National Project Coordinator, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Mongolia

City: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Office: UNDP Mongolia

Closing date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Job ID: 32937

Practice Area - Job Family: Democratic Governance

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 21/10/2020

Duty Station: Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 10 year(s) experience, J-Doctorate (Academic) - 6 year(s) experience

Languages: English, Mongolian

Grade: SB5

Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration: Initially for one year, renewable upon satisfactory perform

UNDP in Mongolia is looking for an experienced, dynamic and creative professional for the following project post.



The project ‚SDG-Aligned Budgeting to Transform Employment in Mongolia‘ aims to support increased employment and promotion of decent work in Mongolia. The Project plans to achieve its goal by conjoining two main streams of activities: i) enabling and promoting employability in Mongolia via direct interventions and policy improvements, and ii) improving the public finance management systems to absorb results-oriented, effective and evidence-based policies and budget initiatives in employment and labour sectors.

The project will be implemented in close coordination with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, National Development Agency, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Ministry of Education and Science, General Agency on State Inspection, as well as Mongolian Employers‘ Federation, Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions, industry representatives and civil society organizations.

The project will start in October 2020 and run until the end of 2023. The project is funded by the European Union (EU), and will be implemented jointly by UNDP, FAO, and ILO. The project has the following four components:

Component A: Bridging Policies with Budgets

Component B: Budget Oversight and Transparency

Component C: Employment Promotion: Boosting Employability

Component D: Effective Application of International Labour Standards by Strengthening Institutions of Work

For more information about the Project, please refer to the Project Document.

Organizational setting

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the UNDP Country Office Portfolio Officer, the National Project Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day management of the project, including planning, implementation, coordination, reporting, monitoring and evaluation; and for the substantive support to the project.

The Project Coordinator is accountable to UNDP for the overall management of the project and for the delivery of results (outputs) specified in the project document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.

Summary of key function

Management and coordination

Reporting and communications

Monitoring and evaluation

Key Results Expected:

The project is effectively and efficiently implemented in a transparent and accountable manner, in accordance with rules and regulations of UNDP, and where applicable, the Government of Mongolia;
Annual workplans are submitted on time, to UNDP and the Project Board for approval;
Annual project reports and financial reports are submitted to UNDP and the Project Board for approval, and to the funding organization in accordance with the relevant requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

General responsibilities and duties:

Management and coordination

Take a lead to build consensus among the project stakeholders on key results, expected outcomes and impact of the project;
Prepare and submit Annual work plan and budget in a timely manner;
Coordinate and manage the day-to-day implementation of the project, and ensure achievement of targets as outlined in the project document and Annual work plan;
Implement the project activities, initiate and manage project-related procurement actions, including drafting of clear technical specifications for the provision of goods and services under the project workplan;
Ensure the quality and timeliness of goods, services and works delivered by sub-contractors, through close supervision and pro-active risk mitigation strategies;
Provide technical guidance and support to relevant substantive areas of the project implementation, where needed;
Mainstream gender equality in the project activities, planning, monitoring and reporting;
Coordinate and create synergies with other relevant projects and initiatives;
Reporting and communications

Pepare and submit Annual report, Mid-term, Final reports and other intermediate reports to the Project Board;
Lead and manage project communications, advocacy and partnership strategies;
Maintain the project documentation, manage the transfer of project deliverables, documents, files, equipment and materials to national counterparts and beneficiaries, as relevant;
Prepare and implement a strategy for sustaining the project results beyond the project duration.

Monitoring and evaluation

Monitor the progress against the initial project quality criteria and M&E indicators;
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Manage and monitor project risks, issues, and lessons learned, and regularly update the Project Board on the status of risks;
Monitor project financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports;
Assist in undertaking of annual audits, independent project and outcome evaluations.


Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Zero tolerance for any harassment i.e. any type of offensive behavior, words and actions, including sexual and psychological harassment, bullying, etc.

Functional Competencies:

Management and Leadership

Strong managerial, leadership and decision-making skills, ability to manage strategically;
Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Excellent analytical and writing skills.

Professionalism and knowledge management

Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results;
Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;

Good communication skills, including networking and interpersonal skills;
Proven ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate;
Commitment to teamwork and working across discipline;
Client Orientation

Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent or higher) in Economics, Finance, Development Studies, Public Policy, Labour, Employment Relations, Rural Development or other closely related fields;

A minimum 6 years (with PhD degree) or a minimum 10 years (with Masters‘ degree) of experience of policy making, policy analysis, and research in economic development, finance, employment promotion, labour relations, agricultural development and other related fields;
At least 3 years of experience in project management or results-based management;
Solid track record of providing strategic and multi-stakeholder coordination and building partnership with government, development partners, civil society organizations and/or other stakeholders;
Good analytical skills and report writing skills

Language Requirements

Excellent knowledge of English and Mongolian, both spoken and written.


Important applicant information

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

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