Programme Management Specialist (Analysis & Capacity Development Team, Joint Conflict Reduction Programme)


Location : Khartoum, SUDAN
Application Deadline :06-Feb-14 (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)
01-Apr-2014
Duration of Initial Contract :One year

Background

The United Nation’s Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Sudan 2013 – 2016 states that in support of national priorities and the commitments of the Millennium Declaration and the MDGs ‘The United Nations System will work to address both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ components of social cohesion, peace consolidation and peace dividends. These will promote direct action that reduces and prevents the likelihood of violent conflict at the community level, as well as indirect action that creates and enabling environment for peace consolidation. Overall, therefore, attention will be given to strengthening the infrastructure for peace, aiming at strengthening national processes, policies and institutions. In this regard, the United Nations System will work to strengthen the capacities of peacebuilding institutions and support multi-level, formal and community-based peace processes and initiatives, including with regard to resource-related dispute management.

The UNDP Country Programme Document (2013 – 2016) places particular focus on the delivery of ‘specific results in capacity development of the Government and local communities in conflict management, peacebuilding and evidence-based recovery and development plan at state and locality levels. This will be done, for example, by supporting reinstatement of community-level conflict resolution mechanisms, including traditional structures and local peace councils. The role of women in peacebuilding and conflict resolution will particularly be promoted. UNDP also will support national partners to mitigate immediate and emergent “flashpoint” conflicts through preventive initiatives and inclusive local peace processes that involve representatives of needy groups… [Further,] UNDP will support delivery of tangible peace dividends among communities through grants for small community improvement projects.’ To this end, UNDP is extending the Joint Conflict Reduction Programme’s operations for 18 months.

The revised Joint Conflict Reduction Programme, jointly implemented with IOM, will focus on five main outputs across the three Kordofan states, Abyei Area, East Darfur and Blue Nile:

  • Government and community-led peace building initiatives supported to promote stability, inter communal reconciliation and peaceful coexistence;
  • Current and future local flashpoint conflicts are mitigated through inclusive peace processes;
  • Local stakeholders are linked to relevant high-level peace processes through dialogue and dissemination of information;
  • Community infrastructure and productive assets that sustain social stability, community security and resilience to crisis delivered;
  • Targeted initiatives are delivered to support community resilience to state-wide conflicts.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the JCRP Programme Manager in close coordination with the CPRU Team Leader and Programme Officer, the Programme Management Specialist is responsible for ensuring effective functioning of the Analysis and Capacity Development Team and supporting the Programme Manager as a Deputy. Specific responsibilities would include, but not be limited, to the following:

Analysis and capacity development of national partners:

  • To lead and guide the Analysis and Capacity Development team in the planning, implementation and monitoring of JCRP activities;
  • To develop and regularly update institutional context and conflict analysis for JCRP programming and UNDP Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit;
  • To quality assure JCRP’s capacity development strategy, processes and resources, adapting global best practices to the local peace building context and key JCRP partners at local, state and national levels;
  • To support the Project Manager and the UNDP Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit with development and finalization of project concept and proposal documents, including presentations to potential donors, as requested.
  • To ensure JCRP’s Strategic Planning is forward looking and reflects global best practices in the peace building field;
  • To guide and contribute to the design of JCRP activities, in collaboration with the JCRP field teams;
  • To coordinate external technical support to the project on an as-needed basis;
  • To develop JCRP’s strategy on technologies for peace building;
  • To oversee reflective and analytical initiatives that capture lessons learned and best practices related to conflict prevention and peace building.

Communication, monitoring and reporting:

  • To ensure reporting requirements are fulfilled for UNDP and external stakeholders including preparation of briefs and updates when requested;
  • To ensure that a functional and effective Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation system is in place;
  • To ensure that JCRP’s results are captured and communicated with stakeholders through appropriate means;
  • To manage JCRP’s communication strategy, including the development of PI products, website materials and use of social media .

Project management:

  • Act as Deputy Project Manager and provide support to the overall management of the project;
  • To support the Project Manager in developing and maintaining constructive and collaborative working relationships with key external partners and stakeholders;
  • To support the Project Manager in fostering strong coordination and a productive relationship with IOM;
  • To support the Project Manager by representing the project at relevant coordination meetings and events;
  • To support the Project Manager in execution of other project management functions;
  • To support the Project Manager in managing project financial obligations, including contracts, payments and financial revisions.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrate integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treat all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Promote knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively work towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, act on learning plan and apply newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources;
  • Ability to interact across a wide spectrum of people, as well as at the meeting table within managerial and government offices.

Management and Leadership:

  • Build strong relationships with clients, focus on impact and result for the client and respond positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Lead team effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Communication and networking;
  • Excellent oral communications skills and conflict resolution competency to manage inter-group dynamics and mediate conflicting interest of varied actors;
  • Excellent writing skills, with analytical capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality project reports;
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high ranking members of national and international institutions, government and non-government.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • A Master’s Degree in conflict management, international relations, security studies, international development or a related field.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years experience in project management and/or conflict management in an international development setting;
  • Fully conversant with peace-building and socio-economic development trends at regional and local levels;
  • Experience in conducting and applying political and conflict analysis in conflict and post-conflict environments;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience of the nature of local conflicts in Sudan is a strong asset;
  • Skills in facilitating consultations, workshops, and grass-roots engagements.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent spoken and written English and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of Arabic an advantage.


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