UNSDCF/CCA Officer (Temporary), P4 (Temporary Job Opening) at the United Nations (UN). 637 views

Posting Title: UNSDCF/CCA Officer (Temporary), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System

Duty Station: ISTANBUL

Posting Period: 18 November 2020 – 01 December 2020

Job Opening Number: 20-Sustainable Development-RCS-145148-J-Istanbul (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Regional Desk of the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) in Istanbul.

In its Resolution A/RES/72/279, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the transformation of the Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) as a stand-alone coordination office within the United Nations Secretariat. The new DOCO assumes managerial and oversight functions of the resident coordinator system under the collective ownership of the members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

The incumbent reports to the Snr Regional Coordination Specialist (P5), Europe and Central Asia.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent is entrusted with the following duties:

    • Supports the Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams (RCs/UNCTs) to ensure quality and timely integrated support to Member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the UNSDCF development.
    • Designs and facilitates relevant UNSDCF formulation processes, and other related country level programming.
    • Provides quality advice on UNDAF/UNSDCF evaluations, Common Country Analysis (CCAs) and UNSDCFs; facilitates substantive contributions from a regional and global perspective; keeping abreast of latest emerging trends and innovative approaches.
    • Supports cross-UN system analysis. Organizes and prepares written outputs on sustainable development issues, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
    • Supports capacity development, including training on UNSDG guidance and policies and provides help desk functions for RC/UNCT/RCOs;
    • Promotes peer exchange and knowledge sharing with regards to programming for the RC System, including on UNSDCF.
    • Conducts data analyses UNSDCF information and disseminates analytical findings and recommendations.
    • Under the leadership of the PSG Chair, coordinates the Regional Peer Support Group and country level UNCT processes (e.g. retreats, strategic planning) and leads quality assurance reviews of UNSDCFs
    • Facilitates knowledge management and exchange of good practices amongst RC/UNCTs and RCOs, regional working groups and across UNDCO regional teams.
    • Supports interaction between regional Issue Based Coalitions to ensure an efficient support to RCs/UNCTs by the Regional Collaborative Platform

 

  • Advises Regional technical thematic working groups and networks on support provided to RCs/UNCTs on specific regional/trans-boundary issues, fostering (sub-)regional policy coherence.
  • Monitors and analyzes funding mechanisms and their viability to support new and emerging development opportunities; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and sustainable development issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
  • Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with UN agencies, the donor communities, and member states by planning and facilitating workshops and other interactive sessions on programme and partnerships issues and by assisting in developing action plans to manage change.
  • Develops draft policy recommendations on financing for development and programme and partnerships issues, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on sustainable development issues.
  • Provides substantive support on sustainable development issues to intergovernmental bodies such as the Strategic Support Group on Partnerships and Strategic Finance, the UNSDG and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Economic and Social Council, and the General Assembly.
  • Participates in or take the lead in specific inter-agency or expert task forces or working groups either internally or with outside parties.
  • Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
  • Performs other related duties, as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.
  • Teamwork: 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, finance, natural resources management, engineering, law, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development-oriented project or programme management is required.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in partnership development is required.
  • Demonstrated analytical capacity in the areas of data and/or climate financing is desirable.
  • Experience in advising senior management on sustainable development in a development cooperation context is desirable.
  • Experience with setting up partnerships in development cooperation is desirable.
  • Experience in managing a sizeable multicultural team at country, regional and global levels is desirable.
  • Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
  • Experience at the headquarters of a development cooperation organization is desirable. Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.
  • Experience at the headquarters of a development cooperation organization is desirable. Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.
  • Experience in development planning and policy formulation in a development cooperation context is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.

Assessment

Shortly after the posting period, screened-in applicants may be invited by email to complete a Job-Fit Questionnaire (JFQ), which is a questionnaire designed to allow applicants to self-report their level of experience for this position. More detailed information about the JFQ will be provided in the questionnaire itself. Responses to the JFQ will form part of the application and may be a basis for evaluation of applicants and shortlisting.

Further evaluation of candidates may include other forms of assessments followed by a competency-based interview. All evaluation and assessment related communication will be sent exclusively to your primary email address provided in Inspira. Please ensure that your primary email address is up-to-date and correct. No assessment communications will be sent to your secondary email address.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff, as per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term ‘sexual exploitation’ means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term ‘sexual abuse’ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term ‘sexual harassment’ means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on ‘Manuals’ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

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