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

Job Title:          Disaster Risk Management
Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
Grade: P4
About UNDP:
The United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s 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.
Job Summary: The Disaster
Risk Management Specialist provides technical and strategic support to the GoU,
UNDP and UNCT on all areas related to disaster risk management.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides policy and advisory
services to determine optimised approaches for enhanced development effectiveness
in support of disaster and climate risk management processes, focusing on the
achievement of the following results:
  • Provide
    technical leadership in the development of the DRM Act and other
    nationally specificity policies and guidance, that is participatory,
    inclusive and that operationalizes the National Policy on Disaster
    Preparedness and Management;
  • Lead
    advocacy efforts related to mainstreaming of disaster and climate risk
    management into Government systems, the UN and other development partner
    supported development initiatives in the country;
  • Perform
    additional tasks, as may be assigned.
Provides management support to
resilience and disaster and climate risk management processes that are
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:
  • Support
    the mainstreaming of the relevant CPD strategic objectives within the
    UNDAF operationalization, where appropriate;
  • Ensure
    the operationalization of the resilience and disaster and climate risk
    management initiatives in the UNDAF;
  • Develop
    (and/or support) a comprehensive programme based on the UNDAF, CPD, and
    GoU priorities;
  • Guide
    the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on disaster and climate risk
    management issues and opportunities, 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 programmes to meet
    risk reduction and recovery needs; and planning for longer term recovery
  • Advise
    OPM in the coordination and implementation of the National Policy on
    Disaster Preparedness and Management, and its complementation/link with
    other national policy documents and instruments;
  • Provide
    technical support to OPM in the running of the National Platform for
    Disaster Risk Management and the continued operation of the National
    Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC);
  • Oversee
    the roll-out and full implementation of the national early warning system,
    and other disaster and climate modelling and monitoring systems;
  • 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,
    served as a broker in harnessing regional and global support to respond to
    such needs;
  • Advice
    and support OPM in the coordination of programme efforts with other system
    partners – government entities, UN agencies, the World Bank, national and
    international NGOs, academia – at both country and global levels;
  • Support
    monitoring mechanisms and reporting of disaster and climate risk
    management activities in a timely, transparent and consolidated manner,
    identifying gaps and proposing alternatives.
Provides leadership and
advisory support to the UN Country Team, in the areas of resilience-building
and disaster and climate risk management, including advocacy and resource
mobilisation efforts, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Chair
    the UN Disaster Risk Management Task Force, mobilizing and coordinating UN
    agencies in support of resilience, and disaster and climate risk
    management priorities and actions;
  • 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
    disaster and climate risk management space;
  • Support
    resilience, and disaster and climate risk management resource mobilization
    activities and oversee the management of fund requests and allocations
    from UNDP and other donors.
Ensures the establishment of a
knowledge culture with effective advocacy tools, focusing on achievement of the
following results:
  • Create
    synergies between stakeholders involved in DRM efforts, while promoting
    national ownership of coordination processes through increased
    participation of national and local stakeholders;
  • Facilitate
    the flow of information between UN global systems, UNCT, Government and
    development partners on DRM issues;
  • Support
    the provision and application of the latest policy guidance and technical
  • Work
    closely with and participate in the UNDP-led global initiatives, and other
    networking fora.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal applicant for the United Nations UNDP Disaster Risk Management
    Specialist job placement 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
    years of increasingly responsible international development experience;
  • Proven
    leadership and experience in planning and managing technical co­operation
    strategies/investment frameworks and in disaster risk management;
  • Extensive
    field experience in disaster environments and an in­depth 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
  • Demonstrated
    abilities and contributions to policy and guideline formulation, resource
    mobilization, team leadership and management;
  • Previous
    experience in establishing inter­organizational networks and partnerships
    at the operational level.
Personal Competencies:
Core Values and Corporate
  • Demonstrates
    integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes
    the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays
    cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and
  • Shows
    strong corporate commitment, works to achieve goals of UNDP as a whole and
    makes contributions to priorities led by other country offices, regional
    centres and bureaux
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 evidence­based 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, results­based 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. 
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: 14th February 2018
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