Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Head of MPTF), P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: TASHKENT
Posting Period: 05 May 2022 - 12 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-RCS-180683-J-Tashkent (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNRCO in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and will be principally responsible for operationalizing a new Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) in support of Uzbekistan’s national SDGs. The Interim Head of Fund Secretariat reports to the UNRC, with a dotted reporting line to the Management Committee.

The Interim Head of Fund Secretariat will provide strategic, operational and administrative support in the operationalization of the Fund. He/she will report to the UNRC in Uzbekistan, working closely with fund stakeholders – which include the Uzbek government, the Swiss government, the UN and civil society.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Interim Head of Fund Secretariat will be responsible for the following duties:

Operationalization of the Fund (70%)
• Leads establishment of the Fund Secretariat to provide strategic, operational, and administrative support to the governance structure of the Vision 2030 Fund, as defined above
• Leads the development of the resource allocation strategy by soliciting and consolidating input from Results Group Chairs and Window C implementing partners, guiding the review of the strategy in the internal UN Task Force, and guiding the review and decision-making process by the Management Committee, incorporating feedback/revisions throughout the process.
• Ensures the Secretariat pro-actively provides technical guidance to the Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs) and UN specialized agencies (non-signatories of the UNSDCF) on the programming processes and requirements as laid out in the Operations Manual• Communicates decisions of the Management Committee to relevant partners, (including eligibility, maximum allocation available, timeline for programming and any strategic requirements).
• Oversees an efficient project approval cycle, with timely submission of properly appraised project/programme proposals with supporting documentation.
• Oversees finalization, approval and operationalization the Operations Manual, which includes the risk management strategy, M&E strategy and communications strategy
• Prepares and updates (quarterly) an annual workplan and budget for the MPTF Secretariat
• Prepares job descriptions and vacancy announcements, and identifies, hires and supervises staff and consultants
• Oversees development of staff workplans and quarterly reporting on progress within the Secretariat
• Supports consultations with civil society and the establishment of a Civil Society Advisory Council, ensuring Secretariat provides logistical and substantive support
• Supports the establishment and operationalization of the internal UN Task Force chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator and comprised of the chairs of the Results Groups, the head of the Resident Coordinator Office, and the Fund Secretariat

Leadership & Governance (20%)
• Supports the Fund’s governance structures to develop and implement the vision of the Fund
• Provides strategic advice to the Fund’s governance structures – including the Management Committee, the internal UN Task Force and the Civil Society Consultative Forum – on all aspects of the Fund, including on policy, strategy, monitoring and compliance.
• Acts as liaison between the Fund’s governance structure and the UN Resident Coordinator/UN Country Team.
• Manages delegated authorities for the Fund.
• Other duties as requested by the UNRC and the Fund’s governance structure.

Building partnerships (5%)
• Identifies and develops strategic and innovative partnerships with other entities, initiatives and/or organizations, especially key member states, other multilateral partners, the private sector (including investors and civil society).
• Contribute to develop partnerships within the UNDS and beyond that can be leveraged to support the implementation of projects funded by the Fund.

Advocacy, Communication and Resource Mobilization (5%)
• Represents the fund in various fora as necessary and communicates its work to the public and other stakeholders.


Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Senior UN officials, technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes and other UN specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, consultants, and members of the diplomatic corps.

Results Expected: By the end of 6 months, the Interim Head of Fund Secretariat ensures the Secretariat is at least partially staffed and operational; a Resource Allocation Strategy for the Fund is developed and agreed; an initial pipeline of projects/programmes is under development; Fund procedures in the operations manual are agreed and the Secretariat has raised awareness of procedures with key stakeholders; and administrative support is being effectively and efficiently provided to the governance structure. The Interim Head of Fund Secretariat also provides direction and sound and innovative advice on a wide range of issues, including developing strategies for issues on a long-term and large-scale basis to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results that ensure the best interests of the organization, and/or client. Delivers thorough, well reasoned contributions, e.g., policy recommendations, complex papers, analysis, substantive sections of reports and studies, publications, etc. Implements corrective action with respect to operational issues.

Competencies

Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience at international level in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.

Proven experience in managing and/or providing services for the design, management and monitoring and evaluation of a UN Trust Funds or large-scale UN Programmes including results-based management is required.

Demonstrated in-depth experience in providing policy advice and developing programmatic solutions, tools and methodologies for the attainment of the SDGs is desirable.

Experience in partnership development is desirable.

Experience working in Central Asia is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Russian and Uzbek are desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until end of October, 2022. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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