Job Vacancies United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Position: Director, Division For Resource Mobilization (DRM)
Location: New York, United States Of America
Closing Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2011
The Partnerships Bureau (PB) is responsible for UNDP’s External relations and Communications functions. The Bureau leads and supports the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners, that includes programme countries, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economic powers, multilateral institutions such as the IFIs, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, various inter-governmental bodies, as well as the global, regional and national media. The Bureau also leads and manages the organization’s relationship with its Executive Board that is responsible for UNDP’s governance. To all these ends the Bureau leads in the development and advancement of relevant strategies that includes an internal and external consultative process and vetting.
The Division for Resources Mobilization (DRM) in PB is the primary UNDP Headquarters unit responsible for the relationship between UNDP and its governmental donors. DRM acts as a facilitator and catalyst of partnership strategies with UNDP’s donors and actively supports resource mobilization for UNDP’s work. The DRM:
* Serves as lead unit in support of the Administrator and Senior Management in the overall corporate effort to mobilize and sustain growth in the core funding base of UNDP, through targeted corporate-wide strategies with all existing and potential donor countries and sustained corporate relationships with bilateral donors and the EC;
* Builds and reinforces potential for synergistic linkages with other partners under the evolving External Relations Strategy and Integrated Resource Mobilization Strategy;
* Provides strategic, policy and operational support to the Bureaux and Country Offices in their resource mobilization efforts (training, information, advice) from bilateral donors and the European Commission;
* Facilitates the functioning of the donor partnership element of the network of Representative Offices in North America, Europe and Japan through their systematic involvement in all of the above.
Impact of Results
The role of the DRM Director is strategically important in UNDP’s positioning vis-à-vis its major government donors and ensuring the core resource base for UNDP operation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Administrator/PB Director, the Director of DRM is responsible for leading a team to support corporate efforts to mobilize voluntary contributions from member governments to UNDP’s core resources and to provide policy and operational support to UNDP programme and country offices on the mobilization of non-core resources. As such, the Director of DRM has overall responsibility for the management of UNDP’s relations with donors, with respect to core and non-core resources. He/she works closely with UNDP senior management on the implementation of UNDP’s integrated resource mobilization strategy and works in close relation with other UNDP units for partnership-building and resource mobilization with other constituencies.
As the key corporate focal point for RM, the Director (with DRM) provides leadership for the:
Implementation of UNDP corporate, integrated resource mobilization strategy (Time allocation: 60%):
* Oversees the implementation of UNDP’s corporate, integrated RM strategy, in line with relevant Executive Board legislation and the agenda for organizational change of UNDP. In this context, contributes to, and leads in some cases, the development of corporate policies and positions on issues relevant to donor relations and concerns that influence positively the case for increased resources to UNDP;
* Provides strategic advice and support to top management (Administrator; Associate Administrator, PB Director) on optimal corporate strategies and policies for core and non-core resource mobilization. This includes overseeing the development of strategies for donors based on country-specific ODA trends, political and economic developments, aid policies, budget allocations, commitment to multilateralism and perception of UNDP with a view to better positioning UNDP for increased core and non-core contributions;
* Represents UNDP in a number of intergovernmental as well as inter-agency forums on funding issues (UNDG, reports of the Secretary-General on Funding, etc);
* Helps identify opportunities for non-core resource mobilization, and works across UNDP to secure the necessary product development, packaging and marketing of the same;
* For internal financial management purposes, provides realistic forecasts of expected voluntary contributions in both aggregate form and per donor for current year and future years as possible;
* Participates in various corporate policy forums (representing RM-related concerns) as well as in various regional and sub-regional RR/RC and cluster meetings;
* Oversees the development of UNDP’s overall corporate relationships with its do-nors, both in capitals and Permanent Missions, including organizing Annual Consultations with UNDP’s donors as required.
Provision of policy and operational support for Non-Core RM (20%):
* Oversees DRM’s provision of support and advice to country offices, regional bureaux and substantive units of Headquarters including donor intelligence, training, support on policy, tools and procedures, and contributing to a community of best practices, thereby promoting a learning culture with regard to resource mobilization;
* Provides guidance and oversees DRM’s efforts to assist HQ units and country offices in their negotiations with donors, particularly bilateral donors and the EC through the provision of information, advisory services and operational support. Works with the relevant units to highlight the importance of compliance with donor agreements to improve UNDP’s performance on reporting;
* Contributes to, and leads in some cases, the development of corporate policies and procedures, and the stimulation of corporate-wide actions that improve non-core resource mobilization efficiency and enhance UNDP’s performance and build a resource mobilization culture.
Management of UNDP network for results-oriented RM (20%):
* Helps facilitate the development of strategic donor outreach capacity through the network of UNDP Representative Offices (on donor relationship issues, RO Directors report to PB Director through the Director of DRM);
* Helps build and reinforce synergistic linkages across UNDP’s main bureau and with the country office network as well as with other external resources partners, notably the Private Sector, Foundations and innovative financing mechanisms;
* Provides overall management for DRM as a whole and specific supervision for the Deputy Directors, any out-posted DRM staff and for Programme Associates;
* Actively participates as member of the PB Management Team.
* Demonstrated management skills with ability and willingness to lead and motivate a dynamic team;
* Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain excellent relationships with key partners;
* Proven negotiating, representational and diplomatic skills;
* Demonstrated ability to represent UNDP and interface effectively with senior government representatives, senior officials of the UN system and at ambassadorial and ministerial levels;
* Strong communications and advocacy skills;
* Knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s programmatic and UN development coordination activities; and
* Proven ability to promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced University Degree in Development Studies, Economics, Public affairs or a related field.
A minimum of 15 years of experience in the development field including progressively responsible experience working at the international and national level, ideally with UNDP and with exposure to resource mobilization.
Excellent written and oral knowledge of English and at least one of the two other UN working languages is highly desirable.
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.
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