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Sub-National Development Analyst, UNDP in Ukraine

Background
 
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.
 
In autumn 2019, the President of Ukraine adopted Decree #722/2019 on the integration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the policy development practice of Ukraine, which (a) encourages the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to analyze higher-level programme documents and strategic forecasts through the SDG lens, (b) foresees the establishment of a regular tracking and reporting system for SDGs in Ukraine and a mechanism for relevant annual reporting, and (c) recommends core scientific and R&D centers of the country to align their research priorities with principles that underpin 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Based on the request from the Government partners at the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (SCMU), UNDP Ukraine together with SIDA and FDFA supported the launch of SDG BRIDGE Ukraine (Building Resilience for Implementing Development Goals Effectively) and the establishment of a dedicated unit that would help to develop an institutional framework for SDG coordination and implementation in Ukraine. The SDG BRIDGE Project will morph a group of advisors within the SCMU / Prime Minister’s Office into a dedicated SDG Office to provide high level technical advice and strategic guidance, and to demonstrate how SDG-related coordination can and should function. Moreover, SDG BRIDGE Project will be closely working with UNDP Empowered partnership for sustainable development project that pilots a multi-stakeholder partnership approach at the regional and local levels to address sustainable development challenges in Ukraine using Swedish experience, knowledge, and best practices in the sustainable development area.

In this context, the UNDP Ukraine invites applications from highly qualified and experienced Ukrainian professionals for the post of Sub-National Development Analyst, to support the Government of Ukraine in strategic planning and financing for sustainable development, enhancing coordination mechanism of SDGs implementation between all stakeholders at the national and regional levels and incorporating SDGs to the regional development policies.

The incumbent will accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment within all implementations and promote UNDP’s mandate as a gender-responsive organization with zero tolerance to any kind of discriminatory and abusive behavior, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and abuse.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate closely with the UNDP Empowered Partnership for Sustainable Development Project initiative and potential follow-on projects, as well as local-level partners, and ensure that successful locally grown solutions and approaches to SDGs localization are up-streamed, and relevant developments at the national level are communicated to local partners in a timely and gender-responsive manner;
  • Maintain close relationships with pilot Ministries and other stakeholders to facilitate the creation of a long-term policy visions through innovative approaches of strategic planning (e.g., foresight) and connecting them with short-term achievable tasks, design approaches for more sustainable SDG coordination and financing, including at the sub-national level.
  • Develop institutional capacities at the regional level to promote SDGs and European integration.
  • Work closely with pilot Ministries to test approaches for better SDG integration and implementation within their mandates.
  • Promote SDGs at the sub-national level and provide recommendations to the Government on incorporating SDGs to the policy documents, bringing in gender perspectives and concerns.
  • Provide support in coordinating regional outreach, through the advisory support with regard to the establishment and development of the Offices for European Integration and SDGs and regional development agencies.
Core Competencies – Level 2

Achieve Results

  • Demonstrate focus on achieving quality results and impact
  • Consistently strive to meet or exceed excellence standards
  • Hold self and others accountable for results
  • Efficiently establish appropriate plans and resources for self and others to accomplish goals

Think Innovatively 

  • Look beyond conventional approaches and established methods
  • Propose new ideas, approaches and solutions to problems
  • Seek patterns and clarity outside boxes and categories while resisting false certainty and simplistic binary choice

Learn Continuously 

  • Actively pursue opportunities for learning and self-development professionally and personally
  • Keep abreast of new developments in one’s professional area
  • Proactively seek feedback, demonstrates a desire to learn from others as well as from experiences, both positive and negative
  • Contribute to the learning of others

Adapt with Agility 

  • Be flexible in handling change, and adopt new ideas, approaches and ways of working
  • Seamlessly adapt to working within new situations or contexts, with new people, and in different ways
  • Participate in, support, contribute to or drive meaningful change in UNDP
  • Be comfortable with ambiguity and effectively managing multiple demands

Act with Determination

  • Pursue everything with motivation and drive
  • Not give up in the face of adversity and setbacks; demonstrate resilience and composure
  • Demonstrate courage, self-motivation and initiative to act on opportunities without being prompted by others
  • Be authentic and modest, get things done without unnecessary noise

Engage and Partner

  • Act in a way that demonstrates empathy and emotional intelligence, showing consideration for the needs and feelings of others
  • Demonstrate and encourage teamwork and co-creation internally and externally to achieve joint objectives and results
  • Establish and develop networks that deliver powerful collaborations
  • Encourage and respect the views of others; accept views and ideas other than one’s own

