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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Sanaa
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Peace and Development
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-31

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Peace Support Facility Manager

Sanaa (Yemen)

Background

Yemen is facing an unprecedented political, humanitarian, and development crisis. Yemen’s transition that started in 2011 with the support of the international community tragically unravelled after the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference in January 2014 and spiralled into a full-blown conflict by March 2015 with uncertain prospects of a peaceful political solution.

Yemen has long been a Least Developed Country and the poorest in the Arab region. Before the conflict, more than half of the 25 million population were already below the poverty line and 8 million people were receiving humanitarian assistance. Now it is estimated that more than 20 million people (82% of the population) are in need of assistance. With civilian casualties rising, Yemenis are suffering from multiple and entrenched hardships.

After more than two years of stalemate, the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen convened intra-Yemeni consultations in Sweden from 6 to 13 December 2018. The consultations successfully concluded in partial agreements between the principal Yemeni parties which were endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2451.

In this context, a Peace Support Facility (PSF) for Yemen has been established. The aim of the PFS is to accelerate rapid implementation of the agreements reached by the parties during negotiations led by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Yemen.

The PSF also aims to build public support for the peace process by achieving tangible, rapid improvement in the daily lives of people in priority areas identified by the UN Special Envoy and UN Resident Coordinator, in consultation with the parties. The intention is to demonstrate concrete alternatives to conflict, create local demand for peace, and incentivize parties to deepen their engagement in the Special Envoy’s peace process.

The PSF includes two components. The first component fast-tracks tangible support for key aspects of the agreements reached by the parties during the peace negotiations. Specific initiatives will be recommended by the UN Special Envoy. The first set of initiatives implemented under this component will reinforce the Stockholm Agreement, including the Hodeidah and the Taiz sub-agreements.

The second component fast-tracks the re-building of public infrastructure including hospitals, schools, transport, electricity and water grids in areas identified by the UN Special Envoy and UN Resident Coordinator, in consultation with the parties, as important for building public support for the peace process. Initiatives for rapidly increasing household incomes for destitute, food insecure families through public work brigades will also be given priority.

While details of the focus of the facility are being worked out in order to determine the focus, scope, modalities and risks associated with that facility, UNDP has been identified as the managing agency for the Facility.

The Peace Support Facility Manager will, under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative and and the Deputy Resident Representative (P) and the Deputy Resident Representative (O), and under the direct supervision of the Team Leader Peace Operations Support be responsible for managing the Stabilization Facility and its timely implementation in the Hodeidah city and port. S/He leads the project teams and works closely with a wide array of partners to ensure that the projects under stabilization directly respond to the strategy developed in the context of the Stockholm Peace Process.

The Peace Support Facility manager will work close consultation with the UNDP Strategic Advisor in Amman with the OSESGY on the formulation, partnership building and resource mobilization, programme development, implementation and management of programmes directly supporting the implementation of stabilization initiatives. 

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Lead strategic programme planning, and ensures programme coordination and implementation of the Peace Support Facility, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Ensures overall efficient coordination of programmes/projects and timely delivery of results based on the approved programme/projects by the Peace Support Facility Steering Committee;
  • Ensures identification and promotion of Stabilization programming and planning opportunities;
  • Identifies and develops new programme and project opportunities, in close collaboration with the Stabilization Steering Committee and the RCO Risk Management Unit
  • Promotes knowledge management to ensure access to best available expertise and facilitate organizational learning.
  • Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning; Provides guidance and participates in programme development and ensures programme implementation including budgeting, implementation and monitoring;
  • Oversees project implementation through close monitoring of results, in close collaboration with the Peace Support Facility M&E Unit and ensures effective application of RBM tools, management of scorecard targets and other benchmarks;
  • Ensures full compliance with audit requirements and timely follow-up to audit recommendations, in collaboration with the Senior Management;

