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Vacancy l Governance Assessment Analyst

Posted date: 
Tue, 08/27/2013
Source of the information: 
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Background Information - UNOPS
 “UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.”  -Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General  UNOPS  mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.  Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.  UNOPS provides services in sustainable infrastructure, sustainable procurement and sustainable project management, with projects ranging from building schools, roads, bridges and hospitals to procuring goods and services and training local personnel.  By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.  We employ more than 6,000 personnel annually and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities.

Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of regional and country offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information - Development Group Cluster  

The UNOPS Development Group Cluster is based in the North America Office and supports a diverse and complex portfolio including partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (the Bureau for Development Policy, the Human Development Report Office, and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation), the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Secretariat and a broadening community of primarily New York-based UN partners in the delivery of project management, implementation and administration services.  

Background Information - Job-specific

Background:  The forestry sector, mainly through deforestation and forest degradation, accounts for about 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions, larger than the entire global transport sector. Tropical developing countries, home to much of the world’s forests, cannot currently benefit under the Kyoto Protocol for most actions to reduce emissions from deforestation or forest degradation.  The need to address these challenges by establishing an international REDD+ finance mechanism has been adopted through international negotiations and interim agreements, such as the 2007 Bali Action Plan, the UNFCCC COP13 Decision 2/CP.13, the UNFCCC COP16 Decision 1/CP.16, and further reaffirmed recently in the UNFCCC COP17 Decisions.

In response to these decisions and requests from countries and donors, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) developed the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (known as UN-REDD Programme). The UN-REDD Programme has two core mandates: i) to assist developing countries to prepare and implement national REDD+ strategies and systems; and ii) to provide international support in order to enable the development of normative solutions and standardized approaches based on sound science for an international REDD+ mechanism linked with the UNFCCC . 

With the recent expansion of the UN-REDD Programme globally, a wide range of services and a higher degree of technical assistance are being requested from participating countries. To address the governance specific challenges associated with countries’ REDD+ preparations and efforts, one of the Targeted Support areas that the UN-REDD is providing is the piloting in Indonesia, Ecuador, Vietnam and Nigeria of the Participatory Governance Assessment for REDD+ (or PGAs).  

The Participatory Governance Assessment for REDD+ (PGA) is an inclusive process involving different stakeholders from government, civil society, private sector and academia with the view to produce robust and credible governance information as the first step to improve governance weaknesses, and in the long run be the basis for policy reform, and if used strategically by civil society actors has the potential to serve as an accountability mechanism. 

With increased demand for technical support in carrying out the PGAs at the country level, UNDP, as the lead agency for the UN-REDD Programme’s governance work is accordingly seeking two Governance Assessment Analysts to advance its work at the national level in the current pilots, and later in new countries embarking on a PGA process.  

The Governance Assessment Analysts will report to the Programme Officer leading the work on the PGAs, under the overall guidance of the Principal Technical Advisor (REDD+) and in close collaboration with Regional Technical Advisors and other members of UNDP’s REDD+ Team.
His/her role will principally be as follows:  

1. To support the PGA processes technically (involving missions upon country requests)
2. Ensure coordination of inter-agency contributions to the PGA processes at the country level  
3. Contribute to and support the implementation of work plans for the PGA processes in the relevant countries
4. To support activities related to launching the forthcoming PGA practical guide
5. Support knowledge management and outreach efforts for UN-REDD National Programmes related to the PGA processes

Duties and Responsibilities:  
The Analysts will focus on supporting the PGA process at the national and sub-national level - both technically on governance related issues (such as stakeholder selection; prioritization of governance areas; indicator development; data collection - in close collaboration with FAO colleagues-; appropriate dissemination of governance data; and the sustainability of the PGA process - ensuring regular updates and continued dissemination of governance data/ results) and process related (help preparing for workshops, information material, presentations, briefings etc.), with a responsibility for progress according to agreed work plans.

The Analysts will work closely with the Programme Officer leading the work on the PGAs, the Regional Technical Advisors to the UN-REDD Programme, PGA coordinators in the countries, as well as UN-REDD professionals across the 3 agencies, national UN-REDD teams, country counterparts and contracted staff to:  
Support and facilitate the implementation of the PGA processes in relevant countries

  • Coordinate and provide technical inputs associated with the governance assessment when and as needed  
  • Contribute with practical as well as technical inputs in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of the PGA processes  
  • Conduct missions to relevant PGA countries upon request  
  • Support the launch of the PGA Guide  
  • Support knowledge management, communication and outreach efforts for UN-REDD National Programmes related to the PGA processes

Knowledge Management: Communicate the UN-REDD Programme approach to and progress on PGAs in reports, publications, presentations, updates on the UN-REDD Workspace etc.

Monitoring and Reporting: Coordinate with counterparts and partners to ensure that the PGA process is progressing according to agreed work plans,  Monitor progress towards achieving outcomes in agreed work plans and report qualitative and quantitative results.

Competencies  
Corporate competencies  

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • and Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Core competencies

  • Knowledge Management and Learning: Shares knowledge and experience. Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;  
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey concepts and approaches, both in writing and multi-media presentation forms, in a clear and persuasive style, tailored to match different audiences;
  • Team work: Ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relations with a culturally diverse team, both as a team member and as a team leader, to build trust, and to manage in a deliberate, transparent and predictable way;
  • Client orientation: Ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with UN-REDD Programme Agencies, technical service providers and stakeholders and pro-activeness in identifying partners' needs and matching them to appropriate solutions;
  • Leadership and Self-Management: Focuses on results and responds positively to feedback. Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure. Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities and;
  • Demonstrated ability in analytical thinking, work-planning, multi-tasking and strategic planning.

Education/Experience/Language requirements  
EDUCATION Master’s degree in development policy, international affairs, environment, international law, governance or gender - relevant professional experience can be considered in lieu of advanced university degree;

EXPERIENCE

  • A minimum of 3 years of proven relevant experience with governance work and/ or multi-stakeholder engagement in development projects and processes, of which minimum of 2 years in developing countries;  
  • Strong knowledge of governance issues  
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes
  • Demonstrated ability to foster dialogue between governmental actors, indigenous peoples, civil society, private sector and community constituencies and in managing  development and environment-related initiatives;
  • Strong organizational, networking and coordination skills;
  • Knowledge of REDD+, deforestation and tropical forest management an advantage;
  • Knowledge of UN programming, and access to professional networks and/or experience collaborating with UNDP Country Offices and other UN agencies, an advantage;

LANGUAGE

  • Fluency (written and spoken) in English essential In addition;
  • fluency (written and spoken) in Spanish required for following up the PGA(s) in the Latin American and the Caribbean region;

Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-SP 2
Contract duration: 6 Months (with possibility of extension)  

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

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