UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

UNDP RBEC Bratislava

Job Identification : 4927

Locations : Bratislava, Slovakia

Posting Date : 07/25/2022, 04:09 PM

Apply Before : 08/09/2022, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : IB

Vacancy Type : International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Inclusive Growth

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 9 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English and Slovak

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Category : Management

Job Description

Background

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.

The Slovak Republic – UNDP Partnership started in 2003 with the partnership with Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA SR). In 2009, the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic (MFSR) joined the partnership with its specific programme aimed at supporting partners with efforts to reform public finance management systems.

Currently the central element of the partnership with the Slovak Republic is based on two key pillars; (i) a partnership with the MFEA SR framed by the project UNDP-Slovakia Partnership: Effective Development Cooperation Solutions for the SDGs (ending in 2024), and (ii) partnership with MFSR framed by the project Public and Private Finance for Development (PPFD, ending in 2023). In addition to the PPFD, MFSR also supports UNDP’s interventions in the area of innovation, through initiatives such as Boost and City Experiment Fund. There are a number of synergies between the projects and therefore there is a strong case to unify project management to ensure coherence. The partnership main focus areas are:

    • Public finance management–strengthening selected partner countries´ capacities in public finance management (through Public and Private Finance for Development).
    • Private sector engagement in development cooperation – building the capacity of Slovak ODA national partners, in creating an enabling environment for increased opportunities for private entities to enter the development market and build capacity of the private entities in utilizing those opportunities.
    • Support to private sector engagement through specific tools, Resource Mobilization Facility and Challenge Fund, both implemented in cooperation with the UNDP COs. The Resource Mobilization Facility supports the UNDP COs with funding and specific expertise for the preparation of (pre)feasibility studies for larger development investment projects. The Challenge Fund aims to bring innovative solutions to address development challenges in the target countries.
    • Strengthening Slovakia’s positioning as development cooperation provider in the field of security sector reform (SSR). Slovakia supports gender mainstreaming in the security sector within the framework of the flagship SEESAC programme.
    • Capacity development for Slovak development specialists in public institutions, namely MFEA SR, MFSR, SlovakAid Agency and other relevant ODA actors for providing effective and high- quality ODA to its partners. All interventions are primary focused on the Western Balkans and Moldova, but not strictly limited to that geographic area.

While the Programme Specialist will be responsible for the management and oversight of the projects with the MFSR and MFEA funding implemented by the Partnerships Team, s/he will also provide overall coordination of the Slovak partnership with UNDP, ensuring coordination with other projects implemented with Slovak contribution.

The Programme Specialist will work within the framework of the Project Documents and wil carry the overall day-to-day responsibility for the implementation of the projects´ activities as well as provision of strategic guidance on the partnership with Slovakia. The Programme Specialist works under the direct supervision of the Partnerships Specialist, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub for Europe and the CIS (IRH), who provides the overall oversight of the activities of the emerging donors portfolio, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation. The Programme Specialist will supervise and lead project staff under his/her responsibility.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support Partnerships management:

  • Provide strategic advice to both UNDP and the Government of Slovakia on UNDP-Slovakia partnership-related issues.
  • Day to day programme/project management of the initiatives funded by Slovakia.
  • Coordination of all project components and regional coordination with other projects funded by Slovakia.
  • Identify new areas of cooperation in consultation with partners and UNDP teams.
  • Monitor the partnership and flag issues to UNDP for action.
  • Communication with Donors.
  • Communication with all relevant stakeholders, including UNDP Country Offices, Slovak Embassies, other Donors on the ground, other Slovak public institutions.

Facilitation of knowledge exchange, advisory guidance:

  • Identification of sources of information related to projects’ main areas and to relevant policy developments in beneficiary countries.
  • Coordinating the engagement of government experts in knowledge and experience sharing as needed.
  • Ensuring consistent application of programmatic, demand driven and participatory approach to project implementation.
  • Providing direction and guidance to project technical team (s), individual consultants and implementation partners.
  • Contributing to programme visibility and supporting the Donor in replicating the programmatic approach to the Slovak ODA delivery.
  • Networking with national and international organizations, CSOs active in the development cooperation and public finance field.
  • Participating in international events, conferences, workshops on topics covered by the projects as appropriate.
  • Acting as a focal point for the programme vis-à-vis UNDP projects and country offices, governments, and stakeholders.

Effective management of the project and supervision of the project team:

  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of projects within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP priorities into local interventions. Coordination of project implementation with the executing agencies.
  • Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.
  • Effective monitoring, measuring the impact of the programme and evaluation. Constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustment of programme.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.
  • Supervising project staff on a daily basis as well as temporary consultants as necessary.

  • Preparing inputs for reporting, including annual work plan and budget, financial reports, semi- annual and annual progress report and other reports as required.
  • Facilitating information exchange between the project stakeholders.
  • Implementing project board recommendations.

Institutional Arrangement

  • The incumbent will work in a hybrid format from office and work, with a minimum office presence of 2 days per week on average.
  • The incumbent will report to, and be directly supervised by the Partnerships Specialist.
  • The incumbent will supervise and lead project staff under his/her responsibility.
  • The incumbent will be given access to relevant information necessary for the execution of the tasks under this assignment.
  • The incumbent will be provided a workstation (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.).

Competencies

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

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

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Thematic Area

Name

Definition

Business Direction and Strategy

Strategic thinking

Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized 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 Development

Knowledge generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need

Business

Management

Result-based

management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Partnership management

Relationship management

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding.

Entrepreneurial Thinking

Business Direction & Strategy

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

Partnership management

Strategic engagement

Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level visio and objectives.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, management, public administration, social sciences, international relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with additional 2 years of work experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.

Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years (with Master’s degree) or 9 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in development cooperation at the national or international level.
  • Experience in liaising and cooperating with government officials, CSOs, international organizations, and other stakeholders is required.
  • Experience in working for Slovak state administration is an advantage.

Language(s)

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English and Slovak.
  • Knowledge of other UN language of the region would be an asset.

Desired skills:

  • Experience in working for Slovak state administration is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of Europe and the CIS region, prior work experience in the Western Balkans and/or CIS regions is an asset.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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 favouritism.

Professionalism

  • Strong analytical, research, reporting and writing abilities.
  • Strong organizational and process management competencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the development of approaches to capacity-building, knowledge management and organizational learning.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations.

Teamwork

  • Ability to contribute effectively in team-based setting, especially in the area of knowledge-sharing and learning.
  • Team working competencies and ability to effectively work in teams.
  • Ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.
  • Ability to work with small multi-disciplinary, multi-national teams to deliver quality products in high stress, short deadline situations.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

​​​​​​​Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

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