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Joint Programme Support Officer (ALD)

Job Category:
Programme Management
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Positions:
5
Agency / Project:
UNRCO
City/Location:
Islamabad
Country:
Pakistan
Posted On:
22 September, 2008
Last Date to apply:
09 October, 2008
Experience in years
2 to 4
Experience:

2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and preferably Urdu, with good analytical and communication skills.
Proficiency in the use of information technology (word processing, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets and data management), while being well conversant with the internet/intranet environment.
An ability to work harmoniously and effectively as part of a well-coordinated team with people of varied backgrounds, including gender sensitivity.

Description:
 

Background:
Pakistan has been selected as one of the 8 pilot countries for the UN Reform process “Delivering as One”. In consultation with the GoP, 5 thematic working areas have been identified for the UN’s One Programme, namely Agriculture, Rural Development & Poverty Reduction; Disaster Risk Management; Education; Environment and Health & Population. For each area, a thematic working group (TWG) has been formed to carry out the formulation of the respective Joint Programme (JP). With the planning phase approaching its closing stages, the UNCT and TWGs are embarking on the implementation stage of the One Programme
Responsibilities in Outline: The candidate selected will work under the direct guidance and supervision of the the Co-Chairs of the respective TWG, and in consultation with the Senior Coordination Officer in the Office of the Resident Coordinator.  The principal function of the post is support the TWG through the Co-Chairs in the collaborative, efficient and coherent implementation of the respective Joint Programme (JP) and the JP Components (JPC).  A secondary function is to ensure the effective linkages, where relevant, between Joint Programmes (JP) to ensure common approaches, common procedures and common reporting.

Functions / Key Results Expected
1. Ensures effective support to Thematic Working Groups (and through them to the Joint Programme Steering Committees( and to the Inter-Agency Working Groups (and through them to the JP Component Task focusing on achievement of the following results:
Provide advice on implementation modalities, integration of the cross-cutting issues and establishment of common procedures among JPs to the JP Co-Chairs and to the Participating UN Agencies of the respective JP.
 

2. Ensures preparation and implementation of the monitoring of JP Component focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Facilitation in the implementation of the respective JPs and JP Components including collecting and sharing budget information, producing and editing donor reports from the JP and the JP Component level. 
Support the UN Participating Agencies in the respective Joint Programme to implement the Joint Programme Component monitoring and evaluation plans (in close collaboration with the UN Monitoring  and Evaluation  Network) and on behalf of the Co-Chairs and Participating UN Agencies, ensure that the Participating Agencies are documenting the progress against the required targets; through collection, dissemination and consolidation of information on the respective JP and its related JP Components, to outcome and output level
 

3 Ensures effective Support in building relations with UN agencies and donors  focusing on the achievement   of the following results:
Under the specific direction of the Co-Chairs, maintain contacts and exchange information with other JPs through their respective Co-Chairs, with the Office of the Resident Coordinator staff (especially in Monitoring and Evaluation , budget information system and donor reporting), with senior UN agency staff, with Government officers, and with donor agency personnel.
Facilitate effective coherence and coordination among the Participating UN Agencies and with other stakeholders on the implementation of the JPs and JP Components
Facilitate technical level communications between Participating UN Agencies at the JP Component level and the Office of the Resident Coordinator.
  
4. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Support and facilitate contacts with the UN Provincial Coordination Teams to assist in the implementation of Joint Programme activities in the respective Provinces.
Prepare documents and correspondences related to the respective Joint Programme to be shared with donors and other partners for clearance and transmission by the Co-Chairs.
Prepare progress reports on behalf of the Co-Chairs and through close consultation with Participating UN Agencies,  which will form the UN’s strategic monitoring tools addressing results and impact of the respective joint programme such as;
o Key implementation issues and risks affecting implementation, and proposed mitigating strategies.
o Document experiences and strategic lessons learnt.
o Budgetary and financial expenditure details.
 
Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Treats all people fairly without   favoritism
 
   Functional Competencies:
Knowledge and Learning Management
Knowledge and experience from within and outside the UN Agencies.
Encourages UN staff to share knowledge
Develops deep understanding in UN System reform and MDGs
Has Knowledge of 1 of the five thematic areas (i.e. Agriculture, Rural Development & Poverty Reduction; Disaster Risk Management; Education; Environment and Health & Population)
Coordination Effectiveness
Ability to support the implementation of UN programme activities, strengthening of strategic partnerships for UN Reform implementation.
Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with UN Agencies and Counterparts.
 


Education
Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMasters DegreeMasters DegreeA master’s degree in the field of management/sociology/development studies or equivalent. Training in the specific thematic areas of the respective Joint Programme (i.e. Agriculture, Rural Development & Poverty Reduction; Disaster Risk Management; Education; Environment and Health & Population) would be a distinct advantage