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Senior Project Associate

Peshāwar (Pakistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Peshāwar (Pakistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-29

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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 a 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 attracting 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 the business enabling environment and development of the private sector with a 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.
The Senior Project Associate will facilitate the team leader in the development of concept notes for projects, translating ideas into project briefers, and will provide overall administrative and programmatic support to the team leader and the unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:
  • Facilitate the PSU in different activities assigned through the provision of overall administrative support function.
  • Support in the development of concept notes for projects.
  • Translating ideas into project briefers
  • Able to produce documents in an appropriate manner building the progressive image of the provincial government.
Other responsibilities include:
  • Conduct the analysis, analyze data gathered and develop quality solutions for the department. 
  • Responsible for technical writing, assuring the quality of reports/ documents/ proposals/ concept notes, studies, research papers, plans, and methodologies.
  • Record and report both qualitative and quantitative aspects of progress reports.
  • Use combined knowledge of computer science and applications, modelling, statistics, analytics, and math to solve different problems.
  • Extract data from multiple sources.
  • Analyze data from multiple angles, looking for trends that highlight problems or opportunities.
  • Write or revise supporting content for different reports. 
  • Incorporate animation, graphics, illustrations, or photographs to increase users’ understanding of the material.
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.
  • An 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, training, etc


Core Competencies:
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs
Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform
  • Level 3: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation 
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
Economics (General)
Knowledge of economics concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
Jobs  and Livelihoods
Knowledge of Employment Creation, Income Generation, emergency employment and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
Ability to try out / test new ways of engagement and communications. Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things
  • Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
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
  • Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value

Required Skills and Experience

  • Secondary education, preferably with specialized certification in political science, economics, or related social sciences. 
  • A University degree in political science, public policy, economics, or related social science would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.
  • Minimum seven (07) years of experience of working with public or private sector organizations, especially in economic growth
  • Experience in Development Sector will be an asset, 
  • Knowledge of and experience working with development partners preferred
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work on several projects simultaneously, and work in a team environment in a corporate setting.
  • Good ICT literacy, i.e. MS. Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Urdu (written and spoken) is required. Working knowledge of Pashto is an asset. 


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