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Capacity Development Policy Specialist
|Location :||Panama City, PANAMA|
|Application Deadline :||18-Jan-13|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year ( renewable)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year ( renewable)|
UNDP works in 166 countries helping to develop their capacities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Capacity refers to the ability of individuals, organizations and societies to perform tasks, solve problems and set and achieve goals in a sustainable way. Capacity Development, for its part, is the process through which skills are acquired, strengthened, adapted and maintained over time.
If human development is the “what” of the UNDP mandate, capacity development is the “how”. UNDP defines capacity development as the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain their capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives. UNDP considers capacity development as its overarching contribution to development as noted in its Strategic Plan 2008-2011. Capacity development is the key to sustainable human development. Without an enabling environment, efficient organizations and a dynamic human resource base, countries lack the foundation to plan, implement and review their national and local development strategies and promote human development. Over the last decade, the development community has come to realize that it is impossible to work on policies without at the same time working on the capacities of people, organizations and the larger community. The development of the institution – at the grassroots level, at the community level, at the national level – is at the centre of the development challenge, be it about its human resource base, the systems or the environment in which it must function. It is for this reason that capacity development is at the heart of everything UNDP does.
UNDP places priority on strategies that create opportunities to develop and sustain capacity at national and local levels, including accountable leadership, long-term education and learning, stronger partnerships between citizen and state, and institutional reform.
The regional work is implemented directly through the UNDP Capacity Development Practice Area at the Regional Centre, and project implementation will be undertaken in collaboration with the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean through the Regional Centre, the Capacity Development Group in New York, the community of practice, as well as with other programme countries and other partners.
The UNDP activities in SSC in LAC are implemented through the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDP RBLAC), the Regional Service Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean (RSC-LAC), and the Country Offices of Latin America and the Caribbean, (LAC COs).
Historically, UNDP’s SSC policies date back to the 1978 Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA) which calls upon the UN family to act as “promoters and catalysts of Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC).” This approach has been updated recently with the 2009 Nairobi Outcome Document aiming to “reinvigorate the United Nations development system in supporting and promoting South-South cooperation,” specifically through mainstreaming support to SSC in all agencies and programs.
Furthermore, the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action and the 2010 Bogota Statement constitute the reference for UNDP’s engagement in linking SSC, capacity development, and aid effectiveness.
At the strategic and operational level, the current UNDP rationale for SSC derives from the Fourth Cooperation Framework for South-South Cooperation, which emphasizes SSC as a means to enhance cooperation, progress toward the MDG, build national capacities, and entrust country ownership.
Moreover, SSC permeates nearly every sector and is intended to influence every program, as noted in the BAPA and subsequent performance reports and guidelines.
Through a variety of channels, UNDP works to benefit every country in Latin America and the Caribbean with its support to South-South activities, including supporting conferences that draw in actors from across the region and projects that help connect the majority of the countries in the region. Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, and El Salvador are just a few of the many beneficiaries of UNDP support to SSC in the region.
The Regional Capacity Development Team
The Regional Capacity Development Practice Area in Panama City currently consists of a core team of four people lead by the Practice leader. One team member is a specialist in Capacity Development and Monitoring and Evaluation, while one team member focuses on strengthening national capacities for Effective Development Cooperation and one team member provides administrative, financial and logistical support.
The Spain-UNDP Trust Fund “Towards integrated and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean” (SPTF) has supported several national projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) focused on development (citizen security, energy and environment, democratic governance, disaster risk reduction, etc.)
The incumbent is expected to support the Capacity Development Unit in its effort to strengthen regional, national, sub national and local development initiatives, mainly focused on development in LAC, through the enhancement of its knowledge management capacity along with ad-hoc technical expertise on institutional development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
Facilitate knowledge building and management and communicate results:
Create strategic partnerships and mobilize resources for capacity development:
Impact of Results:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified.
The electronic version of a UN Personal History Form (P.11) can be downloaded from the UNDP RSC website: http://www.regionalcentrelac-undp.org/en/p11forms
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