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Team Lead, Planning Support Unit

Peshāwar (Pakistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Peshāwar (Pakistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-28

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The Stabilisation and Development Programme (SDP) was established in May 2015 to complement the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in enabling the safe and voluntary return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) to their areas of origin, with a focus on relief, recovery and sustainable peace. Over the last four years, SDP has assisted more than 800,000 individuals.  In response to the evolving environment, the programme has transitioned from relief and recovery efforts to sustainable economic development.

SDP is oriented around four main goals: engaging communities to promote social cohesion and participate actively in the rehabilitation process; improving economic development opportunities for communities; improving access to basic services including education; and promoting economic and social empowerment of women.

The funding of the programme was secured over the years with partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), European Union (EU), the Government of Japan, Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Funds (CERF).

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is aiming to further develop a conducive business environment for the private sector. A supportive policy framework, enabling infrastructure and simplified administrative procedures are critical to attract private sector investment in the region. The Planning and Development Department (P&DD) of the Government of KP intends to further streamline the investment patterns across different sectors in order to leverage the available resources for achieving accelerated economic growth. 

The Planning and Development Department (P&DD) plans to create a Planning Support Unit (PSU) to provide technical backstopping for this initiative, The unit will support relevant sections of P&DD to improve planning, implementation of economic development initiatives and gathering results. The unit will focus on business enabling environment and development of the private sector, with key focus on SMEs. UNDP with funding from USAID will provide technical support for the establishment of the proposed unit. The unit's areas of expertise will include research, economic analysis, policy strategies and development of action plans for P&DD.


Duties and Responsibilities

Incumbent will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Unit. Summary of key functions are mentioned below:

  • Formulate policy and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Lead, guide, and integrate strategic planning processes and organizational goal development.
  • Supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Monitor and control the finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • Responsible for, organizational development, employee development and performance management.

Other responsibilities includes:

  • Under the overall direction of the Secretary Planning and Development, KP and in close coordination with UNDP, plans and carries out day to day management of the Unit and its staff.
  • Develops and sustains close, collaborative, and professional relationships with senior government officials, key business leaders, other major donors, and leading economic development research institutions. Serves as a principle point of liaison between program principals, administrators, and funding sources. Facilitate interdisciplinary collaborative efforts among Unit’s staff and the development of extramural support.
  • The incumbent maintains close coordination with UNDP and develops high level contacts with government officials. Creating and nurturing a team ethos that is proactive, high-performing and committed to achieving the goals of the unit regardless of the obstacles or conflicting demands.
  • Design work-plan for the PSU aligned with P&D priorities and future needs. Lead and contribute to technical reports / write-ups prepared by PSU staff / consultants, planning and development and other departments. Review and ensure accurate completion and timely submission of reports as required, with respect to assigned areas of responsibilities Provide direction and integrative coordination in the planning, development, and implementation of assignments.
  • Direct and coordinate the strategic and day-to-day human resources, management, and administration functions of the organization. Coordinate strategic planning and goal development for the SRU; monitors achievement of goals and objectives and provides feedback to the management. Oversee and monitor performance of PSU to ensure compliance with policy and performance standards; oversees supervision of technical and administrative support staff assigned to the unit.
  • Oversee compliance activities across the various organizational components. Ensure that the staff and consultants are delivering in a timely manner and according to the agreed work plans.
  • Responsible for development and documentation of operating and administrative policies and procedures.
  • Perform any other duties as requested.

The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behaviour 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 parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc

Institutional Arrangement:

  • The Team lead will be the overall head of the PSU and will work under the direct guidance of the Secretary Planning and Development, KP and overall reporting to the Programme Manager UNDP.



Min. Academic Education 

  • Master’s Degree in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, Business Administration, or Development Studies from a renowned national or international university (HEC recognized). Higher / additional qualification than minimum requirements will be given preference.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • The incumbent is required to have a minimum of five (05) years of economic growth development experience with increasing responsibility, with multi-lateral or bi-lateral organizations;


Required Skills and Experience

Required  skills and competencies 

  • Demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and experience managing complicated portfolios and establishing relationships with stakeholders, particularly government and international organizations.
  • At least two (2) years in management of large economic growth projects.
  • Knowledge and experience with international organizations would be preferred.

Desired additional skills and competencies 

  • Good ICT literacy, i.e. MS. Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel.
  • Required Language(s) (at working level) 
  • Fluency in English and Urdu (written and spoken) is required. Working knowledge of Pashto is an asset.


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

HEC Attestation:

HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.
Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to
(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, or (ii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.

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