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Project Manager

maseru

Background

UNDP Lesotho, in partnership with the Government of Lesotho and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) recently secured funding from the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) to implement the Lesotho National Dialogue and Stabilisation Project (LNDSP). The LNDSP is a response to Lesotho’s cyclic political instability and a first step towards the implementation of comprehensive national reforms aimed at long-term stability and sustained peace and development. The support by the PBF through its Immediate Response Facility (IRF) enables UNDP and other UN agencies (specifically, UN Women, the Department of Political Affairs and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights), the Government, SADC and non-governmental groups (Lesotho Council of NGOs and the Christian Council of Lesotho) to work collaboratively to catalyse positive change. In this regard, LNDSP is aimed at creating a conducive environment, unity and commitment among Basotho to implement political reforms aimed at addressing the causes of recurrent crises and building sustainable peace and stability. Specifically, project seeks to deliver three key outcomes:
 
By 2019, there is a national agreement on the content and processes of comprehensive political reforms and national reconciliation in Lesotho with increased public and donor support; 
By 2019, tensions and divisions within and amongst security services are reduced thereby enhancing the participation of the sector in the national dialogue and reform processes and enhancing public trust. 
By 2019, a more informed Lesotho constituency is actively participating in political reforms and reconciliation efforts due to greater access to timely and accurate information on the national dialogue and reform processes. 
 
The LNDSP provides a unique opportunity for the UN to go beyond its regular programming to support the Government and collaborate with SADC and civil society groups to tackle and mitigate risks by, foremost, initiating a national political dialogue that will bring all stakeholders together to agree on the reform content and processes of the national reform. The proposed dialogue will be inclusive, participatory and would help generate political and societal consensus on the future stability of the country and the reform and reconciliation processes necessary for such a future. 
 
Secondly, to prepare the security sector for a constructive engagement in the national dialogue and reforms, the project will support the analysis and assessment of the security sector that will lead to the development of a Security Sector Assessment Report and a Strategic Vision Document which would form the basis for the sector’s engagement with the public during the dialogue and drive future reforms. As part of interim stabilisation and human rights mainstreaming measures, the security sector will also benefit from capacity building on inter-agency coordination and collaboration, Codes of Conduct and Standard Operating Procedures, civil-security agencies relations, human rights and UN Conventions, crises management and leadership. This will create increased understanding of rule of law and respect of human rights by personnel of the LDF, the LMPS, the National Security Service (NSS) and the Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS). 
 
Thirdly, the project will support the development coherent and professional communication strategy to ensure that stakeholders have the correct information, enhance participation and reduce anxiety among those who may feel targeted by the reforms. Communication training will be provided to existing intra- government communication teams, key stakeholders involved in the national dialogue and reform process, and local media houses and outlet to ensure a comprehensive operationalisation and roll out of the communication strategy. 
 
UNDP-Lesotho is therefore seeking to recruit a Project Manager who will be responsible for implementing the “Lesotho National Dialogue and Stabilization Project (LNDSP) and providing overall leadership for UNDP’s in its engagement with key stakeholders on the National Dialogue and Reform Process.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Resident Representative and direct supervision of the Peace and Development Adviser/Head of UNDP Governance and Peacebuilding Unit, the Project Manager will be the leader of the Project Management Team and responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the project are efficiently and effectively executed and in line with the overall project outcomes and outputs. The Project Manager will work with, support and guide the Implementing Partners (IPs) to ensure the smooth and coordinated implementation of the LNDSP. As team leader, the Project Manager will ensure clarity of roles and their execution by the Project Management Team. He or she will have overall responsibility for project Annual Work Plan (AWP) including its development, budgeting, alignment among partners, execution, reporting and monitoring. He or she will be expected to develop a clear understanding of PBF-funded projects and related reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements. 
 
Through his or her management, the Project Manager will be the first line of quality assurance and will ensure a coordinated approach to project knowledge management, communication and outreach. He/She will ensure that production of knowledge and communication on the project follow UNDP cooperate requirements and standards.  The Project Manager will ensure that the Project Board has the relevant information and reports to effectively carry out its policy and strategic oversight. In this regard, she or he will ensure quality and timely narrative and financial reports, comprehensive AWPs and budgets. Within UNDP, she or he will ensure that Senior Management is timeously and fully advised on all aspects of the project including any risks and challenges to the realisation of the project outcomes. He or she will be responsible for ensuring that all the activities are realised within time and budget.
 
