Policy Advisor for Infrastructure Projects


Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :22-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-11
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jun-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months with possible extension

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.


Background

Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

Travel:

  1. UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Office/Unit/Project Description 

Under the overall authority of UNDP Iraq Resident Representative, the Loan Management Unit, Inclusive Growth and Private Sector Development Portfolio (LMU) has facilitated loan funded projects in Iraq by providing fiducial monitoring and evaluation as well as the capacity development support to the Government of Iraq (GoI). The support is targeting at procurement, contract and financial managements during the project implementation by the GoI and act as the Fiduciary Monitoring Agent on behalf of GoI and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).The LMU is appointed jointly by JICA and GoI to play the role of the support unit to the Monitoring Committee. The LMU monitors and verifies the fiduciary compliance, including procurement, contract and financial managements and physical verification of the activities and report to the joint Monitoring Committee (M/C) and JICA. Also, to accelerate project implementation, the LMU identifies any bottlenecks and obstacles related to implementation of the infrastructure projects and to give guidance and advice to the implementing line ministries in order to resolve these issues. The LMU has the dual roles of supporting the M/C and JICA’s monitoring capacity to ensure that projects are implemented in a transparent and accountable manner in accordance with JICA’s rules and procedures. JICA and GoI need to ensure that the project implementation is undertaken in an accountable, transparent and efficient manner in line with JICA guidelines and procedures and that all loans are properly used for the purpose of achieving each project’s objectives.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager of LMU, UNDP Iraq, Policy Advisor will work closely with the LMU team as par attached organigram.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

  • Support the LMU on provision of recommendation to the M/C, JICA, and implementing ministries and agency in the formulation, preparation, endorsement and incorporation of new ODA (Official Development Assistance) Loan projects into the GoI’s Annual Investment Programme and Federal Budget System.
  • Review and evaluate the organizational set-ups of the PMTs, including the positioning, empowerment, internal organization, mode of operation and staffing schedule and provide advice and recommendations to enhance and improve them.
  • Analyze and evaluate the procurement and contract management capacities of the PMTs, identify deficiencies and weaknesses and recommend to the LMU capacity development interventions to address them.
  • Provide advice and recommendations for engaging MoP’s (Ministry of Planning) Grant and Loan Projects Monitoring Team in the monitoring activities of the LMU and for the anticipated transfer of the tasks of the LMU to MoP’s Grant and Loan Projects Monitoring Team.
  • Review and analyze the M/C’s mandate, structure and mode of operation and provide advice and recommendations to restructure and enhance the functionality of the M/C.
  • Provide updates and insights into GoI’s legislations, regulations, instructions, decisions and procedures, economic situation, public finance and analyze impact on the ODA Loan Programme.
  • Review, analyze and provide advice and recommendations on Iraq’s business process and investment climate in relation to the ODA Loan Programme, particularly taxation, tax exemption, custom clearance and custom duty waiving, business registration, land acquisition and local contractors capacities.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s vision, mission and values;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring;
  • Working in Teams;
  • Communicating Information and Ideas;
  • Self-management and Emotional intelligence;
  • Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements;
  • Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning;
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making;

Functional Competencies

  • Robust analytic skills to identify issues and solutions;
  • Leadership and self-management;
  • Focus on results and respond positively to feedback;
  • Strong analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills;
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to adapt to a multi-cultural working environment;
  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired.
     


Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Master’s degree in business, public administration, economics, engineering, or other field with extensive experience in development, government management system and public sector governance/public administration.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • A minimum 7 years of working experience on procurement and contract management based on the internationally accepted standards, such as Multi Cultural Development Banks, multilateral development agencies, bilateral donors.
  • Experiences in project management of sizable infrastructure projects.
  • Experience with infrastructure development planning and execution capacity, such as development project formulation and listing requirements on the Annual Investment Programme and the Investment Budget component of the Federal Budget.
  • Experience in coordination and collaboration with national government counterparts and partners.

Required skills and competencies

  • Working knowledge in project cycle of infrastructure project funded by Multi Cultural Development Banks, multilateral development agencies, bilateral donors.
  • Depth knowledge of Public administration, government structure and governance system, tax and custom systems, public finance and federal budget process, public procurement system, development planning and execution capacity and the relevant legislations, regulations, instructions and directives.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience in policy analysis reports.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Experience with Japan International Cooperation Agency and/or former Japan Bank for International Cooperation is an asset.
  • Experience in conflict/post-conflict/transitional counties, its experience in Iraq is an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge with Iraq’s government system and legislation, regulations.
  • Usage of statistical software is an asset.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluency in English and Arabic required.



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