Background With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at its core, and in response to the General Assembly resolution 71 / 243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the UN Secretary General’s report (December 2017) Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda : our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet puts forward a comprehensive proposal on further improvements to the resident coordinator system to ensure more coherent, accountable and effective support for the 2030 Agenda.
This was further reinforced by General Assembly resolution 72 / 729 of 31 May 2018, which gave the Secretary-General the mandate to implement the repositioning.
A reinvigorated resident coordinator system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system, and while the system has been instrumental in driving coherence on the ground over the past four decades, it is now insufficiently robust to respond to the needs of the 2030 Agenda.
The report stresses that resident coordinator offices will need to be adequately staffed to ensure sufficient substantive capacities to lead United Nations country teams.
The core capacity will include expertise in coordination and strategic planning, economics, tailored policy support, results monitoring and evaluation, and strategic partnerships, plus a robust standing communications capacity within the United Nations country team, among others.
This post is part of support to this new generation of resident coordinator office, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.
The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Nigeria. Duties and Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Development Coordination Officer / Economist will be responsible of the following duties : Summary of Functions : 1.
Plans and facilitates evidence-based Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UN Country Team (UNCT) of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in programme countries2.
Provides substantive advice on innovative economic and SDG policies to Resident Coordinators (RC) and UNCTs, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners3.
Assists the UNCT in the development of a new generation of SDG programmes with a strong investment orientation and focus on acceleration towards achieving the SDGs4.
Plans and directs SDG knowledge generation and managementDescription of Functions : 1.Plans and facilitates evidence-based SDG analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UNCT of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in programme countries
2.Provides substantive advice on innovative economic and SDG policies to RCs and UNCTs, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners
3.Assists the UNCT in the development of new generation of SDG programmes with a strong investment orientation and focus on acceleration towards achieving the SDGs
4.Plans and directs SDG knowledge generation and management
shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
takes personal responsibility for his / her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology Required Skills and Experience Education : Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, sustainable development, public policy, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related area.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degreeExperience : A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development policy, economic analysis or project / programme management in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.
Language Requirements : Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.
Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Additional requirements : National Professional Officers are nationals of the country in which they are serving, and their functions must have a national context, i.
e. functions that require national experience or knowledge of the national language, culture, institutions, and systems.
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