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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. They advocate for change and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for them. They provide expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. They promote technical and investment cooperation among nations.
The current conflict in Yemen broke out in 2015. The conflict has killed nearly 100,000 people and created the world’s current worst humanitarian crisis. Out of total estimated 30.5 million people, over 3.0 million are displaced, 24 million (or 80%) need humanitarian assistance. In such a context of protracted political conflict, the resilience of the Yemeni society needs to be strengthened beyond humanitarian assistance and community self-help initiatives. Local authorities, although seriously affected by the crisis, have remained in place and continue assuming important state functions, in particular for facilitating humanitarian aid, service delivery and conflict resolution. They retain some legitimacy and trust and have shown that they can coexist and collaborate with informal governance actors that are fundamental to the traditional Yemeni political order. Strengthening (economic) resilience of the Yemeni society in today’s context means strengthening responsive, inclusive and accountable local governance systems.
The Strengthening Institutional and Economic Resilience in Yemen project (SIERY) is a 3-year initiative supported by the European Union (EU) that aims to scale up support to local authorities to maintain and increase equitable access to public services and foster social cohesion and sustainable recovery, with the long-term goal of rebuilding trust in the state and redefining the central – local relationship. The Project takes a two-step approach. On the one hand, SIERY will empower district authorities with capacity development, technical support and discretionary funding to devise and implement, in partnership with communities and local influential actors, recovery plans and to fulfil their missions in a more participatory, inclusive and accountable, while fostering the emergence of a nation-wide compact for recovering the Yemeni local governance system in a way that can support peace- and state-building. On the other hand, SIERY, as a function of an improved local economic development environment by the local authorities, will support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with capacity development, technical support and network opportunities and access to local Micro Finance Institutions (MFI) and grants.
UNDP Yemen now seeks to hire a National Coordinator to provide results-based project management for the Institutional Resilience component of the SIERY project based in the UNDP Country Office in Sana’a.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor/Project Manager (CTA/PM) SIERY, and in close collaboration with the Senior Project Management Specialist, the National Coordinator Institutional Resilience will be responsible for:
Support Project Management, Implementation and Coordination
- Support the development of the Institutional Resilience work plan, activities, targets, budget, standards for measuring progress and results and determine the processes, tools and methodologies to be used to ensure effective and efficient project implementation and operations
- Ensure the achievement of the Institutional Resilience outputs in line with the approved Annual Work Plan through the day-to-day planning, management and implementation of activities;
- Ensure full coordination, liaison, and communication between the contracted Responsible Parties for the Institutional Resilience component for coherent design and complementary execution of projects at the local level.
Financial Management and Reporting
- Ensure accountability for and efficient use of relevant project funds;
- Manage and monitor requests for financial resources and ensure accuracy and reliability of relevant financial reports;
- Approve requisitions requests in ATLAS, and ensure continuous delivery updates to the Senior Project Management Specialist on financial delivery performance;
- Liaise with the Responsible Parties and other UNDP project staff on financial management of the project activities, including monitoring project financial expenditures and transactions;
- Ensure the integrity of financial system and support the Senior Project Management Specialist in overseeing the administrative, financial and budgetary aspects of the Institutional Resilience project activities;
- Support the smooth audit of national partner institutions.
Building Strategic Partnerships and Resources Mobilization
- Contribute to a constructive dialogue with partners in Yemen, the European Union, and other stakeholders, especially to maximize consistency and synergy between the various resilience components, as informed by the priorities of the project document;
- Maintain dialogue with sub-national government officials, civil society, partners and communities to provide knowledge and understanding while ensuring clear understanding of the project objectives;
- Support the creation of tools and communications materials to promote project objectives, establish contact as a focal person for project in support of the CTA/PM and UNDP CO cooperation with the EU.
Results based management, monitoring and evaluation and reporting
- Provide support to the project team and the Responsible Parties on the achievement of Institutional Resilience results of the project as per the Annual Work Plan;
- Support and significantly contribute to the coordination and production of concept notes, project proposals, work plans, regular donor progress and impact reports for the project;
- Participate in relevant internal and external (coordination) meetings representing the project when requested by the CTA/PM;
- Manage and monitor identified relevant project risks and issues and update the status of these risks and issues in ATLAS according to UNDP’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) policy;
- Plan and prioritize work activities to meet organizational goals, and organize and oversee work processes efficiently to achieve quality results;
- In collaboration with the M&E Specialist, MIS Specialist and M&E Reporting Officer, ensure proper monitoring and evaluation procedures are instituted in relevant project activities and proper monitoring of project progress against annual and quarterly work plans and budgets;
- Undertake any other duties as may be required by the CTA/PM.
Knowledge building and management
- Capture and disseminate lessons learned and best practices to contribute to learning on the project;
- Participate in international knowledge networks and other fora to draw on best practice and lessons learned in other similar contexts to apply to Yemen.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in relevant areas such as Public Administration, Public Policy, Development Studies, Conflict Management, or related Social Science fields
- At least Eight (8) years relevant working experience in project development and management in a (post-)conflict setting, with emphasis on (local) governance, core government functions, basic service delivery and community engagement;
- Discretion and sound reasoning in dealing with sensitive matters; ability to independently solve complex and challenging problems;
- Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with sensitivity and respect for diversity
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Sound understanding of developmental strategies - particularly of community empowerment and participation;
- Experience with (or understanding of) peace support operations, particularly large scale and the ability to manage the safety and security of staff in diverse security environments.
- Proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications;
- Knowledge of UNDP programme management procedures and policies, including experience with Atlas (Resource Management System) is an asset.