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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Job Recruitment

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations.

Headquartered in New York City, the status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity.

 We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Head, Nigeria International Partners Group (NIPG) Secretariat

Job ID: 30041
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – PARTNERSHIP
Grade: P5
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


  • The Nigeria International Partners Group (NIPG) was restructured in January 2020 and is composed of the United Nations and its agencies; bi-lateral donors; multilateral donors; the international financial institutions, and representatives from international non-governmental organizations (I-NGOs).
  • In line with the five pillars of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the commitment for greater partnership between different parties working on aid and development in the Accra Agenda for Action, the proposed objective of the NIPG is to strengthen international partner coordination at national level and foster alignment with the Government of Nigeria on planning and delivery of all development and related activities.
  • The NIPG aims at supporting a harmonized collective approach in alignment with the priorities of the Government of Nigeria. This will include the development and delivery of an international mutual accountability framework to better coordinate international community efforts to support the Nigerian government’s responsibilities to reduce poverty in Nigeria.

Governance of the NIPG

  • The Nigerian International Partners Group in plenary brings together all international partners who provide support to Nigeria. The Forum meets minimum quarterly and aims at harmonizing the overall strategic direction of the international partners in support of an agreed mutual accountability framework co-owned with the Government of Nigeria.
  • The Executive Committee of the Nigeria International Partners Group is drawn from the membership of the Plenary. The Executive Committee is composed of representatives from UN Agencies (representing the UN Resident Coordinator); bi-lateral partners/donors; and IFIs, selected by the NIPG Plenary for a one-year term.
  • The Executive Committee meets bi-monthly. The Executive Committee has responsibility for supporting the international community in achieving its collective objectives agreed by the NIPG Plenary and specified in the International Mutual Accountability Framework (IMAF) agreed with the Government of Nigeria. The Executive Committee works across the international community with other bodies and structures (including technical working committees) that have responsibility for delivery of common objectives agreed in the International Mutual Accountability Framework. The Executive Committee can provide guidance and support, marshal resources from across the international community, identify synergies between different workstreams, and ensure coherence across the various IMAF objectives. ;
  • The NIPG Secretariat will support the implementation of the decisions of the NIPG Plenary and will work with the Executive Committee to advance the agenda of the NIPG. The Secretariat will be hosted by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, with UNDP providing administrative services. The Secretariat will be funded by members of the NIPG through contributions into a UN managed Trust Fund. The Executive Committee will be responsible for determining how the Trust Fund resources are utilized – including the recruitment of staff for the Professional Secretariat.
  • The Secretariat will be responsible for organizing the NIPG Annual Strategic Retreat and Plenary sessions of the NIPG; convening Executive Committee meetings, including agreeing and circulating the agenda, keeping minutes; identifying actions arising; designing forward workplans for NIPG workstreams; coordinate all activities around the IMAF with the international community and the Government of Nigeria; establish monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to monitor progress against objectives and ensure mutual accountability; and work in support of the various structures operating beneath the NIPG (such as technical committees) to deliver against NIPG objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the overall guidance of the Nigeria International Partners Group Executive Committee, and administrative supervision of the Resident Representative of UNDP, the incumbent will head the NIPG Secretariat, and execute its mandate accordingly.
  • He/she will be compliant with UNDP employment rules and regulations covering professionalism, conflicts of interest, safeguarding, bribery and corruption, etc.

Manage the NIPG Secretariat and oversee the functioning of the NIPG (NIPG Plenary, NIPG Executive Committee), including results planning, monitoring and reporting focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Convene and plan NIPG plenary meetings, including the NIPG Annual Strategic Retreat, (venue, agenda, organizing presentations keeping minutes, recording actions, setting workplans, etc.);
  • Organize NIPG Executive Committee meetings and manage issues arising;
  • Prepare and follow-up on work plans and actions arising;
  • Maintain the agenda of the NIPG, for focused engagement with the political/policy issues under the NIPG’s mandate;
  • Manage the staff and other resources assigned to the Secretariat by the NIPG members to deliver the objectives of the NIPG;
  • Report to the Executive Committee and the NIPG Plenary on progress against agreed objectives;
  • Follow up on the implementation of the decisions made by the NIPG and its Executive Committee.
  • Support resource mobilization efforts when requested.
  • Manage the development and implementation of the International Mutual Accountability Framework, coordinating across the NIPG and coordinating between the NIPG and the Government of Nigeria.
  • Organize regular meetings between the NIPG Plenary and the NIPG Executive Committee with appropriate counterparts from the Government of Nigeria to effectively manage the IMAF.

