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  • Posted: Feb 13, 2020
    Deadline: Feb 24, 2020
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  • UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development. UNDP continues to support, the government in the preparation of the second National Implementation P...
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    Partnerships Analyst


    Job ID: 28578 
    Practice Area Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery - Stabilization
    Grade: P2
    Vacancy Type: FTA International
    Posting Type: External

    Background
    Millions of civilians continue to grapple with extreme adversity across north-east Nigeria and the rest of the Lake Chad region where a recent surge in violence has uprooted tens of thousands more people, exacerbating an already dire crisis situation. An intractable extremist insurgency that has left tens of thousands of people dead, approximately 2.5 million displaced, and more than 10 million people in the region affected and in need. It is unlikely that security responses alone will be sufficient to address the complex factors that gave rise to the insurgency, and which continues to sustain it. There is increasing consensus that military efforts must be coupled with significant investments in complementary stabilization activities to benefit the local population with both local and Lake Chad Basin (LCB) regional levels, if the security-humanitarian-development nexus around Lake Chad is to be effectively addressed.

    While robust national and multi-national military operations have re-taken territory previously controlled by Boko Haram, a new approach is required to consolidate these gains and establish the conditions necessary to transition from military to civilian responsibility for security, and from the provision of humanitarian assistance to the resumption of stalled development processes.  To this end, UNDP has launched Lake Chad Basin Regional Stabilization Facility, supporting four Lake Chad Basin countries (i.e., Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad) as well as LCB regional institutions, such as the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).

    The Facility will act as a rapid-response package– delivering within 90 days of target area selection – that relevant authorities can sequence with military operations as necessary, to ensure immediate follow-up in specific locations and curtail the ability of armed opposition groups to re-infiltrate and exploit any security vacuum or community perceptions of non-responsive Government by extending an organized and effective civilian security umbrella, consolidating military progress with development ‘dividends’ for the local population.

    The National Window of the Regional Stabilization Facility for Nigeria aims to address the needs of immediate stabilization in the target areas in North-East Region of Nigeria with high degrees of insecurity, promoting the phased transition of insecure areas toward greater security, and the reduction of current volatility whereby previously secure areas have become more rather than less vulnerable.

    It is expected that various donors, such as Germany, Sweden, the UK and the EU, will make their financial contribution to the Regional Stabilization Facility. Given the extremely complicated crisis situations in the North East (NE) region of Nigeria and the LCB region as a whole, establishment and maintenance of effective donor relations is indispensable for successful implementation of the Regional Stabilization Facility and UNDP’s projects in North East Region of Nigeria. To this end, UNDP Nigeria is seeking for a qualified expert to identify, establish, and promote partnership with development partners and promote resource mobilization for the Stabilization Facility and other projects in NE Nigeria.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the supervision of the Resident Representative, the Partnership Specialist will be required to:

    • Support and maintain strong relationships with donor and government partners;
    • Support Senior Management in ensuring compliance with donor agreements and requirements;
    • Facilitate reporting and communications with donors and development partners;
    • Support Senior Management’s engagement with donors;
    • Support resource mobilization for the Stabilization Facility and NE Projects in general.

    Support and maintain strong relationships with donor and government partners:

    • Assist Senior Management in UNDP Nigeria and the Programme Team for the Stabilization Facility Nigerian Window in facilitating partner dialogues to market UNDP’s comparative advantages and obtain buy-in from the partners for their support to UNDP’s Stabilization Facility.
    • Ensure that all donor partners are well-informed on the progress and issues related to the Stabilization Facility in Nigeria and NE Projects in general, by providing pertinent and timely information, responding to the inquiries, and producing ad-hoc reports/information brief whenever required.
    • Collect donor intelligence information and conduct donor actor mapping for identification or establishment of innovative partnership and potential partners (e.g., emerging donors, the national/local government, CSOs, academic institutions, private sector);

    Support Senior Management in ensuring compliance with donor agreements and requirements:

