Project Manager (NPSA-9), Tbilisi, Georgia At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Job Identification : 9115

Locations : Tbilisi, Georgia

Posting Date : 03/13/2023, 04:09 PM

Apply Before : 03/28/2023, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB4

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Gender

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 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.

Within the Democratic Governance portfolio, along with other development assistance work, UNDP also plays a vital role in supporting the national government to enhance gender equality.

The third phase of the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality (hereinafter UNJP4GE) is implemented jointly by UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA and responds directly to the women’s rights and gender equality commitments undertaken by the Government of Georgia (GoG) at the international and national levels in Georgia.

The UNJP4GE addresses gender inequality in a coherent and holistic manner, covering a wide range of issues such as the political and economic empowerment of women, ending violence against women and girls, combating harmful practices against women and girls, the promotion of women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights, and tackling sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) issues. Gender inequality is a systemic problem that has its roots in the patriarchal value system that nurtures adverse social norms, both causing and reifying this most widespread form of social injustice. Thus, to ensure a comprehensive and transformative response to the deeply rooted, complex and multifaceted problem in the country towards greater gender equality and the empowerment of women, the three UN agencies have come together in a UN Joint Programme modality as the most effective approach through which to build on and complement the mandates, capacities, experience and expertise of each entity (UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA).

The overall goal of Phase III of the programme is to create an enabling environment for gender equality and women’s empowerment by means of strengthening the capacities of government at both the central and local levels and across the executive, legislative and judicial branches, engaging civil society and raising public awareness about gender equality.

UNDP is looking for individuals who have the communication, analytical, planning and implementation capacities that can address Gender Equality issues. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, motivated, and committed to making a positive contribution to enabling environment for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Democratic Governance Team Leader, the Project Manager will ensure effective and timely delivery of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality (UNJP4GE).

The Project aims at an enabling environment created for greater gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) through the following outputs:

  •  Output 1: Legislative and policy frameworks are further enhanced towards women’s economic and political empowerment, ending violence against women, the eradication of harmful practices, the enhancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community.
  •  Output 2: National institutions have greater capacities to deliver on Georgia’s commitments around women’s economic and political empowerment, ending violence against women, the eradication of harmful practices, the enhancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community.
  •  Output 3: Rights holders have greater capacities and opportunities to advance women’s rights, diversity and inclusion and become leaders for bottom-up social change towards greater gender equality, social inclusion and human rights.

Duties and Responsibilities

Implementation of programme results:

  •  Day-to-day management of project activities;
  •  Coordinate with relevant implementing partners and UNDP to ensure that expected outputs are delivered in a timely manner;
  •  Ensure project is implemented in compliance with UNDP rules and procedures;
  •  Ensure that project is executed according to work plans and within established budgets;
  •  Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, using advance of funds, direct payments, or reimbursement using the FACE (Fund Authorization and Certificate of Expenditures) form;
  •  Support in the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan;
  •  Put in place and facilitate results-based implementation of project activities; and,
  •  Performance of other duties as required in support of project implementation.

Implementation of reporting, monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies:

  •  Effective monitoring for ensuring implementation of project activities;
  •  Assess the programmatic impact and oversee the appropriateness and the accuracy of methods used to verify progress and the results;
  •  Manage and monitor the project risks initially identified, submit new risks to the Project Steering Committee for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks by maintaining the Project Risks Log;
  •  Be responsible for managing issues and requests for change by maintaining an Issues Log;
  •  Prepare the Project Progress Report (progress against planned activities, update on Risks and Issues, expenditures) and submit the report to the donor, in partnership with UN Women and UNFPA;
  •  Ensure timely submission of financial and activity progress reports as well as adequate financial management of allocated resources;
  •  Oversee timely preparation of reports for UNDP to donors and other stakeholders;
  •  Prepare presentations to donor partners, government and other stakeholders as required.

Liaison, partnerships and coordination with external and internal partners:

  •  Create strategic partnerships with government, non-government, and private sector stakeholders and beneficiaries to effectively address gender equality issues;
  •  Actively support the implementation of the resource mobilization strategy and maintain close relationships with donor partners;
  •  Closely liaise with the teams for programme results to ensure coherence and synergy among all projects of UNDP Georgia;
  •  Build relationships with other UN agencies and build upon common activities to ensure maximum impact of project activities especially when targeting vulnerable groups of women; and,
  •  Advise team members and management on new developments regarding key partners and stakeholders.

Knowledge building and management:

  •  Provide quality advisory services to the CO and IPs and facilitate knowledge building and management;
  •  Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned;
  •  Make sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories; and,
  •  Contribute to the design and implementation of appropriate learning strategies for stakeholders.

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

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

  • Effective Decision Making
    •  Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
  • Knowledge Facilitation
    •  Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally
  • Project Management
    •  Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • Risk Management
    •  Ability to identify and organise action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
  • Monitoring
    •  Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results
  • Partnership management
    •  Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide network of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
  • Demonstrate Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
    •  Read a group’s emotional currents and power relationships, identifying influencers, networks and organisational dynamics, adapt leadership styles at the appropriate times

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  •  Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Public Administration, Development Studies, Social Sciences, Economics or related field.
  •  Bachelors’ degree with additional 2 years of relevant experience can be considered in lieu of the Master’s degree.

Experience:

  •  Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or minimum 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience related to the area of gender equality, project/programme management, and/or other relevant field preferably within the public sector and CSOs.

Required Skills:

  •  Innovation – Ability to make new and useful ideas work . Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
  •  People Management  Ability to improve performance and satisfaction . Models independent thinking and action
  •  Communication – Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform
  •  Delivery – Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement. Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products and services
  •  Operational Efficiency – Ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve operational efficiency
  •  Team building – Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals

Desired Skills:

  •  Experience of project management in gender equality field
  •  Proven record of gender equality policy analysis work
  •  Experience in gender equality related research (quantitative and qualitative)
  •  Experience of working with parliament, government, CSOs, donors or the UN
  •  Experience in working on human rights, policy analysis, local development, diversity and inclusion
  •  Experience of mainstreaming gender equality, as well as working on intersectional issues (e.g. gender and finances, etc.).

Languages:

  •  Proficiency in English and Georgian (both written and spoken).

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager will be based in UNDP Georgia and will report to the Democratic Governance Team Leader.

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.

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