Regional Liaison and SD Officer, Europe and Central Asia

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Application deadline 1 day ago: Wednesday 28 Oct 2020


This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education. More about P-4 contracts and their salaries.

Org. Setting and Reporting The position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office in New York.

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).

he incumbent reports to the Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Undertakes liaison duties in Headquarters for UNDOCO Regional Desks by supporting regional inter-agency coordination and networking, and by keeping UNDOCO Regional Desks abreast of political developments and issues in Headquarters.
  • Engages in global policy discussions to ensure regional dimensions are duly considered.
  • Coordinates information management and knowledge sharing on Member State positions in different UN fora including ECOSOC, General Assembly, specialized meetings, etc.
  • Provides technical analysis and proposes recommendations and solutions to the Regional Director on Member State positions on various issues in a timely manner.
  • Conducts research on specific regional matters; leads the formulation of advocacy papers, regional statements, etc.
  • Facilitates knowledge management and exchange of best practices amongst United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) and Regional Coordination offices (RCO) and across regions; provides feedback on global policy development knowledge products.
  • Provides strategic support to the Regional Coordination Advisor in his/her work with expanding partnerships.
  • Provides strategic support to outreach activities and facilitates substantive contributions from a regional and global perspective to UNDOCO management.
  • Supports UN system joint analysis, especially in complex countries.
  • Supports UNCT processes (retreats, strategic planning) and lead quality assurance efforts.
  • Participates in Regional Thematic working groups to ensure efficient support to RCs/UNCTs by Regional Desk.
  • Advises Regional UNSDG technical thematic working groups or networks on: (a) support to RCs/UNCTs on specific regional/trans-boundary issues; and (b) sub-regional policy coordination.
  • Keeps abreast of latest emerging trends and innovative approaches in United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF) partnerships and programmes.
  • Monitors and analyzes funding mechanisms and their viability to support new 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..
  • Develops draft policy recommendations on UNDOCO regional support issues, including the review and analysis of issues and trends; prepares evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Organizes and prepares written outputs on regional policy issues e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
  • 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.
  • Participates on behalf of the Regional desks in Headquarters fora relevant to the region, including country-specific Integrated Task Forces.
  • Participates in or takes the lead in specific inter-agency or expert task forces or working groups either internally or with outside parties.
  • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • 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.
  • Coordinates activities related to budget funding on strategic partnerships and programmes; prepares relevant documents/reports (e.g. pledging, work programme, programme budget, 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 7 years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development related programme management is required. Experience in research in development issues in Europe and Central Asia is desirable Experience in partnership development is desirable. Experience in managing sizeable multicultural team at country, regional and global level is desirable. Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable. Experience at a Headquarters of a development cooperation organization is desirable. Experience in development planning and policy formulation in a development cooperation context is desirable. Field experience in development cooperation is desirable. Experience with inter-agency or interorganizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

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 This position is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

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