Regional Specialist

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 08

Position description

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Senior Regional Advisor, the Regional Specialist is responsible for substantively supporting the effective management of the Bureau and implementation of programmes in the region within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned. The Regional Specialist analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, as well as provides policy advisory services. S/he interacts closely with the Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH), relevant units in HQ and COs in the region to ensure timely and coherent support to the demands and needs of the region vis a vis inter-governmental bodies, donors and other key stakeholders. S/he participates with RBEC senior management in initiating engagement with new partners and nurturing relationships with existing ones and advocates for the region’s development priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Development of programme priorities and strategies
  • Regional Monitoring and Oversight Support
  • Strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy  
  • Provision of top quality policy advisory services to Governments and facilitation of knowledge building and management
  • M&E in line with the corporate requirements within RBEC

1. Support the development of programme priorities and strategies as follows:

  • Provision of analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the region and preparation of substantive inputs to relevant documents;
  • Support in identification of areas for support and interventions for regional and sub-regional programmes 
  • Co-ordinate the preparation of reports for submission to senior management and governing bodies on programme performance ensuring quality and accuracy of comprehensive data, clear assessment of impact and alignment with development goals and results-based performance. 

2. Regional Monitoring and Oversight Support 

  • Provides support to the Senior Regional Advisor to enable the smooth functioning of the Bureau and ensure timely delivery of agreed outputs in adherence to corporate policies, procedures and accountability frameworks;
  • Promote, support and facilitate RBEC wide synergies, teamwork and collaboration by among other things, ensuring effective coordination and information-sharing with the RH/Istanbul, HQ/NY, and the COs, facilitating coherence and cross-fertilization between programme activities and special corporate support initiatives, and by strengthening overall staff awareness of, and contribution to, related corporate discussions and decisions; 
  • In line with the UNDP strategic plan, provides technical and strategic support for the implementation of the RBEC vision, and strategy at the regional and country levels, including actions aimed at sustainability, program relevance, partnership development and coordination of corporate change processes and projects;
  • Contributes to the development of Bureau positions on CO and sub-regional portfolios, based on analysis, forecasting and consultations and sharing knowledge with the Senior Regional Advisor and Country Liaison Team;
  • Analyze overall programme implementation performance at the aggregate level and advise the Senior Regional Advisor on possible opportunities, risks and/or changes;
  • Support results-based monitoring of regional and sub-regional portfolios, in close collaboration with the Regional Programme and Country Office Liaison and Support Teams by among other things, working with the Teams to analyze and report on regional results, including by synthesizing RBM performance.

3. Supports the creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the corporate resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with the Regional Hub and COs:

  • Support the Senior Regional Advisor in partnership building and resource mobilization efforts through analysis and by providing inputs to and consolidating contributions of COs for the development of proposals and the conceptualization of the Bureau’s partnership and resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with BERA both in HQ and through Partnerships and Communications Teams in the Regional Hub; 
  • Contribute to UNDP-led crisis and recovery-related resource mobilization efforts in close coordination with relevant Bureau and Corporate units by monitoring data on country programmes, project performance, evolving needs and possible opportunities;
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings to better harmonize and inform the development and monitoring of joint initiatives and programmes based on thorough understanding and review of COs programmes and strategies.
  • Collaborate and interact with UN system partners to promote effective coordination of development activities, exchange views and ideas and assess trends and development needs as per evaluation of the region’s overall programmatic performance;
  • Identifies and pursues opportunities for resource mobilization; builds and maintains contacts with New-York based donor representatives; ensures early finalization of MOUs and Donor Agreements; liaises with Treasury on actual receipt of funds from donors. In line with the corporate communication and information strategy, contributes to and supports the implementation of the Bureau strategy by among other things, proposing adaptations to evolving country and (sub) regional conditions, fostering relationships with media and the public, and ensuring that the donor funded programs are sufficiently highlighted at all levels;
  • Serve as the UNDP’s Executive Board Secretariat RBEC focal point to ensure that regional perspectives and priorities, are included as appropriate in the overall EB agendas  and policy and strategy setting,  including by liaising with member states on behalf of the EB secretariat, supporting the preparation of   side-events with member states,  and through the regular development of substantive inputs to enable successful outcomes of meetings, events and sessions.

4.Supports the provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management as follows:

  • Identification of sources of analysis and information related to policy issues of relevance to the region and RBEC programs.  Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to policy goals of the countries in the region;
  • Support the development of policies and institutions that will address regional problems and needs in collaboration with the Governments and other strategic partners;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

5. Supports M&E efforts in line with the corporate requirements within RBEC:

  • With the support of colleagues in the Istanbul Regional Hub, as well as the Operations Specialist, assumes responsibility for Bureau wide planning and reporting exercise, with a focus on the quality assurance of planning/reporting contents;
  • With IWP, in collaboration with Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH), the incumbent 1) ensures that Bureau strategic priorities are formulated and resourced, incorporating lessons learned, and inclusive of clearly articulated corporate risks, and 2) In cooperation with Country Support colleagues, provide advice on the quality of inputs to CO submissions to ensure accuracy and consistency;
  • In cooperation with IRH and Country Support colleagues, ensure the quality of ROAR reporting in line with corporate standards, provide advice on the quality of inputs to CO submissions to ensure accuracy and consistency;
  • Participates in corporate task forces on various programmatic and RBM related matters and, as needed, provide advice to the management on the subject matter;
  • Support monitoring, evaluation and RBM standards, quality assurance/ control and capacity development in close collaboration with colleagues in IRH. 



  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work


  • Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement


Development Planning

  • Knowledge of development planning processes at macro and sectoral levels and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Results-based Management

  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Knowledge of methodologies, tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations

Risk Assessment / Management

  • Knowledge of risk assessment methodologies and abilty to determine degree of risk and apply to strategic and/or practical situation 
  • Ability to identify and prioritize risks, and organize action around mitigating them

Results-based Management

  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Quality Assurance

  • Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to insure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled

Project Management

  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Data Measurement

  • Ability to set goals and indicators and to interpret and synthesize results into usable information to inform policy, strategy, and/or action

Brief & Speech Writing

  • Ability to prepare quality briefs and/or speeches

Research (General)

  • Knowledge of various programme information for research to provide recommendation and guidance to management

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in International Relations, Economics, Political Science or other related social sciences.


  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in development, economics or other related field of work. For applicants in possession of only a first level university degree, a minimum of seven years of relevant work experience are required.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in Russian is highly desirable.  


  • Exposure to and knowledge of the RBEC region 
  • Non-Smoking environment 

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