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Apia (Samoa)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Apia (Samoa)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-27

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With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at its core, and in response to the 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 (December 2017)  "Repositioning the United Nations development  system to deliver on the
2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet" puts forward
a comprehensive  proposal  on  further  improvements  to the resident  coordinator  system  to ensure more coherent, accountable and effective support for the 2030 Agenda. This was further reinforced by General Assembly resolution 72/729 of 1 June 2018, which 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  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. The report  stresses  that resident  coordinator  offices will  need to be adequately staffed to ensure sufficient substantive capacities to lead United Nations country teams. 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 within United Nations  country teams.
This post is part of this new generation of resident coordinator offices, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide  substantive support for the development and implementation of the 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;
  • Act as the administrator for UNINFO and lead the development of the One UN Country Results Report.
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 Development
Assistance Framework  (UNDAF):
  • Support inter-agency efforts on results and progress monitoring and reporting on the UNDAF and Joint Programmes, particularly through UNINFO;
  • Provide quality assurance of the UNDAF M&E Framework and results reporting to country, regional and global levels;
  • Facilitate independent evaluations ofUNDAFs as a key element of the UNDAF 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 (sub)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 HQ, Regional and country colleagues so that best practices  benefit 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.

5. The position will also coordinate the UN Pacific Pulse Lab, which is a data innovation center established in Samoa to provide data services to the region: 

  • In that capacity, the staff member will oversee project design and implementation and work closely with the Pulse Lab team to ensure data analytics and research are made available to the UN Country Team and inform programmes and projects. 


  • Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches; 
  • Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection;  
  • Ability to undertake research, analyze data, make recommendations and write draft reports on sustainable development issues;  
  • 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. 
  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • Is willing to learn from others;
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments;
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
  • Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Actively seeks to improve programmes or services;
  • Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs;
  • Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas;
  • Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas;
  • Thinks “outside the box”;
  • Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things;
  • Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
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.
Commitment to Continuous Learning:
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
  • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
  • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
  • Shows willingness to learn from others;
  • Seeks feedback to learn and improve.
Technological Awareness:
  • Keeps abreast of available technology;
  • Understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office;
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;
  • Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, information management, statistics, sustainable development, 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategic support to research and data analysis, knowledge management or project/programme management in the context of development cooperation or related area is required; 
  • Prior experience in technology-based data management is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems. Experience with ERP systems, preferably PeopleSoft, is desirable.
Language Requirements: 
  • Fluency in English and Samoan both written and verbal.
  • This vacancy is open to Samoan nationals only;
  • Women candidates are encouraged to apply;
  • The position is expected to be extended, subject to funding availability.


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