Project Analyst Livelihoods and Social Cohesion Vacancies at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Posted: 17/Mar/2016

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Analyst Livelihoods and Social Cohesion
Location: Maiduguri
Type of Contract: Service Contract
Post Level: SB-4
Duration of Initial Contract:1 Year

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nigeria has embarked on a new Japanese-Funded Project on Early Recovery and Social Cohesion in the North Eastern part of the country. The Project will contribute to the realization of the UNDAF Outcome 4.2 which states that ‘by 2017 the occurrence and effects of conflicts and violence are reduced through institutionalized and coordinated prevention and management by the establishment of a peace architecture supporting negotiated solutions at federal, state and community level in partnership with civil society, informed by gender sensitive conflict analysis and other evidence based EW/EA methodologies and tolerant, peace loving and resilient communities’. 
The specific Outputs of the Project are to ensure that: Disrupted livelihoods, loss of income and productive capacity of at least 1,500 persons are restored and stabilized; Damaged community infrastructures rehabilitated and short-term employment opportunities created in Borno State; Capacity for dialogue, mediation and peace building established and strengthened; Citizens sensitized to embrace core cultural and moral values and promote spirit of peaceful coexistence; Capacity of security personnel agencies in civilian protection and peacekeeping enhanced.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Leader, Sustainable Development, the Project Analyst is responsible for management of UNDP programme within the thematic/sectorial areas relating to Livelihoods and Social Cohesion. The Project Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends, provides technical backstopping and quality assurances to programme activities, support formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio and facilitates knowledge management activities.
The Project Analyst works in close collaboration with the 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 organizations in ensuring successful UNDP Programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:

Implementation of programme strategies.
Management of the CO Project on Livelihoods and Social Cohesion.
Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the Project scaling-up strategy.
Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management.
Effective gender mainstreaming in early recovery and social cohesion.
1.) Ensure Implementation of programmes focusing on achievement of the following results:
Support analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to inform programme activities within his/her portfolio;
Provide inputs to the development of proposals, concepts, strategies, and ideas in the respective areas and building on UNDP’s comparative advantages and experiences, particularly in relation to integrating social cohesion into livelihoods programming;
Actively engage in the implementation of programme strategies within his/her portfolio.
2.) Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the Project activities, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Contribute to the results-based monitoring of the programme, including effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC), and monitoring of the achievement of results;
Support planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of programmes and programmatic interventions in the subject area, tracking the use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations;
Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with 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, finalization of contribution agreements; determination of the required revisions, coordination of the mandatory budget re-phasing exercises, closure of project through review;
Performance of 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 relevant audit exercises. Follow up on audit recommendations;
Ensure that aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes;
Contribute to the timely and high-quality preparation and submission of reports, including donor reports.
3.) Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the Project scaling-up strategy, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Development of partnerships with UN Agencies, IFIs, Government institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, civil society and research institutions in specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of the UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities;
Liaise with stakeholders and partners;
Formulate strategic approaches towards scaling-up the Project beyond the initial phase;
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 efforts in resource mobilization.
4.) Ensures the provision of top quality technical/ programmatic support and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Scanning the policy and political environments and advising on their implications for Livelihoods and Social Cohesion Project;
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;
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.
5.) Ensures effective gender mainstreaming in the work of UNDP in the area of livelihoods and social cohesion, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Initiates and implement Project strategy aimed at enhancing the participation of women in livelihoods and social cohesion activities;
Provides technical and policy support, guidance, practical tools and hands-on training to the implementing agencies towards enhancing gender mainstreaming in project design and implementation;
Advocating for policies that will reduce feminized marginalization in livelihood support, end violence against women, and increase women engagement in addressing the challenges of social fragmentation, as well as achieving gender-sensitive interventions.

Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme and reaching UNDAF/ CPD goals, as they relate to the promotion of livelihoods and social cohesion. 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.

Functional Competencies:

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda:
Creates effective advocacy strategies
Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses

Results-Based Programme Development and Management:
Provides information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration
Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation
Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals
Participates in the formulation of project proposals

Building Strategic Partnerships:
Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:
Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals
Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor

Resource Mobilization:
Analyzes information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach
Identifies and compiles lessons learned
Develops a resource mobilization strategy at the country level
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:
Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments.
Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms

Analysis and creation of messages and strategies:
Performed analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level
Client Orientation

Establishing effective client relationships:
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;
Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.

Contributing to positive outcomes for the client:
Anticipates client needs
Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
Solicits feedback on service provision and qualityCore Competencies:
Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Self-development, initiative-taking
Acting as a Team player and facilitating teamwork
Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
Creating an emotionally intelligent organization and creating synergies, through self-control
Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member:
Informed, fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking

Required Skills and Experience

Master's Degree or equivalent in the Social Sciences, Law, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development or related field.
3 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services in the design, monitoring and evaluation of conflict prevention, social cohesion and livelihoods support
Familiarity with international norms and national legal frameworks and emerging policies on rule of law, counter-terrorism and development initiatives in the North-East.
Ability to think strategically and to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in teams, guided by cultural and gender sensitivity.

Language Requirements:
Fluency in English.

Application Closing Date
31st March, 2016.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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