Job Information

Position: 

National Project Manager

Organization: 

Livelihood Recovery for Peace (LRP)/UNDP

Application Deadline: 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Livelihood Recovery for Peace (LRP)/UNDP - The overall objective of this integrated, area-focused, project is to contribute to local peace building and restoring the foundations for sustainable livelihood in Central Tarai districts. The project will target mainly women, youth, conflict-affected, poor, and other socially excluded and disadvantaged communities and households. The Livelihood Recovery for Peace Project, UNDP is looking for experienced and qualified Nepalese citizens for the following positions: 

Duty Station: All the positions are based in Central Tarai Districts with frequent travel to other project districts (Mahottari, Sarlahi or Rautahat) 

Contract Type: Service Contract 

Language Requirement: For all the positions applicants should have excellent written and spoken English and Nepali. Ability to speak at least one of the languages spoken in the Tarai (e.g. Maithali, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Tharu, etc.) is required. 

Post Title: National Project Manager, SB5- Peg II 

No. of positions: One 

Duration: Initially one year (renewable) 

Duties And Responsibilities: 

The National Project Manager (NPM), in close consultation with and guidance from the Assistant Resident Representative of Pro-poor Policy and Sustainable Livelihood Unit of UNDP Nepal, shall be required to plan, implement, and manage the entire project. More specifically, the NPM shall be responsible for the following areas. 

Planning and Implementation: 

  • Prepare detailed annual and quarterly work-plans and budget and get them approved in a timely manner. 
  • Implement the approved annual and quarterly work plans in a timely manner, and monitor and supervise the activities implemented for the achievement of intended outputs 
  • Prepare detailed plans and procedures for programme monitoring, review, reporting and evaluation. 
  • Prepare timely reports for UNDP, donors, the Government, and other stakeholders. 
  • Apply principles of gender equality and social inclusion as cross cutting issues and mainstream them in all project activities. Ensure that targeting strategies prioritizes women, Dalits, conflict-affected, the poor, and youth, and that these stakeholders actively participate in project activities. 
  • Promote the integrated approach to sustainable livelihood and recovery model for peace building through a communication strategy to the government, donors, and civil society. 
  • Promote identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the project for organizational sharing and learning, and to contribute to micro-macro linkages 
  • Manage and monitor identified project risks and update the status of these risks; ensure that all project recruitment and contracting is done in accordance with standard criteria and procedures as worked out for the project and be directly responsible for their recruitment, contracting and management of national staff as well as contractors involved in the implementation of the project; 
  • Supervise and guide all project staff. Carry out other assignments as required by the project from time to time. 

Financial Management & Partnership Building 

  • Ensure accountability of the use of project funds; manage and monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy of financial reports;
  • Ensure strict and consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations. Ensuring the integrity of financial system and, overseeing the administrative, financial and budgetary aspects of the project activities. 
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with other projects supported by UNDP, other UN agencies, Government and development partners that support livelihood and peace in the project areas for better coordination and collaboration. 
  • Foster partnerships with local authorities, private sector, and CSOs. Participate in all internal and external (coordination) meetings representing the project; Support resource mobilization including development of promotion materials for the programme. 

Qualifications Requirement: 

  • The candidate will have Master's Degree in Rural Development, Agriculture, Forestry, Anthropology, Development Economics, Natural Resource Management, Sociology, or any other field directly relevant to rural livelihood in Nepal. Doctoral degree in the relevant field will be an added advantage. 
  • The candidate should have Master's degree with at least 5 - 8 years experience or Ph.D. with at least 3 - 5 year experience in project management and proven ability to implement and coordinate complex development projects, especially in the area of livelihood; 
  • A sound understanding of the sustainable livelihood framework. Sound knowledge of conflict mediation, peace building, post-conflict, post-disaster, and/or risk management strategies; 
  • Proven analytical and conceptual skills to think and plan strategically and the ability to translate this into practical and feasible operational programme planning; 
  • Proven ability to manage and supervise a team with individuals from different national and cultural backgrounds, including networking across professional, thematic and organizational boundaries; 
  • Proven ability to prepare and administer large and complex work plans, budgets, multiple partnerships; 
  • Experience and knowledge of UNDP policies and procedures and experience from previous UN assignments and/or multilateral banks and bi-lateral aid organizations would be an asset; 
  • Experience with fund raising and program marketing and advocacy in national and international level would be an asset. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines; excellent interpersonal, communication and representational skills; results oriented, forward thinking, and problem solving skills; Ability to deliver in a complex and hardship environment. 
  • Knowledge of ATLAS and Results Based Management methodologies would be an asset. 

Applications should be submitted no later than 27 August 2009 by email, to: hrmu2.np@undp.org or in a sealed envelope to: 

UNDP Operations Department (Ref: LRP/UNDP), UN House, Pulchowk, P.O. Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal 

Candidates are required to mention the 'Ref. No.' and 'Position Name' on the envelop or on the subject line of the e-mail. Only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Applicants must submit the updated standard UN Personal History Form available from UNDP webpage http://www.undp.org.np/vacancy 

Work experience and/or academic knowledge in relation to gender and social exclusion will be an added advantage. Women, Dalits, Janajatis, Madhesis, people with disabilities, and other minorities are especially encouraged to apply. 

UNDP has a policy to have a gender balance in its staff at all levels by 2010. UNDP, as a matter of practice, does not charge any application, processing or training fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions as to vacancy announcements you may have received, please refer to our website. 

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