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UN Coordination Specialist

Job Category:
UN Coordination
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
07 December, 2006
Last Date to apply:
21 December, 2006
Experience in years
2 to 4

5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects. Knowledge about the UN and RC systems would be an advantage. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
Fluency in English and the working language of the duty station


Organizational Context

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Coordination Specialist reinforces capacity of the UN Country Team to use the Common Country Assessment process (CCA) in a flexible and effective manner, to prepare high quality, focused and strategic United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs), to respond to crisis and post-crisis contexts, to support the national strategies setting, to develop and implement the collaborative and joint programmes, to monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Global Conferences.

The UN Coordination Specialist supervises and leads the staff of the UN Coordination Unit. The UN Coordination Specialist works in close collaboration with UNCT members, programme and operations teams of the Agencies, UNDGO staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful and transparent coordination of UNCT activities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

1.Ensures effective support to UNCT in preparation and implementation of country programming processes and products, including CCA and UNDAF and UN programmes coordination focusing on achievement of the following results:

Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country including managing the support of the UNCT for establishing Dev-Info in coordination with relevant national counterparts.
Coordination and secretariat support to the UN Thematic Working Group activities as per their established TORs.
Establishment and management of effective mechanisms for strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of UNDAF implementation based on the UNDAF Results Matrix and the UNDAF Monitoring and Evaluation Plan in consultation with UN Agencies, Government, civil society, multilateral and bilateral institutions, including the UNDAF Mid Term Review. Monitoring of the activities of the UN Theme Groups.
Identification of strengths and weaknesses in UN Agencies programmes in the context of UNDAF, UN System reform and MDGs. Provision of advice on adjusting strategies and implementation modalities, cost-effective and efficient implementation of joint UN programmes.
Development of strategies, policies and programmes in close consultation with UN Agencies aimed at reaching the MDGs and establishment of the system for monitoring the progress towards the MDGs and Global Conferences.

2.Ensures preparation and implementation of the RC Work Plan and facilitates UN Reform related knowledge building and management focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Coordination of the RC Work Plan, reports and proposals for funding preparation.
Coordination of substantive preparations and support provided for UNCT retreat to review the annual workplan and other UNCT meetings.
Monitoring of the Support to the Resident Coordinator (SRC) fund and other funds dedicated to UNCT activities. Approval of expenditures reports.
Identification of sources of information related to coordination. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to country policy goals.
Identification of national policies and institutions that require strengthening to ensure effective UNDAF implementation and provision of advice in close consultation with UNCT.
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
Organization of trainings to UN staff on coordination, S&H and overall UN reform issues.

3.Ensures effective advocacy of UN activities in close consultation with the information / communication focal points of the UN system through the UN Communications Group and focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Maintenance of the systematic information on RC system activities.
Implementation of the outreach strategy for partners of the UN system.
Management of media and communication strategies of the UNCT, in close consultation with UNIC (if available)
Preparation of speakers notes, talking points, speeches for major advocacy events of the Resident Coordinator system, in close consultation with the UNCT and partners.

4. Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy for UNDAF implementation focusing on achievement of the following results:

Development of partnerships with IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society.
Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on donor strategies and national development strategies, provision of advice to UN RC on ensuring synchronicity, alignment and complementarily between these strategies and UN activities.
Coordination of the substantive preparations of the UNCT for CGs, roundtables and other key events in close consultation with appropriate counterparts in government, bilateral and multilateral partners.

5. Ensures follow-up and implementation of the Paris Declaration with relevant national partners focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Identification of priority areas of concern for the government in terms of the aims of the Declaration.
Alignment of bilateral donors with the requirements of the Declaration especially in view of the Government’s own priorities.
Provision of technical and substantive support in the area Aid Reform based on UN Reform experiences and lessons.
Establishes and facilitates a Aid Harmonization forum with Donor Agencies and Government.

6. Supports the UN RC in his/her capacity as Designated Official (DO) in close cooperation with the Field Security Officer focusing on achievement of the following results:

Full compliance with UNSECOORD requirements on security. Participation in the work of the UN Security Management Team.

The key results have an impact on the success of the UN Country Team activities, strengthening of overall coordination capacity, implementation of the UN System reform. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design and operation of UN activities, creation of strategic partnerships for UNCT Programming including UNDAF implementation and support of national strategies and priorities.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Treats all people fairly without favouritism

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge and Learning Management

Shares knowledge and experience from within and outside the UN Country Team.
Encourages UN staff to share knowledge
Develops deep understanding in UNDAF, UN System reform and MDGs

Coordination Effectiveness

Ability to lead the design and implementation of UN programme activities, strengthening of strategic partnerships for UNDAF implementation.
Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with UN Agencies and main constituents, advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies.

Management and Leadership

Focuses on impact and result for the client
Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills
Establishes priorities for self and other members of the RC office; schedules activities to ensure optimum use of time and resources; monitors performance against development and other objectives and corrects deviations from the course
In providing advice to the RC, has the capacity to gather comprehensive information on complex problems or situations; evaluates information accurately and identifies key issues required to resolve problems
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills
Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
Manages conflict and stress, remaining composed and working as a mediator in crisis or antagonistic situations
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view
Solicits feedback from staff about the impact of his/her own behaviour

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMASTER'S DEGREEMasters DegreeMaster’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences or related field.