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Several Vacancies At UNOPS

Date Posted: 09/Jan/2014
Deadline: 07/Feb/2014

Driver

Deadline : 07-Feb-2014

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
 
UNOPS in Nigeria has the following portfolios:  The Niger Delta Job Creation and Conflict Prevention Initiative and the ECOWAS Agricultural Information System. Partners include; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS); State Governments and private companies.

To achieve its objectives, UNOPS Nigeria is seeking to recruit suitably qualified drivers.

Functional Responsibilities

 

The Driver will provide transport services, drive all types of vehicles and perform various office errands in an efficient manner. The incumbent is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Provide reliable and secure driving services and ensure the proper use of vehicles;
  • Drive UNOPSvehicles for all transportation requirements of personnel and visitors, as well as meeting official personnel at the airport as required;
  • Ensure proper use of vehicles through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs;
  • Ensure daily maintenance checks of the assigned vehicle by checking oil and water levels, battery, breaks and tyres, among others, and perform engine troubleshooting when necessary;
  • Ensure that the assigned vehicle is clean at all times;
  • Keep records and availability of required documents inside the assigned vehicle including registration documents, insurance, vehicle logs, city destination maps, first aid kits, personal protection equipment and spare parts;
  • Immediately report incidents in case of traffic accidents in accordance with policies and procedures;
  • Deliver and collect letters, mail, documents and other items between offices as required;
  • Log daily trips and fuel consumptions;
  • Responsible for the safety of on-board passengers by adhering to security and transport procedures;
  • Ensure that proper radio communication procedures are conducted for each journey and coordinate with security radio room as required;

Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor;

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 

    
 

  • Secondary Diploma desirable
  • Minimum 2 years of driving experience
  • Possession of a valid driver's license essential
  • Excellent knowledge of Nigerian roads and traffic rules essential
  • Previous relevant experience with UN/UNOPS, local or international organizations or diplomatic missions is an asset
  • Fluent in the local language of the duty station
  • Intermediate English skills (speaking, reading and writing) a must

 

Competencies

 

  • Demonstrate a client-oriented approach, courtesy, confidentiality, tact and ability to work with people of different national cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair
  • High sense of responsibility; operate in compliance with road and safety regulations and rules
  • Ability to complete various forms and records, including updated log sheets, time sheets, trip forms, incident and accident reports
  • Remains calm, in control even under pressure
  • Must be willing to work longer hours, weekends and in shifts when required

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: Local ICA, mutiple positions available
Contract level: LICA-1
Contract duration: 6 months

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx


 

Additional Considerations

 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

 

Project Manager

Deadline: 07-Feb-2014

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
 
In Nigeria the state of Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) is in need of focussed support. TVET education is characterized e.g. by inoptimal training of TVET instructors, lack of qualified teaching personnel and obsolete infrastructure. The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), with a mandate to contribute to the realization of the local content requirement, has decided to work with UNOPS to embark on human capacity development programmes with a view to improving and strengthening the quality of teaching service provisions of TVET instructors and teachers. To achieve this objective UNOPS, together with PTDF and other partners, would require the services of a suitably qualified individual for the position of Project Manager.     

Functional Responsibilities

 

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office the Project Manager will provide technical expertise, strategic guidance and capacity building to select TVET teachers /instructors nationwide in addition to:

Stakeholder Management:

  • Establish solid working relationship with the project board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders
  • Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products
  • Advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements such as maintenance)
  • Manage the information flows between the Project Board and the project

Delivery and Performance:

  • Implement approved project plans (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the project board
  • Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary
  • Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers
  • Authorize Work Packages
  • Advise the Project Board and OC Manager of any deviations from the plan
  • Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefit to client and stakeholders is achieved
  • Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of service providers
  • Identify and report potential business opportunities for UNOPS to supervisor
  • Identify and report threats to UNOPS internal business case to supervisor

Procedures:

  • Follow the Project Management Cycle Instructions and ensure that all organizational policy is complied with (Organizational Directives and Administrative Instructions)
  • Prepare/adapt the following plans for approval by the Project Board:  I. Project Initiation Documentation; II. Stage/Exception Plans and relevant Product Descriptions
  • Prepare the following reports:

Highlight Reports
End Stage Reports
Operational Closure Checklist
End Project Report
Handover Report

Maintain the relevant files required as per OD12.

  • Ensure that all expenditure comply with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR).
  • Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received on time.
  • Understand and manage UNOPS overheads, allocable charges, and related corporate charges as they apply to the project
  • Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately for personnel
  • Manage and remain accountable for expenditures against the budget (based on accurate financial reports)
  • Where the Project Manager has no delegation as a committing officer, s/he retains these responsibilities and will monitor and instruct/request others to carry out the relevant commitments and disbursements.

