Senior Local Governance Specialist (SC10) 217 views

Senior Local Governance Specialist (SC10)

  • Added Date: Monday, 16 December 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 30 December 2019
  • Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • Country: Myanmar
  • City: Myitkyina
  • Contract Type: Service Contract (SC)
  • Post Level: SB5


    Summary of Key Functions:



    • Analyzes trends and good practices in local governance and engages in the design of UNDP’s technical assistance to counterparts in the assigned State and pilot townships.
    • Collects data and information on the real-time socio-economic and political situation of the pilot townships in the assigned State, synthesizes and analyses the situation in respect of supporting to programme/project formulation and implementation; and reports timely/regularly to KABP management and UNDP Strategic Management Unit (SMU)
    • Ensures high-quality provision of technical services, and provides continuous coaching for successful implementation of the agreed methodologies and standards related to local governance.
    • Designs and provides local governance related trainings, workshops and hands-on coaching to key counterparts including from the government, UN Agencies, host communities and target beneficiaries, including IDPs; Applies demand-based approach focusing on integrated development programming and linkages with livelihoods component, and ensures use of interactive methods.
    • Facilitates government counterparts in identifying capacity needs and supports them in preparing capacity development plans.
    • Provides inputs to related progress reports, audit and evaluations. 



    • Ensures implementation of Grant Manual, Procurement Guidelines, and other relevant documents in pilot township as relevant for the KABP.
    • Ensures high-quality and timely implementation of the local governance activities in the assigned State/townships as per the Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and agreed deadlines as well as according to procurement and HR rules and regulations.
    • Provides timely updates on implementation of local governance activities and real-time issues and problems to KABP management team, together with analysis and suggestions for solutions.
    • Provides substantive inputs to drafting of progress reports in line with UNDP requirements and standards as well as donor specific requirements.
    • Provides facilitation, as required, UNDP’s capacity assessments for Implementing Partners (IPs), called, HACT and micro-capacity assessments under the leadership and direction of UNDP Country Office Programme Support Unit (PSU) and Programme Finance unit (PFU). Ensures timely facilitation of subsequent assessments, once expired.
    • Provides substantive support to Implementing Partners (IPs)/Responsible Parties (RPs) under local governance component. Provides effective support to IPs/RPs, including coordination of UNDP process for disbursing financial resources to IPs/RPs through agreed modalities. Facilitates timely receipt of IPs/RPs’ progress updates/reports. Monitors and analyzes any implementation issues IPs/RPs may be faced with and discusses with IPs/RPs to identify solutions.
    • Closely monitors local governance related events, contractors’ delivery timelines, payment schedules, and logistical timelines.
    • Supervises personnel and consultants responsible for local governance component, as assigned.
    • Provides support in organization of audits. Ensures audit recommendations related to local governance component are implemented in the assigned Region/State under the leadership and direction of UNDP Country Office Programme Support Unit (PSU) and Programme Finance unit (PFU). Provides inputs to the corresponding management responses
    • Complies with organizational rules, regulations, policies, strategies and internal control mechanisms. In all local governance activities, ensures appropriate use of funds as well as the consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations.



    • Facilitates and maintains strategic dialogue between KABP staff and counterparts, including State government, township administration, W/VTAs, Hluttaws, civil society when relevant, beneficiaries, particularly women, youth, IDPs, etc.; Liaises with State government at senior level regularly on implementation of local governance component for policy related discussions and advocacy;
    • Meets regularly with State and township level government departments as needed, to discuss status and issues related to implementation of local governance component implementation for achieving the set results.
    • Contributes inputs to communication plan of KABP from local governance perspective and supports its implementation in close collaboration with the Area Office; Provides support to donor and external stakeholder missions, as required.
    • Represents UNDP locally at meetings and workshops, as required; Acts as the technical liaison with counterparts and stakeholders including the UN agencies, development partners, academia/think tanks, civil society, when relevant, I/NGOs, Hluttaws, etc., and provides technical inputs, as required, to promote integrated approach and linkages between peace and development nexus with particular focus on local governance
    • Organizes key events such as consultation meetings, trainings, committee meetings, etc. as needed for the implementation of UNDP’s technical assistance and integrated area based programming.



