Associate Data Management & Results Monitoring Reporting Officer
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at its core, and in response to the General Assembly resolution 71/243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the UN Secretary General’s report (December 2017) “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. This was further reinforced by General Assembly resolution 72/729 of 1 June 2018, which gave the Secretary-General the mandate to implement the repositioning.
A reinvigorated resident coordinator system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system, and while the system has been instrumental in driving coherence on the ground over the past four decades, it is now insufficiently robust to respond to the needs of the 2030 Agenda. The report stresses that resident coordinator offices will need to be adequately staffed to ensure sufficient substantive capacities to lead United Nations country teams. The core capacity will include 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.
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Eswatini and reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Functions:
Provides substantive support for the development and implementation of UN Country Team (UNCT) data and research strategies
Assists in the development and expansion of strategic research and data partnerships
Undertakes monitoring and reporting of UNCT results
Supports knowledge management and capacity development
Description of Functions:
Provides substantive support for the development and implementation of the UNCT data and research strategies
Assists in the design and implementation of the UNCT’s data and research strategy, in alignment with the Country Common Analysis (CCA) and UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);
Undertakes empirical analysis, data mining and visualization, as assigned, to assist the Resident Coordinator (RC) and UNCT, including results groups, in developing reports and working papers on sustainable development topics;
Compiles and analyses 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 Sustainable Development Goals (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 mechanisms for UNCT’s research products;
Administers UNINFO planning, monitoring and reporting system and contributes to the development of the One UN Country Results Report.
Assists in the development and expansion of strategic research and data partnerships, including with UN entities at 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 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.
Communicates and coordinates with internal and external partners on data collection and project/research implementation;
Supports the convening of key thinkers on sustainable development and 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.
Undertakes monitoring and reporting of UNCT results under the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)
Supports inter-agency efforts on results and progress monitoring and reporting on the UNDAF and Joint Programmes, particularly through UNINFO;
Assists in preparing the UNDAF monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and reporting results at country, regional and global levels.
Contributes to independent evaluations of UNDAFs as a key element of the UNDAF cycle, and other interagency work related to monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
Serves as country focal point for country-level, regional and global M&E initiatives and networks.
Supports knowledge management and capacity development related to data and monitoring
Assists in the sharing of best practices within the UNCT and with UNCTs in the (sub)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 of good practices and lessons learned at the different levels of the UN System (national, regional and global) and share findings with HQ, Regional and country colleagues so that best practices benefit UN’s work;
Contributes to the UNCT’s exchange of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned with external partners.
Provides substantive support for assigned thematic activities and knowledge-sharing forums 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 upon other UN experiences, lessons learned and knowledge networking to provide contributions to strategic planning processes.
Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. Ability to undertake research, analyze data, make recommendations and write draft reports on sustainable development issues. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, information management, statistics, 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.
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.
Fluency in English. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a global knowledge network advocating for sustainable human development and connecting countries to knowledge, experiences and resources to help societies build better lives. UNDP works with countries to advance and implement their own solutions to development challenges. For over 40 years, UNDP has been significantly supporting the Government of Eswatini in reducing poverty and promoting sustainable livelihoods.
Aligned with the National Development Strategy (NDS), Vision 2022 of the Kingdom of Eswatini, through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016-2020) and the Country Programme Document (CPD), UNDP has committed to supporting the Government in the following areas:
(a) inclusive growth and sustainable development;
(b) equitable and efficient delivery and access to social services; and
(c) good governance and accountability.
Country Programme Document (CPD)
The country programme is closely aligned to the Government of Eswatini (GoS) National Development Strategy which is implemented through the mid-term National Action Plan. Our programmes are designed to address the interlinked issues of economic growth, natural resource, management through increased institutional accountability and greater inclusion of the citizen for the achievement of sustainable growth. Decisions are made by the Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator on the part of UNDP and by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MEPD) from the side of the Government.
