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Programme Manager

Job Category:
Project Managers
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Muzaffarabad and Mansehra
Posted On:
19 December, 2005
Last Date to apply:
02 January, 2006
Experience in years
2 to 4

Seven to ten years of relevant experience in the planning, management and implementation of programme and projects. Proven managerial and leadership skills. Proven track record in global development priorities would be a distinct advantage.


Post’s Organizational Accountability:

Under the overall supervision of Manager Early Recovery Programme, and as a member of the UNDP Pakistan Management Team the incumbent:

Manages the Sub-Office as the senior resident UNDP Pakistan manager

Assists in developing and implementing strategies, policies, and plans affecting business development, resource mobilization and delivery of country-office programme in the UNDP Pakistan Sub-Office

Manages the overall operational support for all UNDP Pakistan programme activities that fall under the purview of the Sub-Office. 

Key Results Expected/Major Functional Activities:

In close liaison with the Manager Early Recovery Programme and the respective Assistant Resident Representatives: 

Analyse socio-economic situation and trends, donor and government activity in the area; and help identify opportunities and entry points for UNDP.  Keep Senior Management informed of socio-economic developments that may have an impact on the sub-office. 

Represent UNDP Pakistan in the area and fully participate in UN coordination mechanism and convey UNDP’s priorities and positions. 

Analyse implications of UNDP’s ongoing and planned activity in the area and help translate them into tangible policy positions. 

Ensure timely responses to external and internal management reviews and audits; and follow up implementation of audit recommendations 

Monitor the overall performance of sub-office projects, by ensuring proper planning, benchmarking and target setting (substantively and financially); 

Accesses sources of information (web-based and others), builds knowledge and shares it within UNDP and the cluster. 

In close liaison with the Deputy Resident Representative (Operations): 

Manage the scope of services required for effective implementation of programmes in the sub office. 

Oversee the day-to-day operational and administrative issues of the Sub-Office. 

Using Atlas as necessary, manage the transactions of the Sub-Office and ensure they adhere to UNDP Financial Rules and Regulations and UNDP Human Resources management policies and procedures 

Approve contracts and Atlas Purchase Orders under specific written delegated authority limits from the Resident Representative and Country Director 

Manage personnel matters relating to all staff of the Sub-Office 

Oversee management of physical assets and direct the establishment and maintenance of office support systems (premises, equipment, transport/travel, procurement, shipment, etc,) 

As Security Focal Point in the Sub-Office, and working closely with the host UNDP Country Office and UNDSS as appropriate, responsible for the protection of personnel and property of UNDP through the establishment and maintenance of contingency plans and procedures for medical and other emergencies.  Takes a lead in implementing and maintaining recommended security measures including MOSS and MORSS compliance. Responsible for all coordination with the UN organisation providing common services OCHA

In close liaison with the Senior Management Team:

Plan, design and conduct detailed review on work processes and identify best practices to enhance continuous improvement in the work of the sub office. Drafting terms of reference and job descriptions for consideration by the UNDP management when new recruitment is to be effected.

Examining and ensuring administrative, budgetary, logistical and human resources aspects of the sub office including extra-budgetary activities, and matters related to UNDP unit-wide concerns and administrative processes.

Reviewing the implications of proposed operations and administrative budgets and advising the Manager on appropriate actions.  

Identify and participate in capacity building activities, including identifying training needs, establishing training programmes as well as carrying out training evaluations  

Manage staff performance, providing an enabling environment for learning, knowledge sharing, skills re-tooling and on-the-job training  

Seek early and coordinated responses to problems, bottlenecks and foreseeable crises.  

Inform the quarterly reports/briefings prepared for UNDP Headquarters by the UNDP Pakistan office.

Ensuring the consolidation, harmonization of the various UNDP and UN initiatives in the area to create a single efficient operational and client focused support unit that will meet all UNDP operational and administrative needs. Establishing measures for quality control to conform with established standards.

Providing advice and support to the UNDP management on issues of policy and procedure   related to administration, personnel and related operational matters.

Developing and guiding the achievement of management results, targets, and success indicators for the Regional Centre. Managing the implementation of corporate performance tools.

Analyze, and, if decided, develop and maintain operations of UNDP project offices to ensure to ensure high quality implementation of projects.

Promotes a learning environment in the Regional Centre including empowering staff to address their learning needs.


Technical expertise:

Expertise in provision of technical advisory services in relevant practice areas;

Expertise in project planning, design and management

Skills and competencies required:

Actively builds deep knowledge in practice area managed – developing deep understanding and experience in one or more knowledge areas, including process and/or substantive knowledge; willingly shares this knowledge when others in UNDP request advice or help

Applies existing knowledge to work: Bring all relevant UNDP and external knowledge and resources to provide quality advice and services and improve organizational performance

Display corporate commitment and direction:  Work to promote UNDP’s vision, mission, values and strategic goals

Building consensus/agreements, advocating, promoting and inspiring others to form alliances for concerted actions

Leads teams effectively – motivates and manages teams well, inspiring confidence; manages fluidly within a matrix structure by encouraging staff to work collaboratively with other units and offices

Manage for results:  Translate strategic aims into achievable plans, with established priorities, monitor them, making periodic adjustments as required;

Establishes lasting relationships and substantive dialogue with clients on policy issues that create valuable intervention opportunities for the office/Unit

Fosters culture of initiative and innovation – makes proactive attempts to engage clients and achieve desired results, taking innovative approaches where appropriate and follows up regularly to drive successful implementation

Plans and prioritise work activities to meet organizational goals and organize and oversee work processes efficiently to achieve quality results

Facilitates discussion and recommends solutions for performance improvement opportunities, as appropriate

Promotes a learning environment in the office:  empowers staff to address their development needs and promotes an open atmosphere of mutual feedback and support

Political, cultural sensitivity, commitment to diversity. Communicates effectively with and relates to people of different cultures, demonstrating an ability to see issues from other perspectives.

Computer skills: Proficiency in MS Office suite and familiarity with using a variety of telecommunication systems.

NOTE : This position needs to be filled on urgent basis, candidates are required to apply as soon as possible without waiting deadline. Shortlisting will be done on daily basis.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeAdvanced university degree in Social Sciences, Management, Business/Public Administration, International Relations, or other development related areas.

Must Title Level Description
YesLanguage Excellent  Fluency in English and Urdu