DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, PARTNERSHIPS AND DEVELOPMENT FINANCE
Application deadline in 12 days: Monday 12 Dec 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
This is a NO-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-3 contracts.
Org. Setting and Reporting The UN Country Team (UNCT) is led by the UN Resident Coordinator (RC). The RC leads the UN’s overall development engagement and cooperation with Lao PDR, and strategic guidance and coordination for the operational activities of the UN System and its agencies, funds and programmes at the country level, ensuring that the UN System is able to provide efficient and effective development support.
The RCO serves as the secretariat to the RC and UNCT, providing organizational, advisory and management support, and facilitating the UN System’s joint strategic planning. The RCO draws on the expertise and experience of the entire UN development system family, promoting information exchange, cooperation and collaboration among resident and non-resident UN agencies, and supporting joint initiatives, for instance on the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The RCO is charged with supporting the RC to coordinate the UN agencies operating in Lao PDR (including the work of those without a permanent presence in-country). The office supports strategic and day-to-day coordination of the UNCT, as well as the overall engagement of the UN with the Lao Government and development partners. The work of the RCO includes joint communication, partnerships, and outreach on behalf of the UN system in Lao PDR.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
1.ASSISTS WITH THE PROVISION OF SUBSTANTIVE SUPPORT FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR AND COORDINATION OF UNCT PARTNERSHIPS: •Provides advice on the development and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy in alignment with and support of the UNSDCF in the country. •Monitors and assesses the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to anticipate changes to the internal direction and external environment, and to make mid-term adjustments. •Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the UNCT in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant. •Provides inputs on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, in accordance with UN regulations and procedures. •Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives. •Plans and facilitates liaison and coordination with UN entities at country, regional and HQ levels, to help package and define UN business strategies, including differentiated value propositions, to attract partners, both traditional and non-traditional.
2.PARTICIPATES IN JOINT RESOURCE MOBILIZATION FOR THE UNSDCF: •Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored resource mobilization strategies and joint initiatives, and identify appropriate data and benchmarks to measure progress and success. •Monitors and analyzes existing resource mobilization partnerships and relationships, including those with high net worth. •Coordinates the submission of project documents in response to calls for proposals from the SDG Fund, the UNTFHS et other joint funds, as well as the preparation of reports; •Plans and facilitates the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes and programming processes for use in joint resource mobilization. •Provides substantive support for the production and distribution of marketing materials to raise awareness about opportunities for working with the UN on SDG investment. •Contributes to building the UN brand via events, media and public relations opportunities targeted to the diverse partners, in close collaboration with the UN Communications Group.
3.PROVIDES SUBSTANTIVE SUPPORT TO THE RCO ECONOMIST AND THE UNCT ON FINANCING FOR ACCELERATING THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE SDGS: •Provides substantive support on financing for development options, instruments, modalities to the RC/UNCT, in alignment with the Common Country Analysis (CCA), UNSDCF, MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) and similar processes - working with the RCO Economist; •Analyzes trends and provides advice on new and innovative financing mechanisms for development and SDG acceleration. •Provides inputs for briefing papers and discussion points on issues related to financing for development for consideration by RC/UNCT. •Plans and facilitates engagements with external stakeholders - including the national government, international financial institutions and others - on financing for SDG acceleration. •Undertakes the design and execution of innovative proposals to strengthen the UNCT engagement and reputation, and to generate greater financial resources in support of the SDGs. •Assists in the establishment and management of the country-based SDG Fund, in close collaboration with UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (where relevant).
4.SUPPORTS KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: •Plans and facilitates the development, maintenance and sharing of knowledge and intelligence, to ensure RC/UNCT are informed and positioned to effectively generate and harness opportunities to meet its resource mobilization targets. •Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice at national, regional and global levels. •Undertakes activities to strengthen the capacity of UNCTs to mainstream and promote SDG investment partnerships. •Provides substantive support for the discovery, evaluation and selection of partnership opportunities at the sourcing and origination stages. •Provides advice on the development and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy in alignment with and support of the UNSDCF in the country. •Monitors and assesses the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to anticipate changes to the internal direction and external environment, and to make mid-term adjustments. •Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the UNCT in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant. •Provides inputs on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, in accordance with UN regulations and procedures. •Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives. •Contributes to dialogues with partners to improve development assistance policies and practice. •Plans and facilitates liaison and coordination with UN entities at country, regional and HQ levels, to help package and define UN business strategies, including differentiated value propositions, to attract partners, both traditional and non-traditional. - Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. - Ensures that requirements, background information used for data analysis are documented. - Performs other relevant duties as required
Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis on sustainable development topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Demonstrated ability in reporting writing/writing on a range of development topics. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Education Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, sustainable development, social sciences, education or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.
Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategic support to partnerships, project/programme management, resource mobilization or development finance in the context of development cooperation or related area is required
Experience in writing reports/analytical papers and presenting information is required
Working experience in the United Nations and Resident Coordinator System is desirable
Work experience of (2) years or more in data analytics or related area is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in Lao is desirable; Ability to translate between English and Laotian is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates will include a written assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice Appointment against this post is on a local basis. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance.
THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF LAOS ONLY. National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Laos Nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in this case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Laos in the event of an employment offer.
National Professional Officers are nationals of the country in which they are serving, and their functions must have a national context, i.e. functions that require national experience or knowledge of the national language, culture, institutions, and systems.
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