INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGER FOR ABKHAZIA COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROJECT
|Fecha límite de postulación||01-May-12|
|Tipo de contrato||TA International|
|Nivel de puesto||P-4|
|Duración del contrato inicial||5 months with possibility of extension|
While Georgia has experienced significant socio-economic progress in recent years, the country continues to face multifaceted, complex and interlinked challenges. The two unresolved internal conflicts (South Ossetia and Abkhazia) remain key obstacles to long-term development. As a result of the conflicts, more than 200,000 persons were displaced in the early 1990s, primarily from Abkhazia, and another 30,000, primarily from South Ossetia, were displaced after the conflict between Georgia and the Russian Federation in August 2008. The conflicts have shattered local industry and infrastructure and led to continued hardship, both for the people who live in the conflict areas, and for those who have been displaced. The conflict in August 2008 has brought the sore relationship between the conflict areas and the Georgian Government to an absolute standstill. In addition, a new Georgian law on occupied territories has placed further constraints on the work of humanitarian and development organizations in the conflict areas. However, whereas no access is currently possible to the area of South Ossetia, UNDP is still able to work in Abkhazia, and its contribution there is welcomed.
UNDP has been actively involved in various economic rehabilitation and confidence building measures in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia - some of the interventions dating back to the mid-1990s. The most recent example of joint collaboration was the “European Commission Rehabilitation Programme for Abkhazia – Phase I” launched in December 2005. The overall goal of the programme, which was implemented jointly by UNDP and the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), which recently ceased its operation, was to improve livelihoods and an environment for peace. Throughout the two-year project a number of critical problems were tackled (some of them dating back to the outbreak of the conflict in the early 1990s). This included several infrastructure rehabilitations of hospitals and water supply systems. The programme also addressed other problems in the health care system through provision of equipment and retraining of staff. In spite of many successful and tangible results throughout the implementation of the Programme, it was only possible to tackle the most urgent needs. Many challenges in regard to basic infrastructure rehabilitation and improvement of livelihoods in the area still remain.
The USAID and UNDP have therefore embarked on the intervention, which started on 01 October 2010, to further improve the healthcare and small-scale infrastructure within select communities, as well as offer professional development opportunities for youth. In addition, UNDP has received a contribution form the Romanian Government for health care related infrastructure rehabilitation in Abkhazia. Two district hospitals are in the process of being rehabilitated, a mobile medical laboratory to offer HIV/AIDS awareness and counseling services has been purchased and will soon start its campaign all over Abkhazia. In addition, internet-based computer and professional skills training Centres for youth, as well as community-driven infrastructure rehabilitation are being established in several cities in Abkhazia. Activities have therefore been partially implemented and procedures and processes for Project staff in Sukhumi have been established.
Deberes y responsabilidades
In close cooperation and coordination with the UNDP Country Office, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Team, relevant national partners and in line with all UN and UNDP rules, regulations, and guidelines, the International Project Manager is expected to lead the project team in close cooperation with national partners:
Manage and oversee the overall implementation of the Abkhazia Community Revitalization Project (ACRP):
- Follow the selection criteria for the rehabilitation and equipping of district hospitals, internet-based computer centres and small-scale community-based infrastructure projects.
- Monitor the work of the mobile medical laboratory (MML) and the programme designed to offer HIV/AIDS testing and consultation services throughout Abkhazia.
- Monitor implementation of civil works, ensure it is in line with national and/or international standards.
- Mobilize communities in the civil works and ensure their needs are reflected in the selection of the project sites and that they are kept fully informed about the activities planned and the progress.
- Ensure that rehabilitation activities benefit the local economy and that jobs are created locally.
- Coordinate with partners to ensure the timely and successful implementation of project interventions.
- Develop and implement relevant awareness raising campaigns.
- Ensure synergy with UNDP’s multi-sectoral approach to development in areas of good governance, economic development, energy and environment, conflict prevention and disaster risk reduction.
- Mainstream conflict sensitivity and confidence building in all activities.
Provide analytic and strategic advice:
- Provide technical assistance and advice on issues related to the areas of the project interventions.
- Analyze and monitor emerging developments in the project area with a view to identifying risks factors that could jeopardize the project and cause further instability or violence
- Strategically develop further UNDP responses to the needs in Abkhazia through project concepts and proposals for future possible interventions.
Perform other relevant project management duties:
- Establish close working relationships with national partners and other stakeholders.
- Select implementing partners, manage relationships, and closely monitor and evaluate their performance.
- Ensure quality control and timely delivery of project outcomes, results and targets.
- Ensure scrupulous financial management of project funds.
- Implement a results-based management approach with relevant UNDP rules, regulations, and guidelines.
- Submit periodical reports in all required formats.
- Supervise and manage the work of the project staff, and assess and evaluate their performance.
- Ensure proper use of project equipment and project resources.
- Ensure visibility of project results in line with UNDP and USAID guidelines.
Impact of results by the end of the project:
- Rehabilitation and equipping of healthcare facilities and capacity strengthening of the staff.
- HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaign with testing and counselling services and capacity strengthening of healthcare professionals and social workers.
- Establishment of internet-based computer centres for youth and capacity strengthening of staff.
- Establishment of professional skills development programs for youth.
- Rehabilitation of communitu-based infrustructure and capacity strengthening of communities.
- Raised awareness among general population on health issues.
- 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.
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
Habilidades y experiencia requeridas
- Advanced university degree in administration or social sciences with focus on business, economics, international relations, development studies, engineering or related field.
- UNDP Certification programmes Prince2, RMG.
- At least 7 years’ senior project management experience working with recovery.
- Excellent political/conflict analysis, experience in bilateral and/or multilateral negotiations.
- Proven experience and ability to work in a highly politically-sensitive environment; and areas affected or suffering from conflicts, including experience in conflict sensitivity and confidence building in the region and beyond.
- Negotiating and training/facilitation skills
- Previous experience in planning and coordinating operations in the field
- Experience with community mobilization and capacity strengthening
- Experience in UNDP-funded and/or USAID-funded international projects and initiation and management of development projects in conflict areas will be a strong asset
- Understanding of UNDP and the UN system, including thorough knowledge of its practices and procedures will be a strong asset
- Initiative and sound judgment, dedication to the UN principles and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with persons of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds
- Substantial experience coordinating and working with Government, international organizations, the non-governmental sector and civil society
- Familiarity with the CIS/Southern Caucasus region
- Previous working experience in the region would be an asset
- Strong research and analytical skills
- Excellent computer literacy (MS Office; Windows)
- Sound understanding of the conflict situation in the Caucasus would be an asset.
- Fluency in spoken and written English
- Knowledge of Russian highly desira ble; knowledge of Georgian an asset
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