Project Analyst (Inclusive Growth and Development), Tbilisi, Georgia At United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Saturday, 25 March 2023

Job Identification : 9053

Locations : Tbilisi, Georgia

Posting Date : 03/10/2023, 09:51 AM

Apply Before : 03/25/2023, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NPSA-9

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Economics

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 6 months

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

Required Languages : English and Georgian

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Category : Management

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.

Project addresses the complex and multidimensional challenges of rural areas of Georgia, specifically the need of unlocking and exploiting opportunities for rural livelihoods (esp. of those most vulnerable) to enhance sustainable growth and create employment. The project complies to the overall objective of the program by addressing call for people-cantered integrated territorial development, with focus on improved rural development governance, inclusive growth and development of rural livelihoods and sustainable use of natural resources for transition to a carbon neutral economy.

Overall objective of the project as a part of broader rural development effort is to enhance well-being of rural population by strengthening conditions for more inclusive and sustainable growth. It aims to contribute to the revival of rural areas, promotion of balanced and inclusive multisectoral development, in light of the structural transformations that are affecting economic and social fabric of rural communities in target 4 regions of Georgia (Kakheti, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi & Kvemo Svaneti and Guria) with sustainability of the approaches on policy and programme level interventions. The project corresponds to the specific objective of EU’s ENPARD IV call under “Component 2: Rural development” and corresponding expected results with three specific objectives contributing to the achievement of the overall objective:

  • Specific objective 1 is to improve rural development policy and governance system so that it can effectively develop and implement integrated rural development policies by:
    •  Advancing institutional and technical capacities of MEPA and other competent national authorities.
    •  Strengthening area-based and bottom-up approaches in Rural Development policy development and implementation.
  • Specific objective 2 is to enhance inclusive rural development by:
    •  Addressing the needs of the population with migration background within the state programs.
    •  Promoting new solutions for improving rural infrastructure.
    •  Improving accessibility of public services for disadvantaged, remote and depopulated rural areas.
    •  Empowering the rural woman.
  • Specific objective 3 is to improve environmental protection, sustainable use of natural resources and climate action by:
    •  institutionalized under MEPA forest Engineers skills development programme; and
    •  introducing Renewable Energy Community concept in Georgia.

Project will (a) contribute to a successful implementation of ENPARD IV financing agreement, (b) serve as complementary support to budget support component (SRPC), and (c) support the implementation of the Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy of Georgia 2021-2027. Furthermore, the project will contribute to the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement for the support to rural development, the harmonization of environmental legislation and enforcement mechanisms, and the improved management of natural resources. Also, the project can make important contribution to the work related to the recent EU membership application submitted by Georgia.

Developing effective working partnerships with all respective stakeholders involved in ENPARD IV and other relevant rural development programmes and projects and will be essential for the successful and timely delivery of the project expected results. These partnerships will cover several players including: EUD, FAO, ENPARD implementing partners, NGOs, LAGs and GALAG, other donors, national, sub-national and local authorities through enhanced policy dialogue, planning, case-based evaluations and other bilateral coordination and exchange mechanisms, including through the ENPARD stakeholders, Inter-Agency Coordination Council (IACC) and its working groups.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Analyst: Inclusive Growth and Development will have the following duties and responsibilities

  •  Managing, provision of content inputs and leading the planning and implementation of the project activities related to improved rural services, infrastructure, empowered rural women and inclusive rural development (outcome 2) under supervisionof the Project Manager for tasks related to improved rural economic diversification, employment and services.
  •  Contribute to relevant tasks related to improved rural development governance system for integrated and effective policy development and implementation (outcome 1) under supervision of the Project Manager for tasks related to improved rural economic diversification, employment and services.
  •  Contribute to relevant tasks related to sustainable use of forest resources and improved environmental protection and climate action (outcome 3) under supervision of the Project Manager for tasks related to improved rural economic diversification, employment and services.

