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Programme Analyst - FSM

Pohnpei (Micronesia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Pohnpei (Micronesia)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Waste Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-26

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Background

The combination of high vulnerability, persistent development challenges, and exposure to economic, social, and environmental shocks threaten progress in the achievement of Agenda 2030 and the SAMOA Pathway for the North Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  As per the global MCO review recommendation concluded in May 2019, the UN reform brought forward the demand from countries and territories served by MCOs for more tailored country support, enhanced physical presence, increased policy and technical resources, deeper engagement in global and regional inter-governmental forums, strengthened data capacities, better access to finance, and South-South and triangular cooperation, to better meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda and implement the SAMOA Pathway priorities.  In response, the UNSDG has committed to enhance the support to these countries and territories, largely constituted of SIDS, through a set of collective and individual actions.  Establishment of UNDP’s office in the North Pacific is part of this commitment.  

The COVID-19 pandemic is plunging North Pacific economies into a deep economic recession and exacerbating existing levels of unemployment, deprivation and hardship for the most vulnerable communities. COVID-19 is having a disruptive influence on key economic sectors such as tourism, fisheries, commodities, remittances and ODA; with detrimental impacts for businesses, jobs, employment, and income. Reduced tax receipts and government revenue threaten the capacity of governments to provide and sustain quality essential services such as healthcare and education for individuals, households, communities and businesses; and increase exposure to debt and budgetary deficits.  

In addition to new risks created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the protracted nature of COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing levels of poverty and inequality in the Pacific. COVID-19 is exposing fractures in already fragile economies and societies and compounding the impacts of natural disasters and climate change. COVID-19 is having a direct effect on the immediate health and well-being of Pacific communities, while also threatening to reverse long-term development gains and jeopardizing progress towards the SDGs. 

UNDP programmes in the North Pacific will be focused on three main areas i) Resilience and Sustainable Development ii) Effective Governance and iii) Inclusive Growth. Although majority of the projects are environment focused and funded by vertical funds, youth empowerment, gender equality and digital transformation are emerging areas which are important to address the issue of vulnerability and inequality further compounded by the impact of Covid-19. The North Pacific Office will operate from the UNDP North Pacific Office in Micronesia, jointly coordinated with the UNDP Pacific Office in Suva, Fiji.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of  UNDP programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned in close partnership with the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Programme teams. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and monitoring of programme activities within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services. In addition, the Programme Analyst will also act as UNDP  focal point on communication and partnership building and will work closely with Communication Analyst within the Pacific Office in Fiji.  

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Implementation of programme strategies
  • Management of the North Pacific Office programme
  • Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy 
  • Provision of top-quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management

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

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNSDCF, SRPD, JCAP and any other strategic documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned.
  • North Pacific Office business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.
  • Monitor Programme KPIs and development and implement strategies to meet Office KPIs for the North Pacific Office programme

Ensures effective management of the North Pacific Office programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned  focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the  following results:

  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of North Pacific Office programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.
  • Initiation of a project, presentation of the project to PAC, entering project into Atlas (in small offices), finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review. Programme Analyst can perform functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in audit of NEX projects.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.

Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with the Management Support and Business Development Team   focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.

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.
     
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.
 

 

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
 
  • Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
  • Building Strategic 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
  • Results-Based Programme Development and 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
  • Collaboration & Partnership
  • Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources
  • 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 capture, develop, share and effectively use 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
  • Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences.
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for UNDP’s mandate
  • 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 in Environment/Natural Resource Management, social policy, public policy, political science, economics, development studies or a related area; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in Environment/Natural Resource Management,  social policy, public policy, political science, economics, development studies or a related area with 4 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Experience:
  • 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable

 

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