United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Project Officer (SDG Sectoral Support - 2 Positions)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

UNDP Global Mission Statement: UNDP is the UN’s Global Development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement: UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan as well as support the country to achieve SDGs. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close Coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground. Background UNDP supports countries around the world to formulate strategies, policies, and programme interventions that promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To advance these aims, UNDP provides technical policy advice and programming tools, especially to help address critical sustainable development challenges.UNDP country offices work closely with government counterparts and other national stakeholders to support the introduction of inclusive and sustainable development policies that are aligned with the national context. National economists based in country offices across the Asia-Pacific region contribute to this work, including through support to policy dialogue with government officials and other partners, assistance in programme development, and production of research and Analysis. These colleagues also collaborate and share experiences and practices across countries inside and outside the Asia-Pacific region. The Position UNDP Afghanistan is recruiting two National Project Officer (SDG Sectoral Support)to help contribute in the development and launch of the SDG Country Support Platform for Afghanistan SDGs. The National Project Officer (SDG Sectoral Support) will provide technical and policy support to Afghanistan SDGs Executive Committee’s Working Groups and the Afghanistan SDGs Secretariat at the Ministry of Economy. They will also contribute to SDG-related development coordination and knowledge generation through conducting policy research and analysis for UNDP Country Office, Government counterparts and other stakeholders in the integration, implementation, monitoring and reporting of Afghanistan SDGs. The National Project Officer ( SDG Sectoral Support ) will closely work with UNDP Country Programme teams, national and local stakeholders to help map progress on SDGs in Afghanistan, help identify bottlenecks, new policy options and solutions to help bridge gaps in SDG-related policy development, implementation, monitoring and reporting. They will also help with mainstreaming technical and programmatic assistance in the localization of Afghanistan SDGs through provision of support to the sub-national coordination, planning and monitoring in selected provinces. The National Project Officer (SDG Sectoral Support) will be based full-time in the UNDP Afghanistan Country Office. They will work closely with the programme and operations teams in the Country Office, UNDP’s National Sustainable Development Goal teams, and Programme Strategy and Results Unit (PSRU). The National Project Officer (SDG Sectoral Support ) will also collaborate with the SDGs Executive Committee and provide regular support to the SDGs Working Groups. Duties and Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the SDGs Project Manager, the SDG Support Officers will be primarily responsible for the following work: Highlighted Responsibilities of the Assignment: Plans and facilitates evidenced-based SDG analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UNDP Country Programme teams, Afghanistan SDGs Working Groups and the Secretariat at the Ministry of Economy of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in Afghanistan
  • Researches, analyzes and presents SDG-related data, as well as information on emerging best practices in sustainable development, paying special attention to gender and Capacity Development, and proposes policy options to Afghanistan SDGs national stakeholders.

  • Identifies and analyzes issues that impact multiple SDGs and their targets and proposes “accelerator interventions” that can help unlock and accelerate progress towards sustainable development across multiple areas.

  • Assesses sustainable development trade-offs and risk factors, as well as early-warning indicators that may undermine the achievement of SDG targets.

  • Researches, develops and presents policy papers, guidance notes and other knowledge-based tools for SDG Country Support Platform to help influence and advance policy dialogue on achieving the SDGs.

Provides substantive advice on innovative SDG policies to SDG Country Support Platform, SDG Working Groups and the Ministry of Economy, as well as to other national SDG stakeholders
  • Provides substantive support to the SDG Country Support Platform, SDG Working Groups and the Ministry of Economy on SDG-related issues, particularly on policies to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, including through Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS).

  • Prepares inputs for the SDG Country Support Platform, SDG Working Groups and the Ministry of Economy on how policies and programmatic interventions can be optimized and better respond to sustainable development needs and emerging trends in Afghanistan.

  • Together with the SDG Country Support Platform team members, helps with planning and facilitating an integrated approach to UNDP’s policy advice to national SDG counterparts in the government of Afghanistan and other SDG partners.

  • Provides support to planning and directing the work of the SDG Country Support Platform and other UNDP policy advice in creating, nurturing and driving cross-pillar nexus approaches in Afghanistan through SDGs Working Groups and other cross-sectoral policy platform.

Prepares and contributes inputs to SDG knowledge generation and management 
  • Contributes technical and analytical inputs to Communities of Practice and knowledge networks that promote collaboration, peer support, innovation good practices, lessons learned, needs and opportunities in the area of sustainable development.

  • Researches, analyzes and presents best practices and lessons learned from the implementation of sustainable development projects and programs with a view to advising the SDG Country Support Platform, SDG Working Groups and the Ministry of Economy to strengthen the means of implementation for SDGs in Afghanistan.

  • Contributes to national/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to sustainable development policy in Afghanistan.

CompetenciesCore InnovationAbility to make new and useful ideas work.LeadershipAbility to persuade others to follow.People ManagementAbility to improve performance and satisfaction.CommunicationAbility to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.DeliveryAbility to get things done while exercising good judgement. Technical/Functional Knowledge Management • Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to UNDP Practice Areas and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development;• Ability to provide top quality policy advice services on economic issues;• In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues.Project Management• Development and Operational Effectiveness• Ability to lead strategic planning, Results-based Management and reporting;• Ability to lead formulation and evaluation of development programmes and projects;• Ability to apply economic theory to the specific country context, carry out high-quality economic researchManagement and Leadership • Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;• Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation;• Leads teams effectively and shows Conflict Resolution skills;• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;• Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;• Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
  • Masters in Economic Development, Development Studies, International Affairs, Public Policy, Business Management or bachelor’s degree with 2 additional qualifying years may be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.

  • 3 years of relevant development experience in a policy setting at the national or international level.

  • Extensive experience in research and policy-level analysis.

  • Superior understanding of Afghanistan SDGs and the overall national development planning environment.

  • Direct experience providing technical advice to government officials is required.

  • Experience in designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects is an asset.

  • Experience working with the MDGs or SDGs at the national level.

Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Fluency in Pashtu or Dari is required


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