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Principal Expert in Local Governance /  Local Governance and Territorial Development project (AGLDT)



One of the priorities of UNDP’s work in Haiti is to strengthen public institutions to enable them to carry out their functions of public administration and to deliver basic services. The weakness of the state is reflected not only in the low level of services provided to the population, but also in the great imbalance in access to quality services between the provinces and the metropolitan areas. These inequalities in access to services can also be analyzed by gender.

The Local Governance and Territorial Development project (AGLDT) is aimed at supporting urban and rural communities in the country to benefit from decent basic public services. The project will support the implementation of the current reforms on devolution, decentralization and spatial planning, combining support for public policies and their operationalization within institutions with a focus in targeted regions. The Project is organized around three main components: (i) the formulation of policies for the devolution/decentralization of governance functions and responsibilities; (ii) the modernization and reinforcement of technical capacities of territorial institutions and communes; and (iii) the increased use of inclusive and equitable development and spatial planning tools by municipalities.

The Principal Expert in Local Governance supports the National Project Director in strategic and operational tasks. This support will focus on the following areas:

(a) The strategic guidance of the AGLDT project and its continuous development, based on a real-time analysis of the context and needs;

(b) Technical and administrative management of inputs (human resources, equipment, financial resources, etc.) in accordance with UNDP procedures and in accordance with the letters of agreement signed between the partners of the Project;

(c) Representation, communication and advocacy on the project approach and outputs, and the UNDP governance portfolio in general with government, civil society, the UN system and technical and financial partners;

(d) Knowledge management about the UNDP Project and governance portfolio in general.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director in charge of the UNDP Haiti Program, the Local Governance Expert will perform the following tasks:

Technical and administrative management of the Project:

  • Advise UNDP Haiti senior management and the National Director on the strategic direction of the Project;

  • Provide support and expertise to the National Director and the entire team in the planning of the activities and the achievement of outputs;

  • Provide technical expertise in all the project’s areas to the team members, national and international partners, and make proposals to government counterparts on public policy formulation;

  • Support the National Director in overseeing the secretariat of the Steering Committee;

  • Work with the Gender Equality Advisor of the Country Office to ensure that the Project remains gender-sensitive and to develop new gender activities (or improve gender mainstreaming in activities already planned) as necessary to ensure the achievement of gender equality results;

  • Assist in the procurement of the goods and services required to carry out the planned activities, including the preparation of terms of reference and specifications for purchases and services;

  • Provide support and administrative expertise to the National Director to monitor the use of financial resources and good project accounting to ensure the accuracy and reliability of financial reports;

  • Provide support and technical expertise to the National Director to conduct project monitoring and evaluation activities in collaboration with the UNDP M&E team;

  • Manage and monitor the risks applicable to the project as defined in the Risk Journal by means of a regular update and proposed mitigation measures submitted to the Steering Committee;

  • Provide the necessary information for project reporting in ATLAS;

  • Provide UNDP management with technical expertise and policy advice on governance issues in general.

Development of partnerships and resource mobilization

  • Support theNational Director in maintaining dialogue with Government institutions, technical and financial partners, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society, universities and other development stakeholders, to mobilize additional technical and financial resources for the project;
  • Coordinate and ensures the implementation of programming, field missions and joint monitoring and evaluation exercises with technical and financial partners, ministries and other local development stakeholders;
  • Participate in UNDP meetings and inter-agency discussions and with partners on governance issues in general.

Strategic and programmatic development

  • Maintain an ongoing analysis of the context of local governance and territorial development in Haiti, with an emphasis on political economy aspects, and assess the main risks of intervention in this area in general, and of the approach defined in the AGLDT project in particular;
  • Make strategic recommendations to UNDP Haiti senior management on priorities to be pursued in the field of local governance and territorial development and on new programmatic opportunities to be developed;
  • Develop new project proposals related to local governance;
  • Guarantee the ownership by the various units and project teams of the Country Office of the integrated programmatic development approach on local governance and territorial development, including by organizing joint reflection and training sessions;
  • Contribute to the development and follow-up of the Country Program Document and the Country Program Action Plan for all aspects of local governance and territorial development;
  • Provide substantive support on local governance and territorial development in planning and reflection within the United Nations system (Integrated Strategic Framework);
  • Support the National Director in exploring avenues for South-South and triangular cooperation to contribute to the implementation of project activities and strengthen strategic partnerships for government counterparts.

Representation, Communication and Advocacy

  • Raise awareness among UN partners, technical and financial partners, government stakeholders, elected representatives and civil society on the UNDP approach to local governance and territorial development in fragile countries in general and in Haiti in particular;
  • Assist the National Director in representing the Project in donors’ fora and events organized in the areas targeted by the Project;
  • Ensures UNDP representation at the Sectoral Table on Decentralization;
  • Promote a joint approach to local governance and territorial development within the United Nations Country Team;
  • Develop technical and financial partnerships to support the objectives of the Country Office on Local Governance and Territorial Development.

Knowledge Management

  • Capitalize lessons learned and good practices;
  • Prepare dissemination studies, synthesis reports, lessons learned documents and other publications enabling all stakeholders in Haiti to benefit from the experience of the Project;
  • Participate in national, regional and international fora on local governance and territorial development in which the experience of the Project and of UNDP in general can be used to raise the visibility of the office in this field.

Impact of Results: 

The key results expected from the position should have a real impact on the country program in the areas of democratic governance, in particular local governance, and in the development of policies and strategies related to Outcome 1 of the Country Program, “Public institutions and civil society improve the rule of law and decentralization for good governance at all decision-making levels ", through the formulation, programming and management of activities, the creation and development of strategic partnerships, as well as resource mobilization targets for the sectors concerned.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity and respect for the values ​​and ethical rules of the United Nations;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP and the United Nations;
  • Demonstrates professionalism and impartiality;
  • Respects cultural differences, gender, religion, race, age and nationality.

Operational skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to monitor technical, administrative and financial aspects of development programs/projects;
  • Willingness to support transfer of skills, replication and scaling up of project achievements;
  • Familiarity with UNDP procedures (an asset).

Management and Leadership:

  • Establishes good working relationships with partners, focuses on results and impact, responds positively to feedback and constantly strives to improve performance;
  • Approaches work with energy and maintains a positive and constructive attitude, including in challenging and stressful situations;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and has an excellent ability to handle complex situations;
  • Values the expertise and experience of others; highlights the results of the team and assumes responsibility for its failings; demonstrates proven conflict management and staff supervision skills;
  • Demonstrates good ability to plan, coordinate and supervise the activities of a multidisciplinary team and work in a multicultural environment.

Communication and networking :

  • Excellent oral communication and conflict management skills to manage inter-group dynamics and conflicts of interest between various stakeholders;
  • Excellent written communication, strategic analysis and synthesis skills to enable project reports and other strategic documents to be developed in a clear, succinct and effective manner.

Knowledge management and learning:

  • Shares knowledge and experience, and values ​​others;
  • Actively and effectively supervises the staff under his/her responsibility;
  • Actively contributes to team capacity building.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in a discipline related to the following fields: political and social sciences, rural or urban development, spatial planning, or public administration.

Professional Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience at increasing levels of responsibility in designing and managing development projects in local governance, territorial development and/or decentralization support.
  • Strong experience in so-called fragile or crisis-affected countries is recommended.
  • Shared understanding, skills, experience and commitment to work in a gender-sensitive manner.
  • Experience in networking, partnership building and coordination with national and international actors
  • Ability to interact with government authorities to provide support for high-level public policy.
  • Good knowledge of administrative procedures and operational standards common to the United Nations

Languages requirements

  • Fluency in French and excellent writing skills; Good knowledge of English required.
  • Knowledge of Spanish and/or Creole is an asset.


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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Port-au-Prince
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Democratic Governance
    • International Relations
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Political Affairs
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-31

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