Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Nay Pyi Taw, , MM


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
Strategic partnerships

  • Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of following results:
  • Map relevant strategies related to development, DRR and CCA related planning in the country and undertake thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation of the country.
  • Provide necessary technical support to MSWRR /NDMC in formulation of  Standing Order on Disaster Management and related institutional arrangements
  • Provide high quality technical advice to MSWRR /NDMC in formulation of MAPDRR and related institutional arrangements (Committees, Task Force, and Technical Working Groups).
  •  Review global and regional strategies related to Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework for Action, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Habitat III, World Humanitarian Summit, AADMER Work Programme including lessons learned from the implementation of the predecessor frameworks and develop a synthesis report to guide the MAPDRR process.
  •  Lead the development of detailed framework and plan for MAPDRR formulation process and support convene the meetings in close consultation and coordination with relevant partners.
  •  Based on the lessons learned on MAPDRR implementation (2009-2015), undertake consultation meetings and convene workshops with policy, decision makers and relevant stakeholders to encourage buying in and create enabling environment MAPDRR development and implementation.
  • Facilitate consultations at National and Sub-National level for MAPDRR vision, objectives, projects and outcomes aligning with the development priorities while comprehensively addressing DRR and CCA related risks as well as cross cutting issues such as Gender, Environmental and Natural Resources Management, Urbanization etc.
  •  Develop and put in place a clear monitoring and evaluation mechanisms with M&E Plan, SMART targets and indicators for MAPDRR

Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results

  •  Facilitate partnerships among Government institutions, UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society to support the formulation and implementation of MAPDRR.
  •  Promote information sharing and coordination with UN agencies, Development Partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  •  Ensures that UNDP and wider international best practice and lesson learning is fed into development of MAPDRR and in the work of in UNDP Myanmar. 



Functional Competencies:

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:  In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter

  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda :  Analysis and creation of messages and strategies

  • Creates effective advocacy strategies
  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses

Results-Based Programme Development and Management:  Contributing to results through provision of information

  • Provides information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration
  • Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals

Building Strategic Partnerships :  Identifying and building partnerships

  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches: Developing new approaches

  • Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Developing tools and mechanisms

  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms

Client Orientation: Contributing to positive outcomes for the client

  • Anticipates client needs
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality

Core Competencies:

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

Recruitment Qualifications


  • Masters Degree in disaster risk management, environment, climate change, social sciences, public administration, management, international relations or any other relevant field.


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the fields of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation of which two (2) years in capacity building and institutional development in the related areas is desirable;
  •  Experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects in disaster management is an advantage; 
  •  Experience preparing analytical reports, policy advice, data analysis and research is a must;
  •  Prior experience of South-East Asia, Myanmar and/or countries in transition would be an asset;
  •  Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;
  •  Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.

Language Requirements: 

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

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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