PROGRAMME ANALYST (LOCAL/REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO)

Vacancy Number: 021 /Pr-2011

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Location: Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Deadline for applications: 10 March 2011
Type of Contract: FTA Local
Post Level: NO-B
Languages Required: English   Russian
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Mar-2011
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 (one) year, annual extension

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Background

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative or Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of UNDP programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned (in particular Local/Regional Development). The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services.

The Programme Analyst supervises and leads programme support staff, coordinates activities of the projects’ staff. The Programme 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 ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Ensures implementation of  programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned. 
  • CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.

2. Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the area of Local Regional Development, as well as other thematic/sectoral areas assigned,  focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the  following results:

  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the 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 ( in small offices), finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review. Programme Analyst can perform 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 audit of NEX projects.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.

3.   Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with the Management Support and Business Development Team   focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities. 
  • 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 effort in resource mobilization.

 4.   Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and  facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt 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 (central and local), civil society and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues

 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
  • In-depth knowledge on development issues
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice
  • 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

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources
  • Good knowledge of the Results Management Guide and Toolkit
  • Strong IT skills
  • 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
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • 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

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Public Administration, Social Sciences, Economics, Political Sciences, Business Administration, or related field.

Experience:

  • 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects, preferbaly in the area of Local/Regional Development).
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in both written and oral English, Romanian and Russian is required.

 

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted on line and include Personal History Form (P11).

This is an external advertisement, but internal candidates applying for this position will be given priority consideration.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The deadline was extended, therefore the persons who applied initially do not need to reply again.