National DRM Expert

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    negotiable / YEAR
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    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Climate and Disaster Resilience, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Deadline:


12 months

Open recruitment (advertised)

Advertisement end date:11/01/2024

Description of assignment title
National DRM Expert

Assignment country

Expected start date

Sustainable Development Goal
13. Climate action

Volunteer category
National UN Volunteer Expert

Host entity


12 months
(with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments

Duty stations
Addis Ababa

Mission and objectives
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System. It serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a continuous spectrum of in-depth local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles) is widely recognized as the most authoritative, normative framework guiding efforts to reduce or eliminate the adverse impact of business operations on human rights. Experts have described it as the single most important innovation in promoting sustainable business practices in the last 25 years – a role that is reinforced by its inclusion as one of the Means of Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda).

UNDP has operated in Ethiopia since 1981. Since then, UNDP has focused on providing Ethiopia with strategic support to build national capacity and enhance the country’s development results in the areas of poverty reduction and economic growth, democratic governance as well as climate resilient development. UNDP is currently assisting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to overcome its structural challenges as it strives to become a democratic, peaceful and prosperous middle-income country. It supports a successful transition to democratic governance, address drivers of conflict to consolidate and build peace, foster enabling conditions for expanded job creation by the private sector (especially SMEs) and accelerate the transition to a green economy resilient to climate change. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are embedded across all areas of work.

UNDP is seeking to recruit a National United Nations Volunteer (UNV) for the UNDP-UNDRR “Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance and Recovery Capacities” Project, which is a component of the Intra-ACP Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Programme funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.

The project has the overarching goal to prevent new/reduce existing risk and help ACP countries and communities recover from and enhance their resilience to disasters, according to the priorities set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. It builds on the UNDP legacy of long-term sustainable approaches to development, anchored in natural resource management, resilience building and governance with a transformative disaster/climate risk lens to reduce risks across entire systems. It is equally based on the extensive and successful UNDRR leadership and coordination in capacity building and development of all stakeholders, ranging from regional and national authorities, academia, private sector and civil society organizations through an inclusive approach that puts the communities at the centre of its action and their governments on the steering seat as the lead for ownership and sustainability of the actions. Through four outputs that are aligned to three of the four priorities of the Sendai Framework, this joint UNDP/UNDRR Project will strengthen disaster risk reduction capacities of ACP regional institutions, build risk governance capacity in ACP countries, and enhance recovery processes and community level action in order to save lives. The approach will contribute to the achievement of many goals highlighted in international agendas such as the Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement, Agenda for Humanity, New Urban Agenda, and not last the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, it will pursue a holistic, conflict sensitive, whole-of-government/society, gender transformative, and leave no one behind approach.

Task description
The National United Nations Volunteer (UNV) works under the direct supervision of the project’s focal point at the Ethiopia UNDP Country office of the “Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance and Recovery Capacities” Project, with secondary reporting to the Nairobi-based Regional Specialist.

Project Management Support:
• Coordinating the implementation of project activities with the different UNDP teams, UNDP Country Office, partners and other stakeholders while ensuring mainstreaming of disaster, climate change, human rights and gender considerations in implemented actions.
• Provide substantive and administrative support to the preparation of country missions, meetings and other consultations.
• Contribute to the drafting, review and/or revision of the ToRs and other technical documents related to the project activities.
• Provide research support the delivery of technical policy advice and programme support that responds to regional and country office needs related to the Project.
• Prepare various written outputs, as may be required (e.g. draft background papers, concept notes, briefing notes and talking points).
• Set up a dynamic data collection system to ensure that project results are measured regularly and propose any necessary corrections.
• Ensure the proper implementation of the project at national level, in line with work plans, contributing to the achievement of expected results and the impact of the project, in collaboration with the UNDP teams and in accordance with its rules and procedures.

