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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Assistant

Job ID: 28267
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Grade: G6
Vacancy Type
FTA Local: Posting Type
Common System
Bureau: Africa
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background
Since 2009, nearly 15 million people in Nigeria´s North-East have been affected by the conflict with Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (JAS), a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG), labelled by the media and commonly referred to as “Boko Haram”, and the resulting military operations in North-East Nigeria. The conflict became particularly intense in 2013, leading to the loss of an estimated 30,000 lives and the displacement of over 1.8 million people. Current numbers of active members within the NSAGs are not known but estimates range from 5,000 to 20,000. The number of detainees under military control is estimated at around 7,000 with the number expected to rise as counter insurgency efforts continue and avenues for surrender become more viable. The past years have brought significant progress on the military front. NSAGs no longer control vast swathes of territory and have taken to asymmetric warfare to deal with the evolving military campaign. Despite these successes, the number and sophistication of insurgency attacks have been on the rise since early December 2018.

The military campaign therefore continues to be essential in the foreseeable future.  In addition, those associated with NSAGs must see a way out of the groups, be given opportunities for viable alternatives to violent extremism and seek change through peaceful means. In parallel, the process of reconciliation between low-risk former NSAG associates including children and women who have participated in Government-led rehabilitation programmes and the many conflict-affected communities and victims of the groups must start.

From experience to date in the North-East, it is clear that community-based reconciliation and transitional justice processes are important but not sufficient for achieving peace. Besides establishing a minimum level of safety and security in the community, action is required to strengthen individual livelihoods, community social and productive infrastructure and public services before the actual process of reintegration of former NSAG associates can take place. Community consultations across the Northeast of Nigeria conducted by the project partners in 2017 and 2018 confirm the need for a comprehensive approach that lays the foundations for successful reintegration through a community-driven and state-owned “Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR)” process. The Government of Nigeria also recognizes that reintegration must include non-state security providers, such as the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and other vigilante groups.

For reintegration to be successful it needs to go hand-in-hand with community-level reconciliation to promote an increased understanding for and acceptance of low-risk former associates and victims. Though community engagement is a gradual trust-building process, done in the right way, however, it can support the creation of a common vision for the future and lay foundations for reconciliation and reintegration interventions
The UNDP/UNICEF/IOM “Support for Reconciliation and Reintegration of Former Armed Non-State combatants and Boko Haram Associates (S2R) project is funded by EU and aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To reduced rejection and stigmatization of Former Associates;
  • To increase community healing and reconciliation and decrease sense of injustice
  • To increase sustainable alternatives to violence and social cohesion;
  • To disarm and demobilize non-state security providers;
  • To strengthen trust between citizens and Government.

At present, UNDP wants to recruit a Project Assistant to carry out support functions for the project.. The Project Assistant will be recruited by UNDP and will be reporting directly to the UNDP Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Officer of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Officer and in close collaboration with the  S2R Project Team in the CO and Sub-Office, the Project Assistasnt will perform the following funcations:

  • Providing daily support on timely execution of project approved work plans;
  • Assisting in monitoring the progress throughout the programme;
  • Assisting the project manager in coordinating the exchange of information among the programme partners;
  • Providing required support in organizing/conducting programme activities;
  • Provision of administrative services to meetings, seminars, workshops;
  • Efficient travel arrangements provided for the team as required, ensuring proper use of UNDP resources and client satisfaction;
  • Supporting other programme-related activities as required by the programme management.
  • Undertake and support project implementation and procurement activities according to UNDP workflows including contracting consultants, institutional contracts and organization of workshops and travel, etc;
  • Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system including timely corrective actions on budget check errors, match exceptions, as well as cost-sharing deficit and PDR errors;
  • Creation of requisitions in Atlas for development projects, registration of goods receipt in Atlas;
  • Undertake budget checks for requisitions, POs and vouchers.

Impact of Results

  • Satisfactory outputs based on activities listed under scope of work.

Competencies
Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to perform a variety of standard tasks related to Results Management, including screening and collecting of programme/ projects documentation, projects data entering, preparation of revisions, filing, provision of information.

Leadership and Self-Management:

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure

Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certificate:

  • Secondary Education or equivalent qualification. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and / or Social Sciences or related field is desirable, but it is not a requirement.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years for Secondary School, or 1 year for a Bachelor’s degree holder, of work experiences in or administrative work and/or logistics support;
  • Excellent organizational skill, service-mind, punctual, self-motivated, and proactive; experience in handling of web based management systems;
  • Experience in computer and  MS Office package, particularly proficiency in Excel;
  • Knowledge of UNDP procurement and financial rules and regulation is preferable;
  • Experience in the use of ATLAS (UNDP ERP system) is an added advantage.
  • Experience with the UN System and UNDP desirable

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. The ability to communicate effectively in Kanuri, Hausa, or any other local language spoken in the NE region is an asset.

