|Date Posted||September 7, 2019|
The UN Development Coordination Office (UN DCO) is the UN Office at the forefront of coordinating a collaborative contribution to the UN development system, towards its achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. To deliver on the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of ending poverty and protecting our planet for this and future generations, the United Nations is embarking on a new chapter. The UN Secretary General has been mandated by member states to ensure that the UN Development system is providing more accountable and effective support to countries in implementing this ambitious vision. The position is located in the Resident Coordinator's office, Kampala. The Development Coordination Officer, (Partnerships and development Finance) will report to the Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
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 UN Country Team (UNCT) Partnerships:
• Leads the Strategic Partnerships in providing support and advice to the Government of Uganda on the functioning of the nationally led aid coordination architecture under the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) and encourages, facilitates and supports UN engagement in MPTF structures.
• In support of the New Partnership for Uganda, supports drafting, revising, monitoring and reporting against benchmarks agreed by the Government of Uganda and the international community through the Uganda Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF).
• Supports the organization and execution of high-level aid coordination and partnership platforms, notably the Uganda Partnership Forums.
• Provides guidance on the development and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy in alignment with and support of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF)/UN Strategic Framework (UNSF) in the country within the framework of the MPTF architecture.
• Coordinates the monitoring and assessment of 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 analysis and recommendations on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, in accordance with UN regulations and procedures.
• Advises the RC and UNCT on developing and implementing locally tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives.
• Plans and facilitates dialogues with partners to improve development assistance policies and practice.
• Conducts 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. Guides joint resource mobilization for the UNSDCF/UNSF:
• Advises the RC and UNCT on developing and implementing locally tailored resource mobilization strategies and initiatives and identifies appropriate data and benchmarks to measure progress and success.
• Monitors, analyzes and enhances existing resource mobilization partnerships and relationships, including those with high net worth.
• Plans and facilitates the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes and programming processes for use in joint resource mobilization.
• Provides advice and guidance for the production and distribution of marketing materials to raise awareness about opportunities for working with the UN on SDG investment.
• Strengthens the UN brand via events, media and public relations opportunities targeted to the diverse partners, in close collaboration with the UN Communications Group.
3.Plans and facilitates substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the SDGs:
• Provides advice on financing for development options, instruments, modalities to the RC and UNCT, in alignment with the Common Country Analysis (CCA), UNSDCF/UNSF, MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) and similar processes.
• Analyzes trends and provides advice on new and innovative financing mechanisms for development and SDG acceleration
• Prepares briefing papers and discussion points on issues related to financing for development for consideration by RC and UNCT.
• Plans and facilitates engagements with external stakeholders - including the national government, international financial institutions and others - on financing for SDG acceleration.
• Guides 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.
4.Conducts knowledge management and capacity development activities:
• Plans and facilitates the development, maintenance and sharing of knowledge and intelligence, to ensure RC and 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.
• Coordinates activities to strengthen the capacity of UNCT to mainstream and promote SDG investment partnerships.
• Advises on the discovery, evaluation and selection of partnership opportunities at the sourcing and origination stages.
• Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
• 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. 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.
• 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.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, international development, social sciences, finance or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in strategic partnerships, project/ programme management, or related area is required.
Experience in managing a sizeable multicultural team at country, regional and global levels is desirable.
Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.
Experience in development planning and policy formulation in a development cooperation context is desirable.
Experience with inter-agency or interorganizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable.
Experience in working with resource mobilization in middle income countries or in the region is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
This Initial appointment against this post is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.
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