Management Specialist, Risk and Resilience

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme


Reporting to the Chief, Compliance Division of BMS/Budget, Performance and Compliance (BPC), the Management Specialist for Risk and Resilience leads and coordinates UNDP’s corporate collaboration in Enterprise Risk Management and Resilience. 

UNDP has institutionalized Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Resilience practices, with the purpose of ensuring that the organization can prepare for risk and crisis while sustaining the organizational capability to mitigate risks, rapidly respond to crises, and recover.

The Risk and Resilience Specialist manages the development of the key documentation for implementation of corporate support resources for risk mitigation and management as well as resilience in UNDP, monitors maintenance of corporate standards across UNDP programme and operations management practices, and ensures that policies and procedures in support of risk and resilience are kept up to date and take into account best practices.


Duties and Responsibilities

1.  Policy, Guidance and Tools Development

  • Serve as the technical lead on integrating risk and resilience into UNDP management practices in the areas of:
    • Enterprise risk management (ERM)
    • Crisis response management
    • Business Continuity Management (BCM)
  • Lead the development of corporate UNDP risk and resilience guidance and support resources through research, analysis, and the development of technical guidance;
  • Lead ERM and BCM policy development/update, ensuring that policies, guidelines and procedures in support of risk management, mitigation, and resilience meet international standards and are up to date and take into account international best practices and organization initiatives (e.g. NextGen ERP, clustering, etc.);
  • Develop/update corporate guidance and tools for ERM, crisis response, and BCM;
  • Incorporate ERM considerations and requirement into the design of the NextGen ERP, Corporate Planning tool, etc. and related business processes in collaboration with key stakeholders (e.g. ITM, BPPS, etc.); and
  • Develop/update tools for the implementation of BCM corporate policy: for example, for Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Risk Assessment (RA) templates.

2. Policy Advisory Service

  • Provide ongoing policy advisory services and support to HQ and field offices to enhance organizational resilience;
  • Provide technical guidance to risk and business continuity focal points with regard to mandated annual updates and tests of risk management and business continuity plans;
  • Support BMS Directorate in its discharge of the Corporate Risk Management Committee Secretariat function;
  • Exercise quality assurance through the review of ERM resources and business continuity documents and foster policy innovation through continuous learning on business continuity and organizational resilience;
  • Assist COs and Regional Bureaus and HQ Units in Risk Management business process as part of the Integrated Work Planning exercise and monitor updates of risk registers and ERM Dashboard;
  • Ensure that all documents are compliant with policies and procedures; and
  • Support the response in the event of a disruption to enable continuation of critical functions by facilitating access to relevant documents, departments and persons.

3. Research & Content Development

  • Conduct analysis of data presented in UNDP Enterprise Risk Management / Business Continuity Plans, (BCP) publicly available case studies; research findings to distill relevant lessons;
  • Develop, test and roll out risk / business continuity tools in line with international standards; and
  • Research, develop and communicate knowledge-based tools, such as policy positions and concept notes, with colleagues/partners.

4.  Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Coordinate and monitor the implementation of Risk and Resilience activities, including mandatory and annual BCP tests and updates of HQ and updating and maintaining HQ and CO risk registers;
  • Serve as coordinator for HQ simulation exercises
  • Assess After Action Reviews of BCP tests and actual activations, prepare and disseminate Lessons Learned and, reflect Lessons Learned in preparation and guidance for crisis response efforts, thus ensuring continuous improvement; and
  • Manage the development of the key documentation for implementation of Business Continuity in UNDP. Such documents include the BIA and RA as well as departmental recovery plans.
  • Monitor progress made and effectiveness in the mitigation of corporate risk logs approved by the Corporate Risk Committee.

5.  Internal/External Liaison

  • Maintain contact with HQ and CO Risk and Resilience Focal Points to enhance a corporate risk and resilience dialogue;
  • Coordinate and provide risk management-related training (as required) to HQ and CO Risk and Resilience Focal Points;
  • Maintain contact and coordinate efforts with colleagues involved in crisis management, emergency response, crisis communications and IT Disaster Recovery, ensuring smooth interface between the various phases and components of crisis response;
  • Liaise with the Crisis Bureau to ensure that Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning interfaces with SURGE activities;
  • Maintain contacts with crisis management and business continuity management units in the UN and specialized UN agencies; and
  • Represent UNDP in inter-agency fora on business continuity, including the UN Pandemic Preparedness Technical Working Group, thus ensuring coherence with system-wide policy directives.



Innovation – Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Leadership – Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management – Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Communication – Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Delivery – Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement



Risk Management – Knowledge of industry standard and UN/DP specific best practices on risk management and mitigation.

Business Continuity – Knowledge of the UNDP approaches and standards for maintaining operational capability during exceptional or crisis-related circumstances.

Stakeholder Management – Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and balance often contradictory expectations, building and maintaining relationships.

Knowledge Management – Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.



Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Information Technology, Finance, or relevant field of professional operational management.


  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience including in programme and operations quality assurance and risk management;
  • Experience in drafting and updating of policies and procedures and/or standard operating procedures and toolkits highly desirable;
  • Experience in coordination of UN functions at HQ, regional or country level desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in the English language, is required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language, is desirable.


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