The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Colombia and reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
The UN has been working for Colombia for 68 years, and the UN Country Team (UNCT) is currently composed of 21 Agencies, Funds, Programmes and Offices. It has a strong field presence, with offices in 67 locations, and around 3,250 personnel. The Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2020-2023), recently signed with Government, outlines three development priorities: (1) local stabilization: Peace with legality; (2) migration as a factor of development; and (3) accelerating SDG catalysers. The UN System also delivers humanitarian assistance together with civil society partners, coordinated through the Humanitarian Country Team. In 2020, the UN has scale-up its response to the COVID19 crisis, including the immediate health response, protection of lives and livelihoods and the medium to longer term socio-economic impact of the pandemic. The UN work focuses on supporting Colombia sustain peace and reach the Sustainable Development Goals, making sure no one is left behind.
Description of Functions:
1. Assists with the provision of substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UNCT partnerships
- Provides advice on the development and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy in alignment with and support of the UNSDCF in the country;
- Monitors and assesses 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;
- Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the UNCT in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant;
- Provides inputs on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, in accordance with UN regulations and procedures;
- Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives;
- Contributes to dialogues with partners to improve development assistance policies and practice;
- Plans and facilitates 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
- Carries out other duties as assigned by the RC in support of the UNSDCF and UNCT coordination.
2. Participates in joint resource mobilization for the UNSDCF
- Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored resource mobilization strategies and initiatives, and identify appropriate data and benchmarks to measure progress and success;
- Monitors and analyzes existing resource mobilization partnerships and relationships, including those with high net worth;
- In coordination with the data management and results monitoring and reporting officer, plans and facilitates the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes and programming processes for use in joint resource mobilization;
- Provides substantive support for the production and distribution of marketing materials to raise awareness about opportunities for working with the UN on SDG investment;
- Contributes to building the UN brand via events, media and public relations opportunities targeted to the diverse partners, in close collaboration with the UN Communications Group.
3. Provides substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the SDGs
- Provides substantive support on financing for development options, instruments, modalities to the RC/UNCT, in alignment with the Common Country Analysis (CCA), UNSDCF, MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support), the Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF) with the UN Political Mission and the Humanitarian Response Plan and similar processes;
- Analyzes trends and provides advice on new and innovative financing mechanisms for development and SDG acceleration, with special focus on SDG 16;
- Provides inputs for 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 and sustaining peace;
- Undertakes 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 and sustaining peace;
- Assists in the establishment and management of the country-based SDG Fund, and support to the existing UN MPTF for Sustaining Peace in Colombia, in close collaboration with UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (where relevant).
4. Supports knowledge management and capacity development
- 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;
- Undertakes activities to strengthen the capacity of UNCTs to mainstream and promote SDG investment partnerships;
- Provides substantive support for the discovery, evaluation and selection of partnership opportunities at the sourcing and origination stages.
- Professionalism: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to conduct ndependent research and analysis on sustainable development topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; 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.
- Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
- Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
- Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, international relations, comunications, sustainable development, 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 degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategicsupport to partnerships, project/programme management, resource mobilization or development finance in the context of development cooperation or related area is required. Experience in facilitating partnerships with the private sector and international financial institutions is an advantage. Experience and knowledge of the working with Colombian institutions, private sector and/or the UN in Colombia is an advantage.
Fluency in Spanish and strong command of english, is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension