UNDP Project Manager: Inclusive Growth Jobs in South Africa
UNDP Project Manager: Inclusive Growth Jobs in South Africa
The Project Manager: Inclusive Growth will anchor identified projects within the portfolio, providing substantive support to the project in terms of project governance, implementation and monitoring. .
As the overall coordinator, s/he will work with respective units and teams to ensure hands-on day-to-day coordination and steering support, and that projects are well conceptualized, activities and tasks are well mapped out, roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, budgets are allocated and expenditure tracked, communication and visibility is undertaken, and monitoring and evaluation is consistently done. The role seeks to:Ensure effective project management of the assigned projects by maintaining the delivery of appropriate technical, operational, financial and administrative outputs, while tracking the project progress through monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
Maintaining collaborative working relationships among key project partners and donors, through effective communication, consultation and reporting;
Aligning the project with UN values and UNDP priorities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensure effective project management of the assigned projects by maintaining the delivery of appropriate technical, operational, financial and administrative outputs, while tracking the project progress through monitoring, evaluation and reporting
Developing comprehensive/detailed project work-plans that include all project activities and roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders and setting-out corresponding milestones;
Managing and coordinating the implementation of the respective activities based on the relevant project documents, including, as needed, supervision and guidance of other project staff, consultants and experts with a view to achieving project results;
Monitoring the progress of implementation of project activities and key event schedules observing the work-plans and set deadlines including monitoring of the financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports;
Mobilizing goods and services to support project activities, including drafting TORs and works/product requirements and specifications;
Managing and monitoring project risks initially identified, submitting information on the new risks and possible mitigating measures to the Project Board for consideration and updating the status of these risks by maintaining a Project Risk Log;
Ensuring adherence of project activities to the existing financial, procurement and administrative processes that are in line with prevailing UNDP rules and regulations;
Setting up and managing project steering committees
Preparing project progress reports and ensuring timely submission of the reports to the relevant instances, such as the project boards and relevant donors;
Managing project tracking in QUANTAM in accordance with UNDP procedures;
Managing the transfer of project deliverables to national beneficiaries and other project stakeholders.
Maintaining collaborative working relationships among key project partners and donors, through effective communication, consultation and reporting
Maintaining strong relationships with the implementing partners, government at all levels (national, provincial and local)and other relevant partners and donors;
Maintaining regular coordination and quality assurance of expert inputs and products as well as among project partners to ensure coherence and complementarity of project activities;
Identifying opportunities for deepening the cooperation and recommending adequate approaches to dealing with different stakeholders based on information on all relevant stakeholders gathered during projects’ implementation;
Maintaining regular communication on relevant project issues with the local and international counterparties, consultants and experts and ensuring quality and timely
delivery of all agreed outputs;
Maintaining effective linkages with current and potential donors;
Ensuring adequate visibility of projects, and effective communication of project results and knowledge management
Aligning the project with UN values and UNDP priorities
Ensure the principles of gender equality, democratic governance, youth development, social inclusion and disaster resilience are effectively reflected in all project activities;
Ensure that gender equality is pursued in all project activities and reflected in work plans, budgets, reports, researches, analyses and, where specifically relevant, analyzed in detail;
Ensure that accessibility for persons with disabilities is reflected in all project activities;
Consult regularly with other UNDP projects and programs on related activities where synergies are possible;
Strive to engage groups and communities in project activities that affect them;
Communicate project goals and activities clearly to both stakeholders and the wider public.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in economics, development studies or relevant field; or
A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum 2 years (with master’s degree) or 4 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing project management, programme/project coordination and monitoring and/or provision of advisory services or similar is required.
Proven experience in development role, in a developed country is required.
Proven experience in project management, with evidence of having managed similar projects is required.
Demonstrable experience in liaising and co-operating with government officials, municipal authorities' academic institutions, NGOs and the private sector; and other national institutions and counterparts, UN agencies, international NGOs and other relevant stakeholders in a complex environment is required.
Good knowledge of the policies and institutional frameworks relevant to just energy transition, entrepreneurship, digitalisation is an asset.
Demonstrable knowledge of South African development priorities, particularly in relation to Just Energy Transition is an asset.
Excellent communications, report writing, and analytical skills is an asset.
Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is an asset.
Proven experience managing Government of Japan funded projects, or working with Japanese agencies is an asset.
Experience with UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures and project management, including experience with Quantum is an asset.
Training Certification in Project management is an asset.
Experience working in South Africa is an asset.
Proficiency in Oral and Written English Language is required.
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Project Manager: Inclusive Growth Jobs in South Africa
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