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How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Field Team Coordinator

Job ID: 28269
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Practice Area – Job Family: Peace Building – PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Grade: NOB
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background
Since 2009, nearly 15 million people in Nigeria´s North-East have been affected by the conflict with Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (JAS), a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG), labelled by the media and commonly referred to as “Boko Haram”, and the resulting military operations in North-East Nigeria. The conflict became particularly intense in 2013, leading to the loss of an estimated 30,000 lives and the displacement of over 1.8 million people. Current numbers of active members within the NSAGs are not known but estimates range from 5,000 to 20,000. The number of detainees under military control is estimated at around 7,000 with the number expected to rise as counter insurgency efforts continue and avenues for surrender become more viable. The past years have brought significant progress on the military front. NSAGs no longer control vast swathes of territory and have taken to asymmetric warfare to deal with the evolving military campaign. Despite these successes, the number and sophistication of insurgency attacks have been on the rise since early December 2018.

The military campaign therefore continues to be essential in the foreseeable future.  In addition, those associated with NSAGs must see a way out of the groups, be given opportunities for viable alternatives to violent extremism and seek change through peaceful means. In parallel, the process of reconciliation between low-risk former NSAG associates including children and women who have participated in Government-led rehabilitation programmes and the many conflict-affected communities and victims of the groups must start.
From experience to date in the North-East, it is clear that community-based reconciliation and transitional justice processes are important but not sufficient for achieving peace. Besides establishing a minimum level of safety and security in the community, action is required to strengthen individual livelihoods, community social and productive infrastructure and public services before the actual process of reintegration of former NSAG associates can take place. Community consultations across the Northeast of Nigeria conducted by the project partners in 2017 and 2018 confirm the need for a comprehensive approach that lays the foundations for successful reintegration through a community-driven and state-owned “Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR)” process. The Government of Nigeria also recognizes that reintegration must include non-state security providers, such as the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and other vigilante groups.

For reintegration to be successful it needs to go hand-in-hand with community-level reconciliation to promote an increased understanding for and acceptance of low-risk former associates and victims. Though community engagement is a gradual trust-building process, done in the right way, however, it can support the creation of a common vision for the future and lay foundations for reconciliation and reintegration interventions.

The UNDP/UNICEF/IOM “Support for Reconciliation and Reintegration of Former Armed Non-State combatants and Boko Haram Associates (S2R) project is funded by EU and aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To reduced rejection and stigmatization of Former Associates;
  • To increase community healing and reconciliation and decrease sense of injustice
  • To increase sustainable alternatives to violence and social cohesion;
  • To disarm and demobilize non-state security providers;
  • To strengthen trust between citizens and Government.

At present, UNDP wants to recruit a  Field Team Coordinator to coordinate the UNDP-specific S2R project. The  Field Team Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the  implementation the UNDP-specific S2R component of the project. Action. The Field Team Coordinator  will work closely with the State Government, UN agencies, and CSOs operating in the project areas.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Specialist and in close collaboration with the  S2R Project staff in the CO and Sub-Office, the Field Team Coordinator perform the following tasks:

  • Analysing and interpreting the political, social and economic environment relevant to UNDP  activities, and identifying opportunities for UNDP assistance and intervention in NE Nigeria;
  • Establish smooth coordination an collaboration with involved organizations (IOM and UNICEF);
  • Establishing collaborative relationships and ensuring active participation of all relevant stakeholders (implementing partners, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies and CSOs) to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of project input;
  • Assisting in implementing knowledge management strategies and analyzing ongoing experience to capture lessons learned and best practices, sharing these with management for future planning;
  • Assisting in resource mobilization efforts of the CO, by establishing and maintaining a network of donor and public information contacts;
  • Assisting with organising and conducting of donor meetings and public information events, including preparing relevant background material for these events.
  • Support capacity building activities of the project;
  • Provide technical and administrative guidance and support to all project team members;
  • Facilitate and organize the meetings and events regarding project activities;
  • Develop a proper archiving system for the project-related reporting and correspondence
  • Prepare monthly, six-monthly and annual “Project Progress Reports” by collating required information and inputs from the each project team member, following up on comments of the involved field team and deliver them to IOM S2R project manager on time;
  • Prepare other ad hoc reports and presentations asked by the project manager  and UNDP with a high quality;
  • Monitor the project’s assumptions constantly and assess the risks and propose revisions in the action plan, when needed;
  • Monitor the bottlenecks, problems, unexpected deviations and possible delays constantly and propose revisions in the action plan if necessary;
  • Coordinate project resources (workforce, time and other inputs) as planned and disbursed efficiently and effectively as per the approved time plans and resource schedules, through maintaining day-to-day relations with the project team to realize the activities:
  • Ensure proper utilization of the project budget for the project activities and propose revision in the project budget and action plan if necessary;
  • Mobilize the necessary work force to ensure that all project results are achieved at high quality;

