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Decentralized cooperation Consultant_ IPSA 9
|Location :||Home based, with regular travels to Geneva|
|Application Deadline :||29-Jan-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Regular)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-9|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||8 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||8 months, until 31 October 2023 (with possibility of renewal)|
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.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
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.
Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
Context - Office/Unit/Programme Description
The Decentralized cooperation Consultant will be reporting to the UNDP Geneva Representation office, in charge of managing the institutional relationship between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of France.
UNDP and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MFA) – through the Delegation for the External Action of Local Governments (DAECT) – have been collaborating since 2013 to promote and strengthen the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), previously under the framework of the ART initiative (Articulation of Territorial Networks). Previous collaboration focused on facilitating the contribution of French decentralized cooperation actors (cities, departments, regions and other multi-stakeholder groupings at national level) and strengthening their role in the implementation of global agendas (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Paris Climate Agreement, Busan Global Partnership for effective development cooperation, etc). Through this process, French local governments have been able to regularly engage in UN and UNDP knowledge exchange events and platforms and to use new tools co-created by UNDP and DAECT to further increase their ownership of the SDGs.
With the adoption of UNDP’s new Strategic Plan for 2022-2025, UNDP has renewed its commitment to tackle multidimensional crisis and to support countries to achieve a green, resilient and inclusive recovery while accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development. This will not be possible without coordinated action from the global to the local level; and harnessing the power of local action and learning from communities, will be crucial to leave no one behind.
In this context, the UNDP Geneva Office has established a new partnership in 2022 with the French MFA/DAECT in order to explore how to better foster country-level collaborations with French local actors. France has indeed a long tradition and experience in engaging in decentralized development cooperation. Over the years, decentralized cooperation (DC) has become an integral part of the French foreign development cooperation policy by evolving from the old North – South paradigm of aid towards strategic cooperation and exchange of experiences between equal partners. With the adoption of the new French law on solidarity development (August 2021), a decision was also made to double the French MFA support to these international initiatives promoted by local partners and to consider new methods and partnerships to scale up their impacts.
The exploratory phase of the UNDP-DAECT partnership, conducted in 2022, has allowed to identify some clear synergies between, on the one hand, French local actors their proven expertise e.g. in managing complex projects to enhance public services delivery, and, on the other hand, UNDP’s vast experience of supporting sustainable development, local governance, disaster risk reduction and resilience planning, completed by its wide country-level networks in 170 countries and terrirorites.
In this context, an exploratory cooperation mechanism has been designed by DAECT and UNDP Geneva to guide the development of concrete partnerships at country-level, in alignment with UNDP and DAECT’s rules and objectives. Following a series of preliminary consultations involving respectively French national and local actors and UNDP regional and country offices, UNDP and DAECT adopted a targeted approach supporting the elaboration of a few pilot cooperation programmes that will serve as a “proof-of-concept” before the planned expansion of the initiative in 2023-2025.
Initial efforts were focused on a limited number of countries considered by UNDP and DAECT as enabling contexts for the development of local-to-local collaborations. Examples notably include Senegal, Madagascar, Armenia, Moldova, Tunisia, Lebanon and others. For instance, in Moldova, the UNDP Country Office (CO) and the French MFA have built a program to help Moldovan local communities face the impacts of the war in Ukraine and extend local public services, by offering French local actors an easy and efficient way to engage into knowledge exchange and advocacy support activities, under UNDP’s guidance. In other settings such as Madagascar, Senegal, and Armenia, UNDP COs are jointly defining the terms and objectives of programmes with partners’ local governments and active French DC partners counterparts (e.g.: Région Normandie, city of Grenoble, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine), reinforcing decentralization and localization efforts, and longer-term decentralized cooperation partnerships.
In 2023, it is expected that, through an internal seed-funding mechanism (UNDP “Geneva Innovative Partnership and Advocacy for Change” Engagement Facility), DAECT and UNDP will further identify and make funding allocations ($50k-$250k) to Country Offices to serve as platform to engage and leverage the expertise of French cooperation partners in support of local partners’s needs and existing programs for local development.
The main objective of this position will be to support and ensure the smooth implementation of these UNDP-France decentralized cooperation initiatives and to support the development of new ones, from communication about the new partnership mechanism to conceptualization of projects with a diverse range of stakeholders to project management and monitoring/reporting.
The Decentralized Cooperation Consultant will work under the official supervision of the UNDP Geneva Partnerships Manager who will provide overall guidance on priorities of work and connections with UNDP teams across the world. To facilitate engagement with the DAECT and French partners, the Consultant will be embedded in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs/DAECT in Paris, with periodic travels to Geneva. Flexible working arrangements are possible in according to relevant rules and regulations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The Decentralized Cooperation Consultant will coordinate the implementation of the new UNDP-DAECT partnership mechanism which the objective to facilitate synergies and engagement of French DC actors (i.e., local and regional governments and their networks) in the support of local development initiatives in partners’ countries and territories through the UNDP Geneva Office and the network of UNDP Country offices.
S/he will promote development effectiveness by facilitating the articulation, harmonization and alignment of French DC partners with existing multilateral approaches supporting partner’s countries local authorities. S/he will also explore how to connect and extend the pilot UNDP-DAECT partnership to other actors (AFD, Expertise France, UN Development Cooperation offices, etc) in order to ensure a coherent support to local development in partner countries.
As part of UNDP’s overall institutional partnership engagement with France, s/he will also support the contribution of French decentralized partners to other UNDP-led SDGs localization process and knowledge platforms, as well as contribute to the positioning and visibility of UNDP in development fora in France.
Specific outputs, activities and deliverables:
The Consultant will work under the supervision of the UNDP Geneva Partnership Manager who will provide guidance and feedback at all stages of the process in coordination with DAECT. The expected activities and deliverables are:
1. Partnerships - Develop the articulation of French decentralized cooperation with UNDP’s work at country and local level, through the roll-out and implementation of the new cooperation mechanism with DAECT.
2. Project management and implementation
3. Communication and Outreach - Support active stakeholders’ engagement and promote knowledge exchange tools and systematization of learnings and best practices for the localization of the SDGs, in partnership with UNDP and French decentralized cooperation actors.
Required Skills and Experience