations;
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 UNISDR mandates;
Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his / her supervision ;
Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch and across organizational boundaries;
Carries out any other duties requested by 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.
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 the audience
Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
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
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 degree) in international relations, management, economics, social sciences, law, or related field.
A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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 is required, preferably five years with international organizations such as the UN common system.
Experience in building strategic alliances and partnerships is required. A minimum of two years of work experience in disaster risk reduction is required.
International work experience is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required;
knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is temporarily available for a period of six (6) months. 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.
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.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.
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