Coordination and Development Planning Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka
  • 40000 ZMK / Month
  • Applications have closed


The Development Coordination Regional Office for Africa (DCO-Africa) was established in July 2019 in Addis Ababa to mainly provide strategic support to 53 Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in Africa in the integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the African Union Vision – Agenda 2063. DCO-Africa provides day-to-day support to 53 Resident Coordinators and their offices in Africa. Its overall function is focused on overseeing and supporting coherent and effective delivery of operational activities for sustainable development by UN resident coordinators and UNCTs in Africa through integrated policy, programming and operational support. The functions of the Regional Office include providing strategic support to Resident Coordinators and United Nations country teams to ensure quality and timely support to Member States in Africa in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, SDGs and Agenda 2063; Providing strategic support to Resident Coordinators and United Nations country teams in the integrated implementation of the humanitarian, health and socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting countries to recover better and effectively implement the 2030 Agenda in the Decade of Action on SDGs; facilitating and overseeing support to RCs and UNCTs on UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework quality assurance, coordinated policy and operational support to UNCTs, among others.


This UNV assignment will contribute to achievement of results under the DCO strategic objectives on strengthened partnerships for integrated policy services to advance SDG solutions and ensure development financing, including in volatile contexts and strengthened leadership for joint action and shared results by all members of the UN development system at the country level. Specifically, the assignment will contribute to the outcome on ‘The RC system brings together global, regional and domestic assets to enable integrated, high-quality policy and programming SDG solutions’.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Head of Office, DCO Sub Regional Office for Southern Africa or mandated representative(s), the Coordination and Development Planning Specialist will:

  •  Support in quality review of roadmaps, common country analyses and cooperation framework to ensure alignment with the Cooperation Framework guidance.
  •  Support and facilitate the organization of trainings on Cooperation Framework Programming Principles in consultation with DCO, Resident Coordinators’ Offices and the Africa Peer Support Group.
    •  Facilitate organization of training/webinars on Cooperation Frameworks/Common Country Analyses and prepare workshop reports.
    •  Follow up with Resident Coordinator Offices on implementation of the Cooperation Framework roadmaps.
    •  Support the mainstreaming of the six SDG transitions in the Cooperation Frameworks to accelerate SDGs implementation
    •  Support the 16 RCs and RCO in the effective implementation of the exiting Cooperation Frameworks, documenting challenges and lessons learned.
    •  Support the coordination of the Africa Peer Support Group and RCO Partnership Officers/other networks.
    •  Support quality review of annual country reports submitted by UN Country Teams via Information Management System – IMS, UNINFO
    •  Liaise closely with DCO Regional Team to initiate analyses, research and contribute to position papers at the regional and sub regional levels.
    •  Support partnership building efforts including joint programmes at regional and sub regional levels. d7Bw3bO u3B6k
    •  Support the sub-office operations and administrative issues.
    •  Perform any other duties assigned.

    Eligibility criteria

    Age: 27 – 80


    Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


    Required experience

    3 years of experience in

    •  Professional work experience at the national and/or international level in programme management, coordination or other relevant programmes; experience with the UN is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organizations.
    •  Professional work experience and/or familiarity with the SADC region is an asset.
    •  Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills.
    •  Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing.
    •  Excellent interpersonal skills, culturally and socially sensitive, ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels, familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development.
    •  Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment, ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.
    •  Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet, familiarity with database management, and office technology equipment.
    •  Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision, ability to work with tight deadlines.
    •  Desirable – valid national driver’s license and proven ability to drive manual gear 4×4 over rough terrain.
    •  Sound security awareness.
    •  Have affinity with or interest in coordination and stakeholder engagement, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

    Area(s) of expertise

    Development programmes

    Driving license


    English, Level: Fluent, Desirable

    Required education level

    Master degree or equivalent in Master degree or equivalent in Advanced degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Economics, Business Administration, Development Studies, International Relations, Social Science, etc.; a first-level university degree or equivalent in combination with relevant training and/or professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

    Competencies and values

    Professionalism, Integrity, Teamwork and respect for diversity, Commitment to continuous learning, and Communication.

    Other information

    Living conditions and remarks

    Zambia is a land-linked country with a population estimated at 18 million. It is a resource-rich country with sparsely populated land in the centre of Southern Africa. It shares its border with eight countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe) that serve as an expanded market for its goods. Lusaka became the capital city of Zambia in May 1935. Lusaka’s central position in Zambia and its pleasant climate were two of the main reasons for its selection as the capital. It is a metropolis, which provides a home to about two and half million (3.3 M) inhabitants of different nationalities. It has grown to become the seat of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and as such all diplomatic missions, international organizations, industrial and commercial entities are based there. Its political, social, economic, and cultural significance has also increased through the years. Public transport is provided by private operators using minibuses and taxis. The bus routes are not mapped, and roads are often congested. Good modern housing for rent is available on the open market. The official language is English, which is widely spoken. The country is generally food secure, with sufficient local fresh fruits and vegetables available in the markets, as well as various dairy, poultry and meat products. There are several international schools using the Cambridge GCSE or IGCSE syllabi, from key stage one through to A levels. Health conditions are generally good, although malaria is endemic. Zambia is generally a safe place to live in, although not free of crime. Some prudence is required. For more info, visit:

    Inclusivity statement

    United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

    Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

    Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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