Grants Manager (GFATM GIU)


Location : Minsk, BELARUS
Application Deadline :25-Feb-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :HIV, Health and Development
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2011
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year, extendable

Background

Since December 2004 UNDP in Belarus has been implementing grants of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Within Round 8 of proposals, the Global Fund approved another grant for Belarus on HIV for the period of 2010-2014. The Country Coordinating Mechanism selected UNDP as Principal Recipient for Phase 1 of the grant for 2010-2011. The total funding allocated for Phase 1 is € 9,557,068. Another grant which was approved for Belarus within Rolling Continuation Channel for HIV amounts to $ 7,5 mln for three years. UNDP in Belarus is also Principal Recipient for Rounds 6 and 9 grants to fight tuberculosis which will continue its implementation in 2011-2013.
The overall goal of the HIV grants is to maintain the concentrated phase of the epidemic in Belarus and to reduce the AIDS mortality. The grants envisage to expand the coverage of the main vulnerable groups (IDUs, FSWs, MSM, prisoners, women and youth) and to improve the quality of services through capacity building of the non-government organizations (NGOs) servicing the beneficiaries. Prevention work among young people will be extended through schools. Further, the grants aim to expand the coverage of people with anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, to improve laboratory diagnosis and training of healthcare staff, to enhance the quality of care and support, and to provide TB prophylaxis and treatment to HIV patients.
The overall goal of the TB grants is to reduce the burden of tuberculosis in Belarus with specific focus on improvement of TB case detection rate, providing treatment with first and second line drugs, improvement of TB diagnostic and recording systems with specific targeting of multi-drugs resistant tuberculosis. All activities are targeting civilian and prison population.
The UNDP Grants Manager will head the Grants Management Unit composed of up to 25 or more national staff.  The initial assignment is for 12 months subject to further extension based on annual performance evaluation.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UNDP Programme Officer, the Grants Manager participates in the formulation, management and evaluation of the Global Fund grant activities in Belarus.
The Grants Manager supervises and leads the grant implementation unit. The Grant Manager works in close collaboration with the National Programme Coordinator, national partners, and UNDP Country Office Programme and Operations teams.
Work Performed/or responsibilities:
Ensures implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:
  •  Management of the grants implementation unit on a daily basis to achieve the performance indicators agreed with the donor and in line with the approved Budgets and Work Plans;
  • Preparation and submission for consideration of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of necessary changes and amendments, arising in the course of grants implementation in order to achieve grants results in accordance with the Project Documents and Annual Work Plans;
  • Participation in recruitment processes of grant personnel and consultants (development of Terms of Reference, participation in short listing of candidates/desk review, acting as a member of the Interview Panel when appointed), providing regular guidance and advice to the grant staff, assessment and evaluation of their performance;
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the grants, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions;
  • Timely preparation and submission of progress reports and financial reports to the UNDP management, CCM and GFATM;
  • Liaising with relevant national and international stakeholders
Supports creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy   focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Support of the national strategic planning processes for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis based on evidences gained during implementation;
  • Support of the National Monitoring and Evaluation System;
  • Take leadership in policy formulation for meaningful engagement of civil society in the national HIV/AIDS response based on experiences and lessons learnt during project implementation;
  • Liaise with the UNAIDS, UN HIV Team, UNICEF and WHO on work plan implementation, reporting, information sharing and forward planning;
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new partnership, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization;
  • Identify and share best practices in implementation and management of the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis grants at the local and international levels.
Identifies capacity needs/gaps of sub-recipients and develops capacity development strategy:
  • Development and building-up of strategic partnership and maintenance of good relations with government counterparts and key stakeholders;
  • Development of the capacity of the key national authorities.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Functional Competencies
  • Demonstrated experience in programme management, and demonstrated capacity in leading the effective implementation of complex grants, including the management of data and reporting. 
  • Builds strong relationships with implementing partners, focuses on impact and result for the implementing partners and responds positively to feedback; 
  • Has excellent negotiation, managerial and analytical skills; 
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness, initiative and ability to meet tight deadlines. 
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. 
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness, initiative and mature judgment 
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development. 
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office through leadership and personal


Required Skills and Experience

  • University Degree or equivalent in medicine, management or social sciences.
  • at least 5 years of managerial experience, including experience of managing teams of people
  • experience with international projects will be an asset;
  • experience of working with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or other infectious diseases will be an asset;
  • experience of working with various stakeholders including non-governmental organisations is an asset
  • excellent computer skills
  • Language requirements: Fluency in 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.
Information about the condition of the SC contract: http://un.by/vacancy/undp/conditions/
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 shortlisted, and at least three applicants will gain a personal, or telephone hearing.
Women are encouraged to apply. UNDP is non-smoking work environment.
Due to the large number of applicants for UNDP positions, UNDP regrets that it is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates about the outcome or status of the recruitment process.


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