Programme Expert on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, P4

Programme Expert on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, P4

UN DESA - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Tokyo, Japan

Org. Setting and Reporting:

This position is located in the National Strategies and Capacity Building Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of DESA. The Programme Expert reports to the Director of the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Nagoya, Japan to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with special focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, including capacity development support in line with the mandates of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This will be done within the framework of the project to advocate and promote the policy on water and disasters and will build on the outcome of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2015 Paris Agreement for Climate Change in relation to water-related disasters.


Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of UNCRD and within the limits of the delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Researches, collects information and analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources, including international discussions on disaster risk reduction and water.
  • Builds partnerships with UN agencies working in water, disaster risk reduction, Climate Change, environment and other sectors including regional development and urban management, to strengthen the linkage between UNCRD and other UN agencies as well as relevant stakeholders to support the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Organizes and prepares/supports the drafting of written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, speeches and talking points of UN high level officials, etc. on disaster risk reduction and water.
  • Provides substantive backstopping to meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, and handling logistics arrangements, etc.
  • Initiates and coordinates advocacy activities; organizes independent meetings, workshops/seminars, and at international and regional events on disaster risk reduction and water (e.g., World Water Forum, Global and regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction, etc.) and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Leads and/or participates in international and regional meetings on disaster risk reduction and water and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  • Coordinates with the donors and partners including the Ministry for Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) of the Government of Japan and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan (GRIPS)
  • Coordinates activities related to the trust fund including budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
  • Performs other duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programs and other UN specialized agencies;
  • Representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, consultants.

Results Expected:

Develops, implements, evaluates, effective leadership and management of major projects and teams; demonstrates timely delivery of outputs in accordance with overall objectives and policies. Plays a lead role in identifying significant issues and develops well-reasoned, innovative approaches to deal with these issues. Serves as an effective spokesperson internally and externally and forms strong partnerships with relevant parties.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of the issues related to water and sanitation, and disaster risk reduction; knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the programme area; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, natural resources management, social sciences or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, policy-oriented networking, advocacy and communication in the field of water and disaster risk reduction is required. Experience in planning and organizing of global meetings on the issue of water and disaster risk reduction is required. Membership in broad networks amongst the stakeholders in the International Water Community is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Japanese is an advantage.

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