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  • Posted on: 25 September, 2014 Deadline: 8 October, 2014
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    On behalf of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Nigeria), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announces the following vacancies:



    This position is with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG). The National Programme Officer, Coordination with Non-State Actors will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative, and direct supervision of the Project Expert, Access to Justice. S/he will be responsible for assisting in the implementation of activities aimed at increasing the role of Non-State Actors in facilitating access to justice under Outcome 3 of the project, in line with written guidelines and instructions developed by UNODC on project management cycle and project implementation

    The National Programme Officer, Coordination with Non-State Actors will:

    •     Participate in the development, and ensure timely implementation of work plans pertaining to specified activities under the project.
    •     Participate in identification, verification and vetting of various Non-State Actors based on mapping exercises, and assist in building collaboration and partnership with them, to ensure their effective participation in the project.
    •     Closely coordinate project support and training to Non-State Actors in legal and human rights awareness raising and legal aid provision activities.
    •     Contribute to project support to Non-State Actors working on Prisons reform/rehabilitation, and education and awareness to Prisoners, including vulnerable Prisoners.
    •     Provide advice to the Project Coordinator and Project Officer as well as other members of the project team as appropriate on local considerations and reality for proper and effective implementation of activities related to access to justice.
    •     Ensure that all progress reports pertaining to specified activities are prepared in a timely manner and that their quality and details are up to standard.
    •     In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, assist in the periodic review of the monitoring and evaluation systems of project activities.
    •     Document best practices and lessons learnt in working with State and Non-State Actors to improve their capacity in delivering access to justice, in a manner that can be shared and disseminated to various stakeholders.
    •     Coordinate with UNICEF on activities conducted with Non-State Actors in juvenile justice.
    •     Perform other related duties as assigned.


    •     Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal justice in Nigeria in general and more specifically to access to justice;
    •     Knowledgeable of programme management cycle, including monitoring & evaluation tools and reporting on results, in particular as regards project impact and areas of improvement;
    •     Ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues;
    •     Shows pride in work and in achievements;
    •     Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
    •     Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
    •     Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
    •     Remains calm in stressful situations;
    •     Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


    •     Actively seeks to improve programmes or services;
    •     Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas;
    •     Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas;
    •     Thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

    Client Orientation:

    •     Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
    •     Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
    •     Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
    •     Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep them informed and anticipate problems;
    •     Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.


    •     Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
    •     Works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside of UNODC to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
    •     Places team agenda before personal agenda;
    •     Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    •     Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

    Planning & Organizing:

    •     Able to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work while prioritizing competing demands;
    •     Able to work on tight deadlines;
    •     Knowledge on how to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
    •     Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
    •     Monitors and adjusts plans and projects as necessary;
    •     Uses time efficiently.

    Required Skills and Experience

    •     Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in law, criminology, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public administration, or related field.


    •     A minimum of 4 years of progressive professional experience in criminal justice or a related field in a national, international or civil society organization.
    •     At least 3 years of progressively responsible experience in project management, coordination work, capacity building or partnership with federal/State judicial institutions required.
    •     Substantial experience in results-based management, project monitoring, reporting and evaluation an asset.
    •     Work experience in the United Nations System or European Union funded projects would be an advantage.


    •     English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
    •     For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset.