Reporting, and Monitoring and Evaluation:
• Collect, synthesize and monitor information on the progress made in the implementation of the project in line with UNDP’s DRR, climate change, and resilience portfolio at national level.
• Analyse documents and reports submitted by implementing partners and ensure that they are of good quality.
• Coordinate reporting on DRR, climate change and resilience (e.g., annual reports, progress reports, donor reports, annual reports, etc.).
• Put in place mechanisms to ensure a good flow of information on project implementation between the national level and the regional level.
• Provide regular information/data for updating UNDP platforms.
• Provide inputs for the preparation of the project reports (including monthly, quarterly and annual reports).
• Participate in the various meetings relating to the project and take part in all relevant initiatives related to the project and implemented by the partners involved.
• Alert the national and regional teams of any delays in the implementation of the project and suggest ways of reorienting the activities concerned.

Stakeholder Coordination and Partnership-building:
• Ensure effective participation and ownership of all stakeholders in the various activities at national level.
• Facilitate regular exchanges between key partners and stakeholders at the national level to inform them on the project status and seek alignment with complementary initiatives.
• Support the development of effective partnership and working relationships with UNDP partners including UN agencies, implementing partners, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, CSOs and the private sector.
• Contribute to the preparation of project documents or concept notes based on the needs expressed by actors at national level, lessons learned and good practices.

Learning and knowledge sharing:
• Liaise with Project Team, UNDP CO teams, UN Agencies and other partners on knowledge-sharing, through identification and synthesis of information resources, lessons learnt and best practices.
• Capture in different formats, the good practices and lessons learnt from the implementation of the project at national level.
• Contribute to the development of knowledge products and tools.
• Contribute to the establishment of a knowledge management system and the sharing of lessons learnt in relation to project results, prepare and produce case studies as required.
• Support communications and advocacy outreach on key achievements.
• Enhance visibility of the regional project action on DRR, climate, risks and resilience in social media and other platforms such as websites, by ensuring regular updates and maintaining quality and relevance of content.
• Make contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
• Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Eligibility criteria
35 – 80

Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Required experience
15 years of experience in project management support and coordination, including communications and knowledge management.
• possess three years’ worth of experience in the areas of natural resource management, livelihoods, climate change, and/or disaster risk reduction. within the last fifteen years of employment experience.
• Demonstrated experience in research and analysis and writing documents.
• Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, and reporting skills.
• Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.
• Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, among others), email, and internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.
• Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.
• Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrated results.
• Knowledge of diversity issues, concepts, principles, and policies and the ability to apply them in strategic and/or practical situations.
• Ability to effectively communicate intentions and requirements to internal and external stakeholders.
• Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals.
• Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.
• Familiarity with the UN system and other development organizations is an asset.

Area(s) of expertise
Community development, Crisis and emergency response, Economics and finance

Driving license

English, Level: Fluent, Required
Amharic, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level
Master degree or equivalent in An advanced university degree (Master) in development studies, disaster risk management, climate change, international development, environment, management, public policy/administration, or related field

Competencies and values
• Professionalism
• Integrity:
• Teamwork and respect for diversity
• Communication:

Other information
Living conditions and remarks
Living in Ethiopia provides an exciting experience of embracing a multicultural and diverse way of living in various ways. The people are very friendly. There are many expats working in Ethiopia, both in Addis Ababa and many other towns in the throughout the country. There are very good quality international standard hotels, restaurants, Café’s, supermarkets, snacks, and other social services. Addis Ababa, as capital city of the country, has very good quality health and pharmaceutical services. Ethiopia’s healthcare system is in a state of development, although things are gradually improving. Conditions are better in the cities, where access to doctors and hospitals is easier. Ethiopia has a fairly well-developed transport infrastructure. Ethiopia has got a world-class airlines, being the top rated in Africa. International flights depart from and arrive at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. There are several international schools in Addis Ababa, where children of expat staff are comfortably attending. Thus, schooling is generally of a good standard, so you can settle down with your family There is relatively good supply of water and electricity in the capital Addis Ababa, with some intermittent power cut-off. Addis Ababa also sees better access to internet connectivity compared to the rest of the country.

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

Inclusivity statement
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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