UN Partnership Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Office: UNESCO Bangkok
Closing date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
UN Partnership Officer
Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)
Duty Station: Bangkok
Job Family: Field Operations Coordination
Type of contract : Non Staff
Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months
Recruitment open to : External candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31-JAN-2023
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
UNESCO is fully committed to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) reform launched in January 2019, which intends to improve the UN’s presence in the field in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. At the regional level, UNESCO Bangkok is articulating and positioning UNESCO’s programmatic contribution in the context of Our Common Agenda particularly the 2030 Agenda 2030 by representing in the Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP) and its sub-groups and networks in Asia and the Pacific.
In support to enhanced need for strategic engagement and resource mobilization with UN and other partners, and under the direct supervision of the Director of the Regional Office, the UN Partnership Officer will provide support and contribute to increasing the presence, visibility and credibility of the Organization in a UN inter-agency context and UN system-wide work and mobilizing resources for programmatic impacts at regional and country levels.
In this regard, the individual specialist will provide support to the Director of the Regional Office in liaising with the RCP to enhance synergies and partnership with the UN agencies and RCP groups and in resource mobilization at the regional and national levels in the Asia-Pacific region. The work shall contribute to the achievement of the Organization’s Medium-Term Strategy’s Enabling Objective to "Foster an enabling environment for the efficient and effective delivery of UNESCO’s proprieties" and its related Enabling Outcome 10 "Reinforced partnerships, outreach and advocacy in support of UNESCO’s action" and related Enabling Outcome 11 "Accountable, efficient and effective management in pursuit of the Organization’s results".
Tasks and assignments
Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Bangkok, and the direct supervision of the Head of Executive Office, the individual specialist shall ensure the overall coordination, technical preparation and participation in the UN RCP related programme activities such as engagement in various thematic and technical working groups with focus on ensuring UNESCO’s active participation and contribution in its competent areas (Education, Sciences, Culture and Communication) and support resource mobilization activities to attain programmatic objectives of the Office. The specialist shall also ensure the establishment of a strategic relation between UNESCO and UN Country Teams (UNCT) activities especially in Thailand, Laos PDR and Myanmar by:
Ensure necessary technical preparation and participation of the Regional Office (UNESCO Bangkok) in the coordination systems, processes and meetings of the RCP as well as UNESCO Bangkok involvement in UNCT activities.
Provide support for UNESCO Bangkok and field offices in the region to access UN Multi-Partner Trust Funds and other resource mobilization opportunities through the RCP and UNCT activities.
Provide support to the director and senior management team to strategically position UNESCO as a key partner within the RCP and promote integrated approaches with the wider UN system in UNESCO’s fields of competence, including effective coordination with the Networking Group on Learning and Education 2030+, Peer Support Group and other relevant networks, the elaboration of support material and analysis to be shared with the RCP.
Support the director and senior management team in the review, development and implementation of UNSDG and other UN reform initiatives as regards UNESCO through collection, analysis and dissemination of information related to the reform, UNESCO’s involvement in the UNSDG, UNSDG global collaboration and other UN Reform and UNCT activities in the region.
Provide assistance to the UNESCO field offices in the region in enhancing communication and collaboration to ensure UNESCO’s substantial integration in United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCFs) and appropriate alignment of UNESCO’s country strategies with UNSDCFs.
Support communication related to UNESCO’s partnership in UNSDG and other related regional coordination both within the RCP and UNESCO.
Support the director and senior management team to develop strategic and programming documents, statutory reports and reports to UNESCO Governing Bodies regarding UNESCO’s involvement in the UNSDG and on UNSDG global collaboration in the region.
Draft and edit reports and remarks by the director as well as any other pertinent professional duties as assigned by the Head of UNESCO Bangkok Executive Office.
As part of its support to Bangkok Office, the Individual Specialist shall deliver the following deliverables to UNESCO for approval:
Monthly progress report, including the periodic update and progress of planned activities, achievement and the work plan, shall be submitted to the Head of ED/EO at the end of each month.
UN resource mobilisation opportunity mapping update on quarterly basis.
In line with UNESCO’s overall gender mainstreaming strategy, the Individual Specialist is expected to integrate a gender perspective in all activities and apply gender analysis and mainstreaming concepts whenever feasible.
The individual specialist will work within the UNESCO Bangkok office.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in any area of UNESCO’s competencies, international relations, or other related fields.
Minimum 5 years of professional experience in coordination, planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of development projects and/or programmes, of which 2 years acquired at international level.
Familiarity with the UN Development System, strategies, and planning processes.
Familiarity with UNESCO’s programmes, structure and priorities.
Excellent analytical skills.
Proven coordination, planning and organization skills with the ability to establish and follow plans and priorities.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven ability to prepare and draft high-quality documents and reports intended for internal and/or external dissemination.
Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish good working relationships with internal and external partners.
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.
At least two years experience in field office operations in the UN context.
Good geopolitical knowledge of the region and sound analytic capacities.
Good understanding of the 2030 Agenda and UNSDG reform.
Interested candidates should click on "Apply Now", and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document). Before uploading the document, at the end of the Word document, please insert extra pages with the following required information:
A cover letter indicating how your qualification and experience make you suitable for the assignment
A brief proposal (1-2 pages) discussing the approach/methodology to undertake the assignment
The proposed fee to undertake the assignment. Any travel and subsistence requirements should be indicated separately.
UNESCO Employment History Form providing details of educational qualifications, work experience, including prior experience of similar work.
Only applications providing the information requested in the application procedure will be considered.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.
The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.
UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.
UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.
UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.
Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1673447366105