Job Opening

Posting Title: EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 26 October 2018 - 08 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-UNISDR-105391-J-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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), 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. 

This temporary position is for a period of six months and is located in the Resource Mobilization Section of UNISDR in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Resource Mobilization Section.


Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Chief, Resource Mobilization Section (P5), the incumbent carried out the following duties and responsibilities:

Contributes to the planning and carries out the work plan under his/her responsibility, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery; ensures that the outputs produced by the Unit meet high-quality standards and support relevant UNISDR mandates.

Under the guidance of the Chief of Section, manages donor relationships under his/her portfolio together with concerned officers/staff and ensures coordinated regular contact with donors; facilitates the promotion of cooperation agreement strategies and operational alliances with donors under his/her portfolio.

Under the guidance of the Chief of Section, prepares funding proposals to donors as appropriate; ensures effective follow-up; and ensures timely and quality reporting to the donors, as required.

Contributes to the implementation and monitoring 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.

Contributes to the development and implementation of effective communications, outreach, branding and other resource mobilization mechanisms and tools to enhance the visibility of UNISDR with regard to UNISDR donors under his/her portfolio. Maintains particularly close collaboration with counterparts in the Communication and Advocacy Section.

Reports to the Chief of Section, Resources Mobilization Section, on progress in implementing the Resource Mobilization Strategy at his/her level and on meeting the funding targets under his/her portfolio; promptly flags external and internal factors influencing results and proposes corrective actions.

Upon request, represents UNISDR at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on resource mobilization and related partnership initiatives/issues.

Contributes at his/her level to forward-looking strategic proposals on conceptual strategy development and implementation of the UNISDR Strategic Framework 2016-2021, biennial work programme, relevant policies and procedures from a donor perspective as well as substantive briefings for the Senior Leadership of UNISDR as appropriate.

Performs additional duties as required.


- Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and other risk management topics; - Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems;- Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given; - 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;- Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

- Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;- Identifies priority activities 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.

- 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 the audience;- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

- Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;- Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;- Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;- Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;- Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;- Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


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 experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, partnerships building, management, administration, budget, finance or related field is required. A minimum of two years of experience mobilizing resources / fundraising for international organizations is desirable. Experience building strategic partnerships with Member States is desirable. A minimum of two years of working experience in an International organization such as the United Nations is desirable. Experience in drafting donor reports 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 desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This temporary position is for a period of six months. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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