Knowledge Management:

  • Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice
  • Actively interact with other PMs and the PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System.
  • Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies
  • Complete lessons learned as per reporting format
  • Incorporate lessons learned from others as per planning format

Personnel Management:

  • Lead and motivate the project management team
  • Ensure that behavioural expectations of team members are established
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted
  • Identify outstanding staff and bring them to the attention of the OC Director
  • Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities (including ICA and Staff)
  • Select, recruit and train team as required by project plans
  • Perform the Team Manager role, unless appointed to another person(s)
  • Perform Project Support role, unless appointed to another person or corporate/programme function
  • Ensure safety and security for all personnel and comply with UNDSS standards

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 

 

A.  Education
·         Advanced University Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Political/Security/Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.
·         Fluency in English 
·         PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification – Preferred
·         Complete the UNOPS Project Management Foundation course (within one year after signing this TOR)
·         A relevant combination of academic credentials and/or industry certifications and qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the university education.    
                                    
B. Work Experience 
·         Seven years of progressive experience in project development and management, with focus on monitoring, reporting, development and coordination in either public or private sector organizations.
·         Previous employment in Vocational Training institution
·         Proven conceptual, analytical, and evaluative skills.
·         Demonstrated proficiency in data processing techniques and tested excellent command of Microsoft word, Excel, Power point
·         Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other staff, strategic partners, local, national, international and civil society stakeholders
·         Monitoring and evaluation skills experience

 

Competencies

 

  • Understand and Respect National ownership and capacity
  • Understand the principles of the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness and mainstream them into the project plans
  • Seek opportunities to recruit qualified local staff
  • Look for ways to build capacity of local counterparts
  • Harmonization within the UN and beyond
  • Understand the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UNOPS, the project’s place in the UN system
  • Know the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seek to contribute within the deliverables of the project
  • Sound knowledge of Vocational Training Education
  • Ability to build skills and facilitate knowledge building and sharing
  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized activities related to the duties and responsibilities of the PM
  • Sound knowledge of financial rules and regulations
  • Focuses on result for the client
  • Demonstrates openness to change
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: International ICA.
Contract level: IICA-1 
Contract duration: 6 months

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx


 

Additional Considerations

 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

 

Pool of Investigations Consultants- Retainers

Deadline: 31-Jan-2014

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
  

Background Information - Job-specific

 

The United Nations Office for Project Services is currently seeking consultants with experience as Investigators for inclusion on its roster.

The Internal Audit and Investigations Group (IAIG) reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for internal audit and investigations services to UNOPS and its affiliated entities. IAIG provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. IAIG also responds to allegations of misconduct by conducting and reporting on investigations.

IAIG is responsible for conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct, such as mismanagement, fraud, corruption, retaliation on whistle blowers, workplace harassment, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, violation or wilful disregard of UNOPS regulations, rules, and administrative instructions, that involve UNOPS personnel, contractors and other applicable persons. In addition, IAIG undertakes proactive investigations in high risk areas that are susceptible to wrongdoings, fraud and corruption.

IAIG conducts investigations in accordance with the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations, the UNOPS Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct dated May 2008, and the IAIG Investigation Guidelines.

Under the overall supervision of the Lead Investigator, the Consultant is required to assist with various initial reviews, preliminary assessments and/or investigations in IAIG

 

 

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Functional Responsibilities

 

For cases assigned to him or her, the consultant will:

Plan, conduct, and manage initial reviews, preliminary assessments and/or investigations of alleged misconduct, mismanagement, fraud, corruption, waste of resources or violation of the Organization's policies and procedures.

Prepare proposed work plans for review and approval by IAIG;

Gather, seize and analyze all relevant evidence (documentary, physical, electronic, etc.), documenting the process in accordance with IAIG’s chain of custody and other requirements. Organize complex and voluminous records and documents.

Conduct interviews of witnesses and subjects, draft records of conversation, which shall be reviewed and signed by the interviewee. Subject and other relevant interviews shall be electronically recorded.

At the completion of the assignment, prepare a detailed report in accordance with IAIG’s Investigation Guidelines. The report comprises the complete administrative record and includes references in footnotes to all supporting information and evidence (documentary and testimonial). The report sets forth the findings, supporting evidence, analysis and evaluation of the evidence, as well as recommendations for next steps.

Where needed, provide post-report support and conduct legal and public sources research.

International travel to UNOPS' offices, including field missions, may be required depending on the case. Such travel could include missions to hardship duty stations. Authorized travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with UNOPS official travel policy (AI/CSG/2010/03). Consultant to submit proof of travel to IAIG.

Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

 

Competencies required for the function:

Ability to analyse

Decision Making

Organising and Quality Orientation

Assertiveness

Communications skill

Teamwork skills

Competencies required for the function:

Proven ability to gather and analyze evidence, including electronic evidence, and interview suspects and witnesses;

Ability to organize voluminous amounts of documents, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.

Proven ability to quickly and accurately analyze, assess and summarize investigation findings, observations and recommendations.

Excellent writing and communications skills are required; proven ability to communicate complex concepts in writing, including investigation reports in English.

Expert knowledge, understanding and experience in the field of corruption, fraud, and investigations

Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations, desirable

Applicants must be willing to travel internationally

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 

Education:

Master's degree in Law, Accounting or related area required. Candidates with a first level universiy degree and two additional years of experience may be also considered.

