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UN Coordination Specialist - (Open to Cape Verde Nationals Only)
|Location :||Praia, CAPE VERDE|
|Application Deadline :||16-Nov-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||FTA Local|
|Post Level :||NO-C|
|Languages Required :||English French Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year -with possible extension depending on performance and funding availability|
Candidates who previously applied need not re-apply.
In January 2006, in response to the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR) and ECOSOC the Executive Committee of the United Nations Development Group (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP) and the Government of Cabo Verde established a Joint Office for the United Nations Funds and Programmes in Cabo Verde. The primary objectives were to achieve a more coherent Programme delivery at the country level and to achieve a significant reduction in the administrative and procedural costs of the organizations to their national partners.
In November 2006, the Cabo Verde Government reiterated its commitment to pursue the reform efforts by moving from the Joint Office to “Delivering as One” pilot within the context of the High Level Panel (HLP) on UN System-Wide Coherence and the Spirit of the Paris Declaration. Since 2007, Cabo Verde is piloting the concept of “Delivering as One” as proposed by the HLP and the TCPR 2007 recommendations.
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Cabo Verde includes 21 Agencies, Funds and Programmes of which 5 are resident: UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF, gathered under the “Joint Office”, as well as WHO and FAO. The remaining 16 Agencies are non-resident, hence led from their Regional Bureaux, primarily based in Dakar, Senegal.
A new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) cycle covering the period of 2012-2016 was approved in June 2012. The UNDAF in Cabo Verde comprises as well a (i) UNDAF Action Plan (UNDAP), replacing UN system agency specific Country Programme Action Plans (CPAPs) and a (ii) common Annual Work Plan.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Coordination Specialist reinforces the capacity of the UN Country Team to prepare high quality, focused and strategic United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) with the aim of supporting the national strategies setting, to develop and implement joint programmes, to monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed upon development goals.
The UN Coordination Specialist works in close collaboration with UNCT members, programme and operations teams of the Agencies, UNDAF thematic Groups, key national counterparts, United Nations Development Group (UNDG) staff and Government officials, the UNDP Multi-partner trust Fund Office (MPTF), technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful and transparent coordination of UNCT activities.
In addition, one other key responsibility will be to support the UN RC in the operationalization the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of UN operational activities for development (QCPR), adopted by General Assembly on 21 December 2012. This is a platform that consists of a number of key recommendations that must be followed up at the level of the Resident Coordinator to ensure its implementation. The QCPR calls upon the UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies to support countries, which have adopted Delivering as One with an integrated package of support comprising Standard Operating Procedures.
 Cabo verde became the first and only pilot joint office of the UNDG Executive Committee agencies (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP) on 1 January 2006.
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensures effective support to UNCT members (both resident as well as non-resident agencies) in preparation and implementation of country programming processes and products, including UNDAF and UN joint programmes focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensure preparation, implementation and monitoring of the UN RC Work Plan focusing on the achievement of the following results:
ii)Ensure effective support to UN RC:
Ensure facilitation of knowledge building and management for development results focusing on achievement of the following results:
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the success of the UN Country Team activities, implementation of the UNDAF, strengthening of overall Un and national coordination capacity, implementation of the UN System reform and impact of activities, projects and programmes. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design and operation of UN activities, creation of strategic partnerships for UNCT Programming including UNDAF implementation, follow up to UN SG, QCPR and DOCO recommendations and support of national strategies and priorities.
Results-Based Programme Development and Management (For UN Coordination)
Building Strategic Partnerships (For UN Coordination)
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches (For UN Coordination)
Resource Mobilization (For UN Coordination)
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing (For UN Coordination)
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise (For UN Coordination)
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDG’s Goals (For UN Coordination)
Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level.
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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.