Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader (Belgrade) [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 12 August 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator UNRCO in the Republic of Serbia and reports to the UN Resident Coordinator.
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as 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 UN system, the UN SG’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 coordination system to ensure more coherent, accountable and effective support to the 2030 Agenda. This was further reinforced by the General Assembly resolution 72/729 of 1 June 2018, which gave the Secretary General the mandate to implement the repositioning.
A reinvigorated resident coordinator system is at the center 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 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 UN country teams. The core capacity will include expertise in coordination and strategic planning, economist, results monitoring and evaluation, and strategic partnerships, plus a robust standing communications capacity within the UN country team.
This post is part of this new generation of Resident Coordinator’s office, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.


Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader will be responsible of the following duties:

Summary of Functions:
1.Provide strategic guidance to the RC and UN Country Team (UNCT) on effective, quality and timely UN support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and UN Cooperation Framework (CF)
2.Initiates and coordinates external partnerships and joint resource mobilization efforts for the new generation CF
3.Coordinates the Business Operations Strategy and contributes to business innovations
4.Manages knowledge management and capacity development activities in and outside the UN System
5.Leads overall management of the RCO to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the RC/UNCT and adherence to organizational policies and procedures

Description of Functions:

1.Provide strategic guidance to the RC and UNCT of effective, quality and timely UN support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through a new generation CCA/CF

•Advise the RC/UNCT in developing and communicating a sound strategic vision for the UN, through the CF, consistent with national development goals and priorities, UN values and aligned with the 2030 Agenda and EU accession priorities; this includes also advice on the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the new generation CCA/CF as the primary instrument for the planning and implementation of UN development activities in country;
•Provide strategic advice and develop recommendations to facilitate decision-making by the RC/UNCT in relation to repositioning of the UN System in country, especially related to the Standard Operating Procedures for Delivering as One;
•Guide the RC/UNCT in asserting vision and accountability for the UN to operate as a nimble, innovative and enterprising development partner, demonstrating characteristics of a knowledge-based organization and thought leader;
•Lead the strategic design of UN’s policy and programmatic services, operational capabilities, and partnership mechanisms;
•Ensure close engagement across the humanitarian, development and peace domains (including with UNOB), as required by the country context;
•Lead the identification, analysis and prioritization of joint programmatic work of UN entities in response to national priorities and in line with the CF and the 2030 Agenda, based on analysis carried out by the Sustainable Development Policy Advisor;
•Coordinate the CF and Joint Workplans; facilitate CF monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting through UNINFO; organize preparation and provision of the annual One UN Country Results Report to the Government and other stakeholders; organize and lead the CCA periodic updates;
•Ensure the engagement of all agencies – resident and non-resident - and other relevant UN entities, including at Headquarters and at the (sub-)regional level in inter-agency fora and in discussions with external partners;
•Facilitate coherence in the different intra-agency coordination bodies (in line with the MAF and country level CF architecture), including with Humanitarian Country Teams and the Security Management Team, as well as with UNDP in its capacity of SDG integrator.

2.Initiate and coordinates external partnerships and joint resource mobilization efforts for the new generation CF

•Establish and coordinate effective working relationships with national and international public and private partners to facilitate knowledge sharing in support of CCA/CF development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation;
•Engage with the Government and all other relevant officials (authorities) from partner organizations; engage with national and international development partners, CSOs and other relevant partners and stakeholders in country and at the regional level
•Provide substantive support for positioning the UN as a key provider of integrated services and as a platform in support of the SDGs in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders;
•In close collaboration with the Development Partnerships Officer, lead or participate in the formulation and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy as well as the Resource Mobilization Strategy, and other initiatives in support of SDG achievement through the CF;
•Based on CF and joint programmes, facilitate and coordinate joint resource mobilization and partnering efforts at country level;
•Manage and monitor the implementation of the SDG Country Fund (where relevant) in support of the CF and SDG acceleration;
•Contribute to strategic messaging and communication initiatives by RC/UNCT.

3.Coordinate the Business Operations Strategy and contribute to business innovations

•In collaboration with the Operations Management Team (OMT), provides substantive support to the RC/UNCT on business innovations for the UN in country;
•Advise in formulating, implementing and monitoring the UN Country Business Operations Strategy;
•Advise and support the OMT in implementing common premises, and in establishing a common back office for location-dependent services;
•Promote a culture of continuous improvement and client-orientation in operational service delivery;
•Provide guidance on the establishment of common services arrangements to participating organizations/agencies at the country level.

4.Promote knowledge management and capacity development activities in- and outside the UN System

•Transfer knowledge and effective communications across different UN and non-UN entities;
•Lead the sharing of best practices, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across the UN system and with external partners;
•Coordinate thematic activities and knowledge-sharing forums and encourage others to participate;
•Contribute to knowledge sharing (including through training and facilitating peer exchange) amongst UN staff on issues related to UN strategic planning frameworks, methodologies and tools;
•Draw upon other UN experiences, lessons learned and knowledge networking to contribute to strategic planning processes.

5.Leads overall management of the RCO to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the RC/UNCT and adherence to organizational policies and procedures

•Provide support for the formulation and implementation of the substantive work programme of the UNCT; allocate and monitor RCO resources for delivery of outputs and reporting on results;
•Manage the activities undertaken by the RCO, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion;
•In close collaboration with UNDP, and under the corporate agreements (ie SLA), manage processes related to human and financial resource management, procurement, general administration, security, and information technology for the RCO;
•Manage, guide and train staff under his/her supervision; facilitate teamwork and communications among staff in the RCO and across organizational boundaries;
•Promote a work environment in the RC Office and across UN entities that is conducive to innovation and engagement with a diverse set of stakeholders and that delivers results in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Professionalism: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

Managerial Competencies:

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in strategic planning, sustainable development policy, project/programme management, or resource mobilization in the context of development cooperation or related area is required
Knowledge of the UN Reform and UN (Development) System work in Serbia and in the region will be considered a strong asset.
Experience in working in the peace, security and development nexus is desired.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is available for 1 year.

This professional post is subject to international recruitment. In line with General Assembly mandate, the successful applicant will serve the Organization outside the country of nationality.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

People with disabilities are also strongly encouraged to apply, in line with the Secretary-General's Disability Inclusion Strategy.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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