Project Manager vacancy - Addressing violence against women in the Republic of Moldova - UNDP Moldova
In Moldova 63.4% of women aged >15 suffered at least one form of physical, psychological or sexual violence during their lives. Rates in rural areas are even higher at 69% (the highest among CIS countries). One study demonstrated prevalence of physical violence in 50% of the interviewed men’s families, and pointed at problematic traditional perceptions and stereotypes, and persisting gender inequality in families/society as root causes of violence: e.g. 27.7% of men/17.5% of women believe that a woman should tolerate violence to save the family, and 41.1% men/ 19.1% women believe that there are situations when a woman’s beating is justified. The situation is worse in rural areas, and within certain ethnic groups.
Moldova adopted a series of documents to address the issue, such as the National Strategy on Gender Equality (2017-2021), that calls for investments in social, psychological, legal, educational and economic services for women and girls, and a National Strategy on Prevention and Combatting of Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (2018-2023). It signed (February 2017) the Istanbul Convention, and introduced new legislation to align to its provisions. However, despite political will, little capacities are in place at national and, especially, at local level, to address Gender Based Violence Against Women (GBV). In particular, there are issues related to police capacity to address GBV at the local level, and to prosecute perpetrators, as well as the ability of other local actors to act in concert to prevent, reduce, and properly resolve GBV against women cases.
The aim of the proposed pilot initiative is, on one side, to help localize the 2018-2023 Strategy, by designing, implementing and evaluating a Local Action Plan to address GBV against women, in a selected multi-ethnic community. On the other, by using the lessons learned and the results of the pilot, to equip decision-makers with enhanced policy recommendations, as well as partners, at local, national and international levels, with new knowledge, skills and tools to reduce GBV.
Based on prior consultations with relevant stakeholders, the selected community for the pilot initiative is the village of Chirsova. in the region of Gagauzia, in the south of the country. Local authorities expressed their willingness to work on the subject. As the community is at a short distance from Comrat city, this could present an advantage for getting necessary support and engagement from the sector representatives and CSOs at the central autonomous region’s level. To ensure Government buy-in, a National Working Group will be established upon project kick off, consisting of Moldovan government and civil society partners, with national and municipal roles. The NWG will help ensure the activities are coordinated with other on-going processes, that relevant government entities are aware of the pilot activities, that there is coordination across government sectors in the pilot location, and that the advocacy materials are used by the relevant actors.
The pilot would tentatively focus on the following directions of action: 1) A local adaptation of the National Strategy on Prevention and Combatting of Violence Against Women in Family 2017-2022 is piloted in the community of Chirsova, Comrat district; and 2) Advocacy for implementation of policies and laws on VAW in Moldova. This project is in Moldova a component of the UNDP global project on Ending gender-based violence and achieving SDGs financed by Republic of Korea (2017-2020). The global project will oversee the evaluation of this pilot and the learning from this project will be synthesized with other pilots around the world to inform stronger policies and programmes to address GBV in the future.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall programmatic guidance and direct supervision of the Programme Specialist/Inclusive Growth Cluster Lead, the incumbent provides effective coordination and technical assistance in the implementation of project activities through a range of actions contributing to the design, planning, management and monitoring of planned interventions, as well as reporting on the progress and results achieved.
The Project Manager applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations. The Project Manager works in close collaboration with other UNDP and relevant UN Programmes, as well as with Programme, Operations, Communications and other Programme teams in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex project related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems. Ideally, the Project Manager is expected to be located in or near the target community, or travel frequently, to ensure full involvement in the day-to-day design and implementation of the pilot project.
The Project Manager will work under the supervision of the Inclusive Growth Cluster Lead and will ensure the provision of development services and products commensurate with the scope of the Project and assigned area of responsibility of the highest quality and standards to national and local counterparts and clients through applying HRBA and GE approaches. The Project Manager will also liaise directly with UNDP’s GBV project team on a regular basis.
