Digital Partnership Specialist
Duties and Responsibilities
- Advising RBA’s leadership on issues relating to the digital economy and its potential impact in helping accelerate progress towards attaining the SDGs in the Africa region, with a view of positioning RBA as a thought leader in the digital development space;
- Developing strategic partnerships at the global and regional level with key actors in the digital economy in support of RBA’s efforts to promote digital development in programme countries;
- Providing Technical support to RBA’s units, regional hubs and country offices on issues relating to how to leverage digital development in support of the SDGs;
- Facilitating knowledge management and learning.
- Develops RBA’s strategic value proposition for digital development in the African continent and puts forward a concrete action plan for its implementation;
- Analyzes global and regional trends and dynamics in the digital economy and advises RBA on how these potentially impact the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the African continent;
- Seeks opportunities for engagement in the digital economy and advises RBA’s leadership on how to leverage its programme in the African continent to promote digital development for the SDGs;
- Contributes to the positioning of RBA as a thought leader in the digital economy and its impact on sustainable development in the African continent.
- Positions UNDP as a partner of choice for actors in the digital space and elsewhere (e.g. donors, development partners) seeking to support efforts to leverage digital development for the SDGs in Africa;
- Fosters and supports the development of strategic partnerships with leading global and regional actors in the digital space, including in the private sectors, philanthropies, think tanks and academia in support of RBA’s efforts to leverage digital development for the SDGs;
- Effectively networks with key actors in the digital development space seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda, with a focus on Africa;
- Closely liaises with other RBA units and regional and sub-regional offices, as well as with other bureaus in UNDP to identify opportunities for partnership engagement and development in and for the Africa region in the area of digital development;
- Liaises with UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy to ensure full alignment with UNDP corporate partnerships policies and strategies;
- Externally represents RBA on matters pertaining to digital development for the SDGs;
- Participates in wider UN agency digital development fora, serving as RBA’s digital development liaison and coordinator of digital development priorities.
- Advises RBA, RBA’s regional hubs and RBA country offices on how to mainstream digital development into UNDP’s regional and country programme in Africa;
- Leads digital development coordination within RBA ensuring consistent guidance to country offices;
- Upon request, supports country-level strategic planning and programming to ensure that digital development opportunities to reach the SDGs are leveraged;
- Coordinates the implementation of RBA’s action plan for Digital Development or the SDGs in Africa;
- Based on existing analytical frameworks and tools, and in support of the programme cycle, develops trainings to support country analysis of digital development opportunities which support SDGs outcomes;
- In collaboration with regional and country office advisors and managers, assesses digital development capacities and expertise in RBA, as it relates to supporting public and private digital development strategic plans and investments for the SDGs.
- Supports the establishment of a knowledge and information-sharing network between RBA and its regional and country offices on digital development and the SDGs;
- Supports UNDP efforts to research and advance technical thought leadership and practice on digital development or the SDGs;
- Advances knowledge and best practices in digital development with other UNDP bureaus and UN agencies;
- Fosters knowledge sharing and learning between RBA, key research institutions, think tanks, as well as the UNDP Global Policy Network, with the aim of creating an enabling environment that inspires sharing and exchange of knowledge, information, and resources on digital development;
- Supports UNDP country office’s capacity development and knowledge sharing work with national counterparts by drawing on experiences on digital development and offering services, instruments and potential solutions to key government counterparts across Africa.
- Performs any other tasks as required by the Chief, Partnerships and Communications.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in information and data science, economics, public policy, business administration, or related fields.
- A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in relevant fields;
- Experience with digital development, including capacity building and technical assistance;
- Experience in programme management at the field level;
- Experience in digital development with private sector actors would be desirable.
- Experience with programme strategy development and implementation would be an asset;
- Experience working in the African context on issues relevant for this position would be desirable;
- Experience working with UN agencies, development partners and actors on digital development would be an asset.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Professional level fluency of French is desirable;
- Knowledge of additional UN languages would be an asset.
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