Job Title: Development Coordination Officer - Partnerships and Development Finance
Location: Bridgetown, Barbados
Closing Date: 25 September 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Contract
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? No
The UN Secretary-General’s bold new global reform, launched on 1 January 2019 in response to General Assembly resolution 71/243, repositions the UN Development System to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet.
Central to this process, and as further mandated by General Assembly resolution 72/279, a new generation of UN Resident Coordinator Offices across the world are being strengthened under the leadership of an empowered UN Resident Coordinator, the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level.
In order to effectively coordinate the collective work of the UN Sub-regional Team in support of national aspirations, Resident Coordinator Office for Barbados and OECS sub-region enhanced core capacities will include expertise in coordination and strategic planning, economics, tailored policy support, results monitoring and evaluation, strategic partnerships and robust communications.
The Resident Coordinator leads the United Nations Sub-regional Team (UNST) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The sub-region is comprised of seven countries (Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) and three British Over-seas Territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat).
There are ten resident UN agencies based in Barbados and seven non-resident UN agencies comprising the United Nations Subregional Team (UNST) for Barbados and the OECS.
In this regard, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office for Barbados and OECS is seeking qualified and experienced candidates for several new National Professional positions within the team.
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: The position, located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) for Barbados and OECS (Bridgetown Duty Station), is under the overall guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and OECS countries and reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.er.
Role and Responsibilities
1. Assists with the provision of substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UNST partnerships
Supports the RC to engage, convene, and forge strategic partnerships for the UNST at the national and sub-national level with diverse entities including with donors, civil society, the private sector, trade unions and employers’ organizations, networks of young people, parliamentarians, academia, media and think tanks, and the broader development community, around UN’s collective support to the 2030 Agenda;
Provides advice on the development and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy in alignment with and support of the UN MSDF in the countries and territories;
Monitors and assesses the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to anticipate changes to the internal direction and external environment, and to make mid-term adjustments;
Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the UNST in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant;
Provides inputs on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, in accordance with UN regulations and procedures;
Provides substantive support to RC/UNST to develop and implement locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives;
Contributes to dialogues with partners to improve development assistance policies and practice;
Plans and facilitates liaison and coordination with UN entities at country, regional and HQ levels, to help package and define UN business strategies, including differentiated value propositions, to attract partners, both traditional and non-traditional;
Support the UN Resident Coordinator in his capacity as chair of the Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group in the development of strategic initiatives and its implementation that leverage partners’ synergy and expertise for common and prioritized development issues in the Eastern Caribbean region. As part of the ECPDG mechanism, support the coordination and articulation between the existing ECPDG thematic sub groups (four).
Support national, sub-regional and regional partnership mechanisms for programmatic, humanitarian and operational work, through coordination, research and secretariat functions. This includes the Virtual Policy Networks, Issues Based Coalitions, etc. within the framework of the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework Regional Steering Committee and Task Teams.
2. Participates in joint resource mobilization for the UN MSDF and its Sub-regional and Country Implementation plans
Provides substantive support to RC/UNST to develop and implement locally-tailored resource mobilization strategies and initiatives, and identify appropriate data and benchmarks to measure progress and success;
Monitors and analyzes existing resource mobilization partnerships and relationships, including those with high net worth;
Plans and facilitates on behalf of the RCO and in coordination with the designated technical lead Agency the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes and programming processes for use in joint resource mobilization;
Provides substantive support for the production and distribution of marketing materials to raise awareness about opportunities for working with the UN on SDG investment;
Contributes to building the UN brand via events, media and public relations opportunities targeted to the diverse partners, in close collaboration with the UN Communications Group.
3. Provides substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the SDGs
Provides substantive support on new financing for development frameworks, policies and instruments (e.g. integrated national financing frameworks, SDG bonds, social impact investment, etc. to the RC/UNST to strengthen the delivery of SDG financing in the Eastern Caribbean region to support the implementation of the UN MSDF, MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) and similar processes;
Analyzes trends and provides advice on new and innovative financing mechanisms for development and SDG acceleration tailored to HIC and MIC countries with limited financing options;
Provides inputs for briefing papers and discussion points on issues related to financing for development for consideration by RC/UNST;
Plans and facilitates engagements with external stakeholders - including the national government, international financial institutions and others - on financing for SDG acceleration and supports the implementation of the initiatives;
Undertakes the design and execution of innovative proposals to strengthen the UNST engagement and reputation, and to generate greater financial resources in support of the SDGs;
Assists in the establishment and management of the country-based SDG Fund, in close collaboration with UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (where relevant).
Supports the scanning and engagement of opportunities from non-traditional partners, including South -South Cooperation initiatives for governments and other related mechanisms between governments in the region.
Supports the implementation of the UN’s strategy and network with the Private Sector in support of the Agenda 2030, including the consolidation of the Sub Regional Global Compact Chapter and other related initiatives related to private sector investment, trade, and linked to development challenges and the UN’s areas of cooperation in the region.
4. Supports knowledge management and capacity development
Plans and facilitates the development, maintenance and sharing of knowledge and intelligence, to ensure RC/UNST are informed and positioned to effectively generate and harness opportunities to meet its resource mobilization targets;
Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice at national, regional and global levels;
Undertakes activities to strengthen the capacity of UNSTs to mainstream and promote SDG investment partnerships;
Provides substantive support for the discovery, evaluation and selection of partnership opportunities at the sourcing and origination stages.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business, economics or public administration, sustainable development, social sciences or related area. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategic support to partnerships, project/programme management, resource mobilization or development finance and profit organizations/private sector in the context of development cooperation or related area is required. Prior experience working with development and climate financing instruments is desirable.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Barbados and the OECS is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Nationals of Barbados and Nationals of the Eastern Caribbean countries with legal status to work in Barbados and the CARICOM Graduate/Skilled National Certificate are eligible to apply. It is mandatory that you upload a copy of your CSME certificate with your application.