Impact of Results:

  • The key results have an impact on the success of the S2R project to promote coordinated and integrated S2R intervention at community level.

Competencies
Corporate Competenciess:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge of project cycle management;
  • Demonstrates strong management and coordination skills;
  • Promotes team work, contributes towards building team consensus;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Good teamwork and leadership skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets;
  • Good knowledge of the Results Management.

Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certificate:

  • Master Degree in Social/Political Science, International Development, Conflict-resolution, and Peace-building or related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience. More than 3 years of international experience is an asset;
  • Solid professional experience in management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Professional and practical experience and technical ability in designing, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels (local governance, UN agencies, donors, private sector, NGOs and local community based rganizations);
  • Experience in post conflict environment is a strong advantage. Knowledge of socio-economic, culture, and community development issues in the the North-East Nigeira and Lake Chad Basin region is an asset.
  • Proven experience in result-based reporting, public relations/communication. Prior experience on monitoring and evaluation is an asset.
  • Proficiency in usage of computers, office software packages and advance project management software as well as in handling of web-based management system.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in Kanuri, Hausa, or any other local language spoken in the NE region is an asset.

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Project Manager – Recovery and peace building of the conflict-affected communities in North-East Nigeria Project (JSB)

Job ID: 28331
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Grade: P4
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background

  • The Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East Nigeria and the neighboring countries has left over 7.1 million people in need of supports, including 1.8 million people internally displaced (IDP) in the three most heavily affected States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. In addition, 226,000 Nigerians refugees remain in the neighboring Cameroon, Niger and Chad1. Now in its tenth year, the crisis remains one of the most severe in the world, and the total numbers of people in need, IDPs and refugees are not significantly reduced over the past several years.
  •  LGAs in the Northern and Eastern parts of Borno State continue to experience many terrorism incidents, with many residents displaced. For instance, a total of 14,587 displaced persons arrived in Monguno LGA in eastern Borno within the period from November 2018 to March 2019 because of the deterioration of security of the neighboring Kukawa LGA2. However, LGAs in Adamawa, Yobe and the southern and western parts of Borno are experiencing the early stage of stability. In these areas, Security Forces and vigilante largely take control of the security situation, although sporadic bombings and attacks in limited scale still occur. After the elections and the consequent inauguration of new Governors in Adamawa and Borno, public expectation for improvement of general situation in the region is very high. People have been returning to those communities in the early stage of stability. For instance, across the four LGAs of Hong, Michika, Mubi-North and Mubi-South in Adamawa State, the total number of returnees has risen to 511,830, which is much larger than 45,435 IDP in the area3. The IDPs in those communities are mostly from the other LGAs that are still unstable. These IDPs have been staying in the host communities for a prolonged period, and many of them want to immigrate to the area permanently. Furthermore, these communities will soon become the destination of return of refugees from the neighboring countries.
  • The rapid return of people and inflow of IDPs and refugees have put significant challenges on those communities in the early stage of stability in several ways as follows: insufficient income with limited arable land, limited access to basic services, insufficient local governance capacity, social cohesion and security destroyed under displacement, and rampant sexual and gender-based violence. Therefore, those communities need to be supported urgently to address the multiple challenges. If they are not supported, there may be an increase in the risk of re-emergence of violent extremism and a roll back of the fragile social stability.
  • In partnership with the Government of Japan, UNDP plans to implement “Recovery and Peace Building of  Conflict-Affected Communities in North-East Nigeria Project.” The objective of the project is to “support social recovery and peace building of 12 communities as the destinations of return of IDPs and refugees in the North-east Nigeria, applying UNDP’s integrated an resilience-based community recovery approach.” The project builds on the experiences and successes of previous investments and also complements other ongoing recovery and peacebuilding initiatives in NE Nigeria through support to Livelihoods, Basic Service,  Local Governance, and Social Cohesion and Security. UNDP South Nigeria Country Office now seeks hire a Project Manager to provide results-based project management for the “Recovery and Peace Building of  Conflict-Affected Communities in North-East Nigeria Project.”

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Early Recovery Programme Specialist and in coordination with other UNDP projects in the NE and CO, and the programme and Operation teams  in the SO and the CO, Project Manager will perform the following function:

Ensure Project Implementation:

  • Ensure the achievement of outputs/results in line with the approved work plan through the day-to-day planning, management coordination and implementation of activities.
  • Represent the project in various fora;
  • Recruitment and management of staff in accordance with UNDP guidelines;
  • Control quality of AWP and project revisions, and ensures that activities, targets and benchmarks have been formulated according to POPP and meet the programmatic standards and agreements with the partners (IP and donors). Ensures that proposed changes are supported by sufficient justification for project and budget revisions. Checks that documentation is prepared according to POPP and UNDP programme SOPs;
  • Coordinate project implementation with relevant Government, UN, CSOs, and other development partners’ programmes/projects;
  • Actively support the preparation of document and the organization of the Project Board;
  • Consult with direct supervisor and PMSU on corporate compliance issues;
  • Undertake monitoring visits to project sites and report on project progress and constraints;

Financial Management:

  •  Ensure accountability for, and efficient use of project funds;
  • Manage and monitor requests for financial resources and ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports;
  • Supervise requisitions, purchase orders and payment requests in ATLAS, and ensure monthly delivery updates to the relevant staff on financial delivery performance;
  • Provide leadership in overseeing of effective provision of services to counterparts including fair and transparent procurement process, efficient logistics and sound financial management;
  • Liaise with the Technical Advisor and other project staff on financial management of the project activities, including monitoring project financial expenditures and transactions;
  • Manage calls for bids and for proposals and selection of implementing partners within the UNDP programme and contractual frameworks for project activity implementation;
  • Design the scope of works and TORs for the bids and call for proposals;
  • Ensure the integrity of financial system and, overseeing the administrative, financial and budgetary aspects of the project activities;
  • Ensure strict and consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations as per the Internal Control Framework.

Building strategic partnerships and alliances:

  • Participate in inter-agency working groups and initiatives to promote early recovery and peacebuilding;
  • Provide support for engagement in a constructive dialogue with partners in Nigeria, the region and UNDP HQ to maximize consistency and synergy between the various support components, as informed by national priorities, CPD and project objectives;
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Project’s Public Communications Strategy including the positioning of the Project through social media, and make necessary changes according to upcoming priorities;
  • Maintain continuous dialogue with the government and other key partners to ensure proper integration and co-ordination of other related capacity development efforts;
  • Support establishment and/or convening of various early recovery and peacebuilding forums in the NE;
  • Provide professional opinions in areas of expertise to promote networking and teamwork between counterparts and the development community.
  • Disseminate information on best practices and be an active member of the UNDP global and regional networks;
  • Prepare brochures, publications, press releases for dissemination of UNDP assistance and experience;
  • Expand outreach of the UN, national government, local authorities, private sector, non-government and international development organizations;
  • Follow-up the implementation of communication and advocacy plans;

Resource Mobilization:

  • Catalyze mobilization of additional resources from the government, donors and regional partners to widen the support base for early recovery and peacebuilding activities;
  • Develop partnerships with other individuals and organizations to ensure wide participation and sharing in development issues;
  • Maintain relationships between the project and development partners and present a clear analysis of how their financial support has contributed to the results they requested, and promote the institutional development efforts to new development partners;
  • Develop Concept Notes, project documents and proposals to support Country Office resource mobilization efforts.

Results-based management and reporting:

  • Lead and advise the project team on the achievement of specific results of the project detailed in the annual work plan;
  • Identify synergies between the project’s specific interventions and other UNDP projects to maximize impact and results;
  • Prepare reports, work plans, regular donor progress and impact reports for the project;
  • Participate in internal and external (coordination) meetings representing the project;
  • Manage and monitor identified project risks and update the status of these risks in ATLAS;
  • Plan and prioritize work activities to meet organizational goals; and organize and oversee work processes efficiently to achieve quality results;
  • Assist the UNDP project team to achieve results as identified in the annual work plan;
  • Undertake any other duties as may be required by UNDP.

Impact of Results

  • The expected key impact of this position is support to effective and efficient management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and development of this Project, while supporting coordination with internal and external clients and other stakeholders, to ensure the projects coherence and complementarity with UNDP programmes and projects, as well as those of other agencies.

Competencies
Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards, as well as tact and diplomacy;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning amongst colleagues and clients;
  • Demonstrates technical expertise on programme/project cycle, capacity building and public sector reform policies and programming;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to support strategic planning, results-based programming, management, reporting as well as resource mobilization efforts;
  • Ability to support formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Knowledgeable about UNDP’s program management/strategy regulations, systems and procedures, including execution modalities;
  • Demonstrates outstanding oral and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Strong negotiation and networking skills;
  • Strong IT skills; encourages the use of new technologies and strives for high standard of professional work;
  • Strong interpersonal skills: Ability to motivate and interact with colleagues at all levels within the organization as well as with partners.

Management and Leadership:

  • Analyses complex problems systematically and efficiently. Focuses on critical details while managing a broad perspective. Draws accurate conclusions and makes sound decisions;
  • Results-Oriented: Uses initiative to deliver required outputs and planned results in accordance with time and budget targets;
  • Demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability. Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Demonstrates strong programme/project management skills;
  • Handles confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s Degree Public / Business Administration, Development Studies, Public Policy, Economics and other related social science fields.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years’ professional experience in project management, with at least 5 years focus on early recovery and peacebuilding programming including the preparation and submission of timely donor reports;
  • Experience of managing development projects in post-conflict situations in the areas of governance, economic empowerment, early recovery and peacebuilding;
  • Proven understanding of governance, peacebuilding and community economic recovery issues in post conflict;
  • Proven experience in partnership building, networking and resource mobilization;
  • Substantial previous experience in project management and working with senior government officials;
  • Knowledge of UNDP programme and operation management procedures and policies;
  • Proven strong analytical ability and written and oral communication skills;
  • Computer skills and strong knowledge of various software including Excel, PowerPoint and Word;
  • Experience from previous UN assignments in a post-conflict environment and work in a Country Office and/or Sub-Office would be an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Head of Stabilization

Job ID: 28242
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Practice Area – Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery – STABILIZATION, Management
Time Left: 8d 16h 43m
Grade: P5
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Resident Representative, the Head of Stabilization is responsible for performing the following functions:

Manage the Stabilization Facility and its timely implementation:

  • Leads the project teams and works closely with a wide array of partners to ensure that the projects under stabilization directly respond to the UNDP country programme strategy;
  • Supervises the project staff, provides coaching to staff and effective leadership;
  • Develops, oversees and monitors work plans and budgets for all activities in the project portfolio;
  • Ensures timely and adequate reporting against plans, including timely and articulate progress reports;
  • Identifies risks and challenges to the ongoing operations of the projects and provides advice to the Resident Representative on mitigation strategies;
  • Ensures appropriate levels of visibility and public awareness on results and ongoing activities;
  • Ensures the integrity of financial and administrative operations in the project area through financial oversight, under advice of UNDP Operations staff;
  • Strict and consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations and ensuring the implementation of clear accountability mechanisms;
  • Participates in internal control mechanisms for adherence to UNDP rules and regulations in contracts, assets, procurement, recruitment, etc., as required;
  • Manages day to day administrative matters for the project with support from administrative staff and the performance of consultants and specialist advisers.

Promote UNDP’s mandate and corporate policy and provides senior high-level policy advice on stabilization:

  • Promotes early stabilization approaches and provides policy advice to UNDP Senior Management, government counterparts, donors and other partners on issues related to stabilization;
  • Thorough analysis of political/social and economic situation of the country/ region and identify strategic areas of support for UNDP in stabilization and its transition to recovery;
  • Builds solid relationships with key national partners and identifies institutional development and capacity building opportunities and priorities, where relevant;
  • Ensures the integration of cross-cutting issues, such as gender, peace building, human rights and resilience into stabilization and post crisis response;
  • Liaises closely with other UNDP programs and ensure smooth transition of stabilization to longer term development programmes;
  • Ensures systematic and effective analysis, project monitoring, including but not limited to regular field visits, as appropriate, and participation in Project Board Steering Committee and Technical Committee;
  • Represents UNDP and perform any other tasks as assigned by the Resident Representative.

Support partnership building and resource mobilization for UNDP’s Stabilization Programme:

  • Ensures sufficient resource mobilization for the project in close consultation with Senior Management and is responsible for reaching the annual resource mobilization targets;
  • Advocates for UNDP’s work and represents UNDP with national authorities, the donor community, and international financial institutions, where requested;
  • Liaises regularly and forges close linkages with other UN programmes, agencies and entities, as well as other international and national stakeholders concerned with or providing assistance on early recovery or stabilization issues in Nigeria;
  • Ensures high-quality and timely reporting to government partners and donors involved in the project;
  • Contributes to the harnessing of effective partnerships and competitive selection of partners for implementation of UNDP projects;
  • Collaborates effectively in established frameworks for UN and other international coordination.

