UN Coordination Officer

  • Added Date: Friday, 28 January 2022
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 14 February 2022
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Within the framework of the UN reform (GA Res. 71/243) launched on 1 January 2019, a new generation of UN Resident Coordinator Offices were established under the leadership of an empowered UN Resident Coordinator, the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System (UNDS) and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level. Furthermore, the recommendations adopted by the 2020 Economic and Social Council (Res. 2020/23) on the Multi-Country Office (MCO) Review propose concrete ways to improve the UNโ€™s presence, resources and development services to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, SAMOA Pathway, UNFCCC. This outposted capacity will support ONE UN engagement at the national level in pursuit of national and regional priorities and regional agreements under the aegis of OECS, CARICOM, CDEMA and other relevant regional organisations. Under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) the Officer will coordinate the UNโ€™s cooperation in support of national priorities in the British Virgin Islands.

The Barbados and Eastern Caribbean MCO oversees seven countries: Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and three British Overseas Territories: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat. The UN Resident Coordinator leads the Barbados and Eastern Caribbean UN Sub Regional Team (UNST) and the UNโ€™s programming work, as outlined in the UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF). Twenty resident and non-resident UN entities are signatories to the MSDF and have programmatic coverage in the Eastern Caribbean region.

The RCO fulfills ten core coordination functions, namely strategic analysis and planning; oversight of the UN country programming cycle; representation of and support of UN Secretariat and UN agencies (incl. Non-Resident agencies); support to national coordination systems and processes; development and management of shared operational support services; crisis management preparedness and response; external communication and advocacy; human rights and development; joint resource mobilisation and fund management; and general UNST oversight and coordination. Support to the UN RC and the UN Sub Regional Team is provided through a team comprised of national and international staff based (currently) in the MCO hub in Bridgetown, Barbados and (eventually) with extended representation in each of the independent countries covered and the British Virgin Islands.

The UNโ€™s cooperation in the Eastern Caribbean includes regional and country-level focused programmes/interventions in the areas of climate change, resilience, environmental protection; gender equality; inclusive growth, health, human rights, among others in keeping with the MSDF.

The UN Country Coordination Officer will be based in-country and report directly to the UN RC.ย  This portfolio entails substantive collaboration with the UNST, staff from various UN Agencies based in Barbados and in the respective country of coverage and the RCO (Barbados). He/she will work with UN staff or country liaisons based in the MCO Hub or other Caribbean regional offices. He/she will also ensure linkages of country level efforts, working in close collaboration with Agencies staff, SIDS focal points and with National Coordination Officers posted throughout the Eastern Caribbean. He/she will work closely with the designated coordinating Ministry, national counterparts and other ministries and partners in the achievement of the expected responsibilities.


Tasks include, but are not limited to support to strategic planning, coordination, outreach and advocacy and monitoring and reporting of UN country level programming and partnership to advance on Agenda 2030 and the SDGs in line with national priorities and other functions as may be delegated by the RC and / or the RCO Team Leader.

Within delegated authority, the UN Country Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following results and duties:

1.ย  Fosters UN development system joint cooperation at country level in service of Small Island Development States (SIDS) challenges and needs within the framework of the Eastern Caribbean Sub-regional priorities.ย 

  • Identify opportunities and provide strategic advice to the UN RC, UNST and national authorities to address complex issues in support of the implementation of SIDS and SDGs international frameworks, in close collaboration with regional institutions such as OECS and in alignment with country-level needs.
  • Provides strategic planning and coordination development support to the UNST and UN RC for improved UN Country-level programming and partnership building toward a One UN Approach in support of national priorities. ย Including CIP planning and reporting through UN Info and One UN Results Report to Government and other stakeholders.
  • Within the framework of the UNSTโ€™s strategic priorities and the UNโ€™s programming frameworks (regional and sub-regional) identify entry points for UN policy and/or programming in support of national development strategies, Agenda 2030/SDGs, SAMOA Pathway and other international frameworks.
  • Ensure an updated country level analysis and support the planning, implementation and monitoring of the UN country-level programming - Country Implementation Plans (CIP) in response to development challenges, national priorities and aligned to the MSDF.
  • Maintain an effective dialogue and coordination mechanism with the designated leading Ministry and other national counterparts to facilitate a strengthened UN, better positioned in relevant national development processes, leading to the identification of new areas of collaboration and ample stakeholder participation.
  • Identify opportunities for country engagement in support of key national strategic priorities through international/intergovernmental forums and/or processes such as Financing for Development (FfD), High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs (HLPF), and Universal Periodic Review (UPR), among others.ย 
  • Support member states in mobilizing and accessing UN regional and/or sub-regional (MCO hub) assets and technical expertise, tools and other resources to strengthen policy and programme support for specific and specialized development issues.
  • Encourage the design and support the formulation of joint programmes or joint programming initiatives as well as support the implementation, monitoring and reporting of existing ones to ensure a coherent UN approach.

