Thursday, August 27, 2009

Job Vacancies at UNDP Nigeria - Programme Analyst – Environmental Governance

UNDP is recruiting for a Programme Analyst – Environmental Governance to be based in Abuja.

The Programme Analyst analyzes environmental, climate change and energy services trends and issues in the country and assists in formulating strategies for implementing UNDP environment programmes.

Apart from carrying out environment mapping and assessment, the Programme Analyst will also be responsible for formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services.

He/she will also participate in mainstreaming environment, climate change, energy, and community based development programmes, and capacity building initiatives into programme activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Implementation of environment programme strategies with particular emphasis on Environmental governance, climate change and energy services.
  • Management of the CO’s biodiversity and energy services programmes.
  • Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy for environment programmes.
  • Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management on sustainable environmental management and other related issues.

1. As a member of the Governance of Environmental Resources and Risks Programme, ensures implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the environmental resource management situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the environment and related areas
    Country Office business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal standard Operating Procedures in results management.
  • Scan policy environment and undertake impact assessment of CO environmental programmes.

2. Ensures effective management of the CO environment and energy services programme and related activities 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 formulate CO environment programme and translating UNDP priorities into local interventions.
  • Introduction of performance indicators, success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.
  • Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies.
  • Initiation of projects, presentation of 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.
  • Programme Analyst performs, where delegated authority is granted, the role of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for 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 and development of solutions. Participation in audit of NEX projects.
  • Evaluation of the programme impact. Monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustment in portfolio.

3. Ensures creation of strategic partnership and implementation of resource mobilization strategy focusing on the following results:

  • Development of partnerships on sustainable development initiatives with UN agencies, international financial institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, government institutions, organized private sector, civil society organizations and other stakeholders. This should be based on the strategic goals of UNDP, country’s needs and donors’ priorities.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation and identification of opportunities for initiating new projects, active contributions to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.

4. Ensures provision of top quality policy advise services to the government and facilitate knowledge building and management focusing on the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to environment policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to the CO’s environment programme policy goals.
  • Development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contribution to knowledge networks and communities of practice on sustainable development initiatives.
  • Organization of trainings for the operation and project staff on programme issues particularly on environment programmes.

5. Perform any additional tasks as requested by the Team Leader.

  • The key results have impact on the overall success of the Country Offices programme and the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.
  • In specific terms, it impacts the following results areas:
  • Environmental policy articulation and advisory services promoted.
  • The CO’s overall environmental governance and climate change strategy implementation enhanced.
  • Team-building and management strengthened.
  • Donor intelligence and strategic partnership improved.
  • Resource mobilization and management improved.
  • Policy advocacy promoted.

Competencies

Corporate:

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional:

Strong ability to apply various local governance and local area development approaches to the specific context, including translating these into effective policy and programme interventions in the field.

Strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products.

Professional and/or academic experience in one or more of the areas of practice/thematic area.

Leadership:

Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of global development experience.

Knowledge and expertise in UNDP’s programming processes.

Proven ability to contribute to a practice area and drive for results with a strong knowledge of results-based management and budgeting.

Managing Relationships:

Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational skills and strong ability to work within teams.

creating an enabling environment, mentoring and developing staff.

Excellent negotiating and networking skills.

Strong resource mobilization and partnering skills.

Managing Complexity:

Ability to address global development issues.

Substantive knowledge and understanding of development cooperation with the ability to support the practice architecture of UNDP and inter-disciplinary issues.

Demonstrated substantive contributions and ability to integrate global knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

Ability to strongly promote and build knowledge products and a sound global network of institutional and individual contacts.

Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example.

Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP.

Provides constructive coaching and feedback.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Advanced University Degree (Masters or above) in Environmental Science, Natural/Geo-Sciences or a relevant social or natural science.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in environment or related areas, demonstrating both advisory and project management skills.

Evidence of substantive knowledge, including ideally publications (e.g. papers), on environment or related areas.
Experience in working with international development agencies.

Familiarity in working with sub-national governments is highly desirable.

Language Requirements: Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English. Working knowledge of any of the three Nigerian major languages would be an advantage.

Deadline is 9th September 2009.

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Job Vacancies at UNDP Nigeria - Finance Officer

UNDP is recruiting for a Finance Officer to be based in Abuja. The Finance Officer will work under the supervision of the Senior Project Coordinator and the Representative, UNODC.

This position encompasses NGA/S08 project financial functions as well as related processes within UNODC and UNDP.

It also includes sub-functional specialities such as budgeting, procurement, and human resource administration.

