Project Development Partnership Specialist
Honiara (Solomon Islands)
The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) endorses the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2035 as the overarching framework by which Donors, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Private Sector alike must implement within its jurisdiction. The NDS stipulates gaps and priority areas where national financial resources and in-kind resources should be directed and prioritized. While gaps are stipulated clearly in terms of national priorities, there is limited facilities directed at mobilizing resources to the immediate priorities of the Government.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is therefore prepared to support the Solomon Islands Government to mobilize resources where immediate priorities fall under the UNDP Mandate.
This includes three overarching mandatory portfolios of UNDP namely, Governance Portfolio, Resilience and Sustainable Development Portfolio and the Inclusive Growth Portfolio. The emphasis for resource mobilization falls under these specific sectors, Digital Transformation, Response to COVID Recovery, SDG Integration, LDC Graduation, the National Development, Climate Action and Blue Economy.
UNDP is looking for a Project Development Partnership Specialist to oversee the management and implementation of the project and support resource mobilization efforts of UNDP in consultation with the Government, CSOs and the Private Sector in addressing issues that are prioritized under the National Development Strategy.
The incumbent will also be responsible for the day to day management of the project and the effective mobilization of resources to implement new projects. Partnership building with the national and donor community as well as enhancing visibility of the initiatives led by UNDP will be an important part of the assignment.
The incumbent will be expected to maintain regular cooperation with the Deputy Resident Representative and UNDP MCO Fiji and the Ministry of National Planning and Development Coordination, CSOs and the Private Sector.
The person will be able to work closely to with actual implementing partners and other development partners in terms of synergies. The main counterparts for this project, for Governance, is Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Law and Justice (MLJ) and Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP). For Resilience and Sustainable Development (RSD) Portfolio, the main partner is Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) and Ministry of Mines and Rural Electrification (MMERE) and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL). For Inclusive growth main partners are Ministry of Women Youth Children and Family (MWYCFA), Solomon Island Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) and Young Entrepreneurs Council of Solomon Islands (YECSI). Other main UNDP Partners include UNICEF, UNCDF, and UN Women.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Supports the CO in formulation of new project ideas in consultation with SIG, CSOs and Private Sector.
Conduct a comprehensive analysis of potential global and local donors to map the feasibility of securing multi-year and thematic funding.
Explore opportunities for partnerships (mobilizing and leveraging resources) from emerging donors, foundations, and private sector.
Ensure effective design, organization and implementation of agreed outputs assisting in experts on specific subject areas for resource mobilization.
In coordination with UNDP MCO and Ministry of National Planning and Development Coordination and key national institutions, provide direct guidance and supervision of national and international technical staff working with the project.
Represent UNDP Solomon Islands in designated meetings to support DRR/Country Manager.
Facilitate and promotion UNDPs inclusion in partner institutions
Provide a channel of development support to ongoing projects with Solomon Islands Government.
Promote draft reports to Solomon Islands Government and Donor to continue Sustainable Development Goals and NDS
Project Development, Conceptualization
Design prototypes pilot projects for future investment
Support Country Manager/DRR in representational functions.
Support substantive areas for Covid input example, input into Country Managers/DRR Advocacy programs.
Good understanding of the development context and governance structure of Solomon Islands is required.
Hands on experience with UN(DP) technical assistance procedures, project management, and best practices and experience from the Pacific region is a strong advantage.
Experience in working, liaising and collaborating with national government institutions, civil society organizations, and development partners is required.
Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint),
Experience in using social media, advocacy and awareness raising work is a strong asset.
Experience on using Atlas is a must.
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Academic Education
- Master's degree in social policy, law, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.
- Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and more than 7 years of relevant experience will also be considered.
- Courses related to public sector administration and/or, civil society are considered an asset.
Min. years of relevant Work experience
- 5 years of professional experience including in areas focusing on effective governance/democracy/anticorruption/elections/rule of law/ human rights and/or project management related issues
- A minimum of 3 years of experience with international/regional/bilateral organizations, with proven knowledge of project management, RBM and partnerships tools.
Required Language(s) (at working level)
- Full working knowledge of English and Pidgin, including excellent drafting speeches and presentation skills is required.
- The incumbent may be required to travel to other Solomon Islands provinces and inland travel in Guadacanal.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
- A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
Annexes to the TOR
- Links to UNDP Solomon Island website .
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