Senior Development Coordination Officer /Economist
Multiple locations (Various)
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in multiple countries and typically reports to the Resident Coordinator.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Development Coordination Officer /Economist will be responsible of the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Development Coordination Officers/Economist.)
Summary of Functions
1.Coordinates evidence-based Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) analysis, with a focus on macro-economic shifts required to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in support of a shared understanding by the UN Country Team (UNCT) of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in programme countries
2.Oversees the provision of substantive advice on macro-economic policy to Resident Coordinators (RC) and UNCTs, to inform the CCA, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), joint programmes and system-wide action for the 2030 Agenda
3.Leeds the development by the UNCT of a new generation of SDG programmes with a strong investment orientation and focus on acceleration towards achieving the 2030 Agenda
4.Directs SDG knowledge generation and management
Description of Functions:
1.Coordinates evidence-based SDG analysis, with a focus on the macro-economic shifts required to deliver the 2030 Agenda, in support of a shared understanding by the UNCT of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in programme countries
•Directs research and analysis of macro-economic trends and progress towards implementation of the UNDAF and national development plans, distills best practices and identifies emerging issues in sustainable development, paying special attention to gender and leaving no one behind;
•Oversees the identification and analysis of synergies, gaps and trade-offs in the implementation of SDGs and proposes ‘accelerator interventions' that can help unlock and accelerate progress towards sustainable development across multiple areas;
•Manages research, development and presentation of papers, guidance notes and other knowledge based-tools for discussion in country-level forums to help influence and advance policy dialogue on achieving the SDGs;
•Coordinates the preparation of UN flagship reports, including the analysis of data and the provision of evidence to build the case for policies and interventions on SDGs;
•Oversees the monitoring of regional and global economic trends and issues and analyses their implications for the realization of the 2030 Agenda at the country level.
2.Oversees the provision substantive advice on macroeconomic policy to RCs and UNCTs, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners
•Guides substantive advise and inputs on macro-economic trends to inform system-wide planning efforts, including the UNCT Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)
•Guides the upports UNCT members in ensuring alignment to the UNDAF of the economic-related objectives of country programmes of individual entities (CPDs)
•Oversees the provision of advice to RC/UNCTs on integrated policies required to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, including through Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) and similar processes;
•Coordinates the preparation of inputs for the UNCT on how UN country-level operations can be optimized and better respond to sustainable development needs and emerging trends in country;
•Plans and directs the work of the in-country UN Joint Policy Team (or equivalent) and helps drive coherence of policy work, analysis and assessment across development, humanitarian and peace activities - as relevant to the country context.
3.Leads the development of new generation of SDG programmes with a strong investment orientation and focus on acceleration towards achieving the 2030 Agenda
•Manages the development and implementation of the UN Development Framework (UNDAF) to ensure that the UN’s country-level operational activities effectively support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in country;
•Oversees the provision of substantive support to the UN joint programming process to identify and support the formulation of a new generation of UN joint programmes that are aligned with the SDGs, oriented towards investment, and have impact at the national level;
•Guides UNDAF result groups in the implementation of joint workplans to promote SDG-relevant and SDG-responsive UN operational activities for development;
•Oversees the provision of support the RC/UNCT in their engagement with the World Bank, the IMF and other international financing institutions in country;
•Manages the revision and endorsement of recommendations to enhance UN support to governmental and multi-stakeholder processes, including businesses and civil society organizations, on SDG policy development and capacity development;
•Contribute to UNCT efforts to strengthen the data ecosystem, including initiatives for data sharing and analysis.
4.Directs SDG knowledge generation and management
•Plans, facilitates and contributes to communities of practice and knowledge networks that promote collaboration, peer support, innovation good practices, lessons learned, needs and opportunities in the area of sustainable development;
•Coordinates the monitoring and analysis of best practices and successful models implemented by the UN in country and suggests options for developing these into bankable national SDG investment programmes;
•Coordinates contributions to global/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to sustainable development policy.
•Professionalism: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
•Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies key issues in complex situations, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, sustainable development, public policy, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development policy, economic analysis or project/programme management in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Senior Development Coordination Officer /Economist - P5 roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
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