Monday, 14 August 2017

Job Opportunity at UNCDF, Monitoring & Prog Specialist


Agency :UNCDF
Title : Monitoring & Prog Specialist
Job ID : 11530
Practice Area -     Job Family    Poverty Reduction
Vacancy End Date :20/08/2017
Duty Station :Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of

The global programme, Inclusive and Equitable Local Development (IELD) is jointly implemented by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), UN Women and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The programme addresses structural impediments that prevent women from entering the labour market through local public and private investments, with a particular emphasis on unlocking domestic capital for women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. The 5 year programme is piloted in three Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in 2017, which include Bangladesh, Tanzania and Uganda. 

IELD uses a unique three-agency partnership by utilizing each agency’s niche and comparative advantage in programming on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The programme supports governments and the private sector at the local level to design, plan, implement and sustain local public and private investments, with a particular focus on promoting women’s equal and full participation in the local economy. 
The programme uses a Gender Sensitive Local Economic Assessment tool (LEA) tool to identify, in consultation with the local governments and communities, the most pressing bottlenecks faced by women at the local level that impede their participation in the economy. To address these barriers, the programme identifies practical solutions in the form of public and private investments. A gender criteria is used to identify most viable investments with maximum impact on women’s economic empowerment, thus increasing women’s access to local economic opportunities, entrepreneurship, and public services.

IELD programme in Tanzania will be implemented jointly by UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women over a five-year period between 2017 and 2021. The overall goal of the programme is to ensure women have increased access to economic opportunities at the local level. The first year of IELD implementation will focus on Kigoma region; the programme is implemented in parallel with other UN agency activities (FAO, WFP, ILO and UNHCR) under the broader Youth and Women Economic Empowerment component of the UN Kigoma Joint programme.

Within this framework, UNCDF in Tanzania seeks a Monitoring and Programme Specialist for the IELD Tanzania programme. Under the direct supervision of UNCDF’s Chief Technical Advisor, the monitoring and programme specialist leads effective management of the IELD programme by providing substantive input to programme design, formulation, implementation and monitoring in close collaboration with UN Women and UNDP country team. S/he guides and facilitates the delivery of programme by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, IELD programme management team in HQ and Country staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful implementation of IELD as well as technical support on women’s economic empowerment.
The monitoring and programme specialist is also accountable to the Heads of the Agencies (HOAs) of the three involved partners- UN WOMEN Country Representative, UNDP Country Director and UNCDF Chief Technical Advisor. S/he will also liaise and receive technical guidance from the IELD global programme manager based in HQ.  
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries. UNCDF contributes to women’s economic empowerment by 1) creating an enabling environment for inclusive local economic development; 2) supporting local governments to design, plan, implement and sustain local investments that take into consideration the differentiated and specific needs and priorities of poor women and men, with a particular emphasis on unlocking barriers to women’s economic opportunities and empowerment; 3) providing seed capital and financing for the investable pipeline of projects that promote women’s

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Programme Management, Monitoring and Coordination:
Provides project management, quality control and supervision for the IELD programme in Tanzania;
Leads programme delivery and achievement of project objectives of the three agencies involved;
Ensures effective programme coordination between the three implementing agencies (UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women) and other development partners at the country level;
Oversees regular programme monitoring and tracking of results.
Performs regular progress reporting to the heads of agencies and the IELD global programme manager;
Provides financial and planning reports, to the heads of agencies and the IELD global programme manager upon request and when needed, for financial planning, reporting and audit purposes;
Identifies and compiles case studies and lessons for wider dissemination with programme partners;
2. Technical guidance and policy advice on women’s economic empowerment and local economic development in Tanzania;
Supports policy development in the area of women’s economic empowerment, drawing on the latest research and substantive dialogue with key practitioners and major international institutions;
Contributes to country based debates and consultation processes related to UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women on women’s economic empowerment;
Prepares updates, speeches, or talking points to the heads of agencies and global programme manager for corporate representation in major events;
3. Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:
Coordinates application of the country-based business development strategies, tools and intelligence, to build and maintain technical and strategic partnerships;
Maintains effective technical relationships with strategic development partners, research and academic institutions, civil society and the private sector;
Capitalizes on local business opportunities and domestic mobilization resources for the IELD project;
Develops and negotiates funding proposals for the IELD project at the country level and builds partnerships with the locally based donors and other development actors;
Develops a resource mobilization strategy at the country level in collaboration with the three agencies and liaises closely with the IELD global programme manager on local resource mobilization activities;
Works closely with the all three heads of agencies, liaises with the internal UN system initiatives to explore operational and implementation synergies;


Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise;
Client Orientation;
Building Partnerships ;
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches;
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment ;
Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, UNCDF and UN Women;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
Good understanding of capacity assessment methodologies;
Excellent ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities;
Understanding of political environment, reform issues and policy formulation;
Consultative and empowering working style and willingness to learn from others;
Capacity to lead workshops and be a resource person;
Ability to undertake results-based management and reporting;
Ability to think analytically;
Ability to plan own work, set priorities and complete tasks while facing competing demands;
Strong communication skills; ability to use Microsoft Office for reporting, and presentations;
A strong commitment to gender sensitive, inclusive and pro-poor development works;
Ability to oversee timely project implementation and to provide the necessary trouble shooting to keep project implementation on schedule;
Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioural/ attitudinal change.

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s degree in economics, international development, or a related field is required;
At least 7 years of progressively responsible and relevant work experience in programme/project development and management;
Proven hands on project management experience, including complex budgets, workplans, tight timelines and reporting to multiple teams, agencies both internal and external;
Strong expertise in programme coordination, monitoring, donor reporting and capacity building;
In depth knowledge and understanding of women’s economic empowerment issues in Tanzania;
Hands on experience in working with local governments and grassroots organizations on improving gender equity;
Solid record of managing complex and challenging partnerships with governments and international partners;
Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team;
Proven track record of producing policy briefs and advocacy materials and communication products;
Fluency in English is required;
Knowledge of Swahili and the other UN official working language is an asset.

Important applicant information
All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.
Applicant information about UNDP rosters
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity
UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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