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- BY Nicole Pelette
UNDP is the UN Development Programme and works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they help shape global sustainable development for the next 15 years.
As part of the implementation of People for 2030, UNDP’s recently launched new people strategy, the UNDP Office of Human Resources intends to launch a New Professional for Development (NPD) Programme as a pilot programme in 2020-2022, to increase entry-level opportunities for graduates and build a talent pipeline for next generation of UNDP practitioners.
It is envisaged that the NPD Programme will be a UNDP funded entry-level programme complementing externally funded entry-level programmes such as the UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme and the UNDP Specialist for Development (SDP) Programme. The Programme will build on the experience from similar entry-level programmes, such as the LEAD Programme, previously implemented by UNDP.
The Programme will offer an opportunity for UNDP to gain the skills/fresh ideas and innovation from young graduates to design innovative solutions to deliver on the Agenda 2030. In addition, participants in the Programme will contribute to enhanced talent outreach and employer brand of UNDP, as well as constitute a pool of workforce sourcing for the next generation UNDP.
The objective will be to build capacity and knowledge in areas where there is an envisaged future need with a specific focus on UNDP’s integrator role and innovation. Specific focus areas will be identified based on an analysis of future talent needs.
Scope of Work
The UNDP Office of Human Resources (OHR) is looking for an experienced international consultant to provide support to the development and design of the New Professionals for Development (NPD) Programme.
The consultant will be informed and inspired by UNDP’s previous and current experience with entry-level programmes, as well as best practices from international organizations and private sector. The consultant will undertake consultations with key internal stakeholders in UNDP in order to determine the strategic focus of the Programme in line with the UNDP Strategic Plan for 2018 – 2021 and UNDPs role in supporting SDG acceleration and implementation. The consultant will ensure that the design of the Programme will be coordinated and integrated with other on-going projects of UNDP, including among others development of a new competency framework, talent capability mapping and succession planning.
Specifically, the consultant will deliver the following outputs:
The consultancy will be home based with regular virtual meetings.The consultant is expected to undertake one inception visit to Copenhagen to meet with the UNDP OHR team based in Copenhagen, and to organize virtual meetings with relevant UNDP managers and experts in New York. A mission to UNDP in New York may potentially be envisaged to collect input from and consult with key internal stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
Deliverables and Duties: The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables/activities:
A comprehensive proposal and project document for an NPD Programme
Talent acquisition strategy for NPD Programme
Based on the UNDP Employer Value Proposition and Recruitment Marketing Strategy, design an outreach strategy, including:
Identify priorities for talent groups which should specifically be targeted, based on UNDP’s workforce needs, and taking into account geographical balance, gender diversity and other criteria.
Learning and Development component
Timeframe: The above activities are expected to be delivered between January and April 2020.
The consultant will work under the overall leadership of the UNDP Director of the Office of Human Resources (OHR) and will report directly to and be guided by the Manager of the UNDP JPO Service Center. The consultant will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The consultant will liaise with respective external and internal stakeholders as necessary for consultations and collection of input/information.
Competencies and Qualifications
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, or other relevant area.
Language: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English