Project Manager - Tenders Global

Project Manager

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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UNDP is the development agency of the United Nations and is present in over 170 countries. In Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), UNDP is represented by 18 offices and the Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH). IRH is an advisory hub for the region that provides policy and advisory support and implements projects at the regional level with a wide range of partners. The goal is to connect the region to a global network of development experts, build knowledge and capacity, and forge partnerships to address the development challenges of a large and diverse region. IRH also seeks to capture and disseminate development successes and best practices in the region and to improve the impact of UNDP’s work through effective communication and advocacy. Among the various regional projects, IRH is managing ‘Aid for Trade in Central Asia – phase V’ project from 2022 with an end date of Dec 2025. This project is implemented in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and is funded by the Government of Finland. Each country has its own implementation team responsible to lead and implement the specific country component and support in implementing the regional component.

The overall objective of UNDP’s ‘Aid for Trade in Central Asia – phase V’ project is to support Central Asian countries in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth through promoting green value chains and increasing competitiveness with strong emphasis on building more resilient, secure and gender-responsive economic structures through economic diversification and adapting to the COVID-19 emerging trends.

The overall emphasis is on building ‘forward-looking’ productive capacities, enhancing efficiency and competitiveness of target ‘green’ value chains and niche products which will be identified in the agricultural, agro-industrial, but also in other employment-rich sectors, contributing to inclusive and sustainable human development through increased number of decent green jobs and livelihood opportunities for vulnerable communities, and with the emphasis on enhancing their resilience to domestic economic inefficiencies and external shocks, including COVID-related shocks.

The identification of green products and value chains is guided by ensuring better competitiveness through fore sighting new and emerging markets and consumer trends. Only products which contribute to greening the economies and generate decent employment will be considered.

The project addresses the development challenge through the following three sub-components:

  • At the regional level:
    • Supporting regional cooperation, connectivity and integration into regional and global value chains
  • At the country levels:
    • Supporting enabling environment for building economic resilience, and inclusive and sustainable growth
    • Supporting job creation and improving the efficiency, competitiveness and gender-responsiveness of target ‘green’ value chains

The position of a Project Manager is established for the Aid for Trade project’s Tajikistan component who will lead the team to implement this project in Tajikistan effectively.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR), the Project Manager will be responsible to lead the project implementation, accelerate it to achieve the intended results, and perform the day-to-day management of the team and project activities. She/he will work in close cooperation with other related projects in UNDP Tajikistan, liaise with UNDP Country Offices in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan where this project is also implemented, and support the Regional Project Manager in UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub to implement the regional component of this project, seek guidance, and collaborate for overall effective implementation of the project. The specific responsibilities will include:

Project Management:

  • Undertake the day-to-day management of the project in the country in line with approved work plans and budgets and effectively manage, monitor and report results in line with UNDP’s procedures, financial rules and regulations, and Internal Control Framework.
  • Manage the human and financial resources for achieving project results in line with the outputs and activities outlined in the project document and annual work plans.
  • Establish performance management system, based on UNDP’s results and competency assessment system, to monitor project personnel performance.
  • Ensure timely and efficient planning, implementation and follow up of procurement activities within the assigned project.
  • Develop the annual and quarterly work plans for the projects.
  • Facilitate project approval and budget revision processes as per UNDP policies and procedures; and when and where necessary, propose updates to the overall project framework based on reviews, lessons learned, and best practices derived from different thematic areas and evaluations;
  • Develop terms of reference for consultants and advisors who will be working towards programme delivery and supervise their work.
  • Develop agreements with partners (Letters of Agreement, Responsible Party Agreements, Low-Value Grant Agreements, etc.)
  • Organize substantive Programme meetings, National Steering Committees meetings, preparatory meetings for the partners and donors.
  • Support the timely preparation and quality control of the content of the technical reports prepared by short-term experts, briefs, webinars, and other knowledge events organized by the project.
  • Participate and substantively contribute to the planning and conduction of external audits, evaluations and reviews related to assigned project.
  • Apply consecutive efforts to integrate gender equality considerations in project-related activities and in daily leadership practices.

