External Relations Officer, P3

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 03

Position description

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.

The position is located at the UNDRR headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section, External Relations.


Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Under the guidance of the Chief of Section, manages donor relationships under his/her portfolio together with concerned officers/staff and ensures coordinated regular contact with donors; facilitates the promotion of cooperation agreement strategies and operational alliances with donors under his/her portfolio;
  • Under the guidance of the Chief of Section, prepares funding proposals to donors as appropriate; ensures effective follow-up; and ensures timely and quality reporting to the donors, as required;
  • Contributes to the implementation and monitoring of the UNDRR Resource Mobilization Strategy and related plans of action; ensures ongoing analysis of resource mobilization needs and opportunities; stays abreast of latest donor and funding trends;
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of effective communications, outreach, branding and other resource mobilization mechanisms and tools to enhance the visibility of UNDRR with regard to UNDRR donors under his/her portfolio. Maintains particularly close collaboration with counterparts in the Communication and Advocacy Section;
  • Reports to the Chief of Section, Resources Mobilization Section, on progress in implementing the Resource Mobilization Strategy at his/her level and on meeting the funding targets under his/her portfolio; promptly flags external and internal factors influencing results and proposes corrective actions;
  • Upon request, represents UNDRR at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on resource mobilization and related partnership initiatives/issues;
  • Contributes at his/her level to forward-looking strategic proposals on conceptual strategy development and implementation of the UNDRR Strategic Framework 2022-2025, biennial work programme, relevant policies and procedures from a donor perspective as well as substantive briefings for the Senior Leadership of UNDRR as appropriate;
  • Reviews incoming legal agreements with partners, ensuring their alignment with UN rules and regulations and flagging issues to the Chief of Section;
  • Performs additional duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes, e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting; ability to establish and foster successful partnerships and collaborations; ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources; ability to identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment; ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships; knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities/issues; ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style; ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. 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;
  • Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently;
  • Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, law, development, international relations or a related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, partnerships building, management, administration, budget, finance or related field is required;
  • Experience mobilizing resources/fundraising for international organizations is desirable;
  • Experience building strategic partnerships with Member States 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 another UN official language is desirable.

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