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Advisor, Strategic Initiatives
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Grade: P5, Chief and Senior Professional
Closing soon: 25 Jun 2021
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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.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

he Advisor on Strategic and Corporate Initiatives plays a critical role in the Regional Bureau for Arab States’ directorate. S/he provides advice and guidance, and supports the response to/implementation of, emerging opportunities and priority corporate and regional initiatives to ensure the alignment of the Bureau’s work to the global Strategic Plan and regional priorities. S/he is responsible for the overall day-to-day functioning of the Regional Bureau Directorate, including as related to quality assurance; planning; and working with the Regional Director and Deputy Director to ensure synergies across the bureau’s functions and geographic locations at country and hub levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Ensures coherent and aligned Bureau planning by:

  • Identifying (with senior management and relevant Bureau units) key priorities for the Regional Bureau overall and for the Director/senior management for engagement to support UNDP’s country and regional programming, advocacy, thought leadership, results and partnership within the Arab States region.
  • Leading and/or supporting the planning of key events for Bureau participation within the region; at HQ/NY; and/or with partners, including providing advice on recruitments of consultants and related budget and deliverables
  • Oversees the day-to-day directorate planning.
  • Ensuring quality and timely preparation; input; and substantive follow up to initiatives and events.

2) Ensures quality assurance by:

  • Reviewing and providing guidance/feedback/substance on policy documents, briefing notes, and speeches for the Director/senior management before final submission.
  • Engages closely with the Bureau’s Senior Advisor on the quality assurance and review process for publications produced in the region for the Regional Director or UNDP senior management’s clearance, and/or substantive engagement (including launching, communication).
  • Supporting the Regional Director/senior management in key internal and stakeholder meetings with relevant information and follow-up.

3) Initiates innovative solutions and initiatives by:

  • Identifying innovative solutions not yet tested for the Regional Bureau’s senior management to dynamically advance the 2030 Agenda/SDGs in the Arab States region, in line with the Strategic Plan and in view of building back better.
  • Identifying opportunities for investment in initiatives that will contribute to the Bureau’s overall growth, quality and efficiency, in close collaboration with the Regional Hub Manager, RBAS Senior Advisor, the Team Lead for Partnerships, Regional Advisors/desk team.
  • Support the Regional director and Deputy Regional Director to identify opportunities for strategic and innovative partnerships across country programmes with other UN agencies, development partners and IFIs/Regional banks, in close collaboration with the RBAS Senior Advisor and the Team Leader for Partnerships.
  • Serves as the senior working level focal point to engage on overall issues of collaboration with central bureau on overall corporate priorities and initiatives (notably BPPS, CB, BERA and BMS).

4) Ensures high quality support to UN development system reform by:

  • Supporting the Regional Director in her/his capacity as Vice Chair of the Regional Collaborative Platform, including engagement on agenda setting and preparation for RCP and related meetings, including leading on drafting and preparing statements and briefings for relevant agenda items; preparing summary notes and identifying follow-up actions.
  • Representing RBAS in relevant internal and external senior level meetings related to UN development system reform, as requested by the Regional Director, and ensuring relevant follow-up actions with relevant RBAS teams.
  • Identifying and supporting opportunities to foster and support strong partnerships with UN agencies in the RBAS region, advising the Regional Director and collaborating with the relevant thematic and technical experts in the Amman Regional Hub.



  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.


  • Ability to persuade others to follow.

People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.



UN System

  • Knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.


  • Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).

Relationship Management / Partnerships

  • Ability to engage with other parties, agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.

Brief and Speech Writing

  • Ability to prepare quality briefs and/or speeches.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Knowledge of methodologies, tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations.


Quality Assurance

  • Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to insure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled.

Results-based Management

  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.


  • Ability to reach an understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue.

Crisis Assessment

  • Ability to use methods and tools to determine impact of various elements for crisis and post crisis situations.

Crisis Governance

  • Knowledge of Crisis Governance concepts and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in a development related field, international development, public administration, business administration, economics, social sciences or related field.


  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the field of international development, experience in UN agencies and IFIs, and deep understanding of overall development financial architecture are desirable; knowledge and relevant work experience in the region is highly desirable. Proven experience of designing development programmes in middle income and/or crisis countries. Country Office or decentralized office experience is required; Experience in heading country programmes for UN/IFI agency is highly desirable, as is experience related to UN engagement, partnership, and UN development system processes. Proven record of building partnerships and enhancing institutional reputation with high level Government counterparts, UN agencies and/or with IFIs highly desirable. Proven record in policy development is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, both written and oral. Working knowledge of Arabic and/or French highly desirable.

Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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