Career Opportunities United Nations (UN) at UNDP and UNCDF Tanzania

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Background
As one of the original eight pilot countries for the UN Reform initiative Delivering as One, Tanzania is a global leader in advancing reforms of the UN system, with a view to support accelerated harmonization in implementation practices, coherence in programming, and alignment with national systems, intended to produce a reduction in transaction costs and enhanced development impact. The collaboration between the Government of Tanzania and UN agencies has led to the formulation the second UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II).

The UNDAP II aims to achieve transparency on the UN’s contribution to development outcomes as well as joint operational activities. In recent years, at the global level, the UN as whole has adapted a new cooperation framework namely United Nations Sustainable Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). In Tanzania, the UNSDCF will be rolled out in July 2022. The UNSDCF seeks to consolidate the UN effort and member states to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

Deepening reform will require new and even more innovative ways for the UN agencies to work together to delivery on country priorities and SDGs through the UNDAP/UNSDCF. Programme planning, resource mobilization, evaluation, and review activities will to an increasing extent be done collaboratively. The roles of UN staff will change, with an imperative to adopt more proactive, adaptive, and facilitative working styles. Coordination and consultation will continue to be important, but the need for documenting results, pursuing efficiencies and value for money, and adding value through knowledge building and policy advisory support are ever greater. The international ODA context with reducing core resources to several UN programmes, funds and agencies further underscores the need for change in this direction. On the Operations side, there is a call for increased harmonization of UN policies, procedures and tools, possibly leading towards the establishment of a One UN Operations Team.

Under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the Programme Specialist leads the Inclusive Growth and Private Sector Development pillar/portfolio, ensures programmatic planning, guidance and oversight at the outcome and output levels of the UNDAP/UNSDCF and UNDP programmes consistent with UNDAP/UNSDCF priorities and the identification of creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities. The Programme Specialist also applies substantive thematic and sector- specific best practices and provides strategic policy and development advisory services for the improved quality and impact of results. The Programme Specialist manages a substantial programme, portfolio and facilitates access by national partners to relevant policy, strategies and technical advice.

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Programme Specialist - Inclusive Growth

Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
Anticipates client needs
Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
Solicits feedback on service provision and quality
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Required Skills and Experience
Education:

Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.
Experience:

5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments.
Demonstrated knowledge in Inclusive Growth and strategies and private sector development, including trade in support of poverty reduction.
Proficiency in the use of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
Language Requirements:

Proficiency in English & Swahili. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable
Other: Describe any additional qualifications:
Non-Smoking environment
Disclaimer
Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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The deadline for submitting the application is 24 March 2021

Programme Associate- Inclusive Growth

1. Programme Support

Support the Pillar lead in monitoring programme strategies and implementation of the IG projects.
Support creation of projects in Atlas, preparation of required budget revisions, revision of project awards and project status, determination of unutilized funds, operational and financial closure of projects.
In collaboration with IP/RP to organize project board meetings, circulation, and storage of meeting minutes, follow up implementation of action points and ensuring timely actions are taken.
Support preparation of project annual work plans and quarterly progress reports compilation of background materials, working papers and statistical data for various programme meetings/ briefs including Voices from the Field, E- Journal, and Factsheets for pillar projects in collaboration with implementing partners and responsible parties.
Promote use and achievement of gender equality and women empowerment results in country programme;

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Follow up on with IP/RP on implementation of audit recommendations.
Provision of guidance to the executing/implementing agencies on routine implementation of projects, tracking use of financial resources.
Ensure all project implementation aspects are adhered to and the checklist is completed on a quarterly and annual basis. All quality assurance processes are adhered to.
2. Provides administrative support to the Inclusive Growth Pillar focusing on achievement of the following results:

Proper control of the supporting documents for payments and financial reports for NEX projects; preparation of PO and non-PO vouchers for development projects.
Review of NEX projects Financial Reports; preparation of non-PO vouchers for development projects;
Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas.
Timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers.
Creation of requisitions, prompt in Atlas for development projects, register of goods receipt in Atlas.
Support to project related communication with stakeholders.
Documentation and maintenance of filing system in compliance with audit requirements and CO e-document management policy.
Provide administrative and logistical support for workshops, orientations and training, and any other special events organized by the pillars through its projects.
Monitoring all Consultants contracts performance and ensure payment is done against delivery
Follow up with Programme Support and Operations Team and External Relations Team on status of contributions agreement; managing contributions in Atlas.
Follow-up with IP/RP for timely submission of narrative and financial report as per donors requirement.
3. Office Administration:

General administrative assistance including maintaining filing system and update IG pillar webpage.
Ensure that communications within IG and other pillars is well maintained and there is no breakdown.
Travel arrangements, leave monitoring, preparation of Pillar calendars.
Updating projects information’s in UN Info .
Documenting all projects impacts as inputs to ROAR
Convene Pillar meeting, recording minutes and follow up for action points
4. Other Duties:

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Perform other duties as and when required.
Impact of Results

The support of the Programme Associate will help ensure the smooth and effective operation of the Inclusive growth pillar , including project design, resource mobilisation, a well-managed budget and stakeholders communication; timely and well-planned organization of meeting workshops, trainings, and other events; development of quality communications, notes and reports; up-to-date management of membership information.

