United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Programme Specialist (Governance)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  Under the overall guidance of the RR and direct supervision of the DRR or his/her designate, the Programme Specialist is responsible for management of the UNDP programme within the governance thematic area.  This is a senior position whereby the specialist has the responsibility of ensuring that relevant programmes are formulated and implemented to address governance issues (such as human rights, legal and judiciary reform, decentralization, parliament strengthening, anti-corruption, and cross cutting issues such as transparency, accountability and participation, youth, gender and disability,) facing the country in partnership with government and relevant stakeholders.  He/she will also manage portfolio staff and consultants.

S/he works in close collaboration with the UNDP programme and operations teams, programme staff in other UN agencies, UNDP HQ staff and Government officials, technical advisers and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and Civil Society Organizations ensuring successful delivery of transformational development results.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:
  • Formulation and implementation of programme strategies.
  • Management of the CO governance programme.
  • Creation of strategic partnerships, formulation and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy.
  • Provision of top-quality upstream policy Advisory Services to the Government and, facilitation of knowledge generation/building and management of knowledge products for the generation of transformational development results.
  • Contribution to the Delivering as One initiative and provision of substantive inputs to the UN Governance work
Formulation and implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:·
  • Thorough Analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNSDCF, CPD and other documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the governance thematic area.
  • Support implementation of corporate strategic initiatives such as HACT and other reporting obligations.
  • Design and formulation of CO programme within the governance area, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions.
  • Leads the formulation of strategies and briefing notes on Governance to the CO management
Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the governance thematic area focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the following results:
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievements of results.
  • Coordination of programme implementation with the Executing Agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.
  • Initiation of projects, presentation of the projects to LPAC, entering projects into Atlas, finalization of contribution agreements; determination of required revisions, coordination of the mandatory and budgetary re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through reviews.
  • Quality reports prepared for Project steering meetings
  • Recruitment and procurement processes for projects successfully implemented
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions.
  • Effective participation in audit of NEX/NIM projects in the governance thematic area.
  • Audit recommendations implemented.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes.
  • Preparation of donor reports, quarterly financial and progress reports and annual work plans
  • ToRs for consultants are prepared as required
  • Innovation is integrated in Programme implementation
  • Innovations are integrated into monitoring and evaluation results.
  • Relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns are implemented with key partners.
Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Development of strategic partnerships with UN agencies, IFIs, Government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in governance thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donor priorities.
  • ·Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office efforts in resource mobilization.
  • Production and dissemination of knowledge products.
Provision of top-quality upstream policy advice services to the Government and, facilitation of knowledge building and management for the achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues.
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and Communities of Practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme
Effective contribution to the Delivering as One initiative and provision of substantive inputs to the UN Governance work for the achievement of the following results:
  • Effective participation and provision of substantive inputs to the UN Governance related groups
  • Identification of joint interventions programming in the governance areas
  • Collaborative preparation and/or revision of CCA, UNSDCF, CPD and other documents.
  • Provide substantive inputs to the Government and other stakeholders related Governance technical working groups
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices from programmes
  • Support the Government and CO on the UPR process and other international reporting obligations of the country.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division
Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver
People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity
Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen
Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 6: Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services.

Technical Competencies:

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

  • Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
  • Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Building Strategic Partnerships

  • Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

  • Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Resource Mobilization
  • Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
  • Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

  • Level 6: 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 (Masters) preferably in a field related to governance and development (e.g. economics, law, social science, international relations or political science).
Experience:

  • 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services on democratic governance issues, decentralization and strengthening of institutional frameworks.
  • Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects. Demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills and should also be culturally and politically sensitive in the work with counterparts and be able to work at all levels.
  • Research, analytical and negotiation skills are required.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages such as (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and web-based Management Systems is essential.
Language:

  • Proficiency in English and Siswati.

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