Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Director, Africa (Development Coordination Office), Addis Ababa, D2
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 24 August 2021 - 07 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-RCS-162391-D-Addis Ababa (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Regional Director reports to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and Director, Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) as First Reporting Officer and to the Chair of the Regional UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) as Second Reporting Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Regional Director for Africa, will be responsible for the following:

•Provides day-to-day management oversight and strategic guidance to Resident Coordinators (RC)
•Provides support and strategic guidance to UN Country Teams (UNCT) to ensure quality and timely support to Member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
•Provides leadership and strategic thinking to identify existing and emerging development challenges and priorities in the region and advises the UNSDG Chair on emerging regional issues.
•Manages day-to-day operations of the RC system in the region, including management of RC/UNCT queries and requests for support, guidance and strategic advice and serves as Second Reporting Officer for heads of RC Offices
•Provides Secretariat support to the Regional Collaboration Platform and its associated subsidiary bodies
•Chairs the regional Peer Support Group to ensure high quality CCAs and Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks
•Leads UNCT dispute resolution efforts in the region when called-upon
•Promotes and supports the roll-out of common services initiatives/business innovation at the country and regional level

•Supports RCs and UNCTs in resource mobilization and partnering strategies to support especially, joint programmes and pooled funds and in the development and implementation of sub-regional strategies and programmes.
•Reports on regional results and provides support and quality control to RCs, UNCTs, and RCOs in the region on planning, monitoring and results-reporting tools
•Supports, tracks and reports on implementation of UN reform initiatives in the region
•Contributes to the formulation of DCO strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the Director and Deputy Director of DCO
•Contributes to HQ deliberative and decision making bodies – such as the Executive/Deputies Committee, the RMRs, HQ-based country Task Forces etc,
•Manages induction processes for newly-recruited RC System staff in the region and promotes communities of practice across RC Offices in the region.
•Provides a facilitating role with host Governments, donors and counterparts; chairs meetings and seminars on substantive issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences, providing expertise, as needed.
•Liaises with DPPA and other departments of the Secretariat in crisis-management
•Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply UN rules, 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.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.

• 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

• 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.

• Judgement/Decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

•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) in international relations or public administration, law, social sciences 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

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in the management and coordination of development cooperation is required.
Experience serving in international and/or multi-lateral organizations is desirable.
Experience managing multi-disciplinary teams is desirable.
Experience managing multi-cultural teams is desirable.
Experience serving as a UN Resident Coordinator is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language used in the region of service 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 the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. Staff members appointed to the current position are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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. In line with Secretary-General’s UN Disability Inclusion Strategy, people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

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.

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