    • Support Senior Management in UNDP Nigeria and the Programme Team for the Stabilization Facility to meet the requirements of donors, especially those relating to earmarking or special conditions outlined in agreements;
    • Facilitate partnership agreement/formalization process with new potential partners to determine concrete areas and modality for the partnerships (e.g., financial, in-kind contribution, information sharing, technical cooperation).
    • Facilitate management of donor agreements in collaboration with the respective offices (e.g., PMSU, Finance, NE Sub-Office) to ensure compliance with donor agreements, including the contribution deposit schedule, fund earmarking/restrictions, and due diligence/validation exercise.
    • Support the Programme Team in NE Sub-Office for preparation and organization of donor site visits
    • Ensure the government and donor visibility, including organization of the donor visibility occasions and issuing the public announcement on the partnerships (e.g., press release) in close collaboration with Communication Team.

    Facilitate reporting and communications for donor partners on the Stabilization Facility:

    • Oversee donor-specific and corporate reporting, ensuring reporting is in line with donor agreements and corporate standards;
    • Harmonize communications and reporting products in collaboration with M&E Officers, PMSU, and Communication Team;
    • Ensure linkage and synergy between public outreach with donor/partner outreach and communication needs in collaboration with Communication Team.

    Support Senior Management’s engagement with donors:

    • Support Senior Management meetings with high-level officials or donor meetings
    • Support content development for presentations, briefing notes, or other documentation required for Senior Management donor engagement and meetings;
    • Support senior management outreach to regional donors and host national government to communicate developments, the strategy of the Country Program Document, and priorities.

    Support for resource mobilization for the Stabilization Facility in Nigeria:

    • Assist in drafting proposals to current or potential donors in line with the donor’s interests and requirements.
    • Develop materials, strategies, and other communications or products to support resource mobilization with donors;
    • Support engagement with regional donors and with the host-country government to contribute resources to UNDP.

    Required Skills and Experience
    Education:

    • Master's Degree or equivalent in Development, International Relations, Business, or related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience at the national or international level in stabilization, partnerships, including demonstrated experience in partnerships with donors and people management.
    • Previous experience of working in donor institutions in either humanitarian or development assistance can be an asset;
    • Knowledge about the UN coordination systems, particularly on humanitarian or early recovery, would be an advantage;
    • Previous experience with UN or international organization working in crisis-affected country, would be an advantage;
    • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.

    Language Requirements:

    • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
    • Proficiency of French is an asset.

    Other:

    • Highly effective written and verbal communications skills;
    • Effective organizational skills;
    • Ability to work under pressure;
    • Demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability.

    Competencies

    Functional Competencies:
    Advocacy / Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda:

    • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate

    Results-Based Programme Development and Management:

    • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
    • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
    • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation
    • Analyzes country situation to identify opportunities for project development
    • Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly.

    Building Strategic Partnerships:

    • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues
    • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.

    Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:

    • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
    • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches

    Resource Mobilization:

    • Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors
    • Develops a database of project profiles.  Identifies opportunities for project proposals for presentation to donors.

    Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

    • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
    • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.

    Job Knowledge / Technical Expertise

    • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
    • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
    • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
    • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
    • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments.

    Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals:

    • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences
    • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for UNDP’s mandate

    Client Orientation:

    • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
    • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
    • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.

    Core Competencies:

    • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity 
    • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
    • Self-development, initiative-taking
    • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
    • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
    • Creating synergies through self-control
    • Managing conflict
    • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
    • Informed and transparent decision making.

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    Consultant: Data Visualisation Specialist

    Additional Category: Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
    Type of Contract: Individual Contract
    Post Level: International Consultant
    Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start): 1st April, 2020.
    Duration of Initial Contract: 6 months
    Expected Duration of Assignment: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

    Background
    UNDP Nigeria has established a Knowledge Hub to enhance its ability to make timely and evidence-based interventions, particularly in areas of Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism, conflict prevention and human security. A new type of ‘development intelligence gathering’, i.e. continuous monitoring and data collection, is crucial to inform UNDP’s work for early warning, adjust interventions to maximize preventive efforts and initiate new thematic approaches. Trend analyses and ad-hoc policy briefs will also inform interventions of UNDP’s development partners in this field. Through harnessing the potential offered by both old and new sources of data, it is UNDP’s hope that the accuracy and precision of its development responses are increased and a strong foundation for meaningful public policy making, efficient resource allocation and effective public service delivery is created. The ultimate objective of the Knowledge Hub is to harness data, including real time data, for development through providing evidence-based intelligence that can be translated to meaningful policies and planning for development impact.

