Resident Coordinator at The United Nations

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September 7, 2021 0 Comments

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Job Title: Resident Coordinator

Job Opening Number: 21-Sustainable Development-RCS-161111-D-Abuja (X)
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: D2
Categories: Resident Coordinator System


  • Represents the United Nations at the highest-levels of state and together with the relevant agency representative(s) fosters engagement with Government, civil society, bilateral and multilateral partners, academia and private sector to enable the UN development system to address national needs, priorities and sustainable development challenges to advance the 2030 Agenda and to advocate for action and acceleration on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Ensures, as leader of the UN country team, the coordination of operational activities for development of the United Nations and system-wide response on the ground in support of countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Promotes and advocates for the fundamental values, standards and principles of the UN Charter, including respect for and protection of human rights and gender equality and advocacy on the SDG commitment to leave no one behind in achieving the sustainable development goals, and reaching the furthest behind first;
  • Together with the UN development system entities, engages, convenes and forges strategic partnerships at the national and sub-national level with diverse entities including with civil society, trade unions and employers’ organizations, networks of young people, the private sector, parliamentarians, academia, media and think tanks, and the broader development community, around UN’s collective support to the 2030 Agenda;
  • Advances, with Government and the UN Country Team and relevant regional entities, regional knowledge-sharing and collaboration, south-south and triangular exchanges, multi-country and transboundary initiatives in pursuit of greater system-wide results and impact on the implementation of Agenda 2030 in country;
  • Identifies, and leverages expertise and assets from across the UN development system, resident or non-resident, to improve shared results, addressing gaps in SDG coverage, effectively utilizing the mandates, capacities, comparative and collaborative advantages within the UN system to do so and ensures alignment of UN development efforts with national development needs and priorities, to foster coherence and impact, and to reduce overlaps, duplication and fragmentation;
  • Leads the UN country team in the development, monitoring and reporting on the UNDAF, and enables the UN Country Team’s implementation of the UNDAF, in full consultation with Government, and through engagement with diverse partners;
  • Coordinates UN system-wide support to Government, taking a preventive approach and identifying and mitigating risks to the achievement of the SDGs and their benefit to all;
  • Supports, catalyzes and advocates for the work of UNCT member agencies, funds and programmes and supports Country Representatives in reaching their agency specific goals;
  • Coordinates UN entities’ contributions to context and trend analysis, including a high-quality Common Country Analysis, sharing key findings with the Government and keeping the Secretary-General informed, as appropriate;
  • Provides governance and oversight of system-wide country financing instruments. Pursues funding on behalf of the UN development system for joint UN efforts, system-wide plans and initiatives in support of the UNDAF and public and private financing for the implementation of Agenda 2030;
  • Leads continued engagement on and pursuance of the UN’s normative agenda, as per international and regional treaties, conventions and recommendations in support of national capacity development in normative and operational areas, in accordance with respective mandates and based on the UN’s comparative advantage, roles and responsibilities;
  • Promotes and nurtures staff learning and the implementation of staff rules and policies, including on prevention of sexual abuse and harassment, and gender parity;
  • Manages a matrixed dual reporting system with UN country team heads with respect to their contributions to the UNDAF objectives and the collective results of the UN development system towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda at the country level, in accordance with the Management and Accountability Framework;
  • Advances, with the UN Country Team, country-specific measures to promote UN common business operations, including common premises and back-offices, to enable joint work and generate greater efficiencies, synergies and coherence, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 71/243;
  • Fosters an enabling environment inside and outside the UN, aimed at facilitating collaboration, knowledge and data gathering, analysis and sharing practices to underpin a dynamic and forward-thinking UN contribution to the country, drawing on the global knowledge and expertise of the entire UN system to benefit the country’s access to sustainable development solutions;
  • Facilitates access to national, regional and global resources to advance new avenues and pathways to innovation around but not limited to financing and new technologies for sustainable development;
  • Leads and enhances, together with the UN Country Team, strategic communication that advances UN system efforts and collective results to promote the 2030 Agenda, including for national goals and priorities for sustainable development to generate positive public support and ownership;
  • When appointed as Designated Official, ensures effective coordination of country level security and is accountable to the Secretary-General, through the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, for the security of United Nations personnel and their eligible family members, UN premises and assets throughout the country, designated area or mission, and leads the inter-agency Security Management Team;
  • In contexts where international humanitarian assistance is required, and a separate Humanitarian Coordinator is not designated and when there is no lead agency, leads and coordinates the response efforts of United Nations and relevant humanitarian actors, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 46/182 and related resolutions, facilitating linkages between humanitarian and development programming for enhanced and sustainable impact
  • In conflict and post-conflict settings, facilitates the integration of the UN Country Team’s work with UN peacekeeping or political missions to fully contribute to building resilience, prevention, sustaining peace and transition planning and management
  • Manages and provides strategic guidance and oversight to the Resident Coordinators Office.


  • 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).

Work Experience:

  • Over 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 required. High-level coordination experience at the country or regional level may be considered in lieu of RC experience.


  • Professionalism:
    • Excellent knowledge of the UN development system operations and deep understanding of the conceptual and policy shift to the 2030 Agenda, policy integration, partnership development and of national planning processes and financing for sustainable development, resource mobilization as well as understanding of relevant United Nations normative frameworks
    • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns
    • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges
    • Remains calm in stressful situations.
    • Demonstrated track-record of leading a transformational agenda, shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results
  • Leadership:
    • Serves as a rodel that other people want to follow
    • Empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives
    • Drives for change and improvements; where necessary, is prepared to not accept the status quo and show the courage to take an unpopular stand. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of wor
    • Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
    • Establishes and mle moaintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
  • Building Trust:
    • Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients
    • Gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of the applications and/or competency-based interview.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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  • This position will be available in November 2021 unless the incumbent is reassigned before that date. Should the incumbent leave earlier, the selected candidate will be required to deploy within three (3) months of receipt of notification.
  • According to the ICSC classification, Abuja is currently classified as a C duty station, rated on a scale that assesses the difficulty of working and living conditions from A to E, with A being the least and E, the most difficult. The duration of assignment for C duty stations is of 4 years.
  • 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.
  • The current RC is also designated as Humanitarian Coordinator. The selected candidate may be designated as Humanitarian Coordinator by the Emergency Relief Coordinator.
  • Resident Coordinators can apply for posts if by the post’s indicated start date they have one year or less of service remaining in their current duty station.
  • The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


Application Deadline  30th September, 2021.

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