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Project Manager (NPSA-10)

Chisinau

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Chisinau
  • Grade: NPSA-10, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:
Background
 
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The AdTrade Project facilitates cross-river cooperation and expands access of enterprises from Transnistria region (particularly micro, small and medium sized enterprises - MSMEs) to export promotion mechanisms available on the right bank.

The project provides tailored support and develops capacities based on specific needs of current and future exporters, but also provisions methodological and practical assistance to establish long-term trade links and to promote exports. In the framework of this initiative, existing companies and start-ups will be supported to create new jobs for women and vulnerable groups.

These goals will be achieved through cross-river exchange of knowledge and experience, but also by understanding the opportunities provided by the on the Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed between the UK and Moldova and DCFTA to companies from the Transnistria region. At the same time, benefiting companies and associations will learn from best practices of businesses from Eastern and Central Europe.

Main efforts will be dedicated to reviving the MSMEs sector which is underdeveloped in the Transnistria region.

The overall objective and expected outcome of the Support to confidence building across the Nistru river through advanced cross-river capacities for trade project is to ensure that men and women on both banks of the Nistru river have better livelihoods and living conditions, cross-river cooperation will be improved allowing to access opportunities offered by Moldova’s external trade arrangements, contributing to an environment of trust and cooperation:
  • Support cross-river exchange of information and awareness-raising on the opportunities provided by on the Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed between the UK and Moldova and DCFTA in the region;
  • Develop exporting capacities of companies from both banks of Nistru river and diversify exports by supporting emerging businesses;
  • Promote expansion of the MSMEs sector in the Transnistria region by developing new or emerging businesses, in particular those led by women, with impact on representatives most vulnerable groups of people.

The Project duration is envisaged between 2018- 2023 with support from Governments of Sweden and United Kingdom.

 
Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Inclusive Growth Cluster Analyst, the incumbent provides effective and efficient coordination of the Support to confidence building across the Nistru river through advanced cross-river capacities for trade Project, through a range of actions contributing to the design, planning, management and monitoring of project activities. The Project Manager applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations, as follows:

Ensuring effective content and operational management of the project

  1. Oversee day-to-day operations and implementation of project activities;
  2. Exercise close monitoring of project activities and produce monitoring reports;
  3. Ensure the timely and efficient delivery of Project outputs and products, as per the Project Document, leading to the achievement of expected results;
  4. Develop Work Plan, periodic narrative progress and final reports and expenditures status reports and submit to the supervisor;
  5. Ensure the implementation of the activities under the Project work plan according to indicators for achieving planned results, as well as the overall management of the Project in line with UNDP rules, regulations and procedures;
  6. Support UNDP CO in effectively managing human resources pertaining to the Project, including staff, consultants and short-term experts; conduct periodic performance appraisals; build, lead and motivate a solid team of professionals;
  7. Support the efficient management of the Project financial resources, including budgeting and budget revisions, as well as expenditure tracking and reporting;
  8. Continuously record and maintain Project issues and risks and suggest mitigation measures.
  9. Lead and coordinate the organization of meetings, workshops, conferences, trainings, study visits and related activities relevant to the implementation of the Project;
  10. Maintain a continuous effective dialogue with the key stakeholders, central and local government authorities, other UN agencies and actors active in the sector, CSOs, partner organizations, international and national experts in the areas of the Project intervention in view of identifying synergies and avoiding overlapping of assistance;
  11. Maintain a close collaboration with other related UNDP programmes to ensure synergies and complementarities;
  12. Ensure high quality information and visibility of the programme activities to the mass media and stakeholders and support mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at the local, national, and as required at international levels;
  13. Perform any other duties connected directly with the implementation and evaluation of the Project as required.

Knowledge Management and Sharing

  1. Assist in coordinating the exchange of information internally and between relevant project stakeholders;
  2. Ensure timely and proper documentation of the programme implementation process and products produced in accordance with the UNDP guides;
  3. Capture and disseminate good practices locally, nationally and as required internationally;
  4. Provide required substantive and administrative support in organizing / conducting variety of programme activities and events.

Key Results:

The key results have a direct impact on the overall successful achievement of the Support to confidence building across the Nistru river through advanced cross-river capacities for trade Project. Accurate analysis and presentation of information enhances UNDP’s position as a strong development partner. The information provided facilitates decision-making of the Project Board, the Beneficiary and UNDP management.

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager will work under the supervision of the Inclusive Growth Cluster Lead and will ensure the provision of development services and products commensurate with the scope of the Project and assigned area of responsibility of the highest quality and standards to national and local counterparts and clients through applying HRBA and GE approaches. The Project Manager will coordinate the project team, consisting of up to 4 persons, as envisaged in project organizational chart.

The Project Manager will work in close cooperation with the team in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex programme/project-related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Competencies
 
Core Competencies:

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

 
People Management Competencies:
 
UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site
 
Cross-Functional Competencies:

Business Direction and Stratetgy

Effective Decision Making

Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Direction and Stratetgy

Business Acumen

Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome. Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

Business Management

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Management

Results-based management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management

Partnership Management

Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Business Management

Communication

Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience. Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Business Management

Customer Satisfaction/Client Management

Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers' needs. Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy. Look for ways to add value beyond clients' immediate requests. Ability to anticipate client's upcoming needs and concerns.

 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • Master’s Degree in business administration, economics, public administration, international relations, development studies or related areas.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with additional two years of experience can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master`s degree
Experience:
  • At least 5 years (with Master’s Degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor’s Degree) of progressive working experience in the design, management and implementation of programmes and/or working in a relevant position to this post.
  • At least 5 years (with Master’s Degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor’s Degree)  of progressively responsible experience is required at the national or international level in areas related to business development and support;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems

Languages:

  • Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian

Desired skills and experience:

  • Work experience in Transnistria region is a very strong advantage.
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, governmental institutions, NGO or private sector / consulting firm is a very strong advantage.
  • Prior experience with UN/DP Project management and/or implementation

Professional Certificates:

  • Additional training and certification in project management and/or business administration would be an advantage

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
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