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Programme Analyst, Governance

Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • 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: 2021-01-26

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Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Background and Change Context

The UNDP Country Office in Ukraine sought to reposition itself strategically and realign its human resources to better respond to the Country Programme Document (CPD) 2018-2022 and the articulated need to work in a more integrated and collaborative manner to help Ukraine address interrelated development challenges and achieve sustainable development, particularly in those regions which have a high level of poverty.

The change process in UNDP Ukraine is anchored in two fundamental components:1) Actively positioning UNDP for emerging opportunities arising from SDG implementation, as reflected in the CPD  2018-2022, as well as implications of the UN development system reform; and 2) Adopting a new resource management paradigm, as the global funding landscape for development cooperation is transforming. As such, UNDP is systemically changing how its institutional activities are financed and Country Offices are compelled to unlock new business models that enable our programmes, projects, and services to create the development impact we seek while our offices are increasingly self-sustaining and able to scale up and down on an ongoing basis.

Drawing on the above, a new programme portfolio design has been developed whereby the CO will use three work streams, which will align existing project-level interventions behind programmatic portfolios supported by an Operations Team. These are: 1) Democratic Governance, 2) Environment and 3) Area Development, Recovery and Peace Building.

Given the imperative to support the country in the implementation of the SDGs and improve human development in the most excluded and vulnerable populations, the interconnection among these areas, providing an integrated approach to advocate for sustainable Human Development and reduction of inequalities, is a priority for the CO.

Post Context

In this context, and the direct supervision of the Team Leader, Governance, the Programme Analyst provides overall quality assurance of CO’s programme management and delivery within Governance portfolio and the strengthening of government institutional frameworks particularly in the area of Health. 

Analysis and advice provided by the Analyst are focused on design, delivery as well as systems, tools and work methodologies that impact quality and effectiveness of the country office.  The Programme Analyst systematically reviews new approaches for viability and acts as a sounding board for both technical rigor and performance standards.

Notably, the programme analyst plays an important role in analyzing political, social and economic trends, coordinating risk analysis and mitigation strategy and participates in the formulation, management, implementation and evaluation of the UNDP Ukraine CO programme activities, generating analytics and reviews that measure quality standards and identifying potential trouble areas.

S/he works in close collaboration with programme and operations colleagues as well as the quality assurance and reporting team.  S/he liaises with 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 ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation. 

The incumbent will also endeavor to contribute to collaborative policy discussions under the oversight of senior management, with project staff to ascertain emerging needs in the thematic area as well as opportunities to capitalize on new or innovative programme strategies as well as to ensure coherence of programme strategies and activities.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Ensures implementation of programme strategies within the Governance portfolio, through: 
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the field of Governance. CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.
  • Contribute to the communications efforts of the CO in the field of Governance.
  • Prepares documentation and talking points for senior management to engage with donors and partners. 
2) Ensures programme and project quality assurance of the Governance portfolio, through: 
  • Support and guidance for submissions to pre-LPACs and LPACs. 
  • Monitoring that project/programme management actions are performed consistently and in accordance to corporate standards and programme work plans (e.g. checking for timely completion of risk logs, DIM/NIM approvals, logging of donor agreements, transparency dashboard etc.) 
  • Facilitation of a project initiation, presentation of the project to PAC, entering project into Atlas, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review.
    • (Programme Analyst can perform functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.) 
  • Ensured quality for financial and substantive monitoring of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, contribute to development of solutions. Participation in audit of DIM/NIM projects. Prepare relevant portfolio reports.  
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported. 
  • Coordinates Project Board meetings, provide Secretariat services to the Board, convene meetings, recording and monitoring of recommendations, follow-up actions, etc.  
3) Facilitates strategic planning and integrated business planning for the CO in the field of governance:
  • Contribute to CO Integrated Work Planning and Reporting process (IWP&ROAR), integrated programme work planning (at least twice a year), procurement, human resources, communications and security work planning and quality assurance on all such plans.  
4) Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management through: 
  • Identification of sources of information related to programme implementation issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt from UNDP programme implementation directly linked to programme country policy goals. 
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners including sister agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders in the thematic area. 
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme implementation issues. 
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.  

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
    Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional

Primary

  • Project Management
    Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals 
    Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
  • Quality Assurance 
    Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to insure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled
    Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
  • Infrastructures for Peace
    Knowledge of mechanisms, methods to and the ability to contribute through dialogue and consultation in preventing conflict.
    Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
  • Political Economy Analysis
    Knowledge of the interaction of political and economic processes in a society; including distribution of power and wealth between groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time, and how these dynamics both affect, and are affected by, UNDP's development support
    Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
  • Social Cohesion
    Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility.
    Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
  • Crisis Governance 
    Knowledge of methods and experience of strengthening national governance institutions and capacities, including the participation of women, to prevent, mitigate and cope with impact of crises.
    Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Secondary
  • Sustainable Development 
    Knowledge of sustainable development concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions
    Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
  • Knowledge Management 
    Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge
    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
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with two additional years of relevant work experience is accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.

Experience

  • Up to 2 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 in the Governance   sector.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
 
Language Requirements
  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian.

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