UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.
The Effectiveness Group assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. It seeks to do so by enabling UNDP and others to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven by identifying, testing, learning, sharing and institutionalizing what works. It acts as a hub on quality UNDP programming, all aspects of results-based management and development performance monitoring and analysis, south south cooperation and global effectiveness partnerships (including the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the International Aid Transparency Initiative). The Effectiveness Group is composed of the following teams:
The teams work closely together to understand and deepen UNDP’s and the international community’s understanding of what works and what does not work in effecting development change at country level in UNDP’s Strategic Plan programme priority areas, and how this understanding can drive knowledge creation and dissemination, innovation and scaling up, and more productive partnerships.
Drawing on the comparative advantages of UNDP in strengthening country capacities to manage and coordinate development cooperation, the Effectiveness Group coordinates the Secretariat of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). IATI, a coalition of more than ninety members including donor governments, partner country governments, foundations, and non-governmental and civil society organisations, seeks to address challenges facing a range of development stakeholders (donors, programme country governments, emerging economies, private sector, foundations, civil society, academia) in the sharing and use of information on development cooperation. It was launched at the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (2008) and since September 2013, UNDP has co-hosted the IATI Secretariat in a Consortium together with UNOPS (which leads on financial management and logistics) and UK-based NGO Development Initiatives (which administers the development of the IATI Standard as well as IATI’s website, tools and technical support). UNDP leads day-to-day management of the Secretariat and outreach and engagement with IATI stakeholders. UNDP also provides substantive support and policy advice to IATI’s governing bodies.
UNDP’s mandate as Secretariat lead is in place until the end of 2022 during which time it will continue its focus on coordination of the Secretariat, as well as strengthening its efforts around communications, outreach, partnerships and engagement with IATI members. To this end, the IATI Governing Board has approved the creation of a Communication, Outreach, Partnership and Engagement (COPE) Specialist position to centralize IATI’s COPE workstream and leverage UNDP’s institutional capacities. This position will be supervised by the IATI Secretariat Coordinator and will work closely with the UNDP IATI Programme Analyst (based in New York) and the Development Initiatives’ Communications Advisor (based in the United Kingdom).
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Communications (25%)
2. Outreach and Knowledge-Sharing (25%):
3. Partnerships (25%):
4. Engagement (25%)
Effective Development Cooperation:
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in English is required;
Knowledge of French would be an advantage.
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