Job ID: 33756
Reports to: ASG, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director RBA
Grade Level: D2
Closing Date: 21/05/2021 (Midnight New York, USA)
Duration and Type of Assignment: More than a year; Fixed Term Appointment
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the global development network of the United Nations, connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 170+ countries, supporting countries to reach their own development objectives and internationally agreed development goals, and building and sharing solutions in the areas of Sustainable Development, Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding; and Climate and Disaster Resilience. UNDP supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they help shape global development.
UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) is the largest regional bureau, covering 46 countries, ranging from high middle-income economies to least developed countries, as well as countries in crisis and post-crisis situations. UNDP works with its national counterparts in the Africa region to support efforts to achieve their national development goals. Its work is guided by global and regional development and normative frameworks to which countries in Africa are signatories, including the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
To make this possible, UNDP’s RBA has a core capacity of highly qualified professionals located in its headquarters in New York and in its regional and sub-regional offices in Addis Ababa, Dakar, Nairobi, and Pretoria. RBA staff provide both substantive and managerial support to UNDP’s operations in the Africa region, enhancing its standards of efficiency and accountability, providing innovative region-wide strategic thinking and policy analysis, engaging in advocacy and partnerships development, and helping translate corporate and RBA strategies and goals into development impact and results on the ground.
As an extension of RBA, and under the direct supervision of the RBA Director, the Director of the Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), leads the work of UNDP at the regional level, representing the organization to regional bodies, mechanisms and institutions such as the African Union (AU), the UNECA, bilateral and multilateral missions accredited to the AU, and the African Development Bank. In performing his/her functions, the Director is formally accredited to these regional bodies and entities. S/he oversee and ensures provision of high-quality, demand-driven advisory support to Country Offices (COs) by RBA’s regional, sub-regional and thematic hubs, making available a full range of expert programme, policy and operational support services. S/he promotes strategic positioning of UNDP in the region and the development of partnership opportunities with regional institutions and mechanisms. S/he advises the RBA Director on emerging trends and key issues in the Africa region, and on relevant regional strategies and initiatives and how these impact UNDP’s work, and manages RBA’s engagement with the UN Development System’s Regional Collaborative Platform (Africa).
All RSCA staff report directly or indirectly to the Director, RSCA. As applicable, RSCA staff members may have a substantive reporting line to a UNDP Central Bureau, i.e. BPPS, BMS, and BERA.
Effective oversight of RSCA, the regional programme and operations in line with Strategic Plan, the Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa and positioning of RBA in the development context of the region.
Strengthened position of UNDP in the Africa region as a knowledge provider, leader in development and trusted partner, supported by strong partnership with regional stakeholders and institutions.
Strengthened responsiveness of UNDP to the needs and priorities of the Africa region.
Stronger capacity for results from COs.
Effective engagement of UNDP in development coalitions in the RCP Africa.
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