UNDP Director - Regional Service Centre for Africa Jobs in Ethiopia

UNDP Director - Regional Service Centre for Africa Jobs in Ethiopia


  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the global development network of the United Nations, connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 170+ countries, supporting countries to reach their own development objectives and internationally agreed development goals, and building and sharing solutions in the areas of Sustainable Development, Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding; and Climate and Disaster Resilience. UNDP supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they help shape global development.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Leadership of the RSCA and overall management of RBA’s regional Hubs

  • Leads the work of RBA’s regional Hub in Addis Ababa, sub-regional hub in Dakar and thematic hubs in Nairobi and Pretoria as a unified structure, with common priorities and as a single management team, while supporting cross-practice teams that respond to development challenges in Africa.

  • Leads establishment of RBA regional Hub’s annual work plans and set objectives, performance measurements, standards, and expected results, to ensure the successful servicing of the 46 COs in the region and delivery of regional programmes and projects.

  • Guides the preparation of the budget proposal for financial, human, and other required resources, to ensure the efficient operation of RBA’s regional hubs.

  • Supervises and assesses work to ensure quality delivery of results according to performance standards, overall objectives, and the Accountability Framework, providing leadership and technical guidance, and taking timely necessary decisions to meet objectives.

    Expected results:

  • Effective oversight of RSCA, the regional programme and operations in line with Strategic Plan, the Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa and positioning of RBA in the development context of the region.

    Represent UNDP in continental and regional fora, strengthen, and maintain strategic partnerships

  • Acts as UNDP’s official and accredited representative to the AU and as main counterpart to other regional development partners, including UNECA, AfDB and Ambassadors accredited to the AU in Addis Ababa.

  • Represents RBA in international and regional development fora and engages partners and stakeholders to foster increased commitment and collaboration for advancing the region’s development agenda.

  • Convenes strategic engagements and leads discussions on development solutions.

  • Creates and fosters joint impact-driven development initiatives with strategic partnerships including the AU, AfDB, NEPAD, and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the Africa region.

    Expected results:

  • Strengthened position of UNDP in the Africa region as a knowledge provider, leader in development and trusted partner, supported by strong partnership with regional stakeholders and institutions.

    Advise the RBA Director on region-related development policies, strategies, and trends

  • Leads teams in generating cutting edge-knowledge products and initiatives to address the development challenges in Africa.

  • Draws from the work of RBA’s regional, sub-regional, and thematic hubs to inform RBA’s strategic understanding of, and engagement on, evolving development and operational trends in the Africa region, and leads teams in formulating regional responses.

  • Provides input for strategic planning in the Bureau and ensures implementation of UNDP’s strategic plan and the UNDP Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa at the regional level.

    Expected results:

  • Strengthened responsiveness of UNDP to the needs and priorities of the Africa region.

    Lead the delivery of client-based services

  • Lead a client-based approach towards coordinated, coherent, integrated, and high - quality advisory service delivery across the Regional and sub-regional Hubs.

  • Ensure effective and timely support (planning, delivery, and assessment) to COs, to help them achieve development results in accordance with the Strategic Plan, national development plans, and the Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa.

  • In close coordination with team leaders of the country support, policy and programme teams, ensure integrated and comprehensive advisory services to COs, develop strategies and mechanisms to identify deficiencies and needs based
    on continued analysis of country- and regionally aggregated results, trends and priorities.

  • Promote innovative approaches to programme performance data and analysis that allow for greater targeting and relevance of Regional Hub client services delivery and provide strategic advice to RBA.

  • Promote the Regional Hub as a center for knowledge and learning, drawing regional and global experts to special events for RBA staff and staff of partner agencies.

    Expected results:

  • Stronger capacity for results from COs.

    Manage UNDP’s engagement with the Regional Collaborative Platform in Addis Ababa

  • Supports the RBA Director in role as Co - Vice Chair of the Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP) – Africa.

  • Manages the relationship with the UN Development Coordination Office’s (DCO) Africa and UNECA in the Joint RCP Secretariat.

  • Manages the key Opportunity/Issue Based Coalitions that UNDP co - convenes under the RCP.

  • Actively engages in and leads UNDP’s work in support for regional and sub-regional UN strategies and initiatives.

    Expected results:

  • Effective engagement of UNDP in development coalitions in the RCP Africa.

    Manage the RSCA team

  • Promotes a healthy, inclusive, engaging and empowering work environment.

  • Leads by example; maintains a culture of openness, teamwork, and excellence; encouraging professionalism, competence, integrity, and ethics and the values enshrined in the UN Charter.

  • Supervises, guides, mentors, and develops a team of professionals and senior managers in Addis Ababa, Dakar, Nairobi, and Pretoria.

  • Ensures, in close coordination with RBA HQ and with relevant central GPN and other Bureaus and units, optimal staffing of the Africa Regional Hub and Platforms.

  • Supports RSCA workforce in their learning and development.




    Ability to make new and useful ideas work


    Ability to persuade others to follow

    People Management

    Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


    Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform


    Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

    Client Orientation

  • Understanding and meeting or exceeding client needs. Anticipating and addressing client needs and concerns. Developing innovative approaches to meeting client needs. Ensuring overall provision of quality services to clients.

    Building Strategic Partnerships

  • Establishing, maintaining, and utilizing a broad network of contacts. Building partnerships and strategic alliances. Leveraging the resources of national governments and other development partners.

    People Management

  • Guiding, training, mentoring, developing and motivating employees to perform at the best of their ability, building their competence, creating, and promoting an enabling environment, an emotionally intelligent organization, for open communication and the achievement of results.


    Knowledge Management

  • Providing learning and knowledge sharing opportunities to assist the continuous development all staff of UNDP. Moves from basic research and analysis to the development of innovative tools and mechanisms to developing policies and innovative approaches, through promoting an organizational culture that values learning and knowledge sharing.

    Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in Management, Economics, Business Administration, or other related social sciences.


  • More than 15 years of extensive experience, combining strategic and managerial leadership positions, within recognized development institutions, with a proven track record of achievement in transformational development solutions.

  • Demonstrated understanding of imperatives for successful implementation of Africa’s vision for structural transformation, as reflected in Agendas 2063 and 2030, and of how these translate into concrete policy and programme interventions.

  • Strong experience in managing team dynamics, coordinating interagency initiatives, and working with multiple and diverse levels of partners.

  • Experience in leading/managing complex change management processes is desirable.

  • Knowledge and experience working with regional organizations will be an asset.

  • Good negotiating skills with donors and other partners will be an asset.

    Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, both oral and written is required.

  • Knowledge of French is an asset.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Director - Regional Service Centre for Africa Jobs in Ethiopia

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