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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been on the frontlines of the fight against poverty for more than 50 years. Now, we’re leading the way on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a bold plan for humanity.
As part of the United Nations Development System reform, effective 1 January 2019, UNDP is seeking to appoint a new cadre of Resident Representatives (RR). In selecting these people, the focus will be on geographical balance, gender equity and diversity of perspectives. Our commitment to inclusion and diversity is a central piece of the selection process. Female candidates and candidates from programme countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
We are ready to do remarkable things at UNDP and need the world’s top talent to be part of our new journey.
The role of Resident Representative will exercise full leadership over UNDP programmes and resources in countries. It positions the organization as a strategic partner for sustainable development, with the capabilities to partner at scale and deliver world-class knowledge and technical expertise. The incumbent will provide both the managerial and the substantive leadership for sustainable development, as well as the vision and strategic direction to implement the UNDP Strategic Plan in the national context.
Location: Multiple locations, UNDP Country Offices. See full list of locations.
Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Formulation and articulation of the vision and strategies for UNDP’s engagement at country level
- Representation of UNDP, and leadership of partnership building and resource mobilization for UNDP
- Strategic guidance and oversight of the overall management of the Country Office to ensure efficient and effective programme and operational services and adherence to organizational policies and procedures
- Provision of operations / common services to UNDP-supported projects, other UN Country Team Resident and Non-Resident Agencies and the Resident Coordinator Office
- Management of the implementation of security arrangements for UNDP staff and premises
- Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
- Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
- People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
- Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
- Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Candidates should also demonstrate the following skills and competencies: Advocacy, Building Strategic Partnerships, Representation, Resource Mobilization, Substantive Positioning of UNDP, SDG Championing, Knowledge Management
Education: Master’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.
Experience: At least 10-15 years of substantive experience and results at the international level, in the development of strategies affecting the provision of advisory services, inter-organisation and international cooperation; negotiation of partnerships; and management and leadership of programmes in development-related areas, working with national, regional and international entities.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Fluency or working knowledge in French or Spanish is highly desirable. Additionally, working knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese is desirable.
Grade/Compensation: Resident Representative positions will be classified at the Director (D) and Professional (P) levels (D2, D1 or P5), depending on various factors including working complexity (political and development variables), programme resources, size/type of the Country Office and other factors. UNDP uses the personnel categories employed across the United Nations system.
Selection Process: Qualified candidates can apply for the UNDP Resident Representative Assessment on the UNDP Jobsite through the link provided. Shortlisted candidates will complete online pre-assessment exercises in October 2018 and participate in the Resident Representative Assessment Center in London, UK in November 2018. Subsequently, successfully assessed candidates will be members of the external Candidate RR Pool and can apply for specific RR vacancies and if selected, may assume duties as early as 1 January 2019.
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Closing date for applications: 30 September 2018