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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kingston
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Statistics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-06

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Data Management & Results Monitoring/Reporting Specialist

Kingston (Canada)

Background

With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at its core, and in response to General Assembly Resolution 71/243 on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the UN Secretary General's report "Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet" (December 2017) put forward a comprehensive proposal on further improvements to the Resident Coordinator (RC) system to ensure more coherent, accountable and effective UN support to Member States for the 2030 Agenda. General Assembly Resolution 72/729 of 1 June 2018 gave the Secretary General the mandate to implement the repositioning.
 
A reinvigorated Resident Coordinator system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system, and while the present system has been instrumental in driving coherence on the ground over the past four decades, it is now insufficiently robust to respond to the needs of the 2030 Agenda. Resident Coordinator Offices (RCOs) will need to be adequately staffed to ensure sufficient substantive capacities to lead United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs). The core capacity will include expertise in coordination and strategic planning, economics, results monitoring and evaluation, and strategic partnerships, plus a robust standing communications capacity.
 
The present post is part of this new generation of Resident Coordinator Offices, equipped with the skills and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Provide substantive support for the development and implementation of the UNCT’s data and research strategy.
  • Develop and expand strategic research and data partnerships.
  • Coordinate monitoring and reporting of UNCT results.
  • Support knowledge management and capacity development. 
1.Provide substantive support for the development and implementation of UNCT’s data and research strategy:

•In alignment with the CCA/UNDAF, coordinate design and implementation of the UNCT's data and research strategy;

•Apply expertise in empirical analysis, data mining and visualization to assist the RC/UNCT, including Results Groups, in developing reports and working papers on a range of sustainable development topics;

•Collect information on the latest developments of the use of new types of data sources and tools (e.g. big data) for sustainable development;

•Provide substantive and analytical support to RC/UNCT in preparing and positioning the UN vis-a-vis SDG acceleration in the country, including the preparation of reports, as well as analytical and position papers;

•Support UNCT research and the development of adequate tools and methodologies at the country level;

•Keep abreast of emerging development issues to galvanize UNCT's analytical capacity to respond to national priorities;

•Contribute substantively to the development and implementation of peer review and quality assurance mechanisms for UNCT's research products.

2.Develop and expand strategic research and data partnerships, including with UN entities at Regional and HQ level, government counterparts, research institutes, leading global thinkers on development, and civil society, among others:
 

•Support UN's engagement with national data and statistical systems, facilitating this engagement with national entities and data system;

•Communicate and coordinate with existing partnerships and help form new partnerships

•with UN agencies, academia, the private sector, and governmental agencies to further the use of data science for development.

•Communicate and coordinate with internal and external partners on data collection and

•project/research implementation;

•Support the convening of key thinkers on sustainable development and 2030 Agenda to input on, advise and steer the UNCT's research and data agenda.

•Strengthen the UNCT's partnerships with research institutions and sections across the UN system though concrete collaboration on areas of the 2030 agenda.

 
3.Coordinate monitoring and reporting of UNCT results under the UN Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (UN MSDF):

•Support inter-agency efforts on results and progress monitoring and reporting on the UN MSDF and Joint Programmes, particularly through UN-Info;

•Provide quality assurance of the UN MSDF Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework and results reporting to country, regional and global levels;

•Facilitate independent evaluations of the UN MSDF as a key element of the UN MSDF cycle, and other interagency work related to monitoring, evaluation and reporting;

•Act as country focal for country-level, regional and global M&E initiatives and networks.

 
4.Support knowledge management and capacity development related to data and monitoring:
 

•Facilitate the sharing of best practices within the UNCT and with UNCTs in the Caribbean subregion, the Latin America and the Caribbean region and globally, based on a solid understanding of the incentives that people need to utilize knowledge.

•Serve as a key advocate for knowledge sharing, inspiring others within the RCO and UNCT to contribute their expertise through internal and external platforms and tools, working closely with colleagues at the regional level to ensure usable knowledge is shared and acted upon from one UN Country Team to another.

•Support the identification of good practices and lessons learned at the different levels of the UN System (national, regional and global) and share findings with Headquarters, regional and country colleagues so that best practices benefit the UN' s work.

•Lead in the UNCT's exchange of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned with external partners.

•Lead in designing thematic activities and knowledge-sharing forums and encourages others to participate.

•Contributes to knowledge sharing (notably through training and facilitating peer exchange) amongst UN staff on issues related to UN strategic planning frameworks, methodologies and tools;

•Draws upon other UN experiences, lessons learned and knowledge networking to provide contributions to strategic planning processes.

 

Competencies

Functional competencies
 
1. Results-Based Program Development and Management
Level 1.2 : Contributes to the results through research and primary analysis.
Investigates the links between the activities of the programme to identify critical points of integration.
Assesses the performance of the programmes/projects to identify success factors and to incorporate the best practices in project work
Monitors specific stages of the implementation of the programmes/projects
Participates in the formulation of proposals for projects and ensures the rigor substantive in the design and implementation of successful approaches and the development of the drafts of documents
 
2. Construction of strategic partnerships 
Level 1.2 : Maintain network of contacts 
Maintains and establishes a network of contacts to share general information and keep abreast of matters relating to partnerships. 
Analyses and selects material for the strengthening of the strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders
 
3. Innovation and market new approaches
Level 1.2 : Improved processes or products
Generates new ideas and proposals for more effective ways to do things.
Documents and examines innovative strategies /good practices/new approaches
Documented bottlenecks, problems and facts and proposes effective solutions
Adopting new approaches
 
4. Mobilization of resources.
Level 1.2 : Provides inputs for resource mobilization strategies
Analyses information/databases of current and potential donors.
Developing a database of project profiles. Identifies opportunities for submitting project proposals to donors.
 
5. Promotion of organizational learning and knowledge sharing
Level 1.2 : Basic research and analysis
Generates new ideas and approaches, investigates new practices and proposes new and more effective ways of doing things. 
Documents and examines innovative strategies and new approaches.
 
6. Job knowledge/expertise
Level 2:  In-depth knowledge of the topic
Understands advanced aspects of its primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of the related disciplines. 
Serves as internal consultant in the area of their specialty and shares knowledge with the staff.
Demonstrates knowledge of integral technologies of information and applies them in their work.
Demonstrates complete knowledge and understanding of the guides and tools of project management and regularly uses them in their work. 
 
7. Customer Orientation
Level 1.2 : Establishes effective relationships with customers.
Evaluates potential solutions to the needs of customers and reports in a timely manner, concise and appropriate. 
Organizes and prioritizes the scheduling of the work to meet the needs of the clients and deadlines.
Establishes, builds and maintains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external customers.
 
 
Core Competencies:
•Promote ethics and integrity, creating unprecedented organizational
•Demonstrate corporate knowledge and good judgment
•Act as a member of team and facilitate team work
•Create and promote an enabling environment for open communication
•Creating synergies through the exercise of self-control
•Exchange of knowledge across the organization and creation of a culture of sharing knowledge and promote learning.
•Informed and transparent decision making.
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:        

Master's degree or equivalent in international relations, political science, economics or related social sciences.

Experience:       

5 Years of relevant experience at the national level and international affairs in international development.

Experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of projects.

Experience in the use of computers and software packages, handling management systems.

Language Requirements:           

Fluency in English.

Disclaimer

This vacancy is open to qualified male and female nationals. We thank you for your application but only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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