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.
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Job Title: QRF Driver
Job ID: 33514
Locations: Abuja and Maiduguri (SB2) with possibility of building a roster
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – Transportation
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension
- Under the guidance and supervision of the Field Security Coordination Officer – FSCO, the QRF Driver provides reliable and safe driving services to UNDSS staff, officials and visitors ensuring highest standards of discretion and integrity, sense of responsibility, excellent knowledge of protocol and security issues as well as registry and clerical services, demonstrating computer skills, a client-oriented approach, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provision of reliable and secure driving services
- Proper use of vehicle
- Day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle
- Availability of documents/ supplies
- Maintenance of proper registry system
- Effective mail management
1.) Ensures provision of reliable and safe and defensive driving services by:
- Driving office vehicles for the transport of UNDSS Officials, other UN Colleagues, Police or Army element for QRF Services and visitors and delivery and collection of mail, documents and other items, and
- Meeting official personnel and visitors at the airport including visa and customs formalities arrangement when required.
- Provide support for routine security patrol, escort and emergency reaction response as well as may be required.
- Provides necessary services like dispatch and collection of mails as may be directed.
- Ensures availability of all required documents and components/gadgets of the assigned vehicle without loss of any.
- Maintains the standard procedure and practice in fueling and servicing of assigned vehicles.
2.) Ensures cost-savings through proper use of vehicle through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs, provision of inputs to preparation of the vehicle maintenance plans and reports.
3.) Ensures proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes, car washing, etc.
4.) Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts in the assigned vehicle. Support in the management of office supplies and inventory.
5.) Ensures that all immediate actions required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accidents.
6.) Ensures effective visa, protocol and customs related liaison for the country office, UNDSS staff and consultants’ missions.
7.) Ensures security clearances and logistical support for the operations of the country office, i.e. UNDSS and consultants’ missions.
8.) Ensures maintenance of registry system focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Maintenance of the office filing system in accordance with the UNDSS Records Management System.
- Opening of new subject files as required and disposal of old files in accordance with the established retention schedule.
- Maintenance of archives, making sure files are properly stored and accessible; safe keeping of documents.
- Provision of photocopies of material from the registry files, as requested by staff. Assistance in the collection of reference and background material.
- Establishment and maintenance of records system of file movements within the office; maintenance of the office circulation and reading files.
- Preparation of correspondence and reports related to registry activities
9.) Ensures provision of effective mail management focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Receipt, registration, coding and forwarding of incoming letters and other correspondence to proper departments/units/officers.
- Perform other tasks assigned as could be deemed necessary for effective office functionality.
Impact of Results
- The key results have an impact on the accurate, safe, cost-effective and timely execution of the CO services.
Required Skills and Experience
- Secondary Education and;
- Valid Driver’s license.
- Certification in Auto mechanics or related field will be an advantage.
- 3 years of relevant work experience:
- Driver and Office Clerk experience with International Organisations, United Nations Agencies, Embassies or Government Offices with safe Driving Records;
- Experience in Diplomatic Security, Security Forces and Intelligence are added advantages.
- Ability to work with computer and office software packages (MS Word and Excel) and knowledge of web-based application operations and Outlook;
- Safe driving record; knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair.
- Be a Nigerian national (male or female);
- Possession of a valid driver’s license
- Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation
- Knowledge of host country safety codes;
- Basic computer skills
- Skills in minor vehicle repairs
- Ability to travel
- Physically fit.
- Fluency in English and the National language of the duty station
- Commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and the Organization’s core values – Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity
Planning and Organizing:
- Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor his/her own work plan with minimum supervision.
- Ability to work under pressure or in crisis situations.
- Availability to travel within the area of responsibility.
- Ability to actively seek to improve services, offer new and different options to solve problems/meet client needs, and promote and persuade others to consider new ideas.
- Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
- Proven and sustained communication (verbal and written) skills
- Demonstrated experience in the use of Microsoft office: using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other MS Packages such as SharePoint; knowledge of integrated management information systems an asset.
- Knowledge of administrative policies and procedures.
- Organizational, planning and prioritizing skills and abilities.
- Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with visitors;
- Sense of initiative and good judgment.
- Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural background.
- Ability to work in a team environment to achieve common goals.
