Current Job Vacancy in Liberia, Team Leader, Democratic Governance

Current Job Vacancy in Liberia, Team Leader, Democratic Governance

Job Description

Agency UNDP
Title Team Leader, Democratic Governance
Job ID 11380
Practice Area – Job Family Democratic Governance
Vacancy End Date 31/08/2017
Time Left 6d 19h 49m
Duty Station Monrovia, Liberia
Education & Work Experience G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 9 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience
Languages English
Grade NOD
Vacancy Type FTA Local
Posting Type External
Bureau Africa
Contract Duration 1 Year with possibility for extension
For Liberian Nationals only

A key programmatic focus of UNDP in the period 2016-2018 is to assist the Government of Liberia consolidate the gains made in deepening democratic governance over the last thirteen years of post-war recovery and in moving towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In view of the UNMIL drawdown and final withdrawal, the priority for UNDP will be to engage actively in transition planning within the framework of the UNCT. While the transition process concerns the entire country team, the fact remains that the bulk of UNMIL’s current and future mandate, will have far stronger linkages to UNDP’s mandate, expertise and experience.

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Under its Governance and Public Institutions Pillar, UNDP will maintain support to implement some of the most challenging and sensitive reforms, including constitutional reform, decentralization, national reconciliation, elections, etc. The most pressing priority will be support to the NEC in ensuring a peaceful, transparent and gender sensitive elections in October 2017 with credible results that are accepted by a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Focus will also be on justice and security sector to enhance a rapid restoration of access to justice and the rule of law with specific attention to the promotion of grassroots approaches to safe and security; engage with informal justice actors and processes to increase observation of international standards, with a focus on gender and juvenile justice. On decentralization, focus will be sustained support to ensure roll-out of a County Service Centers and the accompanying passage of the Local Government Act and roll-out of implementation of key provisions of the Act. On reconciliation, priority will be support to further analysis of conflict drivers and triggers, build social cohesion addressing the discrimination and barriers related to economic class, gender, age and political affiliation. For these reform efforts to be effectively advanced and accelerated, UNDP is seeking to recruit a Team Leader and Manager of its Governance Portfolio.

Under the overall guidance of the Country Director and direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director (Programme) the Team Leader/Assistant Country Director, Democratic Governance acts as one of the advisers to Senior Management. In addition to the senior managerial functions, the incumbent is responsible for providing the overall Country Programme with management and supervision responsibilities, strategic planning, proactive delivery and effective implementation of the governance portfolio covering support to elections, decentralization; constitutional reform; reconciliation; justice and security; and oversight and integrity. The incumbent will cover the entire range of functions in the programme cycle, from conceptualization and formulation to monitoring and evaluation.  In liaison with DCD-P and otherprogramme teams, he/she plays a lead role in the analyses of the social, economic and political context in Liberia and advises on responses to emerging complex challenges and possible areas for UNDP interventions within the Country Programme Document. In addition, he/she identifies and forges strategic partnerships with the government, UN Agencies under ONE UN Programme, CSOs as well as bi-laterals.

As Team Leader, the incumbent heads the Programme team within the Democratic Governance Portfolio working through and with the operations team in the CO, 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 to successfully implement the UNDP programme. And as member of the CO Leadership Team, he/she may also advise on potential areas of policy that could have an impact on the country as far as governance reform is concerned. On a day to day basis, the incumbent provides direct support to DCD/P in relation to policy advice and guidance to strengthen national capacity to accelerate delivery ensuring cross-programme and synergies and complementarities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  1. Strategic direction of UNDP CPD, engagement in the UN ONE Programme and related Joint UN Programmes
  2. Management of the CO programme and supervision of the team under the Governance Portfolio
  3. Management of the Country Programme and assists the DCD (P) in accelerating delivery, identifying and reporting on results and ensuring compliance with the POPP
  4. Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports mobilization of resources with respect to the CPD
  5. Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management

