Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader (Ouagadougou)
Application deadline 3 months ago: Wednesday 17 Mar 2021
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader reports to the Resident Coordinator
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader will be responsible of the following duties:
Summary of Functions: 1. Leads the provision of strategic guidance to the RC and UN Country Team (UNCT) on effective, quality and timely UN support for the implementation of the Decade of Action for the 2030 Agenda through the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2. Initiates, establishes and coordinates strategic partnerships for implementing Decade of Action through the UNSDCF in line with the UNSDCF national priorities 3. Manages and directs learning and knowledge networks, communications and capacity development activities in and outside the UN System 4. Leads and coordinates overall management of the RCO to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the RC/UNCT and adherence to organizational policies and procedures 5. Coordinates the Business Operations Strategy and develops business innovations
Description of Functions:
1. Leads in providing strategic guidance to the RC and UNCT of effective, quality and timely UN support for the implementation of the Decade of Action for the 2030 Agenda through a UNSDCF
- Leads and coordinates substantive support to the RC/UNCT in articulating and actively communicating a credible and convincing strategic vision for the UN, articulated through the UNSDCF, which is consistent with national development goals and priorities, UN values, aligned with the 2030 Agenda and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind;
- Provides strategic direction and develops recommendations to facilitate decision-making by the RC/UNCT in relation to repositioning of the UN System in country
- Develops policy recommendations to the RC/UNCT on the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the UNSDCF as the primary instrument for the planning and implementation of strategic UN system activities in country;
- Ensures effective guidance to the RC/UNCT in asserting vision and accountability for the UN to operate as a nimble, innovative and enterprising development partner, demonstrating characteristics of a learning- and knowledge-based organization and thought leader;
- Establishes and promotes close engagement across the humanitarian, development and peace domains, as required by the country context;
- Leads the identification, analysis and prioritization of joint programmatic work of UN entities in response to national priorities and in line with the UNSDCF and the 2030 Agenda, ;
- Works in collaboration with the Regional Development Coordination Office to ensure advisory inputs into strategic planning processes and positioning;
- Advise RC/UNCT on the work and direction of different intra-agency coordination bodies, including with Inter-agency Working Groups, Operations Management Team and the Security Management Team.
- Support the Operations Management Team (OMT) on its work to formulate, implement and monitor the UN Country Business Operations Strategy, and promote business innovations for the UN in country;
- Manages BOS online platform access to support effective guidance on the establishment of common services arrangements to participating organizations/agencies at the country level.
2.Initiates, establishes and coordinates strategic partnerships for implementation of the Decade of Action through the UNSDCF in line with national priorities
- Establishes and coordinates effective working relationships with national and international public and private partners to ensure knowledge sharing in support of Common Country Analysis (CCA)/UNSDCF development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation;
- Directs substantive support for positioning the UN as a key provider of integrated services and as a platform in support of the SDGs, in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders;
- Provides guidance to Interagency Working Group (IAWG) on Partnerships on the development and implementation of the UN partnership strategy in alignment with and support of the UNSDCF in the country;
- Coordinates the monitoring and assessment of the partnership 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;
- Advises the RC/UNCT in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant;
- Advises the RC/UNCT on developing and implementing locally-tailored partnerships and connecting opportunities to leverage contributions of the UN to national priorities and initiatives;
- Plans and facilitates dialogues with partners to support implementation of the Decade of Action for the 2030 Agenda;
- Plans and actively participates in engagements with internal and external stakeholders - including the national government, private sector, academia, international institutions and others - on sustainable development related initiatives and solutions;
- Conducts liaison and coordination with UN entities at country, regional and HQ levels, to help package and define UN engagement strategies, including differentiated value propositions, to attract partners, both traditional and non-traditional.
- Promotes the engagement of all agencies – resident and non-resident - and other relevant UN entities, including at Headquarters and at the (sub-)regional level in inter-agency fora and in discussions with external partners.
3. Manages and directs learning and knowledge networks, communications and capacity development activities in and outside the UN System
- Guides the transfer of knowledge and effective communications in coordination with the RCO Communication Officer, across different UN and non-UN entities;
- Leads the sharing of best practices, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across the UN system and with external partners;
- Directs and engages in thematic activities and knowledge-sharing forums and encourages others to participate;
- Coordinates and promotes knowledge sharing (including through learning and training initiatives and facilitating peer exchange) amongst UN staff and/or national partners on issues related to UN plans, frameworks and national priorities in line with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
- Advises 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 deliver on the Decade of Action and meet UNSDCF targets;
- Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice at national, regional and global levels;
- Coordinates activities to connect capacities of the UNCT to promote SDG-related partnerships;
- Advises on the discovery, evaluation and selection of partnership opportunities at the sourcing and origination stages.
4. Leads and coordinates overall management of the RCO to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the RC/UNCT and adherence to organizational policies and procedures
- Coordinates the formulation and implementation of the substantive work programme of the UNCT; allocates and monitors RCO resources for delivery of outputs and reporting on results;
- Supervises the activities undertaken by the RCO, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion;
- In close collaboration with UNDP and DCO HQ as needed, manages processes related to human and financial resource management, procurement, general administration, security, and information technology for the RCO;
- Manages, guides and trains staff under his/her supervision; promotes teamwork and communications among staff in the RCO and across organizational boundaries;
- Establishes and maintains a work environment in the RC Office and across UN entities that is conducive to innovation and engagement with a diverse set of stakeholders and delivers results in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
5. Coordinates the Business Operations Strategy and develops business innovations
- In collaboration with the Operations Management Team (OMT), directs substantive support to the RC/UNCT on business innovations for the UN in country;
- Provides substantive direction in formulating, implementing and monitoring the UN Country Business Operations Strategy;
- Guides the OMT in implementing common premises, and in establishing a common back office for location-dependent services;
- Promotes a culture of continuous improvement and client-orientation in operational service delivery;
Ensures effective guidance on the establishment of common services arrangements to participating organizations/agencies at the country level.
Competencies •Professionalism: Proven knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable development. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Proven ability to analyze complex data and produce reports leading to sound policy recommendations for achieving sustainable development; Solid understanding of the political environment and the programmes and activities of the UN system in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals; Ability to think strategically, to identify key emerging sustainable development issues and related policy implications. 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.
•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.
Managerial Competencies •Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
•Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, sustainable development, social sciences, education or related area. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in strategic planning, sustainable development policy, project/programme management, socio-economic analysis, coordination of multi-sectoral approaches, partnership building and networking or resource mobilization in the context of development cooperation or related area, is required. Experience with inter-agency or interorganizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable. Field experience in development cooperation is desirable. Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable. Experience in the provision of strategic advice to senior managers is desirable. Experience working in the Resident Coordinator system or comparable is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice This position is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.
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