UN Jobs – Disaster Risk Management Specialist at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Project Name:  Strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk
Management and Resilience-Building
Duty Station: Kampala,
Post Level: P-4
About UNDP:
The United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.  UNDP advocates for change and connects
countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better
life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing
countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least
developed countries.
Uganda has witnessed increasing
and highly devastating disasters, both climate and human-induced that exerted a
significant human and economic toll on its population and which, to an extent
affected the country’s ability to fully maximize the benefits from its economic
growth and social development. The country remains vulnerable to a range of
hazards that, if not prevented and/or mitigated, can result in disasters. To
address this situation, the Government of Uganda (GoU) developed and approved a
National Policy on Disaster Preparedness and Management in 2012 with the
purpose of creating and promoting a disaster preparedness and management system
that safeguards the country against disasters and ensures continued productive
capacity of the people.
About UNDP Project:
To respond to this challenge,
the GoU in collaboration with UNDP is implementing a programme entitled,
‘Strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk Management and
Resilience-Building’, with the intent of strengthening capacity for disaster
risk management and resilience-building, including mitigation of, and
adaptation to, climate change and the provision of protection and other
assistance to citizens and refugees affected by conflict or natural disasters.
The programme undertakes this by strengthening the capacity of institutions and
establishing systems and mechanisms to enhance national and community
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provides policy and
advisory services to determine optimised approaches for enhanced development
effectiveness in support of Disaster and Climate Risk Management (D/CRM)
processes, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Offer
    technical leadership in the development of the DRM Act and the Resilience
    and DRM Strategic Framework and Investment Programme (SFIP) for Uganda
    that is participatory, inclusive, and which operationalizes the National
    Policy on Disaster Preparedness and Management;
  • Lead
    the advocacy efforts related to mainstreaming of D/CRM into Government
    systems, the UN and other development partner supported development
    initiatives in the country;
  • Perform
    additional tasks as may be assigned.
2. Provides management support
to resilience and D/CRM processes which is needs-based and conducted in an
effective and principled manner in the best interests of affected and
vulnerable populations, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Actively
    support the mainstreaming of the relevant CPAP strategic objectives within
    UNDAF operationalization where appropriate;
  • Ensure
    the operationalization of the resilience and D/CRM initiative in the
  • Develop
    a comprehensive programme based on the UNDAF, CPD, and the Resilience and
  • Guide
    the OPM on D/CRM issues including: promoting the adoption of prevention
    and mitigation measures, linkages with climate change adaptation,
    utilization of emergency grants, post-disaster needs assessments,
    reorientation, as appropriate, of existing programs to meet risk reduction
    and recovery needs; and planning for longer term recovery;
  • Advise
    the OPM in the coordination and implementation of the National Policy on
    Disaster Preparedness and Management and its complementation/link with the
    Resilience and DRM SPIF;
  • Offer
    technical support to the OPM in the running of the National Platform for
    Disaster Risk Management and the continued operation of the NECOC;
  • Manage
    the roll-out and full implementation of the National EWS, Beneficiary
    Registration and Tracking System, and other disaster and climate modelling
  • Identify
    specific needs and demands of the programme and help build partnerships at
    the national and sub-national levels to meet those needs.  Where possible, serve as a broker in
    harnessing regional and global support to respond to such needs;
  • Advise
    and support the OPM in the coordination of programme efforts with the
    other system partners – government agencies, UN agencies, the World Bank,
    national and international NGOs, academic and research institutions at the
    country and international levels;
  • Technically
    support monitoring mechanisms and reporting of D/CRM activities in a
    timely, transparent and consolidated manner, identifying gaps and
    proposing alternatives.
3. Provides leadership and
advisory support to the UNCT, in the areas of resilience-building and D/CRM,
including advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts, focusing on the
achievement of the following results:
  • Chair
    the UNCR Resilience and DRM Task Force ensuring to mobilize and coordinate
    UN agency activities in support of resilience and D/CRM priorities and
  • Advise
    and follow up on strategic partnership opportunities with Government,
    Development Partners, regional bodies and other relevant actors in
    continuing to successfully position UNDP within the resilience and D/CRM
  • Technically
    support resilience and D/CRM resource mobilization activities and oversees
    the management of fund requests and allocations from UNDP and other
4. Ensures the establishment
of a knowledge culture with effective advocacy tools, focusing on achievement
of the following results:
  • Create
    synergies between relevant stakeholders involved in DRM efforts, while
    promoting national ownership of coordination processes through increased
    participation of national and local stakeholders;
  • Actively
    facilitate the flow of information between UN global systems,  UNCT, Government and development
    partners on DRM issues;
  • Support
    to provision and application of the latest policy guidelines and technical
  • Work
    closely with and participate in the Global Cluster Working Group on DRM,
    other relevant expert networks and derive lessons learned.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Resilience-building
    and D/CRM is facilitated through improved policy, advisory and management
  • Resilience-building
    and D/CRM are done in the best interests of affected and vulnerable
  • Advocacy
    and resource mobilisation efforts are improved for the successful
    implementation of resilience and D/CRM initiatives;
  • Knowledge
    culture with regards to resilience-building and D/CRM is improved.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    candidates for the United Nations UNDP Disaster Risk Management Specialist
    should hold an advanced university degree (Master) in social sciences,
    rural development, and management or a discipline relevant to resilience
    and disaster/climate risk management.
  • Seven
    or more years of increasingly responsible international development
  • Proven
    leadership and experience in planning and managing technical co-operation
    strategies/investment frameworks and in disaster risk management;
  • Extensive
    field experience in disaster environments and an in-depth knowledge of
    issues in the country;
  • Extensive
    experience in project development especially in the areas of DRM and
    crisis prevention and recovery;
  • Proven
    experience in project development processes, especially in the context of
  • Proven
    experience and leadership in the development of Strategic Programming and
    Investment Frameworks;
  • Demonstrated
    abilities and contributions to policy and guideline formulation, resource
    mobilization, team leadership and management;
  • Past
    exposure and experience in establishing inter-organizational networks and
    partnerships at the operational level;
  • Prior
    experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS word,
    Excel, etc) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience
    in handing of web based management system.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English is essential.
Personal Competencies:
Functional Competencies:
Policy Advice and Knowledge
  • Knowledge
    of the international resilience and D/CRM system and agenda;
  • Ability
    to provide inputs for the application of disaster risk management to
  • Knowledge
    of D/CRM coordination mechanisms;
  • Ability
    to develop evidence-based policy advise;
  • Ability
    to develop planning and advocacy documents involving multiple
  • Promotes
    a knowledge sharing and learning culture;
  • Knowledge
    on joint programming and operational issues;
  • Actively
    works towards continuing personal learning and development in relevant
    practice areas.
Development and Operational
  • Focuses
    on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Ability
    to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability
    to lead and manage corporate strategic initiatives;
  • Excellent
    computer and information system skills.
Management and Leadership:
  • Ability
    to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team
  • Consistently
    approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates
    advanced oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates
    strong team management skills;
  • Demonstrates
    excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Builds
    strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Remains
    calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates
    openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Strategic
    thinking, strategic decision-making and proven leadership qualities and
    experience in management of teams and large groups;
  • Demonstrates
    capacity to communicate effectively and plan programmes effectively;
  • Resourcefulness,
    initiative and mature judgment.
Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates
    integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes
    the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the common UN system;
  • Displays
    cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and
  • Treats
    all people fairly without favouritism.
UNDP 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. All applications will be treated with the
strictest confidence.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations Development
Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online
by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if
competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 19th January 2015

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