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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: La Paz
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-23

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Coordination Analyst UPGIP

La Paz (Bolivia)

Background

The United Nations System (UNS) has embarked on an ambitious plan to strengthen its coherence and relevance to remain the primary partner of upstream policy advice to the government of the Plurinational state of Bolivia. This has implied an analysis of current services given and systems used by the United Nations in Bolivia. It has also implied a thorough analysis of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR), as well as the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) introduced by the UNDG to implement these decisions at a country level. 
 
The Resident Coordinators Office (RCO) in Bolivia supports the 15 United Nations agencies, funds and programs resident in the country, and is under the responsibility of the Resident Coordinator (RC), representative appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, who also directs the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bolivia. 
 
To fulfil their mandates, both the UNCT and the RC have the support of the RCO. This implies that the office works on the implementation of the UNDAF, on working in interagency mechanisms such as results groups and supporting the coordination of joint programming, as well as supporting the achievement of the development goals of the Agenda 2030. The activities of the RCO are carried out in close collaboration with UN agencies and relevant partners of Government, civil society, private sector, etc., in Bolivia. All UN activities in Bolivia are planned in accordance with the objectives and priorities of the country established in the National Development Plan and the Patriotic Agenda 2025.
 
The Swedish Cooperation supports the UN to implement the development of the National Urban Policy (NUP) and the New Urban Agenda in Bolivia, coordinated by the RCO and UN Habitat, with UNDP implementation support. The programme is linked to the Strategic Area 2 in the UNDAF: Integral Development and Plural Economy which includes urban issues. The RCO has endorsed the System's response to the Government of Bolivia, supporting both the specialized technical assistance of UN-HABITAT on the New Urban Agenda, as well as the articulation of thematic actions of other UN agencies, funds and programs in Bolivia. With UNDP technical and implementation support, it shall ensure that the already integrated perspective of the National Policy and of urban operations (typical of local implementation) consolidate the cooperation work through the inclusion of all relevant social, economic and environmental aspects.
 
The Swedish Cooperation Swedish also supports a Coordinated Gender Strategy, aimed at working towards equal opportunities for men and women in Bolivia, paying special attention to the young population and those in situation of vulnerability. Considering that each of the agencies, funds and programs (AFP) supported by Sweden have different strategic and intervention lines, there is a need to formulate a strategy that coordinates the interventions and create impact for the achievement of gender equality, as well as accelerate the process of the UNS reform in Bolivia with a strong coordination mechanism.
 
Under the dual supervision of the UNDP Programme Analyst and the RCO Team Leader, the Programme Analyst will support the coordination activities leading towards the implementation of the Programme for the New Urban Agenda and the Coordinated Gender Strategy in coordination with UN Habitat and UNDP. 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Within the mandate of UNDP and in close coordination with the RCO as the implementing agency, the Coordination Analyst will contribute to the following tasks:
  1. Articulate, facilitate and coordinate the interagency actions that will be implemented by the Agencies, Funds and Programs of the United Nations System involved in the Urban Agenda and Gender strategy projects as previously agreed upon by the UNS in Bolivia under the coordination of the RCO.
  2. Support UNS’ work with key partners to facilitate the implementation of the Programme for the New Urban Agenda and the Coordinated Gender Strategy;
  3. Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the Programme for the New Urban Agenda and the Coordinated Gender Strategy implementation as well as analysis, studies, inputs to publications, as requested.
  4. Coordinate with the UNS in Bolivia the process of information gathering and collaborate on the elaboration of progress reports on to the Programme for the New Urban Agenda and the Coordinated Gender Strategy implementation; Draft reports and compile information for donor and other reports requested by UNDP and support on its final elaboration.
  5. Support the organization of interagency meetings, conferences and other activities, including the identification of participants, preparation of background documents and handling logistics in response to the Programme for the New Urban Agenda and the Coordinated Gender Strategy’s specific requirements.
  6. Support the implementation of the Programme for the New Urban Agenda and the Coordinated Gender Strategy, analysing and ensuring alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans; programmes quality control and identification of potential challenges; monitoring of mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators. 
  7. Undertake interagency activities; training courses, workshops, seminars on different themes to enhance gender awareness as well as gender decision-making and its mainstreaming in strategic areas.
  8. Liaise, under the purview of UN agencies requirements, with key national and internationals stakeholders, civil society organizations, NGOs, UN partners and donors to support the follow up the development in the gender approach, with special attention to vulnerable groups, and facilitate and enhance contribution towards the implementation of the gender equality agenda and the Programme for the New Urban Agenda.
  9. Identify and synthesize best practices, lessons learned and data collection to support knowledge sharing that are directly linked to the implementation of the Programme for New Urban Agenda and the Coordinated Gender Strategy, under implementing agency mandates and definitions.
  10. Coordinate different types of communications relating to gender equality, the Coordinated Gender Strategy and the Programme for New Urban Agenda together with UNIC and other agencies, in correspondence with interagency strategies on this matter. 
  11. Support the RCO on the achievement of UN Country Team activities in relation to urban and gender questions, with a focus on creating strategic partnerships for UNCT Programming including UNDAF implementation and support of national strategies and priorities in these areas.

Competencies

Functional Competencies
 
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
 
Level 1.2: Preparing information for advocacy
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
 
Level 1.2: Contributes into results through primary research and analysis
  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
  • 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 
 
Level 1.2:  Maintaining a network of contacts
  • 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
 
Level 1.2: Enhancing processes or products
  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
 
Level 1.2: Basic research and analysis
  • 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
 
Level 1.2: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
  • 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
Client Orientation
 
Level 1.2: Establishing effective client relationships
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly
Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity  
  • Demonstrate 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.

Required Skills and Experience

Education
  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following disciplines: International Relations, Urban Studies, Economics, Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Political Sciences or related field.
Experience
  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in international/regional organizations, with proven experience in international/regional organizations and track record in project/programme management.
  • Coordination and work experience in Latin America and the Caribbean region will be an asset.
  • Experience working in International development preferably focused on, or strongly involving in urban planning processes and/or gender equality at national, regional and/or international levels;
  • Experience working in facilitating knowledge management (lessons learned and best practices) processes;
  • Experience working with quantitative and qualitative M&E methods and tools; 
  • Prior experience in the UN System will be an asset
Language Requirements
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (the working language of the duty station)

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