DEPUTY DIRECTOR, POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS
|Date limite de candidature :||02-May-12|
|Type de contrat :||FTA International|
|Niveau du poste :||P-5|
|Langues requises :||
|Date de commencement :|
(date à laquelle le candidat sélectionné doit commencer)
|Durée du contrat initial||1 year, Management Project Funded (MPF) post|
|The European Union is a central partner of the United Nations. As the world’s largest provider of ODA, the EU provides funds to support UN development and humanitarian activities. It is also an important policy partner.
Since its establishment in 1995, the UN-UNDP Office in Brussels has progressively strengthened its engagement with institutions of the European Union, including the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council. The UNDP Director in Brussels is also the United Nations Director, representing the UN Secretary-General with the EU and Belgium. S/he and the two Deputy Directors - for Programme/Operations and Policy/Communications - bring the UN Brussels team together to engage with the European Union as “One UN” as appropriate. The UN team currently consists of 26 UN specialized Agencies, Funds and Programmes, the Secretariat and the UN University (in Bruges). Since 2004, UNDP has a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the European Commission, covering governance, post-conflict recovery, conflict prevention and the environment.
The UN/UNDP Brussels Office also maintains relations with the Government of Belgium.
The current organigramme includes direct supervision by the Deputy Director, Policy and Communications, of a UN Coordination Officer, a UN Policy Officer, a UNDP Advisor (Africa) and an Administrative Assistant.
Devoirs et responsabilités
|Summary of key functions:
Under the supervision of the UN/UNDP Brussels Director, the Deputy Director for Policy and Communications is UNDP’s principal focal point for EU policy matters. S/he supports the Director by helping to drive and sustain a vibrant joint “One UN” Brussels policy exchange with the EU, and by advancing the UN Team and UNDP policy dialogue with the European Union. S/he will:
- Advances the UN Team and UNDP policy dialogue with the European Union
- Reinforces the UNDP image in Brussels
- Develops the UNDP-EU partnership
- Supports UNDP relations with the Government of Belgium
The Deputy Director helps reinforce the UNDP image in Brussels.
- Coordinate monitoring of EU policy developments that have implications for developing countries or countries in transition;
- Ensure relevant information is conveyed across UNDP including to country offices;
- Identify opportunities for strategic engagement with the EU around policy issues;
- Motivate and lead joint policy efforts across the UN team in Brussels to respond to public consultations and other opportunities for policy engagement;
- Build and sustain networks among senior EU policy makers, including Members of the European Parliament and Secretariat; European Commission and European Council; civil society, think tanks, media, academia and other opinion formers.
- Engage policy makers and opinion formers on UN/UNDP knowledge and experience and represent UNDP on a range of development topics;
- Oversee UNDP Brussels communications efforts, including media (in conjunction with the UN Regional Information Centre), preparing events e.g. report launches, ensuring the website is maintained and reflects results/highlights of the EU/UNDP partnership, and engaging in the UNRIC-led UN Brussels Communications Group;
- Coordinate the preparation and dissemination of the annual partnership report “Improving Lives” on results of the EU-UN partnership in development and humanitarian cooperation.
The Deputy Director develops the UNDP-EU partnership.
The Deputy Director supports UNDP relations with the Government of Belgium, making the case for sustained and growing commitments to core resources and funding.
- Prepare briefings and papers that inform and position UNDP senior management in relation to EU policy developments and partners;
- Prepare periodic High Level Reviews of the UNDP-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement;
- Advise UNDP policy and regional bureau and country offices on policy developments relevant to their own EU partnership.
Impact of Results:
The results of the work of the Deputy Director for Policy and Communications greatly impact on the standing and reputation of UNDP with the EU institutions. When requested by the Director, the Deputy Director represents UNDP in international and national fora, liaising and interacting on behalf of UNDP with external clients and partners. The Deputy Director is accountable to the Director for the timely and effective delivery of the UNDP Brussels Policy and Communications output.
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
- Dialogues with stakeholders to influence the alignment of EU policy with international norms and standards, and harmonize approaches
- Builds consensus concerning UNDP’s strategic agenda with partners on joint initiatives
Building Strategic Partnerships
- Makes effective use of UNDP’s resources and comparative advantage to initiate and strengthen partnerships
- Creates networks and promotes initiatives with partner organizations
- Actively develops partnerships with counterparts
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
- Promotes UNDP as a learning/knowledge sharing organization
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
- Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in primary discipline (sustainable development) , a broad knowledge of related disciplines (experience working on at least one UNDP practice area), as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures
- For managers: applies a broad knowledge of best management practices; defines objectives and work flows, positions reporting relationships in such a way as to obtain optimum effectiveness for the office (proven supervisory and managerial skills)
- Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself personally
- Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
- Demonstrates expert knowledge of the current programme guidelines and project management tools and manages the use of these regularly in work assignments
- Possesses political adroitness, excellent communication and negotiation skills, and the ability to represent UNDP
- Intellectual capacity and interest to develop own knowledge of a wide range of development policy fields
- Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
- Building support and political acumen
- Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation
- Building and promoting effective teams
- Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
- Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
- Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
- Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
- Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking
Qualifications et expériences requises
- Advanced university degree in international relations or other political /social sciences.
- At least 10 years relevant experience in development, working in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization, with growing levels of responsibility.
- Excellent spoken and written skills in English.
- Good knowledge of French a distinct asset.
- Please ensure that you upload your signed UNDP-specific Personal History Form-P-11 (available at http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc) in the relevant field of the on-line application. You may also upload your CV/resume with this form.
- Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Please note that only applicants who are shorted-listed will be contacted.
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