Multi-stakeholder coordination focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Promote a coordinated approach to achieve the development objectives of the NIPG through working closely with NIPG partners’ advisers and respective staff;
  • Strengthen alignment and support coordination between all NIPG members to achieve shared NIPG objectives;
  • Coordinate the activities of the NIPG Secretariat with other workstreams and advisers from NIPG members, including technical working groups;
  • Liaise with NIPG members working on shared NIPG objectives at sub national level;
  • Collaborate with the sub-national coordination mechanisms and ensure feedback to the NIPG;
  • Contribute to the formation of a harmonized approach within the international community.

Ensure multi-stakeholder partnership and advocacy focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Lead the efforts of the NIPG Executive Committee for designing, agreeing, and implementing agreed objectives through an International Mutual Accountability Framework agreed and aligned with the government of Nigeria;
  • Work with the NIPG Executive Committee and other structures of the NIPG to achieve NIPG objectives;
  • Enhance advocacy and communication to inform and strengthen dialogue between the NIPG and the government of Nigeria;

Provide political, policy and strategic advice in support of the work of the NIPG and its Executive Committee focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Develop action plans to guide the implementation of objectives agreed by the NIPG;
  • Monitor accountability frameworks and joint work plans of the NIPG, it subordinate structures and the I-MAF;

Knowledge management, analysis and information sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Build on existing and / or develop processes and platforms for information-sharing, including mapping of NIPG partners’ programmes and their alignment with NIPG agreed objectives and the I-MAF;
  • Consolidate reporting to support the development of the I-MAF, and other international community initiatives;
  • Lead the analysis of gaps between approaches of different NIPG partners, identify and propose options to overcome these, and identify issues of concern for the NIPG and its structures.


  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division


  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Ensures teams are resourced for success and empowered to deliver

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Management and Coordination:

  • Ability to manage and coordinate people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.

Strategic thinking / Visioning:

  • Ability to analyze the SIPS’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans.
  • Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions.

Collaboration and Partnership:

  • Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships within or outside the NIPG that can provide information, assistance, and support.
  • Supports the NIPG with the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of the NIPG.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Studies, Development Studies, or any other relevant field.


  • 10 years’ work experience in development, political and/or transitional or humanitarian related field.
  • Work experience/or familiarity with the aid effectiveness agenda with either bi-lateral, multi-lateral, UN or I-NGO organization with reference to SDGs and the Grand Bargain Commitments;
  • Proven work experience in fragile/ conflict context(s) to deliver international assistance;
  • Excellent strategic, managerial, administrative leadership and presentation skills;
  • Proven coordination, partnership, donor relations, financial management and resource mobilization skills;
  • Experience in inter-agency and multi-stakeholder coordination and mechanisms;
  • Experience in complex emergencies and/or natural disasters – humanitarian/recovery/development operations.
  • Experience in the field of displacement and durable solutions.
  • Demonstrable ability to build an effective team, work across numerous organizations to deliver a common objective, and build effective working consensus amongst different organizations;
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and understanding of power relations in resource-dependent countries.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.


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


Job Title: Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor

Job ID: 30040
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery – CRISIS PREVENTION
Grade: P5
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


  • Nigeria is a country with enormous potential: it is endowed with a population of 200 million, relatively good access to skills, capital and technology, fertile land, mineral resources and a favorable geographic location. With an abundance of resources, it is Africa’s biggest oil exporter, and has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent. It is the largest economy in Africa and constitutes 17% of African GDP, accounts 13% of African export, and about 47% of West Africa’s population.
  • Nigeria is a key regional player in West Africa and is a member the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), and the renewed engagement and interest in the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel.

Political governance situation:

  • Nigeria held national elections in 2019, for the sixth consecutive time since its return to democracy in 1999. To a large extent the elections ushered in a new cohort of political leaders from the subnational to the federal level although the President retained power. In addition, the National Assembly (the Senate and the House of Representatives), as well as, the State Houses of Assembly have been inaugurated and elected their principal officers. Since the inauguration and swearing, the political environment has been stable and there has been unprecedented level of subnational engagement with state governors seeking support to develop subnational sustainable development plans and financing frameworks.
  • On the other hand, although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was able to organize broadly credible elections, the elections exposed cracks in Nigeria’s nascent electoral democracy. This will likely bring additional challenges as new political actors, networks and centres of power emerge. Public confidence in INEC is mixed and this needs to be addressed to restore faith in the electoral governance process.

