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Capacity Development Specialist
|Location :||Cairo, EGYPT|
|Application Deadline :||25-Sep-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
UNDP Practice architecture:
The UNDP Practice Architecture is an evolving framework for organizing UNDP to provide consistent policy advisory services, relevant and substantive knowledge, better linking of policy and programming and capacity development.
The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) plays a key role in helping countries to reach their development goals. It is responsible for articulating UNDP’s global policy on developmental issues using evidence gathered through country applications, regional experiences and global interactions. It helps countries through a network of country offices that it connects to the best of knowledge and human resources on various thematic issues, in the design and implementation of programmes and projects that effectively contribute to policies and results at the national level. Driven by demand, and working through the Regional Bureau and Regional Centres, BDP provides the global tools, analysis and capacities that country offices need to make a real difference in UNDP’s practice areas.
BDP’s support of UNDP’s strategic plan 2008-2013 is currently focused in 4 practices (Poverty Reduction and the MDGs, Governance, Environment and Energy, HIV/AIDS) and 2 cross cutting thematic areas: Capacity Development, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment). As per July 1st, 2012, BDP has combined the former Capacity Development and Knowledge Management Groups into the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group, with a view to strengthen the synergies between these different thematic areas. Advisors in regional centres that are matrixed to the KIGC will explore synergies and coordinate their work closely, also when they are performing their main tasks integrated in other clusters in the RCC.
The practice management structure at the Regional Centre in Cairo (RCC) is composed of two key teams, 1) the Democratic Governance Team, which maintains the following expertise: i) electoral and parliamentarian support, ii) human rights, iii) public administration reform, iv) local governance, v) anti-corruption and integrity, vi) justice and security, vii) gender equality, viii) civil society/youth, ix) capacity development, and x) conflict prevention and recovery. and 2) the Poverty Reduction Team.
The Capacity Development Specialist of the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity team as part of the democratic governance team coordinates the community of practice with the global practice, to promote consistency and coherence within the thematic area or capacity development. S/he has dual reporting lines to the TL of the Democratic Governance Team as well as the Knowledge Management advisor (principal supervisor). It is recognised that as the Practice Architecture evolves in respect of the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group, this position will increasingly have a role that bridges across teams, practices and clusters.
Capacity Development Approach:
UNDP’s strategic plan identifies capacity development as the overarching UNDP contribution, and states that the development effectiveness principles of national ownership, effective aid management and South-South Cooperation will guide UNDP interventions.
Capacity Development Focus:
The capacity development approach of UNDP ensures that when partner countries undertaken programmes and other interventions, they do so in cognizance of best fit with their national development priorities, and that programmes are well entrenched within national institutions and systems. The ultimate aim for UNDP is to graduate out of individual programmes and leave behind sustainable systems, people and institutions. As UNDP’s first line of capacity development work, the regional Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity team ensures that development interventions are undertaken with full heed to capacity challenges, that capacity assessments have been undertaken and baselines established, and appropriate CD strategies are recommended and implemented. CD responses are designed into programmes and CD results tracked and measured. The UNDP CD approach and services are detailed in Supporting Capacity Development: the UNDP Approach (available on www.capacity.undp.org) as well as other guidance material.
UNDP also undertakes policy advisory support to countries about alternate approaches to capacity development and their advantages and challenges.
The Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity team also covers support to the region on all issues related to capacity development for aid effectiveness (AE), as regional representative of BDP’s global aid effectiveness team. This includes providing advice to Arab Governments on implementing the Busan partnership, with a special focus on AE for transition and post-conflict contexts; facilitating knowledge creation, management and exchange on CD for AE in the Arab region (South-South cooperation, collection and dissemination of best practices and lessons learnt); and supporting COs in incorporating AE principles into programming and business processes;
The magnitude of change across the region is enormous. Countries are facing tremendous challenges, yet, in a bigger picture, the Arab Spring has opened an unprecedented window of opportunity for positive transformation. In close partnership with the relevant Governments and in response to specific requests for support, UNDP is actively involved in supporting efforts to seize this opportunity by bringing to bear its expertise to meet country needs.
Responding to the events of the Arab Spring and the resulting transitions happening in the region, the Regional Bureau for the Arab States (RBAS) is implementing UNDP’s Strategy of Response to Transformative Change in the Arab States Region. Building on the four pillars of the Strategic Plan, practical experience and knowledge globally, in the region and at country level, including the farsighted analyses contained in its global, Arab regional and country-specific national Human Development Reports, as well as other of its relevant Arab region and country-specific reports, this Response Strategy outlines UNDP’s understanding of the issues underlying the wave of transformations in the region and its proposed programmatic response.
The integrated capacity development advice with the application of corporate CD approaches and strategies to the Arab States region will be sensitive to the region’s political economy and root causes of internally and externally driven conflict. It will support strategic capacities for leadership and collaboration in areas such as national dialogue, the building of viable, multi-actor consensus on critical reforms, and the development of integrated frameworks that address the multifaceted nature of transformations.
The Capacity Development Specialist is the principal provider and coordinator of integrated policy advice, technical backstopping and knowledge services to countries in the region. S/he will work towards creating a partnership platform for CD initiatives with key local, national and regional partners. S/he will facilitate cross-practice and cross-regional collaboration and knowledge brokering on capacity development. The Advisor will work with the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity (KICG) global team and will collaborate with UNDP’s country offices, regional bureau and other practice teams to realize the above and be responsible for delivering quality services.
Duties and Responsibilities
The specialist's role is to lead from the front with quality policy, knowledge and technical services delivered to countries. S/he has other roles of practice co-ordination with connecting countries to global experiences. The incumbent will ensure the quality and relevance of programme and project services in the Arab States region, ensuring consistency at the global level. To that end the specialist's functions are fully integrated in the Regional Service Centre structure, results planning and delivery. As a result, the incumbent will be accountable for the delivery and quality of results to both the Knowledge Management Advisor and the Democratic Governance Team Leader and in the Regional Center.
This integrated approach translates into joint work planning and joint performance assessment.
Policy Advisory/Programme Support-Delivery:
Substantive Leadership & Co-ordination:
Mobilizing Communities of Practice:
Quality Control and Assurance:
Knowledge Management (KM):
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
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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.