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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Suva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-05-03

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Team Leader - Effective Governance

Suva (Fiji )


Change Management Background:

To align the Pacific Office structure to the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and the SDGs priorities, the design of the programme portfolio ncluded three mutually reinforcing work streams crafted around three teams, supported by a Joint Operations Centre and Integrated Results Management Team entrusted with the corporate alignment, programme finance management and quality assurance as well as communications of all programme interventions. 

The Programme Team is comprised of three major programme portfolios designed around the following results areas:

  • Effective Governance
  • Resilience and Sustainable Development; and
  • Inclusive Growth

These 3 thematic pillars are a common element of the functional design across all UNDP presences in the Pacific (including Samoa and PNG). The thematic pillars provide the capacity resources for the deployments of advisory services (particularly when cross-cutting in nature) through the Asia Pacific SIDS Engagement Network in close collaboration with the BPPS and BRH RPPS, and with relevant regional institutions and Inter-Agency partners.

The Effective Governance portfolio is aligned to UNDP Strategic Plan Signature Solution on Governance for peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

The Effective Governance Team Leader is therefore an integral part of the programme team to oversee the sound implementation of programme activities under her/his purview.

Post Specific Context

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Resident Representative, the Team Leader provides advice to senior management and leads the UNDP Pacific programme as it relates to policies for:

  • Inclusive Political processes;
  • Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Public Financial Management;
  • Rule of Law and Access to Justice;
  • Local Government;
  • Health and development

The Team Leader EG is expected to assess political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio. S/he is expected to contribute to policy dialogue with national and provincial governments as well as regional organizations by providing advisory services and identifying national and international talent and expertise to assist in implementing appropriate policies and programmes in the governance sector across the Pacific.

The Team Leader EG is accountable for the implementation of the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021 particularly with regard to the mainstreaming of HIV and gender equality in all programmes and projects under her/his oversight. The incumbent is responsible for providing advisory support to Country Offices through the SIDS Engagement Network as well as ensuring quality assurance of the programme interventions under her/his oversight.

The Team Leader EG supervises and provides strategic guidance to International staff and National Officers in her/his team, as well as oversees the coordination of activities related to the area under his/her responsibility with National staff and UNVs, Regional Bangkok Office, Integrated Results Management Team, and projects’ staff. S/he will establish strong synergies and provide guidance as appropriate to lead project staff to ensure the coherence of project activities with agreed corporate strategies.

S/he acts in response to requests from country offices and in collaboration with the integration and coordination team. Working to ensure the execution of quality and coherent policy and programme advisory services within their region and across other regions as well as alignment with the Strategic Plan, s/he advances the mission of UNDP and increases the credibility and recognition in this thematic area. S/he, works closely with the Regional Hub in Bangkok and RBAP and is responsible for performing and contributing to the following:

  • Strategic Direction and Management of the Effective Governance Portfolio;
  • Programme Support and Policy Advice in general governance areas;
  • Direct oversight an supervision of Inclusive Political Processes projects (not  including parliamentary development projects);
  • Support Policy Development;
  • Policy Positioning and Representation;
  • Partnerships and Resource Mobilization;
  • Knowledge Management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide strategic direction, management and necessary cross–practice coordination to lead the work of the EG Team

  • Lead the work of the EG Team through provision of strategic direction and as necessary cross–practice coordination.
  • Advise and support Senior Management on developments in the EG portfolio in the Pacific.
  • Contribute to corporate planning, evaluation and results reporting (UNPS / UNDAFs, CCA, Sub-Regional Programme Document (SRPD), Regional Programme Document, ROARs, IWPs, Regional Project Boards, donors, etc.).
  • Provide advisory support to Country Offices in the Pacific to plan, develop and implement EG programmes, and lead/coordinate EG related support to the SIDS Engagement Network;
  • With delegated authority to the Deputy Team leader and strong support from the Regional Programme staff and SIDS Network Coordinator, ensure effective coordination, monitoring and evaluation of projects in the EG portfolio.
  • With delegated authority to the Deputy Team leader and strong support from the Integrated Results and Management Team, oversee implementation of financial and administrative tasks and procedures including ATLAS Manager Level 2 profile/transactions.
  • Manage and supervise EG staff in the Pacific Office with the EG team Deputy Team Leader based on a clear delegation of authority and responsibility. 
  • Provide direct oversight of electoral support and constitutional reform projects being implemented by the Pacific Office in Fiji

