|Application Deadline :||05-Jul-12|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||
English French Spanish |
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||one (1) year, development project funded post|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||one (1) year|
The UNDP ART Programme (Articulation des Réseaux Territoriaux et Thématiques de Développement Humain) – Support to Territorial and Thematic Networks of Human Development Cooperation) - is a global initiative championed by UNDP. It is based in UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy and the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy and is responsible for providing leadership and technical support within the areas of decentralized cooperation and local development. Its main focus is on capacitating countries to benefit from decentralized cooperation networks and assistance for promoting their own development priorities and the achievement of the MDGs also at local level. ART’s programming framework offers a platform to COs and local stakeholders for i) defining common goals between decentralized cooperation partners and local stakeholders towards the achievement of the MDGs; ii) linking local level development initiatives with national policies and national development plans; and iii) promoting development innovations, capacity development, best practices and knowledge sharing through horizontal partnerships: south-south, south-north, north-south.
UNDP COs in collaboration with the Regional Bureaus generally manage the different levels of the Global UNDP ART Programme. Currently 18 ART country level programmes are operational: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Uruguay; Gabon, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, Lebanon, Syria; Albania, Kosovo; Indonesia, Sri Lanka, El Salvador and Mauritania.
At the global level, ART Programme activities contribute to UNDP’s continued leadership and advocacy role in providing support for capacity development, democratic governance and aid effectiveness in support of the national policies for decentralization and development plans. For this purpose the ART Programme supports the development and maintenance of global tools, an innovative policy agenda, global knowledge products in cutting-edge areas, and the development of a community of practice that includes UN, international and national partners.
At the regional level – in collaboration with the UNDP Regional Service Centers (RSCs)- the activities focus on the exchange of good practices, peer networking and knowledge creation/dissemination in all regions – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Arab States, Latin America/Caribbean and Europe/CIS. The global and regional activities facilitate the implementation of the international development concepts of Ownership, Alignment, Harmonization, Result-Based, Mutual Accountability and Aid Effectiveness for the Achievements of the MDGs at local level.
At the country level, the Programme delivers within the existing framework through the coordination role of the COs in agreement with national governments. The UNDP ART Framework Programmes offer support to local authorities for joint local planning with decentralized cooperation actors and networks, allowing the implementation of actions and initiatives that are the expression of a common strategy.
Launched in 2005 the UNDP ART Global Initiative is an entry point for all international cooperation actors interested in harmonizing their respective actions in support of national policies for sustainable and local human development. To this end, this UNDP-championed global initiative promotes a programmatic, operational and administrative framework for coordination and institution building. ART’s objective is to enhance the capacities of national and local institutions and actors working in a complementary way at the local level, thereby achieving the Millennium Development Goals and attaining inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.
Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will work under the technical responsibility of the Coordinator of the ART Initiative and the supervision of UNDP RO Brussels Director in close collaboration with the CTAs of ART framework programmes, the Regional Technical Advisors and the Partnership Advisors.
Key Expected Results:
- Establishing a close knowledge-sharing relationship between UNDP ART’s Initiative and EU’s “Agenda for change” so to capitalize on their respective progress on the post-Busan scenario on the application of the Aid Effectiveness Principles outlined in the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action at local level.
- Promoting the ART Initiative among EU partners and DC networks based in Brussels and support fund raising activities.
- Promoting synergies between the ART Initiative and the different UNDP programmes based at UNDP Brussels that wish to work together with decentralized cooperation networks, thereby providing the necessary technical and organizational support.
- Networking and offering technical assistance to the wide representation of European Regions based in Brussels and interested in orienting this cooperation toward the existing ART programme frameworks implemented in different countries.
- Provide specialized technical assistance to support Local Economic Development initiatives, particularly the establishment of Local Economic Development Agencies and linking them to the existing LEDAs networks.
- Along the UNDP RO Brussels’ Director, the Adviser will coordinate jointly endeavors between the ART Initiative and other organizational practice areas as well as other UN agencies.
Specific results are expected in the areas of:
1. Providing technical backstopping aimed at establishing a close knowledge-sharing relationship between UNDP ART’s Initiative and EU’s “Agenda for change” focusing on Local Development, Local Authorities and Civil Society. (30%)
- Capitalize the respective EU and UNDP field experiences on the application, at the local level, of the Principles of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action on aid effectiveness and to support building the post Busan partnership for development effectiveness at local level.
- Support UNDP Country Offices and ART framework programmes in relation to the implementation of regional and national initiatives funded by the EU and European regions based in Brussels.
- Offer technical leadership and support on programme strategies, design, and implementation of UNDP ART/EU co-funded initiatives.
- Disseminate relevant ART Initiative documentation such as of territorial marketing documents and strategies elaborated by stakeholders in different counties.
- Promote existing ART Country Framework Programmes as tools able to facilitate and increment the harmonization of different international stakeholders acting at local level in response to the actor demand and Local Development Plans.
