Team Leader Planning and Partnership Unit

Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :21-Jun-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :NO-C
Languages Required :
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.


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Country Director, the Team Leader -Planning and Partnership  is responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of UNDP Nigeria Country Programme in accordance with the UNDP policies to ensure the accountability of the CO for its performance and contribution to development results; to ensure that objective evaluations are designed and managed to assess effectiveness, efficiency; impact and sustainability of results; to ensure that Programme Planning, Monitoring and Evaluations are carried out in a credible and systematic manner. The incumbent is also responsible for knowledge management in the CO, creation of knowledge-building and sharing culture.

The Team Leader  will supervise the Planning and Partnership Unit (PPU) staff and work closely with programme and operations teams. The incumbent will closely cooperate with the staff of other units, UN agencies within the UNDAF framework, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions

  • Establishment of Planning, Monitoring and  Evaluation systems and their implementation in the CO;
  • Oversight for programme financial management;
  • Partnership building and resource mobilization;
  • Data mining and production of CO knowledge products
  • Responsible for the development and enhancement of CO’s knowledge management system

Ensures establishment of a planning, monitoring and evaluation systems and their  implementation in the CO, focusing on achieving the following:

  • Participate in Policy dialogue with Government including the development of the Country Programme; and in consultation with UN Agencies and other development partners, as may be required, to chart operational Strategies and develop implementation arrangements, M&E frameworks suited to the socio-economic realities of the country.
  • Coordinates, supervises, and leads the CO annual, Programme and strategic planning processes within the framework of Results Based Management platform, monitors the Integrated Work Plan (IWP) and ensures that the projects are managed in accordance with the ATLAS Project Management Module;
  • Advice to management and office staff on status of results achieved, risks and common issues, constraints and opportunities. Alerts office on issues affecting achievement of results;
  • Provides guidance and technical support to outcome groups for assessment of performance through quarterly and annual portfolio reviews to promote quality assurance to ensure substantive accountability for results;
  • Design and establishment of the evaluation system in the CO to ensure efficient evaluation in CO in compliance with the UNDP Evaluation Policy , guidelines, norms and standards for evaluation in the UN system, ensuring organizational accountability;
  • Preparation of periodic report on evaluation findings and recommendations, and provide inputs into corporate reporting instruments, such as ROAR etc;
  • Facilitation of internal reporting and information sharing on programme issues-level of progress, successes and lessons learned.

Ensures knowledge building and sharing in the CO, promotes the use of evaluation findings, lessons and recommendations in planning, policy, programme and portfolio decision-making in the CO, focusing on achieving the following results:

  • Evaluation findings, lessons and recommendations captured, analyzed and made easily accessible to UNDP staff, and stakeholders, in accordance with evaluation policy, built into CO knowledge management , and actively disseminated in learning events, and channeled into decision-making processes;
  • Development and implementation of the CO knowledge management strategy including tools, products, and initiatives to create, sustain and share knowledge;
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Creation of systems; standards and tools, for codifying, organizing and retrieving knowledge  assets;
  • In coordination with the learning manager organizes periodic events for sharing knowledge, and facilitation of staff participation in Practice Networks; UNDP knowledge networks, regional networks and community of practice.

Oversight for Programme financial management:

  • Cordinates, supervises and leads programme financial oversight for programme financial resources; budgetary commitment, expenditure tracking and programme delivery patterns; review of budget requirements, programme delivery reports, and financially and operationally closing old or inactive projects and linking of new projects to the UNDP Atlas tree. 


Functional Competencies:      

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies

  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work

Results-Based Programme Development and Management

Level 1.2: Contributes into results through primary research and analysis

  •  Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
  •  Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
  •  Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation

Building Strategic Partnerships

Level 2: Identifying and building partnerships
  •   Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
  •   Displays initiative, sets challenging outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work assignment

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

Level 2: Developing new approaches
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
  • Documents successes and uses them to project a positive imag
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor

Resource Mobilization

Level 2:  Implementing resource mobilization strategies

  • Identifies and compiles lessons learned
  • Promotes and encourages country office action with local missions of donor countries as well as appropriate government authorities for increased contribution to UNDP resources, including cost sharing modalities
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Level 2: Developing tools and mechanisms
  •  Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
  •  Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Level 2: In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter 

  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally?   
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments.
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level 
Client Orientation

Level 2: Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
  • Anticipates client needs
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective

Core Competencies:

  •  Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
  •  Building support and political acumen
  •  Building staff competence,  creating an environment of creativity and innovation
  •  Building and promoting effective teams
  •  Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
  •  Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
  •  Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
  •  Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
  •  Promotinglearning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
  •  Fair and transparent  decision making; calculated risk-taking

Prince 2 training and certification

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science or Related fields.


  • Minimum 7-10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience at national or international in planning and design of monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in programme/project formulation and implementation and resource mobilization.
  • Ability to motivate a team and to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and people of different cultural background.
  • Demonstrated ability to tale initiatives and senior responsibility.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent IT skills.


  • Fluency (both written and spoken) in English.
  • Knowledge of at least one national language would be desirable.


  • This is a local post, therefore only candidates who meet residency eligibility criteria need apply.


  • Interested Candidates should apply online through the website by clicking on the Apply now button. The system will prompt you to upload a CV on the next page.
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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

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