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Technical Task Leader/ Women’s Economic Empowerment in South Caucasus

Yerevan (Armenia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Yerevan (Armenia)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-01

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Background

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.  For UNDP, creating equal opportunities for women and men is critical for equitable, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Hence, gender equality is in core of the UNDP mandate globally and nationally.  
UNDP Armenia, within the past decade, has continuously implemented projects on women empowerment, gender equality and youth leadership in Armenia. 
 
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. 
 
“Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus” Project (hereafter Project)) is a newly commencing joint initiative of UN Women and UNDP, which is supported by the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation and Austrian Development Agency in three countries of South Caucasus. The purpose of the to ensure that women, particularly the poor and socially excluded, in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are economically empowered and participate in relevant decision-making. 
 
The Armenian segment of the project will be implemented by UNDP Armenia in partnership with RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development and in close collaboration UN Women Country Office in Georgia. Partnerships and synergies will be ensured with regional, local governments, private companies, civil society organizations, other women empowerment projects in the country and region. 
The joint project will work in the following directions:
 
Support women, particularly the poor and socially excluded, to use skills, economic opportunities and relevant information to be self-employed and/or to join the formal labour sector in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (grass-roots level)
Support to legislative and policy frameworks in Armenia and Georgia to enable women’s economic empowerment (policy and legislation level)
Support the Government and public institutions to develop and deliver gender-responsive programmes, public services, strategies and plans for women’s economic empowerment in Armenia and Georgia (institutional level)
 
Throughout implementation of its projects, the partners will combine conventional and innovative approaches, allowing room for experimentation and testing of new solutions with application of design thinking and user-centric approaches. 
 
UNDP is currently soliciting applications for the position of Technical Task Leader for the Armenian segment of the mentioned project. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under direct supervision of the Programme Manager and overall guidance of the DG and IBM Portfolio Analyst, and in close cooperation with the AWP counterpart institutions, the incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the activities, delivery of inputs and outputs of the project.
 
Daily coordination of the Project:
  • Jointly with the Programme Manager ensure that progress is made in achieving goals and objectives of the project; 
  • Supervise and support timely implementation of the Project activities;
  • Provide substantive technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget; work towards its timely implementation with project partners and beneficiaries; monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions as necessary;
  • Work towards safeguarding, monitoring and facilitating quality assurance of all the project activities as spelled out in the project document;
  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using the results-based management tools; Ensure effective information flow and exchange within the team;
  • Contribute to the selection of international and national consultants/companies and preparation of procurements and contracting packages in line with the work plans and UNDP rules and guidelines; 
  • Organize and attend field missions and draft reports on monitoring missions;
  • Draft and coordinate the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners; Identify capacity development needs of stakeholders;
  • Keep updated a mapping of main stakeholders/ partners in the field in the Project target regions;
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate the development/ expansion of knowledge management strategies, methodologies, and products on women economic empowerment;
  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the Project and contribute to their dissemination;
  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies, analyzing and maintaining information and databases on donors and developing database of project profiles for presentation to donors;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events;
  • Ensure proper maintenance of the documentation and filing system;
  • Manage the Project contracts outsourced to third parties to ensure timely and due quality of delivery of products and services;
  • Perform financial certification function and provide oversight over the Project transactions;
  • Confirm receipt of goods and services procured, authorize payments from the Project funds, monitor financial status of the Project;
  • Provide support in identification and procurement of services and equipment;
  • Acts as Project asset custodian․
 
To provide analysis and strategic advice:
  • Support transfer of technical assistance and substantive advice to the working groups and beneficiary institutions in relevant sectors;
  • Assess the situations and propose improvements based on best practice;
  • Promote networking and experience sharing between the Project stakeholders and target groups;
  • Contribute to raising gender awareness of the beneficiaries during interviews, workshops, training events, and conferences; 
  • Advise the beneficiaries throughout the Project implementation period;
  • Liaise and establish proper professional relationship with the authorities on national, regional and local level.
 
  • To ensure Project visibility through preparation and implementation of a communication strategy:
  • Foster due coordination and linkages of the parallel UNDP projects on women with relevant programmes in Armenia, particularly with activities of other programmes funded by international organization, and other stakeholders;
  • Ensure coordination with Project partners for timely and successful implementation of the planned interventions; 
  • Ensure due information and communication flows for all stakeholders, promote networking and experience sharing between Project stakeholders and target groups;
  • In absence of Programme Manager represent the Project on behalf of UNDP and the UN Women as required, vis-à-vis the authorities, and other international and local organizations; 
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.
 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates commitment to UN and UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
 
Functional Competencies:
  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills. 
       Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results 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.
  • Proficiency in professional writing and reporting;
Leadership and Self-Management
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains positive and composed even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Master’s Degree in economics (preferred), management, law, social sciences or another related field. 
 
Experience:
5 years of experience in management or task leading at the national or international level. Experience in designing, monitoring and evaluation of development projects is an asset, as is knowledge of the latest development tools including applied user research. Experience in gender equality or women empowerment initiatives, and/or labour issues will be considered as asset.
 
Computer skills:
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
 
Languages:
Fluency in English and Armenian, Russian is an asset.
 
Skills: 
  • High level of integrity and professionalism. Demonstrated initiative, tact and high sense of responsibility and discretion.
  • Ability to handle big volume and scope of simultaneous tasks, as well as work under the pressure and in circumstances of diverse interests.  
  • Demonstrated strong team spirit.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Result-orientation.

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