National Project Operations Officer - ACTION ( Re-advertisement)
- Increased public trust in Rule of Law in Afghanistan: improved transparency, accountability and integrity, and better restoration of the social contract between the Afghan state and its citizens, especially vulnerable groups, including women;
- Assist in the Restoration of the Afghan Social Contract: One of the main objectives of this project is to facilitate collective action against corruption, and work towards a corruption-free environment. Corruption damages the social fabric and contributes to a vicious cycle of poverty and conflict. Raising awareness among all actors that everyone is collectively responsible for systemic corruption, and that everyone needs to work together to address it and creating options for collaborative engagement can contribute to a restoration of the social contract between citizen and state.
- Improve Development Effectiveness: This project will also help to achieve the broader objective of tackling corruption to improve development effectiveness. Corruption within Rule of Law institutions affects reforms across the sector. Improvements to processes that improve transparency and accountability are likely to have additional positive effects, such as improved accessibility and affordability for citizens, but also less wastage of resources, and improved aid effectiveness for donors.
- The Anti-Corruption Justice Center has Improved Technical and Operational Capacities to Effectively Adjudicate Corruption Cases: By the end of the project period, police, prosecutors and judges co-located at the Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) will receive measurable improvements to their technical capacities and ability to investigate violations. ACJC administrative and management staff will be better able to provide core office functions, and the organization will have a dedicated and sustainable training unit to support further internal improvements. In addition, by the end of this project, critical equipment and logistics gaps will have been filled, in support of sustainable long-term ACJC operations.
- Non-State Actors and Community Groups Supported to Promote Increased Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in the Security and Justice Sectors: This project aims to address capacity gaps preventing communities from effectively and peacefully demanding greater transparency and accountability in the Rule of Law sector. Civil society organizations, grassroots organizations, and media will be engaged to reach citizens and positively change behaviours. The ACTION project will work in close collaboration with the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team of the G4P programme unit to design surveys enabling to measure the impact of Civil Society Organisations’ engagement in communities’ awareness of the access to information law and capacity to engage with the public institutions and hold them accountable.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. The project is operationally and administratively implemented in full compliance with UNDP’s rules, regulations, policies and practice.
- Overall project implementation and delivery is operationally on track as per the timeline indicated in the Project Document;
- Project’s implementation is fully aligned with UNDP policies including but not limited to POPP, SOP and PPM;
- Ensure efficient project operational management in all relevant areas and ensure that the project team is informed of UNDP’s updated rules, policies, and etc.;
- The project team members are well supported with logistic and relevant operational processes to enable them to maximise the project substantive and financial delivery;
- All related project operations files are systematically recorded and organised both online and offline to be ready for spot check or audit;
- Be familiar with the activities of other development projects in the sector/area, establish contact and keep up-to date with their work
- Create and maintain partnerships with local institutions, private sectors, etc. in project target areas;
- The project has good professional relationship with UNDP Afghanistan CO’s Operations unit and Governance for Peace programme unit.
- Efficient, timely and accurate project’s budget preparation and utilization including ensuring the approval of Annual Work Plan (AWP), budget allocation, budget revision, CoA authorization using ATLAS, as well as, other offline or shadow budget record;
- Efficient coordination with CO’s Finance team and LOTFA Financial Management Unit (FFFMU) to manage the financial resources of the project and generate financial reports;
- Accurate financial reports are developed when required including but not limited to the project’s quarterly report, donor’s report and other ad-hoc requirement by the project team and by UNDP Afghanistan CO;
- Ensure all the required supporting documents are well prepared and accurate.
- Working closely with the UNDP CO Procurement Unit, ensure efficient, effective, and transparent procurement process for the project in line with UNDP’s procurement rules, regulations, policies and practices;
- Ensure the procurement specification is well prepared, completed, and agreed with all relevant partners to enable the project to deliver its work in the agreed timeline;
- Ensure timely procurement delivery by seeking, introducing, and/or recommending best procurement methods to the Project team;
- Efficient consultant and subcontractor contracts and database management including but not limited to completed and timely submission to UNDP Procurement Unit for contracts issuance, contract monitoring, payment processing, and relevant files record.
- Efficient Human Resource management of project personnel, including contracts and leave management;
- Learning and career development of project personnel is well coordinated with the Governance for Peace programme team and CO’s HR unit;
- The project operations team’s support staff are well managed, guided, and supervised to enable the project to maximize its delivery;
- Perform other related tasks as required.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in business, economic, social science or other related fields is required or a Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional qualifying years may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.
- At least 3 years of relevant work experience at the national and/or international level in project/programme formulation, management, accounting, finance, operations, administration or audit services.
- Experience working closely or coordinating closely with Afghanistan government institutions within Security and Justice Sector is desirable.
- Advanced financial management or accounting experience is desirable.
- Experience with key donors in Afghanistan and/or previous UN assignments and/or multilateral financial institutions and/or bi-lateral aid organizations would be an asset.
- Previous experience with UNDP procurements and finance systems including knowledge and experience in Atlas is an asset.
- Previous experience with Anti-Corruption projects or other programmes with similar complexity and nature is an asset.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, as well as experience in the handling of web-based management systems.
- Proficiency in written and spoken English is required;
- Fluency in Pashtu or Dari is required
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