Development Coordination Officer, Partnerships and Development Finance
Organization: United Nations (UN)
Apply By: 23 Jul 2019
Location: New Delhi(Delhi)
About the organization
The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international co-operation, and being a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. The UN Development Coordination Office (UN DCO) is the UN Office at the forefront of coordinating a collaborative contribution to the UN development system, towards its achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This position is located in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, India. The Development Coordination Officer reports to the Chief of Staff, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.
1. Assists with the provision of substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UNCT partnerships
- Provides substantive guidance and support on the development and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy in alignment with and support of the UNDAF in the country;
- Coordinates the monitoring and assessment of the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to anticipate changes to the internal direction and external environment, and to make mid-term adjustments;
- Advises the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the UNCT in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant;
- Provides analysis and recommendations on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, in accordance with UN regulations and procedures;
- Advises the RC/UNCT on developing and implementing locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives; supports ongoing initiatives, including the UN India Business Forum;
- Plans and facilitates dialogues with partners to improve development assistance policies and practice;
- Conducts liaison and coordination with UN entities at country, regional and HQ levels, to help package and define UN business strategies, including differentiated value propositions, to attract partners, both traditional and non-traditional.
2. Guides joint resource mobilization for the UNDAF
- Undertakes analysis of the resource gaps for the UNSDF and facilitates joint resource mobilisation
- Advises the RC/UNCT on developing and implementing locally-tailored resource mobilization strategies and initiatives, and identifies appropriate data and benchmarks to measure progress and success;
- Monitors, analyzes and enhances existing resource mobilization partnerships and relationships, including those with high net worth;
- Plans and facilitates the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes and programming processes for use in joint resource mobilization;
- Provides advice and guidance for the production and distribution of marketing materials to raise awareness about opportunities for working with the UN on SDG investment;
- Strengthens the UN brand via events, media and public relations opportunities targeted to the diverse partners, in close collaboration with the UN Communications Group.
3. Plans and facilitates substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the SDGs
- Provides advice on financing for development options, instruments, modalities to the RC/UNCT, in alignment with the Common Country Analysis (CCA), UNSDF, MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) and similar processes;
- Analyzes trends and provides advice on new and innovative financing mechanisms for development and SDG acceleration;
- Prepares briefing papers and discussion points on issues related to financing for development for consideration by RC/UNCT;
- Plans and facilitates engagements with external stakeholders - including the national government, international financial institutions and others - on financing for SDG acceleration;
- Guides the design and execution of innovative proposals to strengthen the UNCT engagement and reputation, and to generate greater financial resources in support of the SDGs;
- Advises on the establishment and management of the country-based SDG Fund, in close collaboration with UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (where relevant).
4. Conducts knowledge management and capacity development activities
- Plans and facilitates the development, maintenance and sharing of knowledge and intelligence, to ensure RC/UNCT are informed and positioned to effectively generate and harness opportunities to meet its resource mobilization targets;
- Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice at national, regional and global levels;
- Coordinates the private sector group of the UNCT for knowledge sharing and developing shared understanding of issues to guide the UNCT partnership strategy.
- Coordinates activities to strengthen the capacity of UNCTs to mainstream and promote SDG investment partnerships;
- Advises on the discovery, evaluation and selection of partnership opportunities at the sourcing and origination stages.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, environmental science, social sciences, finance or related area, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in strategic partnerships, project/ programme management, or related area, is required. Experience in managing a sizeable multicultural team at country, regional and global levels is desirable. Field experience in development cooperation is desirable. Experience in development planning and policy formulation in a development cooperation context is desirable. Experience with inter-agency or interorganizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable. Experience in working with resource mobilization in middle income countries and/or in the region is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage. Knowledge of an Indian language is desirable.
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