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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tbilisi
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-26

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Project Coordinator

Tbilisi (Georgia)

Background

UNDP, with financial support from the EU, launched in 2010 the Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM), which aimed to build confidence and encourage peace-building and resilience among all conflict affected communities. Addressing issues of limited interaction and trust among the conflict affected communities, the main goals of the fourth phase of COBERM project are to:
  • Foster interactions and trust among the people affected by conflict and further support grass-roots and civil society-driven confidence building initiatives with a high anticipated impact and potential for conflict prevention and peace;
  • Provide a flexible tool to address emerging needs and build the required trust by supporting ad hoc opportunities identified through various dialogue platforms; 
  • Support an enabling environment for ongoing dialogue and engagement in addressing various issues of joint interest. 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UNDP CPR Team Leader and in close cooperation with International Technical Advisor, the National Project Coordinator has the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Provide programmatic and operational oversight of the project implementation, including those related to the calls for proposals and guidance to project partners:
    • Ensure development and implementation of the monitoring plan, capacity building activities, evaluation, support to visiting missions, collection of data and lessons learned, including provision of substantive analytical inputs and real time reporting on implementation for EU and UNDP, including reporting;
    • Participate in developing and implementing relevant campaigns to raise awareness of COBERM and encourage confidence building ideas’ submission from the grassroots, such as from local civil society organizations, international NGOs, and other relevant stakeholders;
    • Participate in evaluation of ideas/project bids for confidence building initiatives received after each call for project ideas, and according to the COBERM pre-set criteria;
    • Provide oversight of the work of relevant project staff to ensure timely and accurate finalization of Evaluation and Steering Committee documents;
    • Contribute to organizing the Evaluation and Steering Committee meetings;
    • Ensure maintenance and updating of the key stakeholders’ roster engaged in confidence building and advice on potential new implementing partners; 
    • Develop and manage relationships with partners and provide close monitoring and evaluation of their performance according to UNDP’s standard operational procedures;
    • Undertake field visits for monitoring purposes based on an agreed upon monitoring plan;
    • Provide guidance, as necessary, to project partners to ensure timely and successful implementation of their sub-projects;
    • Ensure a coordinated and efficient work flow processes for smooth implementation of COBERM; 
    • Contribute to implementation of capacity building activities, including developing the substantive aspects of the agenda, training modules, and lessons learned. Participate in trainings to ensure that participants fully understand the scope of COBERM and the application procedures;
    • Promote networking and experience sharing between the project stakeholders and target groups and contribute to organization of activities in this area;
    • Evaluate the impact of the supported initiatives, ensure activities are implemented in accordance with the goal and set timeframe and inform the UNDP CPR Team Leader and the Donor periodically on project achievements, constraints, opportunities and threats.  
  • Provide analytic and strategic advice on challenges and opportunities related to peacebuilding:
    • Provide substantive advice to Country Office on the issues related to the mechanism’s focus, strategic priorities and working modality;
    • Analyze and monitor the emerging developments to gauge perceptions and understand the political, social, economic and cultural dynamics in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and other communities of Georgia, which are perceived to be at risk of a violent conflict, including provision of succinct reports/briefs;
    • Proactively liaise with relevant partners to seek information, ideas and advice to gauge accurately the dynamics and inform COBERM management decisions;
    • Advise the Country Office on developments and critical issues.
  • Provide support to general project management-related issues:
  • Ensure supervision and oversight of the work of project staff [traditional COBERM Window and RRF components] based in Tbilisi; 
  • Develop efficient work processes for successful achievement of project results, including internal quality control mechanisms to regularly check the delivery rate, ensure cost-effectiveness of expenditures, compliance of project implementation with UN rules and regulations as well as EU’s PAGODA;
  • Ensure timely delivery of project outcomes, results and targets, as listed in the project document; participate in ensuring proper quality control and scrupulous financial management of project funds;
  • Prepare timely delivered inputs for COBERM periodical reports in all required formats, including for ROAR, ASP reports, joint workplans, etc; 
  • Perform other duties, as required.
 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism. 
Functional Competencies:
  • Good understanding of programming modalities, particularly in conflict, crises and post-conflict settings;
  • Ability to work in a team environment, and to strengthen all team members through collective action and individual initiative;
  • Ability to engage with sensitivity, strategic foresight, and diplomacy in situations involving multiple actors and stakeholders;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong analytical skills, written and oral presentation skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines while producing highly accurate outputs;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with clients and other external stakeholders;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • A proven ability to understand and analyze budgets. A proven ability to monitor and assess financial and progress reports in accordance with rules and regulations. Expertise in putting together results-oriented monitoring and evaluation plans;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
Management and Leadership:
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with partners and external actors;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Ability to extract, interpret and analyze large amounts of data and resolve operational problems in an expeditious and accurate manner; 
  • Ability to actively generate creative, practical approaches and solutions to overcome challenging situations.
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:  
  • Master’s degree or equivalent on conflict prevention/transformation, political science, development studies or other relevant social sciences fields. 
Experience: 
  • At least 7 years’ experience working in confidence building, community-based conflict prevention/transformation, community mobilization; 
  • Solid understanding of conflict sensitive programming, and/or governance, civil society development/democratization processes; 
  • An in-depth understanding of the political, social and economic developments in the country and the region effecting divided communities; 
  • Understanding of UNDP and the UN system, including knowledge of its practices and procedures would be an asset;
  • Past experience with International Agencies and/or NGOs in similar positions requiring initiative, sound judgement and superior diplomatic skills would constitute a strong advantage.
Language Requirements:  
  • Excellent written and spoken Georgian and English; 
  • Excellent written and spoken Russian would be highly desirable; 
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in the country/region will be an advantage.
 

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