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Partnerships Development Effectiveness Associate (2 posts)

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: GS-7, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-22

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Over the past decades, Bangladesh made remarkable human development progress, despite frequent intensive and extensive disasters, impact of climate change and, more recently, the Rohingya refugee crisis. As one of the world's fastest growing economies, the country is an aspirant of LDC graduate and aims to become a developed nation by 2041. 
However, its development gains have not been distributed in an equitable way resulting in widening inequality despite making good progress women economic empowerment. Its economic reliance on foreign remittances and RMG have increasingly being exposed to 4th Industrial Revolution and more recently COVID-19. While urbanization and industrialization continue to offer an economic dividend, they have a compound negative impact on eco-system health. Besides, climate and disaster remain major fault-line in the economy and society. 
In addressing the challenges, the country was able to maintain a forward-facing policy environment. As a result, the reduction of poverty and inequality, and becoming a resilient nation remain the GoB's top priority. The country is also known for its accelerated implementation approach of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through nationally driven policies and investments. 
In support of the country's ambition, UNDP has been a strong partner of the government in co-designing policy solutions, capacity building and promoting innovations. The expectation from UNDP to play an SDG integrator role is growing in the context of the post-UN reform.  
In this context, the Programme Management and Partnership Support Unit is entrusted with the following elements of support to the CO’s programme:
Programme Agility 
•Pipeline Atlas consolidation & technical support for CO business development
•Results-based Management support to programmes M&E  
•Defining M&E framework, identifying indicators, advising evaluations, etc. 
•Coordination and quality assurance of CO results reporting 
•Technical risk management support
Programme Quality 
•Support to corporate planning – COBP, IWP, etc. 
•Collaboration with Programme and project teams on developing integrated development approaches 
•Legal Compliance with partner agreements / MOUs 
•Compliance with cost recovery and resource management practices.
This position is primarily focused on the support work of Development Effectiveness, Quality Assurance and Corporate Compliance activities in UNDP Bangladesh, in the context of using evidence to link innovation to strategy in the implementation of evaluation standards, quality assurance/control and capacity development in the Country Office.
Under the overall supervision of the Head of the PMPSU, the Development Effectiveness Associate works in close collaboration with Programme staff, other staff of the Unit, operations team, Programme and projects staff in the CO and other UN agencies staff for resolving programme-related issues and information delivery. 

Duties and Responsibilities

1)   Provides effective support to management of the CO programme through: 
•Presentation of thoroughly researched information for formulation of country programme, preparation of project documents’ drafts, work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements.  
•Initiation of a project, entering project into Atlas, preparation of required budget revisions. 
•Provision of guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects, tracking use of financial resources. 
•Follow up on performance indicators/ success criteria, targets and milestones, preparation of reports. 
•Analysis of the situation in programme, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. 
•Maintain dashboards for financial and substantial reporting to government and donors to ensure smooth and timely preparation for evidence-based quality reports;
•Preparation and support to conduct of audit and evaluations of projects, implementation of audit and evaluation recommendations. 
•Assistance to programme development activities including UNDP Oversight and Support Team meeting preparation. 
•Support to the identification of Social and Environmental Risks and Mitigation measures and ensuring regular oversight over risk-logs for projects in ATLAS and project reports.
2)  Provides administrative support to the Programme Management and Partnership Support Unit   through
•Proper control of the supporting documents for payments, review of NIM projects Financial Reports. 
•Support the Local Project Appraisal Committee and verify the QA criteria as undertaken by the project developers – advise management on areas of improvement;
•Coordinate on the timely completion of IATI, IRRF and CPD data reporting, Project Quality Assurance, Evaluation Resource Centres, Project Markers and other relevant corporate dashboards and provide summaries for management overview
•Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed; transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas. 
•Timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers.  
•Support to coordination of Project Board meetings, recording of recommendations, follow-up actions, etc. 
•Identify opportunities to adapt M&E procedures to more fully capture new business relationships and programmatic activities 
•Updates and maintains country office monitoring databases and enhances accessibility for all users
•In collaboration with portfolio team leaders and Results & Management colleagues, recommends new indicators and integrated / cross-cutting reporting opportunities. 
3)   Provides support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO, through: 
•Organization of training for operations/projects staff on programme 
•Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in programme 
•Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice 


Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 3: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation 
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
Building Strategic Partnerships
Ability to analyze general information and select materials in support of partnership building
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches 
Can document and track innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches and respond positively to new approaches
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Strategic Planning
Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Risk Assessment
Knowledge of risk assessment methodologies and ability to determine degree of risk and apply to strategic and/or practical situation
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Results-based Management
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Monitoring and Evaluation
Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work


Required Skills and Experience

•Secondary Education, preferably with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance. 
•University Degree in Law, Business and Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and Social Sciences would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.
•7 years of progressively responsible administrative or programme experience is required at the national or international level supporting multinational development programmes.
•4 years of relevant experience will suffice if in possession of a Bachelor’s Degree.
•Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.). 
•Advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
Language Requirements:
•Proficiency in English. 2nd UN language is desirable.


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