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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Mexico
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-25

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Especialista de Coordinación– Gestión del Conocimiento

Mexico (Mexico)



Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator Team Leader, the UN Coordination Specialist strengthens capacity of the UN Country Team, analyzes political, social and economic trends and provides inputs to preparation of country programming products including the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) in a flexible and effective manner, to support the national strategies setting, provides assistance to development and implementation of the collaborative and joint programmes and monitors progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Global Conferences, provides support to agencies without field representation to access national systems and for national counterparts to access the expertise of agencies without field representation. The UN Coordination Specialist works in close collaboration with UNCT members, programme and operations teams of the Agencies, UNSDG and UNDCO staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful implementation of UNCT activities.

Duties and Responsibilities


Provides policy guidance and support to RC based on analysis of development and political trends and their possible impact on UN work.

-      Through analysis and research of political, social and economic situation in country, advise on developments having consequences for UN agencies’ work and priorities.

-Facilitation of assessments and other analytical work to help determine UNCT strategy and priorities, reflecting the overall framework of UNDAF and SDG’s.

-Monitor relevant developments in the General Assembly and within the peace and security departments of the United Nations HQ.

Provides effective support to UNCT in implementation of country programming processes and products, including CCA, UNDAF and UN joint programmes.

-Assists on secretarial support to the UNDAF Interagency Groups and Task Forces ensuring full participation UN Agencies, and the dialogue with the Government, civil society, multilateral and bilateral institutions.

-Contributes on the coordination, planning and participation in UN joint annual review of development results.

-Identification of strengths and weaknesses in UN Agencies programmes in the context of UNDAF, UN System reform and SDG’s. Contributes to the provision of advice on adjusting strategies and implementation modalities, cost-effective and efficient implementation of joint UN programmes, common services and other UN functions.

-Contributes to the development of strategies, policies and programmes in close consultation with UN Agencies aimed at reaching the SDG’s and implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Contributes to effective management of RCO and its staff.

-Supports the work of the UN Coordination Office, a team of staff members working in inter-agency coordination, donor coordination, joint programming under the overall guidance of the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) and based on the RC Annual Work Plan, and UNDAF.

-Assists in partnership building and strategic interaction with national partners, donor aid agencies, civil society and the private sector, adhering to UN principles and values.

-Assists the coordination of RCO workflow, providing substantive/technical guidance to RC Office staff as necessary.

-Supports the management of human resource and recruitment processes for RCO.

-Supoorts the Team Leader in overseeing the day to day Operations of the RCO and establish and implement adequate internal controls to ensure the integrity of financial transactions, apply rules and regulations and report consistently.

Ensures preparation and implementation of the RC/UNCT Work Plan.

-Coordination of the RC/UNCT Work Plan, reports and proposals for funding preparation.

-Provision of substantive and secretarial support to the UNCT periodic meetings.

-Coordination of substantive preparations and support provided for strategic planning UNCT retreats.

-Monitoring of the Support to the Resident Coordinator (SRC) fund and other funds dedicated to UNCT activities. Approval of expenditures reports.

Ensures effective advocacy of UN activities in close consultation with UNIC and the information / communication focal points of the UNCG.

-Ensure maintenance of the systematic information on RC system activities.

-Supports the implementation of the outreach strategy for partners of the UN system.

-Coordinate the management of media and communication strategies of the UNCT, in close consultation with the UNCG.

-Coordinate the preparation of speakers notes, talking points, speeches for major advocacy events of the Resident Coordinator system, in close consultation with the UNCT and partners.

Supports the creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy for UNDAF implementation.

-Contributes to the development of partnerships with government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society.

-Coordination of the substantive preparations of the UNCT for key fora and events in close consultation with appropriate counterparts in government, bilateral and multilateral partners.

Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management.

-Identification of sources of information related to coordination. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to country policy goals.

-Identification of national policies and institutions that require strengthening to ensure effective UNDAF implementation and provision of advice in close consultation with UNCT.

-Coordinate the analysis and research of information on different topics, preparation of substantive briefs and national development strategies, provision of advice to UN RC on ensuring synchronicity, alignment and complementarity between these strategies and UN activities.

-Provide guidance to establishment of systems for agencies without field representation to access national institutions and processes and for national partners to access the expertise of agencies without field representation.

-Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

-Coordinate organization of trainings to UN staff on coordination issues.



Preparing information for advocacy:

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UN’s priorities
  • Maintains a functioning network of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding of UN’s development agenda and to support advocacy efforts

Results-Based Programme Development and Management:

  • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Analyzes country situation to identify opportunities for project development
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly

Building Strategic Partnerships:

  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues
  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:

  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches

Resource Mobilization:

  • Collects, researches and analyzes information on resource mobilization and utilization, drafts reports and documents and maintains information/databases on potential and actual donors and donor funded projects
  • Provides data and information needed for preparation of fund raising activities and resource mobilization documents ensuring needs of donors are met
  • Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:

  • Basic research and analysis
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UN’s Goals:

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UN’s goals for a variety of audiences
  • Maintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society, to promote a better understanding of UN’s priorities and to support advocacy efforts

Client Orientation:

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion

Required Skills and Experience


  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity; corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Self-development, initiative-taking; acting as a team player and facilitating team work.
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively.
  • Creating synergies through self-control; managing conflict.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.Informed and transparent decision making.


Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.


Fluency in English and Spanish.


  • En caso de renuncia o terminación de contrato, la persona contratada será responsable de hacer una entrega por escrito de la documentación bajo su cargo así como una relación de pendientes.
  • El PNUD no es responsable del inicio de actividades del personal sin contrato y no admite contrataciones retroactivas.


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