Deadline: 30 October 2019
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Head, Disaster Risk Reduction & Recovery for Building Resilience in Geneva, Switzerland. The duration of this post is 1 year.
UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Head, Disaster Risk Reduction & Recovery for Building Resilience will perform the following functions-
- Policy Formulation and Development:
- Ensure the timely provision of expertise which creates global recognition of the organization as an authority, source of innovation and thought leader in resilience, recovery and disaster risk reduction.
- Direct and guide the team in resilience, recovery and disaster risk reduction on the integration of UNDP’s work into a coherent policy and programming framework in support of the implementation of the UNDP Strategic Plan.
- Enhance policy coherence in support of the implementation of UNDP’s Strategic Plan outcome on resilience by fostering joint analysis, lessons learning and policy formulation with other GPN practices areas, notably climate change and conflict prevention.
- Design high quality policy initiatives and research for different contexts on key emerging policy agendas, in collaboration with Regional Hubs, Policy Centers, Country Offices, UN entities and other partners.
- Policy Advice/ Programme Support Delivery:
- Provide substantive leadership, quality control and guidance to the team in their provision of policy and programme advisory services to country offices, ensuring relevance of the services provided to country and regional context including in crisis and non-crisis situations.
- Ensure the timely identification and provision of world renowned expertise which creates global recognition of the organization as the authority, source of innovation and effective hub of the global community on issues of resilience, disaster risk reduction and recovery.
- Provide high level and effective coordination of delivery on technical assistance, policy development and programme support on knowledge domains that cut across the organization in particular resilience and disaster risk reduction.
- Ensure coherence and alignment of Crisis Bureau’s resilience, disaster risk reduction and recovery work with relevant corporate policies and strategies, and maintain close contact with the others in Crisis Bureau, Development Policy
- Bureau within the GPN, regional hubs, regional bureaux and other key central bureau units.
- Provide programme support to UNDP country offices and to UN entities in crisis and post-crisis contexts, ensure conduct of PDNA when the tripartite agreement is activated.
- Team Management:
- Set the direction for the team, including roles and responsibilities, accountability and reporting.
- Promote a collaborative work culture in the team, in the spirit of the GPN, working in particular in full collaboration with the Climate team, to ensure a strong climate – disaster interface and integration, as well as with the Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility Team in relation to recovery.
- Regularly coordinate and exchange with teams aligned with the GPN’s Planet area of work, i.e. Climate, Energy and Environment.
- Lead and manage staff in the team in the formulation and implementation of the substantive work plan of the team and oversee staff accountability.
- Partnerships, Representation, Advocacy and Resources Mobilization:
- Manage UNDP’s relations with relevant multilateral partners and partnerships (i.e. CADRI, GRP, GARD etc.) relevant to the team’s workstreams, and oversee their implementation, including related agreements as needed.
- Represent the Crisis Bureau in UNDP’s corporate discussions, in interagency coordination, policy processes and in other fora to engage partners in advancing the Crisis Bureau’s, or as needed the GPN’s, strategic agenda.
- Knowledge Management:
- Oversee, influence and promote the advance of policy dialogue in the team’s thematic areas through cross-regional exchange of knowledge and collaboration, and synthesis of knowledge emerging from the development and implementation of programmes at regional country level.
- Provide substantive leadership, guidance and oversight to UNDP Communities of Practice, in particular the CoP on Crisis prevention and increased resilience.
- Deliver intellectual leadership on UNDP’s disaster risk reduction, recovery and disaster resilience work through the development of knowledge products and provision of services through, ensuring quality assurance, strategic guidance and oversight.
- Integration, collaboration, and thematic representation at Geneva level:
- Ensure close collaboration with the Director of UNDP Office in Geneva.
- Ensure synergies and complementarity among all CB staff based in Geneva, and coordinate closely with the BPPS teams in Geneva.
- Represent UNDP vis-à-vis partners on crisis and fragility related issues.
- Represent UNDP, as requested, in relevant crisis and fragility-related conferences, events, launches.
Applicants must have:
- Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.
- 15 years of professional work experience leading teams at country/regional/global levels, providing substantive policy and programming leadership and pioneering interdisciplinary approaches in disaster risk reduction, disaster recovery, and resilience.
- Demonstrated track-record of excellence in delivering the work programme of complex, global organizational entities in the area of disaster risk reduction, disaster recovery and resilience.
- Knowledge and understanding of international disaster risk reduction architecture (including humanitarian system; World Bank GFDRR; etc.); gender equality in the context of programming in risk reduction and recovery settings.
- Proven ability to coordinate crisis response with UN entities, including knowledge of UN policies and procedures on crisis response and disaster recovery, as well as related management of information.
- Proven experience working in different geographical areas, and development settings, including in post-disaster contexts.
- Excellent knowledge of English, as well as writing, presentation and communication skills.
- Fluency in other UN languages highly desirable.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit UNDP.