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Practice Area Manager Police Payments UNDP/LOTFA Project VA-2013/06/222
|Location :||Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||01-Sep-13|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Year (with possibility of extension)|
UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:
UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, and governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.
Afghanistan is currently in a two-year transition period that will last until the departure of the international security forces by the end of 2014. As of January 2013, 85% of the country is under the full responsibility of the Afghan security forces. This transition phase will be followed by a phase of transformation of 5 years, according to the Tokyo Conference. As part of the Ministry of Interior (MoI)-driven reform supported by the International Police Coordination Board (IPCB), the ministerial functions (policy-making, budgeting, goal-setting planning and controlling) shall be separated from the policing agencies resulting in a new architecture of the entire Ministry of Interior. The draft Rule of Law (RoL) strategy of UNDP is aligned with this new context and provides an overall framework under which the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (UNDP-LOTFA) will operate. The new UNDP strategy envisions engagement in three areas of policing: a) the policy function; b) the capacity-building of people-oriented policing; and c) strengthening of civil society in matters of protection, with a voice by communities and civil society on security. The RoL strategy assumes an Afghan–led reform process and an integrated ROL approach including, justice integrity and policing. An overarching Multi-Partner Trust Fund will be established to support UNDPs RoL Strategy and the RoL Sector in Afghanistan as a whole.
LOTFA phase VI has consisted of three distinct pillars: (Pillar 1) police remuneration, infrastructure and equipment; (Pillar 2) capacity development and gender; and (Pillar 3) community policing (police-e-mardumi). The new strategic UNDP context described above will generate fundamental changes in what and how LOTFA will further engage in the policing sector, and will affect each of the three pillars in substantial ways. In anticipation of the successor programme of LOTFA Phase VI , anticipated to begin on 1 January 2014, an internal reorganization of the programme pillars began from April 2013.
However, in lead up to the full development of the successor programme of LOTFA phase VI, existing Pillar 1, while continuing to manage the remuneration to police and to uniformed guards of the Prisons Department, transitioned its functions into a more streamlined service organized as a practice area. Anticipating the transition of payroll management to the MoI, the practice area focuses on building MoI capacity to use, manage, and maintain the payroll system, while also ensuring that the software itself is made robust and professional. In the meantime, training and systems development will continue to be provided to the MOF and MOI.
Similarly, Pillar 2 has transitioned to a Practice Area on Ministerial Reform (PAMR) with focus on capacity enhancement and policy development of a Ministry of Interior that will be more civilian in nature. PAMR no longer undertakes activities at the policing level, but rather focuses on programming in support of evolving ministerial functions, and also encompassing support to civil authorities, such as governors and other sub-national entities, that are involved with policing. Similarly, the Pillar 3 focus has shifted from a narrow emphasis on police-e-mardumi to a practice area supporting civilian policing and police professionalization in all capacities of on-the-ground policing agencies. This includes, but is not limited to, community policing. There is a strong gender focus in both practice areas of ministerial reform and civilian policing and police professionalization.
The practice areas will work interactively with an effort to reinforce their separate but closely linked mandates. Each practice area will shift from ad hoc programming and material support so as to align more directly with policies and strategies of the MoI. This will increase the likelihood that LOTFA support will meaningfully contribute to the achievement of mid- and long-term changes to policing, and will lay the foundation for much greater MoI involvement with and ownership of the LOTFA framework. Practice areas will also collaborate closely with partners and stakeholders involved in the policing and RoL field.
Duties and Responsibilities
In close cooperation with the MoI, and in coordination with key international partners, the Practice Area Manager Payment Services (PAMPS) will be responsible for ensuring a) the professionalization of the UNDP/LOTFA Electronic Payroll System (EPS) so that it meets international standards for systems design, documentation, development, and management; b) continuing improvements to the operation and auditability of the police/prison guard payment processes, including both ICT systems and manual procedures; and c) development and implementation of an exit/hand-over strategy that will enable the MoI to assume full responsibility for management and operation of the payroll functions. The post is new: the Practice Area Manager will manage a team of professionals and will perform the following functions:
Summary of key functions:
Management and oversight of the Police Payroll Services Unit (PPSU) team:
Assurance that EPS and other systems are operated in accordance with appropriate international ICT standards:
Assurance of Audit and Monitoring of the EPS payments:
Develop, Oversee and Monitor Implementation of Handover Plan/Exit Strategy
Manage and coordinate EPS interfaces with other GIRoA systems:
Support UNDP/LOTFA in partnerships, collaboration and resource mobilization:
Advocacy and Networking:
The timely, accurate, and auditable monthly payment of approximately 157,000 uniformed police and 7,000 uniformed prison guards, dispersed throughout Afghanistan, depends on the performance of thePractice Area Manager Payment Services. The current investment in this activity is approximately $600M per annum. Additionally, the Practice AreaManager will be responsible for designing and managing the implementation of a handover strategy of policy/prison guard payments to the Government of Afghanistan. This will require significant professionalization of the existing EPS software and infrastructure platform, and will also require a carefully designed, implemented, and validated capacity enhancement effort to ensure that MoI has the requisite end-user and service provider skills to operate the system after hand-over. Key indicators of success will include objective improvements in the timeliness and accuracy of payroll payments, and success in planning/implementing the hand-over process.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Management and Leadership:
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Technical and Operational Effectiveness
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of Applications:
Interested and qualified international candidates should apply on-line through the UNDP Jobs site at http://www.undp.org.af/Jobs/index.htm
Please make sure to submit the following required documents for your application: Completed P.11 Form. The form is available http://www.undp.org.af/Jobs/index.htm Updated CV and Motivational Letter (Cover Letter) explaining your suitability and interest applying for this job.
Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date 2nd July 2013 will not be given consideration. Please note that only applications who are short-listed will be contacted.
For more detailed information about UNDP Afghanistan please visit our website at www.undp.org.af
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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.