    Reporting to the UNDP Nigeria RR’s Office, the Knowledge Hub will consist of three complementary Units that work in mutual complementarity, cross-pollination and strong collaboration, which is required because of the highly specialized individual expertise in each of the units.

    Data Analysis Unit, which will focus on collection of primary data, establishment and maintenance of a database of ‘development intelligence’, the analysis of the data collected as well reporting of the results. This unit will include five data analysts specializing in the following areas; big data, GIS/geospatial analysis, visualisation, survey methodology and econometrics/social sciences. Reporting & Programming Unit, which will produce reports and tools using primary data collected into ongoing and future programming of the entire UN Country Team in the domains of PVE, conflict prevention and human security. Partnerships Unit, which will manage strategic partnerships with third party (local) researchers throughout Nigeria, as well as with local and international (academic) institutions for quality assurance of the knowledge products.

    This recruitment is for a Data Visualisation Specialist that will be part of Data Analysis Unit within the Knowledge Hub. The Data Visualisation Specialist will implement data visualization products to communicate applied innovative data projects. He/She will provide guidance and support producing visualizations, dashboards and interactive web applications across the Knowledge Hub teams.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the direct supervision of the Knowledge Hub Coordinator, the Data Visualisation expert will:

    • Lead and coordinate visual analytics projects related to the Knowledge Hub’s as well as UNDP Nigeria CO initiatives and work with multiple partners including UN agencies, government entities, the private sector and academia;
    • Create information products that synthesize large amounts of information obtained from data science analysis techniques into insights relevant to development subject experts;
    • Lead and produce scalable interactive web applications;
    • Perform quick data visualization studies that can help the overall understanding of data sets and problem statements relevant UNDP Nigeria teams and its partners;
    • Produce visual representations of data findings/trends, including those resulting from spatial analysis, and information products to communicate innovation projects outcomes to different stakeholders;
    • Provide support in developing partnerships and networks, including engagement with researchers from the data visualization, information design and human-computer interaction communities;
    • Support the communications strategy of the Hub in producing relevant communication material including infographics and presentations
    • Advise strategically about uses of data visualization and how data use interacts with data design;
    • Advise the Knowledge Hub in the use data visualization and information design;
    • Participate in workshops, meetings and conferences as needed and provide support with other related tasks as requested by the Hub Coordinator.

    The key results have an impact on creation a development intelligence-gathering whereby the continuous monitoring collection of real-time data and its subsequent analysis contributes towards improved and evidence-based interventions that can improve the lives of the people UNDP Nigeria serves.

    Through the use of twenty-first-century approach to impact monitoring, building social software for evidence-based decision making, and identifying new areas of effective and innovative ways of intervention and monitoring, the key results will have an impact towards contributing to new, efficient and innovative ways for UNDP to deliver on its mandate as well as its contribution towards operationalisation of the SDGs. These key results will also allow the Hub to sustain visibility among both domestic and international audiences as well as a thought leader at the time reaching resource mobilisation targets.

    Required Skills and Experience
    Education:

    • Advanced University Degree in Design, Computer Science, Data Science, International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, or other relevant discipline
    • A First-Level University Degree in combination with an additional four years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Advanced University Degree.

