Project Officer (1 position) Level: SB4/2 (For Nepalese Nationals only)


Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL
Application Deadline :28-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Other
Post Level :Other
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :One year with possibility of extension

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

Through the National Human Rights Commission’s Strategic Plan Support Project (SPSP), designed based on the requirements of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as foreseen in the Strategic Plan of NHRC, UNDP Nepal is working with the NHRC to address its immediate needs in terms of strengthening its organizational and competence capacity. Through this project, it is envisaged to significantly contribute towards long-term sustainability of the institution and its capability to carry out the tasks set by itself in the Strategic Plan.

The Project is proposing measures supporting the re-organization and further capacity development of the NHRC that are realistically achievable, based on the overall holistic approach and which include day to day working with the partner institution to ensure its ownership and leadership over the process. Project activities will also contribute to an increased level of coordination between human rights institutions, resulting in more effective protection of human rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups of people.

The Project has two distinctive Components - Component 1  focusing on the duty bearer side which consists of a thorough development of the organizational capacity through a training needs assessment and a management review that identifies the required areas of support for the internal management including business management, procedures, and financial management as well as the core areas of performance of the NHRC monitoring, investigation, and outreach towards other constitutional commissions, civil society and the GoN and the Component 2 where the ongoing activities of the NHRC are supported, through initiation of a pilot project, focusing on monitoring, investigation, outreach, and on the promotion of rights for people with mental disabilities.

The second component basically focuses in supporting the NHRC in the ongoing implementation of its core activities including monitoring, investigation and other outreach in parallel to Component 1, focusing on rights holders. This component also focuses on the use of the gained capacities to promote and protect the rights of people in general and specially the rights of persons with mental disabilities through a newly designed interventions.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the National Project Director (NPD) and in close coordination with component manager the Project Officer will provide necessary support and assistance in planning and implementation of the project activities.

Under the overall direction of National Project Director (NPD) and National Program Manager (NPM), the project officer will;

  • Contribute in the in preparation of annual work plans, quarterly reports and progress reports;
  • Lead the effective implementation of the project activities in consultation with various regional, sub-regional offices, divisions/units of NHRC;
  • Ensure the necessary arrangements for workshops, seminars and training activities as per the work plan;
  • Assist the Component manager and other experts to ensure effective implementation of policies and guidelines developed through the support of the project;
  • Prepare terms of reference and request for proposals (RFP) for sub-contractors and consultants and ensure timely procurement of goods and services, and concept notes;
  • Prepare effective internal and external correspondence on project related issues;
  • Coordinate with the NHRC officials, divisions and departments to implement the planned activities;
  • Assist in developing component planning and implementation plan under the guidance of Component Manager and NPD;
  • Provide all administrative and logistic supports in expediting the procurement and recruitment of the short-term expertise;
  • Ensure implementation of programmatic policy, processes and procedures with GESI Sensitivity;
  • Prioritize selection of consultant process with GESI considerations;
  • Respect the local community's culture, diversity, norms and values;
  • Perform other tasks as required.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrated high moral integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards, sound political judgment as well as diplomacy, impartiality and discretion and proven capacity of initiative, discretion and leadership.
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategy of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivity.

Functional Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feed-back.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Effective communications skills and ability to establish good working relationships with national and international interlocutors.
  • Demonstrated openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Ability to work and act under pressure and with discretion in a politically sensitive, fast paced environment with a minimum of comfort.
  • Ability to travel under harsh conditions within the country whenever required.
  • Exceptional analytical and strategic planning skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Completion of Master’s degree from a recognized university in management, social science, economics, development or any other relevant field.

Experience:

  • At least five years of relevant work experience in programme or project planning, management and coordination.
  • Prior experience on human rights related project will be an asset
  • Significant experience in the design and/or implementation of development programmes.



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