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UNDP - Technical Co-operation Analyst (Open only to nationals of Guyana)

Vacancy End Date - 07/12/2018

Duty Station - Georgetown (GUY), Guyana

Education & Work Experience - G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience, I-Master's Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Languages Required/Desired -  English

Grade - SB4

Vacancy Type - Service Contract (SC)

Posting Type - External

Bureau - Latin America & the Caribbean

Contract Duration - One year (renewable)

Open only to nationals of Guyana

Background
 
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) in collaboration with the UNDP Caribbean network of offices – Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Barbados and the OECS undertook the formulation of a first Caribbean-wide Human Development Report (CHDR) on Citizens’ Security. Using Global UNDP HDR processes, analysis and methodologies, the Caribbean HDR reviewed crime and security in the Caribbean with data analysis and information from a human development perspective. The report defines short and medium term policy recommendations based on the social aspects of security which impact on citizen safety, youth violence, education, unemployment and inequality, inclusive economic growth, migration, and drug use and alcohol abuse.  One of the primary recommendations from the report is the urgent need for the region to shift from traditional concepts of state security to a broader multidimensional concept that focuses on citizen security and safety and wellbeing of Caribbean citizens.   
 
While the CHDR victimization survey points to high levels of fear of violent crime amongst citizens and the failing of existing policies and approaches, stimulating robust public discourse on the topic presented a challenge. Given the region’s dependency on tourism as its main foreign exchange earner, enlisting the full and unconditional support of regional parliamentarians on the matter of facilitating rigorous public debate is critical. Reliable crime statistics are critical for measuring changes in crime levels, monitoring of national and regional responses, developing and evaluating effectiveness of citizen security policies, supporting the analysis and understanding of national and regional crime trends. Collection and organization of data into a statistical form is required to produce valuable information for use in decision-making and to allow for comparison of crime statistics across time and between countries. Lack of reliable and comparable national, sub-regional and regional statistics makes it difficult to fully comprehend the impact of crime and violence, and to inform the citizen security policies and strategies needed to effectively respond to these challenges.
 
An assessment of youth, insecurity and juvenile justice systems, conducted by USAID/ESC in the Caribbean point at the lack of standardized data on crime and violence and their drivers. Raw data is available in different forms and at different stages of the criminal justice process due to the diversity of entities that generate security statistics, the absence of clear guidelines, and weak inter-institutional coordination and information sharing.
National consultations and assessments conducted by UNDP in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean point at four interrelated key problems: 1. Deficient evidence-based citizen security policies due to 2. Lack of reliable and comparable national and regional statistics, 3. Weak coordination at national, sub-regional and regional levels, and, 4. Weak institutional and CSO capacities. 4) The importance of up-to-date data inform prevention programme design, monitoring and evaluation.  
The data gaps resulting from these challenges are further aggravated by different definitions of security concepts, non-standardized indicators and inconsistent use of information; dispersion of information and a multiplicity of information sources; sporadic initiatives in the area of information management; lack of unified technical criteria and permanent technical capacities within the national and regional institutions; absence or lack of understanding of a preventive focus in information management; low citizen participation in discussions on citizen security; and absence of mechanisms and capacities to mainstream gender into the analysis and management of citizen security related information and public policies.
Based on this, UNDP seeks to work with countries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago to improve institutional capacity for evidenced based decision making on youth crime and violence policy making and programming.  The focus of this project will be in improving data collection, analysis and use of data for decision making on youth crime policy making and programming.  The project intents to achieve two components: 1) improving the quality, comparability and reliability of data and information and youth crime and violence; 2) and regional collaboration and networking on youth crime and violence strengthened. These components will be achieved by improving regional and national institutional capacity to collect, monitor, and analyse citizen security and apply it to decision-making and policy formulation at both levels. 
UNDP is seeking to engage a Technical Officer with a background in citizen security who will work closely with various national stakeholders to build their capacity for data collection on crime, violence, victimization and related citizen security data and indicators for analysis and use in decision making to reduce youth crime and violence. 
The Technical Officer will work under the direct supervision of the CARISECURE Deputy Team Leader based in the Regional Coordination Unit in Barbados, and the Programme Analyst – Governance in UNDP Guyana.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
 
Summary of Key Functions:
 
