Programme Manager, Home-based, Remote

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Remote

City: Home-based

Office: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme in Home-based

Closing date: Friday, 22 July 2022

Programme Manager - IPSA 11

Location : Home-based

Application Deadline : 22-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : IPSA (Regular)

Post Level : IPSA-11

Languages Required : English

Duration of Initial Contract : 12 months

Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 months with possibility of extension

UNDP 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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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Office/Unit/Project Description

The Joint SDG Fund supports countries as they accelerate their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It operates through joint programmes (JPs) that provide the mechanism for transformative solutions implemented by governments and national stakeholders and supported by the UN Country Team led by Resident Coordinators (RCs). Strategic direction for the Fund is provided by the Strategic Advisory Group chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General as the chair of UN Sustainable Development Group. The Fund is managed by the Operational Steering Committee, comprised of representatives of UN entities, and with the support from the Secretariat of the Fund. The UN Development Coordination Office (DCO) hosts the Fund and provides for the alignment with the broader UN Development System reforms. The Administrative Agent of the Fund, in charge of financial management, is the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF-O). Official documents (e.g. Terms of Reference and Operational Guidance) of the Fund and information on funding can be found on the Gateway portal.

To advance the dual mandate of supercharging the UN Development System reform to be fit for purpose and, in turn, supporting the acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Fund incentivizes coherent and coordinated join UN action, anchored in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks at country level under the leadership of Resident Coordinator (RC). Serving as the catalytic funding to piece together emerging policy priorities and financing strategies, the Fund aims to galvanize the UN Country Teams around integrated policies and identify the fiscal space to overcome the political and financial hurdles to scale and accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

In addition to managing the portfolio on integrated policy for Leave No One Behind (LNOB) this position will support incubation of the thematic priorities for SDG transformation, their successful launch and integration into the broader programmatic approach of the Fund. This position will be responsible for the following three complementary groups of tasks: 1) Management of the portfolio on integrated policy for LNOB,

2) Coordination and integration of thematic windows for SDG transformations, and

3) Other advisory and operational support to the general functions of Fund’s Secretariat.

Institutional Arrangement

The Programme Manager will report to the Head of Secretariat of the Joint SDG Fund.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

1) Portfolio on integrated policy for LNOB

Management of the portfolio on integrated policy for LNOB [1]: launch, induction and coaching of JPs; oversight of quality, effective, and efficient implementation; coordination of portfolio progress monitoring and annual reporting of JPs, and final reporting and closure of JPs; responding to queries from the JP teams, Fund’s governance, DCO/EOSG, donors and other partners through coordination of analysis and overviews; regular coordination with the RCs and UNCTs regarding JP implementation; collaboration with technical and other partners from UN entities at country, regional and global level; engagement with DCO relevant for the portfolio; facilitating portfolio learning and sharing, and supporting organization of country-level and global strategic events and communications; integrating the JPs into the broader Fund programmatic approach; and advisory support to promoting UNDS and SDG acceleration;
Coordination of finalization of joint programmes on Social Protection and LNOB regarding timely closure, reporting and evaluations, and sharing of lessons learned, including support to finalization of the global analysis, and reporting on results and impact of 35 JPs on Integrated Social Protection and LNOB, and to preparation of the final, global conference;
Supporting DCO as the focal point on social protection and collaborating closely with DCO’s Policy and Programme Branch.

2) Thematic windows for SDG transformations

Leading the process of incubation of thematic windows, including coordination and facilitation of development of investment strategy; resource mobilization and partnership development at global, regional and country levels; preparation of terms of reference with management arrangements; coordination with DCO and EOSG relevant for thematic windows; and support to the formal launch of 5 windows [2] (foods systems transformation, social protection and LNOB, digital transformation, local 2030, and solutions for internal displacement);
3) Support to Fund’s Secretariat

Advisory and operational support to developing and implementation of Fund’s multi-year strategy and further improvements in the programmatic cycle, policies and procedures;
Providing input to regular monitoring and evaluations, external and internal audits and reviews;
Support to strategic partnerships, resource mobilization and communications; and

Input to Fund’s governance, including preparation/follow-up regarding meetings, briefs, presentations and other engagements.

[1] This includes current 18 LNOB JPs from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and future JPs.

[2] Support might be provided also for the 6th window on energy.



Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 4: Easily navigate complexity, encourage/enable radical innovation, has foresight

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination: LEVEL 4: Able to make difficult decisions in challenging situations, inspire confidence

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management

Models independent thinking and action

Demonstrates behaviors of teamwork, collaboration, knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Direction and Strategy

Strategic Thinking

Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions

Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

Business Management

Results Based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management

Portfolio Management

Ability to select, prioritise and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimising return on investment

Business Management


Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

2030Agenda Engagement & Effectiveness


Ability to identify leverage points in systems and design interventions that address them. The value of the interventions is determined not in isolation, but as part of the overall portfolio and their coherence.

Ability to design processes that extract learning on an ongoing basis from existing portfolios, so that learning accrues over time and new options for action are continuously generated.

Build a learning ecosystem around a complex development challenge: being able to mobilise a variety of stakeholders and help them learn and work together.

Understand key principles of systems and complexity theory.

2030 Agenda: Engagement & Effectiveness

SDG Integration

SDG Monitoring and Reporting

2030 Agenda: Engagement & Effectiveness

Strategic Policy Engagement

Financing for development incl. integrated national financing framework (INFF)

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

Advanced university degree in International Relations/Development, Political Sciences/Public Policy, or related field;
Min. years of relevant work experience

A minimum of 7 years‘ experience in international Relations/Development for international/regional organizations or governments in a multi-sectoral context, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in joint programme/project management at global, regional or country levels, with the emphasis on programme/project design, pooled funding, and implementation, is required.

Required skills

Demonstrated experience in pooled funding mechanisms, with the emphasis on development and management of complex portfolios.

Expertise in Result-Based Management, programme design and implementation, and partnership development in the context of multi-stakeholder engagement is required. Experience in multi-sectoral initiatives producing catalytic, transformative change.

Demonstrated ability in the management of joint programmes in the UN at regional and/or global level.

Demonstrated experience in supporting strategic collaboration across country contexts on integrated policy support to the SDGs.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

Experience with UN Development Systems reform.

Experience in systems innovation and change management in development contexts.

Knowledge and understanding of the UN system and the mandates of constituent agencies, including with UN corporate standards and language requirements.

Required Language(s)

Fluent in written and spoken English

Working knowledge of another UN language (French and/or Spanish) is considered an asset.

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