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Project Coordination Specialist (IATI Secretariat)
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||01-May-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|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.
Transparency, mutual accountability, and national ownership of development cooperation have become increasingly important in international development. UNDP currently holds key roles in the Secretariats of both the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the International Aid Transparency Initiative, enabling the organisation to contribute at all levels to policy discussions in this field. With its unique structure and broad reach across 177 countries UNDP is well placed to respond fully to the high standards of transparency demanded by programme countries and donors alike and to support programme country governments through promoting timely access to comprehensive information on development cooperation flows.
The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was launched at the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (2008), and seeks to address the current challenges facing a range of development stakeholders (donors, programme country governments, emerging economies, private sector, foundations, civil society, academia) in the sharing and use of information on development cooperation. Since September 2013 UNDP has co-hosted the IATI Secretariat together with UNOPS, the governments of Ghana and Sweden, and Development Initiatives for a three year period.
2015 is a critical year for IATI. IATI is accelerating support to its members and publishers in meeting their Busan commitments on transparency to “implement a common, open standard for electronic publication of timely, comprehensive and forward-looking information on resources provided through development co-operation.” IATI has also achieved critical mass of publishers reporting their information to the IATI standards. IATI, through UNDP, will build upon its support to partner countries to ensure that available information on development cooperation can be used as part of their budget cycles. IATI also has a great potential to contribute to ongoing global processes and discussions on post-2015. Building on the outcome of the first evaluation of IATI (due to be completed by the end of the first quarter) IATI must itself prepare for changes in priority in the future.
UNDP is seeking to recruit a staff member to work full-time leading the IATI Secretariat. Under the supervision of the Global Policy Advisor, Effective Development Cooperation in BPPS/DIG, the staff member will coordinate the day to day work of the IATI Secretariat and manage the IATI Secretariat project within UNDP. In addition, he/she will provide policy advice on aid coordination, aid information management and the effective use of IATI data in country systems.
Duties and Responsibilities
Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of key functions:
Provide policy advice to IATI governing bodies:
Ensure effective management of the IATI Secretariat workplan and programme focusing on quality control throughout the full cycle of programming:
Facilitate and maintain strategic partnerships and resource mobilization:
Advocacy on the subject of transparency within global processes and fora including DCF, Global Partnership, and post-2015 discussions such as on Financing for Development:
Enhance country programmes’ aid coordination capacities including through policy advice on Aid Information Management Systems (AIMS):
Impact of Results
The results will impact on the overall performance of the International Aid Transparency Initiative, ensuring support programme country consultation and engagement in ongoing design of the IATI standard as well as in its implementation and utilisation at the country level. They also help to strengthen UNDP’s image and position as a trusted capacity development partner for both governments and development partners.
Management and Leadership:
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP especially encourages women to apply and values geographical diversity in its workforce.
Due to the large number of applicants for UNDP positions, UNDP regrets that it is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates about the outcome or status of the recruitment process.
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