Programme Support and Policy Advice

  • Execute policy, strategy, and programme initiatives to support key results, outcomes, and outputs of the Strategic Plan;
  • Support country offices in developing and implementing strategic frameworks, programmes, and projects;
  • Coordinate the production of relevant analysis and guidance for policy advice and programme support that responds to country office needs;
  • Apply multi-disciplinary approaches, including through setting up, coordinating, and engaging with Development Solution Teams (DSTs), to deliver advisory services and programming needs in line with emerging client needs and corporate standards, as well as maintaining and developing networks of experts in UNDP’s areas of work;
  • Coordinate technical advisory support to Pacific UNDP Country Offices and countries for the preparation of relevant development reports and related activities.
  • Participate in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and review of the Pacific UNDAFs (UNPS) including being alternate co-chair for Outcome Group 5.
  • Collaborate with other UN, regional (CROP) agencies and other development partners on the production of various governance reports for the region.

Support Policy Development

  • Support policy development and innovation through consolidation of relevant lessons from projects and programmes;
  • Identify gaps and opportunities for development of new policies and guide the overall team priorities and work plans;
  • Provide Quality Assurance to ensure alignment with global development policies, norms and standards;
  • Ensure cross-practice approach and cross-regional collaboration; create methods for reviewing policy services in the thematic area and assess policy success, as well as communicate these methods to other country offices and regions; and
  • Conceptualize and recommend policy innovations in the thematic area to improve programme delivery.

Policy Positioning and Representation

  • Prepare briefing notes and speeches; Advocate for the importance of the thematic area in various fora at the regional level, including with academia and civil society, with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms;
  • Engage in UN interagency coordination in relevant policy areas by organizing and participating in regional meetings;
  • Provide policy advisory and technical support to Pacific COs, PICs and PIFs on governance work including South-South learning of good practices.

Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

  • Lead for the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji on resource mobilization efforts for projects and programmes in the thematic area;
  • In collaboration with BERA engage with regional partners and develop/implement resource mobilization plan under corporate guidelines, including to fulfill corporate and donor reporting, advocacy and information-sharing requirements;
  • Liaise, network with a range of organizations including UN agencies and other UNDP practice areas on issues related to the Governance;
  • Provide substantive inputs related to regional external partnerships in the area of work; and
  • Foster strategic partnerships with UN and external regional partner institutions, Governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs at regional and local level.

Knowledge Management

  • Coordinate team contributions and support to corporate KM activities, at region-specific level to help influence/advance policy dialogue in the thematic area in collaboration with policy teams at HQ and in Regional Hubs;
  • Disseminate good practices both within and from the Pacific to a wider audience through knowledge sharing and document lessons learnt;
  • Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice; and
  • Coordinate and perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in the specific thematic area, and verify that knowledge sharing and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools.


Core Competencies:

Level 4: Peer Regarded Lead Expert


Ability to make new and useful ideas work


Ability to persuade others to follow

People  Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Technical Competencies:

Level 4: Peer Regarded Lead Expert

Effective and Inclusive Governance

Knowledge of effective governance concepts and/or issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Sustainable Development Goals  

Knowledge of SDG concepts and/or methodologies and indicators and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Project and Programme Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals


Ability to engage with other agencies, donors and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.

Knowledge Management

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.


Ability to manage complex relatonships thorugh pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagements.

Trends and Emerging Areas Analytics

Ability to scan horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programe design.

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in political science, law, economics, social sciences or related disciplines.


7 years of professional work experience providing policy advice and programme support in the area of effective governance, preferably with some expereince in Small Islands Developing States context.  Experience working in developing country settings is required and experience in crisis contexts is an asset.


Fluency in English, both written and oral. Working knowledge of another UN language preferab le relevant to the region in which this position is based will be an asset.


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