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SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE RC
|Location :||Suva, FIJI|
|Application Deadline :||25-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Short-Term)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-10|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5 months|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
a) UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.
b) Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions
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 (RC) system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations Development System. 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 United Nations country teams.
This IPSA position is expected to support the Office of the Resident Coordinator in MCO Fiji, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda. In particular, the candidate will bring substantive experience and knowledge on planning, coordination and management; particularly experience in organizing and managing meetings and preparing written summaries for further follow-up activities. The candidate should have the necessary skills to analytically review information and identify priority matters that need to be urgently addressed, including on advising options. Further key areas of technical knowledge and skills required from the candidate include experience in undertaking programmatic analysis, high-level advice, and management.
Identify the direct supervisor (s) the Contractor and attach a general overview (or Organigram) in an Annex to show the position of this function within the office and unit structure (without indicating names of individuals).
The Consultant will physically work from the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) and will report directly to the Resident Coordinator in Fiji MCO and will maintain aclose working relationship with the Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
a)Briefly describe the required activities (scope, location, subjects, etc.) and other information that will help prospective Contractors understand the nature of the work
b)If applicable, include any relevant literature/data/information/policy framework that may be required for each activity.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
•Monthly progress reports detailing achievements across key areas of work.
Duration of the Work
• Duration of work will be for 4 months
• Consultant will be engaged for the full 4 months August 2021 to December 2021
Location: Consultant is expected to be based in Suva, Fiji during the duration of this assignment.
Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely
Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of
Required Skills and Experience