Job Opening

Posting Title: Sustainable Development Officer (UNSDCF Partnership and Programme Officer) Europe and Central Asia (Istanbul), P4
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: ISTANBUL
Posting Period: 06 July 2022 - 19 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Sustainable Development-RCS-185736-R-Istanbul (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 UN Development Coordination Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Istanbul. The incumbent reports to the Senior Regional Coordination Officer P5, under the overall leadership of the DCO Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia.


Within delegated authority, the UNSDCF Partnership and Programme Officer will be responsible for the following:

• Supports the Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams (RCs/UNCTs) to ensure quality and timely integrated support to Member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the UNSDCF development.
• Designs and facilitates relevant UNSDCF formulation processes, and other related country-level programming.
• Provides quality advice on UNSDCF evaluations, Common Country Analysis (CCAs) and UNSDCFs; facilitates substantive contributions from a regional and global perspective
• Supports cross-UN system analysis by liaising with the Issues-based coalitions and other regional and HQ inter-agency groups and mechanisms.
• Supports capacity development and provides help desk functions for RC/UNCT/RCOs on all aspects of the UNSDCF development and implementation including UN INFO.
• Ensures compliance and full utilization of UN-INFO, and liaising with DCO NY, including technical support where required.
• Promotes peer exchange and knowledge sharing with regards to programming for the RC System, including on UNSDCF and UN-INFO.
• Conducts data analyses on UN-INFO country information and disseminates analytical findings and recommendations.
• Supports UNCTs with SOPs implementation and other UN coherence efforts.
• Provides Secretariat support to the Regional Peer Support Group that is chaired by the DCO Regional Director, and country level UNCT processes (e.g. retreats, strategic planning) and leads quality assurance reviews of UNSDCFs.
• Builds capacity of UN Country Teams on UNSDG guidance and policies.
• Facilitates knowledge management and exchange of good practices amongst RC/UNCTs and RCOs, regional working groups and across UNDCO regional teams.
• Advises the Regional Collaborative Platform and its Joint Secretariat, and DCO on support provided to RCs/UNCTs on specific regional/trans-boundary issues, fostering (sub-)regional policy coherence.
• Keeps abreast of latest emerging trends and innovative approaches in UNSDCF partnerships and programmes.
• Monitors and analyzes funding mechanisms and their viability to support new and emerging development opportunities; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and sustainable development issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with UN agencies, the donor communities, and member states by planning and facilitating workshops and other interactive sessions on programme and partnerships issues and by assisting in developing action plans to manage change.
• Develops draft policy recommendations on financing for development and programme and partnerships issues, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs on sustainable development issues, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on sustainable development issues.
• Provides substantive support on sustainable development issues to intergovernmental bodies such as the Strategic Support Group on Partnerships and Strategic Finance, the UNSDG and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Economic and Social Council, and the General Assembly.
• Participates in or take the lead in specific inter-agency or expert task forces or working groups either internally or with outside parties.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding on strategic partnerships and programme and prepares relevant documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.


• 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.
• 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.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management is required.

A minimum of two years of experience in development planning and policy formulation in development cooperation context is required.

A minimum of two years of experience with inter-agency or interorganizational collaboration in the development sector is required.

Experience working in partnership development and policy-oriented work in a broad range of sustainable development issues is required.

Experience in providing policy support on strategic partnerships is desirable.

Experience in advising senior management on sustainable development in a development cooperation context is desirable.

Experience in conducting trainings and workshops in the field of monitoring and evaluation including on Results Based Management and Theory of Change is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language used in the region of service is desirable.


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 and mandate.

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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