UNDP Myanmar Country Programme (2013-17) aims to promote local governance, growth and sustainable development with the emphasis on rights-based, gender sensitive, inclusive and equity. This goal will be pursued through three complementary pillars, where Pillar I focuses on strengthening local governance, Pillar II on Environmental Governance and Disaster Resilience and Pillar III on strengthening responsive and inclusive governance.
Pillar II focuses on strengthening capacities at local, regional and national levels to manage and utilize natural resources in a sustainable way, to enhance resilience and adaptive capacity to long-term climate change including variability impacts and to reduce the associated risks of natural disasters. The Environmental Governance and Disaster Resilience Programme is being delivered through two output areas (Output 6: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation and Output 7: Environmental Governance). The Programme implementation started in 2013, and Output 6 aims to build disaster resilient communities by strengthening preparedness, mitigation, recovery capacities of communities, the civil society and local and national institutions to manage the impact of disasters, as well as the capacity to incorporate DRR into development planning.
In the broader country context, Myanmar has undergone significant changes since the first elections in 2011. During 2011-2016, the Government has initiated reform process resulting in changes in the governence architecture as well as in the disaster management institutions and mandates. In June 2013, the Government enacted the Disaster Management Law and subsequently the Rules under the Disaster Management Law in April 2015. With the newly elected civilian Government in April 2016, further reforms have been initiated in the area of governance which has resulted in changes in institutional arrangements. . At the global level, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted by UN Member States on 18 March 2015 at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Further the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 Sustainable Development Goals was adapted, during the historic UN summit in September 2015, Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP 21) in December 2015 and at the Regional level, ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) 2016-2020 was endorsed in April 2016. In line with the Government priorities and in order to enhance the effectiveness and impact of the support, UNDP along with its partners are providing support to review and update the legal, institutional and policy frameworks namely Standing Order on Disaster Management and Myanmar Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction (MAPDRR), 2009-2015.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (MSWRR) under the guidance of National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) has initiated the discussion with DRR stakeholders in the Country to review and update Standing Order on Disaster Management and MAPDRR based on the developments Globally, Regionally and in the changing context of Myanmar. The Policy Technical Task Force of Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group (DRR WG) committed to provide technical support to review and update the Standing Order on DM and MAPDRR. As a first step, a situation analysis on Standing Order on Disaster Management was developed based on the consultations and a report on MAPDRR implementation 2009-2015 has been developed.
Under the guidance of Director General, Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) and the Team Leader (Environmental Governance and Disaster Resilience), and under the direct supervision of Programme Specialist (DRR&CCA) of UNDP, the Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist is responsible for providing technical advice to national counterparts in formulation of Standing Order on Disaster Management and lead the formulation of MAPDRR and strengthening the institutional arrangement for its implementation. He/ She will work in close collaboration and coordination with RRD officials and project staff in both Yangon and Naw Pyi Taw.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management for MAPDRR formulation
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise: In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda : Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
Results-Based Programme Development and Management: Contributing to results through provision of information
Building Strategic Partnerships : Identifying and building partnerships
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches: Developing new approaches
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Developing tools and mechanisms
Client Orientation: Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
Ethics & Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity. Is familiar with and acts in accordance with the standard of conduct for international civil servants, ethics and UN/UNDP values
Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment Understands the structure and hierarchy of UN/UNDP, process flows throughout the organization, products and services, their measures of effectiveness, and perceptions of clients
Developing & Empowering People/Coaching and Mentoring: Self-development, initiative-taking. Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action
Working in Teams: Acting as a team player and facilitating team work. Works collaboratively with team members sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity
Communicating Information and Ideas: Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively. Uses tact and sensitivity when delivering sensitive information or resolving delicate issues
Self Management & Emotional Intelligence: Creating synergies through self-control Fosters a positive outlook and maintains focus during period of stress and heavy work load, inspiring and guiding others towards goal achievement
Conflict Management/Negotiating & Resolving Disagreements: Managing conflict Remains calm, composed and patient, regardless of his/her own state of mind in the face of conflict
Knowledge Sharing & Continuous Learning: Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others
Actively seeks learning opportunities, adopting best practices created by others
Appropriate and Transparent Decision-making: Informed and transparent decision making. Makes decisions within his/her own span of control, recognizes issues requiring more advanced judgment and refers them to the appropriate level
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
Only those candidates in whose qualifications and experience the Organization has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interview(s).
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Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (Burma)