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1. When is the Resident Coordinator function combined with the Resident Representative (UNDP), Designated Official for Security, humanitarian coordination/Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General roles and what are the arrangements?

 

 

2. What are the accountability and reporting lines for the RC function and any other combined roles including the RR, DO, humanitarian coordination/HC and the DSRSG?

 

 

3. What is being done to enhance the role of the RC towards a more empowered leader and what new tools exist to support the work of the RC system?

 

 

4. What is the likelihood that a non UN candidate would be sponsored to take the RC Assessment Centre and subsequently appointed for an RC post?

 

 

5. How are sponsorship arrangements made for non UN candidates?

 

 

6. Where can I find information about RC vacancies?

 

 

7. What UN entities participate in the selection and appointment of candidates for RC positions and what role do they play?

 

 

8. What are the immediate steps after I become appointed as an RC?

 

 

9. What is the DSRSG pool and what are the eligibility requirements?

 

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1. When is the Resident Coordinator function combined with the Resident Representative (UNDP), Designated Official for Security, humanitarian coordination/Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General roles and what are the arrangements?

Depending on the specific country context, the Resident Coordinator (RC) position can be combined with other functions which are indicated in the post profile. In all cases, the RC function is combined with the Resident Representative (RR) role and as such s/he remains accountable for UNDP business as per the UNDG Management and Accountability System. In most cases the RC function is combined with the Designated Official (DO) function wherein the RC/DO serves as the senior most official for security management and is responsible for the safety and security of all UN staff in the country. If international humanitarian assistance is required, the RC position may also be combined with humanitarian coordination functions or a formally designated Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) function, if the situation so requires. In the context of an integrated peacekeeping or political mission, the RC function is combined with the) or the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) role and in most cases with the HC function. In this context, the RC does not serve as DO due to the fact that security management is normally the overall responsibility of the SRSG who is the senior most UN official, serving in the country. For more information see the RC Job Description here and the Guidelines for RC Selection and Appointment, Part 1: Eligibility for the RC Position at www.undg.org/rconline.

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2. What are the accountability and reporting lines for the RC function and any other combined roles including the RR, DO, humanitarian coordination/HC and the DSRSG?

The RC is the designated representative of, and reports to, the Secretary-General (as chairman of the Chief Executive Board CEB) through the UNDP Administrator in his capacity as chairman of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG). The RC is accountable to the UN system at the global level through the Regional Directors’ Teams (RDT) and designated managers from headquarters programmes, funds, specialized agencies as well as OCHA, DPA, DPKO and DSS. Accountability for RC results is measured through the RC and UNCT performance appraisal system which is based on an annual RC work plan, detailing the planned key results that are aligned with the overall UNCT work plan. The planned key results are collectively appraised by the RDT through the RC and UNCT performance appraisal system. As part of this system, the One80 competency assessment is conducted with the RC and UNCT members, providing as an input to the performance appraisal on team behaviors and competencies. Of emphasis is the mutual accountability approach wherein both the RC and UNCT members are accountability for results achieved.
The accountability and reporting lines for other functions that are combined with the RC role are as follows:

  • RR function: the RR is accountable and reports to the UNDP Administrator through the Regional Director, UNDP.
  • DO function: the RC/DO is accountable and reports to the Secretary-General through the Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Safety and Security (DSS).
  • Humanitarian coordination functions: if international humanitarian assistance is required and a separate HC position is not established, the RC is accountable to the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), OCHA for the strategic and operational coordination of the response efforts of UNCT members and relevant humanitarian actors (national and international humanitarian organisations, bilateral actors), in support of national efforts. The ERC may choose to designate the RC as Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), in consultation with the IASC, if the situation so requires. In this case, the RC/HC is accountable to the ERC with whom an annual compact is drawn up detailing the planned key results for the RC/HC function.
  • DSRSG function: the DSRSG/RC/RR/HC has a principle reporting line to the SRSG who provides direct supervision and overall strategic direction. As RC, the DSRSG has a secondary reporting line to the Chair of the UNDG and in his/her capacity as HC, the DSRSG retains a secondary reporting line to the Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA.
    In order to minimize duplication and to leverage a more streamlined and less cumbersome system, the performance appraisal system for the DO, humanitarian coordination/HC and ECSG, DSC or DSRSG functions are mainstreamed into the overall RC and UNCT performance appraisal system. Efforts are also made to focus on objective results and to make the appraisal an objective process. As such and as per the specific post, the key results achieved for each function are collectively appraised by the RDT including inputs from DSS, OCHA and either DPA or DPKO (depending on which entity is the lead Department for the mission). In accordance with the UNDP firewall, the RR function is appraised separately through the UNDP performance appraisal system. For more information, please see the Explanatory Note for the RC and UNCT Performance Appraisal System here.