2.ย  Support the UN RC and UNST to increase national partnership and Financing for Development opportunities in support of the UN Cooperation Framework and Country Implementation Plan and joint programming initiatives.

  • Based on the UN Regional Cooperation frameworks, CIPs and joint programmes, facilitates and coordinates joint resource mobilization and partnership efforts at country levels/sub-regionally with the participation of multiple stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic support to positioning the UN as a key provider of integrated services and platform for the SDGs through the development and implementation of a locally tailored partnership and financing strategy as well as ensure the integration of national needs in sub-regional mobilization efforts in support of SDG acceleration and financing opportunities for SIDS. ย 
  • Facilitate strategic engagements with and assist in the development of ย - partnership between the Government, UN system, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and other financers on key Financing for Development issues including issues of Debt, Access to Concessional Financing, Climate and Blue Financing and Social Impact investments.
  • Support the coordination of the sub-regional development partners efforts at country level and identify synergies leading to the development of initiatives from traditional and non-traditional partners (South-South and triangular cooperation and other alternative financing options).

3.ย  Support the strengthening of UN Communications and Advocacy and Knowledge Management at country level.

  • Provide support to the implementation of the UN Communications Strategy at country level and promote the positioning of key advocacy initiatives โ€“ e.g. Agenda 2030/SDGs, human rights/development issues and key UN observances.
  • Ensure that country highlights and best practices are promoted and reflected in UN communications at national, regional and international levels.
  • Promote an environment for knowledge sharing through strategic partnerships and facilitate wide-ranging access to UN produced knowledge products on relevant development issues and support the dissemination of national best practices in regional/sub-regional fora and communities of practice.
  • Contributes to the strategic positioning and messaging of the RC/UNST and UN joint efforts through communication initiatives.

4.ย  Support a comprehensive UN coordination for Disaster Risk Management and Humanitarian Response.

  • Facilitates close engagement across the humanitarian, development and peace domains, as required by the countries/sub-regional context;
  • Identify the required support and resources to strengthen national disaster risk efforts and coordination mechanisms within the context of regional frameworks or programmes. ย 
  • In cases of response to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, under the guidance of the UN RC and in collaboration with the Humanitarian Advisor, liaises with the UNETT and relevant regional (CDEMA) and national entities to support an effective country level response.
  • Ensure an efficient coordination of humanitarian response between national authorities, the UNETT and the Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group -Disaster Management.

5.ย  Fosters UN operational coherence at country level.

  • Within the framework of the Sub-Regional Business Operations Strategy (BOS), identify opportunities for cost-efficiency of UN operations in country and provides support to follow-up initiatives to the Operations Management Team.
  • In collaboration with the Operations Management Team (OMT), provides substantive support to the RC/UNST on business innovations for the UN in country.
  • Coordinate the preparations for UN missions to country, including provision of guidance to UN agencies, external consultants, government officials and other parties.
  • On the day-to-day management, support appropriate administration, finance and logistical processes of the coordination-related aspects of the UN Office as per UN Regulations and Rules.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Results Expected:

To position a UN Sub Regional Team that is relevant and responsive to host Governments and to successfully impact UNโ€™s Eastern Caribbean activities at the country level by strengthening overall coordination capacity, and implementation of the UN development system reform. To provide a tailored and demand-driven development response to each countryโ€™s needs through specific UN offer and programmes and a more coherent and coordinated UN on the ground. These key results will have an impact on the design and operation of UN activities, the creation of strategic partnerships for the UNโ€™s Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (regional and country level), the implementation and support of national strategies and priorities, as well as accountability towards member states. Key expected deliverables from the UN Country Coordination Officer include, but not limited to, the successful development and implementation of the Country Implementation Plan by the Agencies, Annual Progress Report on the UNโ€™s Joint efforts in country, partnership and financing strategy, developing new engagement with stakeholders, among others to be defined based on each country context.

  • Professionalism:ย  Understands the 2030 Agenda within the context of Multi-Country Office (MCO) to ensure strategic planning, coordination, monitoring, and reporting of UN country level programming. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field.ย  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 sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.ย  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.ย  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 & Organizing:ย  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.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be โ€œclientsโ€ and seeks to see things from clientsโ€™ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clientsโ€™ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clientsโ€™ 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.
  • 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 improvements; 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.

Education: Advanced university degree (Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, social science, international relations, economics or a related field.ย  A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in providing management advisory services project or programme management, design, monitoring and evaluation or related area.ย  Previous experience in the development field with Government or an international organization would be advantageous. Knowledge about the UN and RC systems is desirable.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages and in handling of web-based management systems is desirable

Language:ย  English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 

Other:ย  Candidates must be a national citizen of the British Virgin Islands.


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Contract Duration: 1 year

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