Senior Consultant, (Component Coordinator) - RE-ADVERTISED


Location : Head of the Project Office in Gomel, BELARUS
Application Deadline :20-Jan-10 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Feb-2010
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :extendable

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

The joint EC-UNDP Action“Combat the negative effects of the Chernobyl disaster in Belarus” is to be launched in 2009. The overall objective is to address the socio-economic difficulties in the Chernobyl-affected areas and support the most vulnerable layers of the population.  
The purposes of this Action are as follows:
  • to support provision of medical care services and monitoring to the most vulnerable categories of Chernobyl-affected population suffering from thyroid pathologies and associated endocrinological diseases through establishment of the international scientific and practical Centre of Thyroid Disease;
  • to promote the enhancement of the livelihoods of rural residents in the Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus through community mobilisation, development of participatory planning and improved social delivery, as well as through provision of economic development opportunities for the most vulnerable groups of local population.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Component Coordinator manages activities and staff of the Project Office in Gomel, coordinates activities of local facilitators in the Gomel and Mogilev regions, of volunteers and consultants involved with the Area Based Development (ABD) component, provides implementation of the ABD project’s annual work plans in accordance with the UNDP rules and procedures.The Component Coordinator will be fulfilling the following duties:
  • Coordinate day-to-day activities of the Project Office in Gomel, supervise the project personnel and consultants operating in the Gomel and Mogilev regions;
  • Coordinate the UN volunteers and local facilitators’ work in the Gomel region;
  • Prepare proposals for the Programme Manager on procurement plans, recruitment of national consultants, subcontractors and other service providers required for implementation of annual work plans of the ABD component, including support of the Gomel Office and project offices in the target districts, prepare the drafts of terms of reference as required;
  • Contribute to development of the Project Annual Work Plans for ABD component;
  • Organise inventory keeping and control of use of the project equipment and materials located in the Project Office in Gomel and in the target districts;
  • Monitor project activities, expenditures, obligations and balance of resources directed to the needs of the Project Office in Gomel and target districts;
  • Draft analytical and financial reports (periodical, final and as required otherwise) about the project activities in the target areas;
  • Build partnerships, establish contacts with the donors of international assistance based in Belarus and perform fund-raising for implementation of community development projects and ideas identified by the project staff in the field;
  • Ensure data collection and preliminary expertise of the community project proposals;
  • Organise translation of project proposals selected for submission to potential donors and their design in accordance with the donor requirements/expectations;
  • Provide administrative and consulting support to registration and tax exemption of community projects in accordance with the national legislation and established procedures;
  • Provide advisory support to community project initiators and implementing partners on the issues related to observance of the national legislation on technical assistance and humanitarian aid;
  • Monitor implementation of community projects and assist their implementers with drafting of reports to the donors;
  • Perform regular consultations with the Gomel and Mogilev Oblast Executive Committees and draft proposals on development of cooperation with themand relevant districts, as well as with other national and international programs and partners;
  • Participate in drafting of cooperation agreements between the local authorities and UNDP in the framework of the project implementation;
  • Provide information support on the issues of ABD, community development, UNDP and EC during the meetings, seminars and other project events;
  • Nominate participants for the study tours to the Ukraine for learning from their experience of local communities’ development;
  • Provide necessary assistance to project staff, local and foreign experts/consultants visiting Gomel region as part of the project activities;
  • Make proposals on media coverage of project activities in the Gomel region, contribute to development and implementation of the project’s information and visibility activities;
  • Ensure compliance of all project activities and products with the UNDP and the European Commission visibility requirements;
  • Make proposals on and participate in promotion of radiological awareness among the population of the Chernobyl affected areas;
  • Undertake any other activities related to the project as requested by the Programme Manager.


Competencies

  • General knowledge and experience with international/donor organizations, experience in administration of policy-oriented projects or of medium- to large-scale projects of international technical assistance is highly desirable;
  • Experience in the field of mitigating consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe and knowledge of specifics of the Chernobyl-affected districts is desirable;
  • Ability to work with a wide cross-section of partners in a participatory manner: Government, NGOs, Church related NGOs, communities, private sector, media and international donors;
  • Outstanding communication, project administration, people management and organizational skills;
  • Tact, ability for teamwork and to work well under stress and to tight deadlines.


Required Skills and Experience

  • University education in sustainable development, science, economics, management, administration, foreign relations or related fields. Advanced degree would be an asset;
  • At least 2 years experience in the area of project/portfolio management or equivalent organizational management experience, experience in community development projects is an asset;
  • Fluent English and Russian.

Applications procedures:
APPOINTMENT AGAINST THIS POST IS STRICTLY ON LOCAL BASIS. UNDP WILL ONLY CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM RESIDENTS OF BELARUS

Applicants are requested to apply on-line.

Applicants have to:

  • Complete the form stating their interest in and qualifications for the position (in English);
  • Upload completed Personal History Form (PHF) in the required resume field. The PHF form can be downloaded from: http://un.by/vacancy/undp/form/

Responsible applicants will be short-listed, and at least three applicants will gain a personal, or telephone hearing.

Women are encouraged to apply. UNDP is non-smoking work environment.



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