This position is located in the National Strategies and Capacity Building Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of DESA. The Programme Expert reports to the Director of the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Nagoya, Japan to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with special focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, including capacity development support in line with the mandates of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This will be done within the framework of the project to advocate and promote the policy on water and disasters and will build on the outcome of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2015 Paris Agreement for Climate Change in relation to water-related disasters.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of UNCRD and within the limits of the delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Develops, implements, evaluates, effective leadership and management of major projects and teams; demonstrates timely delivery of outputs in accordance with overall objectives and policies. Plays a lead role in identifying significant issues and develops well-reasoned, innovative approaches to deal with these issues. Serves as an effective spokesperson internally and externally and forms strong partnerships with relevant parties.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, natural resources management, social sciences or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, policy-oriented networking, advocacy and communication in the field of water and disaster risk reduction is required. Experience in planning and organizing of global meetings on the issue of water and disaster risk reduction is required. Membership in broad networks amongst the stakeholders in the International Water Community is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Japanese is an advantage.