Canddates with ad Diploma in Criminal Investigation from a national law enforcement agency or police academy are considered if having a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience.                                                         

Experience:

At least five years of progressively responsible experience in professional investigatory work, law enforcement, criminal investigations or related fields. Experience at the international level desirable. Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations would be an asset, though not compulsory.

Language:

For the post advertised, fluency in English both oral and written is required.

Knowledge of other official United Nations language, particularly French or Spanish, is an advantage.

 

Additional Considerations

 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.    
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: International ICA

Contract level: Level 2

Contract duration: 1 year on retainer basis. The retainers will be working intermittently depending on case load and for an estimated number of working days from 30 days up to a maximum of 180 days within the contract period of one year. The position can be extended subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

 

ICT Associate

Deadline: 24-Jan-2014

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
 
UNOPS in Nigeria has the following portfolios:  The Niger Delta Job Creation and Conflict Prevention Initiative and the ECOWAS Agricultural Information System. Partners include; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS); State Governments and private companies.

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Office, the ICT Associate is responsible for the information technology related services and functions to support UNOPS Nigeria office in managing its operations. The ICT Associate promotes a collaborative, client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS rules and regulations. He/she works in close collaboration with the Programme, Operations and project teams in the Regional Office or Operations/Project Centre and UNOPS HQ staff ensuring successful performance in ICT management. To achieve its objectives, UNOPS Nigeria is seeking to recruit suitably qualified ICT Associate.

Functional Responsibilities

 

1.       Provides effective ICT management, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Assessment and evaluation of information technology capacity and requirements of the office in terms of updating hardware and software to acceptable global levels.  Identification and prioritization of areas where improvements need to be addressed to be able to effectively support the organization in achieving its goals and priorities.  Provision of cost implications and benefits of recommendation for budget consideration.
  • Contribution to the planning of global IT strategies and policies by representing the office and providing feedback on local IT requirements, technical capacity in terms of web technology, support and skills available.
  • Conduct of ongoing proactive evaluation of system performance, identifying areas of inefficiencies and potential problems.  Collaboration with management for corrective actions to achieve improved and uninterrupted services.  Recommendation of back-up options in potential problem areas that are beyond one’s control.
  • Ensuring security of information technology operation at all times.  Development of back-up programmes and ensuring strict implementation.
  • Establishment of control systems to ensure that all information technology equipment is maintained regularly and in proper working condition.
  • Interaction with HQ and IT staff in other UN agencies in the area and participation in information exchange meetings for systems co-ordination, consistency in direction, policy and standards; also for knowledge sharing on software expertise

2.      Identifies, introduces and maintains software applications, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of new areas where computerization is advantageous and applicable.  Recommendation of applicable software packages to use, understanding user/clients specification, needs and requirements to achieve client satisfaction.
  • Maintenance of application systems and in collaboration with clients/users mutual agreement on changes/modifications to existing programmes and reports generated to ensure continued system effectiveness and relevance.  Provision of reports, ad hoc or otherwise, required for management information and as tool for decision-making.

3.  Provides efficient network administration, focusing on  achievement of the following  results:

  • Up to date with changes in the technology and availability in the area.
  • Implementation of corporate information technology policy changes applicable to the office, if any, to be compatible and up to par with other offices and achieve global IT plan.    

4.       Provides efficient telecommunications service, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Recommendation of strategies to ensure and improve global connectivity and telecommunication facilities.
  • Proactive maintenance of telecommunications equipment to avoid interruption of service.

5.       Undertakes supervisory responsibilities (applicable if supervising staff), focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Establishment of work plans, standards for performance evaluation, indicators for work progress and achievements, together with supervisee.  Timely corrective actions to achieve objectives and deadlines.
  • Technical guidance and on-the-job training to ensure work standards are achieved in line with work objectives.
  • Assessment and recommendation of training needs to ensure skills are updated in accordance with relevant state of the art technology.

6.    Provides support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Organization of training for the operations/ projects staff on HR-related topics.
  • Advice to management, clients and colleagues on subject matter expertise
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in human resources

 

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 

  • Higher education degree/Bachelors degree preferably in Information Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering or any science/logic related discipline.  
  • Professional qualification in relevant ICT areas would be an asset.     
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the field of information technology and/or telecommunication and systems, preferably in an international development environment.
  • Advanced knowledge in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office 2003 and/or newer versions) and experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. 

Competencies


UNOPS Core Values/Competencies

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for diversity
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Commitment to continuous learning
  • Accountability
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Results orientation
  • Strong oral and written communications skills:
  • Teamwork skills
  • Client orientation
  • Technological awareness

Functional Competencies

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to practice areas
  • Develops deep understanding in HR Management
  • Promotes learning environment in the office
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills


Development and Operational Effectiveness  

  • Keen ability to apply theoretical and technical skills.
  • Good communication skills for explaining technical subject to users with different levels of technical literacy and understanding user requirements described in layman’s term.
  • Good interpersonal skills for building alliances and client services.   
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change

  
Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: Local ICA.
Contract level: LICA-4
Contract duration: 6 months

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

 

Regional REDD+ Stakeholder Engagement Specialists, Multiple positions

Deadline: 21-Jan-2014

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
  

Background information - GPSO


Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Global Partner Services Office (GPSO) develops and manages a portfolio of projects and services delivered in various locations across the globe. 

