Digital Programming Associate


Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :15-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :12d 3h 2m
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-9
Languages Required :
English  


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.


Background

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. 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.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position

Our Mission: At UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), we are on a mission to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions around the world. UNDP is the United Nations' global sustainable development organization working across 170 countries with 17,000 staff. Digital technology is one of the most fundamental drivers of change this century. Digital not only provides new opportunities and challenges for development, but it is also fundamentally changing the context in which development is taking place. Since the launch of its first Digital Strategy in 2019, UNDP has been on an ambitious transformation journey to harness the potential of digital technology for development. We are now in the next phase of our digital transformation, implementing the Digital Strategy 2022-2025, which puts forth a vision to create a world in which digital is an empowering force for people and planet. The Chief Digital Officer at UNDP is leading this effort with the goal of embedding digital technology in the development projects that we implement, supporting government partners to build inclusive digital eco-systems, and transforming the organization internally to enable these changes.

Our Team: The Chief Digital Office (CDO) is a global team of innovators, digital strategists, and changemakers who are passionate about making digital a positive force for people and planet. The team is led by Robert Opp, a former consulting leader from BCG and former Director of the Innovation and Change Management Division at the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The CDO is a transformation team within UNDP tasked with the responsibility to implement the Digital Strategy by building the required programmatic (planning and implementation of development projects to support government partners) and internal capacities at the country, regional and global level. Within the CDO, the Digital Programme Enablement Team develops and scales UNDP’s digital programmes, building global and local digital ecosystems that reaches and works for everyone, including in areas such as discovery and implementation of scalable digital solutions, digital skills-building, and inclusive connectivity.

 Institutional Arrangement: The Digital Programming Associate will report to the Head of Digital Programmesin the Chief Digital Office (Executive Office). 


Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP is looking for a Digital Programming Associate to provide direct strategic and operational support to the Head of Digital Programmes, acting as a thought partner for strategic initiatives as well as coordinator across all workstreams within the Digital Enablement team and with other teams in the Chief Digital Office. This is a highly strategic role, with a unique opportunity to be directly involved in shaping how UNDP supports efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through digitally-enabled programming. Key areas of responsibilities include:

1. Support the Head of Digital Programmes in strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring of digitally-enabled programming initiatives for partner governments -

  • Provide rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis of current trends and/or lessons learned in digital programming and recommend areas for digital programming support 
  • Support the design and strategic planning of key strategic initiatives to be implemented by the Digital Enablement team, in support of the Chief Digital Officer’s mandate and leadership. -
  • Work closely with various programming teams across UNDP to support the implementation of digital programming
  •  Support knowledge management of digitally-enabled programmes across UNDP to improve and accelerate the work, including developing approaches for data collection, documentation, and knowledge sharing

2. Support the Head of Digital Programmes in driving partner engagement to position UNDP as a leader in digital development. Partners include governments, donors, private sector stakeholders, International Organizations, development agencies, and civil society actors.

  • Create a systematic, process-driven approach to partner outreach and relationship management on priority digital programming areas
  • Identify new areas of programmatic partnerships, and drive coalition-building with key partners across public and private sectors
  • Organize high-profile events including governments, development agencies, private sector partners, and civil society organizations
  • Work collaboratively with members of the CDO management team to align digital programming with new and existing partner relationships

3. Support communication and advocacy related to digitally-enabled programming -

  • Develop compelling presentations and other communication material on UNDP’s programmatic offers, including preparing discussions with key internal and external stakeholders such as senior management and donors 
  • Work with the Communications team to develop communication strategy and related material to amplify the impact of UNDP’s digital programmes to an external audience, including key donors

4. Provide ongoing operational support as needed to Head of Digital Programmes to facilitate digital programming:

  •  Liaise between the workstreams within the Digital Enablement team as well as with other teams in the Chief Digital Office to ensure successful implementation of priority initiatives in digitally-enabled programming
  • Support in concept notes development, project planning and budget forecasts in digital programming -
  • Support in monitoring budget and reporting to donors


Competencies

Core

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area

Name

Definition

Business Direction & Strategy

Business Acumen

Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome

Digital & innovation

Digital
ecosystems

Knowledge of how they work, understanding of the opportunities and challenges for governments and society

Digital & Innovation

Digital public goods

Knowledge of how it works, understanding of the opportunities and challenges for governments and society

Digital & Innovation

Agile
methodology and processes

 Ability to manage projects and processes through continuous teration, learning and improvement. Ability to manage a self -organising cross-functional teams, foster a team culture of curiosity and learning. Being nimble and being able to improvise and quickly adjust to unforeseen events or changes in conditions or context

Business
Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge,relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Business
Management

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Direction & Strategy

Strategic Thinking

Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solution

 

 

 

 


Required Skills and Experience

 

Min. Education requirements

  • An advanced university degree in Business, IT, international development or in other relevant areas.
  • Bachelor’s degree in above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master's degree or equivalent.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • Minimum 2 years or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in a management consulting or industry role with digital and/or innovation exposure
  • Experience at a management consulting firm focused on strategy, operations, process consulting, or program delivery/ policy formulationwithin digital transformations

Required Skills

Technical:

  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Project management skills, including entrepreneurial drive to develop and execute self-designed initiatives
  • Ability to coordinate efforts across multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and record of impact in high-intensity, team-based environments
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills, for both conceptual and analytical problems
  • Values-based, collaborative working style with demonstrated commitment to the
  • highest standards of ethics and confidentiality
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with reasonable ability to use common software tools for word processing, presentation, and spreadsheets

Core behavioural:

  • You are self-motivated, capable of working and thriving in a dynamic fast-paced environment with a highly-distributed team.
  • Strong intrapreneur/entrepreneur spirit; Likes building new initiatives with high degree of uncertainty and iteration
  • Effective interactive communication
  • Client service and people-oriented
  • Relationship/community building
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Handles confidential and politically sensitive issues with maturit

Desired skills

Professionalism

  • Capable of working in a high- pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Exercises the highest level of responsibility and be able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.

Teamwork

  • Strong leadership
  • Works well in a team;
  • Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
  • Focuses on results for the client;
  • Welcomes constructive feedback

Required Language(s)

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset



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