Job Title: Programme Associate
Job ID: 34293
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – Programme
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension
- The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. It was launched in September 2017 by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and the European Union (EU) High Representative and Vice President (HRVP). The Spotlight Initiative supports UN development system (UNDS) reforms to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 3 Core Agencies (the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population (UNFPA) and UN Women) work together, with other relevant UN agencies, funds and programs (AFPs), making large-scale investments in priority countries.
- The Initiative will bring the UN system together, engaging relevant AFPs, in line with their respective mandates and capacities, to build on and scale up what works, including through complementing and supporting existing mechanisms and programs on eliminating violence against women and girls (EVAWG).
- The Initiative is funding an allocation of €250 Million for 8 African countries: Nigeria, Liberia, Niger, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Mali where it seeks to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), harmful practices (HPs), and addressing related aspects of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHRs). In Nigeria, the Spotlight Initiative aims to support a Nigeria where all women and girls, particularly the most vulnerable, live a life free from violence and harmful practices.
- The Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RCHC) coordinates five UN Agencies to implement the Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria- UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP UNICEF and UNESCO. The Resident Coordinators Office hereby solicit for applications from suitably qualified individuals for the post of a Programme Associate for the Spotlight Programme.
- Under the direct supervision of the Spotlight Coordinator, the Programme Associate will support overall protocol, logistics and administration processes, transactions and services of the Spotlight Programme Management Unit.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the leadership of the Spotlight Coordinator, Programme Associate will be responsible for providing administrative support to the SI programme:
- Facilitate bookings for SI programme staff and partners via proper and transparent processes.
- Serve as principle point of contact on compliance issues with partners and program managers/officers.
- Monitor allocated partner agreements and budgets and ensure compliance with compliance manuals and donor guidelines.
- Ensure that all supporting documents are well kept for all transactions and for fixed assets.
- Maintains accurate inventoty of office equipment, furniture, software and accessories.
- Maintain an efficient filing system of documents as per the SI programme’s guidelines.
- Manages schedules/ calendars, makes travel arrangements, establishes internal administrative and reporting systems, and effectively handles problems and inquiries as appropriate.
- Provide administrative and logistical support to the Spotlight Initiative team in matters relating to organizing of events, follow up and delivery of activity requests in a timely manner.
- Process domestic and international logistics for staff and partners and ensure that the processes are done through approved documentation following the programme’s procurement and administrative guidelines and policies.
- Prepare and submit a monthly logistics report to line supervisor.
- Advise line supervisor on issues related to contracted suppliers and service providers related to administrative works.
Required Skills and Experience
- University Degree in Business, Accounting, Public Administration, Political Science or related field. Certification in Administration, Business, Accounting or related field is desirable, but not a requirement.
- At least seven years of progressive responsible experience in programme administration, logistics, programme support service or other related area is required.
- Good computer skills (Windows, MS Word, Excel/Spread sheets, the internet/Web) is required with proficiency in the use of accounting Software
- Proven experience in interaction with a variety of stakeholders (communities, government, CSO, donors, UN agencies, local government, etc. for effective liaison, synergy and coherence in the preparation and delivery of project’s activities
- Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism
- Ability to work both in a team and independently and ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, required
- Should be willing and able to travel widely within the country
- Ability to perform a broad range of activities aimed at effective and efficient functioning, including dealing with multiple and routine tasks.
- Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken) is mandatory.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
- Assesses work with critical eye
- Ability to persuade others to follow.
- Takes responsibility for and ensures high quality of own work
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
- Understands personal and team roles, responsibilities and objectives
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform .
- Reliably and consistently listens and interprets information and instruction correctly
- Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
- Meets goals and timelines for team deliverables
- Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge .
- Replicate Reliably: Carry out work, as directed, and demonstrate motivation to develop)
Collaboration and Partnership:
- Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/ projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.
- Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.
Development Planning and Monitoring:
- Ability to develop business and planning processes at the national and local level and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Sustainable Development Goals:
- Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
- Knowledge of methodologies, asessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations.
- Ability to try out / test new ways of engagement and communications.
- Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things
Data and statistics for development:
- Knowledge of data and statistics analysis for 2030 Agenda for development and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Job Title: Consultant for Project End Evaluation: REDD+ Investment Programme in Cross River State, Nigeria
Location: Calabar, Cross River
Additional Category: Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English
Starting Date : 01-Feb-2021 (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract: 10 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment: 10 Working Days
Cross River State (CRS) is an integral part of Nigeria’s efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). The State holds over 50% of Nigeria’s remaining pristine forests covering over 640,000ha. This is however being lost at a high rate that averages at 15,000 ha per annum. In a drive to accelerate action to reduce the forest loss, CRS sought financial support through the Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force (GCFTF) in order to: a) strengthen the capacity within key government agencies to address REDD+ through the requisite enabling conditions; 2) enhance coordination between local, state and national governments; 3) trigger incentives, including those of a fiscal nature to engender behavioural change to reduce deforestation; and 4) promote public-private-partnerships to support REDD+ implementation.
UNDP provides leadership and technical support to Nigeria to deliver on its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and green growth strategy through interventions in the forest sector. UNDP has provided a range of specialized technical services that include leadership on REDD+ programme development processes to support Nigeria’s goal to develop CRS as pilot State for a nested approach to implementation of REDD+. A process was carried out to achieve intense institutional, strategy-building and demonstration activities in Cross River State. The resultant CRS REDD+ strategy laid a solid foundation for the State to transition from REDD+ readiness to implementation. The financial support of the GCFTF was therefore used to implement a project titled “Implementation of REDD+ in Cross River State”, with the aim to develop a roadmap of actions and to mobilise resources for the state to implement its REDD+ strategy. Project implementation commenced in September 2019 and will end in March 2021.
The project has three main activity as follows:
- Support the development of an investment programme to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to kick start the implementation of the CRS Strategy;
- Enable the development of a REDD+ Investment Plan for operationalising the CRS REDD+ strategy and for enabling key sectors to align their policies and investments to REDD+; and
- Enhance the engagement of stakeholders, particularly private sector actors working on commodity value chains linked to REDD+.Purposes of the Evaluation
The project has been implemented since 2019. The objective of the project is to enable Cross River State to develop a REDD+ investment programme that would put the State on course to fully implement strategies and activities to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. This evaluation is to be conducted at the end of the project and will focus on the entire implementation period.
The overall purpose of the evaluation is to assess the processes and achievements made and to draw lessons that will be reported to UNDP, the donor of the project. More specifically, the evaluation is intended to:
- Verify the project reports and achievements independently.
- Compile diverse good practices in the work field during the project.
- Highlight the learning outcomes, especially those related to good practices, lessons learned related to gender equality and social inclusion, and jurisdictions of low emissions development.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Evaluation Focus areas and Questions
The following focus areas and key questions will guide the end project evaluation:
- An assessment of the achieved results in comparison with the final report. This may include the following:
- Critical assessment of the project’s achievements (compared to objectives and indicators)
- Critical assessment of the project’s contributions to transversal topics (public policies, safeguards implementation, communication, knowledge management, etc.)
- Critical assessment of the project’s management performance, including financial management, reporting (efficiency)
- Critical assessment of the project’s risk management strategy and implementation thereof
- Assessment of the project’s ability to build government capacities (at the state/local government level), transfer capacities (technical, strategic, etc.) to government partners (ownership, sustainability)
- Assessment of the project’s ability to effectively implement gender-responsive actions and ensure full and active participation of women and gender-responsive results (e.g. gender incorporated into strategies and business plans)
- Assessment of the project’s ability to effectively build and implement robust multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral processes
- Description / assessment on lessons learned
- Description / assessment on best practices
Relevance – Assess design and focus of the project:
- To what extent did the project achieve its overall objectives?
- What and how much progress has been made towards achieving the overall outputs and outcomes of the project to deliver a jurisdictional REDD+ Investment Plan and GCF Proposal in CRS (including contributing factors and constraints)?
- To what extent were the results (impacts, outcomes, and outputs) achieved?
- Were the inputs and strategies identified, and were they realistic, appropriate, and adequate to achieve the results?
- Was the project relevant to the identified needs?
Effectiveness – Describe the management processes and their appropriateness in supporting deliverables:
- Was the project effective in delivering desired/planned results?
- How effective were the strategies and tools used in the implementation of the project?
- How effective has the project been in responding to the needs of the beneficiaries?
- What are the future intervention strategies and issues?
Efficiency – Of Project Implementation:
- Was the process of achieving results efficient? Specifically did the actual or expected results (outputs and outcomes) justify the costs incurred? Were the resources effectively utilized?
- Are there more efficient ways and means of delivering more and better results (outputs and outcomes) with the available inputs?