  • Technical and Programme Support
  • Research, Policy Development and Analysis Support
  • Knowledge Building and Management
  • Partnership Building 
 
Technical and Programme Support 
  • Support the formulation of an implementation plan and schedule for the project outputs that focuses on “improving the quality, comparability, reliability and timeliness of citizen security data to inform youth crime and violence policy making and programming in Guyana;
  • Works in collaboration with the Regional Coordination Unit to assess national crime data systems and institutional capacity to collect and generate disaggregated citizen security indicators; 
  • Provide technical support to the generation of data to inform various analyses to inform citizen security policy making and programming;
  • Support national rollout and adoption of national and regional standards for collection of citizen security indicators in line with International Classification of Crime for statistical purposes;
  • Supports the organization of training workshops on data collection, analysis and visualization methodologies for key staff in beneficiary institutions; 
  • Advises the project team of local considerations and realities for proper and effective implementation of activities under the project, as well as on ways to strengthen partnerships with beneficiary institutions; 
  • Participates in or leads in country missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, project staff, drafting mission summaries; 
  • Ensures availability of indicators to be reported by national and regional institutions to inform policy and decision making;
  • Prepares monthly reports on the statistical capacity building components of the project. 
 
Research, Policy Development and Analysis Support
  • Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources related to citizen security; prepares various knowledge products, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, concept notes, inputs to publications, etc; 
  • Provides ongoing technical assistance to the Operational and High Level Policy Advisory Committees of the national crime observatory to collect and analyze citizen security data to inform decision making;
  • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings and conferences, training workshops, seminars, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents, creating and delivers presentations, etc.; 
  • Provides advisory services to the government, civil society organization and other key stakeholders on statistical analysis tools and methodologies; and
  • Supports the production of national reports and analysis of citizen security indicators at the national and regional levels.
 
Knowledge Building and Management:
  • Supports capacity and knowledge building of national counterparts through mentorship and coaching, knowledge sharing workshops, publications and organization of study tours;
  • Creates a culture of knowledge sharing and learning in the project;
  • Promotes the substantive quality of all knowledge products, reports and services, and ensures effective integration and compatibility with other practice areas;
  • Contributes to the production of reports and publications, and serves as peer reviewer;
  • Assesses policy development and institutions that will address the regional and national problems on information management; and
  • Maps and identifies focal points organizations to generate information.  
 
Partnership Building 
  • Represents and promotes UNDP’s value added in technical meetings and networks in the area of citizen security;
  • Maps and develops country-based intelligence on a consistent basis, citizen security issues, strategic opportunities and prepares development bulletins for consideration by UNDP-USAID and other key stakeholder; and 
  • Networks and builds credible working relations with Government, UN and donor partners. 
 
 
Competencies
 
Corporate Competencies: 
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards, as well as tact and diplomacy.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
Functional Competencies:
 
Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning amongst colleagues and clients.
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example.
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP.
Leadership and Management:
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and deliver reports.
  • Works towards client satisfaction.
  • Strong ability to manage teams by fostering an engaging environment, and by mentoring and developing staff.
  • Proven track record of delivering results under tight deadlines.
  • Client-oriented way of managing
  • Ability to function at both an advisory and project implementation level. 
  • Ability to work independently, manage competing priorities and perform well under pressure.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills to effectively liaise with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with a proficiency in English
 
 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Mathematics or Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with emphasis on Research Methods or Econometrics with 5 years of relevant experience; and/ OR
  • Postgraduate diploma in Development Studies, Master’s degree in Public Health or Social Sciences with emphasis on Research Methods or Econometrics with 2 years of relevant work experience.
 
Work Experience:
  • Demonstrable experience in engaging national interlocutors on citizen security and youth crime and violence prevention issues and related public policy matters; 
  • Experience in results-based management, project monitoring, reporting and evaluation and capacity building of institutions at national and regional levels in citizen security would be a distinct asset; 
  • Demonstrable experience of liaising with donors, such as USAID, DFID, European Commission, and/or other major bilateral/multilateral donors, trusts and foundations is highly desirable; 
  • Previous experience in working with UNDP and/or UN Agency, governments, donors, non-governmental organisations and international development organisations is a strong asset.
 
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required;
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset. 
 
 
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