National Project Manager

  United Nations Development Programmes
  Afghanistan Unspecified 576
Date Posted:Jul 6, 2010
Closing Date:Jul 18, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Management
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About United Nations Development Programmes:


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:

UNDP Afghanistan is supporting the Government to find innovative solutions to its development challenges based on the Country Programme Document approved by the Executive Board and the Country Programme Action Plan was approved by the Government and UNDP. UNDP Afghanistan is organized into (1) Policy and Results Management Directorate, (2) Policy and Programmes and (3) Operations. The Policy and Programme consists of the following clusters: (1) Democratic Governance Cluster, (2) Local Governance and Administration Cluster, (3) Crisis Prevention and Recovery Cluster, (4) Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Livelihoods Cluster, and (5) Natural Resources and Environment Cluster

The National State Governance Project (NSGP) has been developed to provide support to Office of Presidency which includes Chief of Staff office (CoS) and Office of Administrative Affairs (OAA). The project prioritizes strengthening the Office of the Presidency in Afghanistan in order to enable more effective policy and decision making at the centre of government. The project will focus on improving organizational, management and administrative effectiveness of the Office of the President, and strengthening policy planning, analysis, monitoring and coordination among relevant state actors.

National State Governance Project (NSGP), 2010-2013, will build from the successes and lessons learned in the UNDP Project ‘Support to the Centre of Government Institutions’ project (SCoG), which was implemented between 2005-2009 with the focus on building the capacity of the Office of the President (OoP) with an emphasis on streamlining organizational management, installing information management systems, and enhancing capacities for policy analysis, policy making and coordination. In addition to the SCoG project, a parallel UNDP project, ‘Strengthening State-Building through Strategic Government Communications’ (SSBSGC) was also implemented, focusing on the Office of the President Spokesperson (OPS). This project also ended in December 2009.

The objective of NSGP is to strengthen the institutions at the Centre of Government that are more agile, streamlined, transparent, and effective in their support of the Office of President as it strives to meet its policy objectives. The project has been designed to provide more cohesive capacity building and technical assistance to Office of President and strengthen coordination systems and mechanisms, streamline administrative work process and provide Physical facilities.

The Project will be implemented through NIM modality of UNDP and the National Project Manager will play a leading role in all aspects of project delivery, strategic planning, resource mobilization, and will be responsible for meeting obligation of Office of Presidency.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The National Project Manager will work under the overall guidance of the UNDP Country Director and report to him/her through Deputy Country Director (Programmes) and Assistant Country Director (Democratic Governance).

Summary of Key Functions:

• Organization and management;
• Management for delivery of results;
• Capacity development for institutional reforms and development;
• Policy reforms and development services;
• Analytical national knowledge products;
• Advocacy, networking and marketing;
• Partnerships and resource mobilization.

1. Organization and Management:

• Prepare organization structure and plan based on UNDP Programming Manual (RMG), including distribution of functions and responsibilities, decision-making and business processes and institutional arrangements for sound project management;
• Identify, as part of international recruitment requirements of UNDP, highly prominent international and national experts (as approved in the project document and subsequent annual work plans);
• Facilitate the day-to-day functioning of the Team. Manage the human and financial resources for achieving results in line with the outputs and activities outlined in the project document and annual work plan;
• Prepare annual work plan and results framework for the project and based on approval of the Government and UNDP take the lead in implementing for delivery of results;
• Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports and organize, correspondingly, monthly, quarterly and annual progress reviews;
• Organize meetings of the Project Board (Steering Committee) and if relevant that Project Advisory Panel;
• As per corporate UNDP requirements, establish participatory governance and decision-making system which involves all project staff; ensure enabling environment for high level performance of all project personnel;
• Establish performance management system, based on UNDP’s results and competency assessment system, to monitor staff performance;
• Ensure security of the staff and assets belonging to the projects.

