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United Nations Development Programme Recruitment 2017 │ How to Apply

United Nations Development Programme Recruitment │ How to Apply

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United Nations Development Programme Recruitment

We are recruiting to fill the vacant positions below:

Job Title: Project Technical Advisor (Value Chain Expert) – Consultant
Location
: Northern – Nigeria
Background

  • The Government of Nigeria with the assistance of the UNDP has secured funding through the Global Environment Facility (GEE) to implements project that would foster sustainability and resilience in Nigeria agricultural production.
  • The goal of the five-year project is to enhance long-term sustainability and resilience of food production systems in Nigeria, building greater community resilience to climate risks and other shocks that drive food insecurity.
  • The project is seeking for qualified individuals to be recruited in the Project Management Unit (PMU).

Overall Function of the Position

  • Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the TA will provide technical advice to implementing staff and other associated with the project to ensure the work is carried out to high technical standards.
  • The TA will work closely with the staff from inter alla FMARD, LGs, States, University staff and contracted NGOs/researchers/other consultants.
  • The TA will be based in the project management unit and reports to the Project Steering Committee.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Technical Advisor (TA) will be working on a part-time/ad-hoc basis, closely with the GEF/UNDP Regional Technical Advisor and UNDP Nigeria Country Office Programme Specialist, providing services to the Project Manager.
  • The TA will assist the Project Management Unit through technical advice by:
  • Advising on best suitable approaches and methodologies for achieving project targets and objectives; Conduct field visits as required to verify project activities relative to stated targets;
  • Provide day-to-day technical advice to implementing staff, consultants and contractors;
  • Providing quality assurance and technical review of project outputs (e.g. studies and assessments);
  • Assisting in drafting terms of reference for technical consultancies and supervision of consultant’s work, and through providing technical supervision of the outsourced work carried out under the project for timely and quality delivery of outputs;
  • Providing assistance in monitoring the technical quality of the project M&E systems, as well as the annual work plan and indicators and targets its the log-frame;
  • Assisting its knowledge management, communications and awareness raising initiatives under the project;
  • Conducting periodical scheduled visits to the project sites;
  • Providing advisory support for the Project Management Unit as and when required;
  • Undertake any other activity that may be necessary for the effective management of the project.

Requirements, Experience, and Skills
Education:

  • Advanced University degree (at least M.Sc or equivalent) or Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Economies, Natural Resources, Environmental Management or another field relevant to the project.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 7 years of experience in a similar or related position;
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of livelihoods and agro-ecological issues, with special focus on dry land farming system and value chains;
  • Understanding of smallholder farming issues and policy environment in Nigeria will be an added advantage.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work under pressure and to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different national and cultural background;
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently, as well as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of the GEE and UNDP funded projects and their technical and operational requirements.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English and the relevant local language(s)

Competencies
Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively complex, technical information;
  • Good management, coordination and organization skills to facilitate production of quality outputs in a timely manner;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team to produce quality outputs in a timely manner.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrate integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Job Title: Project Finance and Administration Assistant
Location
: Northern Nigeria
Background

  • The Government of Nigeria with the assistance of the UNDP has secured funding through the Global Environment Facility (GEE) to implements project that would foster sustainability and resilience in Nigeria agricultural production.
  • The goal of the five-year project is to enhance long-term sustainability and resilience of food production systems in Nigeria, building greater community resilience to climate risks and other shocks that drive food insecurity.
  • The project is seeking for qualified individuals to be recruited in the Project Management Unit (PMU).

Overall Function of the Position

  • He/she shall be responsible for the overall financial management of the project and project accounting, as well us for basis administrative support to the project.
  • He/she will work under the supervision of the PM.

Duties and Responsibilities
With respect to Financial Management:

  • Facilitate auditing and financial controls with respect to the Project;
  • Ensure that all procurement’s and disbursements are carried out in accordance with the UNDP/GEF and Government of Botswana requirements, which requires familiarity with the financial management procedures;
  • Implementation of procurement related to this project, working with Government’s procurement unit.
  • Ensure that project related disbursement are carried out in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Ensure the smooth flow of funds to enable the timely implementation on of project activities among the various implementation partner, including the timely replenishment of the project account;
  • Compile the quarterly and annul financial report in a timely manner,with a focus on the financial delivery of the project;
  • Prepare a monthly project bank reconciliation;
  • Maintain a logical and comprehensive record of financial transaction, with supporting documentation, for reference and audit purposes;
  • Provide the necessary assistance and documentation for the statutory audit of annual financial statements;
  • Perform all other duties as requested by the PM;
  • Perform any other duty relevant to the assignment

With respect to administrative support:

  • Ensure that office equipment and furniture are procured for and maintain in good working order;
  • Responsible for meeting agendas and booking of meetings venue and related workshops;
  • Responsible for Vehicle fleet management;
  • Support project reporting needs:
  • Perform other duties as requested by the PM and relevant to the project.

