UN Programme Management Specialist Job Careers – United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Job Title:    Programme Management
Specialist

Organization: United
Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

About US:

United Nations
Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the
world’s least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people
and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment
capital.  UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia and
the Pacific, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or
crisis.  It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical
support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small
businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments – water
systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor
peoples’ lives.

Job Summary:  The Programme Management Specialist will work
under the overall guidance and supervision of the Deputy Director of the
Inclusive Finance Practice Area, with matrix reporting line to Chief Management
Support Unit (MSU), UNCDF New York, and work closely with Global Digital
Manager, Regional Hub Managers and country/regional technical specialist, on a
regular basis. The Programme Management Specialist is responsible for promoting
a collaborative, client-oriented approach, in compliance with UNDP/UNCDF
Programme & Operations policies & procedures. 

This position is
based in Kampala, Uganda as part of FIPA Strategy Support Unit (SSU). This role
may supervise 1-2 local GS staff, part of Kampala based Strategy Support Unit.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Ensures support for
implementation and management of the “Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era”
global, regional and country programme management strategies, adapts processes
and procedures focusing on achievement of the following results:

·       
Programme
support to technical staff for the full programme-cycle for implementation of
the digital strategy, including quality assurance of performance-based
agreements primarily with private sector partners to promote market development
(Grants, Technical Assistance);

·       
Full
compliance with UNCDF/UNDP rules, regulations, and policies of programme
activities, closely coordinating with Chief MSU on practice-wide
compliance 

·       
Ensure
implementation of internal controls, in full operationalization of the Digital Strategy
at global, regional and country levels.

·       
Provide
technical advice on the development of systems, processes and mechanisms to
support programme planning, resource management, quality assurance, risk and
management,

·       
Programme
financial resources management through planning, guiding, analysis and
monitoring of the resources; preparation and monitoring of development project
budgets; identification of operational and financial problems, and proposal of
solutions.

·       
Develop
and maintain control mechanisms for all programme activities. Including
business processes mapping and establishment of internal Standard Operating
Procedures (SOPs).

·       
Support
FIPA´s thematic portfolio teams in the design and formulation of programme/
project initiatives;

·       
Reviews
and provide feedback to project/ programme strategies and documents, workplans,
case studies and related knowledge products and publications, as needed

·       
Supervise
& manage two Programme Associates including daily supervision, staff
performance reviews, ensure capacity development of staff members by suggesting
development opportunities; 

Facilitates
programme planning across the global, regional and country programme teams of
the Digital Strategy:

·       
Review
of work plans of programme teams, ensuring that clear targets are established;

·       
Reporting
of project achievements, disbursement delivery and other areas of
accountability;

·       
Work
closely with the Country Technical specialists and respective regional Digital
Hub Managers,  to manage the country
budget revisions, reporting and analysis;

·       
Working
closely with the Management Support Unit (MSU) of UNCDF and the Digital
Programme Manager, ensure UNCDF/FIPA has available a complete range of human
resource tools (staff, consultants, consulting firms) so that a range of
flexible tools are available to support implementation of the digital strategy.

Support resource
mobilization and donors reporting requirements for the Digital Strategy
including narrative and financial reporting:

·       
Review
draft proposals prior to submission to funders to ensure budgets are aligned to
maintaining our regional and country technical infrastructure; cost recovery
principles and  costs of delivering on
proposed results, working together with Regional/Country Technical Specialists;

·       
Planning,
elaboration & follow-up of a reporting strategy, based on donors’
agreements, corporate requirements for reporting schedules for both programmes
and projects;

·       
Drafting
and finalization of donors’ narrative reports including progress, annual and
ad-hoc ones focusing on highlighting progress of targets against agreed upon
indicators; analyzing impact, reflecting on lessons learned and operational
challenges;

·       
Review
financial reports as per donors’ agreements, in collaboration with PPC &
PMSU colleagues.

·       
Supports
knowledge building and knowledge sharing with all FIPA stakeholders on
programme management matters

·       
Identification
and formulation of global Digital Strategy programme implementation lessons
learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader FIPA/UNCDF knowledge
management efforts;

·       
Work
closely with UNCDF Management Support Unit, for suggesting updates to UNCDF’s
Operations Manual based on lessons learned and evolving programming practices;

·       
Centralize
information management across the global Digital Strategy portfolio (Including
archiving, configuration management, version control);

·       
Contributions
to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

·       
Organization
and conduct of trainings on relevant programme management areas aimed at
building the capacity of field teams;

·       
Promoting
transparency and information sharing with all relevant stakeholders.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The applicant
for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Programme Management
Specialist job must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business
Administration, Public Administration, Law, Finance, Economics or related
field.

·       
At least
five (5) years’ experience in progressively responsible positions in the field
of programme management, project management and/or operations or related
fields, out of which at least three years of work-experience in programme
/project planning & implementation.

·       
Demonstrable
project management, budget/financial management and coordination skills.

·       
Work
experience of and/or in Least Developed Countries LDCs is preferred.

·       
Experience
in Compliance & Quality Assurance is preferred.

·       
Experience
supporting market development programmes with digital financial services focus
is preferred.

·       
Previous
experience /familiarity with results monitoring and reporting is preferred.

·       
In-depth
knowledge of relevant UN organizational policies and procedures; Knowledge of
UN/UNDP/UNCDF ERP Systems & Policies is preferred.  

·       
Language
Requirements:
Fluency, both
oral and written in English & French required; Excellent Communication
Skills (Comprehension, verbal communication) in both languages, English and
French required.

Competencies

Core Competencies

·       
Innovation:
Ability to make new and useful ideas work;

·       
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.

Functional Competencies:

·       
Subject
Matter Expertise:
Possesses
expert knowledge of advanced concepts in to digital & financial inclusion,
a broad knowledge of related disciplines, as well as an in-depth knowledge of
relevant organizational policies and procedures.

·       
Knowledge
Management:
Ability to capture,
develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

·       
Project
Management:
Ability to plan,
organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific
goals.

·       
Relationship
Management:
Ability to engage
and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination
and forge productive working relationships.

·       
Results
Based Programming:
Assesses
project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices
into project work.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor
to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job
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