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Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Programme Officer (Regional Coordination Officer), P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: ISTANBUL
Posting Period: 28 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-RCS-142239-J-Istanbul (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Istanbul, turkey, within the Regional Office of the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO). The Regional Coordination Officer reports to a Regional Director of UNDCO.


Within delegated authority, the Regional Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following:

•Coordinates regional efforts on policy/normative work and system coherence in the Resident Coordination System, including UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF).
•Leads the organization of regional fora and consultations with governments, UN (including UNECE and UNESCAP) and other partners (civil society, regional banks, private sector).
•Leads and facilitates regional surge support to RCs/UNCTs.
•Support to RCs/UNCTs to ensure quality and timely integrated support to Member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
•Supports RCs/UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in complex countries/integrated mission settings; addresses the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding (HDP) nexus where relevant.
•Support DCO Europe and Central Asia’s in its role in supporting the reform of the UN Development System at regional level.
•Supports regional and country level engagement with human rights mechanisms (including the regional human rights group) and partners.
•Oversees support to RCs/UNCTs/RCOs in programming and country business strategies
•Ensures capacity development of UN Country Teams on United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) guidance and policies.
•Ensures the support to effective establishment and operationalization of the newly reformed UN Regional Collaboration Platforms and provides support to the co chairs and the Regional Director as the Secretary of the platform.
•Supports the roll out of the regional knowledge management platforms, data collection and analysis for evidence based results reporting and efficiency gains.
•Supports RCs, RCOs and UNCT members in the performance appraisal process, and provides advisory support on the Assessment on Results and Competencies (ARC) including compliance with policies and deadlines and vetting of eligible participants.
•Undertakes survey initiatives; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
•Undertakes expansion of partnerships, especially with non-UN entities (regional entities, private sector, South-South, etc.).
•Coordinates resource mobilization efforts at the regional level for UNCTs and development of regional funding and financing strategies.
•Supports UNCTs with developing financing strategies to accelerate achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
•Manages regional pooled funds, including leading on call for proposals and selects projects.
•Keeps abreast of latest emerging trends and innovative approaches for policy/normative work and system coherence in the Resident Coordination System. Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
•Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
•Ensures effective supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff.
•Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
UNDCO Director and Deputy Director and Regional Director.
UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams.
UNSDG Principals, (including in UNESCAP) and senior staff in UN Secretariat.
Managers and staff within UNDCO.
Chairs and leadership of regional and sub regional inter-governmental regional bodies and regional directors of UN offices, funds, programmes and specialized agencies.
Representatives of Governments and representatives of partners organizations, including private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations

Results Expected:
Effective coordination support of the RC system in the region of service at the country and regional level; strategic coordination, and support to UNSDFs, and the building and implementation of a coherent and effective joint programme portfolio in the region; regional results, services and products are integrated in the overall contribution and effectiveness of UNDCO; proven strategic coordination support in the design and implementation of innovative development programmes and partnerships with significant impact on the overall effectiveness of the United Nations; professional leadership and team management for overall strategy, quality and delivery of results.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules and regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocated 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.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development related programme management is required.
A minimum of three years of experience in partnership development in a development area is required.
A minimum of three years of experience in development planning and policy formulation 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 at the regional headquarters of a development cooperation agency is desirable
Experience in being part of, interacting with, and managing large multicultural teams at the country, regional or global levels is desirable.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language used in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

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