Project Associate – Women’s Economic Resilience(Karachi)



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Location : Karachi, PAKISTAN
Application Deadline :15-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jan-2023
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year

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

Job Code Title:                               Project Associate – Women’s Economic Resilience(Karachi)

Pre-classified Grade:                       SB 3 Step 2

Supervisor:                                       Project Coordinator, Women’s Economic Resilience

Duty Station:                                     Karachi

In the next phase, UN Women Pakistan will be implementing the Project titled Women’s Empowerment for Economic Resilience in Pakistan supported by the  Japan Supplementary Budget (JSB) for the year 2023. UN Women’s support is specifically targeting women and girls in the most affected districts through innovative and sustainable approaches in the form of in-kind support psycho-social support to women and protection for women in girls in the camps and hosting communities. The support will cater to, protection, needs of the targeted communities for residual needs and recovery. The project will be adopting a gender transformative approach towards increased engagement of men and boys towards supporting women in all the initiatives proposed under the current project.

UN Women seeks to engage Project Associates at the provincial level (one each for Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), to support the Women’s Economic Resilience program initiatives and implementation.

Under the administrative supervision of the Project Coordinator, Women’s Economic Resilience and with technical guidance from the Portfolio Manager WEE, the Project Associates will provide support and management in execution of services in the Provincial Sub Offices, support the design, planning and management by managing data and facilitating project implementation. The Project Associate is envisioned to promote a partner-oriented approach, consistent with UN Women rules and regulations.

The Project Associate will works in close collaboration with the sub-office team, as well as the Operations Unit, and Communications Team, and other programme units in the Islamabad office to ensure smooth implementation of the project activities, budget tracking, managing information and data collection overseeing contracts/ payments for vendors and consultants, and resolving complex project-related issues under the guidance of Project Coordinator, Women’s Economic Resilience.


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  1. Provides effective support to Project Coordinator, Women’s Economic Resilience and Head of Sub-Office at the provincial level and Project Coordinator at National level.
  2. Provides administrative & Logistics support to the sub-office.
  3. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the sub- office.
  4. Maintains Regular coordination under the Women’s Economic Resilience and Operations Teams in Islamabad office.

1. Provides effective support to the Project Coordinator, Women’s Economic Resilience and  Head of Sub-office and project team at the sub-office level focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  1. Communicate and coordinate with Islamabad Office and other UN Women Provincial Offices for smooth project implementation, monitoring and reporting and expedite requests to the Country Office.
  2. Assist the project team in reviewing and preparing documentation for the procurement of goods and services, and support contract tracking.
  3. Prepare and compile information, such as meeting notes, notes to file, and notes for record regarding project activities.
  4. Maintain an up-to-date database of relevant stakeholders at the provincial level including government departments, CSOs, donors and UN agencies working on Women Economic resilience.  Support communications with partners on project activities.
  5. Draft non-substantive correspondence.
  6. Support Head of Sub-Office and project team in setting up and preparing for coordination/ meetings with UN, government and other partners
  7. Undertake regular analysis of the situation in project, identification of operational and administrative problems, development of solutions.

2. Provides administrative & Logistics support to the sub-office focusing on achievement of the following results:

  1. Provide administrative and logistic support to the team in the organization of events, meetings, consultations, workshops, etc.
  2. Create requisitions in Atlas for provincial sub-offices to make arrangements and prepare documentation for missions/ meetings/ events/ consultations.
  3. Make travel arrangements and liaise with the project team and event participants, including preparation of travel authorizations, requisitions and claims with all supporting documentation.
  4. Maintain Mission and Leave plans for team members.
  5. Liaise with Operations Team internally, as well as external vendors/ service providers as needed to ensure that procurement processes are completed smoothly and efficiently.
  6. Create and maintain files of correspondence/ documents and electronically received information and ensure up-to-date filing. Maintain both hard copies and electronic copies of the office records and reference files on various subjects.
  7. Support the supervisor in achieving the targets against project workplans.

3. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the Provincial Sub Office, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  1. Identify sources and compile data and information for the preparation of documents, guidelines, and other material as required. Contribute to briefing materials, meeting notes, notes for file, PowerPoint presentations and other documents for the sub-office project team and keep all papers ready for meetings.
  2. Support the development of the Unit’s knowledge products, including review, editing/ proofreading, translating and design for printing.
  3. Contribute to preparation of internal and external reports, as per requirements.
  4. Assist in creating requisitions and liaise with vendors for the designing and printing of project documents, including policy briefs, reports, publications, materials for meeting/ events, IEC material, etc.
  5. Support the sharing and dissemination of knowledge products with UN Women team and external stakeholders and partners.
  6. Document lessons learnt and best practices from past experience and comparative initiatives; incorporate learnings into the ongoing work and suggest ways to improve the processes of the Gender Parity program based on this review.
  7. Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.


Competencies

CORPORATE COMPETENCIES:

  1. Demonstrates commitment to UN Women’s mission, vision and values.
  2. Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

 

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  1. Shares knowledge and experience
  1. Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

 

Project Development, Management and Monitoring

  1. Understanding of project cycle management, including monitoring and evaluation.
  2. Effective communication skills for partnership management

 

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  1. Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Project Management, including design, planning, implementation and reporting of project
  2. Good knowledge of Results Based Management
  3. Ability to support in reporting, for a variety of audiences/ partners

 

Leadership and Self-Management

  1. Focuses on results and responds positively to feedback
  2. Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  1. Remains calm and in control even under pressure
  2. Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

 

DESIRED QUALITIES

  1. Good communication and presentation skills
  2. Excellent Team work
  3. Understanding and capacity to integrate and implement gender and interfaith approaches in the work
  4. Highly motivated to work with grassroots organizations with cross cultural and interfaith sensitivity
  5. Ready to travel to remote areas for extended periods as well as travel domestically or internationally upon short notice
  6. Dedication to work with the marginalized population and people who seek justice


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences, Gender/ Women’s Studies, Law or Development Studies.

Experience:

6 years of progressively responsible administrative or programme/project experience for Economic Resilience is required at the national or international level.

Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling

Language Requirement:

Fluency in English and Urdu, knowledge of local languages will be an asset.

Application: All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-P11- Personal-History-Form.doc

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

HEC Attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UN. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to

present HEC attested degrees.

Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to (i) Present a verification/certification letter from the

university verifying the degree & student enrollment, or (ii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.

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All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

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