Programme Specialist, Inclusive Political Processes

  • Added Date: Friday, 19 May 2017
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 01 June 2017

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The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response.  BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

The Programme Specialist, Inclusive Political Processes based in Istanbul is responsible for contributing policy and programme advisory services to Country Offices and utilizing the products and tools relevant to the thematic area of civic engagement, constitution-making and political dialogue; electoral cycle support, and parliamentary strengthening, , with a particular focus on capacitating inclusive political processes and their associated institutions to be fit for purpose for the implementation of Agenda 2030.  To this end, major priorities include promoting the openness of political institutions and gender equality and women’s participation in decision-making. S/he acts in response to requests from country offices and in collaboration with the integration and coordination team. S/he works with teams across BPPS, Regional Hubs, Country Offices, Global Policy Centers and the UN system to ensure the execution of quality and coherent policy and programme advisory services within their region and across other regions as well as alignment with the Strategic Plan. Under the overall guidance of the team leader Governance and Peacebuilding in the Regional Hub the Programme Specialist advances the mission of the UNDP and increases the credibility and recognition in this thematic area. S/he is responsible for performing and contributing to the following:

  • Programme Support and Policy Advice;
  • Policy Research and Development;
  • Policy Positioning and Representation;
  • Partnerships and Resource Mobilization;
  • Knowledge Management.
  • Execute policy, strategy, and programme initiatives to support key results, outcomes, and outputs of the Strategic Plan and the Regional Programme;
  • Support country offices in developing and implementing strategic frameworks, programmes, and projects on Inclusive Political Processes particularly in light of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Coordinate the production of relevant analysis and guidance for policy advice and programme support that responds to country office needs;
  • Apply multi-disciplinary approaches, including through setting up, coordinating, and engaging with Development Solution Teams (DSTs), to deliver advisory services and programming needs in line with emerging client needs and corporate standards, as well as maintaining and developing networks of experts in UNDP’s areas of work;
  • Develop and implement solutions in crisis and conflict situations in response to requests coordinated by CRU and ensure proper use of policy and tools in this context; 
  • Incorporate gender equality and human rights’-based approach in policy and programming work;and 
  • Provide relevant contribution to UNDP SURGE.
  • Conduct analysis of data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons from projects and programmes to support policy development and innovationIdentify gaps and opportunities for development of new policies and guide the overall team priorities and workplans; 
  • Provide Quality Assurance to ensure alignment with global development policies, norms and standards;
  • Ensure cross-practice approach and cross-regional collaboration;
  • Create methods for reviewing policy services in the thematic area and assess policy success, as well as communicate these methods to other country offices and regions; and
  • Conceptualize and recommend policy innovations in the thematic area to improve programme delivery.
  • Under the guidance of the regional team leader, mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN entities and other relevant bodies at the regional level, and provide inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
  • Prepare policy materials, briefing notes and speeches;
  • Formulate regional projects and initiatives in the thematic area;
  • Advocate the importance of the thematic area in various fora at the regional level, including academia and civil society, with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms; and 
  • Support the regional Team Leader in engagement in UN interagency coordination in relevant policy areas by organizing and participating in regional meetings.
  • In collaboration with BERA, support the regional Team Leader to engage with regional partners and develop/implement resource mobilization plan under corporate guidelines, including to fulfill corporate and donor reporting, advocacy and information-sharing requirements;
  • Identify and assist to catalyse new programmatic opportunities, especially those that relate to the capacitation of parliaments, and election management and constitution-making bodies, to be fit for purpose to implement Agenda 2030;
  • Provide substantive inputs related to regional external partnerships in the area of work; and
  • Support the regional team leader in fostering strategic partnerships with UN and external regional partner institutions, Governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs at regional and local level.
  • Keep an up-to-date library of knowledge related to the thematic area at region-specific level and proactively share documents with team members and respond to their specific requests for information; 
  • Coordinate team contributions and support to corporate KM activities, at region-specific level to help influence/advance policy dialogue in the thematic area in collaboration with policy teams at HQ and in Regional Hubs;
  • Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice; and
  • Coordinate and perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in the specific thematic area, and verify that knowledge sharing and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of parliamentary development policy and principles and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships. 
  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
  • Knowledge of civic engagement methods, opennes of political institutions and gender equality and women in decision-making and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.
  • Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement
  • Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design.
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law, governance, political science, other social sciences or related disciplines.
  • 7 years of professional work experience providing policy advice and programme support in the general area of parliamentary strengthening, gender equality, civic engagement and political processes in different development contexts.  
  • Experience working in developing country settings is required and experience in crisis contexts is an asset.
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language preferably relevant to the region in which this position is based is an asset.

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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