Socio-economic situation:

  • Nigeria came out of an economic recession in 2016 but the economy remains sluggish with growth rate since the recession averaging 1.3%. The economy is expected to recover somewhat in 2019 and 2010 with growth rate of around 3% and 2.9%, respectively. In per capita terms improvements in social welfare will be limited with a growth rate of around 3 per cent and a population growth rate of around 2.6%. As a result of slow growth and limited livelihood and employment opportunities, income poverty remains high at 46% while multi-dimensional poverty is even higher at 50%. As a result of these developments, Nigeria now has the largest number of poor people in the world with an estimated 87 million people living in extreme poverty.
  • Meanwhile, the number of people multidimensionally poor has increased from 86 million to 98 million in 2018. With unemployment at 23%, Nigeria has one of the highest unemployment rates in Africa. A high underemployment rate of 20% adds further pressure as a sizeable share of the population is not being productively utilized. Youth unemployment rate of 38% in 2018 indicates the challenges faced by the young people in securing jobs after school and graduation. A large informal economy (65% according to IMF), sluggish growth and an ever-increasing population make finding jobs by the youth a daunting task and a serious development challenge, including crimes and violence, for Nigeria in the years to come, unless steps are taken urgently to provide employment and livelihood opportunities.

Conflict and Insecurity situation:

  • One key factor that has had its dent on the development in Nigeria is incessant violent conflicts and criminalities. The once widely regarded as one of the most peaceful countries in the world, Nigeria is currently ranked 148 out of 163 countries in the 2019 Global Peace Index, only just ahead of Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya in Africa. The festering Boko Haram insurgency and its concomitant growing humanitarian needs and development gaps; the farmer-herders crisis in the middle-belt and other parts of Nigeria, widespread criminalities, such as, kidnapping, robbery, militancy and proliferation of small arms that negatively affect business environment and scare off investors; and  the increasing rate of violent extremism, have all hold back economic growth and development and severely impacted delivery of basic and social services to and the livelihoods of the citizens. Violence has resulted into increasing rate of human displacement in most parts of the country particularly in the north east and the north central.
  • The UN Resident Coordinator put the number of IDPs in the north east alone at 1.8 million, as at June 2019, 80% of which are women and children. From 2015-2019, Nigeria witnessed over 34,000 fatalities from violence. While the government is doing its best to address the menace based on a three-pronged military, humanitarian and development response approach, development partners are also supporting the government’s effort, through intervention in the areas of stabilization, livelihoods, social cohesion and reconciliation community security and support to victims in line with priorities of the government.

Environmental situation:

  • Primary ecological challenges in Nigeria include land degradation, desertification, coastal erosion, and high rates of deforestation (3.5 per cent per year). Weak environmental governance and inadequate sectoral funding increases climate change vulnerability and environmental degradation in Nigeria and is likely to aggravate biodiversity loss. Natural disasters such as droughts, floods and soil erosion put pressure on economic opportunities and livelihoods, particularly in farming and forest dependent communities, and largely among marginalized populations (women, youth and people with disabilities) in the Niger Delta and Middle Belt.
  • Another constraining factor to growth and development in Nigeria is limited access to energy. Only 40 per cent of the urban population, and 20 per cent of rural communities, are connected to the national grid. The majority of the population is heavily dependent on wood fuel for household energy. The government response is limited by weak institutional capacity, and inappropriate policies and regulations that do little to promote private sector investment in adaptation and mitigation efforts. Low private sector investment and insufficient market incentives have prevented the people of Nigeria from tapping into the abundant sources of renewable energy for off-grid solutions (solar and wind).
  • Country Programme Document (CPD 2018-2022): Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063, the Country Programme Document (CPD) for 2018-2022 represents UNDP’s contribution to the Government of Nigeria’s development efforts and the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) 2018-2022 for Nigeria. In terms of national strategic frameworks, the CPD is aligned to the government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP 2017 – 2020), which aims to restore macroeconomic stability, good governance and growth through economic diversification, investing in people and building a globally competitive economy, the Buhari Plan for the northeast, Niger-Delta master plan and the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

The CPD identified governance deficits as the fundamental root cause impeding the country’s development and set out a strategy for redress through:

  • governance, peace and security focusing on transparency, access to justice and public service reform, conflict prevention and peacebuilding; and capacities for the humanitarian response,
  • inclusive growth for economic sustainability and diversification, focusing on livelihoods and youth employment, and
  • environmental sustainability and resilience focusing on capacities for sound environment management, climate change actions, partnerships and knowledge transfer.
  • UNDP has completed its CPD Mid-Term Review, which was necessitated by key strategic shifts at the global, regional and national levels, which heavily impact on the operating context in Nigeria
  • Against this background, UNDP Nigeria is seeking suitable candidates for the position of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (CPR) Advisor (P5). Under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative and the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (Programme).
  • The CPR Advisor, acts as a senior advisor to CO Management on all aspects of peace building, democratic governance, and resilience-building. The Advisor leads UNDP’s involvement including via leading strategic and programmatic orientation in the areas of democratic governance (elections), conflict prevention, reconciliation, social cohesion and livelihoods with the overall objective to strengthen resilience of the population and address the drivers of instability.
  • The Advisor ensures that UNDP plays its integrator role in crisis and fragility. S/he works in close collaboration with Government officials, UN Agencies, UNDP Global Policy Network, development partners, the private sector, and civil society to strategically position UNDP in conflict prevention and resilience.
  • The Advisor, on behalf of UNDP, will also lead efforts to strengthening the “New Way of Working” in Nigeria, and represent UNDP in related technical groups and coordination bodies.

