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UNDP - JPO, Resilience Policy, Partnerships Specialist


I. Position Information

Title: Junior Professional Officer (JPO), Resilience Policy & Economic Opportunity Policy Specialist

Main sector of assignment: Crisis prevention, humanitarian relief and recovery

Agency: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Department: The Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS)

Country and Duty Station: Amman, Jordan

Duty Station Status: Family Duty Station

Duration and Type of Assignment: Two-year fixed-term appointment

Please note that for participants of the JPO-Programme two years work experience are mandatory! Relevant internships are counted if they are remunerated.

II. Job Purpose and Organizational Context

The UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme:
The UNDP JPO Programme equips outstanding young leaders with the skills and experience required to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make a positive difference in the world. As a pathway into the world of development, the programme offers young professionals excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development while providing a valuable entry point into the UN system.
During their assignments, JPOs benefit from the guidance of experienced UNDP staff members and are actively involved in supporting the design and implementation of UNDP’s programs within UNDP’s headquarters, regional or country offices.

Job Purpose:
The Resilience Policy and partnership specialist will be supporting the establishment of the platform as well as strengthening partnerships with bilateral and multi-lateral donors who have been supporting resilience-building programmes in the region, especially related to livelihood and employment creation for refugees, internally displaced persons and people in host communities. This will be done in coordination with the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) Partnerships Unit in New York in order to support the success of the Sub-Regional Response Facility (SRF) partnership building as an integral part of the overall RBAS Partnership Strategy. The Resilience & Economic Opportunity Specialist will have access to RBAS HQ based resources and support as relevant.

Reporting structure and partners:
The JPO will work under the direct supervision of the SRF Policy and Crisis Coordination Specialist and under the general supervision of the SRF Manager UNDP and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) launched a strategic partnership in 2016, which aims to expand jobs and economic opportunities for refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries. UNDP and BMZ organized several international expert meetings on employment opportunities in the Middle East (the so called “Bonn dialogue”) and jointly pushed this topic in the international arena, e.g. on the occasion of the annual Syria conference.  Currently, BMZ collaborates closely with UNDP in the framework of its Partnership for Prospects (P4) in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey.

III. Supervision
Title of Supervisor: Policy & Crisis Coordination Specialist

Content and methodology of supervision:
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
  • If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties

III. Duties and Responsibilities and Output expectations

1 ) Support the SRF with on-going efforts on establishing resilience platforms in the region

  • Conduct analysis and research on the impact of response plans/programmes aiming to build resilience capacities(also in the field of employment opportunity) at individual, community, and institutional level in the context of the Syria crisis (both within Syria and neighboring countries);
  • Assess limitations and strengths of current methodology/available tools to measure the impact of resilience-building programmes in the region;
  • Contribute to the design and development of refined methodology/tools for improved measurement of resilience-capacities’ building vis-à-vis the evolving/alternative socio-economic scenarios;
  • Conduct analysis and research on the conceptualization of resilience-capacities’ building among refugees/IDPs vis-à-vis the evolving and alternative socio-economic regional scenarios;
  • Based on the assessments, analysis, and the research conducted, develop policy recommendations to frame the resilience-capacities’ building narrative and actual implementation into regional policy discussions on sustainable economic and social recovery/development;
  • Collect, connect and analyze information acquired at the global and country level so that key information can be utilized for forming and implementing projects to support refugees/IDPs by UNDP and other stakeholders;
  • Building on the conceptual/policy framework and contribute to the development of programmatic initiatives aimed to advance revisited policy guidelines for refugee and IDPs in Syria by host governments, UNDP country offices and donors;

2) Support resilience partnership building, advocacy and relationship management

  • Provide analysis on strategic elements of resilience policies in terms of resources mobilization, strategic planning of key donors and UN agencies, and providing high level outputs for UNDP and 3RP management;
  • Support the SRF with the development and conceptualization of new and scaled-up initiatives, including by drafting and/or reviewing concept notes and project proposals related to resilience-capacities’ building;
  • Support the SRF in organizing advocacy events on resilience-capacities’ building to widen the current knowledge stock, expand partnerships, and mobilize additional resources.

To support the success of the SRF partnership effort as an integral part of the RBAS partnership strategy the Resilience & Economic Opportunity Policy Specialist will work in coordination with RBAS Partnership Unit in New York on the following:

  • Maintain and enhance relationships with key partners including Germany that has through BMZ support played an essential role in addressing the situation of refugees and IDPs in Syria and neighbouring countries;
  • Liaise with UNDP country offices in the region to provide support on monitoring and reporting (e.g. vis-à-vis KfW on job numbers) as well as a platform for knowledge sharing and exchange on best practices;
  • Based on needs and availability, participate in detail assignments to RBAS HQ, regional and country offices to support specific related projects (such as on outreach and advocacy) and to support exchange of experiences and lessons learnt between different offices and locations (from the ground back to New York and vice versa);
  • Contribute to the establishment of strategic partnerships with foundations, private sector, think tanks interested in resilience-building in the region;
  • Identify opportunities for partnership building and resource mobilization with donors (bilateral and multilateral) who are funding resilience programmes in the region;
  • Contribute to the formation of a resilience platform informing a broad array of stakeholders on socio-economic conditions and livelihoods opportunities for refugees as well as host communities.

IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria

Description of Competency at Level Required



Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services



Builds strong relationships with partners, focuses on impact and results

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Effective both written and spoken communication

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Flexibility and adaptability to changes and tolerance to uncertainty.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

V. Recruitment Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, International relations, Political Sciences or related field.


  • A minimum of two years of paid working experience in a relevant field
  • Professional experience in development (resilience) and/or humanitarian-development transitional project;
  • Experience in Policy research and drafting policy papers;
  • Experience with fund-raising from donors and proposal writing highly desirable;
  • Being able to effectively network with UN partners, donors and other international organizations

Language Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of English

Other desirable education, languages and work experience:

  • Required computer skills in a standardized language

VI. Training and Learning
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:

  • Participation in a two-week long Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course in New York within the first 3 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA)
  • Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UNDP JPO Orientation Programme

VII. Background Information
Eight Years of crisis have left the region in dire need. Since 2011, estimated 400,000 people have lost their lives in Syria, and millions have been forced to find refuge wherever they can inside Syria and in neighbouring countries. The Syrian economy is in a tailspin – having lost an estimated $200-300 billion in GDP relative to “no war” in counterfactual; neighbouring countries and host communities are struggling to cope with the massive flow of refugees.
The Syria crisis is not only a humanitarian crisis – it is also a human development crisis. We have already seen Syria fall from a middle-income country to one with 83 percent poverty. It is estimated that two-thirds of Syrians are living in extreme poverty and most livelihoods have been disrupted. Vulnerable in their own respect, neighbouring countries are severely strained, with development imperilled, unemployment on the rise and in-creasing competition for scarce resources including water and access to school and health services. The crisis is the deepest threat to long-term development in this region — and the threat of wide-ranging and long-term impacts grows daily.
The scale and protracted nature of the crisis is challenging the ability of the international community to meet the continuing need for essential, life-saving humanitarian aid while strengthen social cohesion and build resilience of people. The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) aims at bridging humanitarian efforts and development approaches to build the resilience of individuals and national systems. Since the beginning of the crisis, there have been large movements of refugees and displaced people between the countries impacted by the crisis. In order to be better prepared for the continuous, ongoing movement of refugees, The Sub-Regional Response Facility (SRF) researches a regional resilience platform to build a solution to a regional challenge.

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