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Programme specialist: disaster risk management

Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery - UNDP (BCPR-UNDP)

The Disaster Risk Management-Programme Specialist is responsible for providing backstopping support to the Programme Specialist (Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery) to ensure the delivery of CPR work plan. As well, as providing technical assistance to Regional Organizations and Multi-Country offices to mainstream into planning and budgetary processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support to the operations of the PC and programme management

* Support the Pacific Centre Manager and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Programme Specialist in the strategic development of CPR Programme documents and workplans.
* Support the Pacific Centre Manager in the preparation of programme reporting including annual reports; Multi Year Funding Frameworks (MYFF) and the input and monitoring of projects in ATLAS.
* Support the CPR team in the development of project documentation that complies with UNDP procurement policy and liaise regularly with UNDP Operations on the progress of procurement.
* Support the PC Manager in the development and implementation of strategies for resource mobilization including the preparation of donor briefings.
* Assist the CPR team in partnership building and knowledge sharing.
* Prepare minutes of CPR meetings and inputs to CPR team Monthly reports
* Monitor project expenditure, status of implementation and project review processed in ATLAS and ensure that ATLAS records are regularly updated and maintained.

2. Policy and technical advisory support in the area of Disaster Risk Management

* Provide support to the Pacific Partnership Network for Disaster Risk Management in a broad range of activities supporting the implementation of the Pacific Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.
* Implement initiatives to build the capacity of civil society for Disaster Risk reduction including; maintaining and further developing the Disaster Risk Management and Development Network; designing, organising, hosting and facilitating workshops for Network members and; providing training support to CSOs upon request;
* Collaborate with regional and sub regional partners, provide technical advice and substantive input into research on the gendered dimensions of Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Pacific Region to inform future programming in the region;
* Lead the design; development and implementation of a study on the interface between disasters, climate change and the potential for conflict
* Work closely with partners to map training initiatives on DRR and Climate Change in the Pacific region and undertake a training needs assessment with a view to making recommendations on the development of DRR and ACC related training modules for the region;
* Where appropriate, undertake missions to provide assistance and advice to UNDP Multi/Country and sub-regional offices on the design and development of country specific or sub-regional Disaster Risk Management Programming and Early Recovery needs assessments and frameworks;
* Where requested provide technical input into and feedback on the development of documentation outlining Country Office Programming for Disaster Risk Management;
* Provide support to the CPR team in ongoing and new initiatives in DRM as required.

3. Integrated regional programme delivery, knowledge management and networking

* Support the Pacific Centre in taking the lead in identifying synergies between Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management including representing UNDP at high level discussions in global and regional forums; promoting cross practice through the DRR and development Network; and developing briefing papers; trainings and presentations on the issue.
* Contribute to the strengthening of knowledge management in DRM in the Pacific region by assisting the Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Programme Specialist in monitoring the progress of and providing further input into the development of Pacific Disaster Net including: attending partnership meetings; providing technical advice on project issues; ensuring project reports are submitted in a timely manner; monitoring the achievement of project milestones and; revising project documentation.
* Liaise regularly and maintain good working relationships with natural disaster advisers and relevant programme personnel in Asia Pacific Regional Centres in Bangkok and Colombo to enhance opportunities for best practice; knowledge sharing and; south-south cooperation.
* Conduct regular consultations with national and community authorities, bilateral donor organisations, UN system organisations and NGOs to strengthen working relations and develop, where appropriate, common or mutually supportive programmes.
* Participate in UNDP knowledge networks and contribute the global UN knowledge base on disaster reduction.


Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:
* Serves and promotes the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of UNDP
* Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time
* Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others
* Responds flexibly & positively to change through active involvement
* Establishes clear performance goals, standards, & responsibilities; manages them accordingly
* Promotes a learning environment; facilitates the development of individual and team competencies

* Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals
* Generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations.

Partnering and Networking:
* Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP

Innovation and Judgment :
* Conceptualizes and analyses problems to identify key issues, underlying problems and how they relate
* Contributes creative, practical ideas and approaches to deal with challenging situation
* Strives for quality client-centered services (internal/external) when making decisions and taking action

* Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills

Job Knowledge & Expertise:

* Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence
* Uses ICT and web-based management systems effectively as a tool and resource
* Is motivated & demonstrates a capacity to pursue personal development & learn

Required Skills and Experience

* A Masters Degree in social sciences or a discipline relevant to Development and Disaster Risk Reduction

* 5 years progressive international development experience with a focus on disaster risk reduction and management planning and programming.
* Experience providing policy advice and technical assistance on DRM issues to regional organisations, government and civil society.
* High level representational skills and demonstrated ability to develop strong working relationships with external partners
* Experience in project design, implementation, management and monitoring
* Relevant experience in Disaster Risk management in the Pacific an advantage
* Familiarity with UNDP work in the Asia-Pacific region at country and regional level will be an asset

Language Requirements:
* Fluency in English and knowledge of any languages of the Pacific Islands would be an asset

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.

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  • Additional location info Suva
  • Closing Date 30 Jul 2010

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