Programme Analyst, Amman, Jordan

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Jordan

City: Amman

Office: UNDP Iraq, Amman

Closing date: Monday, 23 January 2023

Job Identification : 7796

Locations : Amman, Jordan

Posting Date : 01/08/2023, 12:57 PM

Apply Before : 01/23/2023, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NOB

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Governance

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree - 4 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Fluency in both written and spoken Arabic and English

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description

Background

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.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Governance and Peace Pillar’s Team Leader, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of the UNDP programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within their portfolio, provides policy advice services.

The Programme Analyst supervises and leads programme support staff, coordinates the activities of the projects‘ staff. The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

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.

Position Purpose

The Programme Analyst is responsible for the management of the Programme Support Unit (PSU) and ensuring the ownership of the Projects (Decentralization, Accountability, and Integrity at the Sub-National Level Programme, and Improving Local Development to Increase the Resilience of Host Communities and Refugees in North Jordan Programme) by the Government of Jordan. The Programme Analyst will ensure that the two Projects contribute to implementing the Integrated Local Development Planning Framework. The Programme Analyst will lead the Projects to achieve the overall objective, project purpose, outcomes, and outputs of the projects. The Programme Analyst will manage the PSU and the pool of Short-Term Technical Assistance (STTA) who will provide input to the Integrated Local Development Planning Framework efficiently and effectively.

Duties and Responsibilities

In this section list up to five primary functions/accountabilities of the position (Typically one sentence each) and examples of duties that must be performed to successfully accomplish key responsibilities.

1) Ensures implementation of programmes strategies focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other documents.

Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned.

CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.

2) Ensures effective management of the Projects within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the following results

Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programmes implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.

Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in audit of NEX projects.

Evaluation of the programmes impact. Monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustments in portfolio.

3) Ensures the creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors‘ priorities.

Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.

4) Ensures provision of top-quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals.

Development of policies and institutions that will address the country’s problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.

Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programmes issues.

5) Provide the following for the projects:

Providing leadership in coordinating the implementation of the Projects and ensuring substantive interaction and coordination throughout the life of the Project.

Providing capacities in resources management, coordination with relevant governmental and non-governmental entities, and leveraging private sector and donors.

Designing the Projects initiatives starting with the selection of economic sectors and seeking the support implementation of inter-municipal capital investment projects looking for private participation via Public-Private Partnerships for the funding, implementation, and operation of the projects.

Working closely with the LDD Directorate at MoI and MOLA, providing leadership in ensuring the engagement of the various governmental, non-governmental, private sector and civil society entities and actors in the process of strategy formulation to ensure buy-in.

Deploy the capacities of the Programmes in support of the efforts of the government to coordinate the actions of development partners involved in or contributing to the process of Integrated Local Development Planning Framework and local development promotion including the design and establishment of LED, investment and capital projects with the goal of harmonizing and consolidating efforts.

Drafting the best practices and successful initiatives in the programme as policy briefs, concept notes, KPIs and operational procedures that will support the government in making decisions regarding the local sustainable development.

Managing the PSU team and guide the activities of the Integrated Local Development Planning Framework Support (ILDPFS) Teams

Developing the Terms of References (TORs) for STTA.

Approving deliverables produced by STTAs.

Coordinate with other ministries and Ministry of Local Administration specifically and the governorates and municipalities to ensure transparency and participation.

Managing the Projects‘ budget and facilitate budget approvals and revision processes as per EU and UNDP policies and procedures.

Overseeing the establishment of the monitoring and evaluation plan of the Projects and ensure its implementation.

Ensuring the sustainability of the Projects interventions by promoting leadership and ownership of the Projects implementation by government and through proper capacity building.

Ensuring compliance with donors‘ agreements.

Elaborating Quarterly Project Monitoring Reports, Annual Narrative Report.

Verifying that the accountant produces quarterly Financial Statement and Annual Financial Report to a high standard.

Preparing work plans, produce timely reports - financial and progress reports - as required by UNDP and EU reporting systems.

Guiding the development of the Projects‘ communication strategy in close collaboration with MoI,MOLA, UNDP and EU.

Providing technical assistance as required.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

The Progamme Analyst will lead a team covering different areas of practice; this includes IPSA and NPSA staff, UNVs, and interns, in addition to managing national and international consultants.

Competencies

Expected Demonstration of Competencies

Core

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination

LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making s

Cross-Functional

Thematic Area

Name

Definition

Business Direction & Strategy

Strategic Thinking

Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDPs 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.

Effective Decision Making

Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority area of expertise and resources.

Business Development

Negotiation and Influence

Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates "win-win" situations.

Business Management

Resource Management

Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity

People Management:

Manage Performance and Ensure Accountability:

Ensure regular conversations with people about work

Provide positive and constructive feedback

Discuss poor performance in a timely manner

Provide praise and recognition, as well as ensure accountability

Technical Skills

Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions

Violence Reduction Prevention of Violent Extremism, Conflict Analysis, and conflict sensitivity

Governance

Core Government Functions, including inclusion and participation, transparency and Anti-Corruption.

Rule of Law, Security and Huma Rights

Human Rights Mainstreaming

Required Skills and Experience

Requirements:

Two years of experience associated with a Master’s degree or four years of experience associated with a Bachelor’s degree in sustainable development, public policy, economics and business administration, urban studies, planning or local development governance, peacebuilding, including relevant field experience.

Education

Bachelor’s or master’s degree in public policy, economics and business administration, urban studies, planning or local development, or related and relevant fields

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills

A minimum of two years (or 4 years with a Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in providing strategic support to public finance management or project/programme management in the context of development work or related area is required;
Understanding of the context of decentralization reform in Jordan or other relevant Arab States would be of value.

Experience in managing or undertaking substantive responsibilities in decentralization and local government support programmes would be critical.

Experience in informing or engaging directly in the development or reform of decentralization and local governance policies, laws and regulations will be crucial.

Hands-on experience in developing local government operating systems, procedures, and capacities will be of significant value.

Demonstrated experience in working with various development partners and with relevant central ministries and local governments will be of great importance.

Demonstrated experience in supporting the strengthening and elevating socio-economic data collection and management systems.

Understanding of information management systems (regional, geographical and project monitoring).

Fluency in both written and spoken Arabic and English.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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