Qualifications

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration;
  • Knowledge of accounting policies and principles;
  • At least five(5) years’ work experience in administration, of which at least one year was closely related to support of project/ program activities;
  • Capable of working independently;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written); in Local languages and English;
  • Good computer skills and proficiency in standard computer applications (MS Word, MS Excel, etc.).

Job Title: Local Project Coordinator
Location
: Northern – Nigeria
Background

  • The Government of Nigeria with the assistance of the UNDP has secured funding through the Global Environment Facility (GEE) to implements project that would foster sustainability and resilience in Nigeria agricultural production.
  • The goal of the five-year project is to enhance long-term sustainability and resilience of food production systems in Nigeria, building greater community resilience to climate risks and other shocks that drive food insecurity.
  • The project is seeking for qualified individuals to be recruited in the Project Management Unit (PMU).

Overall Function of the Position

  • She/he will work closely with land and water users (project beneficiaries) and with Local Government technical staff at LG, state and region level, as well as universities staff working on the project to make sure the project activities are implemented according to the project plans.
  • He/she will mobilize beneficiaries and facilitate/ guide implementation of project activities.
  • He/she will monitor the project activities and produce the reports to the National Project Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the National Project Manager, the Field Coordinator will:

  • Ensure proper management, day to day co-ordination and facilitation /implementation arrangements are operating for implementation of the project at assigned pilot sites;
  • Represent the project in relevant meetings etc. to which MoARD / UNDP is invited in the assigned LGs and states;
  • Actively participate in the supervision, monitoring and evaluation of projects activities;
  • In collaboration with the PM / TA, oversee all aspects of project activities implemented under the project at local;
  • Plan and execute all activities of the project in the assigned districts in close collaboration with the PM, the authorities and technicians at community, LG, state level and with contracted NGOs / researchers;
  • Assist in developing and reviewing technical studies carried out in the project sites through field visits, consultation meetings with communities, NGOs, local government in order to ensure that they get the accurate information and oversee the activities of contracted parties (e.g. providers of services to the beneficiary-communities);
  • Ensure that all project activities funded community-level are within the scope of local development, plans;
  • Prepare the Annual Work Plan and budget at local level in line with MoARD projects/programs and submit it to the National Project Manager;
  • In close collaboration with the Project Accountant, ensure that funds are advanced by the project in a timely manner that it does not hinder the implementation of projects activities and that all project resources are used efficiently in support of the project objectives and targets of communities;
  • Collect data (contact details, work plans, meeting schedules0) and maintain comprehensive operational information on all partners activities in the assigned districts including NGOs, government offices, community based organizations and civil society;
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports on the status of the implementation of the project activities at local level, including technical, financial, policy matters, highlighting challenges and proposing options to solve them
  • Perform any other activities directly related to the project objectives that will be assigned by site National Project Manager.

Requirements, Experience, and Skills
Education:

  • A University Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Environmental Science Management, Development Studies, Environmental Economies or another field relevant to the project.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 3 years of experience in a similar or related position
  • Knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and /or ecosystems issues, with special focus on forest/range-lands and, ideally, the concepts of payments for ecosystem services;
  • Field experience and understanding of Nigeria, including sustainable livelihoods issues;
  • Knowledge of national policy environments will be an added advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work under pressure and to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently, as well as part of a train;
  • Familiarity with development projects implementation procedures and guidelines;
  • Prepared to be based in the project area;
  • ideally, knowledge of the GEF and UNDP funded projects and their technical and operational requirements

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English and the relevant local language(s)

Competencies
Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with local communities including complex,technical information’s;
  • Good management, coordination and organization skills to facilitate production of quality outputs in a timely manner;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team to produce quality outputs in a timely manner.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrate integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Job Title: Project Manager
Location
: Abuja
Background

  • The Government of Nigeria with the assistance of the UNDP has secured funding through the Global Environment Facility (GEE) to implements project that would foster sustainability and resilience in Nigeria agricultural production.
  • The goal of the five-year project is to enhance long-term sustainability and resilience of food production systems in Nigeria, building greater community resilience to climate risks and other shocks that drive food insecurity.
  • The project is seeking for qualified individuals to be recruited in the Project Management Unit (PMU).

