Senior Coordination Officer, P5

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the supervision of the Director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the overall guidance of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, leads the organization of the Sendai Framework Mid-Term Review process.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Leads and coordinates the process for the Sendai Framework Mid-Term review (MTR). Develops the MTR roadmap including the substantive and political aspects as well as the processes involved and the overall timeline. Leads substantive preparations by designing focused kick-off questions, input-studies and input-reports on different topics as defined with senior management.
  • In consultation and close collaboration with relevant branches, sections or offices, develops guidance and coordinates processes for national, regional and thematic consultations, as well as e-consultations; focus themes, events and host partners identification.
  • Prepares regular briefings on the MTR process to the UNDRR Support Group, individual member states, UNDRR donors, UN interagency coordination mechanisms and groups of stakeholders.
  • Leads, in close collaboration with UNDRR New York Liaison Office, the formal process through the General Assembly including the development of the 2020-2023 General Assembly Resolutions and the dedicated Modality Resolution, the endorsement by the General Assembly of the NY-negotiated political declaration and the development of the substantive recommendations through the 2023 Secretary-General’s report.
  • Leads the preparation of the substantive report to be presented to the General Assembly.
  • Develops a communication strategy for the MTR process, in collaboration with the Communication, Advocacy and Knowledge Management Section, including a dedicated webspace. Manages contents for all communications related to the MTR process.


  • Contributes to the planning of the Front Office and carries out the work plan under his/her responsibility, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery; ensures that the outputs produced meet high-quality standards and support relevant UNDRR mandates.
  • Manages, guides, and develops staff and/or interns under his/her supervision.
  • Actively promotes a positive team culture recognizing innovation, agility, learning, accountability and transparency.
  • May perform other duties as required by the Director or the SRSG.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and other risk management topics. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to establish and foster successful partnerships and collaborations. Ability to identify strategic opportunities for advancing the agenda of the Department. 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;
  • 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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Building trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion. Manages in a deliberate and predictable way. Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda. Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients. Gives proper credit to others. Follows through on agreed upon actions. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, social sciences, sustainable development or related fields 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in disaster risk reduction, climate change or sustainable development is required;
  • At least five years of experience working on intergovernmental processes with international organizations is required;
  • Experience in the development/preparation of substantive reports through large consultative processes involving multiple stakeholders is required;
  • Experience working on the development and the process leading to the adoption of international agreements on disaster risk reduction such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is desirable;
  • Experience developing organization-wide strategies and initiatives and representing the organization is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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