United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Highlands Joint Program Coordinator

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  Violent conflict has been ever-present in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and has been on an increasing trajectory over the last 30 years with over 300 deaths, 100,000 displaced persons, and 77 schools and 35 health facilities either closed or affected. This is placing substantial pressure on the realization of human rights, social and structural stability and human development. These protracted conflicts have resulted in weakened social systems, reduced service delivery, eroded social structures and civic trust. They have polarized the political environment, harmed legitimacy and confidence in public institutions, reinforced a culture of violence, and disrupted social norms and social orders. Ultimately, this has threatened livelihoods and displaced entire communities. Exacerbated by poor governance, these highly fragile conditions pose a multi-dimensional challenge to economic and human development, which is amongst of the lowest in a country that ranks the lowest of all Pacific Island Countries on the Human Development Index.

The United Nations in Papua New Guinea has designed a three-year programme – the Highlands Joint Programme for Peace and Development (HJP). This Programme has three objectives. These are to:
  1. Support the creation of peaceful and enabling conditions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Highlands.
  2. Catalyse greater investments in equitable human development activities by, among others, the Government of Papua New Guinea, development partners and the private sector.
  3. Support local aspirations for inclusive peace and development.
The HJP was conceived as a means to sustain the incidental development gains from the UN’s humanitarian response to the February 2018 earthquake. The HJP supports the Government of Papua New Guinea and communities in addressing long overdue development needs of both the Hela and Southern Highands Provinces in the spirit of leaving no one behind while working across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. The HJP will initially target locations in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces. Activities will be implemented in Enga subsequent to available resources. In Hela, communities in five priority LLGs identified in the Road Map are targeted. These are:
  • Komo Rural LLG (Komo-Magarima District)
  • Hulia Rural LLG (Komo-Magarima District)
  • Tagali Rural LLG (Tari-Pori District)
  • Hayapuga Rural LLG (Tari-Pori District)
  • South Koroba Rural LLG (Koroba-Kopiago District)
In Southern Highlands province, Kagua-Erave, Nipa-Kutubu, and Mendi-Munihu districts have been prioritized.

The Programme will be implemented following the Direct Implementation Modality (DIM) with overall leadership and responsibility for the successful implementation of the HJP resting with the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team. The participating UN agencies have identified among themselves, UNDP as best placed to serve as the technical coherence and Convening Agency (CA) for the Joint Programme. As such, UNDP will be accountable for coordination of programmatic activities, narrative reporting and facilitating the governance of the programme. This is in addition to delivering a significant portion of the Programme itself through a range of technical interventions.

In this context, UNDP is seeking a Programme Coordinator who will work directly with the HJP’s participating UN organizations (PUNO) and in close coordination with the provincial governments of both Hela and Southern Highlands. The position will lead the field-based Programme Coordination and Management Team (PCMT). The team will facilitate and be closely involved in, the joint planning of activities to optimize cooperation, mutual support, economies of scale and complementarity of joint actions (including site selection and the phasing of activities) based on the comparative advantages of various UN agencies. At the field-level, the position will represent the UN and the HJP in local engagements and interactions. The Programme Coordinator will report directly to UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative (or his/her designate) and work under UNDP’s direction in close consultation with the UN’s Resident Coordinator’s Office.

The Programme Coordinator will work to establish effective implementation of HJP activities to ensure technical coherence and greater impact. The position will support the translation of strategic and programmatic decisions taken by the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) to the planning of activities while conversely advising the PSC on potential implications of those decisions practically and strategically.

The position will be based at the UN’s Highlands Joint Field Office in Mendi (Southern Highlands) with significant time spent in Hela province as well as some time in Port Moresby. The Programme Coordinator will manage and supervise the UNDP’s Highlands Joint Programme Team members.

