Close date: 16 Feb 2019
Job Opening number: 19-Programme Management-UNISDR-108840-R-GENEVA (X)
Org. Setting and Reporting
Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries.. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG/ASG), UNISDR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNISDR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk, working with UN Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.
The position is located in the Resource Mobilization Section of the UNISDR office in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Director.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Leads the design, development and implementation of the UNISDR Resource Mobilization Strategy and related plans of action; ensures ongoing analysis of resource mobilization needs and opportunities; stays abreast of latest donor and funding trends, actively engages with peers to solicit best practices in fundraising and resource mobilization and adapting modalities for replication to UNISDR as applicable; adapts the Strategy, as may be required, and monitors and reports results against the strategy.
- Coordinates and facilitates resource mobilization across UNISDR; manages donor relationships together with concerned officers/staff and ensures coordinated regular contact with donor; facilitates the promotion of cooperation agreement strategies and operational alliances with donors. Coordinates the organization of the UNISDR Donor Meetings and acts as resource person for UNISDR Support Group Meetings.
- Coordinates, oversees, and provides guidance and quality control for the preparation of funding proposals to donors; ensures effective follow-up and reporting to the donors, as required.
- Reports regularly to the UNISDR Senior Management Team (SMT) on progress in implementing the Resource Mobilization Strategy and on meeting the funding targets; flags external and internal factors influencing results and proposes corrective actions.
- Works closely with different branches/sections in headquarters and with the Regional Offices to develop and use effective communications, outreach, branding and other resource mobilization mechanisms and tools to enhance the packaging and marketing of UNISDR work. Maintains particularly close collaboration and joint planning with the Communication, Advocacy and Knwoledge Management Section, as well as with the Resource Planning and Management Section.
- Contributes to, and collaborates closely in the development of UNISDR Strategic Framework and biennial work programme, under the overall coordination of the Resource Planning and Management Section, and is responsible for the coordination and production of UNISDR Annual Report.
- Effectively plans and manages the work undertaken by the Resource Mobilization Section; ensures that activities are carried out in a timely fashion, with good internal coordination within the section. Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/ her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section, within UNISDR and across organizational boundaries.
- Represents UNISDR at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on resource mobilization and related partnership initiatives/issues; participates in international, regional or national meetings and holds discussions with representatives of other institutions on behalf of the Director, regarding the UNISDR Strategic Framework and biennial work programme.
- Performs any other duties requested by the supervisor.
Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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 rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
Judgement/Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, law, development, international relations or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, partnerships building, management, administration, budget, finance or related field is required.
Experience working in resource mobilization at the international level for international organizations such as the United Nations is highly desirable. Experience in disaster risk reduction, climate change, sustainable development or related areas is also highly desirable. Experience managing teams in international organizations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
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