United Nations UN Careers – Resident Coordinator – Resident Coordinator System

Job Title:   Resident Coordinator  

Organization:  Resident
Coordinator System

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

Job Opening Number: 20-Sustainable Development-RCS-136487-R-Kampala (X)

Grade: D1

About US:

The Resident
Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations
system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their
formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the
different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of
operational activities at the country level. 

Job Summary:  The Resident Coordinator system ensures the
coordination of all organizations of the United Nations dealing with
operational activities for development at the country level, regardless of the
nature of their presence in the country. It encompasses the UN Resident
Coordinator, the UN Country Team and Resident Coordinator’s Office and is
served by the UN Development Coordination Office. The Resident Coordinator is
the designated representative of – and reports to – the Secretary- General. The
Resident Coordinator also reports annually to the host Government on the
system-wide implementation of the UNDAF.

The Resident
Coordinator system is focused on the advancement of sustainable development,
leaving no one behind, and with the eradication of poverty in all its forms and
dimensions as an overarching objective, consistent with the integrated nature
of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In performing her/his
functions, the Resident Coordinator is guided by the respective UNDAF and
international frameworks, norms and standards agreed amongst the Member States
of the United Nations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Represents
the United Nations at the highest-levels of state and together with the
relevant agency representative(s) fosters engagement with Government, civil
society, bilateral and multilateral partners, academia and private sector to
enable the UN development system to address national needs, priorities and
sustainable development challenges to advance the 2030 Agenda and to advocate
for action and acceleration on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

·       
Ensures,
as leader of the UN country team, the coordination of operational activities
for development of the United Nations and system-wide response on the ground in
support of countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda;

·       
Leads
the UN country team in the development, monitoring and reporting on the UNDAF,
and enables the UN Country Team’s implementation of the UNDAF, in full
consultation with Government, and through engagement with diverse partners;

·       
Coordinates
UN system-wide support to Government, taking a preventive approach and identifying
and mitigating risks to the achievement of the SDGs and their benefit to all;

·       
Supports,
catalyzes and advocates for the work of UNCT member agencies, funds and
programmes and supports Country Representatives in reaching their agency
specific goals;

·       
Coordinates
UN entities’ contributions to context and trend analysis, including a
high-quality Common Country Analysis, sharing key findings with the Government
and keeping the Secretary-General informed, as appropriate;

·       
Promotes
and advocates for the fundamental values, standards and principles of the UN
Charter, including respect for and protection of human rights and gender
equality and advocacy on the SDG commitment to leave no one behind in achieving
the sustainable development goals, and reaching the furthest behind first;

·       
Together
with the UN development system entities, engages, convenes and forges strategic
partnerships at the national and sub-national level with diverse entities
including with civil society, trade unions and employers’ organizations,
networks of young people, the private sector, parliamentarians, academia, media
and think tanks, and the broader development community, around UN’s collective
support to the 2030 Agenda;

·       
Advances,
with Government and the UN Country Team and relevant regional entities,
regional knowledge-sharing and collaboration, south-south and triangular
exchanges, multi-country and transboundary initiatives in pursuit of greater
system-wide results and impact on the implementation of Agenda 2030 in country;

·       
Identifies,
and leverages expertise and assets from across the UN development system,
resident or non-resident, to improve shared results, addressing gaps in SDG
coverage, effectively utilizing the mandates, capacities, comparative and
collaborative advantages within the UN system to do so and ensures alignment of
UN development efforts with national development needs and priorities, to
foster coherence and impact, and to reduce overlaps, duplication and
fragmentation;

·       
Provides
governance and oversight of system-wide country financing instruments. Pursues
funding on behalf of the UN development system for joint UN efforts,
system-wide plans and initiatives in support of the UNDAF and public and
private financing for the implementation of Agenda 2030;

·       
Leads
continued engagement on and pursuance of the UN’s normative agenda, as per
international and regional treaties, conventions and recommendations in support
of national capacity development in normative and operational areas, in
accordance with respective mandates and based on the UN’s comparative
advantage, roles and responsibilities;

·       
Fosters
an enabling environment inside and outside the UN, aimed at facilitating
collaboration, knowledge and data gathering, analysis and sharing practices to
underpin a dynamic and forward-thinking UN contribution to the country, drawing
on the global knowledge and expertise of the entire UN system to benefit the
country’s access to sustainable development solutions;

·       
Facilitates
access to national, regional and global resources to advance new avenues and
pathways to innovation around but not limited to financing and new technologies
for sustainable development;

·       
Leads
and enhances, together with the UN Country Team, strategic communication that
advances UN system efforts and collective results to promote the 2030 Agenda,
including for national goals and priorities for sustainable development to
generate positive public support and ownership;

·       
When
appointed as Designated Official, ensures effective coordination of country
level security and is accountable to the Secretary-General, through the
Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, for the security of United
Nations personnel and their eligible family members, UN premises and assets
throughout the country, designated area or mission, and leads the inter-agency
Security Management Team;

·       
Promotes
and nurtures staff learning and the implementation of staff rules and policies,
including on prevention of sexual abuse and harassment, and gender parity;

·       
Manages
a matrixed dual reporting system with UN country team heads with respect to
their contributions to the UNDAF objectives and the collective results of the
UN development system towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda at the country
level, in accordance with the Management and Accountability Framework;

·       
Advances,
with the UN Country Team, country-specific measures to promote UN common
business operations, including common premises and back-offices, to enable
joint work and generate greater efficiencies, synergies and coherence, in accordance
with General Assembly resolution 71/243;

·       
In
contexts where international humanitarian assistance is required, and a
separate Humanitarian Coordinator is not designated and when there is no lead
agency, leads and coordinates the response efforts of United Nations and
relevant humanitarian actors, in accordance with General Assembly resolution
46/182 and related resolutions, facilitating linkages between humanitarian and
development programming for enhanced and sustainable impact;

·       
In
conflict and post-conflict settings, facilitates the integration of the UN
Country Team’s work with UN peacekeeping or political missions to fully
contribute to building resilience, prevention, sustaining peace and transition
planning and management;

·       
Manages
and provides strategic guidance and oversight to the Resident Coordinators
Office.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
applicant for the United Nations Resident Coordinator job must hold a Master’s
degree – or equivalent post graduate qualification – in development studies,
international relations, political science, economics, social sciences, human
rights, law or closely related fields (for otherwise suitably qualified
candidates, a first level university degree with a relevant combination of
academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced
post graduate university degree).

·       
At least
fifteen years of substantive experience and results in leadership roles at the
international level (including five years of cumulative experience in development,
human rights, rule of law peace-building or humanitarian work at country level
outside of one’s own country).

·       
Previous
RC experience is desirable.

·       
Languages:
English and French are the
working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency
in English is required.

Competencies:

·       
Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of the UN development
system operations and deep understanding of the conceptual and policy shift to
the 2030 Agenda, policy integration, partnership development and of national
planning processes and financing for sustainable development, resource
mobilization as well as understanding of relevant United Nations normative
frameworks; demonstrated track-record of leading a transformational agenda,
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.

·       
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people
want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive
in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains
relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain
support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable
solutions; drives for change and improvements; where necessary, is prepared to
not accept the status quo and show the courage to take an unpopular stand.
Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender
perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas
of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of
gender balance in staffing.

·       
Building
Trust:
Provides an environment
in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a
deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden
agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives
proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats
sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified
candidates who wish to join the United Nations in the aforementioned capacity
should apply online at the link below.

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Deadline: 3rd July 2020

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