Title: National Programme Officer
Job ID: 22696
Practice Area – Job Family: Capacity Development
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 21/04/2019
Duty Station: Bujumbura, Burundi
Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
Languages Required: French
Vacancy Type: National Regular UN Volunteer
Posting Type: External
Contract Duration: 12 months
This position is only open for burundians
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, established as an international financial institution in 1977. Working with poor rural people, governments, donors, non-governmental organizations and many other partners, IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing poor rural people’s access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.
Since 1980, IFAD has financed and administered 14 rural development programmes and projects in Burundi for a total amount of USD 554.2 million, including IFAD’s USD 281.3. Seven of these projects are already closed. The financing provided by IFAD consists of full grant funding based on the Debt Sustainability Framework. IFAD’s interventions are geared towards rural areas with a high incidence of poverty by targeting the most vulnerable households.
IFAD’s strategy in Burundi, as documented in its Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (COSOP) for 2016-2021, is aligned with the government’s National agriculture investments programme (PNIA) as well as the National Development programme (2018-2027). The COSOP’s strategic objectives are to:
Continue to expand and maintain investments in production by adopting a rational ecosystem management to build climate change resilience and ensure the sustainability of results and impact.
Develop value chains by structuring producer organizations to promote economic growth while building climate change resilience.
Strengthen the involvement of vulnerable groups in economic dynamics in general, and those promoted within the value chains supported in particular.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within the terms of the organization’s delegated authority, and under the direct supervision of IFAD Country Programme Manager, the UN Volunteer will provide technical and administrative support and undertake the following tasks:
· Assist the IFAD Country Office (ICO) in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Burundi portfolio;
· Assist the ICO in the proper management of Service Level Agreement and Host Country Agreement at Country Office level;
· Support the preparation of the Burundi COSOP mid-term review;
· Support the organization and participate in projects’ implementation support and supervision and completion missions, focusing on programme management, Knowledge Management and on any other cross-cutting element;
· Monitor progress on projects and programme’s activities and results;
· Provide inputs on progress of UNDAF’s implementation and monitoring;
· Support the ICO in maintaining regular interactions and information exchange with stakeholders especially Rome based agencies, the UN, the government, the private sector and farming communities;
· Attend meetings as requested by the Country Director and provide IFAD with relevant information;
· Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for publications through websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
· Performs other required duties as requested by the Country Director.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
· Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
· Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
· Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
· Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
· Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
· Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
-Enhanced technical quality of IFAD country activities and results through programme (COSOP) and projects (grants and loans) design, supervision, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (ORMS), reporting (PSR) of completion (PCR) activities;
-Effectively analysed, documented, and disseminated national and local issues, conditions, best practices and lessons learned within IFAD and among partner development agencies;
-Aide memoire and associated appendixes in the Supervision mission report (Main report and Working papers) or parts of the Concept Notes/Project Design Reports produced by the country office drafted for discussions;
-IFAD’s interventions show-cased during meetings with development partners, government, private sector and beneficiaries;
-Progress report on the contribution of the portfolio related to UNDAF’s implementation.
Competencies and values:
-Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
-Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
-Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
-Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
-Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working
relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
-Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
-Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
-Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.
With an area of 27,834 km², an estimated population of 11.2 million and GDP per capita of US$320 in current dollars in 2017, Burundi is one of the world’s poorest countries. Demographic growth runs at 3.21 per cent. Population density was on the order of 415 inhabitants/km² in 2018. The country is ranked 185 out of 189 countries and territories (2018).
The socio-political context is still fragile. Since independence, Burundi has experienced great political instability with many crises (1972, 1988, 1993), which have had negative impacts leading to increased poverty and extreme poverty. After the peace agreement signed in 2000 in Arusha, the country experienced a relative lull which favoured a slight economic recovery. However, the 2015 presidential elections triggered again a political crisis that has resulted in several deaths and nearly 275,000 refugees and displaced people. Since the end of 2016, the security situation has improved significantly and the displacement on the ground are done without difficulty. In 2018, there is a return of refugees and a new round of negotiations is planned again in Arusha between the GoB and the opposition parties under the inter-Burundian dialogue. However, The domestic landscape will remain highly volatile ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
A valid passport with visa is mandatory. https://www.visa-en-ligne.com/pays/Burundi.php
A certificate of yellow-fever vaccination is required. Hepatitis A and malaria prevention are recommended. It is advisable not to drink tap water. Bottled mineral water can be bought in all towns. Hospitals are located in all major towns. There is also the UN Dispensary that can provide 1st aid assistance and guidance.
In Burundi, the climate is mild or warm, and varies according to altitude, while there is little seasonal variation in temperature. Much of the country is occupied by a plateau, at an altitude of around 1,500/1,800 meters (5,000/6,000 feet), but in the west there is also a lower region, around 800 meters (2,600 feet), as well as a mountainous belt.
The unit of currency is the Burundi franc (BIF). There is on ongoing shortage of foreign-exchange reserves which may force the authorities to make gradual corrective devaluations. US dollar is the hard currency of preference. It may be impossible to exchange travellers’ cheques away from the capital. Credit cards are usually only accepted at the major hotels in Bujumbura
In addition to Kirundi , French is the major spoken language.
Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers
The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.
Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event the duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. The applicable Volunteer Living Allowance is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.
Furthermore, in non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, a Well-Being Differential (WBD) will be provided monthly.
UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.
 Source: World Bank
Required Skills and Experience
Qualifications, skills, experience:
Degree level: Master’s degree
Type of Degree: University degree in Agricultural Business, Rural Finance, International Development or other related field.
·Years of work experience: Minimum of 2-5 years of previous job experience in programme design, implementation, supervision and loan/grant administration with International financial institutions, development cooperation agencies, etc
·Good knowledge and skills in dealing with rural and farming communities
·Past work experience with IFAD will be an asset
·Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
·Knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training
·Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in a courteous and service-oriented manner in a demanding working condition
·Ability towards analytical and creative thinking for rapid solutions
·Excellent oral and writing skills, good analytical skills, good organizational skills
·Flexible and adaptable.
Language (s): Fluency in French is required. Knowledge of English is desirable. Driving license required: No
* Knowledge of Microsoft applications word, Publishers, PPT, excel and PowerPoint.
* Ability to use internet.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.