PNUD recruits 01 Team Leader

PNUD recruits 01 Team Leader

Job Description
Agency: UNDP
Title: Team Leader-Democratic Governance
Job ID: 22630
Practice Area – Job Family: Democratic Governance
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 23/04/2019
Duty Station: Monrovia, Liberia
Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 5 year(s) experience
Languages Required: English
Grade: NOC
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Africa
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
Broadly defined, governance constitutes the mechanisms, processes, relations, and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their rights, mediate their differences and build consensus on shared interests, is a ‘work in progress’ in Liberia. A genuine and ultimate measure of success will be achieved when citizens realize their development aspirations through state institutions that work; an optimally functioning civil service; an independent judiciary; a capacitated Legislature enabled to exercise its oversight functions over the Executive, and a free media that empowers society, among others. Reforming the governance system in Liberia is at the core of efforts to consolidate peace and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), the Government’s overarching planning framework commits under its pillar four (Governance and Transparency) to two key priorities: i) to build a capable state, through enhanced public-sector performance, improved service delivery, advanced decentralization, increased local economic growth, and; ii) reducing corruption, through more effective, accountable and transparent performance by the Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs).
In tackling governance reform, emphasis and discourse has been placed on the forms and structures of national institutions, and mostly at the national level. This has resulted in the establishment of a wide variety of agencies, authorities, commissions and boards tasked with advisory and normative considerations (i.e. drafting laws and regulations). Significant investments have been made in capacity enhancement, review of institutional capacities, structures, functions, and staffing, as well as public financial management; extension of state authority to the counties and strengthening of county administrations (decentralization); and improving access to public services at the county level through de-concentration.
Under its Governance and Public Institutions Pillar, UNDP has maintained support in implementing some of the most challenging and sensitive reforms, including constitutional reform, decentralization, national reconciliation, elections, integrity and institutional reforms aimed at strengthening core government functionality. Focus is also on justice and security sector to enhance a restoration of access to justice and the rule of law with specific attention to the promotion of grassroots approaches to safety and security; engage with the formal and informal justice actors and processes to increase observation of international standards, with a focus on gender and juvenile justice. On decentralization, focus remains to provide sustained support to ensure roll-out of a County Service Centers and the accompanying passage of the Local Government Act and roll-out of implementation of key provisions of the Act. On reconciliation, priority is further analysis of conflict drivers and triggers, building social cohesion, addressing the discrimination and barriers related to economic class, gender, age and political affiliation.
Under the current and future programme, UNDP will maintain support to governance reform with a focus on inclusive governance with a strategy that focuses investments in enhancing national reconciliation, peace and social cohesion and improved service delivery and accountability through decentralized and inclusive governance. These strategies have gained special relevance and urgency since UNMIL’s final withdrawal from Liberia in March 2018.  Under justice and security, UNDP will engage with formal and informal justice actors and processes to increase observation of international standards, with a focus on gender and juvenile justice. For these reform efforts to be effectively advanced and accelerated, UNDP is seeking to recruit a Team Leader and Manager of its Governance Portfolio.
Under the supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the Team Leader, Governance and Public Institutions (GPI) Pillar acts as one of the advisers to Senior Management. In addition to the senior managerial functions, the incumbent is responsible for providing the overall Country Programme with management and supervision responsibilities, strategic planning, proactive delivery and effective implementation of the governance portfolio. The incumbent will cover the entire range of functions in the programme cycle, from conceptualization and formulation to monitoring and evaluation.  In liaison with DRR/P and other programme teams, he/she plays a lead role in the analyses of the social, economic and political context in Liberia and advises on responses to emerging complex challenges and possible areas for UNDP interventions within the Country Programme Document. In addition, he/she identifies and forges strategic partnerships with the government, UN Agencies under ONE UN Programme/UNDAF, CSOs as well as bi-laterals.
As Team Leader, the incumbent heads the Programme team within the GPI Pillar working through and with the operations team in the CO, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the UNDP programme. And as member of the CO Leadership Team, he/she may also advise on potential areas of policy that could have an impact on the country as far as governance reform is concerned. On a day to day basis, the incumbent provides direct support to DR/P in relation to policy advice and guidance to strengthen national capacity to accelerate delivery ensuring cross-programme and synergies and complementarities
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
-Strategic direction of UNDP CPD, engagement in the UN ONE Programme and related Joint UN Programmes
-Management of the CO programme and supervision of the team under the Governance Portfolio
-Management of the Country Programme and assists the DRR (P) in accelerating delivery, identifying and reporting on results and ensuring compliance with the POPP
-Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports mobilization of resources with respect to the CPD
-Provision of top-quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management
The Team Leader/GPI is responsible for coordinating and advising on formulation and delivery of UNDP’s Governance Portfolio.