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3. What is being done to enhance the role of the RC towards a more empowered leader and what new tools exist to support the work of the RC system?

The RC system is undergoing continued refinement by the UNDG in order to further strengthen the overall coherence and coordination of UN assistance at country level in line with the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Reviews of 2004 and 2007. This includes the recognized need for an empowered leader to effectively facilitate the work of the RC system. The UNDG Management and Accountability system demonstrates one of the more recent policy instruments to further strengthen the RC function in the interest of enabling a more empowered leader of the UN Country Team and mutual accountability for results. For more information see: http://www.undg.org/index.cfm?P=133. Additionally, the lessons learned from the Delivering as One pilots and other self starter countries, continuously feed into the work of the UNDG for improving the RC system functioning and delivery of results. In particular, a number of new UNDG tools have been recently endorsed and are now being rolled out for implementation including the updated RC Job Description, the enhanced RC and UNCT performance appraisal system, the Guidance on RC and UNCT Working Relations and the Dispute Resolution Mechanism. For more information see Basic RC System Policies at: http://www.undg.org/index.cfm?P=133. These along with the continued development of the CCA/UNDAF Guidelines , the Multi Donor Trust Fund facility, among others all serve to provide the RC and UNCT with instruments to facilitate a coherent and well coordinated programme of support to the host country. More information on these tools can be accessed through the UNDG Toolkit here.

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4. What is the likelihood that a non UN candidate would be sponsored to take the RC Assessment Centre and subsequently appointed for an RC post?

An aim of the RC Talent Management Implementation Plan is to broaden and increase the number of candidates in the RC Pool including through the inclusion of non UN candidates who have the requisite level of qualifications and skills. The Humanitarian Coordination (HC) Pool mechanism (managed by OCHA on behalf of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) serves as a feeder pool to the RC pool and has a particular focus on attracting candidates from non UN entities. See the Guidelines on RC Selection and Appointment, HC Pool section here.

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5. How are sponsorship arrangements made for non UN candidates?

In principle, sponsorships can be made with any interested UN entity. Typically, sponsorship of non UN candidates has been made through UNDP and where HC Pool (noted above) serves as another mechanism for non UN candidates having a humanitarian profile, to establish sponsorship arrangements. For more information on the HC Pool click here.

DOCO may provide information to interested non UN candidates on sponsorship arrangements, depending on the suitability of their profile against the requirements of the RC position. Interested candidates may contact DOCO at: leadership@undg.org.

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6. Where can I find information about RC vacancies?

As part of the ongoing UNDG RC Talent Management initiative, efforts have been made to make information more readily available on RC vacancies including within an advanced planning framework. Such information is available to RC pool candidates and may be obtained from the HR Director of their sponsoring UN entity as well as the restricted page of the RC Online website. Vacancy information is provided i) in the middle of the calendar year in July when an annual projected plan of all upcoming vacancies for the following year is disseminated; ii)ad hoc vacancy announcements, as necessary; and iii)a long term 5 year projected plan of vacancies. In addition to the vacancy announcement, a post profile is made available with details of the specific RC position and required experience and skills.

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7. What UN entities participate in the selection and appointment of candidates for RC positions and what role do they play?

