Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and reports to the Economist of the RCO.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Development Coordination Officer, Data Management and Results Monitoring/Reporting will be responsible of the following duties:
Summary of Functions:
1.Provides substantive support for the development and implementation of UN Country Team (UNCT) data and research strategies
2.Assists in the development and expansion of strategic research and data partnerships
3.Undertakes monitoring and reporting of UNCT results
4.Supports knowledge management and capacity development
Description of Functions:
1.Provides substantive support for the development and implementation of the UNCT data and research strategies
• Assists in the design and implementation of the UNCT’s data and research strategy, in alignment with the Country Common Analysis (CCA) and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF);
• Undertakes empirical analysis, data mining and visualization, as assigned, to assist the RCO Economist, Resident Coordinator (RC) and UNCT, including results groups, in developing reports and working papers on sustainable development topics;
• Compiles and analyses information on the latest developments of the use of new types of data sources and tools (e.g. big data) for sustainable development;
• Provides substantive and analytical support to RC/UNCT in preparing and positioning the UN to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country, including the drafting of reports, as well as analytical and position papers;
• Contributes to UNCT research and development of data and research tools and methodologies at the country level;
• Keeps abreast of emerging development issues to optimize UNCT’s analytical capacity to respond to national priorities;
• Keeps an updated overview of the world, regional and national major policy developments and reports relevant to the socio-economic development of KSA and achievement of SDGs, and drafts and leads on the RCO Economist monthly report/newsletter
• Contributes substantively to the development and implementation of peer review and quality assurance mechanisms for UNCT’s research products;
• Administers UNINFO planning, monitoring and reporting system and leads on the development of the One UN Country Results Report.
• Supports RCO efforts in coordination and liaison with resident and non-resident UN agencies.
• Supports requests for background notes, talking points, briefing materials to support RCO's engagement with all Partners in KSA.
• Assists in taking notes during meetings and in preparing minutes.
2.Assists in the development and expansion of strategic research and data partnerships, including with UN entities at regional and HQ level, government counterparts, research institutes, leading global thinkers on development, and civil society, among others.
• Supports the UN’s work with national data and statistical systems, facilitating engagement with national entities and data systems;
• Communicates and coordinates with existing partners and helps form new partnerships with UN agencies, academia, the private sector, and governmental agencies to further the use of data science for development.
• Communicates and coordinates with internal and external partners on data collection and project/research implementation;
• Supports the convening of key thinkers on sustainable development and 2030 Agenda to provide inputs on, advise and steer the UNCT’s research and data agenda.
• Assists in strengthening the UNCT’s partnerships with research institutions and similar entities across the UN system though concrete collaboration on areas of the 2030 agenda.
3.Undertakes monitoring and reporting of UNCT results under the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF)
• Supports inter-agency efforts on results and progress monitoring and reporting on the UNSDCF and Joint Programmes, particularly through UNINFO and IMS;
• Assists in preparing the UNSDCF monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and reporting results at country, regional and global levels.
• Contributes to independent evaluations of UNSDCFs as a key element of the UNSDCF cycle, and other interagency work related to monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
• Serves as country focal point for country-level, regional and global M&E initiatives and networks.
• Supports the yearly updating of CCA with research and drafting inputs, working with the RCO Economist
4.Supports knowledge management and capacity development related to data and monitoring
• Develops a database of, and assists in the sharing of, best practices within the UNCT and with UNCTs in the (sub)region and globally, based on a solid understanding of the incentives that people need to utilize knowledge.
• Advocates for knowledge sharing, inspiring others within the RCO and UNCT to contribute their expertise through internal and external platforms and tools, working closely with colleagues at the regional level to ensure usable knowledge is shared between and applied by UNCTs.
• Develops a database of online courses (such as MOOCs) and material relevant for UNCT capacity development
• Develops a database of, and assists in the identification of good practices and lessons learned at the different levels of the UN System (national, regional and global) and share findings with HQ, Regional and country colleagues so that best practices benefit UN’s work;
• Contributes to the UNCT’s exchange of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned with external partners.
• Provides substantive support for assigned thematic activities and knowledge-sharing forums and encourages others to participate.
• Contributes to knowledge sharing (including through training and peer exchange) amongst UN staff on issues related to UN strategic planning frameworks, methodologies and tools;
• Draws upon other UN experiences, lessons learned and knowledge networking to provide contributions to strategic planning processes.
• Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches.
• Ability to conduct independent research and analysis on sustainable development topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources.
• Ability for high level empirical analysis and demonstrated good drafting skills.
• Shows skill in developing sources for data collection.
• Shows pride in work and in achievements.
• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
• Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
• Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
• Remains calm in stressful situations.
• Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• 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.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, statistics, information management, international relations, sustainable development, or more generally social sciences is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in providing research and data analysis support in a think tank, academic, international organization or similar environment is required.
Familiarity with the context of development, development cooperation, international development, or related area is desirable.
Data management and/or reporting experience with a UN Agency or similar organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
• National Professional Officers are nationals of the country in which they are serving, and their functions must have a national context, i.e. functions that require national experience or knowledge of the national language, culture, institutions, and systems.
• This is a National Professional Officer (NPO/NO) position located in Saudi Arabia. Only candidates with Saudi Arabian nationality are eligible to apply to this position.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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