Programme Management Officer, Partnerships, P3, Cairo
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 120 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 catalyzes 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 project position is located in the UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States in Cairo and the incumbent reports to the Chief of the Regional Office. The focus of this project position, created in the context of the Regional Capacity enhancement initiative, is to contribute to and implement the UNDRR partnership engagement strategy at the regional level and in close collaboration with counterparts at UNDRR headquarters in Geneva.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Acts as the focal point for partnerships with the private sector, civil society and community-based organizations, Parliamentarians and the science and technology community in the region and collaborates closely with the Partnerships, Intergovernmental Processes and Inter-agency Cooperation Branch in Geneva. Supports engagement of partners at the regional and national level, in line with the overall UNDRR Partnership Engagement Strategy; collaborates closely with partnership focal points in other regional offices to ensure coherence and information exchange. Facilitate partner’s / stakeholders’ engagement in key regional processes such as regional platform conferences and regional coordination meetings; which includes but not limited to keeping track of stakeholder’s commitments and facilitating updates during the above meetings/conferences; and managing regular communication and follow up with regional partners and stakeholder groups.
- Develops and maintains partner structures, groups and registries in the region, in line with the overall Partnership Engagement Strategy. Works with key clients to facilitate the design, implementation and evaluation of UNDRR's Partnership Engagement Strategy, reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions. Carries out research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting data and other information gathered from diverse sources. Participates in survey initiatives; assists with design of data collection tools; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions. Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Provides substantive inputs for the development of strategic partnerships with key constituencies at the regional level. Upon delegation from the Chief of the Regional Office, serves as a liaison to media organizations, governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organizations, educational organizations, international organizations, civil society organizations, academic organizations, as required. Suggests improvements of the Partnership Strategy based on the regional context for the review by the Chief of Office and the Partnerships, Intergovernmental Processes and Inter-agency Cooperation Branch in Geneva.
- Upon request from the Chief of the Regional Office, represents UNDRR at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on partnership engagement and related partnership initiatives/issues, fulfils speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UNDRR activities and advocate issues of concern.
- Facilitates partnership meetings every six months and follows up with all stakeholders in the region on their workplans and contributions to the partnership meetings.
- May perform other duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, or other related specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, public administration, business administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in partnerships building, programme management, and advocacy campaigns is required.
Work experience in building strategic alliances and partnerships in an international environment is required.
Experience working in geographically dispersed teams is desirable.
Experience advocating with governments and other stakeholders on critical issues is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is available for an initial period of one year and subject to availability of funding.
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