Ensuring effective delivery of project activities and results 
  • Lead the project team to prepare detailed work plans, budgets and monitoring plans
  • Lead the project team and ensure submission project reports on time 
  • Lead the project team to prepare narrative and financial reports, AWPs and any other reports and information required by the Project Board.
  • Serve as secretary to the Project Board
  • Lead the project team to develop and implement procurement plan for recruiting consultants and procuring equipment and supplies
  • Oversee the implementation of project monitoring plans to ensure that data collection feeds into project indicative targets as contained in the project resources and results framework
  • Provide support and ensure that Senior Management of UNDP is fully informed of the progress or any challenges of the project implementation
 
Effective Supervision and Management of Project Team  
 
  • Guide and manage project staff including ensuring clarity of roles, delivery and performance
  • Ensure regular internal Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) exercises throughout the project 
  • Provide guidance and support to ensure that external evaluation is conducted smoothly and effectively
  • Ensure assets of the project are managed according to UNDP Policy.
 
Partner support and coordination
 
  • Ensure and maintain linkages, coherence and synergies among activities under the different components of the project
  • Ensure effective strategic coordination among project staff, partners, and other stakeholders 
  • Ensure good coordination and collaboration with suppliers, implementing partners, beneficiaries and other key project stakeholders
  • Develop initiatives and coordination mechanism to facilitate functional partnerships between CSOs, Government counterparts and other organisation working on Lesotho National Dialogue and reform process 
  • Ensure close coordination with OHCHR and UN-Women in the mainstreaming of human and women’s rights across project activities and interventions
  • Ensure close coordination with SADC as the Regional Economic Community (REC) in the implementation of the project.  Assist in the development and strengthening of national institutions and processes for national reform
 
Policy Advice to UNDP senior mangment and national counterparts on National Dialogue and Reform. 
 
  • Alongside the PDA ensure internal lessons learning in relation to the project’s theory of change and the link between the LNDSP and the broader stabilisation, reforms and peace in Lesotho. 
  • Ensure consistent and explicit linkage between the project Results Framework with the Project activities 
  • Lead in assessing the readiness of the core implementing partners including staff capacity, equipment, etc.
  • As might be required, represent UNDP in policy dialogues that could be beneficial in shaping the future of Lesotho politically 
  • Provide/lead in drafting policy notes, speeches, statements, communication products on National Dialogue and Reform process as might be required;
  • Develop proposals and concept notes for resource mobilisation for follow-on projects and activities in Lesotho
  • Ensure UNDP Senior Management is timeously and fully advised on all aspects of the project including any risks and challenges to the realisation of the project outcomes. 
  • Advise Senior Management of potential budget overruns or under-performance and mitigation measures.
 
Knowledge management, Communication and Outreach 
  • Actively codify, share, and disseminate knowledge, including best practices and lessons learned, accumulated through the project implementation
  • Represent the Project in meetings and conferences to which the Project is invited to attendEnsure that the Project systematically builds capacities of implementing partners and other national partners so that they can independently take initiatives for national dialogues and reforms 
  • Initiate and/ or participate in UNDP knowledge and learning events and take advantage of best practices and lessons to strengthen the NDSP in particular and Lesotho Reform 
 
 

Competencies

Core
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
 
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
 
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
 
Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
 
Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
 
Technical/Functional
 
Strategic Planning Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
Project Management Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
 
Quality Assurance Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
 
Partnerships Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
 
Priority Setting Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
 
Gender Issues $ Analsis Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Master's degree in  Conflict Prevention and Peace Building, International Development, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Law, Public Administration or a related area.
Experience:
  • A minimum of Seven (7) years (with PhD degree), or, minimum ten (10) years (with Masters’ degree) of extensive working experience in project management in governance-related fields, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, national dialogue and reconciliation in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization
  • A proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior levels of government, United Nations, and donors
  • A proven track record in designing and managing politically sensitive projects involving national political actors. 
  • Experience working within a UN agency and experience in or understanding and managing projects with multiple donor partners
  • Knowledge of and experience of African context or Lesotho or Southern African context will be an advantage
  • Experience in mainstreaming gender equality and human rights in designing and implementing related projects including monitoring and reporting on these cross-cutting themes
  • Experience managing a PBF-funded project, a multi-partner project or a national dialogue process will be distinct advantages.
 

Disclaimer

 
Only short listed candidates will be responded to. 
“UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: maseru
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-14

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