UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

UNDP Port Moresby

Job Identification : 5948

Locations : Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Posting Date : 09/19/2022, 04:31 AM

Apply Before : 10/03/2022, 12:59 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : IB

Vacancy Type : International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Governance

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP, in partnership with the national Parliament of Papua New Guinea and the Bougainville House of Representatives, has commissioned a project aiming to strengthening various aspects of both institutions. Recognising the critical importance of both institutions to democratic governance, the Parliamentary Strengthening Project – Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, (herein the ‘Project’) will work with both legislatures to:

  • Support Members of the legislature to more effectively use their parliamentary powers to engage in debate and oversight of national development activities, in relation to critical topics such as improving public financial management, gender equality, reducing poverty through inclusive economic development and building disaster and climate resilience, in particular through the use of Parliamentary Committees.
  • Strengthen the capacities of Parliamentary Committees in both legislatures to undertake effective oversight of key government sectors, through transparent processes aimed at including the perspectives of communities, particularly women, into their deliberations.
  • Strengthen the capacities of key parts of the Parliamentary Service to assist their Members to discharge their mandates, in particular: (i) committee secretariat staff who assist committees to do their work (ii) research and library staff who can support MPs to take effective action on key issues by keeping them well-informed; (iii) public communications and outreach staff who can work with MPs and within the Secretariat to more effectively engage the public in the work of the National Parliament; and (iv) parliamentary ICT infrastructure.

UNDP is now seeking to engage a Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) to work with a small team to deliver a range of activities in support of these outcome areas. The CTA will be based in Port Moresby with regular travel to Buka and other sub-national locations in Papua New Guinea.

Duties and Responsibilities

The CTA will report to the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative or his/her designate. The CTA will be based in the National Parliament with full access to the UNDP Country Office to Papua New Guinea. The Country Office will provide necessary administrative and other assistance to the CTA and project team.

The CTA will be required to provide the following services as a minimum:

  • Effective guidance to project implementation in close collaboration with the Project Manager.
  • Assist the National and Bougainville Parliaments to drive the implementation of the Project by providing technical advice to both Speakers (or their nominated representative/s), both Clerks and the Parliamentary Administration.
  • Provide strategic and substantive expertise and leadership in all tasks related to the further strengthening of both Parliaments, including core functions of law-making, oversight and representation.
  • Gender mainstreaming and women’s political participation and leadership in parliamentary work.
  • Advocating for inclusive and transparent Parliamentary openness.
  • Support monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements for the Project.
  • Strategic Planning, policy advice and capacity building where requested for Members, Speakers, Clerks and parliamentary staff on process, procedure and policy.
  • Draft or commission the development of key knowledge products.
  • Lead the project team to implement overall activities for Project.
  • Prepare, facilitate and follow-up on Project Board meetings and present work plans and periodic progress reports to the Project Board as required.
  • Lead project networking and partnership development with the aim of enhancing coordination and cooperation among key parties.
  • Any other tasks and/or responsibilities as required for the implementation of the project and requested by UNDP management.


Core competencies:

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management competencies:

  • UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies: Business Direction and Strategy

  • Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritise plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions; Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP
  • Business Acumen: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to good outcome; Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgements and quick decisions within such frameworks
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking: Ability to create clarity around UNDP value proposition to beneficiaries and partners and to develop service offers responding to client needs based on UNDP’s organizational priorities and mandate

Business Development

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
  • Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly external

Business Management

  • Results-based management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritise and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in Political Science, Law, Public Administration or a related field.


  • 7 years of relevant professional experience working on democratic governance, political institutions and institutional capacity building. The candidate must also have experience in a senior position in a parliament. Experience of parliamentary development in the Pacific is highly desirable.
  • 5 years experience working in , or with Parliaments, technical knowledge on Parliament functions and processes
  • Donor/stakeholder Coordination and Management
  • Strategic Planning, Policy Advice and Capacity Development
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships and cross cultural environments.
  • Ability to build capacity with counterparts.
  • Experience working with similar projects in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Experience in delivering effective institutional strengthening programs in other cultural contexts particularly in parliaments or central government ministries.
  • Experience with managing institutional change in challenging environments.
  • Ability to communicate, orally and in writing, with influence.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement.

Required Language(s):

  • English


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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