Area Project Manager (ABP Programme)
Mission and objectives
UNDP has been working across Afghanistan for more than 50 years on challenges related to climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods and rule of law. Guided by the government and its Development Councils, our work is fully aligned with the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework and National Priority Programmes, and is carried out in close coordination with partner UN agencies under the One UN Framework. As the UN’s development network, we connect the Afghan government and people with the resources and information they need to drive their own development according to their own priorities, as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The rapidly shifting political and security landscape in Afghanistan has produced significant impacts for both immediate and long-term development and peace in the country. Over 550,000 people have fled their homes due to the conflict between 1 January and 9 August 2021, bringing the total of number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to 3.5 million (9% of the total population). In addition, at least 30,000 people are estimated to be leaving the country each week. The country is experiencing fragility and faces challenges on multiple fronts including COVID-19, poverty, food insecurity, climate disruption, and impacts on the economy. To better respond to the current crisis, UNDP has adopted a highly integrated yet decentralized approach to programming known as the Area-based Programme for Socio-Economic Recovery and Community Resilience in Afghanistan (ABP Strategy). This is a tailored area-based programming approach for integrated socio-economic recovery and community resilience, and aims to support the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus using UNDP’s six signature solutions. The programme will provide emergency support for community livelihoods and contribute to greater resilience to future shocks in the most cost effective and sustainable manner as possible. The Programme has been tailored the context and needs of each of the 8 regions of Afghanistan. To support the efforts of the Afghanistan country office in key areas related to reorienting its programme and responding to the current situation on the ground, the Crisis Bureau is providing key support and capacities to strengthen UNDP’s team in Afghanistan, in close collaboration with UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBAP). The Crisis Bureau has partnered with UNV to cover the immediate needs related to the management of the ABP activities in each of the 8 regions.
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Effectively conduct day-to-day management of project activities in the designated region. • Ensure that the project delivers resources and results according to the planned targets, to the required standard of quality and within specified constraints of time and cost within his/her area. • Ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project budget allocated to the region he/she covers, and produce appropriate recording and accounting documentation as required by UNDP. • Ensure that UNDP rules and regulations concerning finance, procurement and human resources are adhered to. • Report to the project manager on the achievement of project outputs within the covered region, as well as challenges in implementation, and flag emerging risks in a timely and pro-active manner. • Manage a team of technical associates, nurturing a culture of results with highest performance standards. • Ensure the participation and involvement of relevant stakeholders in the region’s Project activities so that the process is inclusive, participatory and transparent. • Perform other duties as assigned by management. Provide support to Project planning • Contribute to the annual project work plans, with proposed activities and results for the covered region. • Contribute to the project’s financial planning, projecting cash-flow needs and modalities for the area he/she covers. Contribute to UNDP’s knowledge management, partnerships, and communication efforts • Contribute to the efficient and effective collection, storage and analysis of data throughout the project, including sex and age-disaggregated data as relevant. • Document progress towards achievement of results and contribute to donor progress reports, as required. • Support and contribute to the Regional and Country Offices knowledge management efforts, by documenting and sharing experiences, lessons learnt, and good practices. • Support and contribute to the communications and partnerships activities of the Regional and Country Offices, as necessary.