Current Job Vacancy in Liberia, Team Leader, Democratic Governance
|Title||Team Leader, Democratic Governance|
|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|
|Vacancy Type||FTA Local|
|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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Core values and corporate Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
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
Fluency in English and national language of the duty station
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