Programme Coordinator – UNDP

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Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Development Programme
AgencyUNDP
TitleProgramme Coordinator
Job ID35502
Practice Area – Job FamilyManagement
Vacancy End Date03/03/2021 (Midnight New York, USA)
Duty StationKhartoum, Sudan
Education & Work ExperienceG-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 4 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
LanguagesRequired: Arabic, English
GradeP2
Vacancy TypeTA International
Posting TypeExternal
BureauArab States
Contract Duration6 months with possibility for extension

Background

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.

On 3rd June 2020, the Security Council passed Security Council resolution 2524 (2020). The passage of the Security Council resolution follows the establishment of the transitional government in Sudan in the aftermath of the revolution. 2019 had brought profound changes to Sudan, with the ouster of the old regime following months of street protest. On 17th August, the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change, with the mediation support of the African Union and the Government of Ethiopia, signed a Constitutional Declaration on 17 August agreeing on transitional arrangements for the forthcoming 39 months. On 3 October 2020 the Government of Sudan, the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi signed the Juba Peace Agreement after almost a year of peace talks.

The Juba Peace Agreement therefore is effectively the first in a larger set of peace agreements that would need to be signed for there to be a comprehensive and sustainable peace in Sudan. In parallel with the implementation of the peace agreement, work must get continue to tackle the myriad challenges that Sudan faces. The nature of the challenges in Sudan dictate that effective peacebuilding must be founded upon a political commitment, and owned at all levels of Government, with technical support and resources provided by the UN system and other partners. The scale of that challenge is such that no single project, programme or track of assistance can  encompass it. A strategic framework is required to coordinate and articulate multiple humanitarian  and development interventions — those of the Government, the UN system, the donor community and implementing partners – to the three priorities identified in the UN/AU Special Report (S/2018/530) and Security Council resolution 2429 (2018), and recapitulated by the Prime Minister in his request for PBF eligibility for Sudan on 25 September 2019: durable solutions for IDPs and refugees, rule or law and human rights, and peacebuilding at community level.

The present position/consultancy supports United nations Integrated Transitional Assistant Mission in Sudan

(UNITAMS), working closely with the national authorities, in the establishment of an Programmatic Support Unit and the further development of a framework for the Multi Partners Trust Funds Office (MPTF) “Peacebuilding and Stabilization” window, and in bringing forward  its implementation in conflict-affected areas as well as in the development of a cadre of programming to support on-going negotiations and operationalize the MPTF window. In this first phase the focus would be on developing programming to ongoing negotiations with SPLM-N/Al Hilu in Juba as well as for sub-national assistance in Darfur, to ensure smooth transition from UNAMID to Government efforts to extend, consolidate and sustain the peace and the Two Areas as requested by SC resolution 2524 (2020).

With the establishment of a peacebuilding-focused Multi-Partner Trust Fund window in support of the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission for Sudan –UNITAMS is seeking additional technical capacity and expertise to support the development of programmatic framework  around peace talks as well as policy and planning support for the MPTF window focused on peace implementation and peacebuilding.

The purpose of the activities is to ultimately ensure programmatic uptake by agencies, funds and programmes to the peace talks – and ensure peacebuilding policy and planning in the context of Sudan is informed by political developments around the peace talks.

the incumbent will work under the supervision of the UNITAMS senior peacebuilding advisor, and in support of UNITAMS SRSG– reporting to the Resident Coordinator. The Contractor will report weekly to the Senior Peacebuilding Advisor.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Ensure the implementation, management, and coordination support the UNITAMS Peacebuilding.
  • Ensure proper coordination with donors, stakeholders and partners.
  • Ensure Knowledge management and institutional arrangement.

1- Ensure the implementation, management, and coordination support, the incumbent is expected to support the UNITAMS Senior Peacebuilding Advisor in Khartoum with the following activities:

  • Organize consultations and coordination meetings between DPPA/IGAD/AU, national and international peace actors on unified vision to support peace process as necessary
  • Make available, consolidate and share best practices and experiences in peace agreements from other similar contexts as necessary
  • Liaise as required with the armed groups and transitional government to prepare project/programme documentation in support of peace talks and the role of UNITAMS.
  • Recruit technical thematic experts to provide technical support and build capacity of the Peacebuilding Unit, and its programme management unit, within UNITAMS
  • Provision of equipment for the Peace Talks Secretariat as necessary.
  • Work with the MPTF Secretariat and consultants hired by the RCO to operationalize the outcomes of the peace talks into the Multi-Partner Trust Fund window focused on peacebuilding.
  • Support donor liaison and fund-raising efforts as they relate to the MPTF window focused on peacebuilding and peace implementation in line with the Terms of Reference of the Sudan Financing Platform.
  • Support liaison with the UNCT and UNAMID drawdown of activities to be articulated as programmes of work under the MPTF;
  • Support drafting and consultation efforts in the context of peacebuilding policy and planning activities as required.

2- Ensure proper coordination with donors, stakeholders and partners:

  • liaise with relevant donor counterparts, UN HQ counterparts, as well as agencies, funds and programmes as they pertain to the development of the MPTF window of focused on peacebuilding.
  • Support the identification and engagement of implementing partners and engagement.
  • Maintain good relations and partnerships with stakeholders including UN mission, agencies, Government counterparts, the private sector, implementing partners.
  • Follow-up on implementation agreement and ensuring they are implemented, reported and liquidated.
  • Any other duties deemed necessary by the senior peacebuilding advisor or his designate.

3- Knowledge management and institutional arrangement:

  • Regular exchange of information/experience with other projects, cross-learning and sharing results and good practices.
  • Participation in regular internal meetings,

Competencies

Core:

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow: Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement, and excellence in others

Communication & relationship management

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform: Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement: Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional:

Knowledge Management and Learning:

Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example; Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills; Demonstrates skills and ability to coordinate and manage the work of others, work to tight deadlines: Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

Ability to conduct results-based management and reporting. Solid theoretical knowledge of and good practical experience in the relevant area, i.e., particularly programme implementation support, monitoring and evaluation for effective results, community mobilization, human rights based approach to development, access to justice, solid knowledge of the region and the overall situation in the countries of concern, strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive research on a range of issues including those of a complex and/or sensitive nature: Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Management and Leadership:

Interacts, establishes and maintains effective working relations as a team member with people of different national and multi-cultural backgrounds. Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback; Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills. Demonstrates excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations at senior levels, both orally an in writing, in a clear and persuasive stile tailored to match different audiences; Demonstrates strong negotiating and interpersonal skills; Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure: level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:

Understands advanced aspects of programme management and implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation etc. Familiarity with tools for conflict resolution, especially at community level will be an added advantage. Demonstrates comprehensive understanding, skills and knowledge of the current guidelines for project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of programme implementation bottlenecks, Understands the roles and value of local authorities and local conflict methodologies/tools and approaches in peace building and reconciliation; Excellent networking and public relation skills: Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in economics, international political economy, international relations, peace and conflict studies or similar field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years with a Master’s degree or 4 years with a Bachelor’s degree of experience in peacebuilding policy and planning – progressive experience in programme design in the area of peacebuilding and peace implementation.
  • Experience in donor liaison, partnership development and international financial institutions. Previous experience working with IFIs is a plus.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English both writing and speaking.
  • Working knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.

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