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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Sarajevo
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-20

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Project Associate

Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Background

The “Competitiveness and Innovation: Local Development Strategies – EU4Business” Project aims to contribute to economic growth and job creation through support for competitiveness and innovation in export-oriented sectors (e.g. wood processing, metal, textile, plastics or information and communication technologies), as well as in agriculture, food production, tourism and rural development in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH). The Project will also actively support the improvement of the business environment by providing technical assistance to relevant authorities in the country in the design, management and monitoring of financial incentives meant to strengthen competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, improve cross-sectoral cooperation, and stimulate entrepreneurial initiatives, including development of local digital entrepreneurship. The Project is a 4-year initiative (2018-2022), primarily funded by the European Union (EU) under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) II. It is jointly implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, International Labour Organization and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Project envisages three inter-related results:

  • MSMEs performance is increased due to better access and availability of well targeted measures and innovative business development services in competitive export-oriented sectors;
  • Business environment for development of new businesses and support to existing ones is improved; and
  • Entrepreneurial initiatives in tourism and rural value chains for income and employment generation are increased.

UNDP will be responsible for implementation of Project activities related to agriculture, food production and rural development. The total Project budget amounts to 8.75 million BAM, while close to 6 million BAM will be allocated for direct support to commercial agricultural holdings, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the food industry, and local communities and socio-economic stakeholders for rural development. The Project intends to support modernization of large agri-food industry value chains, targeting commercial agri-food operations through a systematic and integrated measures alongside the supply chain: production, collection, processing, marketing, and sales. In addition, the Project plans to enhance diversification of rural economic activities with focus on small-scale farmers who dominate rural Bosnia and Herzegovina, by strengthening their competitiveness, supporting upscaling of their holdings, on-farm processing, promotion of short value chains and off-farm activities, such as crafts and services in forestry and agriculture.
The Project will be based on a two-pronged approach, namely a Grant Fund Facility (GFF) complemented by Technical Assistance (TA). GFF and TA are closely interrelated, whereby TA will be designed in a complementary approach to prepare the fundamentals and meet institutional requirements at various levels and increase capacities of the applicants for the effective operationalization of the funding mechanism.
Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the Project Associate will assist the Project Coordinator in overall administrative and financial management of the project in accordance with the project document.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, duties and responsibilities of the Project Associate will include the following tasks with due respect to UNDP rules and regulations and the UNDP internal control framework:

Support to formulation of project strategies and implementation:

  • Ensures that submissions for the project are prepared in line with the UNDP standards, rules and regulations;
  • Coordinates procurement procedures for the project according to the UNDP rules and regulations, including support in the preparation of the procurement documents prepared by the project;
  • Assists in the organization of field visits, missions, workshops, training, roundtables, conferences and study visits within the project;
  • Maintains and updates all administrative, personnel and financial files and records as well as general office files related to the project;
  • Assists in preparation of draft job descriptions, vacancy announcements, requests for recruitments, interview minutes and requests for contract as well as supports;
  • Assists staff by processing requests for personnel related documents in accordance with requirements of the organization;
  • Maintains the inventory of project assets/equipment and project correspondence and files;
  • Ensures completion of monthly leave reports and attendance records of project staff;
  • Prepares vehicle and security request;

Support to project financial monitoring and management:

  • Processes all following financial transactions on the Global Atlas System such as non-PO vouchers, requisitions, customer/vendor info updates, project budget revisions etc.;
  • Processes financial documentation (vouchers, supporting documents, invoices, etc.);
  • Ensures proper receipt of goods and services;
  • Maintains the internal expenditures control system that ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed; transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas
  • Takes timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers;
  • Supports periodic and ad-hoc financial reporting to UNDP and other parties;
  • Regularly monitors expenditures and commitments against project budget and relevant plans, and provides finance-related data to support project implementation and planning;
  • Drafts various correspondence concerning finance, operations and budgetary issues as required;
  • Assists team members, experts and consultants, in liaison with UNDP Operations, on financial and other operational matters.
  • Prepares information for evaluations or audit purposes.

Support to project planning:

  • Collection, analysis and presentation of information for monitoring and evaluation of project implementation against project targets;
  • Compilation and design of background information for formulation of project work plans, draft annual/quarterly budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements, and drafts of quarterly project reports.
  • Monitors quality of delivery of inputs provided by the consultants, beneficiaries and contracted companies and communicates findings to supervisor;
  • Maintains timetables for the Project Board meetings and provides support to organizing and holding the meetings, including the preparation and dissemination of information and follow-up.

Support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing:

  • Participates in the trainings for the operations/projects staff on HR, POPP, etc. and organize briefings for the project staff where necessary on new internal procedures;
  • When necessary, provides guidance to project staff in business processes, administrative and other requirements and procedures;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Support to the Project Coordinator/ in effective gender equality knowledge capture and sharing

  • Supports Project Coordinator in knowledge management on gender equality issues as well as that knowledge is incorporated in activities and products of the Country Office (CO);
  • Support the Project Coordinator in dissemination and sharing relevant data and lessons learned within the CO and regionally;
  • Ensures that all the data, when collecting and compiling inputs related to the project, are gender and age disaggregated and evaluated from the gender point of view;
  • Ensures minimum 30% participation of the other gender in the preparation of meetings/consultations/trainings/commissions.

Competencies

Results-Based Programme Development and Management/Contributing to results through provision of information

  • Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals
  • Ability to review data, identify and adjust discrepancies
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints
  • Creates, edits and presents information (queries, reports, documents) in visually pleasing, clear and presentable formats such as tables, forms, presentations, briefing notes/books and reports using advanced word processing and presentation functions and basic database and spreadsheet software
  • Plans, coordinates and organises workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines
  • Demonstrates ability to quickly shift from one task to another to meet multiple support needs

Building Strategic Partnerships/ Maintaining information and databases

  • Analyses general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives
  • Maintains databases of donor information

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches/ Implementing processes and uses products

  • Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches
  • Responds positively to new approaches

Resource Mobilization/Providing information for resource mobilization strategies

  • Maintains information/databases on potential and actual donors
  • Maintains database of project files
  • Provides data and information needed for preparation of project documents

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing/Basic research and analysis

  • Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise/Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures

  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up to date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools, and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Client Orientation/ Maintains effective client relationships

  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Responds to client needs promptly

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity 
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each employee.
  • Informed and transparent decision making
  • Prince2 training and certification would present an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

  • Secondary Education, preferably with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance. University Degree in Economics, Social Sciences or similar is an asset.
     

Experience: 

  • At least 6 years of experience, same or like the tasks in this ToR, is required at the national or international level.


Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in English and the official languages of BIH;


Other: 

  • 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;
     

Disclaimer

Important applicant information

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