As the designated Representative of the UN Secretary-General and team leader of the UN Country Team (UNCT), the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), in consultation with the UNCT, assumes overall responsibility for, and coordination of, the development activities carried out by the UN at country level. The work of the UNCT is guided by the UN Common Country Strategic Framework (UNCCSF) 2017-2021, which provides substantive and technical assistance to the Government in its efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the objectives and priorities of the Saudi Vision 2030, and the National Transformation Program (NTP2020).
Under the guidance of the RC, the Senior Coordination Advisor will lead efforts to strengthen the strategic capacity of the UNCT and provide support to the RC in coordinating support to national priorities, in line with the SDGs, the Saudi Vision 2030, and the NTP 2020. The Senior Coordination Advisor will be responsible for undertaking analysis of political, social and economic trends, facilitating common country programming, leading the development UNCT programming products including UNCT work plans and reports, providing assistance to development and implementation of joint programmes, and facilitating the engagement of non-resident agencies in the work of the UNCT.
S/he will report to the RC, and will oversee the functioning of the RCO, including the supervision of RCO staff. S/he will lead the coordination of activities, setting priorities, and ensuring follow-up and feedback; and identifying and recommending proposals and actions for enhancing coordination in line with UN reform objectives, the simplification and harmonization of procedures and, as appropriate, initiating actions for implementation. S/he will assist the RC in building partnership with the government and partners to successfully position UN system, and will be responsible for ensuring appropriate policy, administrative and financial liaison with the Development Coordination Office.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator the Senior Coordination Advisor will support the following substantive processes:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, development planning, 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.
Years of experience:
A minimum of fifteen years progressively responsible experience in strategic planning, sustainable development policy, project/programme management, resource mobilization or advocacy in the context of development coordination. Minimum two years experience of the UN RC system in an RCO is critical. Knowledge of the subregion is an advantage.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English is required. Arabic desirable.
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.