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Programme Analyst - Governance (Kuwaiti Nationals only)

Kuwait (Kuwait)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kuwait (Kuwait)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-09

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Background

Applicants who already applied do not need to reapply

Under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative in Kuwait, the Programme Analyst for Governance  analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads in the formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within the Governance portfolio in Kuwait.

 

He/she contributes to policy dialogue with the government counterparts providing and facilitating relevant and high-quality policy advisory services as well as supporting the identification of top-notch national and international  practitioners and innovators to further this dialogue in support of the implementation of the SDG-based Kuwait National Development Plan, as well as institutional capacity development of our partners as requested.  

 

The Programme Analyst supervises programme support staff and provides guidance to project staff in a wide range of  thematic area under governance. The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the UNDP programme and operations teams, project staff, other UN entities  and UNDP specialists and advisors at regional office. Programme Analyst is expected to foster constructive partnerships with various stakeholders in Kuwait and beyond.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

- Implementation of programme strategies for Governance
- Management of the CO programme as it relates to this thematic area
- Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of resource mobilization strategy
- Provision of top-quality advisory services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge      building and management.
 
Ensures implementation of Governance-related portfolios and projects  focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Delivery of projects as per agreed upon workplans and timeframe. 
  • Timely  analysis and research in the areas concerning governance portfolio for improvement of programme quality with creative and innovative ideas. 
  • Preparation of  substantive inputs to office planning tools, instruments and documents.
  • Analysis and draft proposals and ideas in support of the implementation of SDG-based Kuwait National Development Plan. 
  • Ensure programme quality and mainstreaming of core approaches (i.e. Gender) across projects
  • Supports Innovation, private sector partnerships and financing models 
Ensure the effective management of the Governance programme team in Kuwait focusing on achieving the following results:
  • Design the unit workplan with forecasted resources, risk management and procurement plans.   
  • Initiation of a project, presentation of the project to Project Advisory Committees, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, timely preparation of project boards, and closure of projects. 
  • Programme Analyst performs functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for Purchase Orders and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.
  • Provides guidance to new project staff on Results Based Management, project management and UNDP rules and regulations, in line with POPP, the Country Office Internal Control Framework  and SOPs, and supports projects in anticipating implementation bottlenecks, and finding constructive solutions to deliver results to our clients. 
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Supports preparation of programme audits in the area of Governance
  • Performs quality control, monitors and advises on the compliance of the Governance Portfolio with the corporate planning and performance monitoring tools and identifies the remedial actions;
  • Participates in the preparation and update the annual integrated workplan as it relates to the Governanace portfolio and porvides the related reporting on results (IWP and ROAR as well as any other reports requested by the partners).
Ensure the application of Results Based Management for all Governance portfolio projects and ensures the development and tracking of indicators
 
Supports creation of strategic partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Analysis and research of information on partners, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in partnership building and advocacy.
  • Provides advisory services to the Government and ensures facilitation of 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.
  • Translate learning and knowledge into policy recommendations
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Development of necessary capacity assessment and development material 
  • Organization of training for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.
  • Professional growth through active learning for his/her team
  • Participate in designing of knowledge management initiatives for governance programme and project staff as required. 
 

Competencies

Core
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work 
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow 
Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
 
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction 
Level 4: Models independent thinking and action 
 
Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform 
Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
 
Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement 
Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
 
Technical/Functional 
 
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate and comparative advantages.
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work. Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration. Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation. Analyzes country situation to identify opportunities for project development. Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Building Strategic Partnerships
Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues. Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partners.
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things. Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches. Identifies and communicates opportunities to promote learning and knowledge sharing
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position. Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks. Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals. Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
Researches and documents ‘best practices’ in organizational change and development within and outside the UN system. Demonstrates ability to diagnose problems and identifies and communicates processes to support change initiatives. Gathers and analyses feedback from staff.
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Design And Implementation of Management Systems
Maintains information/databases on system design features. Develops simple system components
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Client Orientation
Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion.
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines. Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients. Actively supports the interests of the client by making choices and setting priorities to meet their needs. Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management
Gathers, analyses and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results-based management systems.
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
 

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political or social sciences or related field. 
 
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
 
Experience:
Minimum one year of progressively responsible experience in related field/or/working in similar relevant position or 2 years if holding a BA at the national or international level. 
 
Skills:
Use of computers and office software packages and handling of web-based management system is required.
 
Demonstrated exposure and experience with the government, private sector or international organization is most desirable and will be deemed a strong comparative advantage.
 
Language Requirements:
Fluency in both English and Arabic is required with excellent written and oral communication skills. 
 
Additional note: Those who have previously applied need not re-apply.

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