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Project Coordinator



Strengthening local governance has been a key focus of not only the government of Bangladesh, but also different donor agencies. Considering the importance of the issue, UNDP has been working to strengthen the local governance system in Bangladesh for more than a decade. UNDP lead support projects to the LGIs have played an important role in reforming the Union Parishad (UP) and Upazila Parishad (UZP) tier of government. Since the Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) and Union Parishad Governance Projects (UPGP) are going to phased out in late 2016, UNDP in collaboration with SDC and DANIDA is planning to support UZP and UP through one project entitled Efficient and Accountable Local Governance (EALG) that will have three components, including Inclusive and Accountable Upazila Parishad (IAUZP: Component-1) and Sustainable, Democratic Union Parishad (SDUP: Component-2) and Policy for Effective Local Governance (PELG: Component-3). All three components of the project will have a common policy output to provide space for support to the overall devolution process. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the National Project Director (NPD) and direct supervision of Assistant Country Director of UNDP Governance Cluster as well as in close coordination with Local Government Division (LGD), the National Project Coordinator will be responsible for strategically leading the project implementation, generating expected outputs and outcomes in line with the approved Project Document; and to provide overall strategic management support to the project through coordinating technical activities. S/he will be reportable to Assistant Country Director of UNDP Governance Cluster. The specific duties and responsibilities include:
Result-based Project Implementation and Management:
  • Ensure, in cooperation with the NPD, high level technical effectiveness of activity implementation and achievement of project outputs and outcomes;
  • Ensure the effective coordination among and supervision on the Components (Research, Learning and Evaluation; Legal Review; Capacity Development and Institutional Mainstreaming; Gender; Communication, Advocacy and Outreach, and Operations & Finance) for uniform performance with due quality of the outputs as well as value for money;
  • Initiate and continue policy level persuasion with the government for nationwide scaling up of the project and integrating village courts service into the revenue budget;
  • Lead and facilitate the preparation and implementation of the annual results-based work plans and result frameworks in close consultation with the Components, national/international experts and relevant UNDP sub-cluster;
  • Monitor, supervise and facilitate the day-to-day functioning of the key professionals and project team; 
  • Manage the human and financial resources, in consultation with the UNDP, for achieving results in line with the outputs and activities outlined in the project document; 
  • Plan, strategize and manage the scaling up the project to a national level with closer guidance from NPD and coordination of UNDP;
  • Provide strategic leadership and managerial support to the project for ensuring successful implementation and possible replication; 
  • Provide high level technical inputs and insights to other related projects within UNDP and outside agencies for possible collaboration;
  • Provide inputs to the ministry level policy dialogue and planning for strategic inclusion of village courts service in UP service delivery mechanism;
  • Plan, guide, mentor and ensure proper development and implementation of national advocacy strategy, M & E Plan and policy advocacy for longer-term sustainability and policy influence;
  • Extend technical inputs and backup supports to UNDP CO for showcasing the project for further possible resource mobilization;
  • Maintain continuous liaison with relevant government counterpart for countrywide replication of village courts project success;
  • Establish and maintain continuous strategic relationship with various government institutions e.g. LGD, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, IMED, ERD, Planning Commission, IMED Wing and Planning Cell of LGD;
  • Ensure that high level technical assistance is extended to local administration even beyond the project areas, on demand, for activation of village courts services for the community with the concurrence of PSC/PIC;
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly progress reports and organize, corresponding monthly and quarterly progress reviews, taking input from international technical experts and other technical project staff;
  • Liaise effectively with senior level functionaries of government, donor and other stakeholders for possible replication of the success stories;
  • Organize meetings of the Steering Committee and support the Local Government Division (LGD) in the organization of the Project Implementation Committee meetings;
  • Carry on the policy advocacy for legal reform and sustainable mainstreaming of the project within the LGD;
  • Coordinate the work of the entire project and provide policy advisory services; Coordinate the distribution of responsibilities amongst team members and organize monitoring and tracking system of all components of the project;
  • If delegated by the NPD act as a co-signatory of the project accounts, whenever required, as per NEX guidelines;
  • If delegated by the NPD act as a co-signatory of key programme related documents including Financial Reports and Requests for Quarterly advances;
Research, Learning and Knowledge Management:
  • Lead and guide the project team for capturing best practices from the fields and document the lessons learning as well as community/court users’ satisfactions through in-house research and studies;
  • Provide high level technical inputs to UNDP CO particularly DG Cluster for possible working collaboration with the Police HQ, Supreme Court, District Judiciary etc. 
  • Lead the process for capturing knowledge about national, regional and global know-how in local justice, best practices and produce knowledge materials;
  • Pursue EALG Project performance as a successful and innovative case for promoting a unique experience in the UNDP regional office through continuous capturing of learning and documentation;
  • In this context, build partnership with relevant practitioners, academics and civil society organizations including think tanks;
  • Provide strategic and technical inputs to CO for facilitating the South-South Cooperation through sharing learning from EALG project;
  • Advise NPD and train staff in documentation of best/good practices, lessons learned and in ensuring the mechanisms for up-scaling programme achievements from downstream pilot interventions;
  • Organize internal and external networks or communities of practice covering prominent experts in government, non-government, think tanks, private companies, international development organizations and the UN system;
  • Develop and apply the web-based Village Courts MIS System for real time monitoring and supervision by pertinent stakeholders; 
  • Record key competencies available in different government agencies and development organizations for exploring possible collaboration in nationwide scaling up drive;
Evidence-based Policy and Reforms:
  • Undertake study and participatory researches for creating evidence base in initiating policy advocacy and reform process; 
  • Ensure highest UNDP standards in the provision of technical and advisory inputs, organization of workshops, seminars, training and delivery of outputs (products);
  • Ensure consistent documentation of the development issues, concerns covering the situation and related strategic scopes and opportunities in the form of reports, monographs etc.
  • Facilitate synergies between the different development interventions in the area of local justice, human rights and governance;
  • Establish strategic rapport and strong relationship with government stakeholders (LGD, DDLGs, UNOs etc.) together with other pertinent government entities (police, judiciary etc.) for facilitating the sustainable scaling up nationally as well as institutional mainstreaming of village courts issues into relevant government training institutes;
  • Identify opportunities to enhance team-work within LGD and field administration, line departments, etc.;
  • Work closely with UNDP to ensure that the programme is achieving expected outcomes, progress and milestones are managed and completed;
  • Ensure programme outputs are aligned procedurally with UNDP corporate strategy, UNDAF, CPD and practice area development goals;
  • The National Project Coordinator will also provide inputs and services as may be required by the Management of the Project and UNDP with the objective of achieving high level of project performance and results.
Mainstreaming and Resources Mobilization:
  • Identify possible areas of collaboration with other LGD projects for mainstreaming village courts service as a service-package delivered by UPs to the citizens;
  • The National Project Coordinator will ensure thoughtful and efficient guidance and inputs as required by Management aiming to achieve the high level results-based outcomes for eventual mainstreaming;
  • Assist the UNDP CO in further resource mobilization through developing a business case model pulling the lessons learnt from the project for wider demonstration through assisting CO in further resource mobilization; 
  • Lead the project for having larger coverage in terms of public education, social sensitization and awareness raising through using innovative and alternative avenues of media including various forms of social media, facilitating strategic partnerships with the press, educational institutions, capacity building related other projects/interventions, media, etc.;
  • Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reporting;
  • Ensure successful coordination with multiple and multi-level stakeholders for facilitating broader network, strategic alliance building and mainstreaming;
  • Establish, nurture and further improve the networks with pertinent experts of national and regional offices of the UN System, international development organizations, sub-regional and regional associations, affiliations and bodies (intergovernmental, non-government or private sector).


