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Team Leader, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management
|Location :||Abuja, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||09-Aug-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA Local|
|Post Level :||NO-C|
|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.
|The UNDP 7th Country Programme is anchored in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2009-2012, now extended to 2013. The strategic focus of the 7th Country Programme is to contribute towards the long-term goal of Nigeria to forge a ‘transformational state’ that articulates an inclusive national vision of development, uses its resources accountably, manages public institutions effectively and fosters respect for the rule of law. The UNDAF and UNDP programme are drawn from the Seven Point Agenda, the second National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy and the longer-term strategic Vision 20:2020, the UNDP Strategic Plan (2008-2011) as well as the UNDP Africa Strategy – Capacity Development for Pro-poor Growth and Accountability. The Country Programme initially covered 4 key areas, namely, (1) Economic Governance Programme (EGP) and Prioritizing Resources for Development; (2) Capacity for Governance Programme (CGP) and Accountability and oversight in Resource Management; (4) Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP): Growing the Non-Oil Resource Base and Promoting Inclusive Markets; and (4) Sustainability and Risk Management. Following the UNDAF mid-term review and internal realignment of UNDP in 2011, the areas of focus were redefined as (1) Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Programme; (2) Governance and Peacebuilding Programme; and (3) Sustainable Development Programme. These are implemented within the context of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework II for Nigeria through several Federal Agencies, 14 States and other Nigerian partners.
The Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Programme (PREMP) is part of a larger agenda to reduce poverty by facilitating entrepreneurial activities, employment generation, enhancing human development and promoting the MDGs in Nigeria, and support the coordination of the fight against HIV/AIDS through efficient economic management. The PREMP is a deliberate attempt to nurture growth in the non-oil sector of the economy using the ‘inclusive markets’ approach to create opportunities and enhance security of the poor. In particular, activities will aim at promoting enterprise development (MSMEs, SMEs etc.) thus allowing the private sector to make a greater contribution to growth, employment and income generation associated with economic opportunities and securities of the poor.
The Programme Team Leader/Manager for the PREMP will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director Programmes; and the overall direction of the Country Director. S/he will provide quality advisory services to the senior management on all aspects of poverty reduction and economic management, and manage the PREMP. The Team Leader will work with others to translate programme documents into robust and innovative strategies to achieve measurable programme results. S/he should be a development practitioner with explicit experience in poverty reduction. Also, s/he will build the capacity of staff and government counterparts in the course of her/his work. S/he will work effectively with the other programme units to deliver cohesively on the country office programme of support.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Summary of key functions:
Ensuring the strategic direction of UNDP Governance Programme
Facilitation of knowledge services and capacity development
Building of strategic partnerships
Managerial and technical leadership as well as oversight for project implementation
Function / Expected Results: Policy and Programme Advisory Services:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree or equivalent in International Development, Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration and other social science and/or related discipline.
At least 10 years experience in poverty reduction, development and planning at national level with focus on inclusive growth of asset base of the poor.
Preference for those with direct experience of working on poverty reduction and/or economic management programmes.
Demonstrated ability to engage at the highest levels with donors and development agencies, government officials and UN Agencies.
Knowledge of international best practices and policies in the fields of poverty reduction and pro-poor development strategies.
Proven capacity development experience.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting.
Strong team working experience, particularly at leadership level.
High-level computing skills in word processing, spreadsheets, power point, and preferably web pages;
Excellent command of written and spoken English and at least one Nigerian language
The UN 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.