Agency: UNDP

Applicants are advised in their own interest not to give any form of gratification or inducement to any person or group of persons to assist them in the recruitment exercise.

Women and persons physically challenged are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


Sector of assignment: Capacity Development
Country and Duty Station: Egypt, Cairo
Duration of assignment: One-year fixed-term appointment, renewable at least once subject to satisfactory performance

Content and methodology of supervision

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

• Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
• Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
• Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
• Easy access to the supervisor
• Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
• Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
• Completion of the yearly UNDP Results and Competency Assessment (RCA)
• If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties
In addition, the following specific supervision arrangements will apply:
Supervision will be direct and will take the form of mentoring and coaching. There will be an agreed workplan – which contributes to the annual workplan of UNDP’s global project on capacity development for effective development cooperation and to the regional KICG workplan – against which targets and progress will be monitored and evaluated. Regular meetings and feedback will be important features of the supervisor/supervisee relationship.


Duties, Responsibilities and Output Expectations

This post is critical for strengthening UNDP’s engagement and outreach in the Arab region to support the effective functioning of the Global Partnership (GP) for Effective Development Cooperation, strengthen linkages with the UN Development Cooperation Forum (DCF), engaging with countries in the region on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), and facilitate knowledge sharing and peer learning for development, including South-South and triangular cooperation.

1. Support to country level work: As requested by UNDP country offices, provide effective and timely advice and capacity development support services to governments in the sub-region on effective development cooperation issues. Specific areas of attention will country offices’ support to country-led: (a) inclusive coordination and mutual accountability mechanisms between all development stakeholders; (b) transparency and information management of aid flows and other sources of development finance; (c) peer learning, South-South and triangular cooperation and knowledge sharing for development ; (d) capacity development and institutional strengthening for effectiveness development cooperation; (e) monitoring the implementation of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. - 40%

2. Support to regional knowledge sharing and peer learning: As part of the regional team for the UNDP Community of Practice on Effective Development Cooperation, support the: (a) collection and dissemination of best practices and lessons learnt on capacity development for effective development cooperation and management of development finance in the sub-region; (b) facilitation of knowledge sharing, South-South cooperation and cross-country learning on effective development cooperation and development finance issues; (c) facilitation of programme country participation in global and regional dialogue on effective development cooperation. - 20%

3. Support to global policy dialogue on effective development cooperation: Support the global cluster on effective development cooperation in providing services to UNDP Country Offices and UN Country Teams in the sub-region, on issues related to the UN and UNDP’s strategic positioning in the changing global development cooperation landscape, including: (a) the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation; (b) global and regional policy dialogue at the UN Development Cooperation Forum; (c) engagement with global and regional initiatives on South-South, triangular cooperation and knowledge sharing, incl. the UN Committee on South-South Cooperation; (d) partnerships for the UN post-2015 sustainable development agenda; (e) the role of the UN/UNDP in facilitating partnerships and mutual accountability frameworks at country level (including support for the identification and formulation of UN/UNDP support programmes); - 20%

4. Cross-cutting knowledge, innovation and capacity development issues: As a member of the regional Capacity Development Team, work with the Senior Adviser to ensure that effective development cooperation principles and commitments are mainstreamed in capacity development tools and training packages, both for UN/UNDP staff and external partners. - 15%


Qualifications and Experience

• Master's Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in a related field of expertise
Work Experience (1 to 2 years pertinent work experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of community based development programmes/projects).
Additionally the incumbent should have proven capacity in project management and resource mobilization.
Age: Must not be more than 32 years on the date of application
Language skill: Fluency in English language and ability to speak any UNDP official language is an added advantage, Knowledge of Arabic is desirable
Information Technology skills, including word processing, database application (excel) presentation software (power point) and internet appreciation.
• An interest in adapting to varied physical environments; and a desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
Evidence of ability to think strategically, work independently and demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness.
Respect for the UN principles of the United Nations Charter and the participating UN organisation’s mission statement.

Other desirable education and work experience:
- International experience is a must;
- Experience in the region highly desirable;
- Strong networking and facilitaInformation Technology skillstion skills;
- Good writing and presentation skills;

Core competences:
• Ethics & Values
• Working in Teams
• Communicating Information & Ideas
• Self-management & Emotional intelligence
• Decision making

Functional competences:

- Knowledge of current trends in effective development cooperation, including partnerships and mutual accountability for development results.

Training and Learning:

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:
• Participation in a two-week long Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course in New York within the first 3 to 6 months of assignment
• Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA)
• Other training and learning opportunities
In addition, the JPO will benefit from the following specific training and learning modalities/opportunities in the receiving office:


Background Information

Information on the receiving office:
Organizational Context

UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2008 – 2013) defines capacity development as the overarching UNDP contribution to programme countries, and the development effectiveness principles of national ownership, effective aid management, and South-South cooperation serve to guide UNDP interventions. Within this UNDP plays a key role in strengthening national aid coordination and management for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Strategic Plan and the 2008 regionalization framework articulate the corporate requirement to bring timely and effective substantive and technical services to UNDP country offices through a strengthened practice architecture at global, regional and country levels. The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) provides the foundation for UNDP’s global substantive practices with a practice architecture that serves as a framework for better organizing UNDP to provide consistent policy advisory services, more relevant and substantive policy knowledge, better linking of policy, programming, and capacity development. It plays a key role in helping countries to reach their development goals and is responsible for articulating UNDP’s global policy on developmental issues using evidence gathered through country applications, regional experiences and global interactions. It helps countries through a network of country offices that it helps connect to the best of knowledge and human resources on various thematic issues, in the design and implementation of programmes and projects that effectively contribute to the national-level policies and results.

The Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (KICG) delivers a core set of services and solutions to the organization and UNDP’s ultimate clients within the following areas:
a. Fostering innovation –ensuring that the latest innovation expertise and methodologies are systematically identified, tested and made available.
b. Taking capacity development to another level to meet the sustainable development challenges of today. Emphasizing on expanded collaborative and networking capacities across institutional, professional and constituency boundaries and the ‘how’ of capacity development.
c. Re-positioning knowledge sharing and management: internally as a core internal capacity and externally as a service delivery requirement of all UNDP interventions.

In the Arab Region, UNDP has been instrumental in articulating the development deficits facing the Arab States region. While the pace of transformation in the Arab region is unprecedented, UNDP has accumulated expertise from assisting pro-poor and democratic transitions across the globe, which will be put at the disposal of the peoples of the region to help ensure an inclusive and peaceful transition. UNDP also has extensive experience with conflict prevention and recovery. Given the current challenges and changes in the region, UNDP Regional Center is focusing its support to political process reform and extend beyond institutional strengthening to working within society to foster inclusive politics, rebuilding responsive institutions and resilient state-society relations. UNDP Regional Center is also working on harnessing its regional expertise on poverty, governance, environment, gender, capacity development and knowledge management to provide its national partners with integrated advice that is sensitive to the region’s political economy and root causes of internally and externally driven conflict.

With the above in mind and to respond to the changing needs on the ground, the practice management structure at the Regional Centre in Cairo (RCC) underwent an internal restructuring by having three main teams, 1) the Democratic Governance Team, which maintains the following expertise: i) electoral and parliamentarian support, ii) human rights, iii) public administration reform, iv) local governance, v) anti-corruption and integrity, vi) justice and security, vii) gender equality, viii) civil society/youth, ix) capacity development, and x) conflict prevention and recovery. 2) the Poverty Reduction Team consisting of : i)environment and energy , ii) climate change, iii)CSOs; and the Innovation team consisting of : i)Knowledge Management , ii) Monitoring and Evaluation and iii) Communications.

Thematic Approach
UNDP’s capacity development approach recognizes that the principles of effective development cooperation are aiming at making cooperation effective in terms of sustainable results based on enhanced national capacities and effective institutions. It focuses on working closely with other United Nations entities, as well as with global, regional and national partners to support nationally owned and -led development efforts through: i) country-facing design and implementation of capacity development and aid management/coordination policies and strategies; ii) support to donor/government coordination and mutual accountability frameworks; iii) strengthening peer learning and South to South knowledge exchange; and iv) facilitation of developing country outreach and participation in the regional and global dialogue on aid and development cooperation related issues. The broad objective of this approach is to scale up national and local capacities for more sustainable and integrated development results to address the Millennium Declaration and MDGs.
UNDP has a strong track record in the area of promoting effective development cooperation. In the framework of its global project “Capacity Development for Aid Effectiveness – Strengthened National Capacities to Coordinate and Manage Aid” (2009 – 2013), the organization seeks to scale up support to programme countries’ capacities to receive, manage and use cooperation as one of the instruments at their disposal to achieve their development objectives. This includes ensuring that accurate data pertaining to ODA inflows is available in real time to governments for effective planning; having adequate mutual accountability arrangements between ODA providers and partners, and among partners; and linking up with the effective institutions agenda to ensure that country systems are brought into play in the planning and implementation of development programmes.

The next phase of the programme, 2012-2013, reflects the learning and challenges encountered in past phases, the lessons learnt from the Paris Declaration/Accra Agenda for Action process, and the outcomes of the Busan High Level Forum that was held in 2011. It will focus on the comparative advantages of UNDP in strengthening country capacities to manage and coordinate development cooperation, and especially ODA, and to strengthen peer learning, South-South cooperation and knowledge sharing. It will further assist countries in shaping and participating in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation which will be formed as per the Busan Partnership document, and where UNDP, together with the OECD, will play a leading role to support its effective functioning.

UNDP’s Effective Development Cooperation Cluster in the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (KICG) is responsible for implementing the global project on effective development cooperation, in collaboration with the UNDP regional support centres, the UNDP community of practice on aid effectiveness, as well as with programme countries and other partners. Collaboration with programme countries in the development of relevant toolkits, the customization of programme and project outputs and peer learning is key to the success of the initiative. Global and regional partnerships with the OECD DAC, the World Bank, UN DESA, regional development banks and other actors are key to leveraging the programme’s work with countries.


Applicants are advised in their own interest not to give any form of gratification or inducement to any person or group of persons to assist them in the recruitment exercise.

Women and persons physically challenged are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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