Project Analyst, Pristina, Kosovo

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Kosovo

City: Prishtinë/Pritina

Office: UNDP In Kosovo

Closing date: Friday, 4 February 2022

Agency: UNDP

Title: Project Analyst Output 1 (NPSA-8)

Job ID: 40974

Practice Area - Job Family: Peace Building

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 04/02/2022

Duty Station: Pristina, Kosovo, UNSCR1244 (1999)

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree - 0 year(s) experience

Languages: Required: Desired: Albanian, English

Serbo-Croat

Grade: NB4

Vacancy Type: National PSA

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Europe & the CIS

Contract Duration: 10 months with possibility of extension

Background

Janjevë/Janjevo has a long and illustrious history, dating to the XIII century. It belongs to the traditional mining district of Novo Berde/o and Kopaonik which enabled its economic development and growth, attracting predominantly settlers from Dubrovnik, establishing the oldest Croat Diaspora. The economic wellbeing of its inhabitants also meant that Janjevë/Janjevo was able to contribute culturally - one of the first schools that opened in Kosovo was in Janjevë/Janjevo in 1665.

While the life of Janjevci continued uninterrupted in Kosovo over the last seven centuries, the migration of Croats from Kosovo to Croatia and other countries began in the early 20th century. One of the main reasons was the construction of the railway track Mitrovica - Prishtina - Skopje, which bypassed Janjevë/Janjevo making it difficult to reach previous markets, thus, reducing trade income. A more intensive emigration into Croatia started in 1950s as a result of stronger industrial development. The 1991 former SFRJ Census records show that Janjevë/Janjevo had 151 tradesmen, 114 craftsmen, and 121 workers. Among craftsmen, the most numerous were plastics manufacturers, leather merchants, bricklayers, turners, butchers, goldsmiths, and caterers.

While currently it is being referred to as a village, and part of the Lipjan municipality, until 1961 Janjevë/Janjevo was a municipality with a well-developed infrastructure. With a dwindling population through migration, aging, and limited economic opportunities - representative of the overall situation in Kosovo, the Croat community is at risk of disappearing. Increased efforts are required to ensure the wellbeing of community members, not just as a key factor to fundamental human rights, but also to improve the quality of life and living environment. Improvement of the quality of life and living environment encourages community life and participation in the process of developing sustainable local opportunities.

Although currently Janjevë/Janjevo faces a range of challenges, it also has the potential to develop economically, initially through improvement of primary infrastructure, followed by the improvement of public spaces and living environment through conservation of the historic centre, and through the promotion of tourism-based economy. This approach will encourage socio-economic integration of the local community through immediate, medium-term, and long-term interventions, creating a basis for sustainable development.

This project is funded by the EU (IPA II) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Analyst for Output 1 will have the following duties and responsibilities:

1) Support the implementing activities by mobilizing goods and services, in accordance with UNDP Policies and the UNDP Kosovo Standard Operating Procedures:

Support the Project Manager in daily activities of the project, with a focus on implementing Output 1 of the project;
Development of Terms of References, Request for Proposal, Requests for Quotations, and the other necessary documentation as required by Output 1;
Organising and leading the review process of proposal as per UNDP Rules and Regulations;
Assumes operational oversight and quality assurance of Output 1 activities as related to the work with NGOs/CSOs, central and municipal institutions, and other grassroot organisations;
Monitor the implementation of undertaken activities, provide feedback to partners/beneficiaries and stakeholders when required, and suggest corrective actions when necessary;
Ensures that UNDP rules and regulations are implemented in all project activities;
Prepare regular updates, progress reports, work plans, and assist in drafting final project reports as per UNDP rules and regulations;
Support the Project Manager in effective use of resources and compliance with UNDP rules and procedures;
Contribute to the production and dissemination of communication and promotion materials;
Contribute to the planning and organisation of project board meetings;
Participate in regular internal meetings and training events.

2) Monitor progress and risks, ensuring that changes are controlled, and problems addressed;
Reporting on progress including measures to address challenges and opportunities:

Contribute to knowledge management activities, including monitoring and evaluation, and ensure capturing of gender disaggregated results;
Facilitate the cooperation and liaising between beneficiaries and the project to ensure timely and qualitative implementation of project activities;
Monitor the off-line risk log and submit new risks to the Project Manager for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks by maintaining the project risks log;
Identify changes in the external environment and promptly advise the project manager on necessary solutions or actions.

3) Support partnerships, advocacy, and knowledge management activities at project level:

Support the Project Manager in developing partnerships with national and international stakeholders and partners to guarantee coordination, prevent overlapping of activities, ensure lessons learned are gathered and disseminated, and identify possibilities for organizing joint activities;
Ensure lessons learned are gathered and disseminated amongst stakeholders and identify possibilities for organizing joint activities with partners;
Be familiar with the activities of other development projects in the sector/area, establish contact and keep up to date with their work;
Support the Project Manager in developing/strengthening partnerships and advocacy activities agreed by the UNDP office in the area/sector covered by the project.