    • In accordance with UNDP quality assurance and monitoring guidelines and in close coordination with the KABP team, provides substantive inputs to drafting of the monitoring plan and facilitates implementation of the monitoring activities, including through data gathering and regular field trips for monitoring of local governance related activities. Proposes innovative solutions to enhance effective achievement of the local governance related results, including also through integrated approach.
    • Provides technical assistance to State government and township administrations to document lessons learned and key positive changes in the process of developing and implementing township annual plans/budgets, and in township public financial management; Contributes inputs to substantive briefs and dialogues for policy change and advocacy.
    • Ensures timely management of the filing system of State plans/budgets, township annual plan and budget related data and information to support implementation of local governance component.
    • Provides technical support to the State government, township administrations, and relevant counterparts on monitoring performance indicators/ success criteria, targets and milestones, and preparation of reports in accordance with the Grant Manual, Procurement Guidelines, etc.
    • Keeps abreast of good practices in promoting local governance applying integrated approach in other countries and identifies learning and awareness rising points for KABP and counterparts, including through integrated development programming approach.
    • Identifies opportunities for government counterparts to share their experience with other countries and provides support in facilitating South-South cooperation.


    Functional Competencies:             

    Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda


    Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies

    • Creates effective advocacy strategies
    • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses

    Results-Based Programme Development and Management


    Level 1.1: Contributing to results through provision of information

    • Provides information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration
    • Provides information and documentation on specific stages of programme implementation
    • Participates in the formulation of proposals

    Building Strategic Partnerships


    Level 2: Identifying and building partnerships

    • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
    • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partner
    • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings
    • Promotes integrated development management within UNDP and UNCT;

    Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

    Level 2: Developing new approaches

    • Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing proposals
    • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
    • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
    • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor

    Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)

    Level 2:  Implementing resource mobilization strategies

    • Analyzes information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach
    • Identifies and compiles lessons learned

    Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

    Level 2: Developing tools and mechanisms

    • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
    • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms

    Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

    Level 2: In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter

    • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
    • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
    • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
    • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

    Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

    Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies

    • Performed analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
    • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level 

    Client Orientation

    Level 2: Contributing to positive outcomes for the client

    • Anticipates client needs
    • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
    • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
    • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality

    Core Competencies:

    • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity 
    • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
    • Self-development, initiative-taking
    • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
    • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
    • Creating synergies through self-control
    • Managing conflict
    • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
    • Informed and transparent decision making


    • Master’s Degree in Economics, Management, International Relations, Development, Public Administration/Policy and/or related fields with 5 years of relevant experiences.
    • If Bachelor Degree in Economics, Management, International Relations, Development, Public Administration/Policy and/or related fields, 7 years relevant working experience is required.
    • At least 5 years of experience in management, implementation and monitoring of development programmes/projects.
    • Proven experience in local governance and institutional capacity development.
    • Proven record of analysis and reports on topics of local governance and institutional capacity development and advocacy.
    • Experience in coordinating with wide range of stakeholders including senior levels, including government, development partners, academia/think tank, I/NGO, parliament, etc.
    • Solid knowledge of project management principles and best practices.
    • Understanding of humanitarian and development nexus and integrated development programming is an asset;
    • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
    • Experience in designing and facilitating trainings and workshops.
    • Project management experience, preferably within UNDP or another UN agency is a desirable asset.
    • Good knowledge of the local context is a desirable asset.
    • Myanmar national only with strong oral and written command of English and Myanmar language.
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Proficient in office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.).



    Contract Duration: Initial 10 months contract with possible extension

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