Job Opening

Posting Title: Development Coordination Officer, Head of Resident Coordinator’s Office, P4
Job Code Title: DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, STRATEGIC PLANNING AND RCO TEAM LEADER
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: LAO - Other cities
Posting Period: 17 June 2022 - 30 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Sustainable Development-RCS-184121-R- (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 Lao PDR and reports to the UN Resident Coordinator (RC).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Head of RCO will be responsible for the following duties:

Summary of Functions:
1. Leads overall management of the RCO to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the RC and UN Country Team (UNCT) and adherence to organizational policies and procedures, including staff management
2. Manages knowledge management and capacity development activities in- and outside the UN System, including, in collaboration with the UNCT, the UNCT Induction course for newcomers to the UN in Lao PDR
3. Coordinates the Business Operations Strategy (BOS) and the establishment of a Local Shared Service Centre (LSSC) contributing to business innovations and the UN efficiency agenda
4. Coordinates external partnerships and joint resource mobilization efforts for the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF)
5. Provides strategic guidance to the RC and UNCT on effective, quality and timely support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and UNSDCF

Description of Functions:

1. Leads overall management of the RCO, including staff management 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 DCO, UNON, and UNDP as manager of common spaces and shared UN assets incl the UN House and the UN Clinic, and prospective LSSC manages processes related to human and financial resource management, procurement, general administration, security, and information technology for the RCO;
• Manages, mentors, 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 RCO and across UN entities that is conducive to innovation and engagement with a diverse set of stakeholders and delivers results in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

2. Manages knowledge management and capacity development activities in- and outside the UN System, including, in collaboration with the UNCT, the Induction course for newcomers to the UN in Lao PDR

• 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;
• Coordinates in collaboration with the UNCT, the Induction course for newcomers to the UN in Lao PDR and ensures its biannual implementation;
• Monitors and analyzes UN experiences, lessons learned and knowledge networking to contribute to strategic planning processes

3. Coordinates the BOS and the establishment of a LSSC contributing to business innovations and the UN efficiency agenda

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

4. Coordinates external partnerships and joint resource mobilization efforts for the UNSDCF

• Initiates and coordinates effective working relationships with national and international public, private and civil society partners to facilitate knowledge sharing in support of CCA/UNSCDF development, implementation, regular reviews 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 consultations with a broad range of stakeholders;
• In close collaboration with the 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 UNSDCF;
• Leads or contributes to the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programming processes amongst UN entities;
• Based on UNSDCF 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 UNSDCF and SDG acceleration;
• Contributes to strategic messaging and communication initiatives by RC/UNCT.

5. Provides strategic guidance to the RC/UNCT on effective, quality and timely support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the CCA and UNSDCF

• Provides substantive support to the RC/UNCT in articulating and actively communicating a credible and convincing strategic vision for the UN, articulated through the UNSDCF, 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;
• Drafts policy recommendations to the RC/UNCT on the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the new generation CCA/UNSDCF 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 or contributes to the design of UN’s policy and programmatic services, communications, operational capabilities, and partnership mechanisms;
• Facilitates close engagement across the humanitarian, development and peace domains, as required by the country context;
• Leads or contributes to the identification, analysis and prioritization of joint programmatic work in response to national priorities and in line with the UNSDCF and the 2030 Agenda;
• Coordinates the UNSDCF and Joint Workplans; facilitates UNSDCF monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting through UNINFO; organizes preparation and provision of the annual 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 such as the Regional Collaborative Platforms and Issue Based Coalitions (IBC) and in discussions with external partners;
• Facilitates coherence in the different intra-agency coordination bodies, including with Humanitarian Country Teams (HCT), the Security Management Team (SMT) and on issues related to occupational safety and health.

Competencies

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.

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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box." Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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 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, coordination and inter-agency / multi-stakeholder engagement, sustainable development policy, project/programme management or resource mobilization in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.

Experience working in or on the Southeast Asian region is desirable.

Experience working in Least Developed Countries (LDC) and LDC graduating countries, and Financing for Development is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other 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 one year. 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.

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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.

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