Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: KOBE
Posting Period: 28 July 2020 - 23 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UNDRR-139039-J-Kobe (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 (UNDRR) 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), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional and liaison offices. Specifically, UNDRR 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 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted by UN Member States on 18 March 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It was endorsed by the UN General Assembly following the WCDRR.
The Sendai Framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognizes that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector, academia and civil societies. UNDRR has been tasked to support the implementation, follow-up and review of the Sendai Framework.
The voluntary commitments initiative, initially developed in response to General Assembly resolution 68/211 (2013) was launched in the lead-up to the WCDRR in March to support the development of partnerships at all levels to implement the Sendai framework.
The modalities of the Voluntary Commitments’ follow up was further elaborated by the General Assembly resolution A/69/283 (2015) - “commitments by relevant stakeholders are important in order to identify modalities of cooperation and to implement the present Framework. Those commitments should be specific and time-bound in order to support the development of partnerships at local, national, regional and global levels and the implementation of local and national disaster risk reduction strategies and plans. All stakeholders are encouraged to publicize their commitments and their fulfilment in support of the implementation of the present Framework, or of the national and local disaster risk management plans, through the website of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.”
To respond to the request from the General Assembly Resolution, UNDRR launched in 2018 a mechanism as an on-line platform to take stock, mobilize, and monitor the voluntary commitments from multi-stakeholders to implementation of the Sendai Framework.
The online platform for Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments (SFVC) contributes to, and is part of the overall Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy of UNDRR. It is critical to ensure a strong linkage and coordination among existing on-line tools managed by UNDRR to support monitoring and implementation of Sendai Framework, including Sendai Monitor and a planned on-line platform for UN Plan of Action for DRR.
In contribution to the Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy of UNDRR, the purposes of the online Platform for SFVC are:
-To incentivize stakeholders to inform the public about their work
-To serve as a vehicle for sharing commitments and initiatives and for motivation for the implementation of Sendai Framework
-To enable UNDRR to take stock and monitor the progress and impact
Overall management of the Voluntary Commitments (VCs) for Sendai Framework is led by UNDRR Office in Japan (Kobe Office), including management of the online Platform for SFVC, under overall guidance from of the Chief of Branch of Partnerships, Inter-governmental process and Inter-agency cooperation at the HQ of UNDRR and direct supervision of the Coordination Officer at the Kobe Office. Strong coordination and collaboration with UNDRR Regional Offices and other part of UNDRR at HQ is prerequisite for success of this work.

This temporary position is located in UNDRR Office in Kobe, Japan, the incumbent reports to the Coordination officer leading UNDRR Office in Japan.


Under the supervision of the Coordination Officer heading the UNDRR Office in Japan, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

1)Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation and manages the online platform for Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments; monitors and analyses the registered voluntary commitments (VCs), progresses and achievements to develop reports on the VCs for relevant major occasions such as regional platforms and the Global Platform for DRR; reviews relevant documents, reports and submission for upload to the online platform; Establishes and maintains contacts with submitters. Maintains an updated contact database of the names and contact details of submitters’ focal points. Identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

2)Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analysing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources. Analyses and selects any good practices and achievements to highlight them through the online platform for SFVC. Establishes a modality within the online platform for SFVC to regularly disseminate selected good commitments and their achievements and deliverables.

3)Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, presentations, inputs to publications, etc. Coordinates with relevant units in UNDRR which manage other tools to monitor and support the implementation of Sendai Framework, such as Sendai Monitor, UN Plan of Action, and Making Cities Resilient Scorecards (monitoring on local actions). This includes working together for an integrated advocacy for UNDRR’s existing tools for Sendai Framework implementation.

4)Provides administrative and substantive support to the project. Reviews, records, distributes and/or processes mails and other documents; follow-up on impending actions. Responds or drafts responses to routine correspondence and other communications as necessary. Maintains calendar/schedules; monitors changes and communicates relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the Team. Maintains files (both paper and electronic) and databases for this activity.

5)Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. Develops a wide range of presentations, guidelines and communication materials, by using appropriate technology/software, to disseminate the online platform for SFVC widely and to mobilize partners to register their initiatives. Supports HQ and UNDRR Regional Offices for their outreach and advocacy to mobilize and facilitate their partners to register/submit their commitments, including dissemination of information and relevant materials regarding the online platform for SFVC to partners.

6)Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

7) Contributes to administrative actions related to support of the other locations on specific UNDRR initiatives.

8)Performs other duties as required.


Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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 Demonstrated planning and organizational skills and ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, development studies, disaster risk management, geography, environment, urban or regional planning or a related field. 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 two years of progressively responsible experience is required in project or programme management in areas relevant to this position including information and knowledge management is required.
Experience in developing analytical documentation or reports is required.
Experience in International organizations is desirable.
Experience advocating on disaster risk reduction with a range of actors/stakeholders is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required; 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 position is temporarily available with a contract duration of 364 days.

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. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. 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 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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