Posting Title: INFORM Regional Support Specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: BRUSSELS
Posting Period: 04 February 2021 - 16 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-148711-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A

Result of ServiceHazard and exposure, vulnerability and coping capacity related data in South East European countries is collected, processed, analyzed and final results of the subnational INFORM risk index for the region produced. Enhanced capacity of the DPPI SEE Secretariat in the area of disaster risk assessment.

Work LocationBosnia and Herzegovina (home-based)

Expected durationFrom as soon as possible until 30 September 2021
Duties and ResponsibilitiesCreated in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary­General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNDRR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015­2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyzes action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.

This is a UNDRR and the Secretariat of Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South-Eastern Europe (DPPI SEE) joint initiative to develop a subnational INFORM risk index for South East Europe countries that will contribute to the assessment and measuring risks at regional, national and subnational levels, thus supporting decision-making at different stages of the disaster management cycle, specifically, prevention, preparedness and response.

The position is home based but will support the DPPI SEE Secretariat which is based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to implement the joint initiative.


Under the supervision of the INFORM team lead, and in close collaboration with the program coordinator and DPPI SEE Secretariat, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
- Support in mapping of the risk data sources, development and maintenance a repository of the collected risk data on hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities in the region at the national and subnational levels;
- Coordinate data collection processes for INFORM subnational risk index, Sendai Framework implementation progresses and DRR related information in South East Europe countries;
- Support in data processing and maintaining a repository of the collected risk data on hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities in the region at the national and subnational levels;
- Coordinate and contribute to the analysis and visualization of hazard and exposure, vulnerability and coping capacity related data in support of the subnational INFORM risk management model;
- Establish and maintain good working relationships and partnerships with National Statistics Offices, DPPI SEE Secretariat and its member states, development partners, NGOs, donors and other organizations to promote data sharing and transparency;
- In collaboration with the programme coordinator and INFORM team lead, support the advocacy, communication and reporting functions of the initiative through the collection, processing, storage and retrieval of documents, relating to risk knowledge and data for Sendai Framework implementation in South East Europe.
- Support the DPPI secretariat convene meetings and workshops with member countries to share experience and knowledge to build capacity on relevant issues related to reducing disaster risk and building resilience.
Qualifications/special skillsAcademic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in information systems, information technologies, computer science, disaster and emergency management, or related area is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in information management, working with data processing and database management is required;
Experience in the design and development of data collection tools, data entry, processing, analysis and visualization techniques as well as proficiency of Microsoft Office Applications, particularly Excel is required; adaptation and processing of indicators and disaster risk reduction related data is desired.
Experience working in international, intergovernmental and governmental organizations in South East Europe is desired;
Ability to manage large dataset with detail-oriented approach and good priority management is desired.

Language: Fluency in English language is required; knowledge of Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian (BCMS) languages is an advantage; knowledge of Albanian and/or Macedonian is an advantage.

Additional InformationTravel Details : applicable depending on sanitary restrictions.


Friday, 5. February 2021