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Programme Analyst (Peace)

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Peace and Development
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-02

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Background

UNDP Global Mission Statement:

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in about 170 countries and territories, working with national counterparts on solutions to global and national development challenges.

UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:

UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, helps countries to achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shock. In Afghanistan, a country in conflict, UNDP works for development and recovery choices that reduce vulnerability and contribute a development perspective to strengthen humanitarian and peace-building responses. 

Organizational Context

UNDP is committed to supporting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) with the achievement of its core objectives of self-reliance and peace and helping it to meet the challenge of the transition from a war to a peace economy. To meet these goals, the Government has identified a comprehensive set of national priorities in the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF). To achieve the Agenda 2030, the Government has also developed a set of 16 Afghan Sustainable Development Goals (A-SDGs) and ten national priority programs (NPPs) to place the country on a path towards sustainable development. Progress towards self-reliance and peace across the country will be guided and measured by the targets and indicators described in each of these frameworks. 

To support the Government’s efforts to implement the ANPDF, NPPs and the A-SDGs, UNDP offers a unique and highly integrated model for sustainable development based mainly on its traditional strengths in three main areas: 

  1. Promoting Human Development to improve human wellbeing, resilience and support environmental sustainability
  2. Providing technical expertise in the use of a Multi-Dimensional Poverty approach to reduce vulnerabilities, inequalities and exclusions
  3. Promoting Human Rights to ensure a fair distribution of development opportunities and benefits in social, political, economic and environmental dimensions

In addition, UNDP now has the Mandate to support SDG Integration to ensure faster progress on sustainable development and can offer support in four areas, (1) Integrated policy and  programming solutions, (2) SDG metrics, data and analysis using state-of-the-art tools for modelling and forecasting, (3) Knowledge and innovation and (4) SDG Financing services to help countries identify innovative ways to expand public and private contributions to reach the 2030 agenda. Lastly, the COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted an urgent need to adopt a Systems Approach that is orientated towards building Resilience to future shocks through continuously reviewed scenario analyses. 

However, to make significant progress on the many highly complex development issues that face the country will require new ways of thinking, new skills and a much more collaborative and inclusive approach. UNDP will need to: 

  1. Attract the right staff: New staff need to be engaged who have the sort of development policy expertise required to tackle the many highly complex development issues facing the country. As the COVID-19 crisis has clearly shown, these staff will need to be able to understand the interconnections and interrelationships between different issues and be able to incorporate multiple-perspectives in the approaches developed. For example, to move people out of multi-dimensional poverty, a systemic understanding of the interplay between socio-economic factors, regional differences, and shifts in the political economy will be needed. 
  1. Provide high-quality policy analysis: To ensure that interventions selected are those most likely to have the greatest national-level impact, UNDP’s economic modelling team will carry out economic analyses of the options available to help build greater trust in Government, reduce the economic impact of COVID-19 and help to forge a sustainable peace. 
  1. Develop new modes of collaboration: UNDP’s new way of doing business will also involve leveraging a wider range of expertise and resources by working across organizations through a Government-led platform approach. Country Support Platforms harness collective intelligence and action to benefit communities and people at a greater scale, more quickly, making the best use of resources.

This job description is a direct response to these needs and UNDP’s improved business model. It reflects a new office structure that has recently been put in place to support the vision expressed in an emerging portfolio of ten new Country Office (CO) programmes and to facilitate a more collaborative approach to work across the office and with external partners. This structure is also designed to provide the foundation for a new emphasis on sub-national level work, support higher delivery rates, and to transform UNDP into a learning organization and ‘fit-for-purpose’ to deliver on Agenda 2030 which in turn will support national staff and institutional capacity development. 

The design of UNDP’s new programme portfolio is intended to support progress towards sustainable development and sustainable peace. It focuses on economic transformation, sustainable energy, social protection, environment and climate change, and governance issues such as anti-corruption, local government, justice and security sector reform, peace and reconciliation. The design of each of these programmes is based on the UN’s three core principles of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and environmental sustainability and is guided by the UNDP Strategic Plan (2018-2021). Taken together and implemented in an integrated way through a platform approach, the proposed programmes will contribute towards achieving Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability in Afghanistan. Each of these themes is reflected in the new organizational structure for the CO.

