Humanitarian And DRR Specialist Job Vacancy In Nairobi Kenya


Date of expiration: Thursday, September 28, 2023 | Humanitarian And DRR Specialist Job Vacancy In Nairobi Kenya
DRR and humanitarian expert

Nairobi, Kenya is the location.

Deadline for applications: September 28 at Midnight in New York, USA.

FTA Local Contract Type

NO-D Post Level

Required Languages: English

Initial Contract Term: One Year

To achieve workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture, UNDP is dedicated. People with impairments, members of indigenous tribes, and members of minority groups are also invited to apply. Every application will be handled with the utmost discretion.

Any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, as well as discrimination are not tolerated by UNDP. As a result, exhaustive background and reference checks will be performed on all chosen individuals.

responsibilities and obligations

  • oversee the creation of DRR and humanitarian programs for teams from country offices, international offices, and programs
  • oversee the creation of regional program papers, cross-border DRR and humanitarian action initiatives;
  • technical assistance with program proposals from national offices, ROs, and MCOs;
  • Offer guidance on how to contextualize and localize the documentation for DRR and humanitarian programs, as well as country plans and knowledge products;
  • Work with the program teams to plan effective monitoring and reporting for DRR and humanitarian efforts.
  • Support teams and partners for Country Offices, Multi Country Offices, and Program Presence with technical assistance and capacity building:
  • assist teams working on projects and programs for country offices, multi-country offices, and program presence with meaningful technical and policy support;
  • Create, put into action, and track capacity-building projects for DRR and gender in humanitarian action;
  • provide partners with technical assistance for carrying out humanitarian efforts and DRR work;
  • provide program/project managers/specialists in the CO, MCOs, and program presence countries with technical policy advice and direction;
  • Encouragement for the development and training of UN Women’s ESAR surge capabilities for deployment in times of emergency.
  • Form and strengthen strategic alliances with regional, international, and development actors, stakeholders, and other parties:
  • To strengthen humanitarian action and DRR activities, create and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships;
  • Establish and maintain tight ties with organizations and individuals that can help attempts to engage in DRR and humanitarian action;
  • Create frequent updates and briefs on the state of regional and national development for use by stakeholders, CO, and HQ;
  • Keep in touch frequently with the pertinent staff at UN Women’s headquarters and in Geneva.
  • Organize the resource mobilization plan for DRR and humanitarian aid in the area:
  • Participate in the execution, monitoring, and recurrent update of the regional resource mobilization strategy for DRR and humanitarian action;
  • provide technical assistance to country offices so they can gather funds to carry out DRR and humanitarian initiatives;
  • Identify opportunities, conduct donor-related research and analysis, and prepare in-depth briefs on potential cooperation areas.
  • oversee the planning of DRR and humanitarian aid in the area, as well as the creation of pertinent knowledge products:
  • Offer advice and recommendations on how to position humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction in strategic planning;
  • Analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on DRR and humanitarian issues are studied, developed, and presented;
  • Determine effective techniques, technical knowledge, and strategic possibilities in DRR and humanitarian aid;
  • Identify the best practices in the area and encourage their documentation.
  • Ensure inter-agency collaboration in the promotion of DRR and humanitarian action:
  • work closely with and offer guidance to regional/ national organizations and interagency groups that have an impact on national policies relating to humanitarian relief and disaster risk reduction, and where appropriate, represent UN Women in important venues;
  • Lead UN Women’s representation in significant humanitarian and disaster relief forums to promote and support gender mainstreaming;
  • Lead specific initiatives to integrate gender and protection into other clusters’ and relevant working groups’ preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for disasters, including the inclusion and participation of underrepresented groups in accordance with the Commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations and IASC guidelines.
  • control the promotion and education of humanitarian action:
  • Create and implement communication and advocacy strategies on important gender and protection issues during emergency response;
  • Create news releases, situation reports, warnings, and other information, education, and communication (IEC) materials, and add gender- and protection-related content to publications created by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  • oversee the creation and exchange of knowledge for humanitarian action:
  • Identify and share best practices and lessons learned in conjunction with country offices;
  • Make sure technical knowledge and skills are shared between MCOs, COs, and HQ.
  • Important Performance Indicators
  • prompt and excellent technical support;
  • leadership in the region’s specialty field;
  • timeously written and presented reports and other strategic documents of the highest caliber;
  • solid connections with a variety of partners and stakeholders;
  • UN Women is prominently featured in significant discussions on expert-related subjects;
  • contributions to the mobilization of resources;
  • quality knowledge products that are timely.


Core Principles:

  • Considering Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Principal Competencies
  • Sensitivity to and awareness of gender issues
  • Accountability
  • Problem-solving in a Novel Way
  • Successful Communication
  • Inclusive Partnership
  • Stakeholder Participation
  • Setting the Bar High

Functional Capabilities

  • substantial understanding of and practical expertise with current laws, regulations, and procedures relating to DRR, protection, and the advancement of gender equality;
  • strong regional knowledge;
  • outstanding networking abilities;
  • being able to communicate with contributors, spot patterns, analyze opportunities, and assess dangers to fundraising;
  • proficiency in conducting both qualitative and quantitative policy research;
  • the capacity to advocate and offer policy guidance;
  • superior analytical abilities;
  • writing skills for speeches, policy papers, and briefings;
  • strong understanding of reporting, results-based management, and program development and implementation.

required knowledge and expertise

Education and licensing:

  • a master’s degree (or its equivalent) in social science subjects such as gender studies, international relations, international development, international law, or gender studies
  • The advanced university degree may be substituted with a first-level university degree and two more years of relevant experience.


  • at least 7 years of steadily increasing responsibility in planning and running humanitarian programs, with a focus on women’s issues and emergency protection;
  • substantial and technical expertise in protection cluster coordination, procap/gencap, and/or interagency coordination in a catastrophe setting;
  • expertise in strategic planning and policy analysis;
  • working with and forming collaborations with governments, donors, and local and international civil society organizations;
  • Having prior UN experience is advantageous; and
  • Working in the area before is a plus.

Language prerequisites

  • English proficiency is necessary;
  • It is advantageous to be conversant in another UN official working language;

Please be aware that the system will only permit one attachment, and candidates must include links to their most recent two-year-old reports and articles in the P-11 form. Applications won’t be accepted for further evaluation if they don’t include the fully filled-out and signed UN Women P-11 form.

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