UNDP Iraq Mission Statement
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP Iraq is part of the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Iraq, which is comprised of 16 resident and 4 non-resident agencies. The UNCT is part of the integrated mission with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), established in 2003. UNDP works alongside the UNCT to strengthen coordinated effectiveness with the overall aim of achieving the SDGs and the post-2015 agenda.
UNDP Iraq is a major partner of the Government of Iraq (GoI) in its efforts to build resilience and address the vulnerabilities and shocks originating from political violence, environmental degradation, natural hazards and climate change. UNDP Iraq has established a dedicated programme team on environment to build capacities of the Iraqi authorities in tackling the pressing environmental challenges in the country. The team is engaged in scaling up efforts and expanding the portfolio through developing and designing several projects in responding to the national priorities and in line with the relevant SDGs for environment, energy, disaster risks management and climate change.
Since early 2014, UNDP has been engaged to build Iraq’s capacity on gender-responsive disaster risks management that provided targeted assistance at Federal, Regional and local levels. With funding support from the USAID/OFDA and the UK, UNDP has helped the GoI establish emergency alert and communication protocols designed to warn populations along the flood-path in the event of dam failure. Targeted messages were developed and delivered through multiple platforms to raise risks awareness of the vulnerable communities. Iraqi officials were trained on dam safety operations, supported by drills/simulations that took account of risks of the vulnerable population inhabiting the downstream. UNDP continues to help the Government to expand its’s efforts and adopt emergency preparedness measures that include end-to-end warning system, community preparedness, and risk education as well as dam safety practices.
Building on the achievement made in the past, UNDP Iraq, with funding support from the USAOD/OFDA, has started implementation of Mosul Dam Emergency Preparedness (MDEP) Project from early 2019 and the objectives are to strengthen the ongoing GOI efforts through rapid deployment of emergency preparedness capacities, systems and tools to operationalize Governorate preparedness plans; risks advocacy at the vulnerable communities along the Mosul Dam flood path; drills/simulations to ensure readiness and strengthen emergency preparedness; strengthening of volunteer networks for community early warning and evacuation; emergency preparedness and safety measures of major dams and reservoirs; protection of major facilities along the Tigris flood plain to avoid domino impacts; and, mitigation of environmental risks of toxic and chemical pollution to reduce the impact.
UNDP Iraq is now engaged to recruit an International Technical Specialist (DRR) who will be responsible to provide technical leadership and manage effective implementation of the MDEP project towards delivering results in a timely and efficient manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Resident Representative and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), the International Technical Specialist will work closely with the counterparts and the partners and will guide the project team towards effective implementation of the project activities. S/he will prepare annual and quarterly planning of activities to ensure outputs are achieved within deadlines. S/he will guide the project team and ensure the recruitment of appropriate technical experts and preparation of Quarterly Progress Reports, Annual Reports, and Final Reports. S/he will assist UNDP to report to the Project Board (PB), and Project Steering Committee (PSC), ensuring that the objectives of this project are met efficiently and effectively.
The International Technical Specialist is responsible for the achievement of project results and draws lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project. S/he will report directly to the Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), and will specifically:
Planning and Organizing:
Required Skills and Experience
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