Project Manager (NPSA-10) Tashkent, Uzbekistan

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)



United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project Manager (NPSA-10)
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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.

‘Preventing corruption through effective, accountable and transparent governance institutions in Uzbekistan’ project is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Justice, the General-Prosecutor’s office and UNDP Uzbekistan. The project will draw on global expertise and good practice in the sphere of anti-corruption through UNDP’s Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies global project, based in the Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore, and will also benefit from regional technical experience from UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub, which has accumulated over two decades of relevant knowledge from anti-corruption and governance support in transition countries in Europe and Central Asia.

In line with Uzbekistan’s Action Strategy 2017-2021 and the country’s commitments under the global Sustainable Development Goals, this Project will contribute to the effective implementation of the Law of Uzbekistan on Anti-Corruption, as well as national commitments under the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the OECD/ACN Istanbul Plan of Actions with regard to prevention of corruption in the public sector. In addition, the Project will provide a platform for implementation of joint activities under the National Anti-Corruption Plan, ensure the engagement of stakeholders from government institutions, think-tanks, civil society, academia and mass media.

In this context, this Project offers comprehensive support for the implementation of effective anticorruption prevention measures including: 1) legislative, institutional and policy support; 2) streamlining and digitalizing the public service delivery and interaction among and within government entities; 3) capacity building of the civil service in the area of integrity and ethics, and a broad awareness-raising campaign to ensure public accountability and transparency of government bodies. These interventions are critical to address the root causes and drivers of corruption in the country.

The Project Manager will be responsible for the operational management of the project according to the project document, UNDP corporate rules and procedures, donor requirement.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager will fulfil the duties under direct supervision of the UNDP Effective Governance Cluster Leader and overall guidance of the Project Board. The Project Manager works in close collaboration with the Government Counterparts, project, operations, and UNDP Programme’s personnel in the Country Office to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.
Oversees strategic planning process for the project and ensures its implementation in accordance with the signed project document;
Responsible for ensuring that the project produces the results specified in the project document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost;
Organize the procurement of hardware and software on prevention of corruption in response to the needs to the project beneficiaries;
Manage the realization of project outputs through activities Provide direction and guidance to project team(s)/ responsible party (ies);
Prepare the Quarterly Project Report (progress against planned activities, update on Risks and Issues, expenditures in UNDP format) and Quarterly Operational Report and submit the reports to the Project Assurance team;
Prepare the Annual Review Report (UNDP format), Project Implementation Report and submit reports to the Project Assurance team;
Based on the project board meeting minutes and ARR, prepare the Annual Work Plan (AWP) and Annual Plan of Activities and Procurement Plan for the project years;
Monitors the implementation of project components, analyses problems that hamper their implementation and takes appropriate measures to ensure timely delivery of required inputs and achievement of project-wide results;
Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports, including proper utilization of funds and delivery, budget revisions, availability of funds, reconciliation of accounts, establishment of internal control mechanisms;
Acts as a focal point to liaise with auditors and ensures follow-up actions. Ensures the accuracy and reliability of financial information and reporting.

 

Competencies

Core Competencies
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
People Management Competencies

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business direction & 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 Management / Project Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Master’s degree in Economics, Law, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Development, Political Science or related field.
Bachelor`s degree with additional 2 years of experience in Economics, Law, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Development, Political Science can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master`s degree.
Experience:
5 years (with Master’s degree) of professional experience in project management, in the field of governance (anti-corruption), gender equality, youth promotion, public services delivery, rule of law and e-governance.
7 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of experience in project management, in the field of governance (anti-corruption), gender equality, youth promotion, public services delivery, rule of law and e-governance is required.
Previous experience in international development organizations would be considered as an asset.
Skills:
Experience in working and collaborating with government and international organizations;
Initiative and strong leadership skills;
Result and client-orientations;
Strong analytical, communication, writing, presentation and communication skills;
Excellent interpersonal and cross cultural communication skills, ability to work in a team and to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, ethics and honesty;
Ability to use information and communication technology as a tool and resource
Willingness to travel as appropriate
Languages:
Fluency in Uzbek, English, Russian.
Desired additional skills and competencies
Knowledge of and experience in gender mainstreaming is an asset
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
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.

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager will fulfil the duties under direct supervision of the UNDP Effective Governance Cluster Leader and overall guidance of the Project Board. The Project Manager works in close collaboration with the Government Counterparts, project, operations, and UNDP Programme’s personnel in the Country Office to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

 


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