Ukraine nationals: Programme Analyst (Team Leader) Environment

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Kyiv, Ukraine
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
Ukrainian

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Background

 

Background and Change Context

 

The UNDP Country Office in Ukraine sought to reposition itself strategically and realign its human resources to better respond to the Country Programme Document (CPD) 2018-2022 and the articulated need to work in a more integrated and collaborative manner to help Ukraine address interrelated development challenges and achieve sustainable development, particularly in those regions which have a high level of poverty.

The change process in UNDP Ukraine is anchored in two fundamental components: 1) Actively positioning UNDP for emerging opportunities arising for the SDG implementation, as reflected in the CPD  2018 – 2022, as well as implications of the UN development system reform; and 2) Adopting a new resource management paradigm, as the global funding landscape for development cooperation is transforming. As such, UNDP is systemically changing how its institutional activities are financed and Country Offices are compelled to unlock new business models that enable our programmes, projects, and services to create the development impact in a self-sustaining and scalable manner.

Drawing on the above, a new programme portfolio design has been developed whereby the CO will use three work streams, which will align existing project-level interventions behind programmatic portfolios supported by an Operations Team. These are: 1) Democratic Governance, 2) Environment and 3) Inclusive Development, Recovery and Peace Building
 
Given the imperative to support the country in the implementation of the SDGs and improve human development in the most excluded and vulnerable populations, the interconnection among these areas, providing an integrated approach to advocate for sustainable Human Development and reduction of inequalities, is a priority for the CO.

 

Post-Specific Context

 

In this context, the Programme Analyst (Team Leader), is deemed a key element to the success of this new country programme in the assigned thematic area. Under the guidance and supervision of the DRR the incumbent is responsible for the management of UNDP programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned. As such s/he is entrusted with the oversight off the programmatic area covering a wide arrange of issues and programme sub-themes including environment, climate change, disaster risk management etc.

The Programme Analyst (TL) analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, as well as providing policy advice support. the thematic areas and sub-areas. She/he will provide policy and programmatic guidance to other members of the Programme Unit, especially regarding cross cutting issues. S/he will give emphasis and support to strategic positioning of the office and strategic advice, policy advocacy, programme design and monitoring, partnership and pipeline building and maintaining, team management and supervision, and innovation within the thematic area assigned.

The incumbent is also entrusted to promote the inclusion of cross cutting programme considerations with special focus to the rights of vulnerable groups and constituencies. Thus, she/he must have a proven capacity to engage a diverse stakeholder base and to effectively network for solid partnership building and joint programming (public-private, civil society, South-South, etc.) as well as the participation of trust funds such as the GEF, Green Fund etc.

S/he provides management of the team under the assigned thematic area as well as substantive backstopping to senior management as required.

The incumbent will also endeavor to engage in collaborative policy discussions under the oversight of senior management, with project staff to ascertain emerging needs in the thematic area as well as opportunities to capitalize on new or innovative programme strategies as well as to ensure coherence of programme strategies and activities.

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Summary of Key Functions:

 

1. Implementation of programme strategies
2. Management of the CO programme under portfolio and the Environment team.
3. Substantive support to the development of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy 
4. Provision of quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management

 

1) Ensures implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Support formulation, design and implementation of Natural Resource Management (NRM), Disaster Risk reduction, Climate Change mitigation projects to build capacity of Ukrainians under the Country Programme Document (CPD).
  • Support NRM sector specific plans and strategies that aim to protect the environment and to use natural resources for poverty reduction and sustainable economic development.
  • Support and backstop the country office Global Environment Facility (GEF) portfolio through ensuring that projects meet prescribed requirements and approval processes including Project Implementation Plans and Project Execution Plans.
  • Contribute to development of GEF national and regional projects for funding to address global environmental issues as well as those derived from the implementation of the Blue Economy within the mandates of national policies and obligations of various international environment conventions.
  • Support management of projects through preparation of requests for procurement and payments, budget revisions under ATLAS, and following up CDRs and GDRs.
  • Ensure the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, with attention to the rural women, grassroots communities, and the use of broad participatory approaches in design implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  • Explore possible options for resource mobilization and for partnerships within the UN system (under UNDAF) and with other relevant donors and institutions in order to encourage co-funding combined programming, avoid duplication and to strengthen impact actives of the programme.
  • Backstop and evaluate progress made by ongoing projects through regular visits to project sites and discussions with project personnel, target beneficiaries, implementing authorities, cooperating agencies and donors.
  • Undertake monitoring and evaluation through undertaking field visits preparation of APRs, convening TPR and Project Steering meetings and propose necessary actions to enhance impact of UNDP support and to determine new approaches for ongoing and future projects.
  • Participate in consultative meetings within the UN system under UNDAF and with partners and clients.
  • Brief country office colleagues, experts and visiting missions and maintain contacts and liaison between stakeholders and national authorities.
  • Maintain networking at national and global levels with professional colleagues in UNDP energy and environment community of practice and knowledge network environment and natural resources sector to enrich the programme.
  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, and other documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic areas under her/his purview.
  • CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.

2) Ensures effective management of the CO programme and the Environment team focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the following results:

  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of Natural Resource Management, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.
  • Initiation of a project, presentation of the project to PAC, entering project into Atlas, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review, POs and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in audit of NIM projects.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.
  • Ensures the organizations of regular unit meetings
  • Review of individual and team’s performance and provision of required coaching, guidance, mentoring and empowerment.

 

3)  Ensures development of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with the Management Support and Partnerships and Resources Management Team focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.

 

4) Ensures provision of quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Identifies and disseminates programme innovation and good practices in the thematic area.
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.

 

 

Competencies

 

Core

 

Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work 
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

 

Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow 
Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

 

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction 
Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

 

Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform 
Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

 

Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement 
Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

 

Technical/Functional

 

Data Measurement
Ability to set goals and indicators and to interpret and synthesize results into usable information to inform policy, strategy, and/or action 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Climate Change (General) 
Knowledge of climate change Including climate change international regime) and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Environmental Economics and Finance
Knowledge of economic and financial issues, including resource revenue management, related to conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Building Strategic Partnerships
Ability to maintain and establish networks of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up to date on partnership related issues.
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Post-Crisis Environment and Resilience  
Knowledge of Post-Crisis Environment and Resilience concepts and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Resource mobilization
Ability to analyze information/databases on potential and actual donors and identity and present opportunities for project proposals to donors. 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Results-based Management 
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Monitoring and Evaluation
Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Knowledge Facilitation 
Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

 

Required Skills and Experience

 

Education: 

  • Master's or Bachelor’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.

Experience: 

  • Master’s with 2 years or Bachelor’s with 4 years of relevant experience in working with environment, DRR, climate change and resilience programmes in the context of a multigovernmental organization.
  • Experience in programme management and multilateral development stakeholders
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages,
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems and ERP financials, preferably PeopleSoft (Atlas).

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian.

 

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