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Technical Specialist (Parliamentary Development)
|Location :||HANOI, VIET NAM|
|Application Deadline :||15-Aug-10 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One 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.
[Post Category: Development Project Funded (DPF)]
UNDP and bilateral donors have been supporting Vietnam’s governance reforms since the mid-1990. For UNDP this has included working with the Office of the National Assembly (ONA), the National Assembly (NA) and Provincial People’s Councils (PPCs/local assemblies) to strengthen their technical and organizational functions for a more effective delivery of their mandates. In early 2000, the scope of UNDP’s Parliamentary Development Portfolio was enlarged through a project called “Strengthening the Capacity of People’s Elected Bodies in Vietnam, Phase II” which began in 2003 and run through end of 2007. The project’s main objectives consisted of enhancing parliamentary outreach, strengthening parliamentary debate on issues of national importance such as Gender Equality, the Millennium Development Goals and Anti-Corruption, and of improving the Representative function of Deputies (including those of the Peoples Council Representatives).
In January 2008, UNDP began the third phase of support through the project “Strengthening the Capacities of Representative Bodies in Vietnam”. This is a five-year, larger, multifaceted project executed by the Office of the National Assembly under the following main inter-related components:
Component A: Policy Development and Aid Coordination
Component B: Capacity Development for the National Assembly
Component C: Capacity Development for Provincial People’s Councils
Component D: Learning and Training for Deputies and Staff.
Under component A, the project has facilitated dialogues amongst the NA and the international community on key deliberations and activities of the NA as well as on policy and parliamentary development issues. Also, a donor co-ordination mechanism has been established. Under components B and C, work has focused in the areas of constituency relations (especially at PPCs); introduction of systematic public consultations and particularly public hearings (at both NA and PC levels). With regard to component D, the project has assisted the National Assembly Training Centre for Elected Representatives in developing a training curriculum for deputies covering substantive areas of parliamentary work and developing a network of associated trainers among other related interventions.
UNDP is also engaged, through separate support projects, with the Committee on Finance and Budget and the Committee on Economy of the NA. In addition, it is exploring support to the assembly’s Institute for Legislative Studies –ILS- (research and information facility) which was established in 2008. Other UN agencies have sectoral interventions with relevant committees.
In this context, the Technical Specialist is expected to provide policy, technical and managerial advice to the ONA (and the ILS should support be confirmed) in pursuance of project objectives. In addition, the Technical Specialist will facilitate the coordination between UN/DP-funded projects with the NA through the establishment of a UNDP internal coordination mechanism. The Technical Specialist will work under the guidance and supervision of UNDP’s Deputy Country Director (Programme) / Head of the UNDP Governance Cluster and the National Project Director (NPD) and/or the Deputy; S/he will also work in close cooperation with the Project Manager and UNDP’s Programme Officer.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
1. Provide and coordinate substantive technical advice on institutional capacity strengthening of the elected bodies in Vietnam at both national and local levels through the various stages of the project management and implementation (planning, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation) focusing on achievement of the following results:
2. Advocate sustainable parliamentary development strategies, share parliamentary development experiences/good practices that have been acquired elsewhere and make use of similar experiences and practices in Vietnam and share them with relevant stakeholders elsewhere focusing on achievement of the following results:
3. Provide advice to the UN’s Programme Coordination Group on Democratic Governance – PCG Governance- and UNDP on a harmonised approach to Parliamentary Development in Vietnam as well as to the NA on aid coordination mechanisms focusing on achievement of the following results:
Impact of Results:
The results should contribute to the long-term objective for a system of governance based on the key principles of accountability, transparency, participation and equity, and consistent with the rule of law and democracy; as well as the medium-term objective for enhanced capacities of the National Assembly and Provincial People’s Councils to perform representative, legislative and oversight functions entrusted to them. Results should also increase UNDP’s visibility in the various discussions about democratic governance reform in Vietnam.
Overall performance/impact of the Technical Specialist will be assessed based on the following criteria:
Reporting Lines, Performance Review, and Working Arrangement
The Technical Specialist will report to the UNDP Deputy Country Director (Programme) and Head of the UNDP Governance Cluster and will implement his/her main functions and undertake specific duties at project(s) level in close collaboration and under the guidance of the National Project Director through the National Project Manager. The Technical Specialist will work in collaboration and coordination with other project(s) technical and managerial staff and relevant stakeholders.
In line with UN/UNDP’s staff rules, the Technical Specialist’s annual performance will be measured by a full Results and Competency Assessment (RCA). The RCA exercise, with self-assessment of the incumbent based on the JD, will be assessed by the UNDP Deputy Country Director (Programme) using the inputs made by the NPD and reviewed by UNDP’s Competency Review Group set up by the UNDP Resident Representative. As such, the Technical Specialist is accountable to UNDP as the funding agency for the project.
The allocation of time devoted to the ONA and tentatively ILS projects as well as to the coordination between UNDP-funded projects with the NA will be agreed in consultation with UNDP and projects’ leadership. The Technical Specialist will be based in Hanoi with regular travel to the provinces.
Communications and Networking
Knowledge Management and Learning
Leadership and Self-Management
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Required Skills and Experience
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