Job Opening

Posting Title: Coordination and Project Support Specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: SARAJEVO
Posting Period: 24 November 2020 - 03 December 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-145280-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

- Strengthened engagement of local governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina in assessing resilience to disasters and contributing to build back better recovery efforts to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Improved disaster risk awareness of SMEs across the country, and recommendations for resilience building.

Work Location


Expected duration

As soon as possible until 30 September 2021, with possibility of extension upon availability of resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting at test the resilience and capacity of systems at all levels to manage disaster risk, forcing difficult trade-offs given the health, economic, and social challenges it raises. The pandemic's impacts do not know borders, have a strong territorial dimension and present significant implications for crisis management and policy responses, contributing to already complex risk landscapes.

The pandemic has confronted actors at all levels across Bosnia & Herzegovina with critical challenges, in a context in which capacities of key vital societal functions at local level are already stretched and still grappling with an understanding of the complex risk landscape they engage in. As the UN Response Plan stresses, "the COVID-19 crisis exacerbated and highlighted the underlining deficiencies of the public service delivery system, especially in healthcare, education and social welfare, and labour market institutions, causing mass-layoffs, exposure to various stresses, fears, and insecurities."

First and foremost, disasters affect those at the forefront of crises, and call on measures building resilience and reducing risk at all levels and across all sectors, starting with critical actors at local level.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), as custodian of the Sendai Framework for DRR, strives to engage all actors key to building systems more resilient to disasters. Local level engagement on resilience is a priority of the Sendai Framework, and a key dimension of UNDRR's engagement at country level. As coordinator of the DRR agenda within the UN system, UNDRR provides actors at all levels with guidance, tools and instruments in this regard.

Mission and objectives:

UNDRR aims to support the resilience building efforts in Bosnia & Herzegovina, striving to strengthen recovery efforts in the face of the COVID-19 crisis and to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework in country and support Bosnia & Herzegovina work towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative focuses on local level resilience building through the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative, addressing both local government units and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Concrete engagement in country will offer an opportunity to better connect the Sendai Framework and UNDRR's mandate with the SDGs, UN action and priorities at country level, while reinforcing the key resilience priority of leaving no one behind.

Duties and responsibilities:

In close collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator, UN partners, the Sendai Focal Point and other key actors on resilience, the Consultant will be responsible for the launch and the implementation of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative in Bosnia & Herzegovina, with the aim at increasing the number of local government partners joining the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative, engaging local governments in support of the development and implementation of strategic frameworks for more resilient local systems, and providing a baseline to analyse at country level SME preparedness and understanding of disaster risk.

The consultant will be responsible for the running of UNDRR tools, including:
- UNDRR's Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities assessments supporting local governments in improving their capacity to develop local DRR and resilience strategies;
- the Public Health System Resilience Scorecard, which aims to address the impact of disasters from the public health perspective, informing recovery efforts to the COVID-19 crisis;
- the UNDRR Building SME Resilience survey, focused on strengthening the understanding and capacity to adapt to climate change, build long-term resilience and prepare for disasters.

These duties will entail a series of workshops and meetings, to ensure a comprehensive development process. These activities will be carried out in person, unless the sanitary situation requires for the consultant to engage with local governments virtually.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, crisis management, public and legal administration, economics or related area is required. A first- level university degree in combination with at least two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of five years of work experience in the field of development, resilience building, emergency and disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and sustainable development, or related areas is required. Experience in preparedness humanitarian sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina is desirable. Experience in project management and international programmes is an asset.

Fluency in written and spoken English and local language is required.

Additional Information

Travel Details:
Travel in country, conditional upon the sanitary situation.

Outputs/Work Assignment:
- Contribute to the launch the MCR2030 initiative in Bosnia & Herzegovina;
- Engage local governments from across Bosnia & Herzegovina in MCR2030 in line with the MCR2030 resilience roadmap, supporting and establishing synergies with local government units involved in other initiatives (e.g. Joint Swiss UN Programme on DRR, and other) active on resilience from across Bosnia & Herzegovina to achieve official membership of the global MCR2030 network;
- Support the running of Disaster Resilience Scorecard assessments in at least 4 cities and/or cantons, including the assessment of Public Health System resilience in line with COVID-19 recovery needs and priorities of the UN Response Plan;
- Carry out an analysis and provide recommendations to support the development of resilience strategies in the target local government units;
- Contribute to an exchange of experiences among local governments in building resilience to pandemic risk at country level and contributing to lessons learnt efforts at regional level;
- Facilitate a "Building SMEs Resilience" survey, both quantitative and qualitative, engaging at least 500 SMEs across the country;
- Contribute guidance and recommendations to strengthen SMEs based on the survey results, and consultation with the national stakeholders;
- Liaise with UN Country Team members engaged on DRR actions;
- Provide overall support to UNDRR engagement in Bosnia & Herzegovina, in coordination with the UNDRR Regional Office for Europe, the UN Regional Coordinator's Office, state and local authorities and UN partners in country.

No Fee


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