Posting Title: DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, ECONOMIST, NOC
Job Code Title: DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, ECONOMIST
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: TEHRAN
Posting Period: 13 September 2023 – 26 October 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Sustainable Development-RCS-217612-R-Teheran (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThe UN Secretary-General launched on 1 January 2019 a bold and new global reform which repositioned the UN Development System to deliver more effectively and efficiently with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this reform, UN Resident Coordinator Offices (UN RCO), under the leadership of an empowered and independent UN Resident Coordinator – the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level – support countries in the achievement of their development priorities and the attainment of the SDGs. The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in the I.R. of Iran and reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible of the following duties: 1. PLANS, FACILITATES AND CONSOLIDATES SOCIO-ECONOMIC ANALYSIS IN SUPPORT OF WORK OF THE UN SYSTEM IN IRAN:
- Researches, analyzes and presents multi-dimensional socio-economic and SDG-related data, including using econometrics methodologies, as well as information on emerging best practices in sustainable development, paying special attention to gender and capacity development, and proposes policy options to RCs/UNCTs.
- Identifies and analyzes issues that impact multiple SDGs and their targets.
- Assesses sustainable development trade-offs and risk factors, as well as early-warning indicators that may undermine the achievement of SDG targets and impact the UN’s role and programme in the country.
- Collects and analyzes data on UN country level operations in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
- Creates exclusive multi-dimensional indexes to monitor socio-economic trends in Iran.
- Researches, develops and presents policy papers, guidance notes and other knowledge based-tools for discussion in country-level forums to help influence and advance policy dialogue on achieving the SDGs.
- Contributes to the preparation of UN flagship reports, including the analysis of data and the provision of evidence to build the case for policies and interventions on SDGs.
- Monitors regional and global economic trends and issues and analyses their implications for the realization of the SDGs at the country level. 2. PROVIDES SUBSTANTIVE ADVICE ON INNOVATIVE ECONOMIC AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICIES TO RC AND UNCT, AS WELL AS TO NATIONAL COUNTERPARTS IN GOVERNMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT PARTNERS:
- Prepares inputs for the UNCT on how UN country-level operations can be optimized and better respond to sustainable development needs and emerging trends in country.
- Together with UNCT members, plans and facilitates an integrated approach to the UN’s policy advice to national counterparts in government and other external partners.
- Promotes collaboration, peer support, innovation, good practices, lessons learned, needs, and opportunities through active participation to local, regional, and global communities of practice and knowledge networks within the Resident Coordinator System, across the UN (including the UN Economist Network) and beyond, and reports to the RC/UNCT. 3. ASSISTS THE UNCT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW GENERATION OF SDG PROGRAMMES WITH A STRONG INVESTMENT ORIENTATION AND FOCUS ON ACCELERATION TOWARDS ACHIEVING THE SDGS:
- Assists in the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) to ensure that the UN’s country-level operational activities effectively support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in country.
- Provides substantive support to programme formulation and revision throughout the UNSDCF cycle, including leading the revision of the Country Common Analysis (CCA), based on sound SDG analysis.
- Contributes to the UN joint programming process to identify and support the formulation of a new generation of UN joint programmes that are aligned with the SDGs, oriented towards investment, and have impact at the national level.
- Assists UNSDCF result groups in the implementation of joint workplans to promote SDG-relevant and SDG-responsive UN operational activities for development.
- Plans and facilitates UN support to governmental and multi-stakeholder processes on SDG policy development and capacity development. 4. PLANS AND DIRECTS SDG KNOWLEDGE GENERATION AND MANAGEMENT:
- Plans, facilitates and contributes to communities of practice and knowledge networks that promote collaboration, peer support, innovation good practices, lessons learned, needs and opportunities in the area of sustainable development;
- Researches, analyzes and presents best practices and lessons learned from implementation of UNCT projects and programmes, with a view to advising the RC and UNCT on actions to strengthen the policy orientation of the UN;
- Monitors and analyzes best practices and successful models implemented by the UN in country and suggests options for developing these into bankable national SDG investment policies and programmes.
- Contributes to global/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to sustainable development policy. 5. SUPPORTS AND CONTRIBUTES TO THE RCO COORDINATION WORK: ACT AS RCO FOCAL POINTS IN RESULTS AND/OR THEMATIC GROUPS OR TASK FORCE AS AND WHEN NEEDED:
- Animate and provide inputs to the Results Groups on Socio-Economic Resilience and on Environment.
- Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting useful for the UNCT coordination mechanism.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
CompetenciesPROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, sustainable development, public policy, business or public administration, social sciences, or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.
Work ExperienceA minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development policy, economic analysis or project/programme management in the context of development cooperation or related area is required. Previous experience in development coordination and in the UN system is desirable. Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Farsi is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Note: “Fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and “Knowledge of’ equals a rating of “confident in two of the four areas.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
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