Ensure knowledge management:

  • Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the project area for organizational sharing and learning as well as external information;
  • Actively participates in UNDP knowledge networks and takes advantage of best practices and lessons learned that are available in the region and globally, and encourages project staff to do so by creating a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Uses and promotes the use of the Regional Service Center;
  • Promotes the participation of UNDP Nigeria in regional programmes and regional activities related to the project area as appropriate;

Impact of Results:

  • The key results have an impact on the overall success of the stabilization programme and reaching CPD outcomes.
  • In particular, the key results have impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.

Competencies
Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office through personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
  • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
  • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
  • Shows willingness to learn from others.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to apply conceptual models in support of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioural/attitudinal change;
  • 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 informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

Management and Leadership:

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humor even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority;
  • Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member;
  • Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills;
  • Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines;
  • Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Business or Public Administration, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant social science fields.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience of which at least five years in senior programme/project management position;
  • Proven experience in Resource Mobilization, preferably also in relationship building with traditional and non-traditional donors;
  • Proven track record in programme/project budget preparation, monitoring and report writing;
  • Proven management experience, preferably in UNDP or other UN agency, with sound knowledge of project cycle management;
  • Experience in working in crisis or conflict country;
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural and/or international work environment.
  • Functionally-related professional management skills;
  • Plan and prioritizes work activities to meet organizational goals and organizes and oversees work processes efficiently to achieve quality results;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, as well as experience in the handling of web-based management systems;
  • Previous UN Experience – Experience from previous UNDP assignments and/or UN agencies or multilateral banks (World Bank, African/Asian Development Bank, etc.) and bi-lateral aid organizations would be an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in the English both written and oral

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Community Engagement Analyst

Job ID: 28268
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Slots: 2 Openings
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – Programme
Grade: NOA
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: Common System
Bureau: Africa
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background
Since 2009, nearly 15 million people in Nigeria´s North-East have been affected by the conflict with Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (JAS), a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG), labelled by the media and commonly referred to as “Boko Haram”, and the resulting military operations in North-East Nigeria. The conflict became particularly intense in 2013, leading to the loss of an estimated 30,000 lives and the displacement of over 1.8 million people. Current numbers of active members within the NSAGs are not known but estimates range from 5,000 to 20,000. The number of detainees under military control is estimated at around 7,000 with the number expected to rise as counter insurgency efforts continue and avenues for surrender become more viable. The past years have brought significant progress on the military front. NSAGs no longer control vast swathes of territory and have taken to asymmetric warfare to deal with the evolving military campaign. Despite these successes, the number and sophistication of insurgency attacks have been on the rise since early December 2018.

The military campaign therefore continues to be essential in the foreseeable future.  In addition, those associated with NSAGs must see a way out of the groups, be given opportunities for viable alternatives to violent extremism and seek change through peaceful means. In parallel, the process of reconciliation between low-risk former NSAG associates including children and women who have participated in Government-led rehabilitation programmes and the many conflict-affected communities and victims of the groups must start.

From experience to date in the North-East, it is clear that community-based reconciliation and transitional justice processes are important but not sufficient for achieving peace. Besides establishing a minimum level of safety and security in the community, action is required to strengthen individual livelihoods, community social and productive infrastructure and public services before the actual process of reintegration of former NSAG associates can take place. Community consultations across the Northeast of Nigeria conducted by the project partners in 2017 and 2018 confirm the need for a comprehensive approach that lays the foundations for successful reintegration through a community-driven and state-owned “Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR)” process. The Government of Nigeria also recognizes that reintegration must include non-state security providers, such as the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and other vigilante groups.

For reintegration to be successful it needs to go hand-in-hand with community-level reconciliation to promote an increased understanding for and acceptance of low-risk former associates and victims. Though community engagement is a gradual trust-building process, done in the right way, however, it can support the creation of a common vision for the future and lay foundations for reconciliation and reintegration interventions.

The UNDP/UNICEF/IOM “Support for Reconciliation and Reintegration of Former Armed Non-State combatants and Boko Haram Associates (S2R) project is funded by EU and aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To reduced rejection and stigmatization of Former Associates;
  • To increase community healing and reconciliation and decrease sense of injustice
  • To increase sustainable alternatives to violence and social cohesion;
  • To disarm and demobilize non-state security providers;
  • To strengthen trust between citizens and Government.

At present, UNDP wants to recruit a Community Engagment Analyst to led and coordinate the UNDP-specific S2R project community enagment activities. The Community Engagment Analyst is responsible for the overall implementation the UNDP-specific S2R component of the Action. The Community Engagment Analyst will work closely with the State Government, UN agencies, and CSOs operating in the project areas.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Officer and in close collaboration with the  DDRR Project Team in the CO and Sub-Office, the Community Engagement Analyst will provide technical support to the following funcations:

  • Collect and conduct desk review on  the relevante data and research documents;
  • Conduct stakeholder mapping and multi-sector/perception assessment of the DDRR dynamics and priority reconciliation and social cohesion needs in the communities ;
  • Facilitate focal group discussions with local and displaced populations in the communities
  • Analyze the findings and finalize an assessment report.
  • Identify and establish community consultation groups, including vulnerable target population (including women, disability, etc.) to design an effective structure of dialogue platform ;
  • Promote consultations with relevant parties to identify the need gaps and UNDP’s entry points for catalytic effects for the DDRR Stabilization Facilities and other NE integrated recovery projects ;
  • Develop capacity of young people and women on collaborative leadership for social cohesion, bring local and refugee populations together ;
  • Support selection, recruitment and training of local volunteers from the host communities and refugee populations on dispute resolution and mediation, including women’s empowerment, mine-risk education, and human rights in host communities ;
  • Provide technical support to formulate a community peacebuilding plan through community dialogue in a participatory manner.
  • Identify entry points for multi-cultural/trust-building/community solidarity activities for social cohesion and support youth groups, NGOs/CSOs/CBOs to implement these activities;
  • Assist in designing the detailed implementation plan of the identified interventions, including potential implementing partners, methodologies, and coordination mechanisms, in accordance with UNDP’s rules and regulations;
  • Provide technical and facilitation support to local volunteers and the community dialogue platform to organize multi-cultural/social-gathering events;
  • Monitor day-to-day project activities and provide guidance to UNVs and local volunteers.
  • Prepare reports, information materials, and publications on the project activities;
  • Provide technical support to ensure the project activities are implemented in line with the planned timeline and results.
  • Provide policy advice to strengthen synergies and partnerships with other actors, such as the governments, the private sector, and the international organizations for greater positive impacts of the UNDP interventions
  • Provide technical support to strengthen the capacity of community groups for advocacy, communications, and resource mobilization, including utilization of social media and other innovative communication tools.
  • Support organization of roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, launches, etc. in the area of community engagement and empowerment.
  • Identifies the latest trends in Social Media, Organizational Development and other areas that can have an impact on the delivery of the project results.
  • Assist identifying best practices and lessons learned directly linked to Social Cohesion projects from around the world.
  • Engage in Community of Practice within the area of Community Development, support knowledge sharing and documentation of best practice.

Impact of Results:

  • The key results have an impact on the success of the S2R project to promote community engagement  and  empowerment through fostering solutions for stability and peace in the communities, promoting community social cohesion and establishing  inclusive and partipatory dialogues and peace activities at the community level.

Competencies
Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to think conceptually and flexibly, capacity to adapt, innovate, and propose multiple options.
  • A team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to practice courtesy and diplomacy with high rank officials.
  • Time management skills.
  • Enjoy sensitivity for research and academic integrity.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and stressful environment
  • Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
  • Building support and political acumen
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
  • Fair and transparent  decision making; calculated risk-taking

Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certificate:

  • Master’s Degree in Social / Political Science, International Development, Conflict-resolution, and Peace-building or related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in social development, community development, or poverty reduction. Past experience working with UNDP/UN is an assset;
  • Experience on community mobilization and engagement and social cohesion, addressing issues of community development and early recovery.
  • Experience in post-conflict environment is a strong advantage. Knowledge of socio-economic, culture, and community development issues in the North-East Nigeira and Lake Chad Basin region is an asset.
  • Proven experience in result-based reporting, public relations/communication.
  • Prior experience on monitoring and evaluation is an asset.
  • Proficiency in usage of computers, office software packages and advance project management software as well as in handling of web-based management system.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • The ability to communicate effectively in Kanuri, Hausa, or any other local language spoken in the NE region is an asset.

