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Posting Title: Strategy Development and Advice for Risk Informed Business Investment Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 October 2020 - 15 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-142741-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Reporting to the head of the Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement Unit, and related to projects implemented by UNDRR and partners in the areas of risk-informed investment, SME resilience, insurance and risk assessment, the consultant is expected to carry out the following tasks:

1. Provide strategic advice and substantive inputs on how to better engage the insurance sector for DRR, prevention and resilience.

2. Provide strategic advice and substantive inputs on two projects related to risk-informed financing and investment and SMEs.

3. Provide strategic advice and guidance in the operationalization of the Global Risk Assessment Framework.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

To be implemented over a 5 months period from 21 October 2020 to 20 March 2021.

Note: An extension of the contract to support the implementation of Phase 2 of the project is possible, pending funding availability.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultancy supports the implementation of UNDRR’s engagement with the private and financial sector. It will focus on the provision of strategic advice and guidance related to key challenges identified by UNDRR and partners over the past months. Among other, this includes gaps and solutions to improve investors’ capabilities to assess the exposure of assets to disasters, accurately price risk and integrate disaster risk prevention into investments and develop relevant metrics; integration of DRR into stress testing and the use of scenarios; comprehensive Business Continuity Planning (BCP) as an entry point for risk assessment tools and DRR measures; integrating risk reduction into environmental, social and governance (ESG) and climate and development finance; policy and regulatory measures to incentivize and deliver risk reduction and risk prevention through reporting standards, regulations and reporting protocols for accurately pricing risk; sector and value chain specific risk assessment and gap analysis related to SME resilience; articulating long-term economic advantages of resilience building of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and opportunities to implement this across business planning processes; guidance and recommendations on how to improve the resilience of SMEs in selected sectors and value chains as well as to integrate SMEs as part of DRR strategies.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in economics, finance, disaster risk reduction, climate change, business management, international economic development, or a related field together with relevant qualifying experience. A first-level university degree in combination with a minimum of two additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: - A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience and project references related to economics and economic development, financing and investment, disaster risk reduction, risk assessment, risk financing, sustainable development, climate change; business administration or a related field is required;

- Expertise in strategy and planning, economic and financial data analysis, quantification, programmes and project development and management, or a related area is desirable;

- Expertise in in the private and financial sector; good understanding of public policy and decision-making related to financing and investment is desirable;

Language: Fluency in English is required;

Additional Information

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 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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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