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FRAMEWORK (UNDAF)
The 2016-2020 UNDAF has been developed according to the UN principles of 'Delivering as One' (DaO), aimed at ensuring Government ownership, demonstrated through UNDAF’s alignment to the Government priorities, as well as internal coherence among UN agencies and programmes operating in Eswatini. The Framework was developed under the leadership of the Government, and reflects the efforts of all UN agencies working in Eswatini and as shaped by five UNDG programming principles: Human Rights-based approach, gender equality, environmental sustainability, capacity development, and results-based management. The United Nations Country Team (UNCT), under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, is responsible for the implementation of the UNDAF. Under the DaO “One Leader” approach, the Resident Coordinator and the UNCT are responsible for the oversight of the Results Groups, the Operations Management Team and the UN Communications Group. The Joint National Steering Committee oversees directly the One Budgetary Framework and Programmes. Results UNCT-led Joint Annual Work Plans (JAWPs) consists of nationally prioritised interventions supported by UN Agencies including UNDP which saw 100% of the 4 Regions of the country implement activities that promote inclusive economic growth targeting vulnerable groups and communities. This has assisted in uptake of the various global instruments including the SDG 2030 Agenda which was integrated into Vision 2022 in 2016 with support from UNDP. National and Regional engagements brought together key stakeholders from the government, civil society and private sector to act in cohesion towards prioritisation of the goals and targets. The establishment of the Treaty Reporting Mechanism through the Inter-Ministerial Committee led to the successful submission of the UPR addressing key issues and recommendations. This resulted in the removal of the country from the ILO Special Paragraph and prompted re-consideration of the country’s participation in global preferential trade processes. UNDP supported high and broad reaching policy impact undertaking for adoption of economic growth nodes. Such resulted in the production of the Special Processing Zone Policy and Bill which culminated in the enactment in 2017. National processing areas have been designated and furnished with infrastructure implements. In addition, with the support of UNDP, Eswatini reinforced its global commitment to climate risk management, and made progress with regards to natural resources and biodiversity management and renewable energy. Eswatini further demonstrated its global commitment to respond to climate risks and building resilience. The government approved the National Climate Change Policy in 2016 and operationalising the National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2014-2019. The government launched the Resilience Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2030, which articulates the country’s prevention risks and early recovery. This was realised through a coordinated response to the El Nino drought impacts with assistance that reached a third of the population receiving emergency and early recovery building support.
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT), under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, is responsible for the implementation of the UNDAF. Under the DaO “One Leader” approach, the Resident Coordinator and the UNCT are responsible for the oversight of the Results Groups, the Operations Management Team and the UN Communications Group. The Joint National Steering Committee oversees directly the One Budgetary Framework and Programmes.
1. Business Operations System (BOS): UNDP lead efforts on the development of the Business Operations Strategy (BOS) and explore options to consolidate part of the local operational support in the form of an integrated service center covering local procurement, part of local recruitment, ICT and logistics/fleet management. The move to the new UN Common Premises mid 2016 provides an excellent opportunity for the building to facilitate the new business model of DaO.
2. One Programme and Joint Annual Workplans: UNDP will position itself in a leadership role in thematic areas and working groups that reflects UNDPs strategic focus of the CPD. The country office will work on the basis of Integrated Annual Work plans organized across thematic clusters of the UNDAF. Although this practice was introduced in 2016, several challenges will be addressed to fully operationalize this model. UNDP is currently chairing the Governance group under the One Programme.
3. New UN Common Premises: UNDP has led efforts to establish a new UN Common Premises. It is worth noting that the premises are delivered under a full Public-Private Partnership set-up which governing the construction project in line with UNDG Common Premises guidelines. The building will be shared with external partners such as the European Union. This co-location is expected to lead to potentially closer engagement with the EU in terms of business operations as well as programme engagement. This new building is a critical enabler for the broader delivering as one effort. The UNCT, including UNDP, will explore options for functional clustering of programme and operations staff to further reinforce the efforts under the One Programme and the BOS.
Advancing the national integration of 2030 Agenda
UNDP’s support to the Government of Eswatini leans towards upstream initiatives, principally targeting policy advisory and planning, budgeting and M&E, statistics and data reform, capacity strengthening and advocacy. Additionally, support is provided in addressing crucial emerging issues such as climate change, youth empowerment and governance as ingrained in the NDS. With the launch of the SDGs in 2016, the Government continues to mainstream the prioritized targets in all national planning with a view to strengthening the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). A medium-term SDG programme has been developed to complement ongoing efforts of UNDP and the UN System to reinforce governance and strategic planning functions of the government. UNDP plays a critical convening role that supports a people-centered multi-stakeholder approach to development — placing the governments, private sector, researchers, academia, media and civil society in solution-driven discussion platforms and partnerships.
Through the SDG Programme, the Government and the UN System in Eswatini work together to prioritize and localize the SDG goals and targets, establishing linkages with the NDS-prioritized actions through the following strategies:
• Policy Support for transitioning towards an SDG-based national planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting system;
• Capacity development for institutional, human and financial capacity supporting national SDG- based planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
• Knowledge management and exchange, especially through South- South cooperation;
• Advocacy enhancing awareness creation and engagement in the SDG programme; and
• Partnership development, ensuring an inclusive approach involving a wide range of stakeholders including academic, private sector, media and civil society partnerships.
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