2. Delivery of Project Results:

• Lead the project team in preparing component or output-based concept or strategy papers and implementation manuals or guidelines;
• Prepare results framework for each output and establish performance and impact assessment indicators and system;
• Manage delivery of results by using up-to-date best practices and know-how in the subject area and accordingly plan delivery of resources at 25-20% for first, 50-70 % for second, 75-90% for third and 100% for final quarters of the performance year;
• Review professional performance and document implementation processes and results through project-based professional reports.

3. Capacity Development for Institutional Reform and Development:

• Prepare capacity development plan, taking into consideration the need of the government, non-government, local authorities and other development partners;
• Promote the capacity development approach developed by UNDP and, in consultation with the Government and UNDP, implement transfer of know-how through a series of training and learning events;
• Supervise the project’s capacity building efforts aimed at government counterparts,, local authorities and development organizations;
• Document the experience of capacity development initiatives and prepare the national policy and strategy;
• Monitor the achievements of capacity development initiatives and ensure follow-up support.

4. Policy reform and Development Services:

• Prepare plan of action for policy support services and project development;
• Provide intellectual or substantive leadership in the subject area through identification of key policy issues and formulation of best possible and alternative policy and programme options at local and national levels;
• Stimulate strategic thinking in the subject area, taking into account the needs of Government, local authorities, non-government and development partners as well as opportunities to develop national public goods;
• Ensure adequate gender technical support to state entities for mainstreaming gender in key policy and strategic documents and development processes;
• Map on a consistent basis the development issues, covering the situation and strategic opportunities in the form of professional papers and reports. Prepare development bulletin on a regular basis;
• Monitor the process of implementing policy reform and development services, including delivery of policy-based national public goods. Ensure highest UNDP standards in the provision of technical and advisory inputs, organization of workshops, seminars, training and delivery of outputs (products);
• Identify opportunities to enhance team-work within the project and with other UNDP assisted projects to capitalize on the specific advantages of multi-disciplinary support;
• Advice the UNDP senior management and the national government counterparts on policy matters pertinent to gender equitable development and propose way forward to best serve the government mandates.

5. Analytical Knowledge Products:

• Prepare plan of action to support the Government with analysis and substantive research into major national and local development issues;
• Lead the process of knowledge captures of national and international know-how in the subject area and production of knowledge-based products;
• Manage or support the formation of national panel of advisors to guide the work of the project;
• Lead the process of knowledge creation and dissemination related to national and international know-how in the subject area. In this context, partner with practitioners and members of the UNDP global networks, leadership of the practice and sub-practice teams in RBAP, BDP, Regional Centers and other related Bureaux;
• Organize internal and external networks or communities of practice covering prominent experts in government, non-government, think tanks, private companies, international development organizations and the UN system;
• Develop country based intelligence on country situation, opportunities, interests and prospects covering governments, UNDP and major development stakeholders. Map key competencies available in different countries and development organizations;
• Lead the analytical development work of the team and ensure high quality knowledge products. Promote the substantive quality of all knowledge products, reports and services, and ensures effective integration and compatibility with other practice areas;
• Contribute to the production reports and publications, and serve as peer reviewer.

6. Advocacy, Networking and Marketing:

• Create or establish a positive and appreciative atmosphere for team-based work in the project and be an advocate for the work of UNDP;
• Disseminate the information on best practices and be active member of the UNDP global and regional networks;
• Prepare brochures, publications, press releases for dissemination of UNDP assistance and experience;
• Prepare professional articles and papers;
• Expand outreach o the UN, national government, local authorities, private sector, non-government and international development organizations.

7. Proposals, Reporting and Resource Mobilization:

• Network and build credible working relations with Government, UN and donor partners;
• Prepare proposals for mobilization of human, technical or financial resources from international development organizations, non-government organizations and the private sector;
• Mobilize resources to support the achievement of project outputs and outcomes.

Job Requirement:

Education and Experience:
• Master’s or bachelor’s degree in, Public Administration, Political Science, Management, International Relations or another related field;
• Relevant professional working experience in field of democratic governance with focus on State Building;
• Professional experience in project management, administration, supervision, team management and coordination;
• With master’s degree 5 years of experience and with bachelor’s degree 7 years of experience is required;
Language Requirements:
• Excellent English oral and written communications skills as well local languages.

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