 GPSO supports partners such as the World Bank, the European Union, the Department of Peacekeeping operations, the United Nations Mine Action Service, the Global Fund, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, amongst others. 

 This global portfolio constitutes a substantial volume of UNOPS project delivery.

Background Information - Development Group Cluster

 

Development Group Cluster

The UNOPS Development Group Cluster is based in the North America Office and supports a diverse and complex portfolio including partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (the Bureau for Development Policy, the Human Development Report Office, and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation), the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Secretariat and a broadening community of primarily New York-based UN partners in the delivery of project management, implementation and administration services.

Background Information - Job-specific


Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, as defined by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is referred to as “REDD+”. The UNDP REDD+ team is responsible for a growing portfolio of work that is primarily concentrated in the UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative partnership with FAO and UNEP. UNDP is also a Delivery Partner for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

UNDP’s REDD+ Team is globally spread, with advisors in New York, Geneva and Oslo. Regional teams are located in UNDP’s Regional Centres in Bangkok (Asia-Pacific), Panama City (Latin America and the Caribbean), and in Nairobi (Africa) co-located with UNEP’s REDD+ Team. The regional teams support UNDP’s country offices and partners in their region. Support to UNDP country offices is coordinated closely with the Regional Bureaux.

One of the major components of UNDP’s work on REDD+ is to increase the engagement of stakeholders in the REDD+ agenda based on the recognition that REDD+ will succeed only with the full engagement of civil society organizations (CSO), indigenous peoples (IP) and representatives of local communities, at the national as well as at the local level where land and other natural resource management decisions are ultimately made. It is essential to increase the engagement of a range of stakeholders (e.g., national- and sub-national-level IP, CSO and women’s representatives; government; academia; and private sector) in the REDD+ agenda to ensure that their concerns are appropriately addressed to ensure the success of REDD+. 

There is a need to support and promote appropriate approaches to stakeholder engagement, participation, consultation processes, national dialogues and training of stakeholders as well as UN staff, including the implementation of normative guidance and design tools in collaboration with stakeholders that are aimed at supporting national-level efforts. There is also an increasing need to systematically collect and share lessons and best practices within and among the regions in order to support the implementation of National Programmes. 

With the expansion of the UN-REDD Programme globally, a wide range of services and a higher degree of technical assistance are being requested from partner countries. This includes the needs to: 1) support and promote appropriate approaches for stakeholder engagement, participation, consultation, national dialogues, and training of stakeholders and UN staffs; 2) implement normative guidance and design tools in collaboration with stakeholders to support national-level efforts; and 3) systematically collect and analyze national-level generated lessons and best practices for effective knowledge sharing within and among the regions, the current evidence-based global negotiations, and discussions in shaping the REDD+ architecture and mechanisms at the global scale.

UNDP, as the lead agency within the UN-REDD Programme overseeing stakeholder engagement, as well as supporting participation, consultation and national and local dialogue processes, is seeking three Regional REDD+ Stakeholder Engagement Specialists (SESs) to advance its work in the broad area of stakeholder engagement at the regional levels based in: (1) Bangkok; (2) Nairobi; and (3) Panama City. The SESs will have dual reporting lines to the Senior Regional Technical Advisor or Regional Coordinator for the region (P4/P5) who are primarily responsible for ensuring UN-REDD Programme activities are developed and executed in countries, and the UNDP Senior Policy Advisor responsible for Stakeholder Engagement for the UN-REDD Global Programme (D1). SESs will work in close collaboration with members of UNDP’s REDD+ Stakeholder Engagement team.


 

Functional Responsibilities


Summary of Key Functions:

  1. Provide support to the implementation of the UN-REDD Programme Global Strategy's Outcome 4;
  2. Provide technical and policy advisory services on stakeholder engagement to national and regional teams, institutional partners and stakeholders; 
  3. Ensure national and regional knowledge generation and sharing in stakeholder engagement; and
  4. Provide support to monitoring and reporting on Outcome 4


1. Implementation of Outcome 4 of the UN-REDD Programme Global Strategy

Under the guidance of their supervisors the Stakeholder Engagement Specialists will:

  • Facilitate the application of all UN-REDD Programme guidelines related to stakeholder engagement, and support grievance mechanisms for complaints and concerns arising from National Programme activities in the region; 
  • Ensure stakeholder engagement activities in UN-REDD Programme countries, including: supporting stakeholder engagement in National Programme Documents (NPD) and/or Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) elaboration and implementation, targeted support activities, identification and sourcing of technical expertise, contributing to the dissemination and application of UN-REDD Programme safeguards, supporting the representation and organization of stakeholders, facilitating access to information and learning on REDD+, stimulating national dialogue processes, fostering participation in the building of REDD+ mechanisms, and supporting the basis for national consensus on REDD+;
  • Ensure the regional IP and CSO representatives to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board are regularly updated on stakeholder engagement related issues and supported to coordinate effectively with IP and CSO stakeholders nationally and regionally;
  • Facilitate synergies and coordination with FAO and UNEP counterparts in the UN-REDD Programme; within UNDP, including with REDD+ related UNDP-GEF projects and the GEF Small Grants Programme; and with other UN initiatives that promote the rights of IPs and engagement of stakeholder for REDD+ readiness; and
  • Monitor funding needs for Outcome 4 at the regional and national levels, draft funding requests as needed, support the establishment of relationships with potential UN-REDD Programme donors and contribute to regional fund mobilization efforts for the UN-REDD Programme. 