-Advise and participate in the relevant pillars of the UNDAF process including promoting thematic and sectoral synergies and coordination of programme activities and execution; identify relevant areas where UNDP can leverage on its technical and advisory resources
-Advise the DRR/P and management in general on emerging issues in the governance domain that require UNDP’s attention, the allocation of resources, coordinate pillar level programme delivery, identifying bottlenecks that impede accelerated delivery and escalating them as appropriate
-Support inter-agency collaboration and joint programming with other UN agencies in line with UN system priorities established in the UNCT; act as focal point for pillar 3 and 4 of both the UNDAF and the PAPD.
-Advise the DRR/P on innovative approaches and modalities of the UNDP programme to achieve development targets focusing on those which facilitate partnership building, engagement of diverse stakeholders, etc
-Coordinate the GPI team in implementing and monitoring programme assurance activities related to the implementation of the Country Programme and assessment of national capacity in financial management and procurement of goods and services;
-Continuously assess the political and socio-economic situation and trends in the country to ensure that UNDP policy support, programmes and services are relevant and responsive to emerging priorities and needs.
-Ensure follow-up on thematic and program evaluations under GPI to ensure continuous improvement on development impact. Apply lessons learned from audit and evaluation exercises to new management efforts and program development.
-Promote knowledge management to ensure access to best available expertise and facilitate organizational learning.
As a member of the CO Senior Management Team (E-SMT), ensures the strategic direction of UNDP Country Programme and related joint UN programmes, focusing on achievement of the following results:
-Thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation the country and collaborative preparation/revision of CCA, UNDAF, CPD and any other planning instruments.
-Identification of strategic and innovative programme areas of cooperation enabling the attainment of the outcomes outlined in the CPD as aligned with the UNDAF and the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
-Support CO Leadership Team in the operationalization of UNDAF/CPD and UNDP’s inputs into the UN One Programme
Document best practices, covering concepts, strategies and implementation approaches and support the SMT in streaming programmes policies and practices.
-Working closely with relevant Government departments and IPs on related areas of support, disseminating policy decisions and responding accordingly
-Also works closely with Senior Staff from IPs responsible for the execution of Government/UNDP programmes, as well as with experts and technical personnel, related to democratic governance.
-Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and procedures and implications for the Country programme in the CO as well as with partners;
-Provide support to Senior Management in undertaking office wide activities, strategic inter agency initiatives, knowledge sharing strategies, internal office reviews and evaluations
Ensures effective management of the Democratic Governance Portfolio and related joint UN programmes and assists the DRR/P in quality control of the full cycle of the programming from design through to implementation, monitoring and reporting, achieving the following results:
-Effective application of Results Based Management tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results
-Preparation and revision of corporate programming and monitoring tools, such as, IRRF/IWP, ROAR Scorecard, substantive evaluations, etc.
-Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programmes, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with the applicable policies and procedures; incumbent performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas;
-Effective monitoring and evaluation, measuring the impacts of the CPD, democratic governance projects and related joint UN programmes.
-Sustained monitoring and analysis of the programme environment with possible timely re-adjustment of the programmes
-Organization of cost-recovery system for the services provided by the CO to projects in close collaboration with Operations Team;
-Promotion of teamwork for enhanced coordination of programme management and implementation for results
Ensures provision of top-quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achieving the following results, in the domain of sustainability:
-Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues, synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to democratic governance.
-Preparing and updating programme/projects briefs information for partners to support UNDP awareness raising activities including through preparation of statements and other communication materials for advocacy of UN principles and UNDP thematic areas
-Lead and monitor the process of implementing policy advisory services, including the organization of workshop, seminars, training and delivery of outputs (products)
-Lead the analytical and policy development work of the team and ensure high quality policy products. Contribute to the production of reports and publications, and serve as peer reviewer as appropriate;
-Sound contribution to knowledge networks and communities of practice, including Teamworks and
-Design and delivery of targeted trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme.
-Provision of substantive inputs to government policy formulation and programmes in compliance with international conventions under the auspices of the UN(DP) and follow-up on the implementation of the Government’s commitments to these conventions; these include implementation of the SDGs, especially Goal 16 that seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
-Develop country-based intelligence on country situation, interests and prospects covering governments, UNDP and major development stakeholders.
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
People Management
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Building Strategic Partnerships
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Resource Mobilization
Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
SDGs Championing
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’s degree in international development, public administration, business administration, public policy or other relevant political/social sciences.
-5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management and policy advisory services,
-Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization, national governments, civil society and local communities.
-Experience in coordinating and maintaining synergy with development partners and the UN system.
-Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
Language Requirements:
-Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable
-Non-Smoking environment
Important applicant information
All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.
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