- Facilitate and promote collaboration with the EU in setting up new Framework Programmes in requesting countries and in accordance to ART eligibility criteria in order to strengthen coherence between local sustainable human development process and national strategies of decentralization and de-concentration.
- Evaluate the added value and potential of decentralized cooperation in achieving local and national objectives such as the attainment of the MDGs and Sustainable Human Development.
- Promote sub-national level dialogue between territories (North-South and South-South) on issues of common interest such as governance, migration, environment, social services, youth, job creation, gender, information and communication technologies, etc.
- Advice and provide technical support to UNDP corporate initiatives related to local development, local governance and decentralized cooperation.
- Establish a dialogue with EU and other potential partners to increase the visibility and awareness of UND’s comparative advantages and strategic niches in decentralized cooperation and local development and local governance.
2. Promoting the ART Initiative with EU counterparts and DC partners/networks based in Brussels and support fund raising activities. (30%) ;
- Together with UNDP Brussels’ Director, the Adviser will coordinate joint-endeavors between the ART Initiative and other organizational practice areas as well as with other UN agencies.
- Link and coordinate activities with EU members.
- Link, network, establish and develop partnerships with decentralized cooperation partners based in Brussels.
- Contribute to the formulation of joint UNDP–EU initiatives oriented to enhance the added value of local authorities and civil society in putting in place Sustainable Human Development strategies and implementing programmes for MDGs’ achievement.
- Facilitating synergies between ART Framework Programmes and different EU calls for proposals related to enhance local authorities and civil society.
3. Promoting synergies between the ART Initiative and the different UNDP programmes based at UNDP Brussels.(20%)
- Provide technical support to coordinate and formulate projects related to the aforementioned fields of actions in order to establish synergies with ART Framework Programmes and decentralized cooperation networks.
- Promote synergies and cooperation with programmes such as the European Commission-United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI).
- Promote an active knowledge capture and management for the formulation of knowledge products with partners based in Brussels.
- Facilitate learning and networking: coordinate knowledge sharing activities on the territorial approach and ART Framework Programme in the subject areas.
- Lead and manage ART’s comparative advantages on improving aid/development effectiveness at local level bringing together the three pillars of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental in support of UNDP’s strategic plan for inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.
4. Networking and providing technical assistance to the wide representation of European Regions and partners based in Brussels and interested in orienting this cooperation toward the existing ART programme frameworks implemented in different countries. (15%)
- Liaise with representations of specific regions and networks of regions and promote the ART initiative at specific events.
- Promote the ART Initiative as the entry point for European regions based in Brussels to work within the multilateral framework.
- Contact, inform, mobilize and network with CSOs, NGOs, Associations and foundations and nontraditional development cooperation actors based in Brussels to orient them towards the existing ART Framework Programmes in place in different countries.
- Negotiate and establish new partnerships for promoting Sustainable Human Development within the ART Initiative.
5. Along the UNDP Brussels’ Director, the Adviser will coordinate joint endeavors between the ART Initiative and other organizational practice areas as well as other UN agencies. (5%)
- Seize cooperation and collaboration opportunities with other UNDP Programmes and UN agencies as they arise.
- Present the multi-stakeholder, multi-donor, integral ART framework as a platform for the implementation of joint activities at the local level.
- Demonstrated commitment to UNDP mission, vision and values.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
- Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
- Demonstrable ability to function in a team environment and, where required, lead teams.
- Ability to identify creative and practical approaches on decentralized cooperation and how to better capitalize the ART Framework Programmes being implemented on the field.
- Experience in client management, partner and resource mobilization.
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
- Ability to produce high quality reports and knowledge products.
- Capacity to interact with international development organizations.
- A strong model toward the win-win formulas and results orientation.
- Strong analytical and negotiations and consultancy skills.
- Experience of translating policy principles into effective programme and projects interventions in the field.
- Ability to take initiative to move complex processes forward to achieve articulated results, work at various levels and on different initiatives simultaneously (personal organization and multi-tasking ability).
- Strong interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills.
- Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
- Pro-actively shares knowledge and experience.
- Possesses clear intellectual interest in the private sector development and inclusive finance and their role in poverty reduction.
Required Skills and Experience
Masters degree or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline (political science, economics, business administration, social science, public administration, law, management or related field).
- Minimum of 10 years substantive experience (at least 5 years in an international environment, in local governance and decentralized cooperation.
- Experience in the collaboration with decentralised cooperation and harmonization of the actions of different actors in the field.
- Previous experience working with international development agencies would be an asset.
- Project management experience.
- Demonstrated success in resource mobilization and partnerships-building.
- Demonstrated leadership, facilitation and coordination skills.
- Working experience in an international organisation is an advantage as is knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices.
- Full computer literacy.
- Writing and verbal communications skills in English, French and Spanish
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