2) Responsible for effective Peace Support Facility Team management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Ensures strategic planning and smooth running of the Peace Support Facility Team, builds an effective team, promotes team work and an environment that is conducive to delivering results;
  • Ensures full responsibility for the appropriate use and management of resources attributed to the Peace Support Facility Team by tracking use of financial resources, ensuring the integrity of financial systems and consistent application of the Internal Control Framework and/or rules and regulations. Continually finds ways to systematically identify and integrate efficiency gains and cost reductions in all operations of the Facility;
  • Approves contracts and ATLAS transactions under written delegated authority from the Resident Representative, has ATLAS manager rights as delegated. Responsible for the management of the Facility staff, monitors their performance, completing performance assessments where necessary;
  • Builds capacity of the office staff by identifying capacity needs and establishing training/learning programmes.
  • Ensures timely and regular reporting;
  • In collaboration with the UNDP Service Center Manager and the UNDP Senior Field Security Specialist, ensures that the security needs of office and projects are met and is responsible for efficient implementation in UNDP of security measures agreed in the SMT and for compliance with security policy, including MOSS.
  • Mitigates possible risks and impacts associated with the Facility’s operations and projects (e.g. logistical, security etc) by proactively designing reduction measures in collaboration with the Senior Security Advisor and the RCO risk management unit;

3) Fosters effective advocacy, partnership building and donors liaison focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Contributes to the development of the Peace Support Facility’s Advocacy, Partnership and Resource Mobilization strategy, including planning tools and messages to implement the strategy;
  • Identifies new partnerships and strengthens existing ones at the Facility’s level through innovative approaches to partnership development;
  • Supports the UN Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative to increase the Facility’ funding base such as engaging in resource mobilization efforts in consultation with counterparts and following-up with donors on opportunities
  • Supports the UNDP Resident Representative in his/her role in the Peace Support Facility Steering Committee;

4) Responsible for Representation and Coordination in the area of Stabilization focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Maintains regular exchanges with authorities as well as international actors and development partners active in the geographical area;
  • Provides strong coordination support to UN Agencies, national authorities and other organizations through the establishment of a wider consultation process;
  • Ensures proper coordination and inputs to inter-agency initiatives.

5) Promotes communication flow in the office focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Maximizes communication between the various projects funded by the Facility and ensures that stakeholders (development partners, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, civil society, UN agencies and authorities) receive full and timely information;
  • Ensures internal communication and coordination at Peace Support Facility level and effective and proactive communication between relevant the Facility and the UNDP Country Office units (programme, operations, MSU/communication) and the Sub-Office(s);
  • Ensures that Peace Support Facility’s results are effectively communicated in collaboration with the UNDP Country Office.

6) The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that 

  • human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

Competencies

Core:

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 6: Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services

Technical/Functional:

Crisis Governance

Knowledge of Crisis Governance concepts and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Conflict Analysis and Risk Assessment

Knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Local Governance

Knowledge of local governance systems and institutions, decentralizations policies and laws, basic service delivery and recovery planning and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Capacity Development

Ability to support partner countries' capacity to manage ODA resources effectively and harmonize with national policy and financing frameworks 

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Inclusive Political Processes

Knowledge of inclusive political processes standards and principles and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master's degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, business administration, development studies or a related area.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ experience in working on policy development in a cross governmental setting, and demonstrated ability to navigate in a highly charged political and security context
  • Experience in UN system dealing with programme management and fund management at senior levels is essential.
  • Working knowledge of the UN coordination architecture, including Special Political Missions and Integrated Missions.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of Arabic language is desirable

Other:

  • In-depth knowledge of conflict and post-conflict contexts, and programmatic support in transition/post-conflict contexts;
  • Experience of working with government officials to provide strategic and technical advice;
  • Good research and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to programme and coordinate in difficult post-conflict environments;
  • Ability to establish, develop and maintain relations with and between diverse array of stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources in challenging environments;
  • Ability to produce well written reports demonstrating analytical ability and communication skills;
  • Facilitation skills and ability to manage diversity of views in a different cultural context;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.

Disclaimer

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Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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