Overall Function of the Position

  • The Project Manager (PM) will conduct all necessary coordination and management activities to successfully implement the project.
  • The PM will work closely with the staff from inter alia Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Ministry of Environment (FMoE), States, LGs and local communities, Universities and contracted NGOs/researchers and consultants.
  • The PM will be based in the Project Management Unit (PMU) (inFMARD in Abuja and wili report to the Project Board (PB).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the implementation of the project activities in line with the Project Implementation Plan and under the guidance provided by the Project Board (PB);
  • Liaise with FMARD as the implementing agency and coordinate project activities to ensure that the activities in each results area are implemented in accordance with the project objectives;
  • Leading the monitoring of project activities against the established indicators detailed in the project Logical Framework.
  • Coordinate and manage all procurement requirements (contracts and consultancies in site project, including reviewing consultancy reports);
  • Provide guidance to contractors and consultants engaged in the project;
  • Plan and arrange PB meetings and serve as the Technical Secretary for the Board, prepare and circulate minutes of the meetings, and follow up on implementation of the PB decisions and action to agreed;
  • Manage and monitor the project risks initially identified, submit new risks to the PB for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risk;
  • Ensure that the financial management arrangements are in conformity with the UNDP regulations and that all payment vouchers and payment orders are correctly authorized thereby ensuring that all expenditures are justified, within budges frames, and in line with project objectives;
  • Liaise with implementing partners to ensure the timely submission of project reports;
  • Conduct field visits as required to verify project activities relative to stated targets;
  • Facilitate troubleshooting options with the relevant agencies to remove any bottlenecks that might arise during project implementation;
  • Manage the personnel of the PMU and its day-to-day activities, evaluate their annual performance and make recommendations about their contract renewal;
  • Ensure that the work plane and budgets are in conformity with the project objectives;
  • Oversee the outsourcing by competitive tender monitor the procurement of works, goods and service for the project and ensure execution according to the rules and guidelines in conformity with the project procurement procedures manual.
  • Ensure that audits are organized on time and resulting recommendations are acted upon;
  • Keep the National Focal Point (NFP) informed about key project implementation matters to facilitate the NFP’s work as liaison officer with the GEF sector Ministries, other stakeholder and UNDP;
  • Ensure appropriate public relations, awareness creation and marketing of the project among stakeholder groups and the public at large;
  • Prepare periodic monitoring reports (technical and financial) of the project for submission to different agencies that are involved in site project implementation;
  • Organise and facilitate stakeholder consultations and project review meetings as required;
  • Undertake closing out activities for the project which include final financial, procurement and technical reports, and the handing over of documents;
  • Undertake any other activity that may be necessary for the effective management of the project.

Requirements, Experience and Skills
Education:

  • Advanced University degree (at least M.Sc or equivalent) or Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Environmental Sciences/ Management, Environmental Economic or another field relevant to the project.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 7 years of experience in a similar or related position;
  • Proven track record of technical and managerial experience in the implementation of large-scale, multi-stakeholder projects, including financial management and oversight of projects;
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and/or livelihood systems issues in Northern Nigeria, with a special focus on smallholder farming systems, values chains, markets;
  • Experience with and understanding of Nigeria, including biodiversity protection issues and national policy environments will he an added advantage;
  • Extensive experience with project management, especially with project financed by multilateral organizations;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work under pressure and to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent skills in project planning, implementation, and team building;
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently, as well as part of a team;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to lend effectively, and demonstrated excellent conflict resolution skills;
  • Excellent working knowledge of English and track record in producing communications and reports in English:
  • Experience in writing project success stories, lessons leaned and best practices.
  • Knowledge of the GEF and UNDP funded projects and their technical and operational requirements.

Language Requirements in United Nations Development Programme Recruitment

  • Proficiency in English and Local Languages.

Competencies
Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively complex, technical information;
  • Good management, coordination and organization skills to facilitate production of quality outputs in a timely manner;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team to produce quality outputs in a timely manner.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural,gender, religion,race,nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

How to Apply
Candidates interested in the United Nations Development Programme Recruitment should send their Applications and Cover Letters to: icrecruitments.ng@undp.org

Application Deadline: 7th December, 2017

 

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