The Specialist Development Programme (SDP) seeks to strengthen UNDP’s capacity to support countries to make the 2030 sustainable development agenda a reality.
At the UN Sustainable Development Summit of September 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. It commits all countries to work together to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection and to benefit all, including women, children, youth and future generations. On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into effect. Over the next fifteen years, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The Sustainable Development Goals and targets are integrated and indivisible, global in nature and universally applicable, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection.
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy and programme work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office (CO) levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep, local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. Within this context, UNDP invests in a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the UNDP Strategic Plan.
Over 50 years in Thailand, UNDP has been assisting Thailand both in developing solutions to its own ongoing development challenges, and in its south-south cooperation and engagement in global development. UNDP Thailand works closely with the Royal Thai Government at the national and subnational level. Many of our initiatives are implemented by government agencies and we also work with Private Sector Companies, Think Tanks and Civil Society Organizations at various levels, as partners to contribute towards SDGs.
The SDG Programme Specialist provides advisory, analysis, coordination and quality assurance support to the Resident Representative. S/he collaborates with teams within the country office and throughout UNDP and in close collaboration with the SDG Integration Team at BRH, to support integrated programmatic design and implementation, representational, advocacy, partnership and communication commitments of the Thailand Country Office.
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For more than 50 years, UNDP has been working as a trusted partner of the Royal Thai Government and the people of Thailand on some of most important development initiatives and share Thailand’s experience with other countries. As a part of UN Country team, UNDP aims to advance inclusive, sustainable and human-centred development for all people in Thailand.
In line with our strategic plan 2017 – 2021 which set out the direction to support countries to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP Thailand supports Thailand on its path towards inclusive green growth and democratic governance. With innovation deeply embedded in our development approach, in partnership with government and non-government entities, our work span primarily in the areas of biodiversity, climate change (mitigation and adaptation), peacebuilding and social cohesion, advancing anti-corruption efforts, improving efficiency in government spending, reducing marginalization and exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and sustainable livelihoods.
In all activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women and girls, minority groups, and most vulnerable communities.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Programme Support
- Provide advice to the Country Office senior management in terms of the overall approach to promotion and implementation of sustainable development agenda, the SDGs and SDG localization in Thailand;
- Support the Programme and Projects with mainstreaming the sustainable development goals into the current and future programmes and projects and support SDG localization initiatives;
- Deliver UNDP’s SDG integration services in collaboration with technical experts from across UNDP’s network of capacity and in-house resources across knowledge domains (including the Accelerator Labs Network, SDG Impact, and the Country Support Platforms) to demonstrate intersectional policy advice and integration capabilities.
- Coordinating multi-disciplinary engagement and collaboration across the SDGs, including an in-house coordination platform for scoping and deploying technical engagements that draw from UNDP’s network of SDG advisory expertise;
- Provide coordinated technical support on SDG implementation, leveraging experience form across the organization as they emerge from the Regional Innovation Centre, the Accelerator Labs Network, the SDG Finance Hub, and the Country Support Platforms.
- Cooperate with the Country Office programme teams to ensure that SDGs, targets and indicators are properly inter-linked with the country programme monitoring framework and the government’s national development plan and its sectoral plans and strategies;
- Collaborate with Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) and Headquarters (HQs) to share information on Thailand’s achievements and plans in sustainable development and SDGs domain;
2. Policy Support
- Promote cooperation with the Royal Thai Government and relevant departments and ministries for implementing SDGs and sustainable development agenda;
- Where possible assist the Royal Thai Government, provincial and local authorities in mainstreaming SDGs into the national, sectoral, regional and local policies and programmes, through actively participating in the SDG localization;
- Contribute into the policy advice and capacity building services to improve the national, regional and local statistics to reflect SDGs, targets and indicators.
- Provide overall advice to the relevant internal and external parties to ensure alignment with global development policies, norms and standards.
3. Communication and awareness raising:
- Cooperate with Communication team, SDG Integration Team, Regional Innovation Centre team and Development Economist to develop and implement various activities aimed at promoting the SDG agenda in Thailand;
- Provide support to the Government of Thailand in communicating the SDGs achievements and challenges to various stakeholders and the national and sub-national levels.
- Present the work of UNDP in leading SDG Integration efforts in conferences and meetings on the 2030 Agenda and SDGs organized by different stakeholders, nationally and regionally
4. Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
- Support the Programme and Project teams to engage with national, sub-national, regional and global partners on sustainable development and SDGs issues;
- Support the Programme and Project teams to foster strategic partnerships at the national level with UN and external institutions, including national and sub-national authorities, communities, private sector, academia, CSOs, IFIs, international organizations, media, etc.
- Contribute to the resource mobilization for projects and programmes related to the SDGs, including engaging with, mobilize and foster external partnerships behind large scale and integrated SDG solutions
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies, business administration or a related area.
Work Experience requirements:
A minimum of five years of paid working experience in project management in the development sector or the private sector and/or crisis/post-conflict management work experience in developing countries and management in a multi-cultural environment.
Proficiency in English
This post is opened in the context of the SDP scheme sponsored by the Government of Norway and is open exclusively to nationals of Norway.
Application closing date: 25 July 2019