Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. “Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG)”, is a multi-year initiative to support the Government of Bangladesh. This initiative is the successor of “Support to Sustainable and Inclusive Planning (SSIP)” project and “Engaging with Institutions (EI)”, IP project and aims at providing technical assistance in the formulation of evidence-based policy formulation, implementation, localization, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and outreach of SDGs in Bangladesh. UNDP has been a long-standing partner of the GoB in achieving global goals since MDGs era. In previous interventions, UNDP worked largely with the public sector; but for SDGs, it cannot be achieved without support of the non-state stakeholders given its wideness and depth of the 2030 Global Development Agenda. This project aims to go beyond the conventional partnership with the government to private sector, NGOs, CSOs, think-tank, academia and media to ensure the ‘whole of the society’ approach to attained SDG goals and targets.

The project has four components: 1. Evidence-informed SDG policy and plans formulated; 2. Systems and capacities in place to localize the SDGs; 3. Financing for SDG Implementation secured and prioritized; and 4. 4. Partnerships and outreach for enhancing society wide participation in SDGs ensured.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of SDGs and M&E Analyst and overall guidance by the Chief Technical Adviser, the Officer shall carry out the duties given below to achieve the mission: Research, Reporting and Studies:

  • Assist the SDGs and M&E Analyst in commissioning research and conducting studies including on UNEP-PEA issues;
  • Assist in preparation of documents relating to SDGs Localization and SDGs Financing in order to capture and store lessons learnt and other key areas of knowledge from the project;
  • Maintain standardized templates and processes in order to capture and store lessons learnt and other key areas of knowledge from the project;
Training and Workshops:

  • Support in organizing trainings, workshops, consultations etc.
  • Liaison with project personnel in organizing events at the local level in the process of SDGs localization;
Reporting and Preparation of Programme Document(s):

  • Assist in preparing quarterly, half-yearly and yearly progress reports;
  • Prepare working papers for National SDGs M&E Network and SDGs Core Team (CST);
  • Assist in preparing report specially on the outcome of SDGs localization and SDGs Financing;
  • Extend support in preparing working papers for advocating local level public planners and relevant stakeholders;
Knowledge Management:

  • Replicate good practice and proven solutions across different team workspaces;
  • Ensure that PEA knowledge, tools and good practices developed through the project are documented and disseminated;
  • Undertake outreach within the project team to assist them with the use of knowledge management strategies and systems;
Communication:

  • Work with the Communications Officer on communicating and disseminating key results;
  • Support in securing media exposure of results and project activities;
Other Task(s):

  • Perform various tasks as required by the SDGs and M&E Analyst and other leading project staff.
Impact of Results

The project associate will contribute to streamlined project implementation and monitoring, communicating these issues constantly among project staff and stakeholders.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards (Human Rights, peace, understanding between peoples and nations, tolerance, integrity, respect, results orientation (UNDP core ethics) impartiality
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Functional Competencies: Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong customer-service skills with demonstrated ability to effectively interact with technical and non-technical end users in a pleasant, cooperative, and helpful manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and work independently.
  • Ability to read, analyze, interpret and apply general technical instructions and procedures
Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

The candidate must have Master's degree with 2 years of experience and/or Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of experience from a recognized university in International Relations, Economics, Business Administration, Environmental Science or a related field.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ work experience with Master's degree and/or 5 years’ work experience with Bachelor’s degree;
  • Knowledge of GoB national planning programmes
  • Knowledge on SDGs related interventions;
  • Working experience on poverty-environment-Climate Change nexus;
  • Introductory knowledge of macroeconomics/development economics.
Language Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills in Bangla with a strong working knowledge of English.
Computer Literacy

Conversant with MS word, Excel and Power Point applications.

Disclaimer

Important applicant information All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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