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National Project Manager (Empowerment of Women and Youth)

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Job Description

UNDP operates in more than 170 countries and territories around the world. UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations that can withstand crisis, and that drive and sustain growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.

In Botswana, the role of UNDP is shaped by the status of the country as an upper middle-income country. UNDP has been collaborating with the Government, civil society and the private sector to develop solutions to meet global and national development challenges. UNDP’s approach has been to develop and sustain strategic partnerships that find innovative solutions to address gaps on both the demand and supply side of development processes.

Botswana has reached a relatively high level of infrastructure development, is well-resourced and able to fund most of its developmental needs. However, Botswana requires best practices, high-quality policy advice on how best to respond to challenges associated with its middle-income status, including widening inequalities and disparities, persistent poverty among population groups, and Climate Change and natural disaster risks.

The Government of Botswana and UNDP will implement the “Support to the Fulfillment of Human Rights, Access to Justice and Empowerment of Women and Youth Project” (2018 – 2021) (the Project), guided by the UNDP’s Draft Strategic Plan’s 2018 - 2021, integrative approach and the UNDP strategy on inclusive and sustainable growth, equality and women’s empowerment and prioritization of poverty, inequality and exclusion in development debates and actions.

The objective of the Project is to provide advisory and Technical Support to the Government to strengthen and enhance its capacity to respect, protect and fulfil human rights, enhance the accessibility of the justice system and empower youth and women. The expected outcomes of the Project are more effective human rights mechanisms and domestication of human rights and a justice system that fosters inclusive growth and development and provides opportunities for youth and women to participate in this inclusive growth.

In particular, the project aims to provide technical support to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MYSC) and their youth leadership and mentorship programme, promotion of youth employment and Analysis of youth behavior patterns and needs. Furthermore, the project aims to provide technical support to Parliament, National Gender Commission, Traditional Authorities, civil society amongst others, to promote advocacy on gender equality including addressing Gender-Based Violence and electoral and democracy education.

To achieve this outcome the Project is guided by the Government's development priorities and goals as articulated in Vision 2036 the National Development Plan 11 (NDP 11) and the Global Sustainable Development Goals ('SDGs'); United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) and the UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) (2017-2022).

The Project Manager will have project management responsibilities and technical advisory functions relevant to the Project, including but not limited to the empowerment of youth and women. The Project Manager will report to the Governance Programme Specialist.

Summary of key functions:

UNDP Botswana Is looking to recruit a dynamic, seasoned professional to manage the Human Rights, Access to Justice and Empowerment of Women and Youth Project (2018 — 2021). In this highly strategic role, the Project Manager will provide leadership, direction and strategy for the project and will be responsible for delivery of project outputs relating to the empowerment of women and youth. S/he will be responsible for leading the project team through planning, implementing and managing the delivery of activities, reports, knowledge products and other results approved in the project document or annual work plans. S/he will closely work with UNDP Governance Unit and other programme portfolios, Operations Unit, Government officials, civil society and private organizations. The Project Manager will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Governance Programme Specialist.

In this role, the Project Manager will be responsible for project management ensuring quality and results by:

  • Oversee and manage the youth and womens’ empowerment components of the Project and support the daily management of the Access to Justice and Human Rights components of the Project as required;

  • Manage partnerships, policy, resource mobilization and advocacy efforts;

  • Oversee Monitoring and Evaluation activities of the project; and

  • Communications and knowledge sharing.

Oversee and manage the youth and womens’ empowerment components of the Project and support the daily management of the Access to Justice and Human Rights components of the Project as required

      This will entail carrying out the following functions:

  • Provide intellectual and strategic guidance to the Project;

  • Manage the project and ensure timely implementation, integration of human rights based approaches into programming, results–orientation and accountability for project results;

  • Lead the development of annual programme/project delivery targets and guide the project to achieve the targets;

  • Set direction for the project including roles and responsibilities, accountability and reporting ensuring that the work of the team is conducted in accordance with UNDP’s relevant business processes and that high – quality outputs are delivered on time;

  • Perform project oversight, quality assurance, monitoring, reporting, field missions, audits, evaluations, formulations and project support services providing day-to-day guidance by enhancing team work within the project and with other Country Office units;

  • Monitor the progress on agreed results framework and performance indicators and take action/decision and/or provide timely support to project staff;

  • Ensure project meets expectations with respect to quality, budget, delivery timelines, and strategy;

  • Manage project budgets and ensure timely and accurate reporting;

  • Ensure close financial and procurement oversight and monitoring of all activities of the project;

  • Provide secretariat support for Project Board meetings and Project team meetings, consultations and missions; and

  • Undertake and supervise financial and administrative tasks including ATLAS transactions

 Manage partnerships, policy, resource mobilization and advocacy efforts

  • Seek and identify additional partnership and funding opportunities, and oversee the preparation of funding proposals, donor briefing and presentations in support of resource mobilization to advance UNDP’s and the project goals;

  • Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN agencies, and other relevant multilateral and bilateral organizations to advance and support the Project; and

  • Foster and enhance collaboration with relevant Government bodies by working closely with Government counterparts and national partners.

