PROJECT MANAGER - Improving Trade and Productive Capacities of Moldovan Fresh Fruit Producers

Vacancy Number: 237 /Pr-2011

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Location : Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Application Deadline : 02-Dec-11
Additional Category Management
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Post Level : SB-4
Languages Required :
English   Russian
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
20-Dec-2011
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 (one) year
Expected Duration of Assignment : 2 years
Personal History Form (P11) 1

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Background

Trade is an essential source of economic growth, has important impact on job creation, peoples’ income and poverty reduction. Better integration into international trade also plays an important role in global efforts to reduce poverty.

The Aid for Trade (AfT) agenda is one of key global initiatives aimed at strengthening the capacity of developing countries to participate in and benefit from international trade. A large part of AfT is focused on strengthening domestic production, such as creating an enabling business environment for enterprises or building economic infrastructure. It covers five main areas: 1) Trade Policy and Regulations, 2) Trade Development, 3) Economic Infrastructure, 4) Productive Capacity, 5) Adjustment Costs.

The Wider Europe Initiative is a framework programme for Finland’s development cooperation with former Soviet republics in order to promote stability and well-being extensively both in partner countries and in the whole continent. The initiative comprises three regional cooperation programmes to be launched in Western CIS (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine), South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan).

Taking into account the similar sectorial and geographical priorities of Finland’s development cooperation and of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (UNDP RBEC), the Aid for Trade project (implemented in 2011-2013) builds on Phase I (2009 – 2011) and deepens the existing work in trade related development assistance to the countries of the Western CIS, South Caucasus and Central Asia.

The overall goal of the regional project is to foster inclusive growth in the region through the promotion of trade and the enhancement of each country’s competitiveness to support these countries’ efforts to reduce poverty and improve peoples’ lives. The gains from trade are numerous, and extend beyond purely economic benefits. Trade and investment can contribute to human development by helping to raise productivity, employment and economic growth. In this context, the human development concept central to UNDP’s work helps highlight inclusiveness as a key implication of sound trade policies. Therefore, a particular purpose of this project is the implementation of trade capacity development measures at the local level and to a certain extent at the national level, the transfer of best practices and knowledge exchange with special reference to the challenges of small enterprises and micro businesses. The project implements technical assistance interventions in selected regions located outside the main cities. Thus, beneficiaries and stakeholders include a wide range of private and public entities in the countries of Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS, especially men and women living in underdeveloped areas outside the main cities in the countries covered by the project.

The project intervention in the Republic of Moldova is based on AfT needs assessment conducted in years 2010-2011.  In particular, it builds on the proposal to support development and strengthen capacities of existing associations of agricultural producers with special focus on the needs of fresh fruit growers/producers and exporters (see Aid for Trade Needs Assessment for the Republic of Moldova on http://undp.md/presscentre/2011/International_Trade_Report/index.shtml ).    

The extended project document for the regional project can be found on BRC’s website. The concept of the intervention in the Republic of Moldova can be found in Annex I.I.

The project in the Republic of Moldova is implemented jointly by UNDP Europe and the CIS Bratislava Regional Centre (UNDP/BRC) and national UNDP country office in Chisinau, Moldova. The role of BRC in the management of this project is that of a main coordinator and provision of policy advice in the implementation of the different activities upon request of the country office.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager in close cooperation with the national Focal Point and the Regional Coordinator and under the supervision of the Portfolio Manager will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the Programme) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients through applying HRBA and GE approaches.

The Project Manager is expected to ensure efficient and timely management of all project related activities for the successful implementation of the Aid for Trade for Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS: Promoting Trade Development and Poverty Reduction in Partnership with Finland´s Wider Europe Initiative project in the Republic of Moldova for the period 2011-2013. This is Phase II of the regional project Wider Europe: Aid for Trade for Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS.

