UN Careers – Resilience Specialist – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Title:    Resilience Specialist Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda About US: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. To respond these complex development issues, and better focus its resources and expertise to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, UNDP has identified a set of approaches that we call our Signature Solutions which are aligned to UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • As a member of a think-tank established to strengthen in-house capacity within OPM, comprising of a small high-level multidisciplinary core-team:
  • Provide independent analyses and timely information that will strengthen knowledge management and policy making for enhanced national resilience to multi-hazard induced disaster risks including pandemics;
  • Provide technical advice to the Office of the Prime Minister for leadership and coordination of multi-sector planning,
  • Support the OPM in forecasting the COVID-19 response and recovery needs;
  • Conduct rapid assessment to establish the existing gaps in conducting of periodic rapid risk assessment and local level surveillance in hotspots for Covid-19 detection and reporting;
  • Engage Uganda Virus Research Institute to agree on specific deliverables and provide a grant to strengthen timely testing and collaboration between sub-national and national arms of the NECOC;
  • Build local capabilities to respond to current and future emergencies given the high refugee and cross boarder population movements from neighboring countries with varied covid-19 response challenges and fragility situations;
  • Facilitate strategic stakeholder engagements;
  • Coordinate, prepare and disseminate analytical reports, policy briefs and best practices to inform policy, planning, budgeting and stakeholder engagement on COVID-19 and other disasters;
  • Design a multi-sector strategy to inform short, medium and long-term capacity development for disaster risk reduction and mitigation;
  • Position better Uganda’s NECOC through distilling emerging insights into timely and responsive action
  • Conduct strategic risk assessments;
  • Generate and document knowledge to inform policy and practice;
  • Preparations of research themes and TOR for recruitment of researchers to be attached to the think-thank (auxiliary team of eight researchers from Makerere University supported by eight research grants);
  • Prepare grants document for small funding to the researchers;
  • Coordinate with the auxiliary research team to conduct specialized research;
  • Coordinate with UNDP’s Senior Gender Advisor to ensure a high level of gender responsiveness to the analytical, policy advocacy and programmatic work of NECOC and the think-tank specifically.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resilience Specialist job should hold a Master’s degree in disaster risk management, social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.
  • A Phd in Resilience related discipline would be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of Seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian and development coordination or a related field;
  • Experience working within the UN system, preferably with UNDP;
  • Experience in advisory role with government particularly on disaster risk management and resilience planning has an added value;
  • Experience of African Context and particularly Ugandan government setting is desirable;
  • Previous experience in producing analytical reports, policy briefs and best practices to inform policy, planning, budgeting and stakeholder engagement on COVID-19 and other disasters;
  • Previous experience in cross-border issues and programming;
  • Working experience in post-disaster recovery and resilience building;
  • Proven experience working with inter-agency sectors in humanitarian and development programmes;
  • Ability to develop appropriate training programmes and training materials to strengthen local capacities for emergency preparedness and response.
  • Language: Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable.
Competencies
  • Innovation- Ability to make new and useful ideas work;
  • Leadership – Ability to persuade others to follow;
  • People Management -Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;
  • Communication – Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;
  • Delivery – Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
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