UN SDG Action Campaign Deputy and Service Centre Head of Office

Agency UNDP
Title UN SDG Action Campaign Deputy and Service Centre Head of Office
Job ID 10809
Practice Area – Job Family Poverty Reduction – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Vacancy End Date 14/07/2017  (Midnight New York, USA)
Duty Station Bonn, Germany
Education & Work Experience I-Master’s Level Degree – 10 year(s) experience
Languages English
Grade P5
Vacancy Type FTA International
Posting Type External
Bureau Development Policy
Contract Duration 1 Year with possibility for extension


The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts. The Strategic Policy and Global Positioning (SPGP) Unit within BPPS has two primary focus:

  • Lead UNDP’s policy research agenda, policy incubation, provide forward-looking analysis, identify emerging development trends in multiple contexts (including crisis contexts) and collaborate with academia and think tanks to advance UNDP’s contribution to global policy debates and the implementation of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.
  • Collaborate and engage with key external partners, as appropriate, such as the UN Secretariat, key UN Agencies, IFIs, EU, New Deal, G20, the OECD, and humanitarian actors to advance UNDP’s positioning in key global development processes and fora.

In September 2015, the new Sustainable Development Agenda was adopted by Member States, thus becoming the successor of the MDG Agenda. The new set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals consists of “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity” for the next 15 year to come.

As natural continuation, after the adoption of new Agenda, the formerly UNMC (United Nations Millennium Campaign) was extended as a special initiative of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon mandated to support peoples’ participation in SDG implementation. The now called UN SDG Action Campaign works to build new multi-stakeholder partnerships to ensure a transparent dialogue between decision makers and their constituencies, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable populations. It works to leverage cutting-edge communication technologies, to show the human story behind development challenges and create deeper empathy and understanding between decision-makers and their people. Finally it uses data, technology and innovation to empower people with the knowledge and tools to become actively involved in supporting their governments with SDG implementation and to continue to involve as many people as possible in the decision making process.

Responding to requests from Member States for coordinated support from the UN development system in implementing the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), under its Sustainable Development Working Group, elaborated a common approach for effective and coherent implementation support, under the acronym ‘MAPS” (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support). As part of MAPS, the UN SDG Action Campaign has started last year to develop its own strategy for popularizing the goals, including the setup of a new Service Centre in Bonn, Germany, to centralize the services provided and support partners in the implementation of initiatives to be adapted to local contexts.

The UN SDG Action Campaign Deputy and Service Center Head of Office covers a broad range of issues ranging from programme formulation to delivery, oversight of UN SDG Action Campaign operations, and represents the Campaign acting as the Director, when requested. As Deputy the incumbent leads strategic planning for the overall Campaign and in particular for the Service Center Office operations, setting of management targets, and monitors timely implementation of activities as included in work plans and strategies. As Head of Office, is responsible for the overall guidance and management of Service Center and the team working in it, and is responsible for strategic planning, programme formulation and adequate answer to new emerging challenges and unpredicted scenarios.

The Deputy and Head Officer support the UN SDG Action Campaign Director is responsible for the supervision and guidance to the Campaign staff and consultants reporting to Bonn, ensuring cross-unit cooperation and coordination.

She/he reports to the UN SDG Action Campaign Director and is placed in Bonn, Germany.

Duties and Responsibilities
Strategic leadership and representation:

  • Under overall supervision and guidance of the Campaign Director, the Deputy and Head of Office is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Service Center’s activities from programme design through implementation including;
  • Represents UN SDG Action Campaign through the Bonn office and promotes thematic and sectoral synergies and coordination among programme activities and execution;
  • Advises the Director on Service Centre programme development and delivery, identifies approaches and modalities to achieve development targets;
  • Promotes knowledge management to ensure access to best available expertise and facilitate organizational learning.

Strategic management and operations:

Within the framework of the Service Centre and agreed management targets, the Deputy and Head of Office is responsible for the management of UN SDG Action Campaign programme and operations:

  • Office management: she/he manages the Campaign’s commitments within MAPS Results Matrix, ensures effective application of RBM tools, and monitors achievement of results, management scorecard targets and other benchmarks;
  • Financial management: she/he has senior manager rights in Atlas and ensures the integrity of financial systems, review of budget requirements and the consistent application or rules and regulations;
  • Human Resources management: in consultation with the Director, the Deputy and Head of Office is responsible for recruitment, performance and career management and supervision of all UN SDG Action Campaign staff working in Bonn and consultants reporting to the office to motivate and promote organizational excellence;
  • Routinely monitors financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions, and investigates anomalies or unusual transactions. Informs supervisors and other UNDP staff at Headquarters of the results of the investigation when satisfactory answers are not obtained.

Partnerships building and resource mobilization:

Under the overall guidance and leadership of the Director, the Deputy and Head of Office supports partnership building and resource mobilization for UN SDG Action Campaign:

  • Supports overall resource mobilization of the Campaign with a focus on Service Center Plan;
  • Advocates for the Campaign with government counterparts, donor community, international financial institutions and the UN;
  • Represents UN SDG Action Campaign in the international fora as requested by the Director

Corporate Competencies:


  • 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.

Technical/Functional competencies:

Knowledge Management:

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.

Knowledge of multi stakeholders networks working on SDG

  • Knowledge working with parliamentarians, local governments, civil society organizations, academia and privet sector.

Campaign and advocacy:

  • Both on line and offline knowledge and experience for development and management of the initiative with strong partnership capabilities.

Policy Impact:

  • Knowledge of UN’s architecture and SDGs’ reporting system at the national, regional and global level and ability to align networks with requested quality and content demanded.


Fundraising / grant writing;

  • Proactive ability to look for privet and public donor and subsequent formalization of agreements though grant writing and monitoringCommunication skills and knowledge of communications and advocacy sector:
  • Knowledge of sector and the ability celebrate mutually beneficial partnerships.Behavioral Competences:
  • Very strong inter-personal skills and ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of actors: government officials, donor representatives and CSOs/NGOs.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in international development, public administration, business administration, public policy or other relevant social sciences.


  • 10 years of relevant experience in development in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization in a multi-cultural setting;
  • 7 or more years of senior-level management responsibilities of similar size and complexity;
  • Project management experience, including managing knowledge networks and/or advocacy campaigns using digital platforms, is desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Competency in French or Spanish an asset.


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