“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing
management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations
mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to
implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter
for people in need.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to
always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class
standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.
UNOPS provides services in sustainable infrastructure,
sustainable procurement and sustainable project management, with projects
ranging from building schools, roads, bridges and hospitals to procuring goods
and services and training local personnel.
By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions,
governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible
contributions to results on the ground.
We employ more than 6,000 personnel annually and on
behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local
communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of
regional and country offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.
This position will be located in the Risk Knowledge Section of the UNISDR secretariat at Headquarters. The Risk Assessment Officer will report to the Head of the Risk Knowledge Section. The focus of this job is the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and other activities referring to the core functions of the Risk Knowledge Section, in the context of the Strategic Framework 2025 and Work Programme 2012-2015 of the UNISDR secretariat, namely:
Within delegated authority, the Risk Assessment Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Officers in UNISDR secretariat, UN funds, programmes and other UN specialized agencies. Representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations, as well as in scientific, technical and academic organizations and consultants working on risk assessment.
Supports the development of credible global, national and business specific risk assessments and the dissemination of risk information through the GAR, on-line platforms and other media. Produces policy recommendations, analytical papers, substantive sections of the GAR and other reports and studies. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with partners and makes efficient use of resources.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet,intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments,observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone,style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates,provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services;offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs;promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
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.