In view of the fact that the RC position is owned by the UN system, the role of UN entities in the selection and appointment of RCs is pertinent. The following outlines the various UN entities/bodies that participate in the process and the roles they play:

  • UN Programmes, Funds, Specialized Agencies, Non Resident Agencies and the UN Secretariat: any such entity may sponsor suitable candidates to undertake the RCAC, providing the necessary support to candidates including any related learning and competency development opportunities. Such UN entities also nominate suitable candidates for RC vacancies.
  • InterAgency Advisory Panel (IAAP): The IAAP serves as an interagency mechanism to review and advise the UNDG Chair on candidates for RC vacancies . The IAAP members may also nominate candidates for RC vacancies. Based on the outcomes of the IAAP review, a short list of recommended candidates are submitted to the UNDG Chair for consideration. Subsequently, the UNDG Chair makes recommendations to the Secretary-General for the selection and appointment of RCs as well as a number of other senior leadership functions.
  • Chair of the UNDG: based on the short list of recommended candidates that are received from the IAAP, the UNDG Chair decides on the final short list of candidates to be submitted (in a meeting format) to the Secretary-General for consideration in the selection of the candidate for each RC vacancy. Should the UNDG Chair wish to consult with the UNDG Principals on any recommended candidates, s/he should do so prior to the meeting with the Secretary-General. In the event that the UNDG Chair does not endorse a candidate(s) that has been nominated by the IAAP, feedback is provided to the IAAP members and/or the nominating UN entity. Such feedback is provided by the UNDG Chair to the nominating entity, prior to the meeting with the Secretary-General.
  • Secretary-General: the final selection of the candidate for an RC vacancy is the responsibility of the Secretary-General, taking into consideration the short listed set of recommended candidates provided by the UNDG Chair. The decision of the Secretary-General is based on the suitability of the candidates against the requirements of the post profile as well as meeting the targets for gender (in line with A/RES/61/244:XI) and geographical diversity (Article 101, paragraph3, of the Charter of the United Nations); and ensuring a broad representation of candidates from across the UN System.
  • OHR/UNDP: participates as a regular member of the IAAP and facilitates as manager of the RC System for the RC selection and appointment. Such responsibilities include: managing and administrating vacancy announcements/post profiles and their dissemination to IAAP members and serving RCs; receiving UN entity nominations for RC vacancies and preparation of supporting documentation for the IAAP; participating in meetings with the Chair of the UNDG as well as meetings with the SG for the purpose of presenting nominated candidates under consideration for RC appointments; and managing the RC appointment process e.g. facilitating the process of securing government clearance of designate RC candidates, contractual arrangements and letter of credentials.
  • DOCO: the Director, DOCO serves as Chair of the IAAP and focal point staff provide secretariat services in the management and administration of the IAAP. Specific responsibilities include: posting upcoming vacancy announcements to the RC pool candidates via UNDG RC Online website and email alert; coordinating, facilitating and chairing the IAAP meeting; facilitating the post IAAP meeting follow up, including scheduling, preparing for and participating in meetings to present nominees to the Chair, UNDG and subsequently to the SG; managing and administering the RC Pool on behalf of the IAAP; and reporting on RC appointments to monitor trends and any policy or procedural matters needing to be addressed.

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8. What are the immediate steps after I become appointed as an RC?

Once you are appointed as an RC (including clearance by the host government), you are contracted by OHR/UNDP and receive a letter of credentials to be presented to the host government, upon arrival in the country of assignment. Prior to being deployed to the country of assignment, you undergo an initial orientation and briefing with the relevant UN entities including the respective Regional Bureau, UNDP as well as other concerned entities including DSS, OCHA etc.

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9. What is the DSRSG pool and what are the eligibility requirements?

Similar to the RC Pool, a separate pool exists for potential candidates to apply for DSRSG positions in the context of the integrated mission structure. It is managed and administered by DOCO with support from Department for Field Services. This pool is intended for those candidates who have passed the RCAC and have the requisite level of experience and qualifications to be considered for DSRSG positions. Such candidates are nominated for inclusion into the DSRSG Pool by their sponsoring UN entity through the IAAP mechanism.

In general, DSRSG candidates would have the requisite experience and qualifications for an RC/HC as well as cumulative and progressively responsible professional experience in the management of multi-disciplinary operations in complex political and security environments and substantial experience in planning and coordination across the continuum of humanitarian, recovery and development work. Such candidates would also have normally served at the representational level in at least one crisis/post-conflict/transition country. See the Guidelines on the RC Selection and Appointment, section on the DSRSG eligibility and the DSRSG Pool here.

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