Head of Governance and Peace Building Unit- UNDP

Contract Duration
1 Year with possibility for extension
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Under the guidance of the Deputy Resident Representative- Programmes, the Head of Governance and Peacebuilding Unit leads the team and is an advisor to senior management on all aspects of his/her programme portfolio. The main role is to manage this portfolio, including implementation and continued monitoring of programme activities. She/he leads the Governance and Peacebuilding Unit in strategic planning and identifies new programme areas while ensuring consistency with the UNDP Strategic Plan, UNDAF and CPD priorities and creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities.

She/he heads the team and works in close collaboration with the Operations team in the CO, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP Regional and Headquarters staff, Government Officials, Technical Advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and Civil Society Organizations to successfully implement the UNDP programme.

Manages all staff and programmes within his/her specified programme area, including overall financial management of projects therein. Ensures proper usage of Atlas at all levels within the programme area.

Duties and Responsibilities
As a senior member of the CO management team, ensures sound strategic direction of UNDP programme focusing on achievement of the following results:
Thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of the CCA, UNDAF, CPD, and other relevant documents;
Identification of strategic and innovative programme areas of cooperation;
Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the CO;
CO business processes mapping and establishment of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Based Management, control of the workflows in the Programme Unit;
Ensures mainstreaming of gender and other cross-cutting issues within the country office programme portfolio, including conflict sensitive and human rights-based approaches to programming;
Ensures synergies across all programming areas of governance and peace building leveraging on available technical and financial resources for result and impact;
Ensures effective management of the CO programme and supervision of the Governance and Peacebuilding Programme Team focusing on quality control programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:

Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results;
Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the governance and peace building team, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations. The Unit Head performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas for development projects transactions approval;
Effective monitoring and evaluation, continuous analysis of the programme environment and timely readjustment of programmes;
Organization of cost-recovery system for the services provided by the CO to projects in close collaboration with Operations team.
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the following results:
Development and implementation of CO partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes;
Creation and coordination of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society etc.;
Determination of programmatic areas of cooperation 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 cost-sharing;
Ensures provision of top-quality strategic policy 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 learned directly linked to programme country policy goals;
Provision of top-quality policy and strategic advice to Government on development and implementation of governance and peace building policies and strategies;
Development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the government and other strategic partners;
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
Organization of trainings for the operations/project staff on programme.

Functional Competencies:

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
Creates effective advocacy strategies;
Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses;
Results-Based Programme Development and Management

Contributing to results through provision of information
Provides information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration;
Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation;
Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals;
Participates in the formulation of project proposals;
Building Strategic Partnerships

Identifying and building partnerships
Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda;
Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners;
Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings;
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

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

Resource Mobilization
Implementing resource mobilization strategies
Analyzes information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach;
Identifies and compiles lessons learned;
Develops a resource mobilization strategy at the country leve;l
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Developing tools and mechanisms
Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;
Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms;
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

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;
Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

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

Client Orientation

Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
Anticipates client needs;
Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider;
Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective;
Solicits feedback on service provision and quality;

Core Competencies:
Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents;
Building support and political acumen;
Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
Building and promoting effective teams;
Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards;
Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking;
Project Management training and certification.

Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree or equivalent in International Studies/Relations, Public Administration, Law, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.
A minimum of 7 years of experience at national and/or international level in providing strategic high-level programming and policy advisory services in the area of governance, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organizations and national governments;
Experience in partnership building and management with multiple stakeholders;
Knowledge and experience in working with UN/UNDP agencies an advantage;
Experience in leading and working with teams

Created: September 28, 2019
Category: Legal
Location: Harare
Expiry Date: Oct. 3, 2019

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