UNDP Project Manager - GEMS - Jobs in South Sudan

UNDP Project Manager - GEMS - Jobs in South Sudan

South Sudan has experienced immense political, institutional, social and economic challenges, which have derailed its progress since independence and transition from Sudan in July 2011. In September 2018, parties to the conflict signed a peace agreement to end the conflict.

The Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) brought renewed impetus towards stabilizing the fragile situation in the country.

Following signing of the R-ARCSS, South Sudan is gearing up to embark on a transitional period with the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) mandated, among other things to implement the revitalized peace agreement with a renewed promise of no return to war, reintegrate refugees and internally displaced persons, undertake legal and institutional reforms, enforce accountable economic governance and improve service delivery to citizens.


Ensure Project Implementation

  • Ensure the achievement of outputs/results in line with the approved work plan through the day-to-day planning, management coordination and implementation of activities.
  • Represent the project in various fora;
  • Recruitment and management of staff in accordance with UNDP guidelines;
  • Coordinate GEMS project implementation with relevant UNMISS, UNCT, and other development partners’ programmes/projects;
  • Consult with CO Advisors on policy and technical advisory related issues and with the DGSU Team Leader on corporate compliance issues;
  • Undertake monitoring visits to project sites and report on project progress and constraints;

    Financial Management

  • Ensure accountability for, and efficient use of project funds;
  • Manage and monitor requests for financial resources and ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports;
  • Supervise requisitions, purchase orders and payment requests in ATLAS, and ensure monthly delivery updates to the Programme Officer on financial delivery performance;
  • Provide leadership in overseeing of effective provision of services to counterparts including fair and transparent procurement process, efficient logistics and sound financial management;
  • Liaise with the Technical Advisor and other project staff on financial management of the project activities, including monitoring project financial expenditures and transactions;
  • Manage calls for bids and for proposals and selection of implementing partners within the UNDP programme and contractual frameworks for project activity implementation;
  • Design the scope of works and TORs for the bids and call for proposals;
  • Ensure the integrity of financial system and, overseeing the administrative, financial and budgetary aspects of the project activities;
  • Ensure strict and consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations as per the Internal Control Framework.

    Building strategic partnerships and alliances

  • Participate in inter-agency working groups and initiatives to promote governance and economic management;
  • Engage in a constructive dialogue with partners in South Sudan, the region and UNDP HQ to maximize consistency and synergy between the various support components, as informed by the priorities of Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU);
  • Maintain continuous dialogue with the government and other key partners
    to ensure proper integration and co-ordination of other related capacity development efforts;
  • Support establishment of various governance and economic management forums at national level;
  • Provide professional opinions in areas of expertise to promote networking and teamwork between counterparts and the development community.

    Resource Mobilization

  • Catalyze mobilization of additional resources from the government, donors and regional partners to widen the support base for Governance and Economic Management;
  • Develop partnerships with other individuals and organizations to ensure wide participation and sharing in development issues;
  • Maintain relationships between the project and development partners and present a clear analysis of how their financial support has contributed to the results they requested, and promote the institutional development efforts to new development partners;
  • Develop Concept Notes, project documents and proposals to support Country Office resource mobilization efforts.

    Results-based management and reporting

  • Lead and advise the project team on the achievement of specific results of the project detailed in the annual work plan;
  • Identify synergies between the GEMS specific interventions and other UNDP projects to maximize impact and results;
  • Prepare reports, work plans, regular donor progress and impact reports for the project;
  • Participate in all internal and external (coordination) meetings representing the project;
  • Manage and monitor identified project risks and update the status of these risks in ATLAS;
  • Plan and prioritize work activities to meet organizational goals; and organize and oversee work processes efficiently to achieve quality results;
  • Assist the UNDP project team to achieve results as identified in the annual work plan;
  • Undertake any other duties as may be required by UNDP.


  • Master’s Degree in relevant Social Sciences, a post graduate Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, and Economics would be an advantage.
  • At least 7 years’ professional experience in project management, with over 3 years focus on governance and or economic management programming including the preparation and submission of timely donor reports;
  • Experience of managing development projects in post-conflict situations in the areas of governance and or economic management reforms;
  • Proven understanding of governance and economic management issues in post conflict public administration reform;
  • Proven experience in partnership building, networking and resource mobilization;
  • Substantial previous experience in project management and working with senior government officials;
  • Knowledge of UNDP programme management procedures and policies;
  • Proven strong analytical ability and written and oral communication skills;
  • Computer skills and strong knowledge of various software including Excel, PowerPoint and Word;
  • Experience from previous UN assignments in a post-conflict environment and work in a Country Office would be an asset.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset but not a requirement.

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 30th August, 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Project Manager - GEMS - Jobs in South Sudan

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