Impact of Results

The Project Analyst’s inputs will have a direct impact on the timely, effective and efficient implementation of the project, as per the planned budget, and the achievement of the overall objective(s).

Institutional Arrangement:

The Project Analyst for Output 1 will work under the supervision of the Project Manager, to deliver the above-mentioned duties and responsibilities.

Nationals or others legally authorized to work in Kosovo are eligible. (country of citizenship or place of permanent residence)

Competencies

Core Competencies (level 1)

Achieve Results

Demonstrate focus on achieving quality results and impact

Consistently strive to meet or exceed excellence standards

Hold self and others accountable for results

Efficiently establish appropriate plans and resources for self and others to accomplish goals

Think Innovatively

Look beyond conventional approaches and established methods

Propose new ideas, approaches and solutions to problems

Seek patterns and clarity outside boxes and categories while resisting false certainty and simplistic binary choice

Learn Continuously

Actively pursue opportunities for learning and self-development professionally and personally

Keep abreast of new developments in one’s professional area

Proactively seek feedback, demonstrates a desire to learn from others as well as from experiences, both positive and negative

Contribute to the learning of others

Adapt with Agility

Be flexible in handling change, and adopt new ideas, approaches and ways of working

Seamlessly adapt to working within new situations or contexts, with new people, and in different ways

Participate in, support, contribute to or drive meaningful change in UNDP

Be comfortable with ambiguity and effectively managing multiple demands

Act with Determination

Pursue everything with motivation and drive

Not give up in the face of adversity and setbacks; demonstrate resilience and composure

Demonstrate courage, self-motivation and initiative to act on opportunities without being prompted by others

Be authentic and modest, get things done without unnecessary noise

Engage and Partner

Act in a way that demonstrates empathy and emotional intelligence, showing consideration for the needs and feelings of others

Demonstrate and encourage teamwork and co-creation internally and externally to achieve joint objectives and results

Establish and develop networks that deliver powerful collaborations

Encourage and respect the views of others; accept views and ideas other than one’s own

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

Treat all individuals with respect, consider ethical implications and respond sensitively to all differences among people

Fully accept and value all people, creating an inclusive environment

Understand that inclusion is multi-faceted (e.g. race, gender, age, disability, culture, etc.) c5dIP2B Dh7qKS

Understand and appreciate issues from the perspective of others

Treat everyone fairly and equally

Demonstrate honesty and transparency

Corporate Competencies (level 1)

Demonstrate focus on achieving quality results and impact

Consistently strive to meet or exceed excellence standards

Hold self and others accountable for results

Efficiently establish appropriate plans and resources for self and others to accomplish goals

Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
Actively promotes gender equality in all Project activities.

Demonstrates substantial experience in gender equality and social inclusion.

Facilitates and encourages open communication in the team, communicates effectively;
Manages conflict

Functional competencies (level 1)

Excellent organizational and planning skills;
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to build trust;
Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects implementation;
Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams, delivering through and with others;
Responds positively to new approaches;
Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position;
Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion;
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
Responds to client needs promptly

Ability to work effectively within a team and develop good relationships with counterparts and stakeholders.

Demonstrates transparency and provides feedback to all those who will contribute to the evaluation.

Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment.

Substantive knowledge and understanding of gender and development as well as more broadly, in line with the area of expertise, with an emphasis on the provision of coordinated support and management of strategic programmes to advance gender equality and women’s rights;
Demonstrated analytical work on gender economic development, gender in public administration, climate change, environment programming etc.

Ability to carry out gender-related economic, environmental, public research and analysis, to contribute to the formulation of policies, programme interventions, procedures, guidelines and tools.

Desired additional skills and competencies

Ability to address challenges in a structured and pro-active manner and identify practical solutions to potential setbacks;
Ability to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative;
Ability to engage with community beneficiaries in a meaningful way/to strengthen the sense of ownership vis a vis project activities.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Master`s degree in civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, conservation and preservation of cultural heritage, or a related field.

Bachelor`s Degree with 2 years of experience can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master`s Degree

Experience:

2 years of professional experience (with Bachelor`s Degree) in developing and managing renovation, construction, and rehabilitation projects

Experience in the cultural heritage protection and/or management is a distinct advantage;
Experience of working with EU funded project(s) is a distinct advantage;
Experience in development sector working for an international agency, donor organization, or NGO;
Experience and ability to implement complex activities with diverse range of partners in a multi-cultural context;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Experience in monitoring of work plans and project implementation.

Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advanced knowledge of sector-specific packages.

Required Languages:

Fluency in both oral and written Albanian and English languages is required.

Knowledge of Serbian/Croatian language is an advantage.

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