National Advisor

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th September, 2018


Job Description

Background

On the assumption of leadership in 2007, the former Government of H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma merged the Ministries of Finance and Development and Economic Planning. The rationale for the decision at the time was to “prevent overlap, duplicity, lack of coordination, and wastage in capital spending and current expenditure budgeting processes”. This decision was not unique to Sierra Leone. It was part of the wave across most countries in Africa, which began in early 2000, to advance coherent and efficient governance. While these arguments are compelling the feasibility of the merger proved difficult throughout the ten years (two-terms) of the former administration—as was the case in many other countries. Planning and economic development functions were relegated to a second-tier role below fiscal and financial management.

Consequently, the new Government of H.E. Brigadier (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio has reverted to the old model of two separate ministries—Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED). This separation of functions has also seen the, the Co-Chairmanship of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) and the Chairmanship of the g7+ transferred from the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to the Minister of Planning and Economic Development.

Just as managing the integration of the two ministries was functionally difficult, the separation will also need to be carefully managed to achieve the desire results. Meanwhile, the President has instructed the new Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED) to lead the preparation of the next national development strategy, which should be concluded by the end of November 2018.

The Minister of Planning and Economic Development has therefore requested UNDP to, in coordination with other Development Partners, support the Minister to among others: a) establish a world class planning and economic development ministry guided by the core principles of the Government’s New Direction governance model—leadership, integrity, efficiency, professionalism, and delivery; b) support the Minister to provide oversight leadership during the design of the next national development strategy; and c) support the design and rollout of a robust development coordination structure informed by the core principles of The Minister of Planning and Economic Development has therefore requested UNDP to, in coordination with other Development Partners, support the Minister to among others: a) establish a world class planning and economic development ministry guided by the core principles of the Government’s New Direction governance model—leadership, integrity, efficiency, professionalism, and delivery; b) support the Minister to provide oversight leadership during the design of the next national development strategy; and c) support the design and rollout of a robust development coordination structure informed by the core principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and globally agreed development coordination frameworks and d) support the Minister in her new role as Co-Chair of the IDPS and Chair of the g7+.

UNDP is therefore seeking to hire a National Advisor on Change Management and Institutional Building, who will provide flexible and targeted support to the Minister of Planning and Economic Development with focus on the institution building and organizational management. The National Advisor will work directly with the Minister who will supervise his/her work.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions

The Senior Advisor will be expected to deliver on the following scope of work:

Assess the functional and administrative structures of planning and economic development in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development as inherited from the Ministry of

Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), taking into account among others the coordination, funding and staffing. This will be useful in determining what needs to be taken into consideration in the physical and functional separation of the two ministries, which has already happened;

  • Support the articulation of the vision and design of a whole-of-government development planning architecture with the ministry as the central hub, taking into consideration the relevant legal and regulatory framework in place and best practices from other countries;
  • Support the definition of and execution of a change management process and team building that ensures clarity of roles, functions, inter-departmental relations, and job descriptions for all staff of the new ministry;
  • Ensure that a change management and team building strategy is implemented, including a retreat for senior managers of the ministry conducted on the change management and team building strategy.

Impact of Results

The technical competency of MOPED improved and the core principles of the Government’s New Direction governance model - leadership, integrity, efficiency, professionalism, and delivery achieved by the Ministry.

Competencies

Competencies and Critical Success Factors

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling 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

Functional Competencies:

  • Leadership: Capacity to lead and supervise a multidisciplinary high-level team at the Ministry of Planning & Economic Development
  • Technical Support: Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner
  • Planning and Management: The Advisor needs to demonstrate a proven record in the field of development planning and institutional building in a developing country context.
  • Communication: The Advisor will have written and oral fluency in English.
  • Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with colleagues in multi-cultural environment.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

At least Master’s degree in strategic management and organization and any other related field. A PhD qualification in strategic management and organization and any other related field is desirable.

Experience

  • At least 7 years of proven professional experience in strategic management and organization or any other related field
  • Experience in functional analysis and effectiveness of a ministry of planning and economic development, finance or other related economic governance and planning institutions is an advantage
  • Extensive experience with change management processes in economic governance institutions, including the separation of ministries or key functions of government;
  • Strong leadership and management skills and ability to interact and negotiate at senior management level;
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to manage diverse teams and build partnerships; and
  • Extensive experience in capacity development through coaching, mentoring, and training.

Language Requirements

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; ability to explain complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience.

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