Job Opening

Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: ABU DHABI
Posting Period: 01 February 2021 - 01 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Sustainable Development-RCS-149032-R-Abu Dhabi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and reports to the RCO Team Leader.

UN Resident Coordinator (RC): The UN Resident Coordinator is the head of the United Nations in the country, the highest ranking senior official.

United Nations Country Team (UNCT): The UNCT is representation of UN agencies, such as UNICEF, UNWOMEN, etc. The UN’s coordination body at country-level.

UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF): the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework is the UN’s strategic document, an agreement between the UN and the host government—determines and reflects the UN development system's contributions in the country and shapes the configuration of UN assets required inside and outside the country.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGS): Adopted by all UN’s member states, the 17 SDGs represent a common roadmap for well-being of people. Read more here:


Within delegated authority, the Interagency Coordination Analyst, Development Coordination, will be responsible of the following duties:

Summary of Functions:

1. UNCT portfolio management: build, manage and track the portfolios of UN Country Team engagement in the UAE, especially the agencies not resident in the UAE

2. Interagency coordination and partnerships: engage and support partner relationships with UN agencies that are members of the UN Country Team, including external partners and with particular focus on partnerships with UN agencies that are not resident in the UAE.

3. Information management: manage the data sets and information repository for the UN Country Team in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office

4. UNCT programme coordination: support coordination of joint programmes or initiatives between UN agencies in the UAE, including reporting on collaborative work of the UN Country Team

Description of Functions:

1. UNCT portfolio management

•Build, manage and track UN Country Team engagement in the UAE, especially the agencies not resident in the UAE

•Understand the areas of work and engagement of the UN agencies that are members of the UN Country Team

•Synthesize key findings from UN agencies relevant to ongoing analyses and cooperation initiatives for the UAE

•Create and maintain summaries and knowledge products on UN agency engagement in the UAE

•Support the development of communication products with inputs from UN agencies

2. Interagency coordination and partnerships

•Manage the relationship management of the UN agencies that are members of the UN Country Team, with particular focus on the UN agencies that are not resident in the UAE

•Support partnership work of the RC Office to support key UN initiatives, including internal UN and external partnership building

•Create and manage the contact database for UN agencies engaged in the UAE

•Develop a working relationship and knowledge of the UN staff members engaged in supporting the UAE or particular areas of work relevant to the UAE

•Ensure ability to identify to whom and where information required can be retrieved from the UN agencies engaged in the UAE

•Undertake tasks related to preparation of interagency reports, summary of meetings, and correspondence.

3. Information management

•Manage the data sets and information repository for the UNCT in the Resident Coordinator’s Office

•Create and manage database and knowledge platform for substantive information and/or data provided to the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office from UN agencies

•Ensure ability to locate and retrieve relevant data or information required for UN Resident Coordinator or UN Country Team products

•Identify sources for data and knowledge products from UN agencies, and means to locate them when required

4. Programme coordination

•Support coordination of joint programs or initiatives between UN agencies in the UAE

•Support the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in identifying opportunities for joint programs/initiatives

•Support the coordination of agreed upon joint programs/initiatives

•Facilitate knowledge sharing and reporting of approved joint programs/initiatives

•Manages the project implementation, including financial management and reporting for any assigned initiatives under the Resident Coordinator Office;

•Undertake any other duties as required by the UN Resident Coordinator and RCO Team Leader.


•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.

•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.


•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) with minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in international development, political science, organizational development, or any area of development or humanitarian support to sustainable development such as Climate Change, Environment, Urban Planning, Economics, etc.
A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum 5 years of work experience in the project management/coordination of international development or humanitarian assistance is required; a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience if applicant holds a first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent).
A minimum of 2 years of experience in developing partnerships and setting the overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships is desirable.
A minimum of 2 years of experience in creating and managing information databases and repositories is desirable.
Demonstrated experience working with the United Nations Secretariat or a United Nations Agency, Fund or Programme is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

•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.
•This is a National Professional Officer (NPO/NO) position located in the United Arab Emirates. Only candidates with United Arab Emirates nationality are eligible to apply to this position.
•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.
•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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