In this context, the Peace portfolio within the programme team provides thought leadership on cross-cutting development issues in Afghanistan, and globally, to ensure that UNDP’s mandate of convening development partners in support of the national development agenda, informed by a commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, is amplified by internal knowledge, research, and stand-out policy advice.

The Programme Analyst works under the overall guidance of the Assistant Representative who heads the Peace Portfolio. S/he also works in close collaboration with the Portfolio Specialist, another Programme Analyst and Associate within the unit.  The Programme Analyst’s work is support of Afghanistan’s country programme in the area of sustainable Peace. S/he provides quality technical advice to the ARR-P in his or her work area. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Supports strategic development of Governance and Sustainable Peace Programme activities from design through implementation, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Oversees analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of project documents, AWP and other documents in the area of work;
  • Ensures contribution to the CPD though ongoing Peace programmes and projects and in collaboration with the main partners and other UN Agencies. Identifies opportunities for new programme/project development including joint programming with UN agencies;
  • Identifies, in close collaboration with national and international partners, strategic programme areas of cooperation;
  • Designs and formulates components of UNDP Peace portfolio translating programme priorities into local interventions and ensuring coordination and networking with clients, stakeholders and programme partners;
  • Collaborates with colleagues in Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) and HQ to apply in country programming new global and regional initiatives, polices and knowledge products that further the Peace Portfolio.

Manages assigned programme components, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provides technical guidance, subject matter input on the Peace portfolio
  • Oversees effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of result, as quality assurance, ROAR, IWP etc.;
  • Develops programme / outcome level work plan, monitoring plan, human resources and procurement plans;
  • Prepares periodic and ad hoc reports; ensures timely completion of required quarterly and annual reports;
  • Ensures project and programme reviews and evaluations take place;
  • Manages regular contact with project and programme counterparts in order to ensure monitoring of projects' progress, monitoring of unit work plans, programme effectiveness and achievement of results;
  • Organizes regular coordination across outcome teams and other projects to ensure synergies and integration; promotes cross component and cross programme collaboration;
  • Supports audit exercises of portfolio work if/when required;

Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports resource mobilization, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Implements CO partnerships and resource mobilization strategy to achieve programme outcomes;
  • Researches and analyses information on existing and new partners;
  • Develops ideas and concepts for possible areas of cooperation;
  • Establishes close working relationships and creates programmatic linkages with relevant government agencies; UN Agencies, IFI’s, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society;
  • Suggests programmatic areas of co-operation based on UNDP´s strategic goals, country needs and donor priorities;
  • Identifies funding opportunities for ongoing and new projects;
  • Identifies and supports development of national partnerships for service provision to projects in areas such as monitoring, training, and others;

Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports resource mobilization, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Implements CO partnerships and resource mobilization strategy to achieve programme outcomes;
  • Researches and analyses information on existing and new partners;
  • Develops ideas and concepts for possible areas of cooperation;
  • Establishes close working relationships and creates programmatic linkages with relevant government agencies; UN Agencies, IFI’s, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society;
  • Suggests programmatic areas of co-operation based on UNDP´s strategic goals, country needs and donor priorities;
  • Identifies funding opportunities for ongoing and new projects;
  • Identifies and supports development of national partnerships for service provision to projects in areas such as monitoring, training, and others;

Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identifies sources of information related to policy-driven issues; identifies and synthesizes best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Coordinates and ensures integration in project design the development of policies, institutions and advocacy that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Supports the establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks;
  • Implements relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns with key partners;
  • Ensures that lessons learned from projects are captured and recorded into the CO knowledge networks;
  • Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building.

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 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: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s or Bachelor Degree in Development Studies, Political Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Law, Public Administration, Peacebuilding or related field;

Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years with Master’s degree or 4 years with Bachelor’s degree of progressively responsible experience in Governance and Sustainable Peace programme/project management in international development organizations, bilateral development agencies and/or international NGOs. ·
  • Experience of working with UNDP or another UN agency would be an asset. · 
  • Proven ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
  • Proven programme management experience with sound knowledge of all aspects of the project cycle (design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation). ·
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills

Language Requirement:

Good written and spoken English, Pashto/or Dari. 2nd UN language desirable.

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