More specifically:
  •  Assume full responsibility for and manage effectively and efficiently all project activities envisaged by the Annual Work Plan and resources (human, financial, physical / material assets, etc) in order to meet expected results. Develop annual activity and procurement work plans as well as budgets based on expected year-end outputs, ensure close monitoring of activities and disbursements.
  • Apply UNDP programming tools and policies as explained in the Results Management Guide, including the utilization of the Project Management Module in Atlas (Prince2, etc). Keep abreast of UNDP programming practices and maintain an optimum level of knowledge by continuous learning.
  • Prepare results-oriented Terms of Reference for national and international consultants and service providers. Undertake proper observance of all personnel/contracting actions: preparation and negotiation of contracts, timely initiation of payments and performance appraisal.
  • Prepare qualitative substantive and financial progress reports as required by the project. Prepare periodic procurement/contracting and financial delivery reports for UNDP management. Prepare budget revisions as needed.
  • Plan activities, identify and set procedures for project evaluation, data collection and recording, project implementation and follow up, optimization of use of human and financial resources, team performance monitoring and analysis.
  • Ensure wide dissemination and visibility of project achievements. Establish and manage mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at the local and national levels;
  • Maintain close coordination with project partners for trade promotion, ensure synergies, avoid overlaps in project implementation, collaborate with other donors working in the same area, and provide information relevant to the project.
  • Maintain close coordination with UNDP Europe and the CIS Bratislava Regional Centre (UNDP/BRC), specifically with the regional Aid for Trade Policy Specialist/Team Leader, to ensure synergies in implementation of the project, respond to requests/demands of the UNDP/BRC.

Key Results:

The key results have a direct impact on the overall successful achievement of the trade promotion agenda.  Accurate analysis and presentation of information enhances UNDP’s position as a strong development partner.  The information provided facilitates decision-making of the national and regional Project Boards, the Beneficiaries and UNDP management.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Exerts strict adherence to corporate rules, regulations and procedures.  Familiarity with the internal control framework and results-based management tools is a must.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Ensures that programmes and projects are consistent with UN/UNDP values.
  • Treats peers fairly by maintaining consistent values inspiring trust and confidence through personal credibility
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for the quality of the outcome of his/her decisions

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Focuses on tasks/activities which have a strategic impact on programme and capacity development activities
  • Promotes a supportive environment to enhance partnerships, leverages resources and build support for UNDP’s strategic initiatives
  • Collaborates with regional, national and local partners to create and apply knowledge and concepts that will help partners achieve UNDP’s development objectives within the country and regional context
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise / In-depth knowledge of the Subject-matter
  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results-Based Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of Programme, managing data, reporting
  • Ability to provide input to business processes, re-engineering, implementation of new system, including new IT based systems.
  • Ability to engage with various partners and stakeholders at different levels, to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government and represent UNDP in national and regional fora.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents.
  • Capacity to implement the strategic vision and programmatic goals as laid down in the Project Document;
  • Proven performance in organizing and coordinating major initiatives, events or challenging inter-organizational activities;
  • Adapts flexibly to changing situations, overcomes obstacles and recovers quickly from set-backs.
Leadership and Self-Management
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Ability to achieve results and meet strict deadlines in an effective manner, maintaining a high quality standard throughout
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Tolerates conditions of stress, uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to maintain a positive outlook and to work productively
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team and to foster team spirit and synergy.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Master’s degree or an advanced degree in economics, international trade or another relevant social science area.
Experience:
  • At least 5 years of work experience involving the application of principles and concepts of rural development and international trade in various contexts including through association with national and international policy-making, academia or foreign assistance programmes;
  • Extensive experience with issues of poverty reduction, trade promotion, private sector development, and social and economic development in transition economies; knowledge of contemporary social and development issues at the national level; thorough knowledge of the agricultural sector and related sub-sectors in the Republic of Moldova is a strong asset;
  • Proven research and writing skills;
  • Familiarity with UNDP’s mandate, UNDP project management procedures, and the human development concept.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in Romanian, English and Russian is mandatory.
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language would be an asset.

Applications should be submitted at the following email addres: vacancies-moldova@undp.org with the mark "237 /Pr-2011PROJECT MANAGER - Improving Trade and Productive Capacities of Moldovan Fresh Fruit Producers" in the subject field and preferably include Personal History Form (P11) and motivation letter.

Deadline for submission: 02 December 2012

Failure to disclose prior employment or making false representations on this form will be grounds for withdrawal of further consideration of his/her application or termination, where the appointment or contract has been issued.
Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Only citizens of the Republic of Moldova are eligible to apply.