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Socio Economic Fund (SEF) Coordinator - UPPR Project (Only Bangladeshi nationals are eligible to apply)
|Location :||Dhaka with regular travel to project towns, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jan-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year initially (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.
UNDP in partnership with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) of the Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives and UN-Habitat is implementing the Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction Project (UPPRP) in Bangladesh with funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and UNDP. The project is being implemented over the 7 years (2008-2014) and will be supported by a grant of GBP 60 million (approximately US$110 million).
The Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction Project (UPPR) is one of the largest urban poverty reduction initiatives in the world. The project aims to improve the livelihoods and living conditions of three million urban poor and extremely poor people, especially women and girls, living in 30 towns and cities in Bangladesh. It will achieve this aim through providing support for participatory community upgrading through community contracting, supporting viable and sustainable livelihoods and social and economic development activities, addressing issues of security of tenure and the needs of the extreme poor, and working with others to create a more pro-poor urban policy environment. The project will support the development of town-wide poverty reduction and economic development strategies through partnerships with urban poor communities, civil society and local government.
The project outputs:
- Urban poor communities mobilized and supported to form representative, inclusive and well-managed groups.
- Poor urban communities supported to create healthy and secure living environments.
- Urban poor and extremely poor people supported to acquire the resources, knowledge and skills needed to increase their incomes and assets.
- Development and implementation of pro-poor policies and practices supported in partnership with others.
The project includes and integrates interventions in physical infrastructure improvement (or slum-upgrading); livelihoods support such as apprenticeships, business start-up grants, vocational training, urban food production activities, child educational stipends; savings-and-credit operations; improvement of security of tenure; and social interventions to address early marriage, dowry, domestic violence and drug abuse. UPPR focuses on reducing urban extreme poverty by giving priority to the homeless and the poorest settlements, poorest households within settlements, and poorest members within families.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
The Socio- Economic Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of International Poverty Reduction Specialist and under overall guidance of International Project Manager and the National Project Director.
The Socio- Economic Coordinator will be directly responsible to coordinate planning and delivery of all activities supported by SEF. In addition, s/he will analyze the input and output data of SEF for analyzing lessons to inform the management decisions and annual planning. S/he will also contribute to high quality social analysis of the complex nature of vulnerability and exclusion in poor urban areas. The Coordinator will work with others to translate this analysis into robust and innovate strategies for working with extremely poor, excluded and vulnerable urban populations to improve their development outcomes. The Socio-Economic Coordinator will contribute to the achievements of Outputs one, three and four and the Purpose of the Programme as measured by the Indicators. S/he will manage and implement SEF supporting activities, specifically to ensure inclusion of the extremely poor and vulnerable population in the project processes and project delivery.
The Socio-Economic Coordinator will be a specialist in the areas of urban poverty reduction with specific experience of extreme poverty reduction.
Summary of Roles and Responsibilities:
1. Coordinates the planning process of all UPPR towns for annual SEF delivery and ensures high quality implementation of community contracts and other related activities;
2. Manages SEF team and provides technical inputs to assist town teams, Local Government Institutions and the government counterpart for ensuring quality SEF delivery:
3. Works closely with M&E team for analyzing SEF delivery and outcomes data to generate lessons and knowledge products informing project’s strategic directions and policy outcomes;
4. Develops and manages partnerships with on-going and proposed urban projects that directly or indirectly benefit urban poor communities and specifically the extremely poor;
5. Network with key stakeholders to promote urban poverty reduction policies for the urban poor and extreme poor.
Management and Leadership
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience