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Programme Analyst

Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-22

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Background

Guinea-Bissau is a small country wedged between the sub-Saharan arid ecosystems and the Guinean moist forest ecoregion. The resulting combination creates majestic terrestrial landscapes and a patchy mosaic of dense and open forests, gallery forests and woodland savannah that are rich in significant plant and animal life and a refuge for many migratory species that move across the West-African savannahs. In addition, it is one of Africa’s richest countries in terms of natural resources endowment. Beyond having great biodiversity, its soil is fertile and hosts a multitude of minerals. Despite this obvious will and the constant efforts of the Government, the sustainable management of the environment, notably the destruction of biodiversity and poor management of natural resources, remain a major challenge. These challenges derive from various causes, including the impacts of climate change and weakness of environmental governance due to low capacities of the State for the effective application of the international conventions and the national laws governing management of the environment and natural resources, risk management, and disaster prevention.

The rich natural endowment of the country has not benefited the population so far. The recurrent structural fragility of the economy has left the population with few meaningful opportunities, especially in rural areas. The population continues to be poor and confined to subsistence activities and informal trade. This situation is a source of discontent amongst the population, a serious threat to the livelihood of households, especially in terms of food and social security, and particularly to women and youth, posing extra strain to an already precarious condition. To build the interest of the population in the affairs of the state, a first step is to restore its confidence through investments in local governance for local economic development to create conditions for the population to benefit from the local economic opportunities and natural resources endowment in a participatory and inclusive approach.

The UNDP Country Office (CO) in Guinea-Bissau, as a key government partner in the area of environment and sustainable development, seeks to reposition itself strategically and realign its human resources to better respond to the new Country Programme Document (CPD) 2021-2025, articulating the need to work in a more integrated and collaborative manner to help Guinea-Bissau address interrelated development challenges and achieve sustainable development goals.

In line with the UNDP Strategic Plan Signature solution 1: Keeping people out of poverty, the programme in Guinea-Bissau will continue flagship programmes including improving rural and urban livelihoods, strengthening gender equality, ensuring access to clean and alternative energy and strengthening financial inclusion, in order to help build resilience to economic, environmental or health shocks. It will also focus of interventions that assist with transitions and structural shifts including economic diversification, redressing widening inequalities including gender inequalities, technology and skills alignment, etc.

The program will also continue in line with the Signature solution 3: Enhance national prevention and recovery capacities for resilient societies, with a focus on the issues of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation in a vulnerable environment  and crisis response. The programme will also respond to UNDP’s Blue SIDS offer and to the Blue Economy initiative.

In this context and under the overall guidance and supervision by the Head of the Sustainable Development Cluster, the Sustainable Development Programme Analyst will be responsible for management of projects related to creation of sustainable livelihoods, environment and climate change, in particular projects funded by the GEF. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social, economic and environmental trends and participates in formulation, management, monitoring and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio.

The Sustainable Development Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with other members of the Sustainable Development Cluster, the programme management and operations units, and programme staff in other UN Agencies, staff of UNDP HQs and regional and sub-regional centers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions

Provide:

  1. Programme Strategies and Development Support  
  2. Substantive Management Support and Quality Assurance and Oversight:
  3. Substantive Support to Advocacy, Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
  4. Policy Advisory services and Knowledge Building Facilitation;  

1) Ensures implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social, economic and environmental situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to strategic documents for the sector;
  • Analysis and synthesis of proposals on the areas of support and interventions related to creation of sustainable livelihoods, to environment and within the other thematic/sectoral areas assigned;
  • Innovation promotion and testing of new social, digital and AI solutions in the sustainable development portfolio;
  • Application of behavior change models and strategies for social change;
  • As part of the UN coherence process, development and consolidation of relevant thematic/sector related policy interventions by participating in discussions with other UN agencies.

2) Substantive management support to quality assurance and oversight of Country Office assigned programme components, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Designing and implementing projects relating to governance and cross-cluster if applicable, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions;
  • Initiating projects, ensuring project approval, registering projects in Atlas, preparing and finalizing project annual work plans and project documents, contributing in budgetary monitoring and follow-up, and ensure closure of completed projects;
  • The programme analyst performs functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval;
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects in ATLAS, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions;
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported;
  • Preparation of inputs for reporting, including donor reporting;
  • Contribution to application of RBM tools and monitoring achievement of results.

3 )Provides substantive Support to Advocacy, Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects and writing of project proposals in English, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization;
  • Analysis and exploration of new non-traditional partners to activate innovative collaborations, projects or solutions.
  • Develop and strengthen strategic partnerships with traditional and non- traditional donors including NGOs, CSO’s and grass roots organization;
  • Develop, disseminate and market new practices in the thematic area as well as in the use of social media tools that enhance the visibility of UNDP and its value-added proposition.

4) Ensures provision of top-quality advisory services and 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 learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme and quality assurance issues;
  • Professional growth through active learning.

Competencies

IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria

 

Description of Competency at Level Required

(For more comprehensive descriptions please see the competency inventory)

 

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

 

Primary

 

Trends and emerging areas analytics

Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Results-Based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Partnerships

Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals t Management

 

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

Secondary

 

Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)

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 International relations, Environmental Sciences, Rural Development, Social Sciences, Economics or related field;

Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in programme/projects management, with proven implementation experience with sound knowledge of all aspects of the project cycle (design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation).
  • Experience in sustainable development, including environment, energy and/or climate change is highly desirable.
  • Sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of staff and be a team player.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
  • Excellent skills in fundraising, resources mobilization and donor relations would be an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong strive for innovative ideas and practices.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in oral and written in Portuguese and in one of the following UN language: English or French.
  • Working knowledge in the second UN language is highly desirable.

 

 

NB: Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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