UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.
1). Reconciliation & Social Cohesion Specialist
In this respect, UNDP seeks to recruit a Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Specialist (Project Manager) to lead and coordinate the implementation of UNDP-specific component of the Action. S/He will work closely with other UN partner agencies to deliver on the day-to-day activities of the joint Actions. S/He will coordinate all UNDP-specific reconciliation/social cohesion activities of the project, ensuring effective implementation and achievement of all intended outputs and results relating to the UNDP component of the project. S/He will work closely with the State Government, UN agencies, and CSOs operating in the project areas. S/He will specifically:
- Provide strategic direction and leadership in the programme area of reconciliation and reintegration;
- Ensure adherence to the UNDP corporate and CO standards for effective and efficient project management;
- Support partnership building and resource mobilization for UNDP in the programme area:
- Promote UNDP mandate and corporate policy and provides senior high level policy advice to government and other partners:
- Ensure knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist,
The Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Specialist provides strategic direction and leadership in the programme area of reconciliation and reintegration:
- Support the implementation of the UNDP-specific reconciliation and social cohesion activities of the project.
- Ensure close coordination with relevant partners, design and conduct process for a national and localized conflict analysis that aims to gain a comprehensive and shared understanding of potential or ongoing violent conflicts to identify key threats to the security, reconciliation, and social cohesion of communities.
- Support the review and assessment of existing local mechanisms for peace, reconciliation, and social cohesion and the formulation of relevant recommendations for the development of a coordinated and consistent approach for local peace/reconciliation infrastructures.
- Engage with civil society to catalyze and build upon existing initiatives for conflict management and dialogue.
- Undertake a rapid assessment with a view to identify risk factors for violence, including gender-based violence, and confidence-building opportunities to calibrate UNDP engagement on dialogue with various stakeholders
- Design and lead the implementation of activities aimed at strengthening community reconciliation, social cohesion and social contract between the Government and citizens
- Analyze the youth/civil movement in the project areas, to develop strategies to engage a wide range of key stakeholders, including youth and identify the gaps for UNDP to respond through project interventions in short and mid-term.
- Analyze the intertwined issues of religion, politics, and security in the context of North-East Nigeria to identify entry points within existing and new programming to work on reconciliation and social cohesion issues related to youth (both young women and men), which may include but not be limited to, participation and representation of both women and men
- Monitor the tendency for the escalation of violence, including gender-based violence and based on the analysis, advise the UNDP CO on possible actions in the context of social cohesion and dialogue efforts, including assisting in the setting-up of dialogue platforms as deemed appropriate and identifying dialogue entry points with key stakeholders
- Support local dialogue, confidence-building, and trust-building within communities, and between them and the authorities through joint decision-making, public consultation, and hearings.
- Assist the authorities on the local, district and oblast levels to develop conflict-sensitive communication strategies and public awareness approaches
- Liaise with the UNDP monitoring system and ensure that its information and analysis inform the Governance, Peace and Security activities
- Perform other functions as deemed essential for effective results.
The Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Specialist will be held accountable for adherence to the UNDP corporate and CO standards for effective and efficient project management:
- In close consultation with the Programme Specialist and Senior Programme Management Team, overseeing the elaboration of coherent work plans and budgets for all activities in the programme portfolio and the continuous monitoring of project work plans
- Ensures timely and adequate reporting against plans in consultation with Programme Specialist and Senior Programme Management Team
- Preparation of high-quality project documents and proposals, and encouraging adequate peer review of the same through established mechanisms
- Integrity of financial and administrative operations in the programme area by oversight of financial and budgetary aspects of the projects, under advice of the Operations staff
- Strict and consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations and ensuring the implementation of clear accountability mechanisms throughout the programme portfolio
- Cost recovery for services provided by the CO to projects, in collaboration with the Programme Management Support Team
- Participates in internal control mechanisms for adherence UNDP rules and regulations in contracts, assets, procurement, recruitment, etc. as required
- Approval of financial transactions for the project in ATLAS/Quantum, up to the designated level.
The Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Specialist supports partnership building and resource mobilization for UNDP in the programme area:
- Supports resource mobilization for the programme in close consultation with the Programme Specialist and Senior Management and is responsible for reaching the yearly fund mobilization and delivery targets.
- Advocates for UNDP with government counterparts, donor community, international financial institutions and the UN
- Liaises continually with and forges close linkages with other UN agencies, programmes, and entities, and other international and national stakeholders concerned with or providing assistance on reconciliation and reintegration issues to Nigeria
- Promotes joint programming and UN reform, and collaborates effectively in established frameworks for UN and other international coordination
- Contributes to the harnessing of effective partnerships and competitive selection of partners for implementation of UNDP projects.
The Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Specialist promotes UNDP mandate and corporate policy and provides senior high level policy advice to government and other partners:
- Promotes results of the reconciliation and reintegration interventions in close cooperation with the UNDP practice and regional, headquarter partners, ensuring maximum and appropriate levels of visibility and public awareness on results and ongoing activities.
- Provides high level senior policy advice to UNDP senior management, Government counterparts, donors and other partners on issues related to reconciliation and reintegration.
- Represents UNDP as requested by Senior Managers or Resident Representative.
- Manage sensitive issues with great tact and positions UNDP as a neutral actor with high quality policy advice, in particular the handling and treatment of project beneficiaries.
The Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Specialist ensures knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the programme area for organizational sharing and learning as well as external information.
- Actively participates in the knowledge networks and takes advantage of best practices and lessons learned that are available in the region and globally, and encourages staff in the programme area to do so by creating a culture of knowledge and learning
- Promotes the participation of UNDP Nigeria in regional programmes and regional activities related to the programme area as appropriate
- Supports capacity- and knowledge building of national and local counterparts
- Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the CO and, in particular, within the Early recovery, Stabilisation and other components of the reconciliation and reintegration portfolios.
Supervisory/ Managerial Responsibilities:
The reconciliation and social cohesion specialist supervises project staff established under the project. People Management is required competency for this assignment. The incumbent should aspire to create an enabling workplace, manage performance and ensure accountability, building capability of the team, motivating and directing the team to work towards a common vision and goal that is shared by the Country office and work of the suboffice.
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:
- Business direction and strategy – Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
- Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.
- Business Direction & Strategy – Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.
- Business Development – Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates “win-win” situations.
- Business Management – Resource Management: Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity.
- Business Development – Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.
- Business Management – Results Based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results.
- Business Management – Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences with a focus on peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, development studies or a related field is required
- Minimum 7 years’ experience at national and/or international level in advisory and analytical positions is required
- Extensive experience coordinating activities in social cohesion, reconciliation, peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management, consensus-building, dialogue processes, collaborative decision-making, and leadership is desired
- Excellent conflict analysis and reporting skills, experience in bilateral and/or multilateral negotiations is desired
- Practical experience in capacity-building, negotiation, facilitation and training skills, leadership development, and strategy development is desired.
- Strong experience in conflict sensitive programming
- Previous experience in planning and operationalizing development programming in post-conflict environment
- Prior experience in facilitation and/or coaching in negotiation processes and dialogue activities
- Knowledge of the programming of the United Nations (One UN), particularly in the context of crisis and post-crisis is desired
- Knowledge of M&E systems, and results and performance-based management and reporting
- Experience in partnership building and resource mobilization in conflict context is required
- Has a clear intellectual interest in the development process of national reconciliation and social cohesion
- Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, etc.).
- Proactive sharing of knowledge and experience
- Experience in special development situations in Africa would be an asset, as well as previous experience working in the Lake Chad region.
- Proficiency in Oral and Written English language.
2). National Project Coordinator – IRFF Project (NPSA9)
- The Coordinator will work closely with national stakeholders and lead on the planning of workshops and events, liaise with the insurance industry working on ISF initiatives at the country level including national monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
- S/he will ensure implementation mechanisms such as a technical working groups are established and meet regularly and that that all planned activities are organized in a timely manner and that they meet expected quality standards.