- Could a different approach have produced better results?
- How was the project’s collaboration with UNDP, Ministry of Climate Change and Forestry, the Forestry Commission in CRS, National REDD+ Secretariat in the Federal Ministry of Environment?
- How efficient were the management and accountability structures of the project?
- To what extent are the benefits of the projects likely to be sustained after the completion of this project?
- What is the likelihood of continuation and sustainability of project outcomes and benefits after completion of the project?
- How effective were the exit strategies, and approaches to phase out assistance provided by the project including contributing factors and constraints?
- Describe key factors that will require attention in order to improve prospects of sustainability of project outcomes and the potential for replication of the approach?
- How the capacities were strengthened at the individual and organizational level (including contributing factors and constraints)?
- Describe the main lessons that have emerged?
- What are the recommendations for similar support in the future?
Methodology for Evaluation:
- The independent evaluation will comply with evaluation norms and standards and follow ethical safeguards which adhere to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) evaluation norms and standards. The evaluation is an independent evaluation and the final methodology and evaluation questions will be determined by the evaluator in consultation with the Nigeria Country Office of UNDP.
- The evaluation will apply a mixed-methods approach, engaging with key stakeholders of the project at all levels. To collect the data for analysis, the evaluation will make use of the techniques listed below (but not limit to):
- Desk study and review of all relevant project documentation including project documents, annual work-plans, project progress reports, annual project reports among others;
- Interviews with relevant key informants.
- Representatives from CRS Ministry of Climate Change and Forestry and its partners.
- Representatives from government:
- Department of Forestry in the Federal Ministry of Environment
- CRS and national REDD+ secretariats
- Forest communities in CRS
- Representatives from UNDP and GCFTF (donor).
The data and information should be collected and analyzed with appropriate gender disaggregation. The evaluator may adapt the methodology, but any changes should be agreed between the UNDP Country Office and the evaluator.
The Final Report:
The content and structure of the final analytical report with findings, recommendations and lessons learned covering the scope of the evaluation should include the following:
- Executive summary (1-2 pages)
- Introduction (1 page)
- Description of the evaluation methodology (3 pages)
- Situational analysis with regard to the outcome, outputs, and partnership strategy (3 pages)
- Analysis of opportunities to provide guidance for future projects and programming (2-3 pages)
- Key findings, including best practices and lessons learned (4-5 pages)
- Conclusions and recommendations (3-4 pages)
- Appendices: charts, terms of reference, field visits, people interviewed, documents reviewed
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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 favouritism
- Ability to work with a multi-cultural and diverse team
- Ability to produce high quality research work under pressure of tight schedules and timelines.
- Ability to understand and interpret governance issues and complex development situations;
- Good communication skills, written and oral;
- Ability to motivate staff and work well with others;
- Ability to plan and priorities, and to work under pressure;
- Excellent negotiation and diplomatic skills;
- Proven experience in interacting with senior government and donor counterparts
- Proven programme design experience
To simplify the evaluation process and obtain maximum comparability, interested evaluators/candidates are requested to submit a proposal in the manner and format described below:
- An understanding of the issues at stake in relation to the work to be performed and the ability to perform the work within the time frame provided.
- An explanation of the experience and qualifications with particular respect to M&E aspects.
- A description of the methodology and proposed tools for undertaking the project evaluation within the allocated time and budget and the use of technology and communication processes used to discuss the issues with management.
- A financial offer including of a detailed budget in columns (fees, other costs). This should be provided in costs per day for a 10-day assignment over the period of one month.
- Any additional information, not specifically requested, but would be deemed useful in supporting the evaluation proposal.
Required Expertise and Qualifications
The evaluator shall have the following expertise and qualification:
- Advanced degree in Statistics, Social Science, Development, or relevant field OR equivalent professional experience. Master’s degree in relevant fields with professional training in M&E preferred.
- Significant experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods, including tracking outcome indicators in the nature and climate sector.
- Previous experience engaging with national and subnational governments, local NGOs and INGOs within the area of monitoring, evaluation, learning or knowledge management
- Extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in the field of jurisdictional REDD+ strategies and approaches, and low emission development
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
- Experience in UNDP mandate, policy, procedures, and preparation of annual results reports would be an advantage.
Deadline: 24th January, 2021. (Midnight New York, USA)
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