Project Coordinator-Social Inclusion
Albania has made important steps towards establishing a democratic state, functioning market economy, maintaining a stable economic growth, and achieving human development. Nevertheless, the implementation of social policies for the inclusion of vulnerable groups, particularly Roma and Egyptian communities and persons with disabilities, remains problematic. In order to support improved social inclusion, the proposed project, will pursue the following goal: Vulnerable persons and groups are empowered to have equal access to public services and opportunities and to have a voice in public decision-making affecting their lives. The project’s first phase (2017-2021) is designed to i) strengthen the vulnerable population to request and receive adequate social services from local authorities that support their social inclusion, ii) help municipalities to effectively manage the provision of social services and promote social inclusion, and iii) support national institutions to implement their policy framework for providing social services and adequately fund social services.
The project’s target groups, who will indirectly and directly benefit from improved social services, are the marginalised and vulnerable persons of Albania, and especially persons with disabilities, Roma and Egyptians. The improvement of their social inclusion will be supported by interventions at macro level (central authorities and services such as the Albanian Institute of Statistics), at meso level (municipalities and civil society organisations) and at micro level, actively involving the project’s target groups into the project’s implementation. The project will cover all of Albania, by improving social service provision in all 61 municipalities; specific geographic foci will be targeted by reacting to specific needs and challenges in selected municipalities.
The project’s implementation is the responsibility of the four UN agencies UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, who will cooperate with state actors from central and local level, with civil society organisations and directly with target groups.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Coordinator on Social Inclusion (SI) will work under the guidance and supervision of the National Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator on SI is expected to contribute to strategic decision making for project purposes and is responsible for the tasks described below.
- Facilitate the establishment and functioning of the Statistical Indicators and Integrity Group (SIIG) as part of the Integrated Policy Management Group (IPMG) in the Employment, Skills and Social Policy (ESSP) sector;
- Support the planning, facilitation and follow-up of the work of SIIG (co-chaired by MoSWY and INSTAT) to ensure that priorities set out in the SIPD are effectively integrated into the Government’s priorities and initiatives and projects salient to social inclusion are designed, implemented and delivered irrespective of which ministry or agency is responsible for their conception, implementation or financing;
- Identify capacity development and technical assistance support that is relevant to advance and promote SIIG work, and the work of other agencies/actors (INSTAT, participating Ministries, Agencies and Departments -MADs) as may be required for effective analysis and measurement of social inclusion;
- Support and oversee research and analysis to be conducted in SI and ensure its dissemination;
- Collaborate closely with the other project coordinators to achieve the project outputs and outcomes within the specified period;
- Facilitate the implementation of activities related to his/her area of responsibility as specified in the Programme Document and Programme Implementation Plans;
- Support, collaborate and oversee the work of consultants mandated by UNDP for purposes related to the project;
- Support the identification of needs of stakeholders and interested groups, and oversee the design and implementation of needed awareness raising campaigns;
- Ensure sustainability of interventions through partnerships established with central and local authorities; provide direct coaching support to relevant counterparts and ensure knowledge transfer;
- Draft and prepare progress and ad-hoc reports as and when required;
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
- Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences.
- Act as a team player while also taking individual initiative to complete outlined tasks;
- Sharing knowledge - across the programme in particular and the organization in general -through supporting the building of a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
- Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
- Knowledge and understanding of governance of social inclusion policies;
- Firm understanding of processes and issues related to social inclusion and protection in Albania;
- Familiarity with UNDP’s work, particularly its work on economic and social inclusion;
- Ability to carry out research, to contribute to the formulation of policies, procedures and guidance materials;
- Ability to work under pressure;
- Strong communication skills (written, spoken, composing, presentation) and ability to share expertise for capacity building;
- Substantive knowledge in social inclusion, including the legal and institutional frameworks, the principles of human rights approaches, etc;
- Demonstrated experience in research, analysis and report writing on human rights or social inclusion issues
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in social sciences, law, economics or development related discipline
- At least 7 years’ professional experience at expert level with international organizations and/or public administration in related development projects is required;
- Prior experience with the UN system , international organizations government or civil society organizations is preferred
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Albanian
Qualified and interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 31 August online via UNDP Albania website: http://www.al.undp.org/content/albania/en/home/operations/jobs/.
Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.