Background & Description

Since 2010, the UN’s KP Newly Merged Districts programme has been the largest portfolio, with approximately US$300 million invested annually predominantly through humanitarian funding. Until recently the humanitarian, development and peace actors have, for the most part, operated within institutional silos without strong coordination mechanisms. The UN Resident Coordinator instituted a multi-partner Task Force to develop a Transition Framework anchored in the New Way of Working on humanitarian-development continuum in KP NMDs. Under the umbrella of the Transition Framework, a joint programme by FAO, UNDP, UNICEF and UNWomen and led by the UN Resident Coordinator has been developed which aims to ensure the sustainability of the returns process and strengthen the social contract between the state and the citizenry. The DFID-funded programme will achieve these overall aims by: a) strengthening resilience in return communities, especially by restoring livelihoods; b) supporting the improvement of, and access to social Services including, health, education and WASH; c) supporting the and the KP provincial governments to become more effective, accountable and responsive; and d) supporting the improvement of the enabling environment for inclusive economic growth.

The programme which was initiated in 2018 completes its first phase in October 2020 after which the Phase II is likely to commence should the donor (DFID) and relevant stakeholders agree to do so.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide secretariat and coordination support to the DfID funded programme Management and Steering Committees

  • Ensure coordination between different stakeholders.

  • Work closely with the different partners to ensure data entry, quality assurance and the production of various products based on the needs and requirements of the Management Committee, and the Steering Committee.

  • Play a strong quality assurer role, in particular for the quality of feedback/reporting fed to DFID, and provide complete, transparent and timely information on safeguards, beneficiary feedback and more generally on how the programme effects real change on the ground.

  • Act as the main focal person to liaise with DFID on the joint programme.

  • Coordinates effectively to ensure that clear roles and responsibilities are established and maintained. This includes acting as the focal person on mediation where problems arise.

  • Develops and maintains a risk and issue log respectively to ensure that timely mitigation measures are highlighted and coordinated with the participating UN agencies. This should ensure that: reputation risks; of ‘do no harm’; safeguarding; fraud and corruption; terror financing is taken into account.

  • Coordinates effectively with other partners and stakeholders in KP Merged Districts and facilitates collaboration and synergies with the participating agencies of each pillar.

  • Puts in place measures and initiatives that foster intra-pillar coordination and learning.

  • Prepare, or as appropriate supervise the preparation of, timely progress reports, annual reports, financial reports, project completion report and other reports that may be required by the stakeholders

  • Oversees the development of the results framework including plans for collection and consolidation of data from various agencies.

  • Develop and maintain the reporting on the Value for Money Framework for the DFID-funded KP Merged Districts Support Programme by liaising with DFID and the UN Pillar leads.

  • Ensures that DFID standards and requirements on value for money (economy, efficiency, effectiveness, equity) are incorporated into the programme and reported on.

Requirements and Skills

Education:

  • University degree (at least Master’s and equivalent) in Social Sciences and equivalent

Experience:

  • Having at least ten (10) years of experience in Programme and quality portfolio Management ideally with qualification/certification in project management. Experience managing programmes in post conflict countries. Must be able to write thorough and concise functional and design specifications as well as easily readable end user documentation.

  • Must be well able to brainstorm with others, thrive in a collaborative team environment, multitasks adapt to change.

  • Strong communication, technical, analytical, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills;

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills both verbal and written;

  • Prior experience and expertise in project management will be an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required.
How to Apply

Interested candidates may directly apply through UNDP job portal. Link for application is as below:

https://jobs.partneragencies.net/psc/UNDPP1HRE2/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=31217&SiteId=2&PostingSeq=2

About Organization

In Pakistan, United Nations Development Programme started in February 1960 as United Nations Special Fund to promote social progress and better standards of life and advance the economic, social and technical development of Pakistan. UNDP, as we know it now, was established in 1965 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

UNDP works with the Government and people of Pakistan to develop local solutions to development challenges. In an evolving development context, we support Pakistan’s efforts to build a more equitable, prosperous, peaceful and resilient society, and to achieve its SDGs and COP21 targets. UNDP promotes transformational change by fostering strategic partnerships with national counterparts in the federal, provincial and regional governments, civil society, the private sector and the local and international community.  UNDP supports transformational change by providing technical assistance focusing on developing capacity within national and local authorities, providing solutions with strong monitoring and evaluation tools, and delivering programmes with maximum efficiency, transparency and accountability.

UNDP’s ultimate goal is to improve the lives of the people of Pakistan through the broad thematic areas of democratic governance, environment and climate change, crisis prevention and recovery, development policy, poverty reduction and the empowerment of women.