Consultancy as Project Manager (Effective Institutions Platform)
United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), GCSPSE, Singapore
Closing Date for Applications:
Duties and Responsibilities
- The Project Manager will support the implementation of GCPSE’s commitments to its role in the Joint Secretariat.
- These commitments are not static but evolve in coordination with the EIP membership, OECD (as the partner institution in the Joint Secretariat) and the donors supporting the work of the EIP.
Strategic Advice and Leadership:
- Provide strategic managerial and operational contributions in managing the Joint Secretariat;
- Provide substantive inputs to the EIP Advisory Group and Co-chairs to ensure that the EIP remains relevant and responsive to changes in the global development arena, through identification and the conceptualization of key policy and programming options;
- Ensure communication and sharing of knowledge with other similar initiatives (e.g. Open Government Partnership, Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, etc.);
- Promote thematic and sectorial synergies and coordination of programme activities and execution;
- Identify opportunities to enhance team work within the Project and with other partners to capitalize on specific advantages of the multi-stakeholder character of the platform;
- Create and maintain partnerships with relevant networks and institutions;
- Conduct research and analysis with regards to strategic entry points for EIP;
- Play a technical support role to members on the thematic focus areas of the EIP or provide references to sources of information, evidence or advice;
- Support the GCPSE Management in performing their role as the UNDP focal point in the Joint Secretariat.
Project Management and Oversight:
- Ensure coherent and effective management of the project, using a results-oriented approach that incorporates creativity, innovation and responsiveness to emerging needs;
- Measure performance and report on results and outcomes to the Advisory Group and Co-Chairs;
- Manage the day-to-day functioning of the project and maintain regular contact with the other part of the Joint Secretariat under the direction of the GCPSE Management;
- Provide overall supervision and leadership to consultants, experts or interns;
- Draft project work plans, progress reports and final report;
- Take overall responsibility for the timely preparation and quality control of all substantive technical outputs, briefs and required documents, ensuring timely production and submission of outputs and reports by the GCPSE team in the EIP Joint Secretariat;
- Ensure the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the approved project and activities proposed by EIP members by offering technical assistance;
- Organize Advisory Group meetings, Conference Calls with the Co-Chairs and the Secretariat as well as EIP Events (e.g. meetings of the full EIP membership);
- Prepare background documents, briefs, issues papers, and progress reports for these meetings and for donor reporting;
- Follow-up on the implementation of Advisory Group decisions and recommendations;
- Manage process for the selection of suppliers, contractors and partners.
- Supervise procurement of goods and services including preparation of equipment specifications, Terms of Reference and Request for Proposals according to UNDP rules and procedures;
- Handle the internal and external communications of the EIP in coordination with the partner in the Joint Secretariat (OECD), including regular newsletter updates, website content, blogs and social media posts;
- Supervise outsourced research and dissemination of research findings.
Piloting and co-facilitation of EIP Peer Learning Alliances:
- Motivate EIP Members and potential partners to pilot the EIP Peer Learning Guide through the roll-out of Learning Alliances;
- Assist with and provide technical advice and capacity development to support such Peer Learning initiatives;
- Conceptualise EIP Learning Alliances on key themes which have potential for resource mobilization and for generating insights that would inform an improved version of the EIP Peer Learning Guide;
- Coordinate the EIP activities under the Peer-to-Peer Learning work-stream on behalf of the EIP Secretariat;
- Maintain close contact and generate insights, feedback and evidence from ongoing peer learning activities that can be shared with the EIP membership and help improve EIP knowledge products;
- Contribute to the production of reports and publications, and serve as peer reviewer.
Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:
- Facilitate and strengthening of partnerships within the EIP and externally (incl. the joining of new members);
- Support the GCPSE management in relationship building with key government counterparts to promote the mandate of the EIP and to ensure their active engagement in its activities;
- Support relationship building with donors in support of resource mobilization (incl. external and internal analysis for assessing resource mobilization opportunities);
- Analysis of key development and sectorial policies currently being discussed and implemented in the country and key donors willing to support policies;
- Monitoring the overall implementation of donor agreements;
- Identification of emerging sources of funding; assessment of their current usage and potential for the future;
- Development of specific donor fund-raising strategies and approaches;
- Prepare proposals for mobilization of human, technical or financial resources from international development organizations as well as non-government organizations;
- Negotiation of mutually beneficial agreements, compliance with partner requirements, including donor reporting requirements.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in Public Administration, Political Science, International Development, or related field;
- Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience, at least 5 of which involve project implementation and management;
- Professional experience in the development arena with a particular focus on public administration reform, public sector capacity development, and/or public service innovation is required;
- Computer proficiency is required, incl. working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite; Web-based Content Management systems;
- Practical familiarity with UNDP project management principles and practises is highly desirable;
- Experience of resource mobilization, donor coordination, accountability and multi-donor trust funds is desirable;
- Experience in working with UNDP and/or other development agencies is an asset;
- Willingness to travel, especially to developing countries.
- Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills, is required;
- Working knowledge of French is an asset.