UN National Field Coordination Officer Job Opportunities – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job
Title:          National Field Coordination
Officer
Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Mbarara,
Uganda
About UNDP:
The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network.
UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice,
training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with
increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.
Job Summary: The
National Field Coordination Officer supports the UNAC in coordinating
humanitarian, recovery and development efforts in their regions of operations.
The overall objective of the National Field Coordination Officers will be to strengthen
dialogue, coordination, consensus building and Delivering as One (DaO) and in
particular support UN activities related to the One Leader, One Voice, One
Programme and One UN House, shared common services and the
humanitarian-development response in the region.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Delivering As One; including UNDAF localization, implementation and
    planning
  • Support the UNAC to operationalize the UNDAF through the Annual Work
    Plans, and in particular support-Advancement of the One Leader pillar by
    making sure that the UNAC role is acknowledged and visible to all
    stakeholders including the refugee response framework and ReHOPE as part
    of strengthening the Humanitarian-Development Nexus.
  • Advancement of the One Voice pillar by enhancing internal UN
    information sharing and external communication with relevant stakeholders.
    To this effect liaise with the United Nations Communications Group.
  • Advancement of the One Programme pillar by actively contributing to
    joint implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNDAF action plan
    and joint programmes at the field level
  • Advancement of the Operating as One by supporting operational
    harmonization by identifying possible areas for common/shared operations
    and support/harness (already existing) practices for common services in
    the field in collaboration with the OMT
  • Organize and ensure the joint planning and monitoring and evaluation
    of common/joint UN activities in the field.
SDGs Advocacy and
Technical Support
  • Support the UNAC to build strategic partnership with various actors
    at the regional level around the UN Post 2015/Agenda 2030 Advocacy
    Strategy, including enhancing advocacy at SDGs localization and
    integration in local development planning.
  • Support the UNAC in the mobilization of partners toward the
    provision of strategic and technical support to district leaders around
    mainstreaming SDG financing at the local level.
Strengthening
Capacity of Local Development and Partnership
  • In line with the district capacity needs assessment conducted under the
    UNAC System and other partners and other capacity analysis, support the
    UNAC in the building of strategic partnership at the local level including
    District Local Government, CSOs, Private Sector, Cultural/ Traditional/
    Religious Institutions, etc. at addressing key bottlenecks to advancing
    local development.
  • Support the UNAC in his/her role to strengthen the government’s
    capacity around regional coordination leadership, functional
    organizational skills, aid effectiveness and management, business operations
    and business process re-engineering at the local level.
  • Support the UNACs to build local partnership and alignment of
    efforts around capacity development (coordination, functional operational
    skills and technical skills in specialized areas as may be required for
    key units) for district local government.
UN Area
Coordination:
  • Support the UN Area Coordinator/ or Area Security coordinator in
    his/her representative role/functions as direct representative of the RC
    in chairing monthly UN meetings in the region bringing to the attention of
    the RC (through the RCO-Field Coordinator) concerns raised by the UN
    family and partners posted in the field. The monthly meetings are expected
    to address the following:
  • Common UN concerns in the region that are inclusive of humanitarian,
    recovery and development efforts in alignment with the UNDAF and other
    agreed regional plans including Rehope
  • Reporting back to regional meetings the key action points and
    feedbacks from national level coordination platforms
  • Share relevant updates on UN joint programmes and joint initiatives
    in the field
  • Support the Area Coordinator to support the local government in
    convening sector and regional meetings and ensure that UN Sector Support
    Leads participate in Sector and regional meetings and if possible in
    district Technical Planning meetings.
  • If need be and in situations of humanitarian emergency, support the
    UNAC to participate in relevant District Disaster Management Committees
    meetings and actions.
  • Support the UNAC to represent the regional UN teams and the RC in
    meetings or programmes organized by the Office of the Prime Minister (or
    specific branches of the central Government). In the South West, the UN
    will sit in the Development partners meetings and, when called by the OPM
    including other regional and technical working group meetings.
