UNDP Kenya Portfolio Analyst - Environment and Resilience - Jobs in Nairobi

UNDP Kenya Portfolio Analyst - Environment and Resilience - Jobs in Nairobi

Background

The UNDP Country Office in Kenya 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 Kenya address interrelated development challenges and achieve sustainable development, particularly in those regions which have a high level of poverty

To remain globally competitive Kenya has to manage and sustain her environment and natural resource base.

The country subsistence and national economies, foreign exchange and significant contribution to GDP depend on agriculture and agro-based industries, tourism, water resources and hydropower.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Implementation of programme strategies;
  • Management of the CO programme under portfolio;
  • Substantive support to the creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy ;
  • Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of
  • knowledge building and management
  • 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 Kenyans under the auspices of 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 particular attention to the rural women, poor 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.
  • Ensures effective management of the CO programme within ERU 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 creation 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.
  • Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

    Competencies

    Innovation

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.

    Leadership

  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others.

    People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Models independent thinking and action

    Communication

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis.


    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 multi-governmental 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 People Soft (Atlas).

    Language:
  • Fluency in English.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 22nd March 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Kenya Portfolio Analyst - Environment and Resilience - Jobs in Nairobi

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