Job Opening

Posting Title: DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, STRATEGIC PLANNING AND RCO TEAM LEADER, NOD
Job Code Title: DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, STRATEGIC PLANNING AND RCO TEAM LEADER
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: LA PAZ
Posting Period: 30 December 2021 - 13 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Sustainable Development-RCS-170436-R-La Paz (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Bolivia and reports to the UN Resident Coordinator (RC).

Responsibilities

Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader will be responsible of the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Development Coordination Officers, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.)
Summary of Functions:
1. Provides strategic guidance to the RC and UN Country Team (UNCT) on effective, quality and timely UN support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework Guidance (UNSDCFG).
2. Initiates and coordinates external partnerships and joint resource mobilization efforts for the new generation Cooperation framework.
3. Coordinates the Business Operations Strategy and contributes to business innovations
4. Manages knowledge management and capacity development activities in and outside the UN System
5. Leads overall management of the RCO to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the RC/UNCT and adherence to organizational policies and procedures

Description of Functions:

1. Provides strategic guidance to the RC and UNCT of effective, quality and timely UN support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through a new generation CCA/UNSDCFG.

• Provides substantive support to the RC/UNCT in articulating and actively communicating a credible and convincing strategic vision for the UN, articulated through the cooperation framework, which is consistent with national development goals and priorities, UN values, aligned with the 2030 Agenda and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind;
• Prepares strategic inputs and develops draft recommendations to facilitate decision-making by the RC/UNCT in relation to repositioning of the UN System in country, especially related to the Standard Operating Procedures for Delivering as One;
• Drafts policy recommendations to the RC/UNCT on the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the new generation CCA/Cooperation framework as the primary instrument for the planning and implementation of UN development activities in country;
• Provides guidance to the RC/UNCT in asserting vision and accountability for the UN to operate as a nimble, innovative and enterprising development partner, demonstrating characteristics of a knowledge-based organization and thought leader;
• Leads the strategic design of UN’s policy and programmatic services, operational capabilities, and partnership mechanisms;
• Facilitates close engagement across the humanitarian, development and peace domains, as required by the country context;
• Leads the identification, analysis and prioritization of joint programmatic work of UN entities in response to national priorities and in line with the new cooperation framework and the 2030 Agenda, based on analysis carried out by the Sustainable Development Policy Advisor;
• Coordinates the Cooperation framework and Joint Workplans; facilitates the UNSDCFG monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting through UNINFO; organizes preparation and provision of the annual One UN Country Results Report to the Government and other stakeholders;
• Facilitates the engagement of all agencies – resident and non-resident - and other relevant UN entities, including at Headquarters and at the (sub-)regional level in inter-agency fora and in discussions with external partners;
• Facilitates coherence in the different intra-agency coordination bodies, including with Humanitarian Country Teams and the Security Management Team.

2. Initiates and coordinates external partnerships and joint resource mobilization efforts for the new generation Cooperation framework.

• Initiates and coordinates effective working relationships with national and international public and private partners to facilitate knowledge sharing in support of CCA/UNSDCFG development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation;
• Provides substantive support for positioning the UN as a key provider of integrated services and as a platform in support of the SDGs in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders;
• In close collaboration with the Development Partnerships Officer, leads or participates in the formulation and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy as well as the Resource Mobilization Strategy, and other initiatives in support of SDG achievement through the UNSDCFG;
• Leads or contributes to the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programming processes amongst UN entities;
• Based on the Cooperation framework and joint programmes, facilitates and coordinates joint resource mobilization and partnering efforts at country level;
• Manages and monitors the implementation of the SDG Country Fund (where relevant) in support of the Cooperation framework and SDG acceleration;
• Contributes to strategic messaging and communication initiatives by RC/UNCT.

3. Coordinates the Business Operations Strategy and contributes to business innovations

• In collaboration with the Operations Management Team (OMT), provides substantive support to the RC/UNCT on business innovations for the UN in country;
• Provides substantive inputs in formulating, implementing and monitoring the UN Country Business Operations Strategy;
• Assists the OMT in implementing common premises, and in establishing a common back office for location-dependent services;
• Facilitates a culture of continuous improvement and client-orientation in operational service delivery;
• Provides guidance on the establishment of common services arrangements to participating organizations/agencies at the country level.

4. Manages knowledge management and capacity development activities in- and outside the UN System

• Facilitates the transfer of knowledge and effective communications across different UN and non-UN entities;
• Leads the sharing of best practices, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across the UN system and with external partners;
• Coordinates thematic activities and knowledge-sharing forums and encourages others to participate;
• Contributes to knowledge sharing (including through training and facilitating peer exchange) amongst UN staff on issues related to UN strategic planning frameworks, methodologies and tools;
• Monitors and analyzes UN experiences, lessons learned and knowledge networking to contribute to strategic planning processes.

5. Leads overall management of the RCO to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the RC/UNCT and adherence to organizational policies and procedures

• Provides support for the formulation and implementation of the substantive work programme of the UNCT; allocates and monitors RCO resources for delivery of outputs and reporting on results;
• Manages the activities undertaken by the RCO, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion;
• In close collaboration with UNDP, manages processes related to human and financial resource management, procurement, general administration, security, and information technology for the RCO;
• Manages, guides and trains staff under his/her supervision; facilitates teamwork and communications among staff in the RCO and across organizational boundaries;
• Promotes a work environment in the RC Office and across UN entities that is conducive to innovation and engagement with a diverse set of stakeholders and that delivers results in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Competencies

Professionalism: 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, sustainable development, social sciences, education 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

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in strategic planning, sustainable development policy, project/programme management, or resource mobilization in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Spanish is a working language. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and fluency of Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Please note that Political Affairs positions include conflict and post-conflict locations in non-family and/or hardship duty stations. Political Affairs staff may also be housed in camp environments. An updated list of missions and additional information on working in the field can be found at
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