  • Support inter-agency meetings with central government to provide a
    broad forum for information sharing on operational matters.
  • Prepare and submit weekly situation reports/briefs highlighting the
    key issues for Kampala’s concern; and monthly written UNAC reports in the
    standard reporting format and submit to the RCO through the Field
    Coordinator. This includes the documentation of best practices, success
    stories and lessons learnt.
  • Perform other functions/tasks as may be assigned to you directly by
    the UNAC or through the UNAC by the RCO Kampala.
Further, UNVs are
encouraged to participate in;
  • Strengthening their knowledge and understanding of the concept of
    volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and taking
    active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  • Getting acquainted with and building on traditional and/or local
    forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflecting on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are
    undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contributing articles/write-ups on field experiences and submitting
    them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assisting with the UNV Buddy programme for newly-arrived UNV
    volunteers;
  • Promoting or advising local groups in the use of online
    volunteering, or encouraging relevant local individuals and organizations
    to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible,
    etc.
Key Result Areas:
  • Support implementation of DaO including the localization and
    implementation of the UNDAF (2016-2020) at the regional level including
    the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus (ReHOPE)
  • Support the localization of the Post 2015/Agenda 2030, including
    SDGs financing at the local level
  • Support the strengthening of capacity development for local partners
    including the District Local Government to accelerate local development
    and effective aid management
  • Support the functionalization of effective Humanitarian Development
    coordination mechanism at the district and regional level
  • Support the advancement of UNV core values by participating in other
    volunteers related activities
  • Fostered UN internal coherence, especially in relation to the UNAC
    area.
  • Enhanced implementation of Delivering as One and UNDAF and SDGs
    localization at the regional levels
  • Enhanced coordination between UN and government leadership as well
    as international aid efforts, including capacity building of the district
    government sector lead in coordination responsibility supported
  • The output for the NUNV will be to support the UNAC to prepare an
    Annual Review Report. The report will include an analysis of main
    humanitarian/recovery and development issues arising during the year of
    implementation in the region. The report will include highlights on joint
    efforts by UN agencies and it will feed into the annual RC report.
  • The NUNV will help prepare updates and reports on the status of the
    piloting of Delivering as One.
  • The NUNV will additionally undertake regular production of
    coordination support tools (calendars, district profiles etc.) and any
    other tasks as assigned by the UNAC or RCO.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal applicant for the United Nations Volunteers National Field
    Coordination Officer job placement should hold a university degree or its
    equivalent, preferably in the fields of Economics, Social Sciences,
    International Relations, Political Sciences or related field.
  • At least three years of experience in development work, preferably
    with experience working in the field and/or on coordination.
  • Experience working in the field, especially in Western Uganda would
    be a plus
  • Knowledge of UN system is an advantage.
Personal Competencies:
  • Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical
    standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of
    UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age
    sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
Functional
Competencies:
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Strong negotiating and lobbying skills
  • Basic knowledge of UN operations and institutional mandates,
    policies, plus good knowledge of core strategic guidelines related to
    HIV/AIDS prevention are required.
  • Strong background in the field of advocacy, communications and
    public information, ability to address a range of issues related to
    information requirements, including taking a lead on major public HIV/AIDS
    information campaigns; substantial and diverse experience in all facets of
    communications and public information, and proven ability to
    conceptualize, design and implement major campaigns.
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills and ability to
    coordinate the work of others, work to tight deadlines and handle multiple
    concurrent projects/activities.
  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills and ability to
    establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural,
    multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Management and Leadership:
  • Focuses on impact and results for client and responds positively to
    feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive constructive
    attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Remain calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Promotes knowledge management in the UN and a learning environment
    in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development
    in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired
    skills.
UNDP is committed to
achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with
disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated
with the strictest confidence.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to
Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job
requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 6th June 2018
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