Project Component Manager

  • Full Time
  • Moldova

UNDP

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Project Component Manager
Chisinau, Moldova

Job Identification: 12224
Locations: Chisinau, Moldova
Posting Date: 07/19/2023, 05:13 AM
Apply Before: 08/02/2023, 09:59 PM
Degree Level: Advanced/Postgraduate Degree
Job Schedule: Full time
Agency: UNDP
Grade: NPSA-9
Vacancy Type: National Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area: Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS
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: English and Romanian
Desired Languages: Russian, Romani, Gagauzian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Vacancy Timeline: 2 Weeks
Mobility required/no mobility: no mobility required
Job Category: Management

Job Description
Background

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

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.
The STRONG project aims to promote the Swiss-UNDP model of efficient cooperation and strengthened social cohesion through empowered citizens and responsive local governance. Building upon the community cooperation and diaspora engagement framework established in previous Swiss-UNDP interventions, the project will support local communities in advancing democratic practices and improving public participation in development outcomes. It will also work to create an empowering environment for resilient and democratic communities through policy and institutional frameworks.

The project will focus on empowering its stakeholders and beneficiaries to engage in meaningful community development and social cohesion initiatives, leveraging the potential of migration for national development. To ensure equitable benefits, the project will apply a human rights-based approach, build resilience, and mainstream gender. The project’s direct beneficiaries will include the HTA Alliance, which will be supported in becoming a valuable knowledge center and regional enabler for emerging HTAs and diaspora associations. Local public authorities, democratic or governance-oriented community organizations, as well as individual communities, will also benefit. With a strong focus on promoting the involvement of diaspora and migrant communities in local development and national policy frameworks, the project will foster an enhanced social dialogue. Through these efforts, the project will contribute to strengthening social cohesion, empowering citizens, and increasing the responsiveness of local governance. The strategic goal of the proposed Project is to improve the living standards of people in Moldova via a more inclusive, accountable, responsive, and evidence-based governance, and increased participation of migrants/ diaspora in their home country’s sustainable development.

The Project pursues two interdependent strategic Outcomes.

Outcome 1: Central and Local Public Authorities plan and implement more inclusive, accountable, and responsive policies based on population projections and demographic realities, duly considering migration trends and different models of diaspora engagement.

Outcome 2: Community members, including migrants / diaspora and vulnerable / excluded groups, meaningfully engage in developing democratic and resilient communities.

The Project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Moldova (SDC) in the framework of the SDC Programme “Moldova Making Most of Migration” (phase III) and is implemented by UNDP Moldova in coordination Programme partner interventions implemented by the Diaspora Relations Bureau of the State Chancellery (BRD’s “Support to institutional governance through improved policy and institutional frameworks” project) and by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA’s “Building data governance through reliable and disaggregated demographic data for central and local authorities” project).

Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Component Manager will coordinate the implementation of the Project’s Component dedicated to the development of democratic and resilient communities (corresponding to Outcome 2), particularly focusing on:

Component management

  • Assume overall responsibility for the coordination of the Project’s Component dedicated to the engagement of community members, including migrants/diaspora, in developing democratic and resilient communities;
  • Contribute to the timely and efficient delivery of outputs and products leading to the achievement of expected Project results and ensure full compliance of all actions with UNDP policies and procedures;
  • Contribute to the series of preparatory steps to be undertaken in the partner communities, including from the perspective of capacity building and adoption of local perspectives;
  • Build up and coordinate the provision of top-quality advisory services (by the support team of technical consultants and specialized experts) as to ensure the successful implementation of the Component activities;
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the institutional capacities of the HTA Alliance as knowledge center, regional enabler for emerging HTAs and diaspora associations;
  • Advise and oversee the implementation of the community development and social cohesion initiatives, to be conducted in partnership with LPAs and HTAs;
  • Contribute to the development annual Work Plans, Project budgets, and procurement work plans;
  • Prepare substantial inputs for the Project’s Progress Reports, as required by the Donor and UNDP management;
  • Support the STRONG Project Manager and the UNDP CO in general project implementation and related strategic processes.

Strategic planning

  • Facilitate partner and stakeholder engagement, as to ensure the required co-benefits and synergy of expertise/ scope within the SDC Programme “Moldova Making Most of Migration” (phase III);
  • Liaise and coordinate with institutional partners/ stakeholders pertaining to the project’s activities in the field of public policies, regulatory updates, and governmental programme implementation.
  • Ensure that local development projects, implemented in the pilot micro-regions are implemented using HRBA and respect principles of Gender Equality.
  • Elaborate and maintain tracking tools and oversee the accurate reporting and documentation of the project’s activities through different methods (which may include, but are not limited to data collection and analysis, strategic meetings, field visits, specific reports, etc.);
  • Make sound contributions to policy knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Provide solid inputs to project’s analytical products, work plans and progress reports, etc.;
  • Prepare thematic briefs on possible areas of cooperation with development partners.

Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.

Cross-Functional and Technical Competencies

Results-based Management:

  • Ability to manage programmers and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Partnerships Management:

  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts, and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Change Management:

  • Ability to prepare, support, and help individuals and teams in designing and implementing organizational change.

Business Acumen:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks.

Knowledge Generation:

  • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.

Data Analysis:

  • Ability to extract, analyze and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making.

Communications:

  • 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.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in business administration, economics, public finances, or other relevant fields.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with 2 additional years of experience will be considered in lieu of Master’s degree.

Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of progressive experience in the field of local development, community engagement and/or policy advisory.
  • Experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, governmental institution, or consulting company.

Required skills:

  • Professional experience in coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating projects with local development and/or advisory components will be considered a strong asset.
  • Familiarity with the internal control framework and results-based management tools is a must.

Desired skills:

  • Proven experience in similar positions in UN Agencies will be considered an advantage.
  • Commitment to UNDP mission, vision, and values.
  • Strict adherence to corporate rules, regulations, and procedures.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English and Romanian (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of one or more minority languages relevant for Moldova, including Russian, Romani, Gagauzian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and sign language, is an asset.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the STRONG Project Manager and with the overall guidance of the UNDP Programme Specialist, the Project Component Manager shall ensure the effective and efficient management of the Project’s Component dedicated to dedicated to the development of democratic and resilient communities. The Project Component Manager shall apply and promote the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations. The Project Component Manager will work in close collaboration with the Project Manager and the Project Support Team for the effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex project-related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies, and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Required Documents

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  • A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  • Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns, or other materials.

Disclaimer

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Non-discrimination

UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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