DEPUTY COUNTRY DIRECTOR - PROGRAMME
||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN
|Application Deadline :||31-Jul-12|
|Additional Category||Millennium Development Goals|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||D-1|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Year|
On 9 January 2011, a referendum was held on the future status of Southern Sudan, in accordance with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The overwhelming vote in favor of independence means that on 9 July 2011, Southern Sudan will secede from the Republic of Sudan. The world’s newest country will be confronted with the critical tasks of nation- and state-building. UNDP’s Southern Sudan Country Office,based in Juba, will become RBA’s second largest programme country with potential for even more rapid growth. The immediate challenges are to align the Country Office’s programme and operational capacities with the Government of Southern Sudan’s priorities as articulated in the Southern Sudan Development Plan 2011-2013. The overall objective of UNDP in Southern Sudan between 2011 and 2013 will be to build the capacity of the State to manage and account for its resources in order to set the foundation for pro-poor policies, inclusive growth and to establish an environment conducive for the rule of law and security for all. The three strategic focus areas for UNDP in Southern Sudan will include: (1) Inclusive Growth and Economic Development; (2) Good Governance and State-building; and (3) Crisis Prevention and Recovery. Given the expected increase in the programme , UNDP RBA will need to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of UNDP’s programme portfolio in Southern Sudan
Given the exceptional complexity, breadth, reach and volume of the UNDP programme in Southern Sudan and in order to ensure UNDP’s credibility and leadership role in the UNCT, UNDP has established a Deputy Country Director-Programme (DCD-Programme) position at ICS 13 level (D1-Level) to strengthen senior leadership capacity in the new Country Office (CO). The DCD (Programme) will have primary responsibility and oversight for programme implementation and delivery of the three focus areas; namely the Programme Teams on Inclusive Growth and Economic Development, Good Governance and statebuilding, and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. Moreover, the DCD-P will be responsible for the Programme Support Unit and the UNV Team.
The DCD-Programme reports directly to the Country Director (CD) who is in charge of day-to-day management of UNDP under delegated authority of the DSRSG/RC/HC/RR who provides overall strategic direction of UNDP. The DCD-Programme works with the Programme Team Leaders and in consultation with the DCD-Operations on utilization of UNDP programming tools like RBM tools, monitoring and evaluation.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Country Director, the Deputy Country Director – Programme is responsible for the implementation of the country programme activities from programme design through implementation, The Deputy Country Director – Programme leads the UNDP programme formulation and delivery with the following expected results:
- Coordinates and provides substantive contributions from UNDP to CCA and UNDAF process and supports the Country Director’s efforts of promoting thematic and sectoral synergies and coordination of programme activities and execution;
- Leads the programme team in programme formulation and networking to ensure a programme which is relevant and responsive to changes in the country context;
- Advises the Country Director and HQs on country programme development and delivery, identifies approaches and modalities to achieve development targets;
- Implements programme assurance activities relating to the implementation of the country programme including HACT and assessment of national capacity in financial management and procurement of services and goods;
- Ensures that safety and security is a core component of all programmes in the country, that programmes are security compliant according to the country specific security plan and that appropriate funding is allocated for security mitigation.
2. The Deputy Country Director - Programme supports the Country Director in his/her partnership building and resource mobilization effort for UNDP:
- Supports overall resource mobilization efforts of the Country Director with a focus on the Country Programme Action Plan and implements, in collaboration with the DCD-O, necessary measures to ensure that UNDP mobilizes the support needed for the RC function;
- Advocates for UNDP Southern Sudan with government counterparts, donor community, international financial institutions and the UN, as guided by the Country Director;
- Represents UNDP in the UNCT and in international fora as requested by the Country Director;
- The DCD-Programme has senior manager rights in Atlas and ensures approvals for the CPR portfolio, in close cooperation with the DCD-Operations, the integrity of financial systems, review of budget requirements and the consistent application of rules and regulations;
- In close collaboration with and advice from the DCD-O, monitors financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions, and supports the DCD-O in the investigation of anomalies or unusual transactions.
3. The DCD-Programme supervises the Team Leaders, Programme Advisors and Specialists with the following expected results:
- Ensures implementation of the UNDP Policy on Presences outside of the CO by continuously monitoring the cost effectiveness and continued relevance of the business case for the different Units within Southern Sudan;
- Leads in consultation with the CD recruitment, performance and career management and supervision of UNDP program and project staff to motivate and promote organizational excellence;
- Working with the DCD-Operations and the Programme Team Leaders, ensures timely action and support from UNDP Southern Sudan to any unit outside of the Juba office;
- Ensures a consistent approach from the Units outside of South Sudan to critical issues for development results including capacity building of national counterparts, monitoring of project implementation and measuring results;
- Keeps senior management (DSRSG/RC/HC/RR and CD) regularly updated on programme delivery, changes in the situation in the provinces and UNDP strategies;
- Advocates for UNDP with the government counterparts and ensures access to best available expertise;
- Leads partnership building and resource mobilization in close coordination with and under the overall strategy for resource mobilization led by the CD;
- Represents UNDP in the UNCT and in international events as requested by the CD.
4. The Deputy Country Director - Programme ensures knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Advocates for UNDP with Government counterparts and ensures access to best available expertise;
- Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the country programme for organizational sharing and learning;
- Supports capacity-building of national counterparts;
- Promotes knowledge management to ensure access to best available expertise and facilitate organizational learning.
- 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.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
- Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
- In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
- Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UNDP.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
- Ability to lead strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting;
- Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
- Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations.
Management and Leadership:
- 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;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
- Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
- Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in international development, public administration, business administration, public policy or other relevant social sciences.
- 15 years of relevant experience in development in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization in a multi-cultural setting; 7 or more years of senior-level management responsibilities of similar size and complexity. Experience dealing with a UN Mission and integrated programming
- Fluency in English with strong writing and communication skills. Additional knowledge of a UN language would be an asset.
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