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Governance and Rule of Law Team Leader

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-08

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The current conflict in Yemen, with deep roots in the country’s troubled history, even predating its colonial period, broke out at the turn of 2015, after the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) failed to provide an outcome inclusive-enough of the country’s varied political, sectarian, tribal and regional interests. The conflict has killed nearly 100,000 people, including 12,000 civilians,  and created the world’s current worst humanitarian crisis. Out of total estimated 30.5 million people, over 3.0 million are displaced, 24 million (or 80%) are in need of humanitarian assistance and 14.3 million find themselves in a critical situation,  half of them being children. In such a situation of protracted conflict, the resilience of the Yemeni society needs to be strengthened further and beyond the focus put so far on humanitarian assistance and community self-help initiatives. Local authorities, although seriously affected by the crisis, have remained in place and continue assuming important state functions, in particular for facilitating humanitarian aid, service delivery and conflict resolution. They still retain some legitimacy and trust, especially compared to the central government, and have shown that they can coexist and collaborate with informal governance actors that are fundamental to the traditional Yemeni political order and in stabilizing the country. Therefore, strengthening resilience of the Yemeni society in today’s context means also strengthening responsive, inclusive and accountable local governance systems.   
In May 2019, UNDP Yemen adopted a new Country Programme Document (CPD). The rationale is that UNDP’s programme needs to reflect better the diversity of contexts across the country (for example, about 70% of the national territory is not experiencing violent conflict on a large scale) and to seize new opportunities arising from the peace process to engage in stabilization and state-building. Concretely, UNDP and its implementing partners will work on: (1) Facilitating and implementing of local peace agreements; (2) the preservation, upgrading and inclusiveness of existing formal and informal local governance and service delivery mechanisms and enhancing Yemenis safety and access to the rule of law; and (3) boosting the local economy. UNDP Yemen´s three programme priorities (Peace Operation Support, Governance and Rule of Law; and Economic Recovery and Development), aligned with the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 - Outcome 3 “Strengthening resilience to shocks and crisis”.
Under the guidance of the Resident Representative and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) the Team Leader Governance and Rule of Law is responsible for leading the Governance programme portfolio; strategic planning, proactive delivery and effective implementation of the governance portfolio. The incumbent will cover the entire range of functions in the programme cycle, from conceptualization and formulation to monitoring and evaluation. In liaison with DRR-P and other programme teams and the Programme Management Support Unit (PMSU), he/she plays a lead role in the analyses of the social, economic and political context in Yemen and advises on responses to emerging complex challenges and possible areas for UNDP interventions within the Country Programme Document. In addition, he/she identifies and forges strategic partnerships with the government, UN Agencies, CSOs as well as bi laterals.
As Team Leader, the incumbent leads the Governance and Rule of Law Portfolio within Programme team working through and with the operations team in the CO, Programme Management Support Unit (PMSU), programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the UNDP programme. And as member of the CO Programme Team, he/she may also advise on potential areas of policy that could have an impact on the country as far as governance reform is concerned. On a day to day basis, the incumbent provides direct support to DRR/P in relation to policy advice and guidance to strengthen national capacity to accelerate delivery ensuring cross-programme and synergies and complementarities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Provide strategic direction of Governance and Rule of Law programme portfolio;
  • Leadership of the Governance programme portfolio and supervision of the Governance and Rule of Law team;
  • Lead strategic partnerships and supports resource mobilization efforts;
  • Lead in providing policy advisory services to the Government as well as facilitate knowledge building and management.
As a member of the CO management team, provide strategic direction of 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 CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP, AWP and other documents;
  • Identification of strategic programme areas of cooperation;
  • Operationalization of UNDAF/ CPD in collaboration with the main partners and other UN Agencies. Identification of possibilities for joint programming;
  • Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the CO;
  • CO business processes mapping and establishment of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management, control of the workflows in the Programme Unit.
Leadership of the CO Governance and Rule of Law Portfolio programme and supervision of the Governance team focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Lead, design and formulate the CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP priorities into local interventions. Lead and coordinate programme implementation with the executing agencies;
  • Thought leadership and strategic oversight in planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme as well as tracking the use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations;
  • The Team Leader, Governance and Rule of Law performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas for development projects transactions approval;
  • Effective monitoring and evaluation; and measuring the impact of the CO programme. In addition, lead constant monitoring and analysis efforts of the programme environment and ensure timely readjustment of programme;
  • Lead and follow up on audit recommendations and ensure that exceptions are timely reported;
  • Ensure aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. In addition, preparation of donor reports;
  • Lead and coordinate the cost-recovery efforts for the services provided by the CO to projects in close collaboration with the DRR (Operations).
Leads strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization efforts in cooperation with the CO Senior Management and The Programme Management Support Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Lead the implementation of the CO partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes;
  • Lead, create and coordinate partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society etc.;
  • Determination of 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.
Lead in providing policy advisory services to the Government as well as facilitate knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Coordination in the development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks. In addition, ensure relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns are implemented with key partners;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that:

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.


Core Competencies:
Ability to make new and useful ideas work 
Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division
Ability to persuade others to follow 
Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction 
Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform 
Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement 
Level 6: Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services
Technical/Functional Competencies
Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills. 
Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery;
  • Good knowledge of the Results Management Guide and Toolkit;
  • Good ICT skills, knowledge of Atlas;
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change.
 Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Management and Leadership:
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities. 
Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise


Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments;
  • Deep understanding of gender equality challenges in contexts similar to Yemen, knowledge of appropriate approaches and tools to mainstream gender equality into project implementation and achieve concrete results for women’s in terms of access to services and voice;
  • Previous managerial experience in the UN system and preferably with UNDP
  • Experience in partnership building and/or inter-agency coordination in crisis contexts, preferably in a UN mission environment;
  • Proven ability to interact at senior level with government counterparts including in sensitive political contexts as in Yemen and to provide high quality and accessible policy advice to national decision-makers. 
Language Requirements: 
  • Fluency in English with excellent written and oral communication skills; working knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
  • UNDP is a Non-Smoking environment



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