PROGRAMME ADVISOR – UNDP

Background

UNDP Africa’s strategic vision places capacity development for pro-poor growth and accountability at the centre of all UNDP-supported activities in the region, given the fact that lack of capacity in these areas remains one of the key challenges faced by Africa today in its efforts to achieve the MDGs.

To achieve this goal UNDP has set itself the tasks of:

  • i) strengthening its strategic thinking and advocacy functions in line with the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and with Africa’s development agenda encapsulated in the AUC Strategic Plan 2014-2017, the Africa Common position on post 2015,, Regional Economic Communities strategic plans, the NEPAD Agenda, AU Agenda 2063 and AU Shared Values Agenda;
  • ii) creating in-house capacity to translate corporate support goals into capacity development results; and
  • iii) providing support to AU and UN reforms and strengthening AUCs partnerships with both UN and external development partners.

In order to achieve these objectives, UNDP works through its Regional Bureau for Africa to strengthen capacities of African countries, regional and sub-regional institutions.

This support is guided by the UNDP Regional Programme Document for Africa (2014-2017) which has Four Outcome areas:

  • (i) Inclusive and Sustainable development that generates livelihoods, especially for youth  and women and provides social protection;
  • (ii) Building Stronger, inclusive and Effective governance systems in Africa;
  • (iii) Stronger ,inclusive and effective regional resilience enabling systems; and
  • (iV) Strengthening Management of Governance Knowledge in Africa. The Regional Program has four areas of focus namely:  Poverty Reduction; Consolidating Democratic Governance, Crisis Prevention and Recovery and Energy and Environment.  The RCF III outcomes will be achieved through various regional programmes developed and implemented by the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa.

The UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSC-A), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, supports the policy, programme and technical assistance activities of UNDP to regional and sub-regional institutions, Country Offices and programme countries in forty-six Sub-Saharan African countries. Its core responsibilities are to provide policy and advisory services; to manage regional programs; and to provide comparative knowledge and information and referral of technical experts. The RSC for Africa works in integrated Development Solutions Teams (DSTs) that address the four Outcome areas of the Africa Regional Programme as read with the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

Its work includes –but is not limited to- the following:

  • Supporting the strengthening of Inclusive and  Democratic Governance systems at all levels;
  • Inclusive and sustainable development that generates livelihoods, especially for youth and women and provides social protection for the poor and excluded;
  • Inclusive and effective regional resilience enabling systems;
  • Inclusive and transformation development dialogues, debates and knowledge management to support African integration agenda.

The CDGAP is comprised of four(4) key components:

  • (i) Support to the African Peer Review Mechanism;
  • (ii) Support to the Africa Governance and Public Administration Programme (AGPAP);
  • (iii) Support to the African Union and Regional Economic Communities; and
  • (iv) Joint ECA/UNDP/AfDB Initiatives. The Democratic Governance Solutions Team is further sub-divided into several sub-units that deal with: Public Service/Administration Reform and Anti-Corruption, Local Governance, Economic Governance and Service delivery;

Access to Justice, rule of law and Human Rights, Electoral Systems and Processes. Each sub-unit relates to global and regional ‘communities of practice’ that actively include UNDP Country Office staff.

As such, the Regional Governance Programme seeks to contribute to the four outcomes of the Africa Regional Programme namely that:

  • (i) Growth and development are inclusive and sustainable ,incorporating productive capacities that create employment and livelihoods for the poor and excluded;
  • (ii) Citizen expectation for voice, development ,the rule of law and accountability are met by stronger systems of democratic governance;
  • (iii) Countries are able to reduce the likelihood of conflict, and lower the risk of natural disasters, including from climate change; and
  • (iV) Development debates and actions at all levels prioritize poverty, inequality and exclusion,consistent with UNDP engagement principles.

The Governance Programme has also been designed to deliver on the following four(4) Outputs:

  • (i)  Parliaments ,constitution making bodies and electroral institutions enabled to perform core functions for improved accountability, participation and representation,including peaceful transitions;
  • (ii) Institutions and systems enabled to address awareness ,prevention and enforcement of anti-corruption measures across sectors and stakeholders;
  • (iii) Frameworks and dialogue processes utilized for effective and transparent engagement with civil society in national development; and
  • (iV) Measures are put  in place to increase women’s participation in decision-making.

