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HDP Nexus Specialist - TA International (P4)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Peace and Development
    • Water Resource Management
  • Closing Date:
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1. Regional Integrator: Strengthen UNDP’s role and capacity to advance a wider regional system policy / program and facilitate cross-pillar learning through the production of evidence-based data to inform dialogue, support knowledge management and peer learning on the HDP Nexus in sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Country Support Service: Build the capacity of Country Offices through training and contextualized advisory services with concrete, practical skills, and tools for the implementation of the HDPN approach.
Duties and Responsibilities:

1). Regional Integrator: Strengthen UNDP’s role and capacity to advance a wider regional system policy /program and facilitate cross-pillar learning through the production of evidence-based data to inform dialogue, support knowledge management, and peer learning on the HDP Nexus in sub-Saharan Africa.

In collaboration with the Nexus Academy (and with other stakeholders) the HDP Nexus Specialist will:

  • Identify and implement, in collaboration with other agencies and interested stakeholders, studies and research projects with the aim to unpack some of the most contentious issues around the nexus and with the potential to advance system wide adoption of the approach.
  • Support the development of HDPN regional modules. Modules may have the objective to facilitate sectoral nexus approaches or have a specific focus on the type of crisis and facilitate discussion and agreement on whether Nexus approach (HDPN) is applicable in all specific country contexts.
  • Organize the restitution of research studies results. Through existing regional coordination and discussion fora the Hub will ensure research results are shared with the wider community to foster dialogue and constructive discussions with the aim to build a common understanding of the potentials and limitations of the Nexus Approach in specific areas of work. Experts will be invited to share experiences and constructively discuss the studies.
  • Facilitate peer learning focused on Africa. Buying from and building on existing A.I. tools developed and built by the Nexus Academy, the hub will work toward the creation of a regional structure – embedded into the academy’s global one - to facilitate peer learning among practitioners working in countries facing similar response contexts and dealing with similar situations in Africa. It will enable discussions, create a CoP and live knowledge management with the aim to share experiences and tools among UNDP COs and across different stakeholders.
  • Play a key role in identifying capacities and resource people for the nexus academy and sustaining the ‘alumni’ in the region, support knowledge generation, and management. Apply specific focus on the Sahel to explore effective policy and programming avenues to facilitate nexus approaches in the region with an eye on its application within the context of stabilization programs.
  • Identify, develop and strengthen successful strategic partnerships and enhanced linkages with humanitarian, development, and peace actors to improve cooperation and collaboration and, where possible, coherence in the region and in a given country context.

2) Country Support Service: Build the capacity of Country Offices through training and contextualized advisory services with concrete, practical skills and tools for the implementation of the HDPN approach.

In collaboration with the Nexus Academy the HDP Nexus Specialist will:

  • Support the development and the delivery of agency specific training modules (of the Nexus Academy training package) that respond specifically to issues and dynamics arising from the implementation of nexus approaches in countries of operation.
  • Maintain a functional advisory role. Advisory service will remotely support COs and ensure assistance is effective and contextualized. The support varies from engagements in nexus specific interventions (advising on joint assessments and analysis, joint planning/programming, building capacity on collective outcomes, approach to donors and RM) and share key documents and best practices to facilitate learning and implementation.
  • Facilitate COs engagement across pillars and specifically with HCTs and humanitarian planning frameworks and coordination mechanisms.
  • Assess the capacity of Country Offices to better understand specific and more contextualized needs and expectations in relation to support services from the regional hub. Assessment results will inform types and methods of delivery of technical support.
  • Facilitate deployments of Nexus advisers in coordination CB surge if requests from Country Offices are for onsite support from medium to long-term durations.
  • Support strengthened coordination and collaboration of stakeholders through relevant mechanisms to harmonize humanitarian, development, and peace activities within the existing strategic planning frameworks involving national government, bilaterals, International Financial institutions, NGOs and UN agencies, funds and programs, as well as special political missions.
  • Advise on opportunities for a financing architecture and strategy that takes into account the principles of predictability, flexibility, and use of multi-year financing modalities
Achieve Results:LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively:LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously:LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility:LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination:LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner:LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies :
Strategic Thinking :
  • Ability to develop strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions. 
  • Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP
Business Acumen
  • Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome
  • Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks
System Thinking
Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgment to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact other parts of the system
Agile methodologies and practices
  • Ability to manage projects and processes through continuous iteration, learning, and improvement.
  • Ability to manage self-organizing cross-functional teams, and foster a team culture of curiosity and learning. Being nimble and being able to improvise and quickly adjust to unforeseen events or changes in conditions or context.

Innovation ecosystem curation

  • Ability to identify key players in an ecosystem, engage with them and mobilize them to build a community and over time a movement around a common mission that can bring about changes at the system level.
  • Ability to give sense of purpose and build trust, develop programmes of activities and platforms to build and strengthen relationships.

Creative facilitation

  • Ability to design workshops that considers and addresses multiple interests, agendas, and worldviews; set out clear objectives and engaging activities; select appropriate tools, materials, and resources that are needed to enable or support the activities.
  • Ability to swiftly build rapport with participants and create a safe space (on- and offline) where they feel comfortable to share their views, concerns, experiences, and reflections; supporting this with a range of tools to stimulate active participation.
  • Ability to facilitate inclusive conversations, ability to work with a diverse set of people with different backgrounds, seniority, and expert levels, using different approaches tailored to fit the people in the room, drawing out the perspectives and ideas of each individual, and making decisions through deliberation and discussion across a group.
  • Ability to pace a session, adjust to the abilities and energy levels of attendees and the nature or purpose of an exercise. Being flexible and able to improvise; adapt and chang approaches in response to the needs, while staying true to the intent and objectives of the session

Futures & foresight

  • Ability to look at information from the past and present, identify patterns and trends and use them to inform decision-making with a long-term view.
  • Being sensitive and able to scan horizons and pick up weak signals of change, explore their potential implications, and assess their impact and urgency.
  • Using creativity and imagination to communicate insights in compelling and engaging ways to challenge current mental models;
  • ability to develop scenarios, and speculative designs to present future visions or by making it experiential.
  • Being able to facilitate debate and discussion about possible futures; helps people to feel comfortable with the discomfort of uncertainty
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Public Policy or other relevant fields.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in a related field with 2 additional years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Minimum 7 years (Master's degree) or 9 years (Bachelor's degree) of relevant experience at the national or international level
  • experience in multi-stakeholder coordination, analysis, planning and programming and positions of increasing responsibility in developing recovery and peacebuilding plans or strategies, humanitarian coordination including in fragile or crisis contexts
  • Proven experience of advisory services on the HDP Nexus
  • Demonstrated experience to provide effective and coherent responses in humanitarian, development, and/or crisis settings.
  • Proven track record of designing conflict sensitive responses and integrating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas of work, and accountability to affected populations.
  • Experience in program and project design, execution, financing and resource mobilization will be considered as an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct in-depth studies and formulate conclusions and recommendations. Ability to relate the issues and perspectives of humanitarian, development and peace affairs, including gender issues, to political, economic and social development programmes;

Language requirements

  • Proficiency in oral and written English.
  •  Knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic will be desirable.


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