Competencies
Core

Innovation and Marketing

Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.
Responds positively to new approaches.
Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs
Resource Mobilization

Ability to write a project proposal
Development and Maintains information/databases of potential and actual donors for the pillar projects/themes.
Provides data and information needed for preparation of project documents.
Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others
People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making
Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 3: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation
Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
Technical/Functional

Knowledge Management and Learning
Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Management and Leadership

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Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Relationship Management

Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, inter-agency coordination and forge productive working relationships
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, motivate, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Required Skills and Experience
Education

Secondary Education. Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, economics, Political Science, International Relations, or a related field is desirable.
Experience:

At least 6 years of experience in progressively responsible experience in programme management/administration.
Experience working with Government, CSO, private sector, and development partners.
Extensive experience in socio-economic development fields, this include development issues, policies and strategies, Regulatory Frameworks and Institutional set-up, analysis, and reviews.
Good understanding of the issues around Inclusive growth mainstreaming initiatives to facilitate job creation, poverty alleviation, development financing, and Capacity development; gender mainstreaming, Trade and Investments facilitation and promotion; Trade in services facilitation.
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.). Experience in handling of web-based management systems
UN & International Organization working Experience is an added advantage.
Interpersonal skills and ability to work in team, sharing information and coordinating efforts within the team;

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Ability to take initiative, work independently, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
On-the-ground work experience in developing countries preferably Tanzania and in Africa
Language Requirements:

Fluency in oral and written English is required.
Knowledge of Kiswahili will be considered an asset.
Disclaimer
Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Scam warning

The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.

The deadline for submitting the application is 24 March 2021

Consultancy

Background

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

It’s Local Finance Initiative (LFI) programme is designed to support commercially viable investments with transformational impact to national economies and local communities.

UNCDF has developed SPVs to promote the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). SPV, also called a special purpose entity (SPE), is a governance arrangement created by an organization to isolate business risks e.g. operational, political and or financial risk. It is a legal company created for a specific or single purpose. In Tanzania, UNCDF in collaboration with the President Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) invested in economic infrastructure projects owned and operated by both local authorities and the private sector. Based on this experience and at the request of both the Ministry of Finance and Planning and President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government, we are inviting consultants to develop ?standardized National Guideline for SPVs to be used by public corporations, the private sector and others.

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The objective of this assignment is to create a better understanding and clear guidelines for the use and development of SPVs created for different purposes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNCDF global LFI technical secretariat based in Tanzania. He/she will, at a minimum, analyze relevant information sources and documents that may provide input as to how the assignment should be approached. He/she is expected to facilitate stakeholder consultations at national and sub-national levels and facilitate workshops for presentation of the draft guidelines. Specifically, the consultant will:

Conduct stakeholders mapping of different organizations at the national and local government level to collect relevant information including their inputs on the assignment.
Review existing SPVs in Tanzania and globally to learn practice challenges, lesson learned, best practices, and other relevant information for the assignment.
Analyse applicable legislative and statutory laws & regulations guiding investments in partnership with local authorities e.g. in the areas of governance, administration, finance, investment etc and implementation of SPVs.
Understand and document the options available for SPV structures used to manage LGA’s projects including wholly owned public projects and those involving the private sector and other stakeholders
Obtain and review different assessments on this topic including recent assessments by PO-RALG in collaboration with other development partners.
Develop two different versions of guidelines as follows:
Guideline #1: A Tanzaia National Guideline for establishment and management of SPVs with a focus on public corporations and PPPs. This guideline will be in collaboration with focal points from the Ministry of Finance and Planning, and President Office, Regional Administration and Local Government. For this segment, the consultant will develop training modules and presentation materials; conduct training of Trainers (ToTs) on the subject; and prepare a general TOT training report.
Guideline #2: A generic technical guideline for SPVs to be used in different country settings globally. The difference between guideline 1 and 2 is that the former focuses on the Tanzanian environment while the latter is a general document to be tailored to any developing country.
The guidelines will be developed through a consultative process that will also require travel to selected local authorities in Tanzania.

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.

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Application Procedure

Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation. (Note: the system does not allow multiple uploads of documents. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file).

Latest CV with prior experience & references and with cover letter also containing motivation statement
Approach and methodology on how the assignment will be implemented (technical proposal)
A detailed financial proposal indicating the total contract price in USD – please use the offeror’s letter confirming interest and availability, available at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=29916).
Issuance of Individual Contract

Issuance of Individual Contract will be made to candidate whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

Responsive/compliant/acceptable vis-à-vis the requirements of the TOR and the project operating environment; and
Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical criteria (70%) and financial criteria (30%) specific to the solicitation.
Both individual consultants and individuals employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply.

Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly).

Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.

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UNCDF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org.

The deadline for submitting the application is 15-Apr-2021

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