With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at its core, and in response to the General Assembly resolution 71/243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the UN Secretary General’s report (December 2017) “Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet” puts forward a comprehensive proposal on further improvements to the resident coordinator system to ensure more coherent, accountable, and effective support for the 2030 Agenda. The report was further reinforced by the General Assembly resolution 72/729 of 1 June 2018, which gave the Secretary-General the mandate to implement the UN repositioning agenda by reinvigorating the resident coordinator system. While the resident coordinator system has been instrumental in driving coherence on the ground over the past four decades, it is now high time to give it a new impetus to ensure the UN is well positioned to provide high quality and relevant technical support to countries to deliver the 2030 Agenda. To attain the desired goal, the resident coordinator offices will need to be adequately staffed to ensure it has sufficient substantive capacities to lead United Nations country teams. The Economist position is part of this new generation of resident coordinator office, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Development Coordination Officer, Data Management and Results Monitoring/Reporting will be responsible of the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Associate Development Coordination Officers, Data Management and Results Monitoring/Reporting.)Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in the United Republic of Tanzania and reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Associate Development Coordination Officer, Data Management and Results Monitoring/Reporting will be responsible of the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Associate Development Coordination Officers, Data Management and Results Monitoring/Reporting.)
1. Provides substantive support for the development and implementation of the UNCT data and research strategies:
- Assists in the design and implementation of the UNCT’s data and research strategy, in alignment with the Country Common Analysis (CCA) and UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);
- Undertakes empirical analysis, data mining and visualization, as assigned, to assist the Resident Coordinator (RC) and UNCT, including results groups, in developing reports and working papers on sustainable development topics;
- Compiles and analyses information on the latest developments of the use of new types of data sources and tools (e.g. big data) for sustainable development;
- Provides substantive and analytical support to RC/UNCT in preparing and positioning the UN to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country, including the drafting of reports, as well as analytical and position papers;Contributes to UNCT research and development of data and research tools and methodologies at the country level;
- Keeps abreast of emerging development issues to optimize UNCT’s analytical capacity to respond to national priorities;
- Contributes substantively to the development and implementation of peer review and quality assurance mechanisms for UNCT’s research products;
- Administers and supports development of UNINFO planning, monitoring and reporting system in close collaboration with the system developers and DCO.
2. Assists in the development and expansion of strategic research and data partnerships, including with UN entities at regional and HQ level, government counterparts, research institutes, leading global thinkers on development, and civil society, among others.
- Supports the UN’s work with national data and statistical systems, facilitating engagement with national entities and data systems;
- Communicates and coordinates with existing partners and helps form new partnerships with UN agencies, academia, the private sector, and governmental agencies to further the use of data science for development.
- Communicates and coordinates with internal and external partners on data collection and project/research implementation;
- Supports the convening of key thinkers on sustainable development and 2030 Agenda to provide inputs on, advise and steer the UNCT’s research and data agenda.
- Assists in strengthening the UNCT’s partnerships with research institutions and similar entities across the UN system though concrete collaboration on areas of the 2030 agenda.
3. Supports UNCT/UNDAF Outcome Groups with application of Results Based Management in all planning, monitoring and reporting of UNCT results under the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)
- Supports and guides effective implementation of inter-agency activities on planning, progress monitoring and reporting of the UNDAF and Joint Programme results, particularly through UNINFO;
- Assists in preparing the UNDAF monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; planning, monitoring and reporting guidance; and reporting results at country, regional and global levels;
- Supports UNCT with effective use of UNINFO as the main planning, monitoring and reporting system;
- Coordinates and provides substantial inputs to development of the One UN Country Results Report;
- Supports management of the Common Budgetary Framework and Tanzania One Fund through regular tracking of UNCT budgets, provision of up-to-date financial overviews and timely reporting;
- Supports effective management of RCO’s internal planning, monitoring and reporting mechanisms and activities, including development of results-based work plan, regular tracking of results and implementation in collaboration with UNDP as well as timely reporting;
- Contributes to independent evaluations of UNDAFs as a key element of the UNDAF cycle, and other interagency work related to monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
- Serves as country focal point for country-level, regional and global M&E initiatives and networks.
4. Supports knowledge management and capacity development related to data and monitoring
Assists in the sharing of best practices within the UNCT and with UNCTs in the (sub)region and globally, based on a solid understanding of the incentives that people need to utilize knowledge.
- Advocates for knowledge sharing, inspiring others within the RCO and UNCT to contribute their expertise through internal and external platforms and tools, working closely with colleagues at the regional level to ensure usable knowledge is shared between and applied by UNCTs.
- Assists in the identification of good practices and lessons learned at the different levels of the UN System (national, regional and global) and share findings with HQ, Regional and country colleagues so that best practices benefit UN’s work;
- Contributes to the UNCT’s exchange of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned with external partners.
- Provides substantive support for assigned thematic activities and knowledge-sharing forums and encourages others to participate.
- Contributes to knowledge sharing (including through training and peer exchange) amongst UN staff on issues related to UN strategic planning frameworks, methodologies and tools;
- Draws upon other UN experiences, lessons learned and knowledge networking to provide contributions to strategic planning processes.
Planning and Organizing;
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, information management, statistics, sustainable development, social sciences, education 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategic support to research and data analysis, knowledge management or project/programme management, including planning, coordination, monitoring and reporting, in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.
- Experience from managing and analyzing large data sets is desirable as is experience from training and providing guidance to clients in areas of data and reporting;
Fluency in English and Kiswahili is required;
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