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The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the following job opening at the level of Assistant Secretary-General:
Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR)
The Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction is appointed by the Secretary General. The ASG/SRSG is accountable to the Secretary-General and reports to the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC). The ASG/SRSG is the principal advisor to the Secretary-General and the USG/ERC on issues related to disaster risk reduction, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 as a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) and will provide regular reports to them.
The ASG/SRSG is responsible for the following activities:
- Monitors and supports the implementation of the policy and strategic directions set by the Secretary-General on issues related to disaster risk reduction, the ISDR and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030;
- Leads the transition from the Hyogo Framework for Action implementation to the Sendai Framework, including the system for periodic review and monitoring progress in implementation;
- Ensures support to the implementation, follow up to and review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, including actions referred to in paragraph 48 (c) of the Framework;
- Supports the open-ended intergovernmental working group to be established by the General Assembly for the development of a set of possible indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of the Framework in conjunction with the work of the inter-agency expert group on sustainable development indicators;
- Represents the Secretary-General as well as the USG/ERC with the high-level authorities of key parties, such as countries, including Permanent Missions, UN system entities, and all other public and private stakeholders reflected in the Sendai Framework;
- Ensures strategic and operational coherence across the UN system and with other organizations on a range of issues including disaster risk reduction, humanitarian response, preparedness, resilience and sustainable development;
- Leads the review and the coordinated implementation of the UN Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience in line with the Sendai Framework.
- Brings a more integrated approach to actions relating to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction by promoting coherence amongst key stakeholders;
- Assists countries to implement the Sendai Framework in close coordination with the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and climate change agenda;
- Oversees the management, and is responsible for strengthening the capacity of fundraising for and raising the profile of the UN Trust Fund for Disaster Reduction;
- Develops strategies to support high level resource mobilization and advocacy, including on environmental related vulnerability, disaster risk reduction and the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030;
- Leads and manages the ISDR secretariat in the execution of its functions as entrusted to it by relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, the Hyogo Framework for Action, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, as well as policy and strategic directions set by the Secretary-General and the USG/ERC and, in this capacity, provides guidance in the fulfilment of the emergency preparedness and response, risk management and other related areas of OCHA mandate;
- Oversees the prudent financial and human resource management of the ISDR and oversight of the Director of the ISDR secretariat, ensuring effective cooperation between the Geneva, New York and regional offices.
Further information on United Nations ISDR is available on the following website: http://www.unisdr.org/
Further information on this position is available in the attached terms of reference.
In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Secretariat would welcome any applications to supplement the Secretary General’s own search and consultations. The Secretariat would especially welcome applications of women candidates.
The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:
- Demonstrated experience in humanitarian crisis management, disaster risk management, economic development, environment or related areas;
- Proven track record of experience in senior leadership management, including resource mobilization and strategic planning;
- Experience in interacting with a diverse number of partners, both in the private and public sectors, for example, the diplomatic community, governments, national institutions, NGO's and the range of actors in the disaster risk reduction field;
- Extensive understanding of the work of the UN and other organizations in the field of disaster risk reduction in a global context;
- Impeccable personal and professional integrity;
- Knowledge of the activities of the main UN bodies and Committees; and an understanding of UN policies, procedures and operations.
Individuals who are either nominated by Member States or who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short‑listed, to complete a self attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.
All applications should include the curriculum vitae of the candidates and must be sent to the Secretariat by 7 August 2015. Applications may also be sent to: email@example.com