2. Technical and Policy advisory service

  • Collaborate with regional and national UN-REDD Programme counterparts, including FAO and UNEP counterparts, to ensure that there is alignment and coherence in terms of stakeholder engagement approaches and practices in UN-REDD Programme and UNDP REDD+ efforts;
  • Liaise with IP and civil society organizations that work in relevant areas nationally or regionally. Assess and ensure the needs and concerns of IPs and civil society are appropriately addressed in the work of the UN-REDD Programme; 
  • Liaise with FCPF counterparts to support harmonized processes (e.g., application of the joint Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness; use of the harmonized R-PP document); 
  • Contribute to an understanding of the substantive technical issues related to stakeholder engagement, institutions, and processes within the region, including developing partnerships with other agencies, donors, NGOs, the private sector, scientific institutions and the like;
  • Peer review, comment on, and seek to improve, the technical quality of projects, policies, practices, guidelines, advisory notes, publications and the like, to ensure they reflect the objectives of the Stakeholder Engagement work area; and
  • Ensure the development of UN-REDD Programme and UNDP policy position papers and internal briefing notes, and contribute to the development or amendment of UN-REDD Programme and UNDP policies and procedures as relevant to stakeholder engagement.


3. Knowledge Management

  • Communicate the UN-REDD Programme approach to and achievements in stakeholder engagement and safeguards, and develop knowledge products (e.g., reports, publications, presentations, newsletters, maintaining up-to-date regional/national website and workspace content, etc.); 
  • Evaluate, capture, codify and synthesize lessons and stimulate the uptake of best practices and knowledge on stakeholder engagement, including the development of knowledge materials and implementation of knowledge exchanges and other learning events;
  • Ensure the development of regional and country-specific tools to build the awareness and capacity of UN-REDD Programme staff and national counterparts for strengthened stakeholder participation in the planning and implementation of UN-REDD Programme activities; and
  • Ensure timely and adequate access to information on UN-REDD Programme activities and policies by stakeholders, including serving as liaison/contact person for queries.


4. Monitoring and Reporting

  • Ensure that stakeholder engagement processes at the national level fulfill the terms of key UN-REDD Programme guidelines on stakeholder engagement  and that UN-REDD Programme safeguards are appropriately applied; 
  • Support annual and semi-annual reporting on stakeholder engagement and track regional expenditure in stakeholder engagement under the UN-REDD Programme; and 
  • Monitor progress towards achieving outcomes in the area of stakeholder engagement under the UN-REDD Programme and report qualitative and quantitative results.

Impact of Results
The results of the work will directly impact on the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement in UN-REDD Programme partner countries. The knowledge, skills, networks, and decisions of the SESs will influence whether or not the UN-REDD Programme and UNDP is effective in assisting developing countries to: 1) ensure that effective stakeholder engagement is central in their participation in a future UNFCCC REDD+ mechanism;  and 2) use REDD+ financing for transformational change and development outcomes that are beneficial to all relevant parties.

Given the complex technical and political nature of the inclusion of groups that are historically marginalized from decision-making processes and the unique collaborative nature of UNDP’s REDD+ work, the position of the SESs requires a combination of technical, policy, diplomatic and networking skills together with a full understanding of the challenges and opportunities for stakeholder inclusion within the regions they are operating with, at the national and regional levels.




 

Competencies


Technical Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of indigenous peoples’ issues, particularly their rights, cultures, belief systems, institutions and decision mechanisms;
  • Specific understanding of the concept and practice of REDD+, and broad knowledge on climate change;
  • Capacity to work with multiple stakeholders across a wide range of disciplines;
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills, including the ability to defend and explain sensitive and complex issues with respect to policy positions and safeguards to staff, senior officials, indigenous peoples and civil society; and
  • Full computer literacy.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP; and
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

Functional Competencies:

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability for strategic plan, process change, results-based management and reporting; and
  • Ability on the formulation and oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.


Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Ability to promote knowledge management and a learning environment in the office;
  • Ability to actively work towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, apply learning plan and newly acquired skills; and
  • Ability to seek and apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UNDP.


Management and Leadership

  • Ability to build strong relationships with governments and stakeholders;
  • Consistency to work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to remain calm and good humored under pressure;
  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated facilitation and coordination skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner as well as part of a team.


