United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Programme Coordinator

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, Humanitarian Action and peace and security. UN Women Tajikistan is embarking on a new project titled “Empowering youth for a peaceful Tajikistan”. The project aims to increase the resilience of Tajikistan’s young people to violent narratives in areas where risks of violent extremism are exacerbated by vulnerability to extreme poverty and outward migration dynamics, through endowing them with capacities, skills and competencies that open socio-economic opportunities, enable them to participate in political life, and enhance their community participation, sense of belonging and confidence in government. The position of the Programme Coordinator is well-timed, as far as the issues of youth and HIV are very important nowadays, UN Women programming aims to increase social inclusion, voice, involvement, and decision-making of young people and women and girls living with HIV through endowing them with capacities, skills and competencies that open socio-economic opportunities, enable them to participate in political life, and enhance their community participation. Through its interventions, UN Women addresses risks of exclusion in the country which are increasing due to growing stigma and discrimination, persistent economic hardship, social, economic and political exclusion of young people and especially women and shifting social norms. UN Women Tajikistan as part of the UN joint programme "Financing SDGs in Tajikistan" will support the Government of Tajikistan in achieving its national SDG targets by creating an architecture, policy space, and an integrated resource mobilization strategy to address gender inequalities and gaps in governance, financing, and policy implementation. The overall strategy of the programme is to employ a two-pronged approach: strengthening policy space and addressing technical constraints to securing SDG financing. Reporting to UN Women Tajikistan Country Programme Manager, the Programme Coordinator will bear fully responsibility for overall implementation of the planned activities under UN Women Tajikistan Annual Work Plan for enhancing capacity of partners to deliver efficient services to young people and women and girls living with HIV, improving access to essential services for women, gender responsive governance, support a joint work within Gender Theme Group on overcoming gender stereotypes and promotion of zero tolerance to prevention of violence extremism, violence against women and girls and raising public recognition on WHRs and universal commitments to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Programme Coordinator will contribute to the effective management of UN Women programme by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Coordinate the area of Youth, HIV and SDG Programmes
  • Coordinate the overall Programme work plan development and implementation according to programme document;

  • Gather inputs and coordinate the preparation of work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports to the UN Women;

  • Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners;

  • Provide inputs to overall implementation of the planned activities under UN Women Tajikistan Annual Work Plan for enhancing capacity of partners to deliver efficient services to young people and women and girls living with HIV, improving access to essential services for women, gender responsive governance, support an joint work within Gender Theme Group on overcoming gender stereotypes and promotion of zero tolerance to prevention of violence extremism, violence against women and girls and raising public recognition on WHRs and universal commitments to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

  • Record and maintain documents on relevant Programme activities, issues, and risks.

2. Guide coordination with national partners and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Youth and HIV Programmes, raise potential problems and suggest solutions;

  • Identify Capacity Building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives, as needed.

  • Organize periodic consultations with key stakeholders, women leaders, human rights experts and UN partners to gather inputs on programme design, as necessary;

3. Coordinate the monitoring and reporting on the Youth, HIV and SDG Programmes
  • Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects from the planning to the evaluation stages;

  • Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds; conduct regular monitoring visits, as required;

  • Compile annual and quarterly reports based upon inputs received from partners who lead implementation of key activities; coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;

  • Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of human rights of women and girls living with HIV (WLHIVs), young people and prevention of violence extremism (PVE), improving access to essential services for women, gender responsive governance;

  • Provide inputs from Youth, HIV and SDG projects activities and results to Programme Presence and Regional Office reporting.

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme proposals and initiatives in the assigned areas, including UN joint programming;

4. Manage people and finances of the Youth, HIV and SDG projects
  • Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources of the projects, including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;

  • Oversee and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners;

  • Approve and reviews procurement processes, including required support documents, and the procurement plan for Programme Management Costs and donor funds

  • Ensure appropriate actions are taken to optimize use of funds.

5. Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies
  • Provide Technical Support to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies under the orientation of the projects to seek additional resources to complement current interventions;

  • Identify potential programmatic areas of cooperation, based on projects goals, regional needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.

6. Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication
  • Document the implementation process and products;

  • Contribute to the exchange of information and provide inputs to the development of knowledge products internally and externally;

  • Coordinate the organization of major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products.

Competencies
Core Values:
  • Respect for Diversity

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

  • Accountability

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Effective Communication

  • Inclusive Collaboration

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies
  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills

  • Strong budget and finance skills

  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management

  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Good knowledge of UN programme Management Systems

Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public Administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas is required or a Bachelor’s degree with an additional two years of experience.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.

Experience:
  • At least 2 years (4 years for candidates with Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, preferably related to thematic area;

  • Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects;

  • Project management experience, including the financial, human resources and administration aspects of a project;

  • Previous experience working in the UN System is an asset.

Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in oral and written English, Tajik and Russian is required;

  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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