Oversee Monitoring and Evaluation activities of the Project

  • Guide development of overall monitoring and evaluation systems for the project and put mechanisms in place for proper and timely reporting to the country office and the donor;

  • Oversee relationships with implementing partners on M&E including internal monitoring systems and reporting to the Project Board;

  • Monitor the progress of Project implementation, assess results and identify areas of weakness and opportunities to scale up to ensure the Project achieves the planned results in accordance with relevant plans;

  • Monitor and manage any strategic risks/issues facing the project; submit new risks/issues to the Project Board for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks/issues by maintaining the Project Risks/Issues Log;

  • Ensure Project’s procedural alignment with UNDP position, rules and regulations and mandate;

  • Evaluate all key project deliverables, as well as final product to ensure traceability of requirements, high quality and client acceptance.

Communications and knowledge sharing

  • Develop a communications and visibility strategy for the Project;

  • Develop communications materials to inform stakeholders and the public of key Project activities and results including website updates, media releases, social media updates, speeches, audio-visual communications etc…;

  • Use sound judgment in all project communication and ensure that project communication meets needs of different audiences;

  • Communicate progress, risks, expectations, timelines, milestones and other key project metrics to clients and team members;

  • Establish and maintain a usable, auditable and well-communicated records of the project.

Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise

  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence;

  • Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in the fields of human rights and access to justice (with a particular focus on empowerment of women and youth), a broad knowledge of related disciplines, and in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures;

  • Applies a broad knowledge of best management practices, defines objectives and workflows, positions reporting relationships in such a way as to obtain maximum effectiveness for the project;

  • Keeps abreast of new developments in areas of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop her/himself personally;

  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in all work assignments;

  • Responds flexibly & positively to change through active involvement;

  • Possess excellent work and project planning skills;

  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complex, ever-changing environments;

  • Possesses ability to formulate and manage budgets, and mobilize resources.

Client Orientation

  • Demonstrates an understanding of client/partner/donor perspective;

  • Anticipates constraints in the project delivery and identifies solutions or alternatives;

  • Identifies, develops and discusses solutions for internal and external clients, and persuades management to undertake new project and services; and

  • Advises and develops strategic and operational solutions with clients that add value to UNDP programmes and operations.

Building Strategic Partnerships

  • Makes effective use of UNDP’s resources and comparative advantage to strengthen partnerships;

  • Demonstrates experience of working with government counterparts especially on building successful partnerships;

  • Creates networks and promotes initiatives with partner organizations; and

  • Has strong networking capabilities and ability to associate him/herself with a broad range of actors with a view to build relationships and facilitate links.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Promotes UNDP as a learning organization;

  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others

  • Has excellent knowledge of monitoring best practices;

  • Has excellent communication skills (written and oral) demonstrating sensitivity and responsiveness to all partners, and;

  • Maintains respectful and helpful relationships with other UN agencies, national counterparts, Civil Society Organizations, private sector and the donor.

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;

  • Builds staff competences, creating an environment for creativity and innovation;

  • Builds and promotes effective and emotionally intelligent teams;

  • Adapts easily to rapidly changing, multiple pressing demand work context;

  • Leverages conflict in the interest of UNDP and sets standards;

  • Shares knowledge across the organization and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;

  • Examples fair and transparent decision making and calculated risk-taking, and;

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • Masters degree preferably in Gender, Human rights, International relations, Public Policy/Administration, or Management or a related discipline.


  • 8 years of working experience with a focus on project management, economic, social and institutional development and Capacity Building in private sector/public sector institutions as core areas of expertise.

  • Professional experience in working on issues of human rights, gender and/or youth

  •  Experience in working with civil society an asset

  •  Advocacy experience an asset

  • Working knowledge and skills in IT a prerequisite.

Language Requirements:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Important applicant information All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Contract Duration: One Year
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