Programme officer, P3 (New York)

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Location: New York

Close date: 13 Nov 2012

Job description

Vacancy 12-PGM-UNISDR-24569-R-NEW YORK (X)
Closing date revised - previous closing date: 30 October 2012

United Nations Core Values:

Integrity ● Professionalism ● Respect for diversity


Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR has around 100 staff located in its HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, and 5 regional offices and other field presences. Specifically, UNISDR coordinates international efforts in disaster risk reduction, and guides, monitors and reports on the progress of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action; campaigns to create global awareness of disaster risk reduction benefits and empower people to reduce their vulnerability to hazards; advocates for greater investments in disaster risk reduction to protect people's lives and assets, and for increased and informed participation of men and women in reducing disaster risk; and informs and connects people by providing practical services and tools such as PreventionWeb, publications on good practices, and by leading the preparation of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction and the organisation of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. This position is located in the New York Liaison Office and the incumbent to the Head of the Office.


• Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; monitor and analyse programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
• Provide substantive and analytical support to various political processes relevant to disaster risk reduction, such as the UN General Assembly, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the post-2015 development framework, as well as the follow up to the Rio+20 Summit.
• Prepare reports and various written outputs based on the information gathered and analysis; draft background papers; provide inputs to publications, etc. Undertake research and studies, report and present information gathered from diverse sources;
identification of information needs or gaps and preparations of impact evaluation reports.
• Provide substantive support to the workshops, side events, consultations and other meetings organized by the UNISDR secretariat, including preparation of background documents, discussion papers, agendas, invitations and other relevant documents.
• Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Represent UNISDR in relevant interagency and intergovernmental meetings relared to disaster risk reduction, sustainable
development, as well as environmental and humanitarian issues, and provide substantive support for activities carried out in the context of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and Chief Executive Board (CEB) and other relevant inter-agency mechanisms.
• Undertake outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc. and make presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Support and carry out activities relared to planning, budgeting and funding. Contribute to work and cost plans of the office, including preparation of progress reports and other relevant updates as required.
• Perform other duties as required by the supervisor.


• Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional ratherthan personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations;
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds
appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interests in having a two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
• Teamwork: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports an dacts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishment and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
• Planning & Organization: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activiies and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in development studies, environment, disaster risk management, international relations, business administration or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programming management, administration, development economics, environment, disaster risk management, coordination or related areas.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.

How to apply

Visit the UN Careers portal to search for this job opening and apply online.

Assessment method

Competency-based interview

Special notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to the availability of the funds.

United Nations considerations

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