Social Inclusion Officer
Decentralization, Human Rights and Local Governance (DHL) is a multi-sector project aimed at strengthening federal, provincial and local governance mechanisms against the backdrop of the 18th Constitutional Amendment (2010). The core objective of the project is to ensure inclusive service delivery in all 4 provinces of Pakistan by providing capacity development support to relevant federal ministries, provincial line departments and statutory bodies with an aim to create an enabling environment for effective local governance and rights-based development.
UNDP Pakistan is currently implementing a comprehensive social inclusion and social protection programme across Pakistan. This includes establishment of helplines, protection shelters, provision of psycho-social support as well as support to federal and provincial governments for improved implementation of their respective social inclusion, social protection and health governance mandates.
UNDP is also a founding co-sponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international partnerships. UNDP’s work on social inclusion includes leveraging the organization’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies.
UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development. First, UNDP helps mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, UNDP works with countries to understand the social and economic factors that play a crucial role in driving health and disease, and to respond to such dynamics with appropriate policies and programmes outside the health sector. Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of legal environments (law and access to justice) in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property and human rights law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics and to increase access to HIV-related treatment.
UNDP also works to empower and include people living with HIV and other marginalized populations who are disproportionately excluded socially. Beyond these focused efforts, UNDP plays a key role in ensuring attention to health security within broader governance and rights initiatives, including support to district and municipal action on SDGs, strengthening of national human rights institutions and increasing access to justice for vulnerable and marginalized populations. Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multi-sectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time.
Duties and Responsibilities
The individual shall undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
• Lead coordination with the federal Ministry of Human Rights. Ministry of Health and provincial Human Rights, Health and Social Welfare Departments for implementation of UNDP’s social inclusion, social protection and health security programmes
• Assist the Project Analyst in preparation of all internal and external reports with regards to project implementation across Pakistan.
• Support federal and provincial governments for effective implementation of their social inclusion, social protection and health governance mandates
• Provide capacity development support to government partners on roll out of social inclusion and social protection initiatives (including interventions for women, youth, transgender persons, persons with disabilities etc.)
• Take lead in preparing and updating project dashboard with all internal and external planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation deadlines with regards to the social inclusion project component
• Regularly share updates from international funding partners on thematic areas relevant to project implementation
• Keep track of progress against deliverables of Individual Contractors (ICs) and Firms contracted by the Project to ensure timely and quality delivery of the social inclusion programme
• Assist the Project Analyst in preparation of the calendar for project/s on a quarterly basis.
• Assist the Project Analyst in preparation of concept notes, project proposals and budgeted workplans for submission to potential funding partners for expansion of programme interventions
• Coordinate with the project’s subject specialist experts, including the Project Officers in other provinces and the Social Inclusion Expert, to ensure cross-fertilization and a cohesive approach to implementation between the provinces.
• Preparation and disseminate all routine communication to the Project Analyst
• Coordinate with government counterparts on exchange of best practices on effective inclusive local government
• Perform any other related duty as and when required.
• Ensure the implementation of UNDP Procedures and Policies in the Project activities.
• Ensure effective coordination with regards to inclusive governance programme design, implementation, monitoring and reporting, particurarly with regards to government and civil society counterparts
The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behavior 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 Aparity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall implementation of DHL project. The impact will be visible through effectiveness of project planning, implementation, reporting and project proposal development.
Competencies and Critical Success Factors
Knowledge and Skills.
Prior working experience with public, private and development sectors in the areas of social inclusion, governance, socio-economic development and reform
Demonstrates good understanding of gender equality and gender mainstreaming
Good understanding of geographic spread of Pakistan
Good understanding of Government institutional and policy set up at various tiers of provincial and federal government.
Ability to cope with uncertainty and to work under pressure.
Strong ethics, inter-personal skills and a collaborative attitude and team player.
Strong analytical skills and critical thinking skills, and
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Responds positively to feedback and take corrective actions
Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills;
Ability to work effectively in teams and assume leadership wherever necessary
Ability to cope with high pressure and stress in an effective manner
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
Creating synergies through self-control
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
Informed and transparent decision making
Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN’s values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the UN
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Strong ethics, a collaborative attitude and a passion for improving citizens’ lives
Displays gender sensitivity and promotes gender equality in all aspects of work
Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Ability to persuade others to follow
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Required Skills and Experience
Education: • Masters degree in development studies, international relations, business or related field
Experience: • At least 2 years of relevant experience
• Past experience of similar work will be an added advantage
• Good analytical and writing skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is desirable
Fluency in English (with excellent written proficiency is mandatory)
Mobility: The incumbent will be based in Islamabad with travel required across Pakistan
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