Ecosystem intern UN resident Coordinator's Office Malawi
The Resident Coordinator System encompasses all organizations of the United Nations that have operational activities in the country. As the designated Representative of the UN Secretary-General and leader of the UN Country Team (UNCT), the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC), leads the UN Country Team in Malawi, including all the UN entities present in Malawi, and represents the UN Secretary General to the Government of Malawi. The purpose of the Resident Coordinator system (RC system) is to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level, helping the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments.
The UN Resident Coordinators Office (RCO) supports the roles and functions of the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team. The RCO provides inter-agency coordination support to the UN Country Team (UNCT) and its various inter-agency working mechanisms, including theme groups. Key functions of the RCO include strategic analysis, planning and positioning of the Country Team; preparation and monitoring of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF); support to joint UN programming and operations management; policy guidance; joint advocacy and communications, in order to enhance UN coherence and improve overall program impact of the UN System in Malawi.
The UN in Malawi is advancing its Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDCF) 2019-2023 which agreed between the UN and the Government of Malawi on joint prioritized areas of work and sets out specific outcomes the UN and Government will together aim to achieve by 2023. The UNSDCF incorporates the goals and principles that underpin Agenda 2030 and it guides the UN Agency programmes ensuring coherence. The UNSDCF also captures UN Malawi ́s intention to reach the Sustainable Development Goals through a system-wide response to national challenges. This includes working together through joint annual work plans, joint programmes, common operations, and joint resource mobilization through the SDG Acceleration Fund.
The development cooperation framework can only be fulfilled with the cooperation of Development Partners in Malawi. For this reason, an analysis of the current Donor Ecosystem in Malawi becomes fundamental in the task of reaching the UNSDCF goals and, in consequence, the SDGs agenda. The analysis will seek to understand Donor programmatic frameworks, financing trends, opportunities to scale up existing agreements and create new, while also exploring new ways of collaboration through innovative mechanisms such as blended finance. It will also seek recommendations on how to enhance the role of the Malawi SDG Acceleration Fund as a suitable tool to support coherent resource mobilization.
Additionally, 15 existing UN Joint Programmes are bringing together the capacities of 11 UN Agencies in country to deliver jointly on strategic areas. An analysis on how the existing UN Joint Programmes are supporting the overall cooperation framework and the SDGs is required. Identifying opportunities for complementarity, joint action, common/shared resources, exchanging useful knowledge and practices, and tools, mechanisms, and processes to enhance cohesion across JPs makes part of the analysis.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator, and the direct supervision of the SDG Acceleration Fund Coordinator, the Coordination Intern will:
- Support the analysis of Donor Ecosystem in Malawi, with particular emphasis on the role of the SDG Acceleration Fund;
- Support UN Malawi’s Joint Programmes analysis, identifying good practices and lessons learned;
Specific Responsibilities and deliverables
Finalize a Malawi Development Partners Ecosystem Analysis:
- Mapping of Development Partners (traditional and non-traditional);
- Desk review Development partners Country Programmes, cycle, and alignment with UNSDCF;
- Identify existing cooperation trends between Development Partners and UN in Malawi, and outline recommendations for improvement;
- Mapping of Impact Investment Funds, Family Houses, Philanthropic organizations in Malawi and outline recommendations for engagement with UN;
- Outline recommendations to enhance innovative finance such as blended finance and Public Private Partnerships, and alternative financing instruments;
Support un Malawi Joint Programmes analysis:
- Desk review of existing Joint Programmes and outline existing and potential synergies;
- Provide options to improve resource mobilization for Joint Programming;
- Provide options to increase partnerships with other stakeholders such as NGOs, Academia, and Private Sector;
- Support preparation of Joint Programming factsheets and related communications deliverables,
Experience and Skills:
- Master’s students and/or graduates in international development studies, international relations, social sciences, political science, law, economics, management, or other relevant fields/ Or
- Experience with other UN agencies, international organisations and/or non-governmental organisations would be considered an asset.
- Strong command of MS office package (including Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
- Good writing and communication skills: ability to draft clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
- Strong and confident command of both written and oral English is required.
Qualified female candidates as well as postgraduate and doctoral students are encouraged to apply.
Duration of the Assignment: 6 Months