Job ID : 36707
Practice Area - Job Family : Management
Vacancy End Date : (Midnight New York, USA) 06 / 05 / 2021
Duty Station : Panama City, Panama
Education & Work Experience : I-Master's Level Degree - 7 year(s) experience
Languages : English, Spanish
Grade : P4
Vacancy Type : FTA International
Posting Type : External
Bureau : Development Policy
Contract Duration : 1 Year with possibility for extension
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Job Purpose and Organizational Context 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.
LAC is a middle-income region, but it is NOT a middle-class society. Countries in the region aspire, however, to become strong, cohesive societies where the middle class is a powerful engine of growth and yields healthier and constructive political dynamics.
To do so, UNDP is working to support countries in the region to enhance productivity, inclusion and resilience, with effective governance as a pre-condition.
Moreover, considering that the region has been one of the most affected by COVID-19, UNDP is supporting the 26 Country Offices to design effective strategies to support the recovery of the different countries.
In this context, withing the GPN, UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) is looking for a Programme Specialist, Poverty and Inclusive Growth, responsible for contributing substantive policy and programme advisory services to the Country Offices and applying the products and tools relevant to the thematic area with a focus on inclusive sustainable growth, multidimensional poverty and inequality, jobs and livelihoods and the future of work, women’s economic empowerment and economic transformation.
S / he works with teams across Regional Hubs, policy centers, Global Policy Network, and relevant partners. S / he contributes to the collaborative process of policy development, research and programmes.
Working to ensure the execution of quality and coherent policy and programme advisory services within their region and across other regions as well as alignment with the Strategic Plan, s / he advances the mission of UNDP and increases the credibility and recognition in this thematic area.
S / he is responsible for performing and contributing to the following :
Programme Support and Policy Advice;
Support Policy research and Development;
Policy Positioning and Representation;
Partnerships and Resource Mobilization; and
Duties and Responsibilities
1) Programme Support and Policy Advice :
Conduct relevant analysis and guidance and provide technical policy advice and programme support documents that responds to country office needs;
Support country offices in integrating policy advice in country programme frameworks and projects as it relates to poverty eradication, reduction of inequalities and the achievement of sustainable development;
Provide support to roll out and application of corporate guidance, in the specific thematic area, and related tools for the implementation of global policy standards, including testing and roll out of tools and methodologies;
Apply integrated multi-disciplinary approaches, including through setting up, coordinating and engaging with Regional hub and GPN teams to meet policy and programming needs in line with corporate guidance and standards;
Incorporate gender equality and human rights’-based approach in policy and programming work;
Develop regional guidance, and rollout corporate guidance, in the specific thematic area, and related tools for the implementation of global policy standards, including testing and roll out of tools and methodologies;
Develop policy initiatives for different contexts on key emerging policy agendas related inclusive growth, in collaboration with policy teams in Headquarters bringing in perspectives and knowledge from Country Offices and the regions;
Coordinate and conduct analysis of data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons from projects and programmes to inform policy formulation and guidance;
Guide the policy teams in Country Offices in applying policy and tools to crisis contexts in collaboration with the Livelihoods and Economic Recovery team to make them relevant for specific situations, promoting innovative approaches; and
Support the quality assurance of policy services and foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area by reviewing lessons learned and evaluations to enhance programme delivery.
2) Support Policy Development :
Conduct analysis of disaggregated data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons from projects and programmes to support policy development and innovation;
Provide guidance and input to teams in Regional Hubs in their provision of policy advisory services to country offices on all poverty and inclusive growth programming efforts, helping them to ensure relevance of the services provided to country and regional context including in post-disaster situations, as appropriate;
Produce relevant analysis and guidance, in close collaboration with different teams in BPPS, on poverty and inequality issues, including on emerging issues related to the inclusive growth portfolio such as multidimensional poverty, poverty and distributional impacts of policies, social cohesion, labor conditions and intersection of main poverty indicators in different contexts including post disaster and crisis settings;
Coordinate and commission new research on poverty and inequality, including through working with the Global Policy Centers, including on analysis of at-risk-of-poverty and inequality indicators to inform policies and approaches to improve targeting of resources and interventions;
Identify gaps and opportunities for development of new policies and guide the overall team priorities and workplans;
Provide Quality Assurance to ensure alignment with global development policies, norms and standards and foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area to enhance programme;
Ensure cross-practice approach and cross-regional collaboration;
Create methods for reviewing policy services in the area of Poverty and Inclusive Growth and assess policy success, as well as communicate these methods to other country offices and regions; and
Conceptualize and recommend policy innovations in the thematic area to improve programme delivery.
