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.
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
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 in integrating 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 DMCs.
The component will
take stock of past and ongoing disaster risk assessments - purpose, scale,
stakeholder involved, and format of the final product - and identify the
available scope for using such information in decision making for public
investment in specific sectors or geographical areas. The outputs will include
3 country-specific reports on the scope for integrating disaster risk
information in the public investment planning process, including
recommendations for improvement. The component will also include sharing experiences
and disseminating the outputs among other Southeast Asia countries.
Under the overall
supervision of the Programme Officer in UNISDR Asia Pacific office the Disaster
Risk Specialist will lead the stocktaking of available disaster risk
information in the participating countries (Lao, Cambodia and Myanmar).
The specialist will:
specialist will be responsible for preparing the stocktaking report of
available disaster risk information in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar and the
developing the final output on disaster risk information in specific section
The Disaster Risk Specialist will work under the overall guidance of the Program officer in UNISDR Asia Pacific office. The specialist will prepare a comprehensive report on above described lines for each country.
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.