More specifically, he/she will be responsible for:
Ensuring effective content and operational management of the project
- Oversee day-to-day operations and implementation of project activities;
- Exercise close monitoring of project activities and produce monitoring reports;
- Convene and serve as secretariat to the project working group,
- Serve as a liaison between the project, national partners and the global GBV project team and technical advisors;
- Ensure the timely and efficient delivery of Project outputs and products, as per the Project Document, leading to the achievement of expected results;
- Develop Work Plan, periodic narrative progress and final reports and expenditures status reports and submit to the Cluster Lead;
- Ensure the implementation of the activities under the Project work plan according to indicators for achieving planned results, as well as the overall management of the Project in line with UINDP rules, regulations and procedures;
- Support UNDP CO in effectively managing human resources pertaining to the Project, including staff, consultants and short-term experts; conduct periodic performance appraisals; build, lead and motivate a solid team of professionals;
- Support the efficient management of the Project financial resources, including budgeting and budget revisions, as well as expenditure tracking and reporting;
- Continuously record and maintain Project issues and risks and suggest mitigation measures.
- Lead and coordinate the organization of meetings, workshops, conferences, trainings, study visits and related activities relevant to the implementation of the Project;
- Maintain a continuous effective dialogue with the key stakeholders, central and local government authorities, other UN agencies and actors active in the sector, CSOs, partner organizations, international and national experts in the areas of the Project intervention in view of identifying synergies and avoiding overlapping of assistance;
- Maintain a close collaboration with other related UNDP programmes to ensure synergies and complementarities;
- Ensure high quality information and visibility of the programme activities to the mass media and stakeholders and support mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at the local, national, and as required at international levels;
- Perform any other duties connected directly with the implementation and evaluation of the Project as required.
Knowledge Management and Sharing
- Assist in coordinating the exchange of information internally and between relevant project stakeholders
- Ensure timely and proper documentation of the programme implementation process and products produced in accordance with the UNDP guides
- Capture and disseminate good practices locally, nationally and as required internationally
- Provide required substantive and administrative support in organizing / conducting variety of programme activities and events
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standard;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats peers fairly by maintaining consistent values inspiring trust and confidence through personal credibility;
- Accepts responsibility and accountability for the quality of the outcome of his/her decisions;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Shares knowledge and experience
- Focuses on tasks/activities which have a strategic impact on programme and capacity development activities
- Promotes a supportive environment to enhance partnerships, leverages resources and build support for UNDP strategic initiatives
- Collaborates with regional, national and local partners to create and apply knowledge and concepts that will help partners achieve UNDP’s development objectives within the country and regional context
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
- Understands and applies advanced approaches of preventing and responding to gender based violence
- Strong knowledge of the interlinks between achieving SDGs and addressing GBV
- Knowledge of local government operations and procedures a string asset
- Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff
- Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit
- Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
- Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results-Based Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of Programme, managing data, reporting
- Ability to provide input to business processes, re-engineering, implementation of new system, including new IT based systems.
- Ability to engage with various partners and stakeholders at different levels, to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government and represent UNDP in national and regional fora.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents.
- Capacity to implement the strategic vision and programmatic goals as laid down in the Programme Document;
- Proven performance in organizing and coordinating major initiatives, events or challenging inter-organizational activities;
- Adapts flexibly to changing situations, overcomes obstacles and recovers quickly from set-backs
- Strong analytical, drafting and communication skills.
Leadership and Self-Management
- Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
- Ability to achieve results and meet strict deadlines in an effective manner, maintaining a high quality standard throughout
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Tolerates conditions of stress, uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to maintain a positive outlook and to work productively
- Demonstrated ability to manage a team and to foster team spirit and synergy.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Human rights, Management or other related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with three additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A Degree in gender studies will be considered a strong asset.
- At least 5 years of progressive working experience in the design, management and implementation of programmes and/or working in a relevant position to this post.
- At least 4 years of experience in coordinating and/or directly implementing activities related to addressing violence against women.
- Experience working in multi-stakeholder environment, or on coordination at national or local level is a strong advantage.
- Experience working with local government partners a strong advantage.
- Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, governmental institutions, NGO or private sector / consulting firm is a very strong advantage.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
- Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian.
- Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Russian, Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language is an asset.
UNDP is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.
This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.
Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.
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