3) Policy Positioning and Representation :
Conduct research and analysis and draft materials to support mobilizing, fostering and strengthening strategic partnerships with UN entities and other relevant bodies at the regional level, and provide inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
Draft and aid the development of briefings and speeches, as applicable, especially for country-specific meetings;
Provide substantive and content input to contribute to mobilizing, fostering and strengthening strategic partnerships with UN entities and other relevant bodies and provide inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
Provide substantive input in the process of advocating the importance of the thematic area of Poverty and Inclusive Growth in various fora, including academia and civil society with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms;
Support team’s engagement in UN interagency coordination in relevant policy areas by providing research insight in specific thematic area, by organizing and participating in regional and country focused meetings.
Prepare briefing notes and speeches.
4) Partnerships and Resource Mobilization :
Undertake research for partnership building and resource mobilization, developing draft of papers, projects / programmes proposals, marketing materials, and participating in relevant country-focused external meetings, in line with the Bureau’s partnership and resource mobilization strategy;
Perform analysis and research to support fostering strategic partnerships and their implementation at the regional level with UN and external partner institutions, including HDRO, UNDESA, ECLAC, UNICEF, ILO, IOM and the World Bank governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs at regional and local level and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives focusing on inclusive growth outcomes;
Participate in relevant external meetings, including resource mobilization, partnership and advocacy activities with UN partners, permanent missions, and external stakeholders.
Provide substantive inputs related to regional external partnerships in the area of work, including leading on UNDP’s role and contribution to MPI and HDR.
5) Knowledge Management :
Keep an up-to-date library of knowledge related to the thematic area at region-specific level and proactively share documents with team members and respond to their specific requests for information; and
Contribute to the development and review of knowledge products in close coordination with HQ and Regional Hub teams by analyzing and sharing lessons learnt, best practices and programme evaluation results.
Coordinate and perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results / lessons learned and support to corporate KM activities, at region-specific level to help influence / advance policy dialogue in the thematic area of Poverty and Inclusive Growth in collaboration with policy teams at HQ and in Regional Hubs;
Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, including the Community of Practice on Poverty and Inequality by consolidating country cases, experiences, good practices of relevance to the area of leaving no one behind, poverty and inequalities.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Ability to persuade others to follow.
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
Technical / Functional Poverty and Human Development
Knowledge of poverty, human development and inclusive and sustainable growth issues and the ability to apply to strategic and / or practical situations.
Knowledge of development planning processes at the national and local level and the ability to apply to strategic and / or practical situations.
Project and Programme Management
Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Partnerships Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships. Knowledge Management
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Knowledge of the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and / or practical situations.
Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.
Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement.
Trends and emerging areas analytics
Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design.
Required Skills and Experience
Master's degree in economics, development studies or a related area.
7 years of professional work experience in poverty reduction strategy processes, including reduction of inequalities and gender equality issues and awareness of SDG-relevant policy matters, providing policy advice and advancing the development and implementation of inclusive growth / poverty alleviation approaches in different development contexts.
2 years of experience working in developing country settings is required.
Proven track record and in the UN System related to inclusive growth, poverty eradication.
Strong analytical skills in economic and social dimensions of sustainable development.
Experience in crisis context is an asset.
Language Requirements :
Proficiency in English and Spanish;
French and Portuguese are an asset.
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