UNDP Planning and Coordination Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

UNDP Planning and Coordination Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Duties and Responsibilities

Support programme and project formulation and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Serve as a resource person on UNDP planning guidelines and standards.

  • Monitor development conditions in the region, especially the post-conflict environment.

  • Help design/coordinate/facilitate damage/gap/needs assessment activities in the region.

  • Oversee results-based planning and reporting.
    Introduce and/or strengthen participatory methodologies for assessment and planning that give ‘voice’ to local governments, communities and women, among others.

  • Support formulation of draft project documents and annual work plans (AWPs) ensuring the fullest participation and ownership of regional counterparts, including zonal and woreda officials, as well as a strong voice for communities and women, in particular

  • Monitor implementation of activities, including through an active programme of regular field/on-site visits

  • Synthesize lessons learnt and best practices in project/programme implementation and participate actively in relevant communities of practice.

  • Ensure adherence of UNDP-supported work to safeguards: HACT, ESS, human rights, leaving no one behind, and ‘doing no harm

  • Facilitate, as needed and appropriate, reviews, audits and evaluations of UNDP-supported work in the region

    Facilitate capacity-building focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Assess capacity-building needs on planning and coordination in institutions at regional and local levels and help develop well-structured and sustainable plans for addressing them.

  • Design and/or lead workshops and training programmes on substantive and operational issues to do with planning and coordination including through periodic refresher courses.

  • Monitor capacity development efforts in terms of their effects on individual and institutional performance.

    Ensure well-functioning partnerships and coordination mechanisms with government and non-government partners focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Design and/or help strengthen a strong coordination mechanism between the regional government and UNDP.

  • Help establish the systems, practices and mechnisms required for close working relationships between humanitarian and development actors in the region, especially but not only within the context of the UNDP Peace Support Programme.

  • Build strong and trusted relationship with regional counterparts, including zonal and woreda officials, as well as with target communities.

  • Engage civil society and academia in the region to strengthen working relations, trust, and mutual understanding.

  • Facilitate donor visits to the region.

  • Assist with complete, accurate and timely completion of donor reports, for final review by the CO.

  • Contribute to the design of partnership and resource mobilization strategies.

  • Conduct stakeholder mapping using 5Ws (Who is doing What, Where, When and with/For whom)

    Report and communicate with Peace Support Director, Programmes (TLs) and Operations in the CO focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Produce accurate, quality, and timely monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports.

  • Closely work with the finance team to ensure narrative reports are complete with financial.

  • Keep reporting requirements, guidelines, and resources up to date and ensure they are understood by all field staff and partners.

  • Maintain and update the program database.

  • Provide support in developing and maintaining a functional knowledge management system.

  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as determined by the Director of the PSO.

    Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

  • Business Direction and Strategy: Negotiation and Influence : Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of
    dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations

  • Business Development: Integration within the UN: Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations.

  • Business Management: Results Based Management : Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

  • Business Management: Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

  • Business Management: Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience, Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.

  • Business Management: Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results.

  • Business Management: Evaluation: Ability to make an independent judgement based on set criteria and benchmarks - Ability to anticipate client's upcoming needs and concerns.

    Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development studies, economics, project management, statistics or other related social sciences is required.

  • A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least five years of progressively responsible in Programme/Project Planning and Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation and management of multi-donor and multi-sector recovery and development programmes/projects in post-conflict settings at national and/or international levels is required for advanced university degree holders.

    Required skills.

  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional development experience in related areas in Ethiopia

  • Experience in Programme/Project Planning and Coordination

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Excellent written and communication skills including report writing and editing In English.

  • Computer literacy with office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and good knowledge of spreadsheet and database as well as geographic information systems packages will be plus.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section.

  • At least 3 years experience working with UNDP and UN system policies and programming

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Results Based Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.

  • Fluency in the local languages of Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions is an advantage.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English and local language.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Planning and Coordination Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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