UNRCO - Spotlight Programme Coordinator, Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan
Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage the overall Spotlight Initiative work plan development and implementation according to the regional programme document; Ensure timely implementation;
- Lead the implementation of a results-based management and accountability approach to programme management;
- Lead programme oversight and quality assurance;
- Lead the development of annual programme delivery targets;
- Liaise with the Programme Technical Specialist in the Spotlight Technical Unit, regional counterparts, participating UN agencies (RUNOs – Recipient UN Organizations), EU Delegation, CSOs and other partners to ensure the Programme results are achieved and resources are managed;
- Organize and prepare Steering Committee meetings;
- Compile, prepare and present work-plans, periodic consolidated narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports;
- Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners and with the advice of Data & Monitoring Officer of the Office of UN Resident Coordinator;
- Record and maintain documents on relevant Programme activities, issues, and risks.
- Manage implementation of technical advice and guidance for assuring technical coherence and integrity of the entire programme based on the guidance of UN Women;
- Provide technical assistance to local partners supporting programme implementation;
- Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives;
- Provide a forum for exchanging experiences; consolidate lessons learned and key outcomes of workshops, webinars and other meetings/events;
- Analyze emerging needs;
- Follow up on technical issues and challenges emerging;
- Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners;
- Lead collective preparation of a coherent programme reports for submission to the donors, in close collaboration with the participating agencies (RUNO) as required below under #4.
- Coordinate relationships with regional partners – in particular the members of CSO Regional Reference Group – to support implementation and expansion of the Spotlight Initiative, raise potential problems and provide solutions;
- Provide guidance to partners on establishment of performance indicators, and monitoring achievement of results;
- Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross-partner learning, and capacity development initiatives.
- Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects from the planning to the evaluation stages, with the advice of Data & Monitoring Officer of the Office of UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan;
- Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds by partners; conduct regular monitoring visits;
- Consolidate and write annual and quarterly reports; review and coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Provide inputs from Spotlight Initiative programme activities and results to Programme reporting.
- Supervise and manage a team of professional and administrative personnel, review performance and mentor/ coach personnel;
- Prepare budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
- Oversee and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners.
- Provide technical support to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
- Identify potential programmatic areas of cooperation, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships;
- Maintain excellent relations with donors and coordinate joint meetings with the agencies as required.
- Ensure documentation of the programme implementation process and products produced are in accordance with standards established for the Spotlight Initiative;
- Represent the UN in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Spotlight Initiative as necessary;
- Oversee the development of advocacy and communication strategies and lead their implementation, with the support of the Spotlight Communications & Monitoring Officer;
- Oversee the implementation of the Visibility Plan, with the support of the Spotlight Communications & Monitoring Officer;
- Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
- Contribute to the exchange of information and knowledge products internally and externally of the programme;
- Organize major events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products.
- Timely and quality implementation of Spotlight Initiative activities against set workplans, timelines and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note;
- Quality and timely reporting;
- Strong relations with partners and stakeholders;
- Regular and timely monitoring of activities;
- Timely and quality implementation of advocacy events in line with work plan;
- Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Demonstrating commitment to the UN System.
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Equality Issues and /or SGBV issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Communicating for Impact;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example;
- Working in Teams;
- Thinking Analytically and strategically.
- Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
- Strong budget and finance skills;
- Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making;
- Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders;
- Leading, developing and empowering people/creating a culture of performance;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Good knowledge of UN programme management systems.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas is required;
- A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.
- At least 8 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, preferably related to thematic area;
- Experience in managing, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects;
- Previous experience working in the UN system is an asset.
- Fluency in English and Russian is required;
- Knowledge of languages of Central Asian countries is an asset.
Important applicant information
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