 

Education/Experience/Language requirements


EDUCATION:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in community development, international law, international affairs, development policy, environmental policy, natural resource management, climate-change policies, gender and/or other relevant field.

EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of 5 years practical working experience with stakeholder engagement in development projects and processes, in particular with indigenous peoples, local communities and civil society organizations that represent them and a minimum of 2 years work experience in developing countries are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster dialogue between governmental actors, indigenous peoples, civil society, private sector and community constituencies and to manage development and environment-related initiatives;
  • Experience with project development, implementation and management;
  • Understanding of the REDD+ agenda in the context of UNFCCC negotiations, challenges and opportunities;
  • Understanding of stakeholder engagement and indigenous rights issues related to forest and biodiversity conservation/natural resource management and governance systems;
  • Experience in an international organization is an advantage as is in-depth knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices.

LANGUAGES:

  • An excellent command of written and spoken English is required; 
  • Proficiency in Spanish is required for posts covering Latin America;
  • Proficiency in French is required for posts covering Africa.


 

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: FTA
Contract level: P3
Contract duration: One Year

For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/english/whoweneed/contract-types/Pages/United-Nations-staff-contracts.aspx 


 

Additional Considerations

 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 

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Learning, Documentation and Research Specialist

Deadline: 15-Jan-2014

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
  

Background Information - Myanmar

 

UNOPS Myanmar develops, supports and oversees a portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar which focus on post-disaster recovery, health programmes and food security. UNOPS Myanmar ensures that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed. UNOPS is also expanding its infrastructure and procurement services in Myanmar.

The UNOPS Myanmar portfolio currently includes fund management of the multi-donor Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM).

UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS’ partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is also responsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors and UN Agencies.

Background Information - Job-specific

 

UNOPS is the Fund Manager for the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) in Myanmar. LIFT is a multi-donor fund (2010 – 2018) to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. The Donor Consortium of LIFT comprises Australia, Denmark, the European Union, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The overall objective of LIFT is to contribute resources to a livelihoods and food security programme with the aim of making progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 1 (the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger) in Myanmar. Working through a trust fund modality, LIFT’s purpose is to sustainably increase food availability and incomes of two million target beneficiaries.

This is to be achieved through delivering the following programme outputs:

1.       Increased agricultural production and incomes supported through improved production and postharvest technologies, improved access to inputs and markets.

2.       Targeted households supported in nonagricultural livelihood activities and/or trained in livelihood skills for employment.

3.       Effective social protection measures supported that increase the incomes, enhance the livelihood opportunities or protect the livelihoods assets of chronically poor households.

4.       Sustainable natural resource management and environmental rehabilitation supported to protect local livelihoods.

5.       Capacity of civil society strengthened to support and promote food and livelihoods security for the poor.

6.       Monitoring and evaluation evidence and commissioned studies used to inform programme and policy development.

And the following management outputs:
7.     Fund allocated in ilne with Fund Board policies and are accounted for in a transparent manner. 

8.     Fund flow and partner performance monitored and evaluated.

LIFT is implemented through a variety of local implementing partners (IPs) who were successful in submitting proposals that supported the LIFT purpose in the areas targeted.

Functional Responsibilities

 

The purpose of the assignment is to prepare high-quality research briefs on subjects related rural development in Myanmar, particularly related to activities that have been funded or could be funded through LIFT in Myanmar, as and when required.

The consultant will perform the following duties:

a)       Review project documents provided by LIFT in order to identify lessons learned, including but not limited to, the following thematic areas: community development approaches; community and farmer organisations; social protection; land issues; governance; and other areas related to food security and livelihoods.

b)       Prepare reports documenting the lessons learned from LIFT projects in areas as required.

c)       Prepare research briefs to help identify future projects of strategic importance to LIFT in the following thematic areas: community development approaches; community and farmer organisations; social protection; land issues; governance; and other areas related to food security and livelihoods.

 

Competencies

 

Professionalism – Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, analyze options and recommend solutions. Ability to work systematically, accurately and under pressure.

Planning and organizing - Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan to meet the deadlines and those under his/her supervision.

Result-oriented - Ability to focus on the result for clients and respond positively to feedback.

Client orientation - Ability to identify clients' needs and appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients.

Analytical skills – Strong analytical skills and an ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

Communication - Proven ability to communicate effectively orally in English. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationship with procurement counterparts and substantive offices. Ability to communicate technical procurement matters in a simple and clear manner to individuals not well versed in the intricacies of procurement.

Self-reliance: Ability to act independently with a minimum of supervision. 

Technological awareness - Excellent computer skills and ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 

  • A Master's degree in social sciences, business management, development economics, rural development, agricultural economics or related field. (A Bachelor degree in social sciences, business management, development economics, rural development, agricultural economics or related field in combination with 7 years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.)
  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience in a field related to rural development, livelihoods, financial inclusion, planning or project management.
  • Proven track record of producing high quality written reports and other materials.
  • Significant professional experience and networks in Myanmar and a very good understanding of the country context.  
  • Fluency in English.