Partnership, Coordination and Cooperation:

  • Ensure strategic partnerships and advocacy by providing high quality presentation of project activities at events and working meetings, organized by national counterparts and development partners e.g., Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, EU, World Bank, etc.
  • Initiate and contribute to effective dialogue with partners and donors, and contribute to policy advocacy, analyses and changes;
  • Ensure the participation and involvement of relevant stakeholders in project activities so that the process is inclusive, participatory, and transparent and that a high level of collaboration and cooperation is in place at the regional and district level.
  • Assess impact and effectiveness through regular consultations with local counterparts and beneficiaries, tracking outputs and results, and ensuring timely and efficient delivery of project/programme outputs.
  • Ensure the development of cross-project linkages with other relevant projects and programmes for mutually reinforcing impact.
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment with other projects of UNDP and with Local Innovation and Implementation Centers to ensure integration, strategic focus and gender-responsiveness of all programme activities;
  • Keep close collaboration and regular communication with the relevant staff of UNDP in Regional Hub, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to ensure coordinated approach for the regionally-focused activities.
  • Support the Country office partnership efforts to mobilize the human, technical or financial resources from development organizations, non-government organizations and the private sector to support and leverage the project outcomes.
  • Liaise with local and national government bodies, civil society, academia and target populations to ensure an efficient implementation of the project, as well as appropriation by all stakeholders.
  • Ensure regular communication and coordination with Projects’ counterparts and develop and maintain effective mechanisms for integrating their feedback and suggestions;
  • Compile and draft high-quality reports to donors according to UNDP’s contractual obligations to donor(s).

Monitoring and evaluation:

  • Manage the implementation of effective monitoring and evaluation, information and reporting systems such that relevant data is collected timely and the reports are results-based;
  • Monitor national context, emergence of players/stakeholders and actualization of risks that have implications for the project;
  • Compile a summary of lessons learnt and experiences for further development of recommendations to ensure better quality of project’s outputs.
  • Undertake missions to all project locations on a quarterly basis.
  • Ensure midterm and end term evaluations, if planned in the project document, are undertaken properly and in line with UNDP standards.

Knowledge Management and Communication: 

  • Lead the process of knowledge capture of national and international know-how in the subject area and production of knowledge-based products.
  • Ensure knowledge management and project visibility by preparing analytical reviews, dissemination of lessons learnt from the Project implementation and participation in knowledge networks and UNDP’s collaborative work spaces;
  • Lead in conceptualizing substantive and analytical pieces to provide evidence-based inputs for policy advocacy and lead in designing relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key partners.
  • Support synergies with relevant regional projects implemented by UNDP or other international organizations;
  • Collects knowledge on current and emerging trends by gathering relevant information on projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices.
  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager will report to the Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Tajikistan (the primary supervisor) and the Aid for Trade in Central Asia Regional Project Manager (as a secondary supervisor, with matrix arrangements).

Competencies
Core Competencies:
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • 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 3:Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • 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 Competencies:
UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site
Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies:
  • Project Management:  
    • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • System Thinking:
    • Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
  • 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
  • Communication: 
    • 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
  • Risk Management: 
    • Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
  • Inclusive Growth:
    • Multidimensional Poverty and Human Development
  • UN policy knowledge – ethics: 
    • Knowledge and understanding of the UN Staff Regulations and Rules and other policies relating to ethics and integrity
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Master’s degree in economic development, economics, or social sciences is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master`s degree.
Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years (with Master´s degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor´s degree) of relevant work experience in managing projects related to economic development, trade, value chain, job creation, private sector development, entrepreneurship.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of Tajik and Russian is highly desirable.

Required Skills:

  • Technical expertise in implementing programmes in the areas of trade, economic development, employment, entrepreneurship development, private sector development; value chain; trade policies; youth and women’s economic empowerment is an asset.
  • Experience in substantive and policy issues and development challenges related to trade and enterprise development in Europe and Central Asia countries is an asset.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in, and ability to coordinate with Government agencies and development partners.
  • Knowledge of procedures and processes of donor funded projects is an advantage.
  • Experience in working on policy issues and unique development challenges of Tajikistan will be considered as asset.
  • Experience in, and ability to coordinate with other UN agencies and interact at the professional level with donors including Finland, and regional and national partners.
  • Experience with UNDP project management systems or other international project management certification is an asset.
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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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