The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Colombia and reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
The UN has been working for Colombia for 68 years, and the UN Country Team (UNCT) is currently composed of 21 residents and 5 non-resident agencies. It has over 170 offices in 67 locations throughout the country and has a total of 2.330 staff members (93% are nationals). In line with the prevention and sustaining peace vision of the Secretary General, the UNCT, in close coordination with the UN Verification Mission to Colombia, aims to address structural development gaps and to reduce and prevent violence. The UNCT also coordinates closely with the Humanitarian Country Team towards establishing collective outcomes to address the root causes of humanitarian needs. Our work focuses on supporting countries in reaching Sustainable Development Goals and on those most vulnerable so that no one is left behind.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Development Coordination Officer, Partnerships and Development Finance will be responsible of the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Development Coordination Officers, Partnerships and Development Finance.)
Summary of Functions:
Provides substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UN Country Team (UNCT) partnerships
Coordinates and participates in joint resource mobilization for the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)
Provides substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Supports knowledge management and capacity development
Description of Functions:
- Assists with the provision of substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UNCT partnerships
- Provides advice on the development and implementation of the UN Partnership Strategy in alignment with and support of the UNDAF in the country;
- Monitors and assesses the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to anticipate changes to the internal direction and external environment, and to make mid-term adjustments;
- Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the UNCT in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant;
- Provides inputs on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, in accordance with UN regulations and procedures;
- Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives;
- Contributes to dialogues with partners to improve development assistance policies and practice;
- Plans and facilitates liaison and coordination with UN entities at country, regional and HQ levels, to help package and define UN business strategies, including differentiated value propositions, to attract partners, both traditional and non-traditional.
- Carries out other duties as assigned by the RC in support of the UNDAF and UNCT coordination.
Participates in joint resource mobilization for the UNDAF:
- Provides substantive support to RC/UNCT to develop and implement locally-tailored resource mobilization strategies and initiatives, and identify appropriate data and benchmarks to measure progress and success;
- Monitors and analyzes existing resource mobilization partnerships and relationships, including those with high net worth;
- In coordination with the data management and results monitoring and reporting officer, plans and facilitates the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes and programming processes for use in joint resource mobilization;
- Provides substantive support for the production and distribution of marketing materials to raise awareness about opportunities for working with the UN on SDG investment;
- Contributes to building the UN brand via events, media and public relations opportunities targeted to the diverse partners, in close collaboration with the UN Communications Group.
- Provides substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the SDGs
- Provides substantive support on financing for development options, instruments, modalities to the RC/UNCT, in alignment with the Common Country Analysis (CCA), UNDAF, MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) and similar processes;
- Analyzes trends and provides advice on new and innovative financing mechanisms for development and SDG acceleration, with special focus SDG 16;
- Provides inputs for briefing papers and discussion points on issues related to financing for development for consideration by RC/UNCT;
- Plans and facilitates engagements with external stakeholders - including the national government, international financial institutions and others - on financing for SDG acceleration and sustaining peace;
- Undertakes the design and execution of innovative proposals to strengthen the UNCT engagement and reputation, and to generate greater financial resources in support of the SDGs and sustaining peace;
- Assists in the establishment and management of the country-based SDG Fund, and support to the existing UN MPTF for Sustaining Peace in Colombia, in close collaboration with UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (where relevant).
Supports knowledge management and capacity development:
- Plans and facilitates the development, maintenance and sharing of knowledge and intelligence, to ensure RC/UNCT are informed and positioned to effectively generate and harness opportunities to meet its resource mobilization targets;
- Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice at national, regional and global levels;
- Undertakes activities to strengthen the capacity of UNCTs to mainstream and promote SDG investment partnerships;
- Provides substantive support for the discovery, evaluation and selection of partnership opportunities at the sourcing and origination stages.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, international relations, sustainable development, social sciences, education or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategicsupport to partnerships, project/programme management, resource mobilization or development finance in the context of development cooperation or related area is required. Experience in facilitating partnerships with the private sector and international financial institutions is an advantage. Experience and knowledge of the working with Colombian institutions, private sector and/or the UN in Colombia is an advantage.
Language: Fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.