Job Opening

Posting Title: Strategic Advisor to the Resident Coordinator, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Posting Period: 24 November 2021 - 02 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Sustainable Development-RCS-169281-J-Ouagadougou (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 Coordination Office (RCO) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and reports to the Resident Coordinator.

Burkina Faso, is a landlocked country in western Africa. The country occupies an extensive plateau, and its geography is characterized by a savanna that is grassy in the north and gradually gives way to sparse forests in the south. The country is bounded by Mali to the north and west, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, and Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Togo to the south. Ouagadougou, the administrative capital and the seat of government, is a modern city where several companies have their headquarters.
The population is unevenly distributed among the different regions. The eastern and central regions are densely settled and contain about half the total population. In the remaining regions the population is scattered. More than two-thirds of the people are rural and live in villages, which tend to be grouped toward the center of the country at higher elevations away from the Volta river valleys.
Burkina Faso’s yearly population growth rate is more than double the world average. More than two-fifths of the population is younger than age 15. Average life expectancy is just above 60 years—lower than the global average but similar to that of neighboring countries.
About nine-tenths of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture or livestock raising. Difficult economic conditions, made worse by severe intermittent droughts, have provoked considerable migration from rural to urban areas within Burkina Faso and to neighboring countries, most notably Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. As many as 1.5 million people, or almost one-third of the country’s labor force, have been abroad at any given time. In the early 21st century, however, unrest in neighboring countries, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire, made it difficult for Burkinabe to find employment. The development of industry in Burkina Faso is hampered by the small size of the market economy and by the absence of a direct outlet to the sea. Beginning in the late 1990s, the government began to privatize some state-owned entities to attract foreign investment.
While insecurity has been increasing since 2017, from 2019 the level of violence has intensified, causing an unprecedented increase in humanitarian needs. In addition, Burkina Faso is regularly hit by various natural disasters making populations already living in precarious conditions even more vulnerable. The country is heading towards a complex and prolonged crisis with serious security problems coinciding with long-term development challenges. Faced with this situation, the government has drawn up an emergency plan, the implementation of which is based on the Development-Humanitarian-Peace nexus approach, with the strong involvement of technical and financial partners.
In this context, the United Nations System in Burkina Faso, in partnership with the State of Burkina Faso, will proceed with the formulation of a Common Country Assessment (CCA) in view of the elaboration of the new Cooperation Framework for Sustainable Development (CCSD/SDCF) to replace the current UNDAF 2018/2022. The SDCF will place greater emphasis on developing a link between development cooperation (DC) and humanitarian action (HA), integrating the prevention and sustaining peace agenda.
In order to respond effectively to this new context, and to address the different aspects of the nexus in a coherent, complementary and integrated way, a better knowledge of the context, the actors, the existing solutions, the existing opportunities, etc. is needed. It is in this context, and to step up the implementation of the 2020 SG directive, the Resident Coordinator wishes to call upon a temporary job offer for six months to support its office in the follow up and monitoring of the SG’s Planning Directive for Burkina Faso, the components of which are as follows:
1. Joint, cohesive, and field-driven UN approach around humanitarian/development/political planning and delivery
2. Strengthening of UNCT and RCO footprint, including at field level
3. UNCT/OMT common approach for sustainability of the five sub-offices, with agreed cost-sharing mechanisms
4. A coherent multi-year resource mobilization strategy and key messages


Working under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator and located in the UN Resident Coordinator Office, the Strategic Advisor will support the RC and the UNCT/OMT collective action and will:

• Provide strategic advice to the UN Resident Coordinator and support the RCO/OMT in strengthening the internal and regular workstreams processes to better serve the UNCT collective efforts especially in the implementation of the UN SG’s planning directive for Burkina Faso
• Strengthen coordination and accountability for the implementation and harmonization of the multiple existing UN plans, using clear indicators of success, to ensure full cross-pillar programmatic coherence, between peacebuilding, development, humanitarian, rule of law and security sector reform, and human rights, including the regional ongoing plans (UNISS, etc.)
• Support to ensure a UNCT/OMT-led approach that outlines the sustainability of the five joint UN field offices in terms of security risk management and common back offices, with a coherent and realistic agreed cost-sharing mechanism.
• Support the RC/UNCT in the delivering on integrated, field-driven UN approach for operationalizing the UN engagement in Burkina Faso that aligns political, development, humanitarian, rule of law, and human rights priorities in country, including the strengthening of regional hubs, in line with the RC/UNCT priorities and plan, and the SG directive.
• Support the RC/UNCT in the coherent and substantive integration of BOS 2.0 related deliverables into the CCA/CF process.
• Support the RC/UNCT/OMT in monitoring the BOS implementation in Burkina Faso, identifying bottlenecks, and facilitating solutions, and contribute to scaling up of innovations at country level.
• Supporting the RC and the UNCT in the planning, coordination, and implementation of the final evaluation of the BOS 2.0 2020 and identify; and for ensuring the quality and adequacy of the evaluation be performed according to the UN standards & norms
• Undertaking all other tasks that the staff may be assigned to by the RC as deemed necessary.


• Professionalism: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

• 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.
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 improvement, 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.


Master's degree or higher in development studies, social sciences, public policy, economics or other relevant fields. A lower degree (BSc, BA) in the same fields with the relevant number of years of experience may also be considered.

Work Experience

• At least 7 years' experience in positions of increasing responsibility in the field of sustainable development, coordination of development, and implementation of development policies and strategies in a governmental, multilateral, or civil society organization context.

• Proven technical and managerial knowledge and leadership in developing strategies related to sustainable development and planning, and supporting development processes, by working with a variety of development actors is required.

• Excellent communication and analytical skills (written, verbal, interpersonal and intercultural) are desirable.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in both English and fluency in French are required.

Note, checking all four areas as fluent for a language meets the fluency requirement.


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 six months. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

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.

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.

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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