Duties and Responsibilities

Accountabilities:

Within delegated authority, the Finance Officer (Administration) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Budget and finance
  • Reviews and analyses data with respect to the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.
  • Provides support to managers with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions/revisions.
  • Reviews, analyses and provides input into finalization of project and related CONIG budgets.
  • Monitors budget implementation and determines/recommends reallocation of funds when and where necessary.
  • Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
  • Administers and monitors budget resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with UN regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
  • Prepares relevant documentation with respect to budget performance submissions.
  • Advises senior management and project coordinators on all aspects of accounts maintenance, budget control, incomes and other financial issues regarding projects implementation, i.e. obligations and future programme/projects budgetary implications.
  • Acts as Approving Officer for project and CONIG budgets, ensuring the payment is made against a recorded commitment and requested for goods and services which have been delivered and not paid before, availability of funds against budget lines. Maintains list of authorized personnel to make payments.
  • Supervises the closing of the monthly accounts, assists in ensuring timely submission of Management Expenditures data to HQ and the requested financial reports to UNDP; reconciliation and replenishment of bank accounts.
  • Acts as a Focal Point of UNODC Management Ledger system for financial reporting.
  • Keeps abreast of and maintains contact with officials of local banks and other financial institutions on changes in national law, financial procedures and regulations and matters pertaining to maintenance of office bank accounts, information on exchange rates.
  • Ensures strategic financial resource management: Advises senior management staff on co-financing modalities & arrangements, suggests measures for adequate optional utilization of projects funds, and recommends cost savings and redeployments as appropriate.
  • Acts as key interface for internal audits and accounts examinations.
  • Maintains corporate automated financial systems (ProFi, FOML); supervises upgrades and integrations; trains operations support and other finance staff on their application.
  • Establish and maintain a set of sound policies, procedures, standards and tools which are consistent with UN policy and practice in order to ensure proper accounting, financial management and control.

Human resource management

  • Assist the project managers and involved Field Office staff in carrying out actions covering the entire span of human resource activities, ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedure.
  • Maintains an overview of all project-financed human resources and the development of HR cost against approved project budgets.
  • Advises project managers on amendments and changes in HR cost and entitlements and resulting amendment requirements of project budgets.
  • Provide expert advice with respect to conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and privileges and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.

General administration

  • Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme/project budget, ensuring compliance with United Nations policies and procedures.
  • Produce reports for management regarding financial/administrative project issues.
  • Supervise administrative staff and/or provide advice to others on administration, financial administration and management information issues and practises (including procurement of supplies and services; transport, travel and traffic, communications, engineering and information technology support and provision of local utilities and service requirements).
  • Guide and advise the Administrative Assistant in preparation and implementation of the local procurement plan, taking into account the most effective use of resources.
  • Provide expert guidance and leadership to team members on admin/finance matters.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
  • Project managers and country Office staff, and HQ staff in the Division for Management, Financial Resources.
  • Management Service, Human Resources Management Service (Budget, finance, accounts and administrative officers in UNODC HQ). UNDP and UNHOUSE operational managers and experts, finance officers from counterpart and partner organizations. Banks and finance units in Nigeria.

Results Expected:

  • Effective running of financial operations in line with project requirements and rules, and with UN regulations.
  • Provision of timely and accurate support to financial project management. Improved administration and reporting of approved budgets, and effective support to project managers in their programming and budgetary practices.

Competencies

  • Corporate Responsibility & teamwork:
  • Serves and promotes the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of UNODC.
  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time.
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others.
  • Responds flexibly & positively to change through active involvement.
  • Accepts additional responsibilities as required by the demands of service.

People Skills:

  • Recognizes & responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, & concerns of others; gives credit to the contributions of others.
  • Promotes a learning environment; facilitates the development of individual and team competencies.
  • Interacts with success in a diverse environment.

Partnering & Networking:

  • Initiates and sustains relationships with key constituents (internal/external).
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNODC.

Results-Orientation:

  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals.
  • Establishes clear performance goals, standards, & responsibilities; manages them accordingly.
  • Innovation & Judgment
  • Contributes creative, practical ideas and approaches to deal with challenging situations.
  • Pursues own personal and professional development.

Communication:

  • Formulates written information clearly and persuasively.
  • Presents oral information clearly and persuasively.

Job Knowledge & Expertise

  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence.
  • Executes day-to-day tasks systematically & efficiently.
  • Uses Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource.
  • Is motivated & demonstrates a capacity to pursue personal development & learn.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Advanced University degree (Masters degree or equivalent), preferably in business administration, finance, accounting or a relevant combination of academic qualification. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: S/he should have At least 7 years progressively responsible experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or related area, including several years of experience in work with international organizations and development partners in Nigeria

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English; knowledge of a second official UN language an advantage.
  • Other Skills Training and/or experience in public management, management innovations and development.
  • Technological Awareness Advanced computer skills, including proficiency in WORD and EXCEL processing, and relevant financial reporting and accounting systems (such as PROFI, IMIS, FOML, ATLAS, and other systems)

Deadline is 9th September 2009.

Click here to apply online.