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JPO – Sustainable Human Development and SDGs Analyst 55 vues

 

Job Description

Nationality of Applicants: This position is funded by the Government of Norway and is open only to nationals of Norway with a relevant master’s degree and other requirements as per our vacancy.
Background
The UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme:

The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) JPO Programme equips outstanding young leaders with the skills and experience required to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make a positive difference in the world. As a pathway into the world of development, the programme offers young professionals excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development while providing a valuable entry point into the UN system.

During their assignments, JPOs benefit from the guidance of experienced UNDP staff members and are actively involved in supporting the design and implementation of UNDP’s programs within UNDP’s headquarters, regional or country offices. Additionally, the JPO will undergo a journey of exposure and growth which will build both personal and professional capacity for a career within the multilateral development sector.

As a JPO and young professional in UNDP you should be interested in pursuing a global career with aspiration to work for a field-based organization in support of the development agenda.

The JPO will work as part of a team and be supervised by an experienced UNDP staff member, including :

  • Structured guidance and feedback, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing of responsibilities
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Annual Performance Review (APR) including learning and development objectives

The JPO will benefit from the following learning and development opportunities:

  • Participation in a Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course within the first 4 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide
  • On-going Masterclasses on relevant and inspiring themes
  • Career development support mechanisms and activities
  • Networking with fellow JPOs, young professionals and senior UNDP colleagues
  • Mentoring programme
  • Other training and learning opportunities
Position Purpose
The purpose of this assignment is to support the CAFI Secretariat with setting up a new partnership with key governmental entities, coordinating the work with current and potential new partners and develop and monitor CAFI’s programming portfolio.
Organisational context

Central Africa is home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world. Forest loss is accelerating despite ongoing efforts, as government action alone has not been sufficient to establish an effective balance between the interests of the forest and of economic development. On this basis, a coalition of willing donors – the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of France and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – together with Central African partner countries – Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and the Republic of Gabon – have decided to enter into a collaborative partnership to establish the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). The objective of this initiative is to recognize and preserve the value of the forests in the region to mitigate climate change, reduce poverty and contribute to sustainable development. This objective will be attained through the implementation of country-led, national scale REDD+ and Low Emissions Development (LED) investment frameworks that include policy reforms and measures to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and promote sustainable development. The CAFI Trust Fund is the principal means to implement the Central African Forest Initiative. It is administered by the MPTF-0ffice in New York, as per its Terms of Reference. UNDP provides the secretariat services.

In 2016, CAFI signed a partnership agreement (Letter of Intent) with DRC worth 190 million USD for the period 2016-2020 covering all pillars of its National REDD+ Strategy. As this agreement expired at the end of 2020, the partners committed to establishing a new partnership agreement for the period 2021-2030, which aims to support the country in achieving its green sustainable development objectives, while protecting the forests, its rich biodiversity and the millions of people who depend on the forest for survival and to uphold spiritual traditions.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Contribute to the development and supervision of CAFI’s programming portfolio (30%) – Example of duties:
  • With the programming specialists, draft guidance notes and terms of reference for calls for expressions of interest/proposals, establish criteria and evaluation grids for expressions of interest and program proposals and coordinate the technical independent review of project proposals;
  • Consult with relevant stakeholders to inform the programming phase and support the Government in developing the program portfolio through institutional arrangements for program monitoring;
  • Participate in program Steering Committee (COPIL) and Technical Committee (TC) meetings to support the production of quality PTBAs and the monitoring of their implementation;
  • Support the analysis and consolidation of lessons learned and stimulate the adoption of best practices and knowledge, including the development of guidelines and other knowledge materials.

2. Support the establishment and implementation of the new partnership agreement (Letter of Intent) between the government of DRC and CAFI (20%). Example of duties:

  • Support the elaboration of working documents and coordinate and collect inputs from involved stakeholders (donors, consultants, civil society, and the private sector, among others);
  • organize meetings with governmental entities, donors, and other stakeholders;
  • provide support to ensure timely information flow among all involved stakeholders (minutes of meetings, follow up etc.).
3. Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation work by the CAFI Secretariat (20%). Example of duties:
  • Gathering data and information for annual reports on programs being implemented in DRC, including data on CAFl’s outcome level indicators;
  • joint monitoring of the implementation of the milestones to the new partnership agreement (Letter of Intent) with DRC;
  • conducting CAFI’s 4th gender analysis of the program portfolio across all CAFI’s partner countries.

4. Enhance relationships and communications between the CAFI Secretariat and the members of its Executive Board (donors and implementing agencies) to foster the coordination of investments in the region to reduce systemic pressure on forests (15%). Example of duties:

  • Support the elaboration of background documents for Board meetings and meetings of the development partners in DRC;
  • provide regular briefings, summaries, and responses to requests.

5. Provide analysis to enhance strategic and policy discussions with the government of DRC on the implementation of its national investment plan (covering sectors and themes like forestry, agriculture, energy, governance, family planning, land tenure, land use planning and domestic resource mobilization) (15%). Example of Duties:

  • Support CAFl’s inputs into the technical discussions on the development and implementation of programs in DRC;
  • support CAFI’s engagement with the private sector and regional and international development banks to foster deforestation free economic support to the country.
Competencies
Core
  • Achieve Results
  • Think Innovatively
  • Learn Continuously
  • Adapt with Agility
  • Act with Determination
  • Engage and Partner
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion

Technical

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Management Partnerships Management Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders,

Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with

UNDP strategy and policies

Business Direction & Strategy System Thinking Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how

interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider

how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Development Knowledge Generation Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context,

or responsive to a stated need

2030 Agenda: Planet Nature, Climate and Energy Climate and Forests: National REDD+ Strategies and Processes
2030 Agenda: Planet Nature, Climate and Energy Climate and Forests: REDD+/UNFCCC and access to emission reduction results-based payments (GCF or carbon markets)
2030 Agenda: Planet Nature, Climate and Energy Climate Change Policies: Climate Finance
Programme and Policy SDG Finance Aid Coordination, Development Partnership Architecture and Mutual Accountability Framework
Required Skills and Experience
Education:

Master’s Degree or equivalent in social sciences, public international law, forestry, land use, agronomy, environment, rural development, geography, economics, or related field.

Experience:
  • Two years of relevant experience at the international level in the field of environmental protection, climate change mitigation, forestry, land use planning, or similar.
  • Relevant working experience in countries with dense forest surface or in Central African countries is desirable.
  • Expertise in partnership building is required.
  • Familiarity with the UN, UNDP, WB, or bilateral development programming is desired.

Language requirements:

Fluency in English and French are required.

Nationality of Applicants: This position is funded by the Government of Norway and is open only to nationals of Norway with a relevant master’s degree and other requirements as per our vacancy.

Attachments needed :

  • A brief motivation letter in English that explains why you’re the perfect candidate for the position by using examples of your interests and achievements
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your Master degree

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Disclaimer
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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