ECONOMIC RECOVERY ADVISOR
|Application Deadline :||06-Oct-12|
|Type of Contract :||TA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||
Arabic English |
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year|
The armed conflict in Libya that started on 17 February 2011, lead to increased socio-economic and political tensions. High unemployment rates amongst the youth, coupled with insecurity and instability in certain parts of the Country and weak institutions, policies and legal frameworks, slowed down the building process of Libya and the effective and efficient delivery of services.
There is generally weak capacity and little experience at local levels for integrated, participatory strategic planning and budgeting. Furthermore, municipalities and technical directorates usually suffer from low administrative, financial, managerial, and technical capacity and lack effective implementation and monitoring mechanism. The lack of reliable baselines and data on the various sectors of the economy including data on unemployment/underemployment, private sector, banking systems…etc, makes proper planning a challenge.
The Libyan economy depends largely on the oil sector (contributes around 65% of GDP and 80% of government revenue) which employs only a small percentage of the active job seekers, while the public sector “employs” more than 60% of the Libyans and wages constitute 8.3% of GDP (2007). The private sector was underdeveloped with very limited role in employment creation schemes; policies, strategies and legal frameworks were not conducive to contribute to economic growth. Agriculture sector which has great potential to contribute to economic diversification schemes including the generation of rural employment is also under developed. In 1960s, agriculture contributed around 25% of the GDP while in 2008 the sector contributed only 5% and in 2011, contributed only 3.6%.
UNDP will be working closely with the Government counterparts to support the transition in Libya including the provision of support to the UNSMIL to fulfil its mandate in the areas where UNDP has comparative advantage, in order to help ensure complementarities of activities and coherence of UN Support in Libya.
Within this context, UNDP is supporting the Libyan government to design and implement employment creation schemes to enhance the social contract between the Government and its citizens while utilizing the capacity of the affected population as an active force for building a better future. Employment creation will be geared towards improving the livelihoods of the affected population as well as the wider local economy and contributing to political, social and economic stability. Government leadership in this will ensure the harmonization among different employment creation initiatives. UNDP will work closely with and provide support to the Government in managing the critical transition into longer term development, including the national or local labor markets, and national employment schemes.
Duties and Responsibilities
Development of projects in field of employment and following-up on their implementation:
- Ensure the development of project(s) related to this area of work including the finalization of project document and follow-up on the required steps for mobilization of necessary human and financial resources for their implementation;
- Assume the responsibility for the overall management and implementation of the different project components until the process of recruitment of project manager is completed;
- In the same token, ensure that all project recruitment and contracting is done in accordance with the standing criteria and procedures as worked out for the project and be directly responsible for their recruitment, contracting and management of national staff as well as contractors involved in the implementation of the project;
- Undertake monitoring visits to project sites and report on project progress and constraints;
- While assuming the Project Management function ad interim, the Economic Recovery Advisor will:
- Ensure proper budget management of the project and assumes the function of requesting unit for project related payments while ensuring accountability of the use of project funds;
- Provide leadership in overseeing of effective provision of services to counterparts including fair and transparent procurement, efficient logistics and sound financial management in line with UNDP procedures.
Provision of advice to counterparts on employment creation:
- Provide advice to UNSMIL, project partners and local administration on employment creation schemes;
- Assess the impact of the crisis on the employment, income, assets of affected population/enterprises considering when possible a rapid update (survey) of: labor market, household surveys and other secondary information that may contribute to the establishment of a baseline for Employment Creation initiatives.
Ensuring strategic direction of UNDP related projects and their timely implementation:
- Participate in all internal and external (coordination) meetings representing the project;
- Formulate a recovery and livelihoods strategy and ensure cohesion with the general recovery initiatives;
- Design a results framework that comprises the: a) immediate creation of employment opportunities for affected people; b) the implementation of community driven projects; c) strengthening of the capacity of implementing partners; d) design an effective management structure for the projects;
- Contribute to the establishment and utilization of a web-based database to serve as monitoring, information management and reporting tool;
- Ensures integration of cross cutting themes such as human rights, gender, capacity development, and peace building into livelihoods interventions towards the stabilization of the country;
- Manage and monitor identified project risks and update the status of these risks;
- Coordinate closely and act as part of the UNSMIL (DDR) team for a consolidated UN wide support to this sector;
- Keep senior/programme management abreast of emerging issues;
Building of strategic partnerships and implementation of resource mobilization strategy
- Coordinate and cooperate with initiatives of other sections of the UNDP programme in Libya; as well as with partners, stakeholders, and other agencies;
- Coordinate with existing program activities and capitalize on other ongoing similar interventions in the same sectors by other implementing agencies/partners;
- Mobilize goods and services to various initiatives’ activities, including drafting TORs;
- Fosters partnership building with other UNSMIL and all related UN agencies, Donors, government institutions and CSOs;
- Supports resource mobilization through designing resources mobilization strategy/plan
- Develops promotion material for the project;
- Explores and support in the mobilization of alternative sources of funding.
Positioning of UNDP in field of (youth) employment within the overall framework of UNSMIL Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) area of work:
- Provide substantive leadership and in-depth knowledge of labor market and SMEs and youth employment creation mechanisms through advocacy, and technical expertise in communicating, planning and implementation of community based initiatives;
- Ensure transparent selection and targeting mechanisms of vulnerable and asset poor groups, including women, female headed households, unemployed youth, ex-combatants, Internally Displace Persons (IDPs), depending on the specific conditions.
Knowledge building and capacity building:
- Promote identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the project for organizational sharing and learning;
- Work with the national and local authorities / local management structures as well as NGOs where feasible to develop their capacity and support national ownership of the building process.
- Support community empowerment and participation in the process.
- Carry out any other relevant duties as requested by the programme management or senior management.
- 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
Management and Leadership
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
- Strong analytical and management skills applied to managing and reviewing programmes/projects, including human and financial resources
- Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines,
- Knowledge of current development policies and activities,
- Demonstrates team-building capacity including interpersonal and communication skills.
- Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
- Deals diplomatically with challenging bureaucratic processes, and pressure to meet strict deadlines.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
- Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills.
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.
- Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.
- Capacity to work under pressure, manage stress and adapt to rapidly evolving situations.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of national counterparts.
- Ability to lead strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting.
- Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects.
- Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations.
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and 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
Required Skills and Experience
- Master degree in social sciences, development, political sciences, management or other relevant science.
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in programme/project development and management in challenging environments
- Practical and relevant experience in humanitarian and post-conflict development environments with focus on youth employment, job creation, SMEs and micro finance, vocational training or other employment related fields
- Experience with UNDP, UN assignments and/or multilateral banks or bi-lateral aid organizations.
- Experience in project design, execution and resource mobilization will be considered as an asset
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Fluency in written and spoken Arabic is an asset
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.