Technical Coordinator

United Nations Population Fund

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The Secretariat Coordinator contributes to the strategic supervision of the portfolio of projects financed by the PBF, through the following functions:
  • ensuring the quality and monitoring of the portfolio of PBF projects
  • supporting the Joint Steering Committee (CCO), the Technical Monitoring Committee (CTS) and supervising the Secretariat team; i
  • supporting inter-agency coordination and collaboration in the area of peacebuilding and social cohesion, within the Peace Pillar of the United Nations Interim Development Action Plan (UNIDAP) 2023-2025;
  • supporting resource mobilization.
  • He/She will be under the general supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) of the United Nations System (UNS) and the direct supervision of his/her Head of office, to whom he/she will report on all tasks that fall under the responsibility of the Secretariat.
  • The Resident Representative of the implementing agency of the Secretariat will ensure administrative supervision and contractual management of the Coordinator and PBF Secretariat staff.
  • The Secretariat Coordinator will have an indirect line of supervision with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) regarding strategic aspects of the PBF portfolio in the country and the performance of PBF projects.
  • He/she will work in close collaboration with the team of the Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO), in particular with the Peace and Development Advisor (PDA), as well as with the General Directorate of Territorial Development (DGDT) of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Foresight (MEFP). PBSO will participate in the recruitment and performance evaluation process of professional staff of the PBF Secretariat.
  • The United Nations System continues to engage with the transitional authorities in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding.
  • In June 2023, the UNS and the Government signed the United Nations Interim Development Action Plan 2023-2025.
  • The UNIDAP aims to provide support for recovery, stabilization and development, following the four pillars of Peace, People, Planet and Prosperity, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and with a focus on social cohesion and reconciliation as a means of ensuring the Nexus between humanitarian, development and peace.
  • The PBF is an important instrument for the implementation of UNIDAP, particularly in the Peace pillar. 
Based on the factors of fragility identified by an initial conflict analysis, the priority areas for PBF support are:
  • improving trust between the population and the State
  • strengthening social resilience and the active participation of women and young people,
  • the peaceful management of local conflicts. Burkina Faso benefits from PBF support through the funding of various projects in the aforementioned areas. Since 2017, the PBF has allocated a total of US$ 46,336,112 to support peacebuilding projects.
  • The portfolio active in 2023 includes 13 projects with a total budget of US$ 25,632,943.
Portfolio governance is ensured at three levels:
  • At the strategic level, through a Joint Steering Committee (CCO), acting as the strategic guidance and decision-making body;
  • At the technical level, through a Technical Monitoring Committee (CTS) and
  • At the operational level, through Project Coordination Committees.
Qualifications and Experience: 
  • Master’s degree (or higher) in Economics, Social Sciences, or Management, International Development, or any other related discipline.
Knowledge and Experience: 
  • Relevant experience of at least 7 years in management or coordination of development projects or programs, including at least 3 years in the field of peacebuilding;
  • Relevant experience in project cycle management, results-based management and reporting in the area of development programming;
  • Experience in consultations and negotiations with governments and TFPs;
  • Experience in team supervision and leadership;
  • Experience in leading inter-agency teams not under one’s direct supervision;
  • Proven experience in conflict analysis and conflict-sensitive programming;
  • Working knowledge of PBF processes and guidelines is required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with high-level interlocutors, to facilitate liaison and negotiations with government and international organizations;
  • Experience and good skills in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Previous experience with the United Nations would be an asset;
  • Good knowledge of peacebuilding issues in the Sahel sub-region and Burkina Faso would be an asset.
  • Excellent command of French and good knowledge of English are required.