Sri Lanka nationals: Programme Officer (Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience)

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UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s 30-year conflict a gradual move to normality has taken place, shifts have taken place economically as well as in the development trajectory of the country, with Sri Lanka becoming a middle income country with overseas development assistance moving away from ‘buy, give, build’ humanitarian assistance to more nuanced and longer term policy support to strengthen national policy and governance. This is reflected in humanitarian support to the Government of Sri Lanka as agencies increasingly seek to support prevention, risk reduction and mitigation from natural and manmade climatic disasters. 

Sri Lanka still bears the emotional scars of the 2004 Tsunami and has made several important strides to ensure national leadership on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and emergency preparedness and response (EPR) capacity in the last decade. With support from the World Bank and UNDP among others; preparedness for major disasters, smaller crisis and climate change is being incorporated into national DRR policy. Since late 2015 the government works with UN (including UNICEF), IFIs and civil society to review the national policy and take on board Sendai recommendations. UNICEF intends to ensure that children’s issues are integrated into national and local policy as well as in sectoral DRR/EPR policies. Equally UNICEF has a standing obligation to respond to emergencies if called upon to do so by Government. 

In addition, recently Sri Lanka was identified as number 14 on a global list of countries made vulnerable to climate change. Children bear and will bear the brunt of climate change and UNICEF in Sri Lanka aims to ensure that national policy and preparation fully considers children’s specific vulnerabilities and needs.

How can you make a difference?

The Programme Officer (Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Officer) under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative and in close collaboration with section chiefs/programme managers, this post  assists in the management of the integration of risk reduction and resilience strategies and activities in all outcome areas, aligned with the Country Programme Document 2018-2022 as well as the goals and strategic needs of the organization

  1. Disaster risk reduction, resilience and climate change adaptation strategies are developed for Sri Lanka Country Office (SLCO) 

Develops Sri Lanka Country Office’s disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience and climate change adaptation (CCA) strategies. Advocates and provides technical support to government (at national and sub-national level) for mainstreaming child-centered disaster risk reduction (CC-DRR) in policy, planning and implementation. Provides technical input in the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme document, as required. Provides policy and programme advice related to resilience, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, including on management related issues. 

  1. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) is mainstreamed in all programmes and implemented at the national and sub-national level 

Provides guidance to the country office in the implementation of DRR and CCA, contributing to resilience and strengthened preparedness and response mechanism in a country faced with recurrent emergencies. Reviews the Sectoral Work Plans including PCAs and MYWPs from a DRR and CCA perspective. Identifies opportunities from these plans for integration and development of DRR-CCA strategies and interventions. Formulates recommendations for every sector on how their programmatic interventions can be improved or retrofitted to contribute to DRR and CCA. Provides guidance to programme sections to adapt global and local good practices on DRR, resilience, CCA and related frameworks. Supports the operationalization and implementation of SLCO’s DRR/resilience/CCA strategies at subnational level and provides adequate oversight and capacity building. Ensures that DRR and CCA plans address gender issues that may be expected to intensify. Monitors implementation and evaluates progress to ensure achievement of quality and sustainable results. Prepares relevant DRR and CCA concept notes and proposals and other fundraising documentation as necessary. 

  1. Programme monitoring is effectively conducted to improve programme performance and programme status and donor reports are timely prepared 

Represents UNICEF is discussions with relevant government counterparts at national and sub-national level to advocate and/or assist in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of DRR and CCA. Supports the government partners to gormulates a set of case specific indicators at different levels (household, community, local government) and sector (health, education, CP, nutrition) to measure progress. Liaise with local DRR/CAA authorities to find ways on how sector-specific DRR-CCA interventions can be institutionalized in local plans and programmes and how they can be made more child-centered. Establishes close collaboration with national and subnational DRR/CAA authorities, NGO community groups, DRR practitioners and other partners and allies to keep abreast with DRR and CCA initiatives and efforts, collect information, identify problems and constraints, and advocate for tangible solutions for children. 

  1. Commitment and institutional capacities on DRR and CCA of the national and sub-national partners and UNICEF staff are effectively gained and established 

Serves as resource person on DRR/CCA in trainings and forums. Ensures significant improvements are made in the DRR and CCA capability of UNICEF staff and implementing partners through conduct of effective training activities. 

  1. Technical assistance for emergency preparedness and response is provided effectively and timely 

Collaborates in forming emergency preparedness plan. In case of emergency, participates in monitoring and assessing in the nature and extent of the emergency in the affected area. Coordinates and provides assistance to the Country Office in identifying where support is required in terms of immediate responses as well as long-term strategy and plan. 

  1. Effective knowledge management and systems developed and utilized to strengthen country programme management on DRR and CCA 

Prepares programme/project process reports in order to update the Representative, Deputy Representative, ROSA, HQ (NY and GVA) and key partners and allies. Prepares relevant briefs and reports for decision making purposes by UNIECF management. Ensures management is kept informed of DRR/resilience/CCA relevant policies, situation developments, potential treats and opportunities/issues in the country

To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…

  • University degree in one of the following fields:   social sciences, public administration, public policy, social policy, social development, community development, business administration or other related fields..
  • A minimum of two (02) years of relevant professional work experience; National or field work experience; Experience in emergency preparedness and response management.
  • Fluency English and local working language of the duty station

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.