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UN Country Coordination Specialist

Yaren (Nauru)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Yaren (Nauru)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-01

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of UN Resident Coordinator in Fiji or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer UN Country Coordination Officer will:

1) Coordinate UN inter-agency work in support of Nauru’s national priorities and the UN Pacific Strategy to advance on the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs and provide support to the RC in carry out his/her function under the new invigorated RC System under the UN Development System Reform.

  • Support design, formulation, and implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes, and joint programming processes amongst UN entities with a view for joint resource mobilization;
  • Provide effective and efficient coordination support to all UN agencies (resident and non-resident to the Pacific) in implementing their programmes as well as initiating new cooperation engagements;
  • Advise the RC/UNCT in articulating and actively communicating a credible and convincing strategic vision for the UN in Nauru and as part of the multi-country UNDAF, which is consistent with national development goals and priorities, UN values, aligned with the 2030 Agnda and commited to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind. This includes, acting as a member of various national and UN working groups as appropriate.
  • Through active participation in RCO weekly meetings as well as other inter-agency working groups providing updates on UN’s engagement in Nauru, provide strategy advice and develop recommendations to inform decision-making by the RC/UNCT in relation to repositioning of the UN System in Nauru, with consideration to the Standard Operating Procedures for Delivering as One.
  • Provide written analysis and summary on political, social economic and environment sector developments in Nauru to the RCO and Pacific Joint UNCT.
  • Advise the RC/UNCT on the development implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the new generation UNDAF in the Pacific and Nauru context
  • Promote the UNDAF/UNPS and Joint Workplans, ensuring that the UNDAF M&E framework is followed-through and well reported upon considering Nauru context. This could inlcude mapping, monitoring and follow-up on UN’s programmes and support against national strategic plan sectors as well as provide written and verbal analysis on UN’s engagement in Nauru advising a new entry points for further strengthen the partnership with the government.

  • Support strategic design of UN's policy and programmatic offer, signature operational capabilities,and partnership
  • Support identification, analysis and prioritzation of joint programmic work of UN entities in line with the UNDAF and the 2030 Agenda

2) Act as the main interlocutor for partnership with government, civil society, NGOs, development partners and UN agencies

  • In consultations with a broad range of stakeholders, advise on positioning the UN as a key provider of integrated services and as a platform in support of the SDGs.

  • In close collaboration with the RCO Fiji, ensure the formulation and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy as well as Resource Mobilization Strategy considers the Nauru context;

  • Maintain relationship with government and other partners through sharing relevant information upon and attending relevant meeting upon request.

  • Facilitate and action requests from Government and UN agencies, including but not limited to mission clearances including all visa and entry processes, support with mission programmes, surveys, invitations to workshops and conferences.

  • Provided support and preparation to high-level UN missions as well as UN technical colleagues, incl. extensive liaison and communication with government and non-government entities,

  • Regular liaison and meetings with development partners such as Australia High Commission.

3) Undertake Advocacy and Communication activities in Nauru

  • Provide input to strategic advocacy and communication advise to UNCT on the 2030 Agenda considering Nauru country context and oost impact of programmatic objectives under the UNPS in Nauru;

  • Monitor media in the areas related to the UN's mandates and programmes in Nauru, as well as other issues relevant to the UN brand and positioning;

  • Advise the RC/UNCT on public messaging and media outreach in Nauru, and help manage reputational risks or crises around sensitive issues;

  • In line with the UNPS Communication Strategy and Workplan, organise UN Day event and / or other international events in Nauru

  • Give presentations and conduct outreach activities as required (e.g. in schools)

  • Together with RCO communication colleagues in Suva, work on messaging for social media posts, review and provide input to advocacy materials considering Nauru context

4) Overall management of the Joint Presence Office to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the RC and UNCT and adherence to organizational policies and procedures.

  • Ensure the Joint Presence office is well managed and operational procedures adhered to, including vehicle maintenance, financial records etc.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:
  • Advanced university degree in in a relevant field of expertise (e.g. Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences or other related fields)

  • Command of office information technology and software suites (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc).

  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;

Required experience: 60 Months Experience remark:
  • A minimum of 5 years of paid working experience in a relevant field

  • On-the-ground work experience in developing countries, preferably in the Asia-Pacific region or in other SIDS countries

  • Past experience with the United Nations and/or UN Coordination-related activities, is an advantage

  • Experience working/volunteering to respect, promote, protect, fulfill the rights of marginalized groups is an advantage

  • Candidates of Pacific nationalities are encouraged to apply

  • Good understanding of the Nauru country context .and / or the Pacific is considered an advantage

Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise: Development programme management Driving license: No Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

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Application deadline:1st April 2020

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