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Policy Specialist, Governance & Public Service
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||12-Dec-12|
|Additional Category||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
UNDP Practice Architecture
UNDP’s corporate vision aims to bring timely and effective substantive and technical services to the country offices through a practice architecture at the global, regional and country levels. The value of the practice architecture is in its comprehensive structure, which solidifies UNDP’s staff into a global team and ensures coherence, consistency, alignment and quality assurance in the way UNDP delivers service internally and to development partners and programmes countries.
The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is responsible for articulating UNDP’s development policy, using evidence gathered through country applications, regional experiences and global interactions. Driven by demand, and working through the Regional Bureaux and the Regional Service Centres (RSCs), BDP provides the tools, analysis and strategic guidance that country offices need to support the development efforts in their respective programming countries, in the practice areas covered by UNDP.
The Democratic Governance Practice is the largest practice area in UNDP. To provide timely and quality policy advisory services and knowledge products in democratic governance, the Democratic Governance Group (DGG) has organized its interventions in three core areas: fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive institutions, and promoting international norms and principles. The Inclusive Participation cluster supports the efforts for expanding opportunities for civic engagement by the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, marginalized groups in the core channels of interaction with the state, at the national, regional, local levels.
The Responsive Institutions cluster promotes the core channels of representation and accountability of the national, regional and local levels institutions to ensure they reflect and serve the needs, priorities, and interests of all people. The International Norms and Principles cluster promotes integration of UN principles policies, practices, and strategies (on human rights, anti-corruption and gender) within and outside of the UN family.
A core group of policy advisers representing capacity along these three clusters are based in Headquarters (New York, Geneva and Brussels) and in the Oslo Governance Centre, with a specific mandate of providing policy advisory services, knowledge management as well as partnership building and advocacy. As part of the practice architecture a number of policy advisers are based in the Regional Service Centres (RSCs) in Africa, in Asia and the Pacific, in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Europe and CIS and in the Arab States. Regional governance practice leaders coordinate the work of the Democratic Governance teams in these RSCs. Just recently, and agreement was signed between UNDP and the Government of Singapore to set up a Global Policy Centre on Public Service Excellence in Singapore.
UNDP’s current work in the area of Public Administration:
UNDP has developed a new initiative entitled “Galvanising Public Service Capacities for Sustainable Human Development” to support programming countries in enhancing the performance of the public service to deliver better on development, offering a platform for and support to public service innovations, tailored to different country contexts, and drawing, in particular, on resources from successful reform initiatives in the South.
The overall objectives of this renewed strategy will be to improve the design and impact of UNDP projects at the country level with a particular focus on fostering inclusion and participation in public administration, strengthening rule of law and human rights principles in serviced delivery, and enhance UNDP’s capacity to support public administration and local governments in fragile and conflict-affected environments. The initiative also aims to establish a global network of policy makers, practitioners and researchers, to facilitate access to knowledge and advice on public sector management reform strategies and experiences and to provide a vehicle for UNDP to better influence the global discourse on public management and public service capacities. To this end, UNDP and the Government of Singapore signed an agreement in September 2012, to establish a Global Policy Centre on Public Service Excellence, located in Singapore.
As part of the initiative’s design, a cross-practice global initiative on Gender equality in the Public Service was also developed, looking specifically at the presence of women in the public service, with particular focus on decision-making level positions. A second pilot under the global initiative is on Rule of Law in Public Administration which aims to pilot the use of a self-assessment toolkit for measuring respect to rule of law principles in service delivery. The Democratic Governance Practice is also supporting the preparation of a UNDP Youth Strategy ; this will also help inform UNDP’s contribution to the development of UN Inter-Agency System Wide Action Plan on Youth (to be finalized by the first quarter of 2013), UNDP playing a leading role in the Youth Participation sub-working group. UNDP has also actively been contributing to global and regional initiatives on youth and a series of DGTTF funded projects on youth have been developed in selected countries this year. These initiatives on Gender equality in the public service and on Rule of Law in public administration as well as a Youth initiative relating to public service capacities, are being finalized and their roll out will be part of the implementation of the overall Global initiative.
Duties and Responsibilities
The position of Governance & Public Service Policy Specialist involves providing support to the Responsive Governing Institutions Cluster Leader and Senior Policy Advisor for Public Administration in the areas of programme management, research and knowledge management, policy and technical support, advocacy, partnerships and resource mobilization and management.
The incumbent will in particular, take responsibility for the management and coordination of the Global Cross-Practice Initiative on Gender Equality in the Public Administration, and support the development and implementation of new initiatives covering relevant areas related to democratic governance and public service capacities, including on Rule of law in public administration and Youth in governance and public administration.
More specifically, under the guidance of the Cluster leader Responsive Institutions, the Governance & Public Administration Specialist will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
Manage the UNDP Gender Equality in the Public Administration Initiative (GEPA):
Substantively support the Public Administration/Public Service Capacities portfolio:
Support Operational and Financial activities:
Support Partnership Development, Resource Mobilization, Advocacy:
Support knowledge management and roster management:
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.