United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Development Coordination, Interagency Coordination and Partnerships Analyst

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and reports to the RCO Team Leader.

UN Resident Coordinator (RC): The UN Resident Coordinator is the head of the United Nations in the country, the highest ranking senior official.

United Nations Country Team (UNCT): The UNCT is representation of UN agencies, such as UNICEF, UNWOMEN, etc. The UN’s Coordination body at country-level.

UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF): the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework is the UN’s strategic document, an agreement between the UN and the host government—determines and reflects the UN development system's contributions in the country and shapes the configuration of UN assets required inside and outside the country.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGS): Adopted by all UN’s member states, the 17 SDGs represent a common roadmap for well-being of people. Read more here: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/development-agenda/

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Interagency Coordination and Partnerships Analyst, Development Coordination, will be responsible of the following duties:

Summary of Functions:

1. UNCT portfolio management: build, manage and track the portfolios of UN Country Team engagement in the UAE, especially the agencies not resident in the UAE

2. Interagency coordination and partnerships: engage and support partner relationships with UN agencies that are members of the UN Country Team, including external partners and with particular focus on partnerships with UN agencies that are not resident in the UAE.

3. Information Management: manage the data sets and information repository for the UN Country Team in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office

4. UNCT programme coordination: support coordination of joint programmes or initiatives between UN agencies in the UAE, including reporting on collaborative work of the UN Country Team

Description of Functions:

1. UNCT portfolio management

• Build, manage and track UN Country Team engagement in the UAE, especially the agencies not resident in the UAE

• Understand the areas of work and engagement of the UN agencies that are members of the UN Country Team

• Synthesize key findings from UN agencies relevant to ongoing analyses and cooperation initiatives for the UAE

• Create and maintain summaries and Knowledge Products on UN agency engagement in the UAE

• Support the development of communication products with inputs from UN agencies

2. Interagency coordination and partnerships

• Manage the relationship management of the UN agencies that are members of the UN Country Team, with particular focus on the UN agencies that are not resident in the UAE

• Support partnership work of the RC Office to support key UN initiatives, including internal UN and external partnership building

• Create and manage the contact database for UN agencies engaged in the UAE

• Develop a working relationship and knowledge of the UN staff members engaged in supporting the UAE or particular areas of work relevant to the UAE

• Ensure ability to identify to whom and where information required can be retrieved from the UN agencies engaged in the UAE

• Undertake tasks related to preparation of interagency reports, summary of meetings, and correspondence.

3. Information management

• Manage the data sets and information repository for the UNCT in the Resident Coordinator’s Office

• Create and manage database and knowledge platform for substantive information and/or data provided to the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office from UN agencies

• Ensure ability to locate and retrieve relevant data or information required for UN Resident Coordinator or UN Country Team products

• Identify sources for data and knowledge products from UN agencies, and means to locate them when required

4. UNCT programme coordination

• Support coordination of joint programs or initiatives between UN agencies in the UAE

• Support the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in identifying opportunities for joint programs/initiatives

• Support the coordination of agreed upon joint programs/initiatives

• Facilitate knowledge sharing and reporting of approved joint programs/initiatives

• Manages the project implementation, including Financial Management and reporting for any assigned initiatives under the Resident Coordinator Office;

• Undertake any other duties as required by the UN Resident Coordinator and RCO Team Leader.


Planning and Organizing: 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ 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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Required Skills and Experience

Advanced university degree (i.e. Master’s degree) with minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in international development, political science, organizational development, or any area of development or humanitarian support to sustainable development such as Climate Change, Environment, Urban Planning, Economics, etc.
A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in combination with two additional years of qualifying relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Two years of relevant work experience combined with an advanced university degree, or minimum of four years of relevant work experience combined with a first-level university degree. Experience in project management and/or coordination; understanding of development and/or humanitarian support to countries through work experience or education; international development work experience is a strong asset; strong organizational skills, writing skills, teamwork skills, people skills, ICT skills. Understanding of the United Nations a strong asset. Past work experience with a UN agency a strong asset.

Language Requirements:
For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Open for all nationality residents of the duty station (UAE) and has a valid residency in the UAE


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