UNDP Kenya Project Management Specialist - Jobs in Nairobi

UNDP Kenya Project Management Specialist - Jobs in Nairobi

Background

The Joint UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (PEA) programme is a global programme for the four-year period 2018–2022.

Poverty-Environment Action builds on the deep experience of the UNDP–UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI).

Over the past decade, PEI has pioneered integrated approaches to mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages in national development planning and implementation processes—first in support of national efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and now as a model for implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By building on PEI’s legacy, PEA is uniquely placed to ensure that the environmental dimension is not left behind when addressing poverty.

Leveraging broader 2030 Agenda and SDG implementation processes provides new entry points not only to mainstream environmental sustainability and related climate concerns for poverty eradication, but also to gradually shift government priorities and resource allocation towards addressing these issues.

Further, it provides opportunities to improve the quality of private sector investments to support poverty-environment objectives.

This represents the new focus of PEA —aligning finance and investment with poverty, environment and climate objectives to accelerate SDG implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Ensures sound strategic management of financial, human resources and procurement operations in compliance with UNDP Rules and
  • Regulations as well as managing specific donor requirements
  • Delivers effective programmatic implementation and conducts quality assurance activities;
  • Provides effective operational oversight and implements oversight activities;
  • Facilitates knowledge building and management.
  • Ensure sound strategic management of financial, human resources, and procurement operations in compliance with UNDP Rules and
  • Regulations as well as managing specific donor requirements including:
  • Ensures adherence to UNDP policies and procedures, POPP, IPSAS, Internal Control Frameworks, SOPs and other corporate guidance on project management.
  • Develops administrative procedures, guidelines, formats, checklist for implementation of project management and trainings for the application of delegated authority with selected country outputs and Technical Assistance initiatives administered under the joint project;
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the operating environment, timely readjustment of the operations, and proactively highlight issues to the PEA Project Manager and provide advice and risk assessments and mitigation efforts
  • Analyze and monitor PEA financial resource status (in ATLAS and through UNEX) and keep management informed for timely actions and decisions to ensure optimum utilization of PEA resources.
  • Delivers effective programmatic implementation and conducts quality assurance activities including:
  • Ensures that governance processes and procedures for the project are correctly followed and that governance activities such as Project
  • Board meetings are organized regularly according to an established calendar, and that the project ensures a timely and adequate follow-up on the recommendations coming from different governance bodies;
  • Review all operational plans (procurement, HR etc.) and all related PEA project workplan proposals, budget revisions and cash allocation submissions to allocate donor funds within restrictions and requirements;

    Facilitates knowledge building and management including:

  • Contribute to project staff capacity development through dissemination of knowledge and contributing to webinars, training events/activities, etc. where possible.
  • Build capacity and knowledge in PEA by developing tools and resources needed to ensure proper financial management and allow donor reports to be prepared on a timely basis.
  • Design and/or introduce, learning tools, best practices and innovations in financial business operational practices and project management.
  • Capture, synthesize, codify, and disseminate lessons learned and best practices on joint programming and global projects from PEA.
  • Working closely with GC-RED staff, coordinate PEA lessons learnt and PEA inputs to the relevant activities of GC-RED for various UNDP corporate platforms as part of
    the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan implementation.

    Competencies

    Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
    People Management:
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

    Communication:
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

    Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

    Technical/Functional:

    UNDP Knowledge:

  • Strong knowledge of UNDP POPP rules and regulations and IPSAS with demonstrated ATLAS mastery.

    Project Management:

  • Proficiency and expertise in preparation of financial reports, financial/budget planning and general UNDP project management principles (including results-based budgeting).

    Operational Effectiveness:
  • Experience in managing complex and multi-country projects, with a preference for joint/multi-agency UN project implementation experience.

    Strategic Skills:
  • Conceptual/strategic skills and success in implementing financial re-engineering, management systems development, and innovation;

    Required Skills and Experience
    Education:

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

    Experience:
  • At least 5 years of extensive and progressively responsible experience in project management within UNDP; at least 3 years providing strategic planning, financial and/or advisory level services.
  • Substantial experience in the application of complex financial ERP systems and modules (PeopleSoft/ATLAS) required.
  • Solid knowledge/qualifications and experience with IPSAS
  • Proficiency with EU PAGoDA regulations and implementation and reporting for EU funds a strong asset.
  • Experience in managing complex and multi-country projects, with a preference for joint/multi-agency UN project implementation experience.
  • Strong knowledge of UNDP POPP rules and regulations and IPSAS with demonstrated ATLAS mastery.
  • Proficiency and expertise in preparation of financial reports, financial/budget planning and general UNDP project management principles (including results-based budgeting).
  • Conceptual/strategic skills and success in implementing financial re-engineering, management systems development, and innovation;
    Advanced knowledge of Excel spreadsheet and database packages.

    Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Working knowledge of other UN language, specifically French, desirable
  • Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents.
  • UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
  • UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

    Workforce diversity
  • UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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


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