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Proj. Intern.Tech. Specialist

Tbilisi (Georgia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-29

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Under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative (RR), the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) and direct supervision of the Crisis Prevention & Recovery (CPR) Team Leader, the International Technical Specialist (ITS) provides the expert knowledge to lead and contribute to successful achievement of outputs and the outcome of the Confidence Building and Early Response Mechanism (COBERM) project.
He/she will support the national project coordinators and national project component manager in managing delivery of the project results and ensure good coordination and collaboration with suppliers, beneficiaries, key stakeholders and partners. The ITS will provide technical guidance and advice for the project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He/she will ensure a proportional approach, cohesion and coordination between different components of the project and provide strategic policy advice to UNDP Country Office on issues related to the project’s focus and the project’s technical work. In coordination with CPR Team Leader, the incumbent will work closely with internal and external counterparts, including local stakeholders, civil society, private sector etc.
COBERM is a joint/collaborative EU-UNDP programme. Since its launch in 2010, COBERM has proven to be a strategic, long-term, forward-looking conflict prevention and transformation tool. This 4th phase of a flagship EU-UNDP programme builds on the success as well as lessons learned, and inspirations drawn from the past phases of implementation. The overall objective of the COBERM IV is to sustain and further enhance enabling environment for reconciliation within and across the divided communities, to promote peace, stability and human security. 
Specific objectives of the action are the following: 
  • 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

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Cohesion and coordination between different components of the project;
  • Technical guidance and advice on project M&E and risk management; 
  • Analytical support and strategic policy advice; 
  • Partnership building and liaison with multiple stakeholders. 
Facilitates cohesion and coordination between different components of the project focusing on achievement of the following results: 
  • In collaboration with national project coordinators and national project component manager, ensures smooth running of the project, helps in building an effective project team, promotes team work and an environment that is conducive to delivering the effective results;  
  • Provides advice to the project components, including roles and responsibilities of the respective staff, accountability and reporting ensuring that the work of the team is conducted efficiently, and high-quality outputs are delivered on time under the project theory of change;
  • Contributes to timely delivery of project outputs, results and targets, as listed in the project document; 
  • In collaboration with national project coordinators and national project component manager, helps in building the capacity of the project staff by identifying capacity needs and establishing training/learning programs;   
  • Performs other relevant functions as required.
Provides technical guidance and advice on M&E and risk management of the project focusing on achievement of the following results: 
  • Oversees project implementation process through close monitoring of results and assessment of impact; ensures effective application of RBM tools, management of scorecard targets and other benchmarks;
  • Keeps track of the potential risks and designs/implements risk mitigation measures; identifies and documents project lessons learned;
  • Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning;
  • Assesses the impact of the supported initiatives and identifies lessons learned; promotes cohesive response strategies within COBERM and with other confidence building and conflict transformation mechanisms; 
  • Monitors, identifies, analyses and reports to the COBERM Evaluation and Steering Committees on project achievements, constraints, opportunities and threats;
  • Proactively seeks, collects and evaluates ideas/project bids for confidence building opportunities according to the pre-set criteria;
  • Performs other relevant functions as required.
Provides analytical support and strategic policy advice to COBERM team and UNDP Country Office focusing on achievement of the following results: 
  • Analyses the socio-economic and political situation and trends in the area and identifies opportunities and entry points for UNDP;
  • Ensures timely and regular reporting on project implementation to the Country Office and/or to donor through the Country Office;
  • Provides respective inputs on project results to the Country Office for corporate and inter-agency reporting, for example ROAR, ASP reports, joint workplans, etc;
  • Provides technical assistance and substantive advice to COBERM Evaluation and Steering Committees on the issues related to the mechanism’s focus, strategic priorities and working modality;
  • Analyses and monitors 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 conflict;
  • Advise the COBERM Evaluation and Steering Committees on developments and critical issues;
  • Proactively seeks and reports respective information, generates ideas and advice at all levels to gauge accurately the dynamics and inform COBERM decisions; 
  • Develops contacts and attracts relevant expertise for capacity building component of the programme;
  • Performs other relevant functions as required.
Ensures partnership building and liaison with multiple stakeholders focusing on achievement of the following results: 
  • Maintains partnership and coordination with grant beneficiaries to ensure programmatic integration and sharing of best practices;
  • Contributes to internal communication and coordination at project level with relevant CO units (both programme and operations units);
  • Monitors the perception of EU and UNDP at the local level and suggests media and other public activities that positions COBERM more strategically and effectively as a neutral tool for confidence building; 
  • Develops and implements relevant campaigns to raise awareness of COBERM and encourages emerging of/initiating confidence building ideas from the grassroots – community interlocutors, community-based and international NGOs, UN and other actors;
  • Ensures that confidence building results are effectively communicated through “Do not Harm” principle in collaboration with the focal point of the donor agency and the Communication Office in the Country Office;
  • Coordinates activities with and provides technical support and guidance, as necessary, to project partners to ensure timely and successful implementation of the project interventions;
  • Promotes networking and experience sharing between the project stakeholders and target groups;
  • Engages with all key stakeholders working in the field of confidence building, good governance and democratization and establish close working relationships with them;
  • Performs other relevant functions as required.


Core Competencies:
  • Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work;
  • Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow;
  • People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;
  • Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;
  • Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
Technical/Functional Competencies:
  • Civil Society Engagement - Knowledge to create and implement civil society initiatives and apply across UNDP's development work;
  • Internal Reporting and Accountability - Ability to create internal reporting and accountability processes and standards’
  • Stakeholders management - Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and balance often contradictory expectations, building and maintaining relationships;
  • Partnerships - Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships;
  • Conflict Analysis and Risk Assessment - Knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations;
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation - Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations;
  • Knowledge Management - Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, economics, international relations, political science, development studies or related fields;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent computer literacy (MS Office; Windows).
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience with focus on civil society engagement and/or policy advice for multiple stakeholders in a governmental or multilateral organization in a multi-cultural setting; 
  • Working in post conflict situations and knowledge of the regional context would be a strong advantage;
  • 3 years of senior-level technical advisory responsibilities of similar size and complexities;
  • At least 3 years demonstrated experience related to civil society engagement, and/or community development, and/or related issue. 
Language Requirements:
  • Strong written and spoken skills in English;
  • working level knowledge of the Russian language is a must. 


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