    Experience:

    • A minimum of five years of experience in data / information visualization, information design, or related discipline is required;
    • Experience working in humanitarian, development or other public sector is an asset;
    • Experience in human-centered design is required;
    • Experience in developing visualization-applications using libraries and software like D3.js, Vega-Light, Leaflet.js, Processing/P5.js, CartoDB, or Mapbox;
    • Proven experience in developing data-driven infographics with a strong understanding of graphic design fundamentals.
    • Proficiency in the use software required to create data-driven infographics (for e.g. Adobe software (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc.))
    • Experience in developing front-end for web-applications using libraries like Bootstrap, Materialize, AngularJS, ReactJS, ember.js, or similar applications is required;
    • Experience in developing back-end for web-applications using frameworks and libraries like Python, Django, CherryPy, SQL, or node.js is an asset;
    • Experience in cleaning and processing various types of data is desired;
    • Proven ability to communicate complex, abstract concepts using both visual, and written language is required;
    • Experience in delivering presentations to various audiences as well as leading capacity-building courses and workshops is required;
    • Experience in using data science frameworks and interfaces like SciPy, NumPy, Pandas, Jupyer Notebook, R, or similar is a strong asset;
    • Proven ability to manage relationships with partners, including peers, government, universities, UN organizations, NGOs, or private sector is a strong asset;
    • Familiarity with the big data for development field is a strong asset.

    Language and other Requirements:

    • Fluent written and oral English required. Knowledge of another UN language an asset.
    • Candidates will submit their portfolio and examples of their work with their applications

    Evaluation Criteria:

    • Advanced University Degree in Design, Computer Science, Data Science, International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, or other relevant disciplines - 15 points
    • Experience in developing visualization-applications using libraries and software like D3.js, Vega-Light, Leaflet.js, Processing/P5.js, CartoDB, or Mapbox - 25 points
    • Experience in creating data-driven infographics and presentations with proficiency in graphic design fundamentals, including branding work - 25 points
    • Experience in developing front-end for web-applications using libraries like Bootstrap, Materialize, AngularJS, ReactJS, ember.js, or similar application - 25 points
    • Candidate’s portfolio illustrates a diverse range of infographics using various visualisation tools - 10 points.

    Competencies

    Desired Competencies:

    • Ability to think visually about data;
    • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information to create clear graphics is required.
    • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
    • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
    • Ability to think critically and openly;
    • Ability to multi-task and coordinate several assignments;
    • Shows pride in work and in achievements;
    • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
    • Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
    • Ability to show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
    • Ability to remains calm in stressful situations.
    • Openness to listening to others, correctly interpreting messages from others and responding appropriately;
    • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
    • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
    • Very good organizational, visual, written and verbal communication skills;
    • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping others informed;
    • Team player.

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    Programme Coordinator, Spotlight Initiative

    Job ID: 28700
    Practice Area - Job Family
    Management - Programme
    Grade: NOC
    Vacancy Type: FTA Local
    Posting Type: Common System
    Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

    Background
    Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today and is a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human rights and development and therefore a threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In Nigeria, gender-based violence is widespread, and 30 percent of women aged 15-49 have reported experiences of sexual abuse. Nigeria also has high prevalence of harmful practices such as child marriage (currently, 43 percent of girls are married before age 18) and female genital mutilation (FGM), reported at 25 percent prevalence.
     
    In response to this situation, the United Nations (UN) in partnership with the European Union (EU) are embarking on a global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) - the Spotlight Initiative. The initiative will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in a focused number of countries, including Nigeria, aimed at achieving significant impact in the lives of women and girls.
     
    The Initiative will ensure that all women and girls benefit from adequate legislation and policies, gender responsive institutions, violence prevention programmes, essential services, comparable and reliable data, and strong women’s movements and civil society organizations. In Nigeria, the United Nations and its partners have developed a comprehensive Country Programme based on t key six programmatic pillars:

    • Laws and Policies;
    • Institutions;
    • Prevention and Social Norms;
    • Services;
    • Data; and
    • Women’s movement.

    In Nigeria, the programme will specifically focus on prevention efforts, particularly addressing the root causes of gender-based violence and harmful practices (child marriage and FGM) against women and girls; and ensuring access to inclusive, timely, and quality services for victims and survivors.
     
    As this is a large, multi-stakeholder, multi-year project, a full-time dedicated team is required to implement the programme. The United Nations Country Team in Nigeria is therefore seeking a Programme Coordinator to be imbedded at the Resident Coordinator’s Office to oversee harmonization and coordination of  the programme components for results.

