2019 UNDP Nigeria Project Manager Recruitment

Deadline: August 5, 2019.

The conflict between the herders and farmers in Nigeria has been identified as the single most widely spread peace and security threat in the country.

In support of these efforts, the United Nations, through a partnership between UNDP, FAO, UN Women and OHCHR, has developed a project with funding from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund to support the efforts of state governments and other stakeholders to design and implement measures for sustainable peace and development. In the initial phase of this project, activities are focused on Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states in the Middle Belt, with the possibility of expansion into other states in the near future.
This project builds upon and complements another interagency project that targets Benue State. Together, the two interagency projects are the flagship projects of the coordinated and integrated UN response to the farmers-herders crisis in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.
This joint project led by UNDP requires close collaboration and coordination between the UNDP, FAO, UN Women and OHCHR,  responsible for the implementation of the different components of the project, as well as with the Office of the Resident Coordinator. Under the overall leadership and oversight of the UN RC and the strategic guidance of the UNDP Resident Representative, the Project Manager will  provide effective coordination and implementation functions for this project in close consultation with the UN Women, FAO and OHCHR.
S/he will ensure the coordination and well sequenced implementation of the overall project, facilitating collaboration and coordination between the different agency components as per the signed joint project document. Directly supervised by the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Programmes, s/he will also ensure effective project management and implementation of UNDP interventions.
I. Coordination of the Joint Project (40%), in close collaboration with the RCO and Agencies,
  • Support the Resident Coordinator’s office in the organization of Steering Committee meetings convened by the Resident Coordinator, and report on behalf and in coordination with the partner agencies on progress, achievements and risks to the committee.
  • Prepare Project Coordination Committee meetings in close collaboration with the focal points of the sister agencies.
  • Convene and manage regular technical interagency meetings to ensure effective management and coordination of the project.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders (government, UN agencies, NGOs, CBOs and donors);
  • Establish the joint annual work plan and the monitoring and evaluation plan of the Joint Project and ensure their implementation;
  • Responsible for the development of all project reports as per the signed project document.
  • Support the four partner agencies in mobilizing resources from different partners for enhanced and scaled up interagency response;
  • Support advocacy efforts for the Project and messaging, including the preparation of strategies, Project and policy briefs and project documents;
  • Guide and support the development of the Project’s communication strategy in close collaboration with relevant partners;
  • Provide strategic advice and direct technical input on emerging issues;
  • Develop the necessary strategic documents concerning Project planning and implementation, such as policy papers, concept notes, etc.
  • Ensure gender is integrated throughout the Project activities and that results are reported in a gender-sensitive manner;
  • Ensure the development of linkages between the Joint Project and other relevant projects and Projects for mutually reinforcing impact.
II. Management of the UNDP Component (60%)
Under the leadership of the UNDP RR,
  • Lead and manage the project team, whether staff or short-term consultants, in both substantial and operational issues ensuring optimization of resources and nurturing a culture of results with highest performance standards;
  • Undertake day-to-day management of the UNDP component of the project, including effective project implementation and documents progress towards the achievement of outputs;
  • Prepare work plans, produce timely reports, and ensure delivery of resources and results according to planned targets, and;
  • Ensure a management information system is established and functional, which allows the efficient and effective collection, storage and analysis of data throughout the project, including sex and age-disaggregated data where relevant;
  • Ensure the participation and involvement of relevant stakeholders in Project activities so that the process is inclusive, participatory and transparent;
  • Develop Terms of Reference for consultants/experts hired on a short-term basis and ensure proper delivery of technical services and submission of technical and other reports;
  • Manage the UNDP portion of the budget and facilitate budget approvals and revision processes as per relevant UNDP policies and procedures;
  • Ensure appropriate recording and accounting documentation as required for UNDP and preparation of required financial reports. Make the financial operations of the project transparent and able to stand up to regular audits and evaluation;
  • Approve requisitions, and follow up on purchase orders and payment requests in UNDP ATLAS and other relevant systems, and ensure monthly delivery of outputs through a client-satisfaction approach;
  • Ensure that UNDP rules and regulations concerning finance, procurement and human resources are adhered to.
  • Promote identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning;
  • Report regularly to UNDP management on implementation progress, and flag emerging issues and risks in a timely and pro-active manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.
  • Successful management and delivery of the Joint Project as per the signed Joint Project Document and agreed upon results and resources framework; and
  • Lessons learnt and best practices on early recovery, livelihoods and durable solutions to the farmer-herder conflict documented and shared to inform wider policies and programmes.
  • Advanced University Degree in Peace, Conflict or Security studies, Social Sciences, Economics, Rural Development, Agriculture, Business Administration or other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum 7 years of professional working experience in peacebuilding, conflict prevention/management;
  • Demonstrated ability to assess, supervise and co-ordinate technical work in peacebuilding;
  • Experience in designing and conducting conflict analyses to inform Project design and implementation;
  • Thorough understanding and experience in conflict analysis and issues in West Africa particularly as related to Nigeria Farmers-Herders crisis;
  • Demonstrated appreciation of the Nigeria political-economy and context would be  an advantage;
  • Experience in project and team management;
  • Experience in results-based management, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Familiarity with UN rules and procedures would be an advantage;
  • Experience in working with Peacebuilding Support Office constitutes an advantage.
Language Requirements:
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, both in written and in oral form;
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