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Ensure the management of the Highlands Joint Programme and focus on achieving the following results:
  • Organize biannual Programme Steering Committee meetings with the field-based Programme Coordination and Management Team (PCMT) providing secretarial support on behalf of the agencies and facilitate the decision making of the steering committee, including providing programmatic information and background.
  • Oversee the compilation of annual HJP work plans and narrative reports, and contribute to UN Cooperation Framework joint annual work plans and reporting within Peace and other Priority Working Group, in coordination with UNDP’s Resilience Portfolio.
  • Lead the PCMT to monitor UN Cooperation Framework joint annual reporting in accordance with the programme results framework.
  • Lead and oversee the timely implementation of the project’s work plan, procurement plans, financial management and reporting, including ultimate responsibility on the management of consultants, technical expertise, project personnel, and goods and services.
  • Act as project manager in Atlas for the management of the broader programme and be responsible for requests for the provision of UNDP financial resources through funding advances, direct payments or reimbursement using the FACE form. Final responsibility for the continuous monitoring of financial resources and accounting to ensure the accuracy and reliability of financial reports.
  • Ensure and facilitate planned audits, spot-checks, monitoring visits, reviews and evaluations of the programme.
  • Lead the interagency coordination on cross-cutting programmatic issues to ensure that they are adequately addressed.
  • Coordinate and lead on resource mobilization efforts and strategic partnerships with potential new donors, leading to long-term financial sustainability of the project.
  • Oversee joint communications efforts including leading the PCMT to develop a range of core supporting material - reports, communications, briefings, case studies and presentations.
2) Ensure effective Field Coordination among the participating UN agencies, with focus on the following results:
  • Lead PCMT to directly support all PUNOs to ensure synergies between the programme components/subprojects.
  • Oversee and lead regular programme implementation coordination and planning meetings at field-level with PUNO focal points.
  • Provide oversight and inputs to ensure PUNOs’ adherence to and application of the Joint Programme guidelines and principles and ensure cross-cutting principles including maintaining neutrality and impartiality and do-noharm.
  • Manage key stakeholders’ coordination with respective development, humanitarian and private sector actors operating in HJP target locations (i.e. province, district, local level governments, ward).
  • Establish and strengthen HJP/UN linkages with partner provincial governments through respective Provincial Coordination and Monitoring Committees (PCMC) and represent UNDP’s vis-a-vis government counterparts.
  • Share regular HJP programmatic updates with UNDP senior management and participating agencies, including workplan and results to PCMCs and as necessary.
  • Oversee integration of Community Engagement in programme implementation including establishment of community feedback mechanisms and adjustment of programme design and implementation.
  • Maintain situational awareness of evolving operational environment including through establishing and maintain an informal information network to facilitate information sharing.
  • Coordinate drafting and dissemination of regular field situational reports through UNDP with UN RC, UNCT, and PUNOs, including key information regarding conflict monitoring and Mapping, and early warning of emerging risks.
  • Oversee development of key HJP information management products, such as 3Ws mapping and contact lists. and
  • Act as interim coordination focal point as required on major events with humanitarian scope until deployment of surge humanitarian coordination capacity.
3) Ensure Area Security Coordinator functions, with the achievement of the following results:
  • Oversee coordination of the Highlands Security Risk Management plan with the support of the deployed UNDSS local Advisor" id="link" class="link">Security Advisor.
  • Support UNDSS in its efforts to ensure all PUNOs follow both static and dynamic security requirements.
  • Oversight Business Continuity planning for the Mendi Field Office and Tari sub-office.
4) Ensure Strategic Analysis of the political, economic, and social situation in Hela province, focusing on the achieving the following result:
  • Provide timely and effective critical analysis of political, social, economic and environmental matters that may impact the operations of the Mendi Field Office and Tari sub-office and/or the UN’s capacity to deliver in the operating context.
  • Deliver strategic recommendations on programme direction and possible areas for future assistance.
  • Prepare written and/or oral reports to senior UN officials, and from time to time, senior Provincial and national government officials as directed by UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative.
  • Support the development of policy options and project designs for PUNOs and for UNDP’s broader resilience efforts in the Highlands and Papua New Guinea.
5) Foster partnership building, resource mobilization and donor liaison, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Prepare regular progress reports on implementation of the Programme, as required by the PBF and/or requested by the PNG Government or UNDP including UNDAF and thematic reporting.
  • Contribute to ongoing resource mobilization for peace building, humanitarian, development and resilience efforts, by maintaining close liaison with the development partners, civil society and the private sector.
  • Perform other work-related tasks to support reporting and resource mobilization for UNDP and other participating United Nations Agencies.
6) Coordination and knowledge management.

  • Liaise and share information regularly with key stakeholders and partners on programme activities.
  • Coordinate closely all activities carried out under the Programme with the global and regional peace and governance advisors of UNDP.
  • Support work and activities in the UN Cooperation Framework and the Priority Working Groups.
  • Production of key knowledge products on peace building, development programming and fragile contexts while working closely with PUNO media advisers to support the visibility of the Programme through mainstream and social media.
  • Perform other work-related duties as may be required or directed by UNDP.

Competencies

Core Competencies Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

  • Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division.
Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow.

  • Ensures teams are resourced for success and empowered to deliver.
People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

  • Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity.
Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

  • Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen.
Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

  •  Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services.
Technical/Functional Competencies Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals..

  • Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.
Relationship Management 

Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships.

  • Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.
Risk Management

Ability to identify and prioritize risks, and organize action around mitigating them.

  • Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Development Planning and Monitoring

Ability to develop business and planning processes at the national and local level and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

  • Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Sustainable Development

Knowledge of sustainable development concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions
  • Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Conflict Analysis and Risk Assessment

Knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Violence Reduction

Knowledge of violence reduction concepts and techniques and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Rehabilitation and Reintegration

Knowledge of community-based rehabilitation and reintegration programmes and ability to apply in post crisis situations
  • Integrate & Empower:Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Gender Issues & Analysis

Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective
  • Integrate & Empower:Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development
  • Integrate & Empower:Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Social Cohesion

Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility.

  • Integrate & Empower:Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Infrastructures for Peace

Knowledge of mechanisms, methodsto and the ability to contribute through dialogue and consultation in preventing conflict
  • Integrate & Empower:Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political or social science, international development, peace and conflict, conflict studies, international relations, programme management or related field.
Experience:
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in complex settings, peacebuilding, coordination of humanitarian affairs, crisis management, political affairs, operational planning, programme delivery and coordination or related field.
  • Professional experience in peacebuilding and/or political affairs (in particular within the UN system) is an advantage.
  • Senior-level management experience in field offices of a similar size and complexities, is an advantage.
  • Previous experience in managing UN joint programmes and familiarity with UNDP rules and responsibilities is an advantage.
  • Professional experience in facilitating and preparing of strategies, development plans, analysis, coordination mechanisms (in particular within the UN system).
  • Experience in fragile and/or conflict contexts (including Papua New Guinea) is an advantage.
Language Requirements:
  • Native proficiency (or equivalent) in written and spoken English.
  • Basic knowledge of Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea pidgin) would be an advantage.

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