Technical Specialist - Disaster Risk Reduction, Lagos
UN Office Africa
Lagos, Nigeria
2d ago
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  • Support the delivery of project outcomes and outputs dealing with the development of technical systems, tools and processes for enhanced risk-informed development and recovery in the Sahel region;
  • Provide technical support and advice to various counterparts, including member states of the region, UN agencies and key national and regional institutions for the effective institutionalization of project outcome and outputs at country and regional levels;
  • Provide high quality technical and advisory inputs in data collection, analysis and reporting systems for monitoring the Sendai Framework;
  • Provide technical support to ECOWAS and project supported countries on policy, institutional frameworks and budgetary processes for risk-informed development;
  • Deliver technical support to ECOWAS and project supported countries on post-disaster recovery processes, resilient urban development, and in any other area related to disaster risk reduction (DRR);
  • Provide technical support in the development and adoption of integrated tools for conflict sensitive and gender responsive disaster and climate risk assessment;
  • Review of technical reports and assessments undertaken by the project responsible parties as part of project delivery;
  • Technical support, coordination and facilitation of trainings undertaken by UNDP and project responsible parties;
  • Promote ECOWAS ownership, institutionalization and sustainability of DRR initiatives supported.
  • Advocate, promote awareness and understanding of disaster risk reduction and recovery as well as of the links and mutually supportive goals of sustainable development;
  • In collaboration with disaster management agencies and other stakeholders in the Sahel region, support the development of national and regional DRR policy and regulatory frameworks in alignment with the Sendai Framework;
  • Lead the development and adoption of recovery policy and institutional frameworks as part of preparedness for post-disaster recovery;
  • Support ECOWAS and Africa Union Commission in policy advocacy efforts on disaster risk financing.
  • Support the identification of clear and achievable physical and financial targets, a realistic plan to reach them and in establishing and maintaining a monitoring and reporting system;
  • Provide support in the planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of relevant project activities, tracking the use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulation;
  • Prepare monitoring and progress reports, work plans, budget and expenditure statements for review by the Project Manager;
  • Assist with coordination of operations, resources, and administrative support for project implementation;
  • Provide assistance in all project meetings and annual reviews / reports and support the Project Board by organizing agendas and recording decisions of meetings;
  • Ensure project communication is in accordance with the visibility rules and communication standards of SIDA and UNDP.
  • Support knowledge management related to DRR and Sendai framework implementation across ECOWAS and the Sahel region, and ensure its reflection in global knowledge management platforms and communities of practice;
  • Support the conduct of studies / research and the capturing of project results in knowledge management products and communicating widely in ECOWAS and Sahel region and at global levels;
  • Support the creation of a learning environment and systematic information and knowledge sharing within the project team and with partners;
  • Facilitate south-south learning and exchange among Sahel countries, within the African Continent and beyond;
  • Assist the project team in the delivery of quality knowledge management products, systems, services, etc. supported under the project and its effective integration and compatibility with other practice areas;
  • Support capacity and knowledge building of project counterparts;
  • Represent UNDP and the project in any relevant global, regional or national forums, meetings, workshops, etc., as delegated by the Project Manager;
  • Perform any additional task as requested by the Project Manager.
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Excellent knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building status in Africa and ability to apply in strategic and practical situations.
  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliance relevant to Project’s agenda.
  • Anticipate client needs, works toward creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider.
  • Building and planning efficient workflows, and at improving overall efficiency of Project implementation and performance.
  • Managing and responding effectively to stress, situations of ambiguity or crisis. Managing relationships with others to achieve mutual benefits.
  • Building an emotionally intelligent team.

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.
  • Master's degree in management, social policy, public policy, economics, environment, development studies or a related area.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive and relevant experience in the field of disaster risk reduction, resilience building, climate change, or in very closely related fields or relevant fields in West Africa.
  • Experience in providing regional policy advice, regional technical assistance, and capacity development to support to multi-stakeholder institutions in establishing and coordinating multi-partner interventions.
  • Experience working on the domestication of the Sendai Framework, including Sendai monitoring tools at country and regional levels.
  • Experience working within UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations and field experience in West Africa is preferred.
  • Experience of UN programming modalities, rules and regulations, is preferred.
  • Extensive experience in project development and management.
  • Coordination experience working with government, development partners, and international partners would be an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of and extensive resilience building experience in West Africa, including conflict-sensitivity, human rights, rights of children, youth and women, is preferred.
  • Proficiency in both English and French. Working knowledge of other UN language is desirable.
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
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