Duties and Responsibilities
Project Planning and Management:
- Oversee the identification, selection and supervision of national consultants and experts, in close consultation with the UNDP Country Office Programme Support Unit and the IRFF Regional Advisor;
- In consultation with the UNDP Country Office and Global IRFF Team S/he will undertake the work-planning process. He/se shall ensure that the workplan and a fully costed budget are prepared in accordance with POPP/PPM Guidelines and signed off by the Deputy Resident Representative and Team Leader of the IRFF;
- Supervise the work of national experts and coordinate with institutions to ensure outputs are delivered on time, within the set budget, and to high quality standards;
- Liaise with the Finance team to ensure administrative requirements and budgets are managed and executed in a timely and appropriate manner and within UNDP and donor rules and regulations;
- Organize all relevant project workshops in a consultative manner, involving a wide variety of Insurance and Risk Finance stakeholders, including the government, private sector, NGOs, donors and academia;
- Ensure a timely identification of risks in implementation at the national level and communication to the UNDP SMT and the global IRFF team;
- Organize bi-monthly meetings of with the Technical Advisors and Regional Specialist from the global IRFF team;
- Supports in resource mobilization efforts and project development;
- Undertake risk assessment for local private partners under the guidance of IRFF Operations and Coordination team.
Timely and efficient projects administration according to plans and UNDP procedures:
- Prepares all payment requests, financial record-keeping and preparation of financial reports required in line with both the National Implementation and Direct Implementation financial rules and procedures;
- Maintains the budget and expenditure of projects within a portfolio, including formulation, revisions, and record keeping in ATLAS, monthly status reports, and reporting and liaising with the UNDP on budget matters;
- Supports updated project information in ATLAS;
- Supports project audit and facilitate access by auditors to project documentation, personnel, and institutions involved in the project;
- Supports organization of HACT assurance activities, including spot checks and programme visits;
- Regularly advises Implementing Partners or Responsible Partners on HACT related issues;
- Initiates procurement actions for ICs, goods, works and services according to procurement plans;
- Compiles supporting documents for procurement processes and ensures that supporting documents are complete;
- Creates e-requisitions in ATLAS to initiate procurement processes, ensures the accuracy of the COA of the e-req;
- Facilitates the periodic asset, inventory and supplies verification.
- Signal any delays in national deliverables compared to the workplan to the UNDP Country Office and the Global IRFF Team;
- Lead project monitoring, reporting and evaluation at national level, draft monthly and quarterly reports for review by the lead expert and submission to the global IRFF team;
- Update Country Risk Log and monitor UNDP SES Requirements;
- Prepare quarterly and Annual Progress Report;
- Develop workshop reports for the inception workshop and all technical workshops;
- Develop briefing notes, case studies, press releases, web articles and other media products as required;
- Assist with research and write and edit sections of technical reports as required;
- Review all national level deliverables to ensure quality and consistency with the IRFF methodology.
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
Technical and cross-functional competencies
- Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
- Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
- Portfolio Management: Ability to select, prioritise and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimising return on investment
Business Direction & Strategy
- System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
- Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
- Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win-win’ situations
- Integration within the UN: Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work;
- Knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in Development Finance, Actuarial Science/insurance, Economics, Business Administration, Development Management, Public Policy or related field, combined with relevant work in Financial Services/Insurance Industry experience. Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with additional two years of qualifying experience may be given due consideration in lieu of advanced degree.
- Minimum 2 years (Master’s Degree) or 4 years (Bachelor’s degree) relevant working experience in the implementation of projects relevant to insurance and risk finance, sustainable finance, or financial inclusion;
- Prior experience with UNDP projects would be an asset;
- Experience in collaborating with international and national experts and institutions;
- Sound understanding of key software packages (MS Office);
- Experience in the area of insurance and risk financing, sustainable financing or financial inclusion;
- Experience in project cycle management (in particular project administration) in the public or private sector or international organizations;
- Work experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning software is desirable;
- Experience in UN organization is an asset.
Language: Fluency in oral and written English is essential.
Deadline: Mar 21, 2023.
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