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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Job Opportunity at UNDP, Application Deadline: 04 Sep 2016

PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Background
As one of the original eight pilot countries for the UN Reform Initiative Delivering as One, Tanzania is a global leader in advancing reforms of the UN system, with a view to support accelerated harmonization in implementation practices, coherence in programming, and alignment with national systems, intended to produce a reduction in transaction costs and enhanced development impact. Deepening reform will require new and even more innovative ways for the UN agencies to work together in formulating and implementing UNDAP II. Programme planning, resource mobilization, evaluation, and review activities will be done collaboratively. There will be increased harmonization of UN policies, procedures and tools, possibly leading towards the establishment of a One UN Operations Team.

The Programme Team works in three focus areas namely

Inclusive Growth,
Sustainable Development and
Democratic Governance.
The Sustainable Development focus area covers two divisions namely the Environment and Natural Resources Management and Energy, Climate Change and Extractives sector. Within the Sustainable Development focus area, the Programme Associate works under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Programme Specialists to provide support with the daily operations of projects, including project management in Atlas e.g. budget revisions, review of FACE reports, direct payments and non-PO vouchers, and also support the bidding and contracting processes under NIM when UNDP is a responsible party, e.g. review/advise on term of reference, technical specifications and bid documents, offers/proposals evaluation, and contract administration for development projects, ensuring transparency and capacity building in key processes. The Programme Associate ensures effective delivery of the CO programme by entering and managing data and supporting programme implementation throughout project cycle while remaining consistent with UNDP rules and regulations guided by the POPP. The functions are embedded with a virtual team across the thematic areas but also working closely with the Programme Finance and Procurement teams in order to fast-track processes and ensure that there are sufficient capacities to manage the workload at peak times.

The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff in the CO and UNDP HQs as required for resolving complex finance-related issues and exchange of information.

Duties and Responsibilities
Description of tasks:
Under the direct supervision of Programme Specialists, where the National UN Volunteer will undertake the following functions:

Summary of Key Functions:

Support to the formulation of programme strategies and implementation of the Common Country Programme and UNDAP
Support to the management of the CO programme, administration of budgets and optimal cost-recovery
Finance and administrative support to the Programme Unit
Support to project-related communication with partners
Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
1. Supports formulation of programme strategies and implementation of the Common Country Programme and UNDAP focusing on achievement of the following results:

Collection, analysis and presentation of background information for preparation and updating of the UN Development Assistance Plan (replaces CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP), effective application of RBM tools and establishment of management targets (BSC).
Presentation of background information for formulation of country programme, draft project documents, work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements.
Contribution to the interagency process of harmonization of programme and project management practices as a key instrument of further deepening UN Reform
2. Provides effective support to management of the CO programme focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Presentation of information for formulation of country programme work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements and execution modalities. Entry of data of new grants into Atlas in the form of Annual Work Plans (AWPs), monitoring of their status
Creation of projects in Atlas, preparation of required budget revisions, revision of project awards and project status, determination of unutilized funds, operational and financial close of projects.
Provision of guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects, tracking use of financial resources.
Presentation of information for audit of NIM projects and supports implementation of audit recommendations.
Preparation of reports
3. Provides administrative support to the Programme Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:

Proper control of the supporting documents for timely payments and financial reports for NIM/MIMprojects; preparation of PO and non-PO vouchers for development projects.
Review of NIM projects Financial Reports; preparation of non-PO vouchers for development projects.
Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed; transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas.
Timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers.
Creation of requisitions in Atlas for development projects, register of goods receipt in Atlas.
Making budget check for requisitions, POs and vouchers.
Documentation and maintenance of filing system in compliance with audit requirements and CO e-document management policy.
4. Support to project-related communication with partners focusing on achievement of the following results:

Drafting of timely, high quality official correspondence and meeting minutes
Planning and preparation of high quality conferences, meetings, and events to support the project initiation, running and closure processes
Effective liaison with partners regarding the implementation of the programme
Participate in missions, workshops and project activities as applicable
5. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO focusing on achievement of the following results:

Strengthened project management practices and application of UNDP’s rules, regulations, and policies as well as UN interagency agreements
Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff and national counterparts on programme.
Contribution to inter-agency knowledge management activities under Delivering as One, particularly as relating to projects and programme.
Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in programme and participation in knowledge dissemination activities as applicable.
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, particularly in the area of project management.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Competencies
Competencies and Critical Success Factors

Functional Competencies:

1. Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

Level 1.1: Support the preparation of information for advocacy

Identifies relevant information for advocacy for a variety of audiences
2. Results-Based Programme Development and Management

Level 1.1: Contributing to results through provision of information

Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation
Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals
3.Building Strategic Partnerships

Level 1.1: Maintaining information and databases

Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives
Maintains databases of donor information
Tracks and reports on mobilized resources
4.Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

Level 1.1: Implementing processes and uses products

Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches
Responds positively to new approaches
5.Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)

Level 1.1: Providing information for resource mobilization strategies

Maintains information/databases on potential and actual donors
Maintains database of project files
Provides data and information needed for preparation of project documents
6.Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Level 1.1: Basic research and analysis

Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things
7.Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Level 1.1: Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures

Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
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
Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools, and utilizes these regularly in work assignments
8.Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

Level 1.1: Research and analysis

Identifies relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences
9.Client Orientation

Level 1.1: Maintains effective client relationships

Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Responds to client needs promptly
Core Competencies:

Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Self-development, initiative-taking
Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
Creating synergies through self-control
Managing conflict
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience


Qualifications/Requirements:

Secondary Education preferably with specialized certification in Project Management, Accounting and Finance. University Degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and Social Sciences would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.
6 years of progressively responsible administrative or programme experience is required at the national or international level. 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.Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
Fluency in spoken and written English and Swahiliis required
Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others);


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

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