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Programme Specialist, Citizen Security and Governance

Tegucigalpa (Honduras)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Security and Safety
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-31

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Background

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the DRR (P/O), the Programme Specialist is responsible for management of the UNDP programme within the governance thematic area. The Programme Specialist analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads the formulation, management, implementation, evaluation and reporting of programme activities within his/her portfolio and provides strategic upstream policy advisory services to the Country Office (CO) management and government. 
 
The Programme Specialist leads the formulation of strategies and briefing notes to the CO management.  The Programme Specialist will represent UNDP in meetings as requested by his/her supervisor. 
 
The incumbent also has a pivotal role in forging strong alliances with academia, governmental institutions and other national, and international partners to support the programme country under her/his thematic oversight. S/he leads her/his  team in the strategic planning and the identification of new programme opportunities within the thematic areas while ensuring consistency with UNDAF/ CPD priorities and creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities as well as mindful of cross cutting considerations.
 
Reflecting a cross cutting programme approach the incumbent will contribute to the promotion and observation of the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 particularly with regard to the mainstreaming of Human Rights, HIV and gender equality in all programmes and projects under her/his management.
 
The Programme Specialist leads the development of the ToRs of governance project staff, and national consultants including UNDP technical advisors and experts. S/he works in close collaboration with the UNDP programme and operations teams, the Management Support Unit, programme staff in other UN agencies, UNDP HQ staff and Government officials, technical advisers and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society organizations ensuring successful UNDP governance programme formulation, implementation and delivery of transformational development results. S/he will be responsible for resource mobilization and leads the programme strategic thinking and visioning exercise in a bid to make UNDP the development partner of choice for the government, bi-lateral and multi-lateral partners.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme and reaching UNDAF/ CPD goals. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.
 
Summary of Key Functions:
  • Formulation and implementation of programme strategies. 
  • Management of the CO programme under his/her portfolio.
  • Proven track record in programme financial management, evaluation and reporting.
  • Creation of strategic partnerships, formulation and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy.
  • Provision of top quality upstream policy advisory services to the Government and, facilitation of knowledge generation/building and management of knowledge products for the generation of transformational development results.
  • Conversant with the concept of innovation and innovativeness in the design, implementation and management of the governance programme. 
  • Contribution to the UN Delivery as One (DaO) Initiative; familiarity with the UN QCPR process, Implementation of UN Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and aid effectiveness.
  • Support the Government and CO on the UPR process and other international reporting obligations of the country.
1.Ensure 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 taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals, and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other strategic documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions 
  • Support implementation of corporate strategic initiatives such as HACT and other reporting obligations.
  • Formulation of strategic programmes for achievement of transformational development results.
  • The incumbent will contribute to the promotion and observation of the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 particularly with regard to the mainstreaming of HIV, Human Rights, and gender equality in all programmes and projects under her/his management.
2.Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the governance thematic area 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 proactive and timely monitoring achievements of results and budgets.
  • Design and formulation of CO programme within his/her area, 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 and formulation of projects and UN Joint Programmes, presentation of the projects to Prepac and LPAC, entering projects into Atlas, finalization of contribution agreements; determination of required revisions, coordination of the mandatory and budgetary re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through reviews. Participates in recruitment and procurement processes for projects.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Leadership and participation in audit of NEX/NIM projects and internal audits in the thematic areas of his/her responsibility.
  • Follow up and implementation of audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports, quarterly financial and progress reports and annual work plans
3.Ensures creation of strategic partnerships, contributions to, and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Development of strategic partnerships with UN agencies, IFIs, Government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in governance thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donor 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 in close coordination with the MSU, and active contribution to the overall office efforts in resource mobilization. 
  • Production and dissemination of knowledge products.
  • Application and use of issue analysis, theories of change, and innovations in monitoring and evaluation results. 
4.Provision of top quality upstream policy advice services to the Government and, facilitation of knowledge building and management for the achievement of the following results:
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Coordination of development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks. Relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns are implemented with key partners. 
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of and participation in training for the operations/ projects staff on programme.
5.Effective contribution to the Delivering as One initiative and provision of substantive inputs to the UN Governance and Human Rights Component Coordinating Group:
  • Identification of joint interventions programming in the areas under his/her supervision
  • Support to ongoing M&E processes within the framework of Delivery as One (DaO).
  • Collaborative preparation and/or revision of CCA, UNDAF, CPD and other documents.
  • Contribute in the working sessions of the UN Thematic Groups (TG) and serves as the secretariat of the TG as necessary.
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices from programmes 
 

Competencies

Core
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
  • Integrates diverse contributions to formulate coherent approaches 
  • Aligns innovation to service delivery components 
  • Manages prototype / pilot efforts and seeks feedback
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
  • Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities 
  • Actively shares knowledge 
  • People Management
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfactionLevel 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
  • Coaches team members to appropriately share knowledge across teams 
  • Addresses conflicts in a timely, sensitive manner; escalates to leadership when appropriate 
  • Recognizes members of the team for their efforts and successes 
  • Optimizes individual and team abilities
Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
  • Persuades others to embrace new ideas, even when controversial 
  • Empathizes with client perspectives and needs and communicates messages with the clients’ experiences in mind 
  • Creates opportunities for developing new client relationships
Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
  • Anticipates constraints and identifies solutions 
  • Expands capacity of team to deliver on time, on target, and within organizational standards 
  • Ensures high quality of work in terms of both substantive depth and adaptive relevance to client needs 
  • Accepts responsibility for implementation / team deliverables / client satisfaction consistent with organizational standards 
  • Exhibits thorough organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability 
  • Exhibits sound judgment and the ability to make reasonable decisions in complex situations
Technical/Functional
 
Client Orientation
Ability to establish effective client relationships
Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
  • Actively supports the interests of the client by making choices and setting priorities to meet their needs
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly
Job Knowledge /Technical Expertise
Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks 
  • Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Contributes into results through primary research and analysis
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
  • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly
Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)
Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategies
Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Political Sciences, International Development,  International Law, Economics or related field.
Experience:
  • 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management and management advisory services on democratic governance and citizen security issues, decentralization and strengthening of institutional frameworks. Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Demonstrate good management, communication and interpersonal skills and should also be culturally and politically sensitive in the work with counterparts and be able to work at all levels. Research, analytical and negotiation skills are required 
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages such as (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), corporate management systems, and web based management systems is essential.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in Spanish and English.
 

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