United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Programme Specialist (Peace and Resilience)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  The UNDP Papua New Guinea Country Programme Document is at its mid-point. The Programme has been rapidly expanding over the current CPD period. Preparatory work on the next United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2027 has commenced with UNDP leading on the Governance and Environment related analytical and assessment inputs (CCA).

UNDP Papua New Guinea seeks to consolidate the foundations for a next generation office that is fully capacitated to leverage strong development fundamentals built in the current CPD cycle and continue its trend of scaling up its presence and services.

Leveraging its technical, coordination and administrative strengths, UNDP will continue to provide integrated policy advice, evidence-based solutions, quality assurance and management services supporting the national and sub-national implementation of a growing portfolio of activities. This will enable key transitions aligned with three UNCDF/CPD pillars focused on: Pillar 1: Prosperity | Inclusive & Sustainable Growth  Integration and further localization of SDGs into public development plans, budgets and monitoring and evaluation frameworks to support inclusive and sustainable growth and shared prosperity.

Pillar 2: Planet | Sustainable management of natural resources, Biodiversity conservation, strengthened climate & disaster resilience  Strengthen Papua New Guinea’s performance in managing natural resources. This includes risks emanating from climate change and natural disasters. It targets legislative reforms, policy and strategic planning for climate resilience, conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and disaster risk management. It further enhances the capacity of communities to manage, among other things, protected areas and their surrounding environment more sustainably.

Pillar 3: Peace | Promoting Inclusive, Governance, Justice & Peace  Strengthening Government and non-governmental institutions’ capacity to demonstrate improved transparency, accountability, the delivery of justice and the promotion of peace and security, resulting in improved basic service delivery, lasting peace and the empowerment of women.

Under the guidance of the Deputy Resident Representative, the Programme Specialist - Peace and Resilience acts as a manager of and Advisor to Senior Management on a range of aspects. The main role is to manage the Peace and Resilience programme including continued monitoring of implementation of activities. The Programme Specialist leads the Peace and Resilience programme team in strategic planning and identifies new programme areas while ensuring consistency with UNDAF/CPD  priorities and innovative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities.

The Team Leader for the Peace and Resilience Team heads and supervises team staff working in close collaboration with the Senior Executive, Programme Support Unit, and Operations team in the Country Office, Programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub and Head Quarters as well as Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement UNDP programmes.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.As a member of the CO management team, ensures the strategic direction of UNDP programme focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough Analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of the Common Country Assessment, UNDAF, CPD, Annual Work Plans and other documents.
  • Identification of strategic programme areas of cooperation with other UN agencies and development partners.
  • Operationalization of UNDAF/ CPD in collaboration with other UN Agencies including identifying possibilities for joint programming.
  • Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the Country Office.
  • Country Office business process Mapping and establishing Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management, control of the workflows across the Peace and Resilience Pillar.
2.Ensures effective management of the Country Office’s Peace and Resilience Programme and supervision of the Programme team focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of Country Office programmes within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies.
  • Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.
  • Effective monitoring and measuring the impact of Country Office programmes including the constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment and timely readjustments of programme direction as required.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations in a timely and effective manner.
  • Ensure aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes including for donor and Government.
  • Organization of cost-recovery system for the services provided by the Country Office to projects in close collaboration with Operations Manager.
3.Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization in cooperation with the Management Support and Business Development Team focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Implementation of the Country Office’s partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes.
  • Creation and coordination of partnerships with other UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions, Government, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, the private sector, and civil society.
  • Determination of programmatic areas of cooperation, based on the strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.
4.Ensures provision of top-quality Advisory Services and facilitation of knowledge building and management, focusing on achieving 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.
  • Coordination of development of policies and institutions that will address national issues, problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Establishment of advocacy networks at the national level and linked to international networks. Support relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns with key partners.
  • Deliver sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.


Core Competencies Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

Gender issues and analysis

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Technical Advisory

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Stakeholders Management

  • Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Mentoring and capacity building

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Collaboration and Partnership

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master or advanced degree in peace and conflict studies, governance, law, public policy, public Administration, social sciences, development studies, management or related field or a Bachelors degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience.

  • 5 years (7 years if in possession of a Bachelor’s Degree) of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners is required, preferably related to peace, conflict, humanitarian response or development.
  • Experience in managing teams and development projects, including coordination, monitoring and evaluation is highly desirable.
  • Managing Successful Programme (MSP) or project management certification would be desirable.
  • Experience in establishing relationships among international organizations and national governments in the field of peace, conflict and resilience will be an asset.
  • Previous experience in UNDP and a good understanding of UNDP policies, procedures and programming modalities is an asset.
  • Computer literacy, knowledge of and experience with Microsoft office suite is a requirement.
  • Competency in digital research and analysis is a requirement.
Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in English and fluency in Tok Pisin.


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