Assistant Resident Representative - Peace, Kabul, Afghanistan

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Afghanistan

City: Kabul, Afghanistan

Office: UNDP Kabul, Afghanistan

Closing date: Friday, 16 October 2020

Job ID: 33025

Practice Area - Job Family: Peace Building

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 16/10/2020

Duty Station: Kabul, Afghanistan

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 9 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree - 7 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: NOD

Vacancy Type: FTA Local

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

This is a re-advertisment so candidates who have applied before are reqyested not to apply again.


UNDP Global Mission Statement:

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in about 170 countries and territories, working with national counterparts on solutions to global and national development challenges.

UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:

UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, helps countries to achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shock. In Afghanistan, a country in conflict, UNDP works for development and recovery choices that reduce vulnerability and contribute a development perspective to strengthen humanitarian and peace-building responses.

Organizational Context:

UNDP is committed to supporting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) with the achievement of its core objectives of self-reliance and peace and helping it to meet the challenge of the transition from a war to a peace economy. To meet these goals, the Government has identified a comprehensive set of national priorities in the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF). To achieve the Agenda 2030, the Government has also developed a set of 16 Afghan Sustainable Development Goals (A-SDGs) and ten national priority programs (NPPs) to place the country on a path towards sustainable development. Progress towards self-reliance and peace across the country will be guided and measured by the targets and indicators described in each of these frameworks.

To support the Government’s efforts to implement the ANPDF, NPPs and the A-SDGs, UNDP offers a unique and highly integrated model for sustainable development based mainly on its traditional strengths in three main areas:

Promoting Human Development to improve human wellbeing, resilience and support environmental sustainability

Providing technical expertise in the use of a Multi-Dimensional Poverty approach to reduce vulnerabilities, inequalities and exclusions

Promoting Human Rights to ensure a fair distribution of development opportunities and benefits in social, political, economic and environmental dimensions

In addition, UNDP now has the Mandate to support SDG Integration to ensure faster progress on sustainable development and can offer support in four areas, (1) Integrated policy and programming solutions, (2) SDG metrics, data and analysis using state-of-the-art tools for modelling and forecasting, (3) Knowledge and innovation and (4) SDG Financing services to help countries identify innovative ways to expand public and private contributions to reach the 2030 agenda. Lastly, the COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted an urgent need to adopt a Systems Approach that is orientated towards building Resilience to future shocks through continuously reviewed scenario analyses.

However, to make significant progress on the many highly complex development issues that face the country will require new ways of thinking, new skills and a much more collaborative and inclusive approach. UNDP will need to:

Attract the right staff: New staff need to be engaged who have the sort of development policy expertise required to tackle the many highly complex development issues facing the country. As the COVID-19 crisis has clearly shown, these staff will need to be able to understand the interconnections and interrelationships between different issues and be able to incorporate multiple-perspectives in the approaches developed. For example, to move people out of multi-dimensional poverty, a systemic understanding of the interplay between socio-economic factors, regional differences, and shifts in the political economy will be needed.

Provide high-quality policy analysis: To ensure that interventions selected are those most likely to have the greatest national-level impact, UNDP’s economic modelling team will carry out economic analyses of the options available to help build greater trust in Government, reduce the economic impact of COVID-19 and help to forge a sustainable peace.

Develop new modes of collaboration: UNDP’s new way of doing business will also involve leveraging a wider range of expertise and resources by working across organizations through a Government-led platform approach. Country Support Platforms harness collective intelligence and action to benefit communities and people at a greater scale, more quickly, making the best use of resources.

This job description is a direct response to these needs and UNDP’s improved business model. It reflects a new office structure that has recently been put in place to support the vision expressed in an emerging portfolio of ten new Country Office (CO) programmes and to facilitate a more collaborative approach to work across the office and with external partners. This structure is also designed to provide the foundation for a new emphasis on sub-national level work, support higher delivery rates, and to transform UNDP into a learning organization and ‚fit-for-purpose‘ to deliver on Agenda 2030 which in turn will support national staï¬ and institutional capacity development.

The design of UNDP’s new programme portfolio is intended to support progress towards sustainable development and sustainable peace. It focuses on economic transformation, sustainable energy, social protection, environment and climate change, and governance issues such as anti-corruption, local government, justice and security sector reform, peace and reconciliation. The design of each of these programmes is based on the UN’s three core principles of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and environmental sustainability and is guided by the UNDP Strategic Plan (2018-2021). Taken together and implemented in an integrated way through a platform approach, the proposed programmes will contribute towards achieving Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability in Afghanistan. Each of these themes is reflected in the new organizational structure for the CO.

In this context, the Peace portfolio within the programme team provides thought leadership on cross-cutting development issues in Afghanistan, and globally. The aim is to ensure that UNDP’s Mandate of convening development partners in support of the national development agenda, informed by a commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, is amplified by internal knowledge, research, and high-quality policy advice.

The Assistant Resident Representative (ARR) for the Peace Portfolio leads the country office team in designing, developing and executing the Peace Portfolio for UNDP Afghanistan under the guidance of the Deputy Resident Representative for Programmes (DRRP). S/he also works in close collaboration with the ARRs of the other programmes in the portfolio to ensure a collaborative and harmonized UNDP Country Office (CO) approach.

The ARR is responsible for:

The strategic direction of the programme is aligned with UNDP’s vision for Afghanistan;
Management of the programme portfolio and team;
Strategic partnerships, support for resource mobilisation and expansion of the country portfolio;
Provision of quality policy advisory services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management

As ARR overseeing the Programme Portfolio, ensures thorough research and analysis of the Afghanistan context in furthering and extending peace initiatives in line with UNDP’s priorities for the Country’s development, with a special focus on sustainable peace, post-crisis development trends, community development and economic wellbeing, and growth in the country and surrounding region.

Advocate with a variety of stakeholders for the implementation and embedding of peace initiatives in country programme design

Identification and development of strategic programme areas of cooperation within regional contexts

Active participation in development of the Country Programme Document in collaboration with other partners. Identification of possibilities for and contribution to joint programming.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

Supports strategic development of Governance and Sustainable Peace Programme activities from design through implementation

Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and leads resource mobilization;
Ensures effective management of the country programme portfolio

Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports resource mobilization

1. Supports strategic development of Governance and Sustainable Peace Programme activities from design through implementation, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Conducts thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of project documents, AWP and other documents in the area of work;
Ensures contribution to the CPD though ongoing Peace programmes and projects and in collaboration with the main partners and other UN Agencies. Identifies opportunities for new programme/project development including joint programming with UN agencies;
Identifies, in close collaboration with national and international partners, strategic programme areas of cooperation;
Designs and formulates components of UNDP Peace portfolio translating programme priorities into local interventions and ensuring coordination and networking with clients, stakeholders and programme partners;
Collaborates with colleagues in Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) and HQ to apply in country programming new global and regional initiatives, polices and knowledge products that further the Peace Portfolio.

2. Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and leads resource mobilization:

Maintain smooth, strong and strategic working relations with respective regional and national actors at Governmental and non-governmental level, as well as with the international community and partners at large;
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Explore and identify new initiatives and partnerships for further UNDP engagement in Afghanistan with a view to expand the portfolio in all UNDP mandated areas involving a broad range of stakeholders and to ensure sustainability and growth of the programme office;
Engage proactively and closely with the UN Country Team with a view to design and implement joint programmes where relevant and participate in joint resource mobilization activities;
Promote long-term sustainability and growth through the establishment of strategic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders and the securing of financial support by governments, international, public and private sector donors in the country.

3. Ensures effective management of the country programme portfolio in compliance with UNDP policies, UN rules and regulations focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from design to implementation:

Lead, organize and coordinate the implementation of all Peace project activities in close collaboration with ARR colleagues as well as with Headquarters and Bangkok Regional Center as required;
Coordinate the daily activities of UNDP activities/programme/ projects in close coordination with national and international stakeholders;
Liaise with Government counterparts, funding and development partners and other partners for the smooth implementation of activities;
Manages the Portfolio team and provides proper guidance to and supervision of staff, employees and consultants based in Afghanistan;
Prepare/produce a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, communication/visibility material, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports;
Conduct timely projects, budget and grant reviews, revisions and monitoring, and complete related reporting obligations, in accordance with UNDP policies, UN rules and regulations as well as applicable donors‘ requirements;
Undertake other tasks as required for the smooth implementation of the programme.

4. Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports resource mobilization, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Oversees CO partnerships and resource mobilization strategy to achieve programme outcomes;
Develops ideas and concepts for possible areas of cooperation;
Establishes close working relationships and creates programmatic linkages with relevant government agencies; UN Agencies, IFI’s, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society;
Suggests programmatic areas of co-operation based on UNDP´s strategic goals, country needs and donor priorities;
Identifies funding opportunities for ongoing and new projects;
Identifies and supports development of national partnerships for service provision to projects in areas such as monitoring, training, and others;
Represents UNDP at external meetings within his/her area of programming.



Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow.

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions


Trends and emerging areas analytics: Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Results-Based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Partnerships: Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management: Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Resource Mobilization: Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency) 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


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political/social science, social affairs, law, international relations or related field, is required;
A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with nine years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Minimum of 7 years with a Master’s degree or 9 years with Bachelor’s degree, of progressively responsible experience in Governance and Sustainable Peace programme/project management in international development organizations, bilateral development agencies and/or international NGOs;
Experience of working with UNDP or another UN agency would be an asset;
Proven ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;
Proven programme management experience with sound knowledge of all aspects of the project cycle (design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation);
Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in oral and written English is essential;
Dari/Pashtu language will be an advantage.


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