The specific tasks will include: Managing, provision of content inputs and leading the planning and implementation of the project activities related to improved rural services, infrastructure, empowered rural women and inclusive rural development:

  •  Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of inclusive growth and development related activities of the project, namely elaborate interventions for:
  •  a. Enhance effectiveness and coherence of migrant integration and needs response policies through improved co-ordination across government levels and implementation at the relevant scale
  •  b. Advancing capacities and promoting bottom-up initiatives for increased accessibility and diversity of public services for migrants and newcomers
  •  c. Matching skills with economic opportunities and promotion of social innovation
  •  d. Development of mechanisms to ensure that sub-national infrastructure investment plans reflect national and sub-national development goals and plans
  •  e. Further empower local LAGs for locally generated, owned and sustained capacity
  •  f. Mobilize private and other actors to diversify sources of funding
  •  g. Pilot innovative financing instruments
  •  h. Organizing Georgian language courses for ethnic minorities and trainings/informational sessions on diverse topics of interest
  •  i. Other direct support to Community Centres and vulnerable groups
  •  j. Support in development of gender-sensitive rural development policies and programs
  •  k. Support to education, vocational training and building of new skills
  •  Identification of target groups and types of the specific interventions (target groups, volume, terms, purpose, etc).
  •  Designing the criteria for selection the projects for direct intervention.
  •  Assessment of current data and evidence related to inclusive growth and development, identify gaps and contribute to evidence/data collection for better targeting the rural development policy and service delivery.
  •  Provision of inputs and recommendations for ensuring high synergy between the project’s components.
  •  Provision of inputs into various knowledge products and reports for IACC and RDC.
  •  Regular and effective cooperation with ESTDEV, national counterparts and other stakeholders, including national regional local stakeholders, EUs other partners of ENPARD, LAGs and CSOs.
  •  Provision of technical advice related to the design and organization of the respective project events.
  •  Provision of timely, high-quality inputs for reporting in coordination with other staff members.
  •  Provision of inputs for designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation system for the project’s economic diversification related activities.
  •  Contribute to elaboration of related Terms of References (ToRs) and other required documentations in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.
  •  Provision of technical guidance on rural economic diversification, employment and services to the project’s implementing partners, including but not limited to capacity development, establishment of beneficiaries’ grant schemes and other delivery mechanisms.

Contribute to relevant tasks related to improved rural development governance system for integrated and effective policy development and implementation:

  •  Provision of inputs to advance institutional and technical capacities of MEPA and IACC and its working groups in rural development planning and implementation
  •  Provision of inputs to strengthened bottom-up and area-based approach in Rural Development policy development and implementation
  •  Provision of inputs for enhanced availability of evidence-based data and mapping information at central, regional and municipal level.
  •  Provision of inputs as part of the collection of evidence, good practices and lessons learned on LAG experience.
  •  Provision of inputs and recommendations for the commissioning of new research to inform annual RDAP reviews and the drafting of future RDAPs.
  •  Provision of inputs and recommendations to improve integration of governance and coordination systems for rural development.
  •  Provision of inputs and recommendations in support to organized civil society, private sector and rural communities for more active engagement and participation in rural development
  •  Provision of inputs and recommendations in support to regional authorities and municipalities for more active engagement and participation in rural development.
  •  Provision of inputs and recommendations for creating an effective learning network on rural development in Georgia.

Institutional Arrangement

Project Analyst will work under direct supervision of the Project Manager for tasks related to improved rural services, infrastructure, empowered rural women and inclusive rural development (outcome 2).

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 & Technical Competencies:

  • Business Direction and Strategy – Strategic Thinking:
    •  Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP´s 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
  • Business Development – Knowledge Generation:
    •  Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
  • Business Management – Results-based Management:
    •  Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Business Management – 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.
  • 2030 Agenda – Inclusive Growth:
    •  Development planning
  • 2030 Agenda – Inclusive Growth:
    •  Economic Diversification
  • 2030 Agenda – Inclusive Growth:
    •  Local Economic Development

Desired additional skills and competencies:

  •  Proven experience of working with Government is an asset.
  •  Proven working experience with international organizations and/or NGOs will be an asset.
  •  Experience in programme and/or project implementation, including planning, monitoring and/or evaluation in the social and/or economic development fields.
  •  Experience in designing and conducting rural inclusive development interventions

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  •  Master’s degree in Economics, Development, Public Policy/Analysis, or other related discipline.
  •  Bachelor’s degree in a related field with 2 additional years of relevant 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 professional working experience in supporting the rural development, (including regional and/or rural development), and/or economic policy, social and economic development and inclusive development support

Required Languages:

  •  Fluency in English and Georgian (both written and oral).

Required skills:

  •  Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  •  Able to work effectively in a team and in an international environment.
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate and engage with project stakeholders
  •  Experience working with international organizations, developing country governments, donor agencies and / or NGOs and other civil society groups involved in various sectors of international development

Travel:

Project Analyst will have regular official travel missions to the project target regions: Kakheti, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi & Kvemo Svaneti and Guria and other regions of Georgia.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  •  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.

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