These contribute significantly to:

  • (i) Enhanced political participation and management of elections;
  • (ii) Strengthened Economic Governance and service delivery;
  • iii) More effective regional institutions; and
  • (iv) Identification, codification and dissemination of governance knowledge in Africa.

The APRM Programme component is a very strategic flagship for UNDP support to consolidating governance in Africa. The component will be managed from, and located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The component focuses on developing and strengthening capacities of the APRM Secretariat to manage the APRM process and also on management of the APRM Trust Fund (including strengthening the capacities of the Secretariat to manage the Fund). Special attention will be given to supporting the development of Country Background Papers, Country Support Missions, Country Review Missions and Reports, provision of technical advisory services and advocacy to the APRM , support to development of National Programmes of Action through UNDP Country Offices and strengthening of governance assessments and data.

The Programme Advisor for the APRM Component will have matrix reporting lines, one to the  Democratic Governance Regional Programme Manager, Regional Service Centre for Africa, who will provide general technical and strategic guidance  on programme direction, harmonization, linkages and coordination and another to the  Director, Regional Service Centre for Africa for overall strategic guidance and  programme management and implementation.In the implementation of the project UNDP will leverage its comprehensive and cross-cutting mandate, and its impartiality and extensive country-level experience, and work closely with AUC, NPCA, RECs, member states, development partners, civil society and the private sector.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Programme Advisor leads the provision of technical assistance, Advisory policy services, capacity development and initiatives to strengthen the integration of APRM instruments and assessments into National Development Strategies in collaboration with African governments, regional partners and UNDP Country offices.

In Particular the Programme Advisor shall have the following responsibilities:

  • Programme planning and implementation; programme management, monitoring and oversight;
  • Policy advice and strategic technical guidance and leadership; building strategic partnerships and alliances;
  • Building knowledge and capacity.

The Programme Advisor will assume responsibility for performing the following duties:

  • Strengthening the capacity of the APRM Secretariat to carry out its mandate and discharge its functions;
  • Support the APRM Secretariat to effectively and efficiently manage the APRM Trust Fund;
  • Strengthening strategic relationships with development partners that contribute to the APRM programmes and projects;
  • Timely and effective support given to APRM and selected countries in the process of self-assessment, peer review, integration of national programme of Action (NPOA) implementation and monitoring of governance developments;
  • Support to APRM Secretariat, national governments, civil Society organizations, African academic/research institutes and UNDP country offices to strengthen governance assessment tools and methodologies;
  • Promote strategic partnerships with key regional bodies (such as African Union, Regional Economic Communities and sister UN Agencies), development partners (such as African Development Bank and World Bank) and other organizations involved in Governance assessments and data collection and collation;
  • Develop knowledge products that can inform global policy formulation, South-South collaboration and knowledge exchange, and position UNDP as a broker of knowledge in the areas of peer review ,domestic resource mobilization and governance assessments;
  • Provide strategic advice to UNDP’s engagement with the APRM and governance assessment generally.

Program planning and implementation:


  • Lead the analysis of the political, social and economic trends in the region and establish the implementation plan for the APRM component of the Governance Program. Collaborate with the internal and external partners and stakeholders to map critical interventions, linkages and coordination of project activities to meet the desired outcomes;
  • Plan, manage, monitor and oversight the different steps and stages of programme execution, take decisions and timely actions to ensure results are achieved.
  • Propose areas for continuing support based on changing regional trends, priorities, political and economic conditions;
  • Plan and manage program resources (financial and human) to maximize programme cost effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Manage the preparation for Programme Board, Steering Committee and Programme Management Team Meetings and other designated fora and follow up on all decisions taken to ensure implementation and/or timely action;
  • Be responsible for all required and adhoc reporting requirements (quarterly and annual progress, financial, procurement, donor reporting, etc) for management information, oversight and action;
  • Be responsible for keeping track with emerging governance assessment tools and methodologies and utilizing UNDP Communities of Practice to develop governance assessment tools and methodologies.

Programme management, monitoring and oversight:

  • Establish the work plan, activities, targets, budget, standards for measuring progress and results and determine the processes, tools and methodologies to be used to ensure effective and efficient project implementation and operations;
  • Monitor progress and identify risks for timely action and early resolution;
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of mid-term and other required program evaluation to address any design or implementation issues;
  • Authorize and/or approve the appropriate use of human, financial, assets and other organizational resources;
  • Determine the staffing needs and/or consultancy, approve terms of reference, establish performance objectives and standards and ensure timely and appropriate feedback, guidance and effective supervision support to ensure optimum performance of the project team;
  • Manage, monitor and report on all additional funding mobilized according to Agreements entered into to ensure full adherence to the terms and conditions of each Agreement signed;
  • Ensure compliance of all actions and activities with organizational rules, regulations, policies, strategies and internal control mechanisms and the achievement of results according to the principles of results based management (RBM);
  • Ensure programme spending limits and other thresholds are met.

