Policy Manager, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

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The United Nations Foundation is recruiting for a Policy Manager, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

Working closely with the Senior Director of Policy and the secretariat team, the Policy Manager will lead GPSDD’s advocacy on data financing. S/he will bring an in-depth understanding of financing for development, donor dynamics and multi-lateral politics as well as experience with the United Nations and UN processes, and will be eager to apply this experience to global advocacy on data. S/he will be joining a dynamic team based around the world that supports a vibrant and innovative network working to improve data for better decisions.

Essential Functions

  • Lead on GPDD’s policy work to influence the landscape of data financing, including through specific projects and broader partner engagement and advocacy. This will include:
    • Leading a strategy to build political support for data and statistics in the agriculture sector and with a focus on the UN’s Rome-based Agencies; and
    • Leading GPSDD’s engagement and support for the Bern Network on Financing for Development Data and advocacy around its five-point Action Agenda.
  • Assess political dynamics and trends around Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) for data and statistics, digital transformation and innovation and identify entry points for advocacy and increasing support.
  • Track policy issues arising from GPSDD’s national and regional engagement and create linkages to advocacy on financing for data and innovation.
  • Maintain an awareness of the landscape and debates on data for development, and funding for digital transformation and innovation more broadly, and cross-cutting policy issues in relation to implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals and multilateral politics.
  • Support the GPSDD’s policy work by conducting research, analysis and writing, executing convenings, and contributing to the overall strategy.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for the GPSDD to play a useful role in debates and policy development on financing for data and the SDGs.
  • Act as the primary GPSDD liaison with key partners and support GPSDD’s partner engagement strategy.
  • Represent GPSDD externally as needed.
  • Author reports, blogs and other knowledge products.
  • Work with the Communications team to develop content as needed.
  • Maintaining working knowledge of the UNF agreement process (for both contracts and grants), and when to utilize the proper templates accordingly. (As applicable to the role)
  • Drafting and reviewing agreements and maintaining an understanding of all agreement terms and applicable flow-downs, consulting with UNF’s finance/contracts team as needed. (As applicable to the role)
  • Attending training sessions provided by UNF’s contracts team to maintain and keep up to date with UNF’s current policies and procedures. (As applicable to the role)
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of UNF’s Salesforce database to be able to process and track agreements, extract information and prepare reports. (As applicable to the role)
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • 7 years’ experience in international development and financing, development data, or foreign policy and master’s degree in related field.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in UN or other multilateral setting.
  • Knowledge of the food and agriculture sector preferred.
  • Proven ability to research, analyze, and write on a variety of policy and development issues.
  • Proven ability to work across departments and with partners from different organizations to accomplish mission.
  • Communications skills (listening, speaking, and writing).
  • Continuous learning skills and the ability to synthesize information.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to flexibly manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Team player that is interested in being part of a highly functioning, fast-paced group of professionals.
  • Willingness to help out with tasks beyond their immediate role when needed.
  • Sense of humor and ability to work well with individuals from very different cultural and institutional backgrounds.
  • Experience with the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Multi-cultural experience.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

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United Nations Foundation


Policy Manager, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data


Monday 5th October 2020


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