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National Project Manager-SALAM Project (Re-advertisement)


About UNDP Afghanistan

UNDP supports stabilization, state building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.

Job Summary

Summary of key functions:

Ensure direction of project activities and achievement of project targets and results
Ensure day-to-day management of the project
Ensure provision of high-quality technical advice and build partnerships
Facilitate knowledge building and management

Job Details

Date Posted: 06 May 2018 Reference: 16186
Closing Date: 20 May 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Management Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 10 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

1.Ensures the direction of project activities and the achievement of project targets and results, by focusing on the following results:

In accordance with the Project Document and in close coordination with the Ministry of Labour Social Affairs Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) who is the project implementing partner (IP) and the project specialists, plan and develop project Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and establish Annual Targets according to UNDP CO timelines. Design project budget. Ensure that AWP activities suggested are in line with the overall direction set by the Project Document and lead to achievements of project targets and results.
Oversee and coordinate development and formulation of detailed implementation plans, procurement and human resources, communication and risk management plans for the Project. Coordinate and ensure timely updates of all planning instruments in close collaboration with relevant CO units.
Ensure implementation of activities as per AWP and agreed deadlines as well as according to detailed implementation, procurement and HR plans. Identify bottlenecks and develop solutions. Regularly meet with IP and other project counterparts.
Assess project impact and oversee the appropriateness and accuracy of methods used to verify progress and results.
Establish adequate monitoring procedures and systems throughout project activities in close collaboration with the CO Results Team. Ensure that adequate systems are in place to gather data and information for project monitoring and that systematic monitoring of project progress against targets is undertaken, including regular field trips for monitoring purposes. Develop innovative improvements to enhance performance of the project.
Ensure that UNDP´s results-management systems are kept updated for project results-information including ATLAS project management module.
Manage the accurate and timely high-quality results reporting on the progress of the project and achievement of annual targets to the Project Board and donors. Ensure that donor and UNDP reports are prepared according to UNDP’s SOPs, quality standards and in line with the contractual obligations to project donors. Ensure that all internal and external reports are submitted by deadlines.
Coordinate and prepare ad hoc thematic and substantive reports/analysis/briefs.
Implement project communications activities in close collaboration with the CO Communications Team.
Organise and participate in project level coordination meetings and/or technical working groups as per project document and AWP. Share information on technical project-related issues with donors, other partners and stakeholders.
Implement project governance arrangements. Ensure organisation of Project Board meetings and ensure timely preparation of agenda, background materials to agenda items and minutes as per CO SOPs.
Immediately escalate issues with potential to impact UNDP´s effectiveness, financial soundness or reputation to the Programme Team and CO senior management. Ensure that UNDP´s corporate interest and rules are guarded at all times and that appropriate action is taken to immediately address problems and challenges.
2. Ensures day-to-day management of the project, by focusing on the following results:

Ensure compliance of all actions and activities with organizational rules, regulations, policies, strategies and internal control mechanisms.
Mobilize personnel, goods and services, training and grants schemes to initiate activities, including drafting and reviewing terms of references and work specifications and overseeing all contractors’ work. Oversee effective provision of services to IP as required.
Oversee the appropriate use of project funds as well as the consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations. Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, through advance of funds, direct payments, or reimbursement using the FACE (Fund Authorization and Certificate of Expenditures).
Develop project budgets. Monitor budget implementation and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of project expenditure. Coordinate preparation of financial reports to UNDP, as required.
Supervise and manage project personnel and consultants. Develop ToRs/JDs for project staff positions. Oversee recruitment processes. Establish performance objectives and standards and ensure timely and appropriate feedback, guidance and support to ensure optimum performance. Undertake performance evaluation according to UNDP´s policies and deadlines.
Manage and monitor project risks. In collaboration with the technical project staff, IP’s and donors identify new risks and update risk frameworks for consideration of the Project Board for consideration and decision on possible actions if required. Update the status of these risks by maintaining the project risks log.
Ensure appropriate management of project assets, attendance records, filing system.
Implement audit recommendations for the project. Provide inputs to audit management responses.
Initiate operational closure of the project.
3. Ensures and coordinates provision of high quality technical advice and building of partnerships, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Coordinate the advisory activities of the project technical staff including the CTA. Ensure that technical outputs are provided according to plans and up to highest technical standards. Review and clear technical outputs for quality.
Establish, maintain and facilitate strategic dialogue between project staff and Government officials at central and local levels, NGOs, partners, donors and other stakeholders in project´s area of work.
Provide technical advice, draft papers/briefs/proposals in project´s technical focus.
Identify areas of cooperation and coordination with other UN agencies for implementation of joint activities within the area of the project. Implement joint activities with UN implementing partners as per AWP.
Advocate UNDP with the partners and stakeholders. Consistently promote a positive image of the UNDP:
Identify resources mobilization opportunities in close collaboration with the Programme Team. Develop funding proposals and concepts as requested.
Provide inputs to formulation of UNDP strategies such as of UNDAF and CPD.
Coordinate project strategies and activities with other UNDP projects to ensure the effective implementation of the Country Programme Document.
Provide inputs to UN coordination platforms and participate in meetings, as requested
4. Facilitates systematic knowledge and capacity building by the Project, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Ensure that the Project systematically builds capacities of Implementing Partners and other national partners through introduction of innovation and best practices, access to knowledge and expertise and promotion of their application to project implementation.
Promote teamwork, information sharing and collaboration within the Project Team and between the Project Team and the Project Partners.
Ensure capturing and disseminations of lessons learnt during project implementation.
Promote skills development of project staff through coaching and mentoring
Facilitate the Project’s representation and/or participation in international knowledge networks to draw on and share best practice and lessons learned for application in Afghanistan.
Functional Competencies:

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

Results-based Management
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Team Building
Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals.

Client orientation



Master’s degree is required in Project Management, Public Administration, Law, International Relations, Political Science, Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.

10 years of relevant experience in project management, with focus on planning, monitoring, reporting, and stakeholder and team coordination is required.
Demonstrated experience of management of a project of similar complexity required
Excellent knowledge of project management principles and best practices. Project Management Certification, either Prince2 or PMP/PMI would be an advantage.
Experience working with or for international organizations, experience with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes an advantage.
Extensive experience working with Afghan government entities desired.
Good computer literacy – MS office applications, web-based management information systems

Fluency in English is required.
Fluency in Dari/Pashto is required.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Masters Degree,

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