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 UN Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.
This temporary position is for a period of six months and is located in the Global Risk Analysis and Reporting Unit of UNDRR in Geneva, and entails the coordination of the project related to the development and support of the drafting of the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 (GAR 2022). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Unit.
Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Branch and the supervision of the Programme Management Officer at the P-4 level, the incumbent carries out the following duties and responsibilities:
Contributes to the development, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc. in relation to the GAR 2022; monitors and analyses 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.
On the basis of global risk assessment, contributes to the review and analysis of issues and trends related to disaster risk, and proposes relevant research activities and studies. Provides analysis on risk trends and patterns, progress and challenges in disaster risk reduction in the context of sustainable development and associated trade-offs and co-benefits.
Prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. Contributes to the drafting of the Global Assessment Report (GAR) and other relevant reports to present the global analysis of progress in implementing and monitoring of the Sendai Framework and the assessment of global risk.
Within delegated authority, provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., – including the GAR Advisory Board, and coordinating and managing partnerships / authors related to GAR 2022, and in particular to Parts I and III, to include proposing agenda topics, identify participants, prepare documents and presentations, etc.
Contributes to outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc. – including the GAR 2022 Call for contributing papers, selection of abstracts, paper development, peer review and finalisation; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
Participates in and represents UNDRR in processes and bodies related to core deliverables of the unit, including acting as the representative for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Working Group Disasters and the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM) WG Disasters, the technical focal point of the UN Task Team on Inequalities, and providing inputs and follow-up to the guide on integration of DRR and Climate Change into Common Country Assessments and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks.
Contributes to activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
Supports the GAR Coordinating Lead Author and GAR Part Lead Authors and performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM- 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 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 the 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 honors 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 social sciences, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience in disaster risk analysis and disaster risk reduction is required.
Experience in global secretariat functions, developing and managing partnerships, disaster data science and analytics and making presentations of scientific/statistical data to different audiences is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.
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 six months. 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.
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.
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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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