Coordination Officer, Partnerships & Development Finance
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 reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Functions:
Provides substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UN Country Team (UNCT) partnerships
Participates in joint resource mobilization for the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)
Provides substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Supports knowledge management and capacity development
Description of Functions:
Assists with the provision of substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UNCT partnerships
Provides advice on the development and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy in alignment with and support of the UNDAF in the country;
Monitors and assesses the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to anticipate changes to the internal direction and external environment, and to make mid-term adjustments;
Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the UNCT in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant;
, Provides inputs on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, in accordance with UN regulations and procedures;
Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives;
Contributes to dialogues with partners to improve development assistance policies and practice;
Plans and facilitates liaison and coordination with UN entities at country, regional and HQ levels, to help package and define UN business strategies, including differentiated value propositions, to attract partners, both traditional and non-traditional.
Participates in joint resource mobilization for the UNDAF
Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored resource mobilization strategies and initiatives, and identify appropriate data and benchmarks to measure progress and success;
Monitors and analyzes existing resource mobilization partnerships and relationships, including those with high net worth;
Plans and facilitates the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes and programming processes for use in joint resource mobilization;
Provides substantive support for the production and distribution of marketing materials to raise awareness about opportunities for working with the UN on SDG investment; ;
Contributes to building the UN brand via events, media and public relations opportunities targeted to the diverse partners, in close collaboration with the UN Communications Group.
Provides substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the SDGs
Provides substantive support on financing for development options, instruments, modalities to the RC/UNCT, in alignment with the Common Country Analysis (CCA), UNDAF, MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) and similar processes;
Analyzes trends and provides advice on new and innovative financing mechanisms for development and SDG acceleration;
Provides inputs for briefing papers and discussion points on issues related to financing for development for consideration by RC/UNCT;
Plans and facilitates engagements with external stakeholders – including the national government, international financial institutions and others – on financing for SDG acceleration;
Undertakes the design and execution of innovative proposals to strengthen the UNCT engagement and reputation, and to generate greater financial resources in support of the SDGs;
Assists in the establishment and management of the country-based SDG Fund, in close collaboration with UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (where relevant).
Supports knowledge management and capacity development
Plans and facilitates the development, maintenance and sharing of knowledge and intelligence, to ensure RC/UNCT are informed and positioned to effectively generate and harness opportunities to meet its resource mobilization targets;
Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice at national, regional and global levels;
Undertakes activities to strengthen the capacity of UNCTs to mainstream and promote SDG investment partnerships;
Provides substantive support for the discovery, evaluation and selection of partnership opportunities at the sourcing and origination stages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategic support to partnerships, project/programme management, resource mobilization or development finance in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.
Fluency in English is required. 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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