Policy advice and strategic technical guidance and leadership:

  • Provide authoritative advice and technical guidance on programme implementation and delivery. Initiate strategic discussions and contribute to senior level government debate to advocate and promote organizational issues, and agenda;
  • Prepare/submit policy proposals, position papers and/or documents for internal and external strategic discussions, consideration, policy formulation and assessment and/or approval;
  • Assess programme impact and oversee the appropriateness and accuracy of methods used to verify progress and results. Develop innovative improvements to enhance performance;
  • Actively broker for innovative and alternative technologies and approaches for maximum program impact and sustainability;
  • Advise UNDP senior management and senior national government officials on the direction, strategies and technical issues of the project;
  • Advise UNDP Senior Management and Senior national government officials on linkages between APRM lessons and innovations to broader South-South Cooperation opportunities;
  • Advise UNDP Senior Management and Senior national government officials on means and ways to deepen/broaden and strengthen CSO and private sector participation in APRM processes.

Building strategic partnerships and alliance:

  • Maintain dialogue with partners and stakeholders to advocate, promote and advance organizational issues, priorities, interests and competencies for a successful programme delivery;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with clients, partners and stakeholders to link and harmonize approaches and to promote common interests and achievement of results;
  • Develop a strategy and plan of action for resource mobilization to achieve optimum interests and funding;
  • Represent UNDP in regional and global fora to promote, advocate and speak for the organizational on strategic and common issues relating to APRM and governance assessments. Coordinate with relevant Government/Regional Institution implementing partners and UNDP to ensure that expected results are delivered in a timely manner;
  • Establish a data base and roaster of African experts (individual and institutional) on APRM and governance assessments;
  • Establish research and other partnerships with African academic and research institutions to strengthen the APRM process and governance assessment work in Africa.

Building knowledge and capacity:

  • Introduce innovation and best practices, access to knowledge and expertise and promote its application and standardization in programs and in UNDP;
  • Access UNDP’s worldwide and regional knowledge, best practices and lessons learned, distil best practices and ensure its dissemination for organizational and stakeholders learning and sharing;
  • Develop a strategic plan and manage the implementation of activities for learning and development of stakeholders and partners on APRM and governance assessment approaches in Africa;
  • Develop a strategic plan and manage the integration of APRM, AGA, APSC and other platforms within the African Union that have a bearing on APRM delivery and success.

 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Exerts strict adherence to corporate rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Familiarity with the internal control framework and results-based management tools is a must;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

Management and Leadership

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback Remains calm, in control and good humour even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability  to  perform  a  variety  of  specialized  tasks  related  to  Results-Based  Management, including  support  to  design,  planning  and  implementation  of  programme, managing  data, reporting;
  • Ability  to  provide  inputs  to  business  processes,  re-engineering,  implementation  of  new systems, including new IT based systems;
  • Ability to establish   and maintain contacts with senior-level   officials   of the APRM Secretariat and Panel, regional and sub-regional institutions and African governments required. Excellent   interpersonal skills are essential part of   the   job;
  • Ability   to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to advocate and influence policy makers;
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents;
  • Ability to understand the institutional sensitivities and different mandates of different African Union Organs and Institutions.

Knowledge Management and Learning:


  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the programme and office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • A Masters degree in Law, economics, public administration, political or social sciences, business administration, management and other development related field is required.

Experience:  

  • A least ten(10) years of progressively responsible experience in democratic governance and other related areas at the policy and operational levels  in a governmental, multilateral, bilateral or Civil Society Organizational-setting and within a multicultural environment at national or international level;
  • At least five(5) years of working on ,with or around APRM, AU or REC-related issues is preferable;
  • Ability to use computers  and  office  software  packages  and  advance  knowledge  of  spreadsheet  and  database packages (MS Word,  Excel,  etc)  and experience in handling of web based management systems;
  • Experience in the use of social media platforms and multi-country research coordination experience will be an added advantage.

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in English is required and good working knowledge of French and other working languages in the region is desirable.

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