Strategic planning specialist

Job opportunity

Strategic planning specialist

Location : Kinshasa

Additional Category : Management

Type of Contract : FTA International

Post Level : P- 4

Starting Date : 13 Mai 2013

Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year

Application Deadline : 22 Mars 2013
 

I.              Background

As the official responsible within the Integrated Mission for the coordination of the development activities of the United Nations and in conformity with the objectives and priorities of the Government and mandates and objectives of the UN Agencies, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General/ Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator/ UNDP Resident Representative (D-SRSG/RC/HC/UNDP RR) has established an United Nations Integrated Office.

Working under the overall guidance of the DSRSG/RC/HC and under the direct supervision of the Head of the Integrated Office, the UN Strategic Planning Advisor facilitates all United Nations Country Team (UNCT) planning processes and ensures synchronicity between these and similar processes within MONUSCO.

II.             Duties and Responsibilities

-       Provide technical advice on UNCT planning processes focused on stabilization, peace-building and long-term development ;

-       Provide technical advice to UN agencies, Government counterparts and donor partners on the continuing assessment and prioritization of post-conflict needs within existing strategic frameworks including DRC’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), Country Assistance Framework (CAF) and Programme d’ Actions Prioritaires (PAP) ;

-       Provide technical advice to UN agencies, Government counterparts and donor partners on PRSP and PAP sectoral strategies that will be elaborated, monitored and adjusted by relevant Theme Groups ;

-       Provide technical advice to UN agencies, Government counterparts and donor partners on provincial PRSP action plans and provincial PAPs which will be elaborated, monitored and adjusted through provincial coordination structures facilitated by UN Joint Offices ;

-       Provide technical advice to UN agencies, Government counterparts and donor partners on the preparation of the next PRSP, CAF, PAP and UNDAF. Focus on elevating and reinforcing the UNCT’s strategic role in the country through a relevant, highly-prioritized UNDAF ;

-       Provide technical advice to UN agencies and MONUSCO on joint UN programmes aimed at supporting the national priorities identified in the next round of strategic frameworks ;

-       Provide technical advice on linking stabilization, peace-building and development programmes to existing humanitarian operations with the aim of avoiding common problems including capacity gaps and implementation delays ;

-       Provide technical advice on appropriate strategic and programme linkages between UN strategies and the national budget ;

-       Provide technical advice on rights-based, results-oriented and gender-sensitive approaches to assessment and programming ;

-       Provide technical advice to UN agencies, MONUSCO and partners on the development and management of “SMART” monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for measuring the impact and tracking progress of existing strategic frameworks (PRS, CAF, PAP, UNDAF) ;

-       Help to identify realistic targets, benchmarks and indictors for inclusion in strategic frameworks ;

-       Reinforce the capacity of the UNCT to analyze political, social and economic trends, including support to preparation of periodic situation analyses ;

-       Participate in relevant planning coordination structures including the UNCT, Programme Management Team, Integrated Mission Planning Team and CAF Group ;

-       Ensure appropriate linkages between UNCT planning processes and MONUUSCO planning processes ;

-       Participate in the Integrated Mission Planning Process, ensuring shared objectives and complementarities between the stabilization and peace-building programmes of MONUC and the UN agencies ;

-       Participate in the Mission Planning Cell ;

-       Provide technical advice to UN agencies, MONUSCO and partners, in both Kinshasa and the provinces on the UN security and stabilization strategy for eastern DRC, including high-impact programmes that can lay the groundwork for MONUSCO’s eventual withdrawal ;

-       Provide technical advice to UN agencies, MONUSCO and partners on MONUSCO’s eventual drawdown plan and the plan for the hand-over of MONUSCO responsibilities ;

-       Support the elaboration of a joint Peace Consolidation Programme between the mission and the UNCT for provinces not covered by the UN Stabilization Strategy ;

-       Participate in the Integrated Mission Planning Process, ensuring shared objectives and complementarities between the stabilization and peace-building programmes of MONUSCO and UN agencies.

III.            Impact of Results

The development of joint strategic frameworks will help accelerate implementation of the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, Country Assistance Framework and Programme d’Actions Prioritaires, as well as the UN’s security and stabilization support strategy and Peace Consolidation Programme. Preparing for a smooth transition and drawdown of MONUSCO will boost the UN’s credibility and effectiveness in a post-crisis setting.

IV.           Competencies

 

1.     Corporate Responsibility & Teamwork

-       Serves and promotes the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of UNDP ;

-       Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time ;

-       Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others ;

-       Responds flexibly & positively to change through active involvement ;

-       Serves and promotes the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of UNDP.

2.     People Skills

-       Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others ;

-       Sets clear performance goals and standards; executes responsibilities accordingly.

3.     Partnering & Networking

-       Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP ;

-       Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP.

4.     Results-Orientation

-       Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals.

 

5.     Innovation & Judgment

-       Contributes creative, practical ideas and approaches to deal with challenging situations ;

-       Pursues own personal and professional development ;

-       Strives for quality client-centered services (internal/external).

6.     Communication

-       Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills.

 

7.     Job Knowledge & Expertise

-       Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with all colleagues ;

-       Dependability, reliability and initiative ;

-       Is motivated & demonstrates a capacity to pursue personal development & learning.

V.            Required Skills and Experience

 

1.     Education

-       Masters degree in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, development studies, or related subjects.

 

2.     Experience

-       At least 7 years of experience with international organizations (preferably with the UN and in inter-agency coordination/cooperation); experiences as UN RC is an advantage.

3.     Other Skills

-       Strategic vision and strong technical and analytical capabilities ;

-       Excellent political judgment ;

-       Ability to negotiate at decision-making level ;

-       Ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships ;

-       Proven experience in humanitarian and transition coordination and resource mobilization ;

-       Cultural sensitivity, inter-personal skills and ability to work smoothly under pressure.

4.     Language Requirements

-       Ability to present ideas orally to diverse audiences, superior drafting ability in English, working knowledge of French an asset.

FC: 68005

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.

 

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