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Programme Analyst (2 openings) (NPSA8)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Male
  • Grade: NPSA-8, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:
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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.

In the programme countries, UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in in partnership with the host governments, the United Nations system, the development partners and other partners to help the country 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.

UNDP has been a trusted development partner of the Maldives for more than 40 years, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, reduction of inequalities and exclusion in areas such governance, environment protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation. In each of its thematic areas of work, UNDP at the request of its national partners provides relevant policy advisory support, technical assistance, advocacy, and knowledge to help Maldives achieve its global commitment on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). With Maldives’s transition to Middle Income Country Status, Official Development Assistance from traditional donor sources has been on the continuous decline. UNDP is therefore working with its national partners to identify and tap into alternative and innovative financing mechanisms for development. This process involves broadening outreach and forging wide-ranging partnerships with stakeholders - including other UN agencies, the government, the private sector, philanthropic Foundations, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and International Finance Institutions to advance the country’s development strategies and objectives.

You are invited to join a team of dedicated development professionals whose primary role is to support the Maldives to achieve the 2030 Agenda.  As part of the UNDP team your focus will be to work with multiple stakeholders to find the country specific solutions that lead to sustainable development and to ensure no one is left behind - and we reach those furthest behind first.

UNDP is looking for individuals who have the communication, analytical, planning and implementation capacities that can address links, choices and connections across many issues and sectors.  We seek individuals who can apply global best practice to national contexts. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, motivated, and committed to making a positive contribution to Development in the Maldives. 

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Programme Manager/Analyst, the Programme Analyst  ensures effective delivery of Integrated Governance Programme (IGP) by supporting and coordinating the implementation of the programme activities. The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with both the programme and operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

He/She will have demonstrated knowledge of government institutions both at national and sub-national level and will have demonstrated substantial experience in partnering with the private sector / civil society and other key stakeholders such as youth, women, and marginalized groups.

UNDP Maldives’ Integrated  Governance Programme described herein aims to create an enabling environment for citizens’ engagement in a decentralised manner, by harnessing the power of citizen-led open democracy, digital transformation and anticipatory governance , while enhancing independence, transparency, and accountability of the governance and justice system, will lead to democratic, sustainable, and meaningful human development for the people of Maldives. The programe aims to achieve this through the three result areas:

  1. Open, decentralised, and gender-responsive governance systems
  2. Equitable access to justice and human rights
  3. Empowered, cohesive and resilient communities

The Programme Analyst  will contribute to the implementation of the Governance Programme. A multi-pronged strategy will be undertaken towards addressing the issues of lack of engagement and representation of women in public and political life, increasing dialogue among multiple stakeholders, building leadership, consensus-building, and fostering civic space with a variety of actors.

The Programme will also focus on strengthening access to justice and protection of rights, especially in a context where legal aid system needs to be developed and awareness of legal and human rights needs to be increased. Gender-based violence and women’s access to justice and rights will be prioritized, given the prevalence of violence and continued impunity as well as the threat to women’s equality.

The Programme Analyst would also provide support to applying lessons learnt and building on results of UNDP supported projects, support to knowledge generating and evidence-based decision making and building relevant capacities. In addition, the Programme Analyst  will work with the Peace and Development Adviser to support his/her mandate and to build capacity for social cohesion and conflict sensitive programming.

Duties and Responsibilities
The programme analyst  will be based in UNDP CO and is expected to work with the relevant units of UNDP and assigned partners. He/She will be accountable to the Assistant Resident Representative of Democratic Governance, and the Programme Manager of Democratic Governance for the time of contract.

Implementation of programme results:

  • Day-to-day management of project activities;
  • Coordinate with relevant Government implementing partners and UNDP to ensure that expected outputs are delivered in a timely manner;
  • Ensure project is implemented in compliance with UNDP and Government’s Procurement and Human Resources Guidelines, and financial requirements;
  • Ensure that project is executed according to work plans and within established budgets;
  • Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, using advance of funds, direct payments, or reimbursement using the FACE (Fund Authorization and Certificate of Expenditures); 
  • Put in place and facilitate results-based implementation of programme activities; and,
  • Performance of other duties as required in support of project implementation
  • Prepares background analytical papers and reports as required.

Implementation of reporting, monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies: 

  • Effective monitoring for ensuring implementation of project activities;
  • Assess the programmatic impact and oversee the appropriateness and the accuracy of methods used to verify progress and the results;
  • Manage and monitor the project risks initially identified, submit new risks to the Project Technical Team for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks by maintaining the Project Risks Log; 
  • Be responsible for managing issues and requests for change by maintaining an Issues Log; 
  • Prepare the Project Progress Report (progress against planned activities, update on Risks and Issues, expenditures) and submit the report to the Project Management Team;
  • Ensure timely submission of quarterly financial and activity progress reports to UNDP as well as adequate financial management of allocated resources;
  • Oversee timely preparation of reports for UNDP to donors and other stakeholders;
  • Prepare presentations to donor partners, government and other stakeholders as required.

Liaison, partnerships and Coordination with external and internal partners:

  • Create strategic partnerships with government, non-government, and private sector stakeholders and beneficiaries;
  • Actively support the  resource mobilization efforts and the implementation of the resource mobilization strategy and maintain close relationships with donor partners; 
  • Closely liaise with the teams for programme results 1 and 2 to ensure coherence and synergy among all governance project activities of UNDP Maldives;
  • Support the Peace and Development Advisor in key functions and capacity building;
  • Build relationships with other UN agencies and build upon common activities to ensure maximum impact of project activities especially when targeting vulnerable groups such as children, youth and women;
  • Advise team members and management on new developments regarding key partners and stakeholders.
  • Analyses the socio-political and governance ecosystem and maintains continuous dialogue with partners to provide development support services, identifying areas for UNDP support.

Knowledge Building and management:

  • Provide quality advisory services to the CO and RPs/IPs and  facilitation of knowledge building and management
  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned 
  • Make sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories; and, 
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of appropriate learning strategies for stakeholders. 
  • Provides inputs into the Country Programme Document (2022-2026)
Core Competencies: 
  • Achieve Results: Level 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: Level 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements 
  • Learn Continuously: Level 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: Level 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible 
  • Act with Determination: Level 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: Level 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Level 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

  • Business Direction and Strategy: Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with ones authority, area of expertise and resources
  • Business Management: Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results
  • Communications: Advocacy strategy and implementation : Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change
  • Partnership management: Relationship management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
  • Administration & Operations: Events management (including retreats, trainings and meetings): Ability to manage events, including venue identification, accommodation, logistics, catering, transportation, and cash disbursements, etc.
  • Finance: Budget management: Ability to support budgetary aspects of work planning process, drawing and management of team budgets
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in political or social science, human rights, law or any other related Social Sciences. 
  • In lieu of Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree with additional 2 years of experience in political or social science, human rights, law or any other related social sciences fields will be considered
  • Two years of experience in political or social science, human rights, law or any other related social sciences fields with Bachelor’s degree;
  • One year of experience in political or social science, human rights, law or any other related social sciences fields  experience is required for Master’s degree.
  • Good knowledge of, the functioning of the justice sector, access to justice, gender and human rights issues, decentralization, function of civil society and experience in coordinating or implementing activities in/related to the justice sector, on human rights issues, civil society empowerment and coordinating activities focused on capacity building and dialogue.
  • Good working knowledge of information technology. 
  • Experience in project management including co-ordination, financial management, risk management and partnership management.
  • Experience in working in/with Civil Society is highly desirable.
  • Experience in working the area of development (national and/or international) would be an advantage.

Language requirement: 

  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written; and good command of English and Dhivehi (in both written and spoken)
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