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    Job Purpose   

    • The NPPP-M&E provides overall technical support for monitoring and evaluation and data management across the full range of the work of the Kaduna  DO.
    • S/he analyses and assesses relevant political, social and economic trends and provides substantive inputs to project formulation, monitoring and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and State development frameworks. The NPPP-M&E guides and facilitates the delivery of UNFPA’s programmes by monitoring results achieved during implementation.
    • S/he guides the development of methodologies as well as capacity development in monitoring and evaluation principles and practices to ensure relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and impact of the work of the UNFPA.  S/he works in close collaboration with the Country Office to ensure compliance with technical norms, rules and regulations.
    • S/he supports States to build capacity in data generation, data quality and use.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    •     In collaboration with State Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners, contributes substantively to the formulation and design of the Country Program and its component projects in line with State Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures. Ensures quality of program/project design incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best/good practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms and systems.
    •     Analyzes and interprets the political, social and economic environment relevant to population and development, reproductive health and gender, and identifies opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention. Keeps abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, State plans and development frameworks, and prepares briefs and inputs for policy dialogue, technical assistance coordination, and development frameworks.
    •     Expedites and coordinates program/project monitoring establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, State government counterparts and other UN agencies facilitating timely and efficient monitoring of project inputs and addressing training needs of project personnel.
    •     Helps create and document knowledge about current and emerging population development trends, RH and gender issues, by analyzing program, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best/good practices, and shares with management for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies.
    •     Assists advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of Country Office by preparing relevant documentation including project summaries, conference papers, speeches, Donor profiles, and participating in Donor meetings and public information events.
    •     Assume the overall responsibility for overseeing Decentralized Office Monitoring and Evaluation
    •     In conjunction with other technical staff at the DOs, provide support and guidance to the DOs program planning, monitoring and evaluation activities including State-level  planning and reviews of AWP activities
    •     Prepare quarterly and annual reports on the program implementation, schedule and financial status and assist in the preparation of the Annual Work Plans (AWPs) for all the States covered by the DOs
    •     Document lessons learned from program design and implementation at the DOs with a view to contributing to relevant bulletins for the Country Office
    •     Monitor the development of Action Plans and the implementation of the recommendations of mission and field visits or missions to the DOs
    •     Assess training needs relevant to monitoring, evaluation and management information systems and provide, if required, training to DOs and IP staff.
    •     Operationalize the Country Office arrangements for collecting, analyzing and reporting programme data to ensure the quality and availability of data to measure indicators for evidence-based programming at the DOs;
    •     Develop the Program mid- and end-of-year reports for the DOs with a view to contributing to the Country Office wider mid-year and annual reports
    •     Provide technical and multi-sectoral support to the DOs and support all M&E and data-related issues in the humanitarian program of the Office as the need arises
    •     Work with the state HMIS Officers in the States Ministries of Health to ensure routine NHMIS data are transmitted from the PHC through the LGAs to the national level
    •     Support the State HMIS Officers and the LGA M&E Officers to coordinate the periodic LGA M&E meetings to strengthen the data quality, management and use processes at these levels.
    •     Perform any other tasks as assigned by the Head of DOs, UNFPA Representative or Deputy Representative.

    The NPPP-M&E facilitates the work of consultants, advisors, and experts and establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bilateral Donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues.  S/he must effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to jointly contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate. The NPPP is a substantive contributor to the programme team in the Country Office. Internal contacts include the Programme Coordinator, NPO-M&E in the Abuja Office, and other CO’s programme/ technical team. External contacts include other UN agencies in country, and counterparts and partners in Country Program activities, including international and national NGOs, experts etc.


    •     Exemplifying integrity
    •     Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
    •     Embracing cultural diversity
    •     Embracing change

    Core Competencies

    •     Achieving results
    •     Being accountable
    •     Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen
    •     Thinking analytically and strategically
    •     Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships
    •     Communicating for impact

    Required Skillset

    •     Strategically positioning UNFPA programmes
    •     Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness
    •     Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information
    •     Providing a technical support system
    •     Strengthening the programming capacity of implementing partners
    •     Facilitating quality programmatic results
    •     Internal and External relations and advocacy for results mobilization.

    Qualifications and Experience
    The Ideal Candidate should:

    •     Be a Nigerian National (Male or Female)
    •     Have a Master’s degree in   Public Health, Population, Demography and/or other related social science field, with specific training in principles and practice of monitoring and evaluation including in humanitarian settings.
    •     Possess a minimum of 3  years post graduate professional working experience and expertise in monitoring and evaluation of Population and Reproductive Health.
    •     Have Experience in data collection, management information system and data base management;
    •     Be experienced in working with government institutions and Donor organizations.
    •     Be familiar with issues on population, reproductive health, gender and youth.
    •     Have a strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written English.
    •     Have ability to work under pressure.
    •     Have excellent communication and human relation skills.
    •     Have proficiency in current office software applications is mandatory.

    Method of Application

    The UN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click here to apply online.

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