Corporate Competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;   
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;  
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism. 
Functional Competencies
Management and Leadership:
  • Demonstrates effective project management skills; 
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback, timely responses to queries;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Provides strategic leadership and managerial support to the project for ensuring successful implementation and possible scaling up;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates leadership capacity and experience to carry on the policy advocacy for legal reform and sustainably mainstreaming the project within the LGD;
  • Demonstrates results oriented approach to work;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines;
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrated ability to function at both policy advisory and project implementation level;
  • In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary developmental issues, adaptability and ability to treat all people fairly;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision, adapted to changing external environment.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to engage with high ranking UNDP Advisors, Experts, Managers, Government Officials and international donor community and provide policy advisory support services;
  • Ability to plan and strategize and manage the scaling up the project to a national level; 
  • Ability to identify opportunities, conceptualize and develop project reports;
  • Ability to analyze situations and act accordingly;
  • Ability to effectively support in strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to formulate and manage training programmes and design relevant training materials;
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through personal example: Excellent knowledge of capacity building theory and the application of methodology: good understanding of capacity assessment methodologies;
  • Excellent ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities, ability to get capacity built, excellent ability to demonstrate national capacities built (mastery of the tools and their application);
  • Display understanding of the relevant contemporary ICT tools and continuously act towards personal capacity building;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral): sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff.
Professional Competencies
  • Strong background in some of the following technical areas; local governance, local justice, governance, human rights and project management;
  •  Ability to take initiative in complex emergency situations that takes advantage of windows of opportunity with communities and governments so as to rapidly implement programs that would otherwise be missed opportunities;  
  • Solid knowledge in contract, asset and procurement, information and communication technology;  
  • Prior experience of Project Manager;
  • Knowledge Management and Learning; 
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Knowledge on development issues;  
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills. 
Behavioral Competencies
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships to facilitate work goals;
  • Demonstrable capacity to build knowledge through using various sources;
  • Exhibit strong teamwork skills in a complex environment;
  • Ability to promote learning environment, human rights and gender friendly work environment;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a multicultural environment including the training and development of national colleagues.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum Master’s degree in any discipline of Social Sciences;
  • Total 10 years of professional experiences where at least 7 years of experience in planning, designing, implementation, management and monitoring and evaluation of development projects in social sectors at the national or international level.
  • Good understanding of local governance and local development issues in Bangladesh and elsewhere will be an added qualification.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems is necessary.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and national language of the duty station.


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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: SB-5, Service Contract - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-20

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