Project Analyst (Coordinator)

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Job Description

Background

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UNDP Armenia, in partnership with the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, and with financial support of the European Union, is implementing “Local Empowerment of Actors for Development (LEAD) in Lori and Tavush Regions” project, which aims at bolstering the participation of a wide range of local stakeholders in sustainable and inclusive socioeconomic development of their communities through pilot implementation of the European Union (EU) LEADER / Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) approaches.

The project helps the local population in Lori and Tavush to play active role in inclusive, resilient and sustainable local development by strengthening mechanisms of partnership building, territorial cooperation, organizational and service development and creating better local governance through applying the principles and mechanisms of EU LEADER approach. This will happen through building trust and self-confidence, developing entrepreneur attitudes and encouraging a sense of group cohesion within communities and between regions. LEAD will help to design territorial development models, in which women and men, youth, elderly and citizen groups, including minorities, are involved in setting development agenda, decision-making and implementation.

The project’s backbone is the strong partnership between different stakeholders (public, private, civil society), which eventually leads to cross-sectoral multistakeholder cooperation through Local Action Groups which are the key actors of LEADER/CLLD initiatives formed by local partners in a bottom-up way, responsible for local development, functioning on a certain territory delineated based on economic, sociocultural or other commonalities, who prepare and agree on territorial development strategies, and facilitate the local development process on a long term basis.

UNDP requires a Project Analyst who will provide overall implementation of the project activities, in close cooperation with partners, relevant central, regional and local authorities and other UNDP projects.

Duties And Responsibilities

Coordinate effective project planning and implementation:

  • Develop project planning process and ensure the work plan and a fully costed budget are prepared based on sound capacity assessments and in accordance with UNDP POPP/PPM Guidelines.
  • Coordinate / manage the day-to-day activities of the project and the overall implementation process, including planning and monitoring in order to optimize the use of resources and to ensure the successful achievement of project objectives and results specified in project document. Provide subject matter technical advice and support and ensure outputs are delivered on time, within the set budget and specified constraints, and to high-quality standards.
  • Facilitate establishment of interactive and inclusive platforms for project implementation and collaborate with other programme units and project teams to ensure integration of critical development issues in the project activities and expected project outputs.
  • Ensure implementation activities are in alignment with UNDP policy and programme management procedures and all project interventions integrate a gender equality perspective/gender equality mainstreaming to the extent local context allows.
  • Ensure operational management of project including through timely procurement of goods, services and/or infrastructure (as relevant), effective management of human, technical and financial resources, etc.

Establish Partnerships And Open Channels Of Communication

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and strategic linkages with implementing and development partners, government officials, businesses, NGOs, other national stakeholders, and beneficiaries to support key objectives and ensure inclusive implementation and participation of key stakeholders in assigned portfolio.
  • Develop and maintain stakeholder mapping and analysis to identify stakeholder needs and how best to leverage their participation and/or strengthen their engagement. Prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation and opportunities for joint initiatives. Make recommendations to the management team on activities with potential for scale-up, replicability and synergies.
  • Provide technical support to the implementing partners and act as a liaison between UNDP and the partners.
  • Support resource mobilization efforts and project development.

Monitor and report on progress in implementing project activities and achieving the targets set:

  • Review the results framework and update the indicators, baselines, and targets of the assigned portfolio. Develop clear strategies and an effective system for data collection, means of verification, and information sharing and reporting.
  • Monitor implementation and progress in achieving goals and targets in accordance with the established quality criteria and UNDP rules, regulations, and standards. Identify, analyze, and take adequate measures to manage emerging issues, problems, and risks. Conduct field visits to project location sites.
  • Liaise with the Finance team to ensure administrative requirements, budgets and use of financial resources are managed and executed in a timely and appropriate manner and within UNDP and donor rules and regulations.
  • Prepare corporate, donor and government reports in line with the reporting schedule and UNDP and donor requirements.
  • Ensure proper operational and financial closure of the project.

Facilitate knowledge and capacity building, knowledge sharing and advocacy relevant to the assigned thematic area(s):

  • Organize training, workshops, and capacity building activities in a consultative manner, involving technical experts and stakeholders that may include the government, private sector, NGOs, donors, and/or academia.
  • Identify, synthesize and document best practices and lessons learned that are generated from the project and implementing partners.
  • Participate in and ensure sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice on project related issues. Support establishment of knowledge platforms for the project, facilitate innovative mechanisms for dissemination of knowledge from the project, and develop knowledge resources and products to share with project partners and to support UNDP’s engagement in this area.
  • Promote advocacy on development trends and opportunities to collaborate in coordination with the project partners, stakeholders, and UNDP communications staff.
  • The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Socioeconomic Development Portfolio and the UNDP.

Competencies

Core Competencies

  • 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

People Management Competencies

UNDPPeople Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

  • 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
  • Effective Decision Making
    • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
  • Project Management
    • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • 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
  • Relationship Management
    • Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
  • Governance
    • Local Governance

Education

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, public administration, economics, political sciences, social sciences, or related field is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.

Experience

  • Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, and/or hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.

Required Skills

  • Experience in managing projects, including supervising staff;
  • Experience in working, liaising and collaborating with civil society organizations, Government counterparts and international organizations;
  • Excellent written, oral communication and analytical skills, including ability to write concept notes, outcome reporting and other written communication;
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and web-based management systems, and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages;
  • Knowledge and experience in local governance.

Desired Skills

  • Experience in project coordination, design and implementation;
  • Experience in development of analytical documents, briefs and project proposals;
  • Experience in building strategic partnership is an asset;
  • Experience/Knowledge of Territorial Administration reform and decentralization is an asset;
  • Prior UN/UNDP relevant experience is an asset.

Languages

  • Fluency in the English and Armenian (written and spoken) languages is required.

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Analyst/Coordinator works under the general supervision of UNDP Socioeconomic Development Portfolio Manager and collaborates closely with Programme, operations and projects’ team within portfolio and across UNDP CO as well as with relevant central, regional and local authorities.

Disclaimer

Applicant Information About UNDP Rosters

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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