 

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA-2
Contract duration: One year (homebased with some travel to Myanmar, retainer -100 work days)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx


 

Additional Considerations

 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

 

Project Design Consultant (Pumped Irrigation Project – PIP)

Deadline: 13-Jan-2014

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
  

Background Information - Myanmar

 

UNOPS Myanmar develops, supports and oversees a portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar which focus on post-disaster recovery, health programmes and food security. UNOPS Myanmar ensures that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed. UNOPS is also expanding its infrastructure and procurement services in Myanmar.

The UNOPS Myanmar portfolio currently includes fund management of the multi-donor Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM).

UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS’ partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is also responsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors and UN Agencies.

Background Information - Job-specific

 

UNOPS is the Fund Manager (FMO) for the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) in Myanmar. LIFT is a multi-donor fund (2010 – 2018) to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. The Donor Consortium of LIFT comprises Australia, Denmark, the European Union, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The overall objective of LIFT is to contribute resources to a livelihoods and food security programme with the aim of making progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 1 (the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger) in Myanmar. Working through a trust fund modality, LIFT’s purpose is to sustainably increase food availability and incomes of two million target beneficiaries.

This is to be achieved through delivering the following programme outputs: 
1.       Increased agricultural production and incomes supported through improved production and postharvest technologies, improved access to inputs and markets.

2.       Targeted households supported in nonagricultural livelihood activities and/or trained in livelihood skills for employment.

3.       Effective social protection measures supported that increase the incomes, enhance the livelihood opportunities or protect the livelihoods assets of chronically poor households.

4.       Sustainable natural resource management and environmental rehabilitation supported to protect local livelihoods.

5.       Capacity of civil society strengthened to support and promote food and livelihoods security for the poor.

6.       Monitoring and evaluation evidence and commissioned studies used to inform programme and policy development.

And the following management outputs:
7.       Funds allocated in line with Fund Board policies and are accounted for in a transparent manner.
8.       Fund Flow and partner performance monitored and evaluated

LIFT is implemented through a variety of local implementing partners (IPs) who were successful in submitting proposals that supported the LIFT purpose in the areas targeted.


Since 2011 the LIFT Fund Board (FB) has been investigating how LIFT can support farmers and the Government of Myanmar through rehabilitation and improved management of the pumped irrigation schemes the government is running in the Central Dry Zone. Based on the Formulation Report of a project design mission in 2012 the LIFT Fund Board considered four Pumped Irrigation Projects (PIPs), two in Magway Region (Myinkun and Kanni) and two in Sagaing Region (Pyawt Ywa and Satpagone). They cover a total command area of almost 2,800 ha and target some 10,500 people living in 2,130 households in 18 villages.

 


The priority sites that have been identified for support represent the various environments found in the PIP locations that need improvement. To have the greatest impact, schemes have been selected, which i) are easier to rehabilitate and upgrade, and ii) comprise those with better agricultural soil types and topography well suited to irrigation. The priority sites will be also be utilized as training sites for MoAI staff both at the design and the operational level.

To achieve this objective, four components are suggested in the Formulation Report:

-   Component 1. Rehabilitation and upgrading of the pumping and I&D system of the selected PIPs

-   Component 2. Crop Diversification and Best Management Practices in Farming Systems

-   Component 3. Improvement of Management, Operation and Maintenance (MOM) of PIPs

-   Component 4. Training and Capacity Building

LIFT and AFD have agreed in 2013, in principle, to implement the works recommended for all four PIPs in the Formulation report. Even though the works will be funded and implemented in two separate projects, LIFT and AFD have agreed on a close coordination during the design and the implementation of these projects:

-   One project targeting the two PIPs in Sagaing Region (Pyawt Ywa and Satpagone), funded by LIFT through an estimated contribution of US$ 5m.

-   One project targeting the two PIPs in Magway Region (Myinkun and Kanni), funded by AFD through an estimated contribution of € 3m.

In August 2013, the consortium Gret-SHER was contracted to review the project Formulation Report in view of this collaboration and to conduct an additional design mission, to reformulate the proposed PIP projects, especially their organizational structure to ensure that the projects will be replicable and that the government will identify appropriate lessons. The re-formulation mission also undertook an environmental and social impact assessment, a review of the project costs and an assessment of the power situation.

The results of these studies were discussed with the respective regional governments and MoAI. Two working groups with the relevant departments involved have been formed at national level chaired by the Irrigation Department Director General and at Sagaing Regional level chaired by the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock.

AFD and LIFT propose an approach to the project design with more responsibilities in managing the project given to an implementing partner based in the field at township level. The previous proposed budgets are considered insufficient for developing a proper M&E system relative to the complexity and high level of risks involved. The issue of providing microfinance services to support farmers’ investment in the newly irrigated areas was insufficiently considered up to now.

LIFT now intends to engage a consultant to produce the final Project Design Document (PDD) in light of the previous formulation reports, as well as AFD and LIFT recommendations. The PDD will be developed only for the two proposed Sagaing PIP to be funded by LIFT.