    Under the overall guidance of the Resident Coordinator, the direct supervision of the UN Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office, and in consultation with the participating UN agencies, the Programme Coordinator provides support to the Resident Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the Spotlight Initiative implementation by RUNOs. That includes planning; overseeing implementation, supporting RUNOs to stay on track with their agreed deliverable and budgets; guiding communication and visibility; promoting agencies’ leadership to advance programme elements; convening the National Steering Committee; ensuring a joint monitoring of the joint workplan; serving as secretariat to the National Steering Committee; ensuring adequate flow of information to all RUNOs; ensuring a joint narrative of results between all implementation components of the programme as well as consolidating reporting according to timelines.
     
    The Programme Coordinator will oversee the SI coordination team and work in close collaboration with the Technical Coherence specialists in the lead agencies the agencies who will advise on technical coherence of this programme, as well as assist other SI staff and RUNOs to perform the role assigned to them under the Spotlight Initiative.
     
    Duties and Responsibilities
    Coordinate the implementation and management of the Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria:

    • Work closely with different RUNOs to ensure a coordinated, well-functioning and aligned presence of the Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria;
    • Work closely with the RUNOs to support the RC in overseeing implementation, schedules, deliverables and budgets as articulated in the programme document and liaise with the Spotlight Secretariat when programme revisions are foreseen;
    • Ensure the programme is implemented in compliance with the approved document and in collaboration with RUNOs, Implementing Partners and the National Steering Committee (NSC);
    • Provide strategic support to achieve programme outcomes, consolidate AWP, budgets and reports;
    • Lead the development of system and processes necessary for the tracking, planning and execution of all programme activities and programme-related governance structures;
    • Oversee the monitoring of the programme implementation at all stages, with particular an special attention to the analysis of risks and other difficulties, initiate remedial actions when necessary;
    • Support UN Women to facilitate the Mid-Term Review, periodic evaluations and the independent final Evaluation;
    • Provide support, coordinate the convening, and act as the Secretary to the National Steering Committee; the Civil Society Reference Group and the Technical Committee prepare working documents for discussion at CLSC and ATG meetings;
    • Ensure the timely preparation of joint substantive, financial and other project reports stipulated in the Programming Document for their submission to MDTF and the EU and the annual workplan including the financing required; (Steering Committee).

    Facilitate technical assistance, programme development advisory services, and capacity development to the Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria:

    • Oversee the technical coherence through the supporting the SI Technical Coherence Staff and link to SI implementation approach and strategy
    • Ensure the programme team draws from the relevant experts in the agencies to support programme implementation and results
    • Facilitate the joint delivery of results by the different RUNOs that will reduce transactional costs, duplication and build economies of scale
    • Organize periodic consultations with key stakeholders to gather inputs on the programme design, as necessary
    • Prepare and provide guidance for staff and implementing partners on RBM and performance indicators including the Spotlight Initiative implementation strategy focusing on outputs and outcomes
    • Provide reports to and advise the Resident Coordinator on programme performance and results;
    • Coordinate with all key partners including the UN, government, donor and civil society to ensure harmonization of SI interventions with other efforts particularly on capacity-building and technical assistance

    Manage human and financial resources of the Spotlight Initiative programme:

    • Manage the RCO allocated Programme Management Unit (PMU) budget and finalize financial reports from RCO’s allocated budget and provide relevant support to RUNOs in consolidation of their plans and reports
    • Oversee the work of other members of the Spotlight PMU team, via mentoring and effective supervision of their work

    Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

    • Lead and manage advocacy and communication efforts (in collaboration with RUNOs and UNCG);
    • Represent the Spotlight Initiative in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Spotlight programmes;
    • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
    • Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on Spotlight Initiative programmes with input from thematic experts from the agencies.
    • Lead the development of a joint resource mobilization and sustainability strategy in coordination with the RCO Partnership Officer; Head of RCO and RC and UNCT

    Core Competencies
    Innovation:

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

    Leadership:

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

    People Management:

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

    Communication:

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

    Delivery:

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

    Technical / Functional:
    Management and Coordination:

    • Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration.
    • Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.
    • Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

    Strategic Planning:

    • Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission:
    • Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

    Partnership:

    • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships:

    Resource Mobilization:

    • Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)

    Project Management:

    • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

    Knowledge Management

    • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

    Gender Equality:

    • Knowledge of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) policy and principles and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations:

    Required Skills and Experience    
    Education:

    • Master's Degree in Social Sciences, Human Rights, Gender / Women's Studies, International Development, or a related field is required

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the international or national level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
    • Proven experience in coordinating and liaising with government agencies and civil society;
    • A project / programme management certification would be an added advantage.
    • Technical experience in EVAW or SGVBV is a strong asset;
    • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
    • Experience in leading / managing a team is an asset.
    • Experience and knowledge in of the Africa especially West Africa region is asset

    Language Requirements:

    • English
    • Working knowledge of other UN languages desirable
    • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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    Programme Analyst - Small Arms and Light Weapons Project (SALWP)

    Job ID: 28557
    Practice Area Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery SMALL ARMS
    Grade: NOA
    Vacancy Type: FTA Local
    Posting Type: Common System
    Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

    Background
    The effective control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) is one of the major global prerequisites for peace building, sustainable development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Peace and security challenges in West Africa are primarily about preventing conflicts and bringing development. A major lesson UNDP learned over the years is that where small arms and armed violence dominate, development suffers.

    The fight against the trafficking of small arms and light weapons continues to prove a major challenge to the growth and development path for many countries despite earlier initiatives undertaken by different partners, UNDP, EU ECOWAS and government to provide support to member states. Post-election violence, recurrent armed violence, resurgent of the Boko Haram, activities of bandits, kidnappers and other organized crimes are a manifestation of the easy availability of SALW in the sub region.
     
    Thus, the Regional Small Arms project seeks to support ECOWAS in its capacity to effectively address factors of instability and reinforce a proactive approach to peacebuilding, conflict prevention and resolution in West Africa. It is an intervention implemented by UNDP Nigeria Country Office to support the implementation of the Peace Security and Stability Mandate (PSSM) which Specifically, Small Arms Project seeks to advance implementation of the component "Practical Disarmament" of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework in Member-States (ECPF) in line with the ECOWAS convention on small arms

    The position is under the overall supervision of the Regional Coordinator/Team Lead and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), the incumbent will be primarily providing support in coordinating implementation of the Small Arms project activities for the OCWAR-T, ECOWAS/ EU/ GIZ/ UNDP and other intervention of the small arms project in Nigeria and African region. He/she will also provide technical support to the team lead in the management of the project. The incumbent provides support to the Regional Lead to coordinate the activities of the respective national coordinators to ensure smooth implementation of project deliverables. He/she will work in close collaboration with CO management, Programme and Operations teams of UNDP Nigeria to deliver on project results and ensure prompt reporting in line with the programme and partnerships agreements.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Support partnerships coordination between relevant stakeholders i.e. ECOWAS, European Union, GIZ, and in liaison with UNDP SALW regional office in the project countries;
    • Support the coordination efforts of the respective project countries in the MRU and
    • Sahel to deliver a significant reduction in the proliferation of Small Arms and Light weapons and substituting them with concrete development interventions which affect livelihoods positively;
    • Supporting the strengthening of the existing NATCOMs capacity in the project countries including Nigeria to perform their functions in accordance with the provisions of the ECOWAS convention;
    • The position requires close collaboration with project staff in other countries of project implementation (Burkina Faso, Cote d’lvoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone) to ensure smooth implementation.

    Responsibilities
    Supports overall coordination of implementation of work plans for the Small Arms programme in-country:

    • Provide support in the day-to-day administration and programme of the project, providing direction and validating project deliverables of the NATCOMs for the approval by the National Technical Committee.
    • Support national coordinators to formulate Annual Work Plans to ensure efficient implementation of project deliverables.
    • Provide support to ensure the effective implementation of the programme through the provision of appropriate guidelines and development of programme personnel in accordance with UNDP's policies and procedures.
    • Provides support to the project team lead in the coordination of Project Steering Committee meetings and composed of high-level representatives from the European Union, ECOWAS, GIZ, GFFO and UNDP.
    • Ensures preparation of projects briefs, analysis and presentation of project information for preparation of progress reports as well as accurate financial reporting on all the project activities.
    • Provide support to ensure quality assurance for the project in-country and for monitoring project deliverables based on the quarterly reports.

