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Area Manager


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Ramallah
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


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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.

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) derives its mandate from United Nations General Assembly Resolution 33/147 of 20 December 1978.Called upon by United Nations Member States in that year, UNDP was requested “to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people by identifying their social and economic needs and by establishing concrete projects to that end”.

UNDP’s Palestinian Programmatic Framework (PPF) 2023-2025 sets out a vision of “a world in which all Palestinians can enjoy a dignified life and fulfil their own vision of a unified, peaceful and free society”. The PPF is centered around the concept of “Transformative Resilience” and its three elements: a cohesive Palestinian identity, self-reliance, and ownership and leadership. Over the next three years, UNDP/PAPP will build on its experiences and achievements to make critical contributions to the priorities defined by the Palestinian national development plans and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), through interventions in three programmatic priority areas: i) democratic governance and quality services; ii) inclusive economic opportunities; iii) sustainable natural resources management.

The overarching objective of IPR is to enhance the socio-economic resilience of marginalized Palestinian communities, including greater self-reliance, enhanced ownership and leadership and cohesive identity, with a specific focus on women’s empowerment and gender equality at the community level (impact). To do so, the programme has embedded community engagement throughout the life cycle of the project,thus building leadership and ownership of the community. In its first three phases, IPR addressed community needs through: enabling the health sector to respond to COVID-19 and strengthening local service delivery and enhancing social cohesion in marginalized communities (phase 1); expanding its investments in community infrastructure linked to stronger community resilience (phase 2); and further expanding the community infrastructure component, strengthening access to socio-economic services and enhancing social engagement in marginalized and disadvantaged communities (phase 3). In its fourth phase, IPR is integrating a gender focus as a means to further advance its work and contribution to community resilience. Overall, IPR IV seeks to ensure inclusive and more resilient access to gender-responsive and, whenever possible, gender-transformative socio-economic opportunities, supported by community engagement and addressing environmental sustainability. A key strategic approach of IPR is the engagement of men as allies for women’s socio-economic empowerment and gender equality.

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected incumbent will the undertake the following key functions:

1.   Effective project management (West Bank and East Jerusalem components) through the delivery of appropriate technical, operational, financial and administrative outputs:
   Implement and manage the project on a day-to-day basis, coordinate the implementation of the respective activities based on the relevant project document, including, as needed, supervision and guidance of project staff, consultants and experts with a view to achieving project results.
   Ensure the timely and quality delivery of planned project activities.
   Develop comprehensive/detailed project work-plans that include all project activities and roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders and set-out corresponding milestones.
   Monitor the progress of implementation of project activities and key event schedules, review the work- plans and set deadlines, and monitor the financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports.
   Mobilize goods and services to support project activities, including call for proposals, drafting TORs and works/product requirements and specifications.
   Manage and monitor quarterly project risks including treatment plans, add new risks as they emerge during project implementation.
   Assume responsibilities in line with the office Internal Control Framework and act as a `first authority` for Project transactions.
   Ensure the adherence of project activities to the existing financial, procurement and administrative processes that are in line with prevailing UNDP rules and regulations and, at the same time, observe the project timelines.

2.   Coordination and partnerships with the implementing partners and relevant stakeholders, focusing on achievement of the following:
   Maintain strong relationships with the implementing partners, line ministries and other relevant partners.
   Finalize the contractual agreements with implementing partners.
   Maintain regular coordination and quality assurance of expert inputs and products, as well as among project partners to ensure coherence and complementarity of project activities.
   Identify opportunities for deepening the cooperation and recommending adequate approaches to dealing with different stakeholders based on information on all relevant stakeholders gathered during projects’ implementation.
   Maintain regular communication on relevant project issues with the UNDP colleagues in charge of economic recovery/development interventions and with the UNDP gender team.
   Maintain regular communication on relevant project issues with local and international counterparts, consultants and experts and ensure quality and timely delivery of all agreed outputs.
   Engage with groups and communities in project activities to reflect their needs and elements of success to the planned interventions.

3.   Ensure proper monitoring and reporting on project activities and results, as follows:
   Prepare project progress and ad hoc reports (progress against planned activities, update on risks issues, expenditures…) and ensure timely submission of the reports to the IPR Programme Manager. The developed reports are expected to be of good quality with proper analysis of the results.
   Supervise and provide guidance to project team members in the monitoring of activities, using the existing tools and suggesting improvements where/if necessary.
   Provide support to project team members in data collection, ensure regular and quality reporting against the indicators included in the M&E framework.
   Develop presentations and other materials that are needed to share information on achievements, challenges, etc.
   Update and file the relevant documentation both internally and on corporate tools (Quantum, Quantum+).

4.   Knowledge sharing and other relevant responsibilities pertaining to the project implementation and contribution to the office, focusing on achievement of the following:
   Ensure compilation and synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices throughout project implementation.
   Support the strategic sharing of relevant knowledge and information gathered throughout project implementation phase, in close collaboration with the IPR Programme Manager and the UNDP Communication Analyst.
   Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
   Actively commit to learning for advancing professional skills and career.

5.   The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization


Institutional Arrangement:
Under the guidance of the Resilience Programme Specialist and the direct supervision of the IPR Programme Manager, the Area Manager (West Bank and East Jerusalem) will undertake the assigned duties and functions, while managing project personnel: project engineers (3), community mobilizers (2) and the economic resilience coordinator (1).


Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances

speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learnfrom others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 2: Adaptprocesses/approaches to newsituations, involve

others in changeprocess

Act withDetermination:

LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bringpeople together,

build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:
Thematic Area



Business Direction and Strategy

Effective Decision


Ability to take decisions in a timelyand efficient mannerin line with one's authority, area of expertise and resources.

Business Direction and Strategy

Negotiation and Influence

Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and

creates ‘win-win’ situations.

Business Development

Knowledge Facilitation

Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.





Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and control resources,

procedures, and protocols to achieve specific goals.

 Partnership Management 

Relationship Management 

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding 


Business Management

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects witha focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Business Management


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and

actual activities andprogramme performance and results.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. education requirements
  • Advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in Economics, Social Sciences, Political Science, Gender studies or related field is required.  Or 
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in the above-mentioned fields of study, in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Min. yearsof relevant work experience
  • Up to 2 years (with master’s degree) or 2 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in managing development projects, including programmatic, financial, human resources, as well as quality management.
Required skills
  • Proven experience working with local governments, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donors.
  • Proven experience working on women’s economic empowerment or similar projects.
  • Experience in project management (including results-based management, finance, HR, procurement).
Desired skillsin addition to the competencies covered in the competencies section
  • Experience and Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNDP procedures.
  • Previous experience leading/coordinating community participatory engagement processes.
  • Previous experience with international (public or private sector) organizations in local economic development and/or gender focused programming 
Required Language(s) Fluency in both English and Arabic languages is required. 
Professional Certificates N/A


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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

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