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Consultant to Coordinate UNDP Component of the UN Joint Programme

Location: Abuja
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)    15-Mar-2020
Duration of Initial Contract: One (1) year
Expected Duration of Assignment: One (1) year Renewable

Background
The UN joint programme on Institutionalizing Social Protection for Accelerated SDG implementation in Nigeria, is a two-year programme targeted to strengthen social protection at the federal level in Nigeria. This programme is borne out of SDGs concept of leave no one behind. The main focus of this programme is the removal of key social exclusion factors mitigating against access and utilization of basic social services by the poor and vulnerable. The programme will therefore focus on addressing and building capacity of duty bearers and right holders to ensure girls and boys, persons living with disabilities and women are properly empowered and protected.

The National Social Protection policy in Nigeria recognizes the need for both a systemic transformation (long-term) and a blueprint for accelerated implementation (short-term) towards universal social protection. The joint programme will strengthen the right-based approach to social protection by supporting the institutionalization and legislation of the social protection system in Nigeria. The joint programme will support the identification and facilitate the adoption of financial strategies to effectively implement the National Social Protection Policy.

The joint programme will guide the establishment and build capacity of state innovation and accelerator SDGs offices with proven track of implemented innovation solutions using social protection for overcoming bottlenecks and expanding financing in order to accelerate SDG achievement.

This joint programme is being implemented by four UN Agencies, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP and World Food Programme (WFP) with each agency having a specific component towards realizing this programme. UNDP is focusing on establishment and build capacity of state SDGs offices to be innovative and accelerate innovative solutions using social protection to overcome bottlenecks and expanding financing in order to accelerate SDG achievement in the state

Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the Assignment:

  • The objective of this assignment is to coordinate the consultations at six states within six geopolitical zones. The consultations will focus on identifying bottlenecks/constraints and innovative solutions (especially low hanging or immediate solutions) as well as innovative financing towards SDG achievement, using social protection as the entry point.

Tasks of the Consultant
The consultant is expected to perform in close collaboration with Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the president on SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs), UNICEF, ILO and WFP the following tasks:

  • Assess the six state SDGs offices in the six geopolitical zones and provide recommendations to the state on standard office expectations.
  • Assess the progress and the areas each zone is lagging in terms of SDG and social protection implementation. Also assess whether there is enabling environment for SDG and social protection implementation within each zone.
  • Coordinate all the consultations in the six geopolitical zones. The consultations will focus on the identifying the challenges each zone is facing and provision of innovative solutions especially quick wins that can be address immediately as well as the innovative financing solutions for the implementation of SDGs and social protection within the zones.
  • Provide report for all the consultations held, including the recommendations on the innovative solutions as well as innovative financing towards achieving SDGs and social protection within each zone.

Expected Deliverables/ Outputs
The outputs/deliverables at the end of this assessment work includes:

  • The report of the state and zones assessment on the progress and the challenges facing the state and zones.
  • The consultations reports including the recommended innovative and financing solutions for each state and zones.

Reporting Lines:

  • The Consultant will report to the UNDP Economic Advisor?

Duration Of Assignment

  • The duration is expected to be for initial one year with the possibility of renewal for another one year.

Terms of Engagement:

  • The entire assignment will be for two years with initial one-year contract; thus, a monthly fee will be paid to the consultant. In addition to an agreed consultancy fee rate, the Consultant will be paid daily subsistence allowance whenever on official travel outside the duty.

Terms of Payment:

  • The consultant will be paid a monthly agreed fee upon certification of work.

Competencies:

  • Possess excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Familiarity with the financial and economic crisis and its possible impacts in Nigeria
  • Possess good knowledge of the human development issues and SDGs
  • Familiar/ knowledgeable of the peculiarities and development challenges in each zone
  • Proven knowledge of Nigerian Economy and socio-economic situation.
  • Have familiarity with statistical tools developed for analysis.
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative skills.
  • Excellent spoken and written command of English.
  • Experience in working with a group of professionals and excellent team work skills.

Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant should have a strong project coordination background including situation analysis. Specifically, she/he must:

  • Possess an advanced university degree preferably a doctoral degree in Social Protection, Economics, Development Studies or any related social science disciplines. Ph.D. would be an added advantage.
  • Have at least 10 years post qualification experience in development work as well as experience in leading multidisciplinary teams.

Selection of Candidate

  • Selection Criteria?
  • Educational Qualifications (20 Marks)
  • Professional Qualifications and Certifications (30 Marks)
  • Experience implementing similar assignment in the past (50 Marks)
  • Upon assessment, only candidates with a total score of 70 marks or above out of 100 marks would be considered to be suitable for the position.
  • Only candidates who meet this cut-off mark will be contacted for the next stage of the selection process.

Deadline: 31st January, 2020; (Midnight New York, USA)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online



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