As the crisis enters its eighth year, the scale, severity, and complexity of needs across Syria remain deep and far-reaching. Over half of the country’s population have fled their homes: 5.5 million people have sought refuge in the region and beyond, and 6.1 million people are internally displaced. 13.1 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 5.6 million people face acute humanitarian needs. Millions of people have fallen into poverty, forced to resort to harmful coping strategies and faced with increasing protection risks. As the crisis continues, humanitarian needs are expected to deepen in scale, severity, and complexity, and as the crisis becomes more protracted there is a need to long into longer-term and more durable solutions to support communities’ resilience and positive coping.
The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2018 will continue to guide the overall humanitarian response. The Strategic Framework for Cooperation between the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the United Nations signed in 2016 (SF) signed by the Government, UNRC and UN Agencies in February 2016 to 2018, guides the UNCT’s longer term resilience and recovery assistance.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Resident Coordinator Office, the position will strengthen the capacity of the UN Country Team, and provide support to the Resident Coordinator in coordinating and planning an integrated and coherent UN response in Syria. With a particular focus on providing support to planning coherence, programme coordination and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus issues.
The Strategic Planning and UN Coordination Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:
- Advice and support the RC and the UNCT in the implementation and monitoring of the UN Strategic Framework 2016-2019;
- Ensure establishment of effective mechanisms for planning, monitoring and reporting of UN Strategic Framework implementation, and support application of Results Based Management across all aspects of the Strategic Framework implementation;
- Support the RC and the UNCT in the roll-out of the UN planning frameworks, in particular facilitating the coordination and engagement among UN organizations - including Non-Resident Organizations – planning frameworks;
- Support coordination of UN organizations through Results Groups, Task Forces and other fora, helping to ensure clear link with ongoing initiatives in the country;
- Facilitate regular updates of needs and situational assessment processes and any other analytical work to help guide UNCT priorities;
- Advice and Support the UNCT in the development of a common work plan ensuring timeliness, coherence and quality of results and the promotion and development of proposals for UN System capacity building initiatives;
- Facilitate the inter-agency programme, including by acting as the Secretariat of the Programme Management Team (PMT) in support of the PMT Chair and the UNCT;
- Coordinate planning with relevant national entities and other relevant actors within Syria, other international presences, and the Office of the Special Envoy, helping to foster strong strategic partnerships in support of key UN initiatives;
- Provide technical expertise and support the Resident Coordinator in ensuring that strategic planning for Syria is fully integrated with and complementary to planning for humanitarian responses inside Syria, UNHQ and regional responses and regional support to those affected by the Syrian conflict;
- Provide advice to the UNCT on adjusting strategies and implementation modalities for more cost-effective and efficient implementation of joint programmes/initiatives and common services;
- Support and provide expertise to the UNCT in taking forward key joint initiatives, brining on board relevant partners and ensuring that lessons learned are documented and shared;
- Provide operational guidance to UN Development system reform implementation and monitoring in Syria;
- Assist the Resident Coordinator in ensuring synergies of the UNCT on institutional and organizational issues, to promote a united and coherent UN system, consistent with the organizational mandate;
- Draw upon other UN experiences, lessons learned and knowledge networking to provide contributions to UNCT decision-making and learning;
- Keep abreast of and analyze the new political, legal, social and economic developments in the country, to provide well-founded advice on UN positioning;
- Identifying and managing required resources for coordination; where the UNCT decides to promote joint programmes in a given area, support the elaboration, negotiation and implementation of these programmes through concrete and immediate support on operational and substantive issues as required;
- Under the guidance of the Resident Coordinator, work with the Syria IATF on matters pertaining to interagency coordination, planning and future UN support to Syria and maintains regular contact with the relevant UNHQ Departments at the working level;
- Provide support on the preparation of the annual UN Country Team Results Report; drafting correspondence, briefing notes and reports for RC, as needed; and substantively preparing for incoming high-level UN missions in and out country;
- Keep systematic records and information on UN activities and facilitate effective and timely sharing of information to PMT and UNCT;
- Facilitate knowledge management and capacity building among UN staff;
- Perform other relevant duties as required.
- 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 engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.
- Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships.
- Ability to prepare quality reports.
- Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement.
Development Planning and Monitoring:
- Ability to develop business and planning processes at the national and local level and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
- Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission.
- Master's degree in Political Science, International Development and/or Management, or a related field;
- A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
- Professional training in the areas of planning and/or coordination is an asset.
- A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in policy development at the strategic level as well as facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes;
- Field experience is required, including at least one year in a UN peacekeeping mission and/or with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in a conflict or post-conflict setting, preferably in the Middle East;
- Comprehensive knowledge of relevant UN policies, processes and operations is required;
- Experience in strategic planning processes and application is highly desirable.
- Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension