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Field Coordinator with YECRP/Social Protection component in Aden

Aden

Background

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has resulted in a catastrophic humanitarian emergency with an increasing toll of civilian deaths and casualties across the country. Over 80 percent of Yemen’s population is estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 2.5 million Yemenis have become IDPs.

The ongoing conflict has destroyed much of the institutional ability of key ministries, governorates and local authorities to deliver essential social services to citizens. Public service restoration is essential for a smooth transition to recovery, as a political agreement is being negotiated. Combining communities’ own efforts with whatever limited state institutional capacity remains are needed to both curtail further humanitarian deterioration and the political ramifications of total state collapse.

In this context, UNDP, in partnership with the European Union (EU), developed a project to step up current efforts of the international community to deliver critically needed livelihood support and service delivery to a population hard hit by the conflict. The Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (YECRP) contributes to improving the resilience of participating households and communities and helps host communities of IDPs to cope with the economic and social pressures on the already scarce resources. It contributes to local area economies by supporting local communities, private sector contractors, community healthcare and psycho-social support, and improving the purchasing power of benefitting communities.

The YECRP (Social Protection component) is a three-year project funded by the EU and implemented by an experienced national agency: the Social Fund for Development (SFD). It has identified  four key result areas to deliver:

  1. Vulnerable Yemeni households are able to enhance their income and livelihoods through participation in cash-for-work and asset upgrade/replacement.
  1. Basic healthcare facilities are functional through community-based projects and provision of equipment for alternative and renewable energy source (i.e. solar), improved water and medical waste management
  1. Scaled-up psycho-social assistance is provided linked to health care, skills development and income generation
  1. Local authorities can effectively plan, coordinate and monitor implementation of priority projects for enhanced basic services delivery including health care

In delivering these outputs, UNDP will be able to ensure that Yemeni households and communities are able to effectively cope with the impact of the crisis and to enhance resilience-building and early recovery efforts.

As such, the project contributes towards Outcome 6 of the UNDP Corporate Strategic Plan: Early recovery and rapid return to sustainable development pathways are achieved in post-conflict situations.

UNDP Yemen now seeks to hire a Field coordinator (Social Protection) based in the UNDP Sub-office in Aden to support the management and monitoring of YECRP in the South.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Head of the Aden Sub-Office and the Team Leader Economic Resilience and Recovery Unit; and direct supervision of the Project Manager , the Field Coordinator will be responsible for the following:

  1. Managing for results
  2. Monitoring and adaptive management
  3. Partnership strengthening and capacity building
  4. Communication and knowledge management

Managing for results

  • Support the development of work plans and progress reports and coordinate and supervise the implementation of the UNDP YECRP Social Protection activities in the area of responsibility, with a view of realizing the expected results in a conflict and gender sensitive as well as cost effective manner;
  • In line with UNDP’s rules and regulations on results-based management, monitor the timely and quality implementation of UNDP YECRP Social Protection interventions in the South according to the work plan and identified risks/issues;
  • Ensure full coordination, liaison, and communication with the Project Manager, the National Coordinator, the Sub-office in Aden and between the contracted Responsible Parties for coherent design and complementary execution of projects at the community level;
  • Provide support to the project team and the Responsible Parties in the South on the achievement of specific results of the project as per the AWP;
  • Provide direct supervision and guidance to YECRP team in Aden;  and provide formal and informal reporting on progress with the achievement of assigned tasks;
  • Endeavour to create a strong team spirit, cohesive and mutually supportive, across the various project stakeholders in the areas of responsibility; encourage collaboration between individuals, the sharing of experiences and the solving of problems as a group;

Monitoring and adaptive management

  • Manage the implementation of the Project M&E plan, by providing feedback and advice to the M&E Specialist, the Third Party Monitoring Agent (TPMA) and the National Coordinator through monitoring events and updating the plan as required, and carrying out monitoring visits to Project sites on a regular basis;
  • Undertake and document field visits to the project sites, the implementing partners, communities, women and IDPs group, and when needed, liaise with partners and officials on behalf of UNDP; survey (informally) the intended beneficiaries and other stakeholders;
  • Manage and monitor the project risks related to the South as initially appraised and identify and update new risks by maintaining the Project Risk Log, being responsible for managing issues and requests for change by maintaining an Issues Log in coordination with the Project Manager;
  • Collate the results of monitoring, analyze them, and formulate proposals and recommendations for adaptive management measures for consideration by the UNDP YECRP Project Manager and the National Coordinator, including alerting on new risks for consideration and decision on possible actions if required;
  • Provide the needed support and follow-up during the mid-term and final project evaluation as required by UNDP.
  • Facilitate proper monitoring of project inventory, attendance records, filing system.
  • Undertake any other duties as may be required by the Project Manager.

Partnership strengthening and capacity building

  • Serve as the UNDP focal point for the YECRP Social Protection Component in the South, and represent and promote UNDP policies and activities;
  • Maintain and develop close partnership including with the local authorities, YECRP UN partners, responsible parties in the governorates, as well as with peer project managers from related projects in the area of responsibility;
  • In coordinator with the team of UNDP Sub-office in Aden, introduce YECRP Social Protection and the UNDP activities to local authorities and partners, in an appropriate format allowing for feedback and national ownership, liaising with the implementing partners representatives in southern governorates to reflect the partnership nature of the intervention;
  • Maintain and develop partnerships relevant to the work of resilience and advise the UNDP YECRP Project Manager and National Coordinator (Social Protection) on strengthening partnerships and synergies between the different stakeholders and UNDP in the respective areas;
  • Participate in sub-national coordination meetings and relevant sub-clusters as requested by the Project Manager and National Coordinator (Social Protection), and provide information and support to the UNDP Head of Aden Sub-office to enhance synergies and integrity among other UNDP projects;

Communication and knowledge management

  • Effectively implement the Communication and Visibility Plan developed at the Country Office level and contribute to the production and publication of public information material;
  • Collect human interest stories and beneficiary testimonials, and relay them to the UNDP YECRP Project Manager and Communication Officer (Social Protection), for use in communication and advocacy products

Document lessons learnt and best practices and ensure their dissemination, for knowledge management and replicability.

Competencies

Core competencies:

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP goals for a variety of audiences
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Informed and transparent decision making

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Managing conflict

Delivery: Ability to get things done

  • Embraces difficult obstacles that interfere with getting work done
  • Anticipates constraints and identifies solutions
  • Expands capacity of team to deliver on time and on target
  • Accountable for project implementation and/or team deliverables

Team Work

  • Working effectively with colleagues in ways that allow the achievement of shared objectives.
  • Building teams both within existing organizational structures and outside of them.
  • Creating team spirit and unity of purpose across the business unit.

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work

  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Functional/technical competencies:

Results-Based Programme Development and Management

  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
  • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things

Required Skills and Experience

 
Education:
  • Master or Bachelor Degree in Management, Development, Economics, Conflict Resolution, Social Sciences, or other relevant degree.  
 
Experience:
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience with Bachelor Degree or three years with Masters Degree in the areas of livelihoods, area-based development, and/or local governance/social cohesion;
  • Substantive project coordination and operational management experience, including detailed working knowledge of human resources, procurement, ICT, finance, asset management and logistics; 
  • Strong record of gender and conflict sensitivity mainstreaming in programming;
  • Understanding of concepts and tools for three thematic pillars under YECRP (e.g. local economic development, Cash for Work, social services, peace-building) and resilience.
  • Experience of remote management of assets.
  • Knowledge of UNDP and UN system programming, and familiarity with UNDP/UN project management rules and regulations and operational tools is desirable; 
  • Excellent knowledge of Southern Governorates 
 
Language Requirements:
  • Excellent command of both Arabic and in English (written and spoken) 
 

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Aden
  • Grade: SB-4, Service Contract - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-25

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