Programme Specialist

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 12 June 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 20 June 2018

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  • Develop and manage knowledge management and building efforts 
  • Design and execute communications, outreach and advocacy initiatives
  • Provide programme and policy support services 
  • Foster strategic relations and communications with partners
  • Develop and manage knowledge management platforms and other web-based information management systems;
  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to territorial partnerships, localization of the SDGs and local governance and local development activities and initiatives; 
  • Coordinate the involvement and directly contribute to corporate knowledge management initiatives, representing UNDP ART in such initiatives;
  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Elaborate and implement pro-active communication strategies related to UNDP’s Hub for territorial partnerships and LGLD programmes and initiatives, with a view to enhance LGLD resource mobilization efforts; 
  • Lead the elaboration, production and maintenance of communication materials ensuring a well-structured, easy to read and high quality written and visual content;
  • Manage and keep up-to-date web pages and sections, as well as social media pages to reflect UNDP’s priorities, initiatives, knowledge products, flagship initiatives and latest information on ART’s areas of work, and to provide staff and public at large continuous access to up-to-date information; 
  • Liaise with the LGLD Programmes/Communications Specialists, gather information on country programmes and initiatives and disseminate it in support of the communication and advocacy strategy of UNDP ART and LGLD programmes;
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend new web-based tools and follow-up on installation and implementation to maintain online tools as an effective platform for communication, information and knowledge sharing.
  • Provide programmatic support to UNDP’s local governance and local development programmes on the areas of decentralized cooperation partnerships, multilevel governance mechanisms, territorial approach and SDG localization;
  • Provide thorough analysis and research in order to consolidate and further develop coordination with decentralized cooperation partners (including local and regional governments and associations thereof) and UN Agencies to further the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs;
  • Support the alignment of decentralized cooperation partners (including LRGs and associations thereof and other actors) and mobilize donors in support to the SDGs’ localization and related integrated LGLD processes in partner countries;
  • Provide technical support throughout project development and complete related assignments within the context of the SDG localization agenda;
  • Support policy innovation on localizing the SDGs;
  • Prepare various written outputs, e.g. background papers, sections of reports, policy papers, etc. related to UNDP’s Hub for territorial partnerships and local governance and local development programmes as well as global development dialogues and processes (promotion of the process for SDG Localization, organization of the World Forums of Local Economic Development, etc.).
  • Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with LRGs, their associations and other decentralized cooperation entities and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives on local governance and local development and the SDG localization agenda
  • Represent UNDP and engage in UN interagency coordination as well as in other fora with the aim to advance UNDP’s strategic positioning with regards to SDG Localization;
  • Liaise with UNDP HQs, Regional Hubs and Country Offices in order to strengthen relations and to support the implementation of the SDGs at local level.    
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP
  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
  • Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • Master's degree in Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or a related area.
  • 5 years of progressive relevant work experience at international level in the areas of local governance and local development, with a focus on communication for development;
  • Experience working towards the achievement of the SDGs required and specifically experience related to the localization of the 2030 Agenda; 
  • Exposure to communications as well as programming activities on local development; 
  • Experience in liaising with local and regional governments, and their associations and decentralized cooperation networks;  
  • Experience with International Organizations and Inter-Governmental Organizations, some of which in UNDP;
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages such as MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and web based management systems.
  • Proficiency in English, French and Spanish.  

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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