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Re-advertisement: Programme Analyst (Resilience and Sustainable Growth)

Lilongwe (Malawi)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Lilongwe (Malawi)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Sustainable Growth and Growth hacking
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-07

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The Resilience and Sustainable Growth (RSG) Portfolio has a complex theory of change that combines inclusive growth and sustainability with the areas of resilience building, access to energy and climate change adaptation. It is a Portfolio that also marries natural resources management, poverty-environment linkages, and disaster risk management, with linkages with fourteen Implementing Partners and responsible parties within government, plus a number of relationships with Development Partners in the thematic areas of renewable energy, climate information and early warning systems, resilience, and private sector development. 
The RSG Portfolio includes approximately ten initiatives with a total delivery target of over US$20 million per year.  The RSG team include three Program Analysts as follows: i) Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (NOB), ii) Private Sector Development (NOB), and iii) Energy and Environment (NOB).   Two programme associates (G7 and G6) provide essential financial and administrative support across the Portfolio.  Workload allocation in 2019 entailed an average of three projects per officer, with most initiatives deploying the support to national implementation modality.  The workload profile for each officer depends on the size and complexity of the projects under her/his remit, with programming in resilience, climate change and disaster risk management representing the highest transaction load in light of the number of implementing partners and complexity of thematic programming.  
Under the supervision of the RSG Portfolio Manager, the Programme Analyst (NOB Resilience) supports the management of UNDP’s resilience initiatives, including joint UN programme on resilience, resilience dashboard, and advocacy for integrated, multi-stakeholder engagement and programme delivery aligned to Malawi’s National Resilience Strategy (NRS).  
The main role of the NOB officer is to support effective and efficient delivery of resilience programming in accordance with UNDP policies and procedures, and integration of resilience thought-leadership into all initiatives across the portfolio. In so doing, the Programme Analyst must be creative and must have innovative capacity to support the RSG Portfolio in strategic planning, policy and programme design and delivery of UNDP and joint UN resilience initiatives. The Programme Analyst also identifies new RSG programme areas while ensuring consistency with UNDAF/CPD priorities, and creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities, and coordination of UNDAF Pillar 3 outcomes linked to the RSG portfolio.  
The Programme Analyst (Resilience) promotes the inclusion of cross cutting programme considerations into resilience programming, with special focus to the rights of vulnerable groups, gender equality, access to social services, and transparent governance. Thus, s/he must have an excellent capacity to engage a diverse stakeholder base and to effectively network for solid partnership building (public-private, civil society, South-South, etc.). 
As an integral part of the RSG Portfolio, the incumbent will also contribute to the elaboration of baselines for M&E respecting UNDP resilience programmes to better guide the monitoring and evaluation of all results and ongoing activities of UNDP and development partners, and integrate risk and resilience thinking across RSG and the Country Office.  In this context, s/he must also work in synergy across the CO, including the M&E team in the Country Office, the SDG Hotspots Initiative, and the Joint UN Programme on Data.  
The Programme Analyst (RSG Portfolio) works in close collaboration with all RSG team members, the Operations team in the CO, Programme staff in the RICE portfolio and Development Impact and Advisory Team (DIAT), programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQ staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, the private sector, academia, and civil society to successfully implement UNDP resilience programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a member of the RSG team, provides programme advice while ensuring the strategic direction of the integrated UNDP programme focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of RSG contribution to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP, ROAR, AWP and other documents.
  • Identification of strategic and innovative areas of cooperation in resilience.
  • Operationalization of RSG contribution to UNDAF/ CPD in collaboration with partners and other UN Agencies. Identification of possibilities for joint programming.
  • Analysis and presentation of RSG resilience programmes and projects and their implementation by the CO.
Provides policy and programme advice to UNDP and counterparts focusing on quality control of the full cycle of RSG programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations. The Programme Analyst performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas for development projects transactions approval. 
  • Analysis of the development policies and their impact on poverty reduction, growth, equity, etc. Special focus will be given to the identification of cross cutting thematic areas, including gender, transparent governance, and safeguarding of rights of vulnerable groups. 
  • Aggregate reports (e.g., ROAR, UNDAF) are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation and/or quality control of donor reports.
  • Support to the RSG management in facilitation of policy dialogue with the Government, private sector, civil society and donors 
  • Provision of support on policy and programme issues to RSG staff
Advocacy and promotion of awareness of UNDP’s mandate and mission under the RSG portfolio, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Agenda 2030, and other frameworks relevant to the RSG portfolio
  • Support to monitoring progress and formulation of strategies towards the achievement of the National Goals relating to RSG portfolio.
  • Management of RSG events related to the above.
Coordinate and support development of innovation products and processes to strengthen and improve efficiency and effectiveness of RSG programming, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and communication;
  • Coordinate and provide support on innovation strategy/action plan, including formulation, design, planning and implementation;
  • Proactively scout for new innovative ideas and opportunities within and outside UNDP;
  • Develop partnerships and network with local innovators, youth organizations, NGOs, the private sector, local media and academia to build and provide a space to nurture and test new and innovative ideas, and build local capacity;
  • Develop and strengthen Implementation mechanisms and service delivery systems, which are responsive to specific needs of vulnerable groups within the RSG portfolio.
  • Stakeholder engagement on new and innovative ways of systematically link with civil society and private sector at all stages of RSG programming process.
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization in cooperation with other Portfolio Teams, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Support to implementation of the CO partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes.
  • Support creation and coordination of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFIs, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society, etc. 
  • Focal point for South-South and Triangular Cooperation in RSG portfolio.
  • Determination of RSG programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities. 
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.
Ensures provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management in RSG portfolio, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best innovative practices and lessons learned directly linked to RSG programme goals.
  • Identification of opportunities for the RSG portfolio to innovate in policy and implementation of programme/projects.
  • Coordination of development policies and institutions within RSG portfolio that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice related to RSG.
  • Organization of Country Office learning, trainings for the operations/ projects staff on RSG programme.


Core Competencies
Innovation (Ability to make new and useful ideas work)
Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
Leadership (Ability to persuade others to follow)
Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
People Management (Ability to improve performance and satisfaction)
Models independent thinking and action 
Communication (Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform)
Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
Delivery (Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement)
Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Technical/Functional Competencies
Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise; in the following competencies:
Advocacy and Activations
Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue-based advocacy.
Ability to try out / test new ways of engagement and communications. Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things
Collaboration and Partnership
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP
Resource Mobilization
Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)
Knowledge Management
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge


Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Environmental Science, Sociology, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages desirable


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