 

Functional Responsibilities

 

Under the overall supervision of the LIFT Fund Director and under the direct supervision of the International Lead Technical Officer, the consultant will carry out the following tasks in collaboration with the LIFT team:

1)       Prepare a detailed work plan for the mission in close cooperation with LIFT FMO

2)       Write an issue identification report based on a thorough review of existing relevant reports including:

    ·         PIP feasibility assessment (September 2011)

    ·         PIP Formulation Report (September 2012) and working papers

    ·         Gret-SHER Re-Formulation Report (October 2013)

    ·         AFD appraisal mission report (October 2013)

    ·         LIFT FMO notes (October and December 2013)

    ·         LIFT FMO field visit and data collection mission (January 2014)

    ·         IFAD irrigation project design (if report available)

Identify potential data and information gaps, issues to solve, possible orientations and decisions to be taken by relevant stakeholders during the field mission.

3)       Field mission (12 days with travel):

    ·         Discuss procedures, issues and options with LIFT programme and M&E team

    ·         Visit the PIPs in Sagaing to ensure coherence with the proposal

    ·         Assess the relevance of and the options for an additional microfinance component

    ·         Present options to the regional working group in Sagaing

    ·         Organize a workshop with the national working group in Nay Pyi Taw

    ·         Organize a working session with FMO M&E and programme team to develop a result framework

    ·         Discuss with IFAD and AFD their approaches and ensure coherence between the project and other interventions in the irrigation sector.

    ·         Debrief LIFT FMO and FB on the proposed options

4)       Write a full Project Design Document according to LIFT templates and based on the information produced from previous reports and information collected during the mission

The narrative PDD should include the following sections with flexibility in their overall organization:

    -       Cover page, Acronyms, Contents, List of tables and References

    -       Executive Summary

    -       Background and context (general, sector, policy and social contexts)

    -       Consultation process

    -       Rationale of the project based on previous lessons learned and diagnostic

    -       Description of the geographical area and targeted population (including scheme maps)

    -       Project purpose and specific objectives (outcome level)

    -       Project scope and exclusions (what is included and what is not part of the project)

    -       Expected results and activities (output level)

    -       Implementation approach including relationships between an implementing partner and government and methodology

    -       Business options / alternatives (is the proposed project the best value for money?)

    -       Expected benefits – tolerances – how they are measured

    -       Investment appraisal (comparison of aggregated costs with value of aggregated benefits , discussion on cost-effectiveness)

    -       Cross-cutting issues

    -       Policy dialogue and capacity development

    -       Risk management strategy, assumptions, risks and mitigation (including a table for overview)

    -       Approach to quality management and M&E 

    -       Proposed team structure and team members (organogram) plus role descriptions/responsibilities and required competencies for the main roles

    -       Criteria for selecting Implementing Partner(s)

    -       Communication strategy

    -       Timeframe, work plan (overall and first year) and stage-phasing

    -       Result framework,

    -       Revised detailed budget.

    -       Narrative to the budget explaining the approach to budgeting, the underlying assumptions, dependencies and any pre-requisites and other relevant information

5)       Based on the PDD, for MoAI approval produce a short version with key points regarding the relationships with MoAI, to be annexed to a future “implementation agreement”

This document should focus on information directly useful for MoAI. It will be translated in Myanmar (outside the scope of this consultancy).

Monitoring and Progress Control

As described in section 2 above, the consultant will be required to deliver 5 documents:

    ·    An initial work plan (due 3 days after the beginning of the assignment)

    ·    An Issue Identification Report – summarizing the issues and possible orientations for the PIP based on a review of previous documents (maximum of 5 pages due 3 days before the field mission in Myanmar)

    ·    A Draft PDD covering the full scope of the consultancy (maximum of 40 pages excluding annexes) (due 10 days after the field mission in Myanmar)

    ·    A Final PDD (incorporating suggestions from LIFT) (due 7 days after receiving LIFT feedback):

    ·    A technical document to be annexed to an implementation agreement with MoAI (maximum 10 pages as a short-version of the PDD highlighting information necessary for MoAI) (due together with the final PDD)

Competencies

 

  • Excellent analytical, organizational and management skills;
  • Experience in developing logical and result frameworks required
  • Understanding of the value for money concept and risk management
  • Ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relationships with people in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience.
  • Good understanding and proven experience of multiple stakeholders engagement;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • High level of professionalism and ability to work independently, under pressure and to adhere to deadlines;

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 

  • Master’s degree in development, project management, irrigation, agriculture, agricultural economics, social science, or other related field relevant to the above duties (or bachelor degree with additional 9 years of similar experience)
  • Master’s degree with minimum 7 years or Bachelor degree with minimum 9 years of experience in international development covering the fields of project design is required.
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in management of irrigation and/or agricultural development project
  • At least 2 years of proven experience in developing project and programme design.
  • Myanmar and/or Regional experience is an asset.
  • Computer literacy, including demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Word and Excel is required.
  • Excellent skills in both written and spoken English are essential. 

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA3
Contract duration: 2 months (home based, Retainer - 26 work days, with mission travel to Myanmar)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx


 

Additional Considerations

 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

 

 

 







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