As a member of the CO Leadership Team (COLT), ensures the strategic direction of UNDP Country Programme and related joint UN programmes, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation the country and collaborative preparation/revision of CCA, UNDAF, CPD and any other planning instruments.  Identification of strategic and innovative programme areas of cooperation enabling the attainment of the outcomes outlined in the CPD.
  • Support CO Leadership Team in the operationalization of UNDAF/CPD and UNDP’s inputs into the UN One Programme
  • Document best practices, covering concepts, strategies and implementation approaches and support the COLT in streaming programmes policies and practices.
  • Working closely with relevant Government departments and IPs on related areas of support, disseminating policy decisions and responding accordingly
  • Also works closely with Senior Staff from IPs responsible for the execution of Government/UNDP programmes, as well as with experts and technical personnel, related to democratic governance.
  • Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and procedures and implications for the Country programme in the CO as well as with partners;
  • Provide support to Senior Management in undertaking office wide activities, strategic inter agency initiatives, knowledge sharing strategies, internal office reviews and evaluations

Ensures effective management of the Democratic Governance Portfolio and related joint UN programmes and assists the DCD/P in quality control of the full cycle of the programming from design through to implementation, monitoring and reporting, achieving the following results:

  • Effective application of Results Based Management tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results
  • Preparation and revision of corporate programming and monitoring tools, such as, MYFF, Balanced Scorecard, substantive evaluations, etc.
  • Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programmes, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with the applicable policies and procedures; incumbent performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas;
  • Effective monitoring and evaluation, measuring the impacts of the CPD, democratic governance projects and related joint UN programmes.
  • Sustained monitoring and analysis of the programme environment with possible timely re-adjustment of the programmes
  • Organization of cost-recovery system for the services provided by the CO to projects in close collaboration with Operations Team;
  • Promotion of teamwork for enhanced coordination of programme management and implementation for results

Ensures provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achieving the following results, in the domain of sustainability:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues, synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to democratic governance;.
  • Preparing and updating programme/projects briefs information for partners to support UNDP awareness raising activities including through preparation of statements and other communication materials for advocacy of UN principles and UNDP thematic areas
  • Lead and monitor the process of implementing policy advisory services, including the organization of workshop, seminars, training and delivery of outputs (products)
  • Lead the analytical and policy development work of the team and ensure high quality policy products. Contribute to the production of reports and publications, and serve as peer reviewer as appropriate;
  • Sound contribution to knowledge networks and communities of practice, including Teamworks and
  • Design and deliveryof targeted trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme.
  • Provision of substantive inputs to government policy formulation and programmes in compliance with international conventions under the auspices of the UN(DP) and follow-up on the implementation of the Government’s commitments to these conventions; these include implementation of the SDGs, especially Goal 16 that seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
  • Develop country based intelligence on country situation, interests and prospects covering governments, UNDP and major development stakeholders

The key results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme and reaching CPD/UNDAF/ONE UN Programme goals. In particular the key results have an impact on:

  • Seizing the strategic opportunities into programming support and partnership with national partners.
  • Translating such strategic opportunities into innovative design operations and programming activities.
  • Strategic positioning of UNDP in programme support
  • Maintaining the relevance and high quality of UNDP programme support, policy and advisory services.
  • Other senior management, advisory and policy functions include ensuring delivery targets, accountability and adherence within various UNDP policies and guidelines and CO commitments to ensure accountability and responsiveness to emerging performance requirements.
  • Creation of Strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets and delivery of substantive areas.

Core values and 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
  • Shows strong corporate commitment, works to achieve goals of UNDP as a whole and makes contributions to priorities led by other country offices, regional centers and bureaus.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
  • Continually facilitates the evolution of learning, knowledge building and sharing, in the local and global communities, including knowledge sharing, participates in knowledge reuse, and provide feedback around community improvements.
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on personal and whole office learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to engage with high ranking UNDP Managers, Government Officials and International Donor Community and provide policy advisory support services
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting; full project cycle mastery, excellent work/project planning skills, mastery of UNDP’s new programme modalities
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change

Management and Leadership

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Leads, mentors, coaches, encourages and motivates teams effectively, inspires confidence in others
Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in international development, public administration, business administration, public policy or other relevant political/social sciences


At least 7 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management and policy advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization, national governments, civil society and local communities. Experience in coordinating and maintaining synergy with development partners and the UN system. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and national language of the duty station


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