The UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme equips outstanding young leaders with the skills and experience required to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make a positive difference in the world. As a pathway into the world of development, the programme offers young professionals excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development while providing a valuable entry point into the UN system.
During their assignments, JPOs benefit from the guidance of experienced UNDP staff members and are actively involved in supporting the design and implementation of UNDP’s programs within UNDP’s headquarters, regional or country offices.
Under the guidance and supervision of Positioning and Advisory Team, the RBM and Programme Analyst – Focus on Youth and Employment provides analytical support and provision of high-level technical support and advisory for Results Based Management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, and conceptualization of new programmatic entry points and drafting.
S/He contributes to the design, management, implementation and use of evaluations commissioned at the level of PAPP and helps to prepare trainings to improve the skills and practices in RBM, Planning, Results Oriented Monitoring and Development Evaluation. S/He ensures programme and project compliance to corporate requirements and contribute to the implementation and reporting of the UNDP/PAPP Palestine Programmatic Framework (PPF) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and Global UNDP Strategy priorities and results.
Additionally, under the guidance and direct supervision of the Assistant Special Representative for Positioning and Policy (ASR), s/he will work closely with all Program Analysts to identify new ideas/initiatives to be designed into concept notes and project documents and eventually turned into programs. His/her technical area of focus, however, should not be generic but rather engaging and addressing youth integration, job creation, and the education/employment nexus. S/He will ensure proper communications with various teams at UNDP and in some cases with partners to inform the design and writing of concept notes and project documents. S/He will approach from a position of gender and conflict sensitivity.
Reporting Structure and Partners:
The RBM and Programme Analyst will report directly to the ASR for positioning and policy with a strong interaction with the ASR for Programme Implementation and will work closely with UNDP teams and partners on designing new initiatives/programs, drafting the needed concept notes and project documents in line with UNDP standards.
Content and methodology of supervision:
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:
- Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
- Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
- Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
- Easy access to the supervisor
- Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
- Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
- Completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
Training and Learning:
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:
- Participation in a two-week long Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course in New York within the first 3 to 6 months of assignment
- Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide
- Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UNDP JPO Orientation Programme
- In addition, the JPO will benefit from the following specific training and learning modalities/opportunities in the receiving office: The JPO has mainly two learning streams. First, the JPO will have very hands on learning through UNDP/PAPP programme portfolios. UNDP/PAPP has one of biggest programme portfolios and delivery in the Arab States. The JPO will be able to learn about UNDP’s programmatic approaches, strategy and management by assuming significant responsibilities. Secondly UNDP/PAPP promotes learning environment. The JPO will be able to learn UNDP’s programme areas beyond the areas of responsibilities. In addition, the JPO will have full access to UNDP’s Learning Management System.
Duties and Responsibilities
Contributes towards UNDP’s programmatic cycle in designing new programs/projects through (60%):
- Contribute to programme/project development, monitoring and assessment with a special focus on youth and employment;
- Contribute to the conceptualization and drafting of concept notes and project documents in coordination with programme analysts with a special focus on youth and employment;
- Identify potential entry points to develop new programs based on UNDP’s added value, lessons learned and the donor landscape in county;
- Assist in reviewing the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies;
- Consulting with relevant teams – including Gender Advisor - and partners on new ideas/priorities to be turned into programmes;
- Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of key development needs in line with UNDP’s mandate with innovative methodologies and best practice;
- Facilitation of Internal Project Appraisal Committee (IPAC) and Project Appraisal Committee (PAC), in coordination with the Programme Managers/Officers, National Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Implementing Partners and stakeholders and;
- Follow up on implementation of evaluation recommendations. Ensuring the optimal use of evaluations by providing guidance in preparation of timely management response to all mandatory evaluations and by developing a communication plan.
Improves design/planning and implementation of Results Based Management and evaluation in Programme and Project Development, focusing on the achievement of the following results (30%):
- Effective support to the CO Programme Units in application of UNDP´s corporate Results Based Management tools and systems and UNDP evaluation policies, procedures and practices into project document design, which includes gender mainstreaming, sustainability/exit strategy, social and environmental standard (SES), etc.
- Provision of support to the programme level results-planning, monitoring and reporting and coordinate CO inputs to the corporate systems such as the Strategic Plan Integrated Results and Resources Framework (IRRF), CO Business Plan, and the CO Integrated Work plan.
- Effective support on the development and implementation of a framework for proper monitoring of indicators as designed in the office Palestine Programmatic Framework (PPF) results framework, re-adjust targets and monitor progress. Prepare inputs to the PPF reporting processes such as Country Programme Outcome Boards and Annual Reviews.
- Reviewing past evaluation and ROARs in order to identify lessons learned and advising Programme team on Results oriented M&E strategies/plans, including Results-Oriented Annual Report (ROAR).
- Facilitates knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of Results Based Management, evaluation and programme/project design
Contribute to strengthening partnerships with relevant development stakeholders and government partners (10%)
- Active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.
- Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects.
- Support to review key development partners products such as financial and narrative reporting.
- Liaising and representing UNDP interests in different forums.
- Support advocacy efforts of the office to better position UNDP/PAPP interests and the development agenda.
- Provide support on corporate or UNDP/PAPP Senior Management requests as required.
- Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work
- Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow
- People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
- Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
- Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
- Results-Based Programme Development and Management
- Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
- Building Strategic Partnerships
- Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
- Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
- Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
- Client Orientation
Required Skills and Experience:
Education: Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in development studies, political science, peace and conflict studies, international relations and any other related fields.
- A minimum of two years of paid working experience in a relevant field
- Experience and professional background in promoting youth engagement, decent job creation, and the employment/education nexus
- Relevant field experience, especially in crisis or post-conflict settings
- Knowledge and experience in results-based management
- Working knowledge of English
- Knowledge of Arabic is an asset
- Other desirable education, languages and work experience:
- Knowledge of and/or experience of the nature of local conflicts in Palestine is an asset