mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United
Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and
procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with
advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from
building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training
local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure
increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we
support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to
advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and
peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
With over 7,000
personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical,
technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible
structure and global reach means we can quickly respond to our partners' needs,
while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
The UNISDR is the
focal point in the UN System to promote links and synergies between, and the
coordination of, disaster reduction activities in the socio-economic,
humanitarian and development fields, as well as to support policy integration.
It serves as an international information clearinghouse on disaster reduction,
developing awareness campaigns and producing articles, journals, and other
publications and promotional materials related to disaster reduction. Its
core areas of work includes ensuring disaster risk reduction (DRR) is applied
to climate change adaptation, increasing investments for DRR, building
disaster-resilient cities, schools and hospitals, and strengthening the
international system for DRR.
UNISDR’s vision is
anchored on the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework for
Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster
Risk Reduction on 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. The four priorities are
composed of 1) understanding disaster risk, 2) strengthening disaster risk
governance to manage disaster risk, 3) investing in disaster risk reduction for
resilience, and 4) enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and
to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Disasters from natural
hazards continue to cause significant loss of life and property in the region.
However, in spite of increasing disaster losses, investments to strengthen
disaster resilience remain a low priority. This is partly due to the limited
understanding of the socio-economic ramifications of disasters as the damage
and losses caused by historical disasters are often not widely known; and the
limited understanding of the opportunities available to reduce disaster risk
through development investments.
disaster risks have been addressed by governments through improvements in
disaster preparedness and emergency response. However, as losses soar to
record amounts, governments are now exploring new strategies and
approaches to ensure the sustainability of public investment and the protection
and stability of budgets.
One of the main
reasons why countries find it hard to justify increasing investment in disaster
risk management is the fact that they have difficulties in assessing not just
current risks and actual losses, but also in specifying the types and amounts
of resources required to strengthen risk governance capacities.
In addition to
challenges in using risk information to inform disaster resilient investments,
there are further challenges in securing financing for tracking disaster risk
management (DRM)-related investments. DRM-related investment needs are often scattered
across a number of sector budgets and, in some cases, may form just one
component (e.g., seismically-strengthened design) or even an indirect benefit
of a wider development project (e.g., irrigation of land reduces the effects of
drought) rather than standalone projects. The extent of public investment on
DRM may not be explicitly reflected in records on the allocation and use of
public funds, and the issue of DRM possibly even fully considered in national
In order to contribute
to an increased level of social, economic and environmental development, UNISDR
with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) implementing an initiative for
strengthening capacity for integration of disaster risk information in public
investment planning processes in three countries namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, and
The specialists will
review existing public investment planning processes in each of the three
project countries, and assess the extent to which disaster risk considerations
are or can be factored into existing processes. The specialist will:
specialist will be responsible for developing a country report reviewing public
investment planning processes in a scope of integrating disaster risk
considerations in respective countries; Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar.
The position require 5 years of relevant experience in the respective country on DRM
policy and institutional setup; and the public investment planning
The specialist will work under the guidance
of the international public investment planning and DRM specialist, and will be
supervised by staff from the UNISDR Regional Office in Bangkok.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.