Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, DATA MANAGEMENT AND RESULTS MONITORING & REPORTING, NOB
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, DATA MANAGEMENT AND RESULTS MONITORING & REPORTING
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: VIENTIANE
Posting Period: 15 June 2022 - 05 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Sustainable Development-RCS-183726-R-Vientiane (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN Secretary-General launched on 1 January 2019 a bold and new global reform which repositioned the UN Development System to deliver more effectively and efficiently with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of this reform, UN Resident Coordinator Offices (UN RCO), under the leadership of an empowered and independent UN Resident Coordinator - the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level - support countries in the achievement of their development priorities and the attainment of the SDGs.

The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Lao PDR and reports to the Senior Economist.

Lao PDR is in the process of completing the necessary steps for graduation from its long-standing Lesser Developed Country status. The UN in Lao PDR has also just launched its first UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2022-2026, and with it a new way of engagement with the government and development partners both in country and regionally based. The socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 as well as addressing the impacts of climate change are key issues facing the people of Lao PDR at this time while they are also experiencing further tightening of the fiscal space in light of increased food and fuel prices.

“Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet” puts forward a comprehensive proposal on further improvements to the resident coordinator system to ensure more coherent, accountable and effective support for the 2030 Agenda. A reinvigorated resident coordinator system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system, with a core capacity including expertise in coordination and strategic planning, economics, tailored policy support, results monitoring and evaluation, and strategic partnerships, plus a robust standing communications capacity within the United Nations country team. This post is part of this new generation of resident coordinator office, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Associate Development Coordination Officer, Data Management and Results Monitoring/Reporting will be responsible for the following duties:


1. PROVIDES SUBSTANTIVE SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF UN COUNTRY TEAM (UNCT) DATA AND RESEARCH STRATEGIES:
• Assists in the design and implementation of the UNCT’s data and research strategy, in alignment with the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF);
• Undertakes empirical analysis, data mining and visualization, as assigned, to assist the Resident Coordinator (RC) and UNCT, including results groups, in developing report and working papers on sustainable development topics;
• Compiles and analysis information on the latest developments of the use of new types of data sources and tools (e.g. big data) for sustainable development;
• Provides substantive and analytical support to RC/UNCT in preparing and positioning the UN to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs in the country, including the drafting of reports as well as analytical and position papers;
• Contributes to UNCT research and development of data and research tools and methodologies at the country level;
• Keeps abreast of emerging development issues to optimize UNCT’s analytical capacity to respond to national priorities;
• Contributes substantively to the development and implementation of peer review and quality assurance mechanism for UNCT research products;
• Administers UNINFO planning, monitoring and reporting system and contributes to the development of the UNCT Country Results Report.

2. ASSISTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF STRATEGIC RESEARCH AND DATA PARTNERSHIPS, INCLUDING WITH UN ENTITIES AT THE REGIONAL AND HQ LEVEL, GOVERNMENT COUNTERPARTS, RESEARCH INSTITUTES, LEADING GLOBAL THINKERS ON DEVELOPMENT, AND CIVIL SOCIETY, AMONG OTHERS:
• Supports the UN’s work with national data and statistical systems, facilitating engagement with national entities and data systems;
• Communicates and coordinates with internal and external partners on data collection and project/research implementation;
• Communicates and coordinates with existing partners and helps form new partnerships with UN agencies, academia the private sector, and governmental agencies to further the use of data science for development;
• Supports the convening of key thinkers on sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda to provide inputs on, advise and steer the UNCT’s research and data agenda;
• Assists in strengthening the UNCT’s partnerships with research institutions and similar entities across the UN system though concrete collaboration on areas of the 2030 Agenda.

3. UNDERTAKES MONITORING AND REPORTING OF UNCT RESULTS UNDER THE UNSDCF:
• Supports inter-agency efforts pm results and progress monitoring and reporting on the
• UNSDCF and joint programmes, particularly through UNINFO;
• Assists in preparing the UNSDCF Monitoring and Evaluation framework and reporting results at country, regional and global levels;
• Contributes to independent evaluations of UNSDCF as a key element of the UNSDCF cycle, and other inter-agency work related to monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
• Serves as country focal point for country-, regional- and global-level M&E initiatives and networks.

4. SUPPORTS KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT RELATED TO DATA AND MONITORING:
• Assists in the sharing of best practices with the UNCT and UNCTs in the region and globally, based on a solid understanding of the incentives that people need to utilize knowledge;
• Advocates for knowledge sharing, inspiring others within the RCO and UNCT to contribute their expertise through internal and external platforms and tools, working closely with colleagues at the regional level to ensure usable knowledge is shared between and applied by UNCTs.;
• Assists in the identification and codification of good practices and lessons learned at the different levels of the UN System, and share findings with HQ, regional and country level colleagues so that best practices benefit the UN’s work;
• Contributes to the UNCT’s exchange of best practices, trends, knowledge and lessons learned with external partners;
• Provides substantive support to assigned thematic activities and knowledge-sharing fora, and encourages others to participate;
• Contributes to knowledge sharing (including through training and peer exchange) amongst UN staff on issues related to UN strategic planning frameworks, methodologies and tools;
• Draws on other UN experiences, lessons learned, and knowledge networking to provide contributions to strategic planning processes.
• Performs other relevant duties as assigned.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in information management, statistics, business or public administration, sustainable development, social sciences, education or related area is required. 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategic support to research and data analysis, knowledge management or project/programme management in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.

Knowledge in database development, data platform design and maintenance, infographics, and results-based report writing are desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken English and Laotian is required; Ability to translate between English and Laotian is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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

Appointment against this post is on a local basis. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance.

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 POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF LAOS ONLY. National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Laos Nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in this case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Laos in the event of an employment offer.

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