United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Development Analyst (Governance)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

UNDP has been supporting the development efforts of Kazakhstan since independence, with major focus on all pillars of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental. Its work is aimed at strengthening human development for all so that no one is left behind. The UNDP CO jointly with the Government institutions and other stakeholders implements several strategic initiatives in various sectors ranging from preserving Biodiversity to supporting people with disabilities. Governance area is an integral part of the UNDP CO programme, which primarily focuses on building effective, efficient, transparent and accountable institutions, free of corruption. Governance programme consists of several strategic initiatives that support Kazakhstan modernization efforts with focus on priority reform areas stretching from Civil Service Reform and Rule of Law to Prevention of Violent Extremism and addressing the needs of most vulnerable groups of population. The Governance programme activities are implemented in close partnership and collaboration with the Government of Kazakhstan on national and subnational levels, expert community, academia and Civil Society Organizations. Under the guidance of the Head of Governance Unit, Development Analyst acts as an Advisor on key areas of UNDP engagement in Kazakhstan, including, but not limited to Civil Service and Public Administration Reform, Local Governance, Rule of Law, Prevention of Violent Extremis, Social Modernization and building Knowledge based economy. The main role is to provide sound Analysis of the development context and main trends, support development of knowledge products, draft concept notes, statements, addresses, preparation of reports, including UNDP and UN-wide reporting, support knowledge building and sharing. The Governance Analyst advances horizon scanning activities and proactively contributes to development of new projects and initiatives in the Governance area. The Development Analyst works in close collaboration with all projects in the Governance Unit and, if required, other units, actively supports the and engages in collaboration with Operations team in the CO, Programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the UNDP programme. Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe Governance Analyst will be responsible for analytical, Design and innovation work. She/he is expected to closely cooperate with the entire programme team to ensure sound and well-functioning knowledge generation and management system is in place. In this context, the key functions of the Development Analyst include:
  • ensure sound analysis of emerging Development Trends and respective Government policies to address them;

  • lead on consolidation of knowledge in the Governance programme area and produce high quality knowledge products, including policy briefs, reports, papers;

  • provide quality support for events, meetings and negotiations by preparing evidence-based materials, including, but not limited to statements, speeches, concept notes, talking points, etc.;

  • support Governance unit resource mobilization efforts by compiling relevant data and evidence, productively contributing to meetings and brainstorming sessions, outlining concept notes, drafting project documents, etc.;

  • contribute to Governance Unit communication efforts by providing quality content ready to be utilized for web stories, posts, interviews OPEDs, articles, etc.;

  • support corporate reporting by integrating project level outputs into outcome level narrative;

  • support monitoring and evaluation of on-going and past initiatives, including by collecting and providing evidence and data;

  • support national efforts to nationalize SDGs;

  • maintain close liaison with national project partners, ensuring optimum participation and promoting ownership of the Government in the respective Unit initiatives and activities.

Impact of Results. Development Analyst work is expected to enhance consolidation and generation of the new knowledge, which will result in quality knowledge products and stronger alignment of programme with national and international development agendas. CompetenciesCore values:
  • demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;

  • demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;

  • sound judgment and maturity to foster a positive work environment;

  • displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Core competencies:
  • excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences;

  • ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relations with a culturally diverse team, as a team member, to build trust, and to manage in a deliberate, transparent and predictable way;

  • strong Coordination and facilitation skills;

  • demonstrates ethics and integrity;

  • ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with national partners and stakeholders and pro-activeness in identifying of beneficiaries and partners’ needs and matching them to appropriate solutions.

Managerial competencies:
  • ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;

  • ability to work effectively as part of a team;

  • ability to work to tight deadlines and to handle multiple concurrent project components;

  • ability to manage projects for results, including the preparation of products;

  • ability to identify priority activities and tasks and allocate appropriate time and resources for effective and efficient work completion;

  • ability to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines;

  • ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships;

  • ability to foresee risks and develop mitigation strategies.

Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
  • Master’s degree in Development Studies, Political Science, Public Policy or other relevant areas.

  • 7 years of substantive experience working in or directly related to policy analysis, research and / or knowledge management;

  • strong drafting skills in English and Russian languages;

  • proven communication and advocacy skills, and ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including government representatives, donors and other stakeholders;

  • excellent computer skills with ability to use information technology as a tool and resource.

Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Russian with proven drafting and presentation skills;

  • Knowledge of Kazakh is an asset.


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