    Provides effective support to management of the project focusing on the achievement of the following results:

    • Creation of required project entries in Atlas, preparation of required budget revisions, revision of project award and project status, determination of unutilized funds, operational and financial close of a project.
    • Provision of guidance to the implementing partners on routine implementation of projects.
    • Presentation of information for audit, supports implementation of audit recommendations.

    Support the process of programme reporting in line with donor agreements and ensure accurate communication of development results:

    • Provides programme support in the coordination of National Technical Committee meetings composed of representatives from the ECOWAS, EU, NATCOMs, CSOs and relevant stakeholders.
    • Provides support on ensuring quality project reports, quarterly and annually for partner in line with donor reporting guidelines.
    • Support the team lead and serve as liaison between UNDP and partners to ensure that national partners such as the NATCOMs and the CSO's are constantly involved in the implementation and dissemination of information.

    Supports Regional Team Lead to identify strategies for mobilizing resources and partnerships in the following areas:

    • Conduct external and internal analysis for assessing additional opportunities in resource mobilization for respective NATCOMS.
    • Actively participate in the implementation of the Partnership and Resource Mobilization (PRM) Strategy for the project
    • Support team lead in the negotiation, drafting and revision of agreements with donors.

    Provide support to ensure quality control of project implementation in line with the UNDP’s policy on publishing project data to the global standard on International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI):

    • Update baselines, indicators, targets and results for all outputs under the Small arms project.
    • 6. Facilitates Communications, knowledge building and knowledge sharing as required by the development partners, focusing on the following results:
    • Ensure communication of development results of the project are shared with the partners as well as within UNDP.
    • Actively participate to identify and formulate lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader ECOWAS knowledge management efforts.
    • Ensure lessons from project are shared as contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

    Impact of Results:

    • The key results will have an impact on the coordination of the respective project activities in the MRU and Sahel to deliver significant reduction in the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons and substituting them with development interventions which affect livelihoods positively; and strengthening of the existing NATCOMs to perform their functions in accordance with the provisions of the ECOWAS convention.
    • Help achieve the regional project objectives and provide sound analytical inputs and advice with respect to coordination of activities involving multinational partners/donors.

    Required Skills and Experience
    Education:

    • Advanced University Degree (Master's) in Social Sciences, Business Management, Accounting, Sociology, International Relations, Political Science or related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in project fund management and budget management in UN or NGO at the national or international level. Demonstrated experience in programme management and coordination, multi-donor relations and communications for development.
    • Experience in monitoring and evaluation is essential. Sound knowledge of Small Arms and light weapons related issues and good knowledge of regional instruments on Small Arms and Light Weapons and Ammunition management.
    • Good understanding of UNDP, ECOWAS and EU’s rules and procedures, financial system and programme implementation module in the ECOWAS sub region.
    • Good knowledge of UNDP programme management procedures is critical. Knowledge of ECOWAS, EU and GIZ programme implementation procedures is an advantage.

    Language Requirements:

    • Fluency in the UN and national language of the duty station.

    Competencies

    Functional Competencies:
    Advocacy / Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda:

    • Preparing information for advocacy
    • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate


    Results-Based Programme Development and Management:

    • Contributes into results through primary research and analysis
    • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
    • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
    • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation.

    Building Strategic Partnerships:

    • Maintaining a network of contacts
    • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up to date on partnership related issues
    • Analyses and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.

    Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:

    • Enhancing processes or products
    • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.

    Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations):

    • Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategies
    • Analyses information/databases on potential and actual donors

    Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

    • Basic Research and Analysis
    • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things

    Job Knowledge / Technical Expertise:

    • Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
    • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical speciality relating to the position
    • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
    • Strives to keep job knowledge up to date through self-directed study and other means of learning
    • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.

    Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals:

    • Preparing information for global advocacy
    • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences

    Client Orientation:

    • Establishing effective client relationships
    • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
    • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.

    Method of Application

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