Duties and Responsibilities
As a senior member of the CO management team, ensures sound strategic direction of UNDP interventions in stabilisation and resilience focusing on the following:

  • Thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the immediate response context, including a gender analysis and provision of strategic advice to CO Management;
  • Support joint analysis with the Government and UNDP main partners in fragile and post conflict areas, including but not limited to the EU, World Bank and bilateral partners;
  • Identification of strategic opportunities and potential conflict prevention (including infrastructure for peace), democratic governance, stabilisation, and resilience areas of cooperation, including opportunities for joint programming with UN agencies and other development partners;
  • Ensures alignment and coordination of projects related to the crisis with other project activities of the CO as well as those of UN Agencies and capitalizes on synergies where possible;
  • Ensures mainstreaming of cross-cutting UN/UNDP priorities in conflict prevention, stabilisation, humanitarian and resilience projects, in particular environment, gender, human rights and disaster risk reduction;
  • Ensure that women’s needs, and priorities are integrated into conflict prevention and resilience programming;
  • Strengthen and campion the operationalization of the “New Way of Working” it the national and local level through the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus and the localization agenda;

Ensures effective management of the conflict prevention and resilience project portfolio and supervision of the project teams achieving the following results:

  • Oversight of PBF and HSTF programmes and their strategic management to include guidance and management of project team and strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the crisis-related projects in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations
  • Design and formulation of new stabilisation and resilience projects, in support of the implementation of the Country Programme Document.
  • Ensure the conflict prevention and resilience portfolio of the CO is coherently aligned on sustaining peace approach and support the priorities outlined in different strategic documents (UNSDPF, UNDP SP, etc.)
  • Effective response to operational issues, using existing POPP modalities to fast track recruitments and procurements and solving operational bottlenecks in a timely manner.
  • Effective monitoring continuous analysis of the programme environment.
  • Ensure regular contact with the Peacebuilding Support Office and Human Security Trust Fund Office on the implementation of PBF-funded projects and provide monthly reports on status of implementation;

Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for projects in stabilisation and Resilience:

  • Development and implementation of partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve stabilisation and resilience outcomes.
  • Creation and coordination of partnerships with the UN Agencies, development partners, IFI, government institutions, private sector, civil society, women’s civil society groups and national women’s machineries, etc.
  • Determination of programmatic areas of cooperation, based on the UNSDPF, HRP and UNDP SP;
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.

Ensures provision of top quality and strategic advisory services, capacity building and facilitation of knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Advocacy for and strengthening of national capacity for planning and coordination of stabilisation and resilience effort.
  • Provision of top-quality policy and strategic advice to Government on development and implementation of conflict prevention and resiliency policies and strategies.
  • Identification, sharing and application of international best practices and lessons on resilience related issues relevant to the country’s needs and goals.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Capacity building for country office staff (programme and operations).


  • Transforms and Inspires Actions.
  • Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division


  • Inspires organization to take on new challenges, reach higher performance
  • Ensures teams are resourced for success and empowered to deliver

People Management:

  • Creates a culture of ownership Guides substantive specialists.
  • Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity


  • Represents organization, inspires, influences and changes intractable position.
  • Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen


  • Creates new opportunities for work.
  • Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services

Technical / Functional
Emergency response and coordination:

  • Ability to lead organizational response to emergency situations.

Recovery support and implementation:

  • Ability to support and implement mechanisms, processes, resources in response to disaster/crisis.

Crisis Policy and Tools:

  • Ability to develop and implement methods and tools for crisis situations.

Strategic Planning:

  • Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission.

Trends and Emerging Areas Analytics:

  • Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design.


  • Ability to manage engagement with other agencies, donors and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships


  • Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).

Required Skills and Experience

  • A Master’s degree, preferably in International Development, International Affairs, Business Administration, Development Economics, or another relevant field


  • At least 10 years field experience, with a minimum 5 years international experience in countries facing situation of protracted crisis and fragility;
  • Extensive experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of prevention and resilience strategies and projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organizations and national governments.
  • Knowledge and understanding of crisis prevention, preparedness, response and recovery; resilience; stabilisation; transition; etc.); international crisis response architecture (including humanitarian system; peacekeeping operations; special political missions; etc.); gender equality in the context of programming in humanitarian and early recovery settings) and relevant policy and tools
  • Proven ability to coordinate crisis response with UN entities, including knowledge of UN policies and procedures on crisis response and complex emergencies, as well as related management of information;
  • Experience in conflict and resilience programming
  • Experience working in a crisis context as part of UN Management highly desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluent and proficient in English.

Deadline: 30th April, 2020.

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

Note: Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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