Org. Setting and Reporting
In its resolution 72 / 279 of 31 May 2018, the General Assembly created a dedicated, impartial empowered and sustainable development-focused coordination function for the United Nations development system, drawing on the expertise and assets of all United Nations development system entities, including specialized and non-resident agencies.
The Resident Coordinator system ensures the coordination of all organizations of the United Nations dealing with operational activities for development at the country level, regardless of the nature of their presence in the country.
It encompasses the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Country Team and Resident Coordinator’s Office and is served by the UN Development Coordination Office.
In line with this General Assembly mandate, the Resident Coordinator (RC) is the highest ranking representative of the United Nations development system (UNDS) at the country level, with the responsibility to lead United Nations country teams, and ensure system-wide accountability on the ground including through a matrixed dual reporting model - for the United Nations Cooperation Framework and coordinating UN support to countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
She / he brings to the role an appreciation of the breadth of assets of the United Nations in the service of sustaining peace.
The Resident Coordinator is the designated representative of and reports to the Secretary- General. The Resident Coordinator also reports annually to the host Government on the system-wide implementation of the UNDAF.
The Resident Coordinator system is focused on the advancement of sustainable development, leaving no one behind, and with the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions as an overarching objective, consistent with the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In performing her / his functions, the Resident Coordinator is guided by the respective UNDAF and international frameworks, norms and standards agreed amongst the Member States of the United Nations.
shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; where necessary, is prepared to not accept the status quo and show the courage to take an unpopular stand.
demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
Master’s degree or equivalent post graduate qualification in development studies, international relations, political science, economics, social sciences, human rights, law or closely related fields (for otherwise suitably qualified candidates, a first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced post graduate university degree).
Minimum 15 years of substantive experience and results in leadership roles at the international level (including five years of cumulative experience in development, human rights, rule of law peace-building or humanitarian work at country level outside of one’s own country).
Previous RC experience is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required.
Fluency in Spanish is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of the applications and / or competency-based interview.
Eligibility for this position is limited to candidates who are members of the Resident Coordinator Pool.
Only RC Pool members who have been formally nominated by their parent UN entity (if they are UN staff members) will be eligible for further consideration.
The appointment against this position is limited to the Resident Coordinator System in this specific duty station.
Secretariat staff members selected for this position in the United Nations Development Coordination Office will retain their current contractual status and their right to return to their current office.
Staff members from other United Nations entities, if selected, will serve on Secondment according to the Inter-Organization Agreement concerning Transfer, Secondment or Loan of UNCS staff for the duration of their assignment as Resident Coordinator, after which they will retain the right to return to their parent organization.
Resident Coordinators are normally expected to only apply for other RC positions when they are in their final 12 months of service in their actual duty station.
However, due the exceptional circumstances during this transitional period, applications from current Resident Coordinators in their final 18 months of service in their actual duty station, from the date of the launch of these vacancies, will be exceptionally considered.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.
The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.
The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.
Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.
The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.
Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.
No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.