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
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 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
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 budgetary processes.
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 Myanmar.
This initiative is
part of a broader programme that involves multiple agencies and primarily
focuses on risk sensitive investment planning in the identified countries. This
specific output will take stock of existing disaster risk information in the
country, and provide guidance on how such information can be used for the
public investment planning process. In Cambodia, the output will require
working with the National Committee for Disaster Management, Ministry of
Planning, and the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology. In the Lao PDR,
the output will require working with the Ministry of Planning and Investment
and the Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change. In Myanmar, the
output will require working with the Relief and Resettlement Department and the
Department of Planning. The output will also include sharing experiences among
other Southeast Asian Disaster Management Centers (DMCs).
The specialist 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:
The position require 5 years of relevant
experience in the respective country on DRM policy and institutional
setup; and the public investment planning process.
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.