Job Opening

Posting Title: Sustainable Development Officer – Partnerships & Funding, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 20 January 2022 - 05 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Sustainable Development-RCS-172891-J-New York (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 in the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) and reports to the Chief of the Partnerships Section in the Policy and Programming Branch (PPB). The Sustainable Development Officer (Partnerships & Funding) works closely with the SDG Financing Unit, Programme Facilitation Section in the Branch and Partnerships & Development Finance Officers at the RCOs to support RCOs pooled funding work, inter-agency thematic partnerships, resource mobilization strategy development and capacity strengthening.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, and working closely with other PPB sections and units, as well as the RCO Partnerships and Development Finance Officers (PDFOs); the Sustainable Development Officer (Partnerships & Funding) will be responsible for the following:

• Supports country-level pooled funds processes and their acceleration; monitors and analyzes the implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Contributes to strengthening the capacity of RCOs on resource mobilization approaches/strategies and on development of Cooperation Framework Funding Frameworks.
• Monitors and analyzes of the global pooled fund database, as well as related issues connected to the Funding Compact, contributing to meeting DCO’s annual corporate responsibilities.
• Prepares background notes and talking points on specific and related topics for DCO senior managers.
• Monitors and analyzes RCOs’ partnership engagement plans, including with Civil Society actors.
• Monitors and analyzes UN entities’ participation in inter-agency thematic partnerships for codification on DCO’s SharePoint.
• Coordinates the scheduling and management of regional communities of practice of Partnership and Development Finance Officers (PDFOs).
• Supports the codification of requests from RCOs for assistance on due diligence activities for external partners.
• Manages specific partner relationships or tasks as delegated by the Section Chief or Branch Director.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Participates in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Contributes to activities related to budget and planning (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Understands the 2030 Agenda and linkages to private sector for its implementation and the importance of partnerships. 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.

• 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 & 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 tasks; foresees risks and allows contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, finance, law, social sciences or 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management and/or resource mobilization or partnership engagement is required.

Experience working within or in partnership with the UN Development System or a comparable international organization at the country level is desirable.

Experience working at the headquarters of a development cooperation organization is desirable.

Experience with Pooled Funds is desirable.

Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

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 nine (9) months effective 01 April 2022. 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. People with disabilities are also strongly encouraged to apply, as supported by the Secretary-General's Disability Inclusion Strategy.

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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No Fee

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