Programme Officer (Partnerships)

Geneva, , CH

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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 UN Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community. 

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 (D1), the incumbent carries out the following duties and responsibilities.


The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Contributes to the design and 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;
Provides substantive support to the ARISE board to identify clear deliverables and metrics to measure the achievements of private sector entities against their commitment in disaster risk reduction;
Collaborates closely with the Regional Offices to establish and support regional and national private sector networks for disaster risk reduction;
Liaises with the Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) to ensure the training of key stakeholders from the private sector on disaster risk reduction;

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;
Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;
Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical and gender balance;
Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision, including staff members in geographically dispersed locations;
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 and partners to achieve common 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.plicable


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 any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management at the international level, preferably five years with international organizations, is required. Experience in building strategic alliances and partnerships is required. A minimum of two year’s work experience in disaster risk reduction is required. At least two years of experience in building partnership and advancing mutual agenda with parliamentarians, the civil society and the private sector, including building public-private partnerships, is desirable.


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 will be followed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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