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

  • Treat all individuals with respect, consider ethical implications and respond sensitively to all differences among people
  • Fully accept and value all people, creating an inclusive environment
  • Understand that inclusion is multi-faceted (e.g. race, gender, age, disability, culture, etc.)
  • Understand and appreciate issues from the perspective of others
  • Treat everyone fairly and equally
  • Demonstrate honesty and transparency

Cross-functional competencies – Level 2

Strategic Thinking

  • Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions

Business Acumen and Commercial Thinking

  • Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

Effective Decision Making

  • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

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

Negotiation and Influence

  • Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win-win’ situations

Knowledge Generation

  • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge and relevant for context

Communication

  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Technical Competencies – Level 2

Governance

  • Decentralization
  • Public Administration and Local Governance
  • Transparency and Anti-Corruption
  • Planning and Assessment

Gender Mainstreaming

  • Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis and implementation of projects from a gender perspective

Legal

  • Knowledge of applicable legal framework
  • Legal Analysis and Report Writing

Strategic Policy Engagement

  • Horizon-scanning and future of development
  • Strategic policy advice

Partnership management

  • Relationship management
  • Strategic engagement
 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in regional development, planning, social policy, economy, finance or business administration, law, or other related fields.

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with additional 2 years of extensive progressively responsible experience will be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.

Experience:
  • 2 years of relevant work experience at the national/regional or international level in regional development, economic development, legal services, decentralization, or related areas.

  • Candidates in possession of Bachelor’s degree require minimum 4 years of relevant work experience.

  • Proven of policy development on EU association agreement implementation or regional development.

  • Proven prior experience of professional or advisory services to the Government or Parliament.

  • Knowledge of SDGs Agenda will be considered as a strong asset.

  • Experience in providing advisory services or support to multilateral or international technical assistance projects, preferably in the UN structures, will be an asset.

  • Excellent writing, proficient communication, and analytical skills to be demonstrated through provision of at least 2 (two) relevant analytical papers/ reviews/ policy papers/ etc.

  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Required Language(s) 
  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian languages.
Travel
  • Should any travel be necessary in connection to this TOR, UNDP will reimburse the expenses based on the duly authorized travel details, including travel and per diems. Any travel or payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Reports, presentations, publications, or other materials that were provided as recommendations to the Public Institutions may be additionally requested.
  4. Drafts of developed policy documents (draft law, by-law or decree) may be additionally requested.
 
Institutional Arrangement
  • Sub-National Development Analyst reports to the SDG BRIDGE Project Manager.
  • The management of the project will be carried out by the UNDP technical assistance team in Kyiv within the overall framework of the United Nations Partnership Framework 2018–2022 in a Direct Implementation Modality. UNDP shall be responsible for the management of the project, primarily concerning the responsibility for the achievement of the Output and the stated Outcome. Similarly, UNDP will be accountable to the Project Board for the use of project resources. UNDP will delegate managerial duties for the day-to-day running of the project to the Project Manager.
  • As the project entails the creation of the SDG Office under the auspices of Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration /SCMU, specific management arrangements are put in place to ensure proper information flow and optimal decision-making within the project. SCMU provides its physical and institutional setting for the SDG Office, as well as regulatory foundations for its operations. SCMU also monitors the everyday performance of the SDG Office, and, in coordination with the SDG BRIDGE Project Manager. VPM /SCMU issue tasks, requests and sets priorities for the Office experts. To ensure the proper level of ownership, VPM /SCMU will be the primary coordination point for the SDG Office team on substantive issues, while the Project Manager and Project Associate will be primary focal points on connection to the global experience on SDGs (for instance, with the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub), on issues of project monitoring and reporting or coordination with UNDP Ukraine projects in the three relevant portfolios and on stakeholder consultations with interest groups, CSOs, think-tanks or other development partners and their initiatives. The SDG Office will regularly report to the SDG BRIDGE Project Manager to enable him/her to report to the Project Board when/as necessary. The first meeting of the Project Board at the project beginning will approve the detailed procedure for coordination between the core project team, the SDG Office and SCMU, and will revise, as necessary, the draft detailed organigram as presented in Annex 5 to the project document.
  • Nationals or others legally authorized to work in Ukraine are eligible for consideration. (country of citizenship or place of permanent residence)
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.
 
Applicant information about UNDP rosters
 
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
 
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