PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION INTERNSHIP:REGIONAL VETTED EXPERTS’ ROSTER FOR EUROPE AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES (CIS)
||Bratislava, Slovakia with a possibility of part-time work from home, SLOVAK REPUBLIC
|Application Deadline :||03-Jul-12|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||
|Duration of Initial Contract :||estimated 3 – 6 months (3 months is minimum)|
The UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre (BRC) integrates regional programming with technical and advisory support for 24 UNDP Country Offices in Europe and the CIS region in core development areas such as Poverty Reduction, Energy and Environment, Democratic Governance, Gender Equality, Public Health Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and Capacity Development. One of the central means for ensuring effective technical and advisory services is the incorporation of knowledge management principles, such as the development and support of Communities of Practice, regional and global knowledge networks and real-time content creation into the programming of interventions. In order to better serve Country Offices in the region and provide a transparent and variable system of very specific expertise in all areas of UNDP mandate, UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre established in 2009 a vetted roster of experts/consultants in several practice areas from governance, poverty reduction, private sector, public finance and many others.
The roster consists of several thematic areas which are systematized and structured under one system. The selection of experts is decentralized and each thematic area is managed by focal points in the respective teams under coordination and supervision of Human Resources and Knowledge Management Units. The roster processes (recruitment, replenishment, usage) are well established and known within UNDP. It is set up in an internal collaborative online platform available to all UNDP staff.
Some roster areas have been operational for almost three years and, considering the time invested into the roster establishment, BRC is now at the stage of conducting thorough analysis of roster usage and satisfaction with the service among main clients. This will be done through a separate evaluation project, including designing and conducting a survey among roster members, analysis of the results, follow-up with the clients, expert analysis of the system with the aim to identify main strengths and areas for improvement as well as better target and coordinate the next round of roster upgrade.
During the internship, a candidate will work closely with the knowledge management team, human resources unit and all core development practices (especially governance) at the Bratislava Regional Centre. Selected candidate will acquire excellent insights into the work of an international organization, both from programming and operational perspectives. Communication with Country Offices will improve understanding of real development needs on the ground; and work with selected roster consultants will help raising awareness of qualifications and expertise needed to advance in the development field.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under overall supervision of the Knowledge Management Analyst the candidate will work on an independent Vetted Experts Roster Evaluation Project. Expected deliverables and responsibilities are as following:
- Design and implementation of a survey for roster members, communication with consultants where necessary, plan of follow-up actions based on the feedback;
- Gathering and analyzing results of the survey, follow-up with selected main clients;
- Expert analysis of the system, review of expert profiles and documents for consistency, updates where necessary; Management and coordination of Vetted Experts’ Roster contents with roster focal points and Country Offices in the region as necessary;
- Compiling suggestions and recommendations for future development and improvement of the roster based on the above experience and in line with UNDP rules and regulations;
- At the end of the assignment conducting a 1,5h learning session to all BRC staff and interested stakeholders in the Country Offices about the Independent Evaluation Project, including report on the state of the Vetted Expert Roster, analysis of statistics, improvements realized and planned;
- Other possible tasks related to Expert Roster update, monitoring and management as per agreement.
- A clear, effective e-mail communicator;
- Motivated and responsive to the needs and interests of peers;
- Highly effective at networking, at encouraging multi-directional communication and at securing information and expertise;
- Accurate and attentive to details;
- Able to coordinate projects independently;
- Able to work both independently and as part of a team;
- Computer literate, familiar with web-based content management systems and willing to learn new applications and collaborative online tools;
- Excellent communication skills in English and good interpersonal skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- Enrollment in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) in International relations, Management, Social work/ sciences, Communications, or other relevant development-related field;
- Knowledge of/ interest in development issues;
- Knowledge of/ familiarity with the region;
- Fluency in English, other regional language is an asset;
- Experience with projects management and coordination;
- Agree with and willing to work within the framework of UNDP’s internship policies (available at http://europeandcis.undp.org/home/internship/.)
Internships within the UN system are unpaid and subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with prior to signing his/her internship agreement.
Conditions of Internship at UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre and full ToR can be found at http://europeandcis.undp.org/home/internship.
Qualified candidates interested in the Internship have to be registered in online database through http://europeandcis.undp.org/home/?event=public.internshipApplyForm, stating "Regional Vetted Experts’ Roster" as Field of interest.
Candidates not registered in the database will not be further considered.
For application instructions and more information, see http://europeandcis.undp.org/home/internship/.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.