Latest Career Opportunities at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations.

Headquartered in New York City, the status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

Job Title: Consultant for Sokoto Field Coordinator

Location: Sokoto
Additional Category: Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Starting Date (date when the selected candidate is expected to start): 01-Aug-2022
Duration of Initial Contract: 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment: Initial 6 months with possibility for Extension

Background
Insecurity in the North West region of Nigeria – especially Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto is characterized by a complex blending of communal conflicts, farmer-herder conflict, armed banditry and organized crime. These conflict drivers are further amplified by demographic pressure, relative deprivation, perceptions of economic exclusion and climate-induced risks. While numerous peace agreements including in Sokoto and Zamfara and amnesties provided some short-term stability, violence that resurged in the North West, especially in 2020 poses a significant stability risk to the region and country as a whole. In Katsina and Kaduna States for example, organized communal violence and banditry attacks tripled from April to June 2021 and at least 80,150 and 67,192 people respectively are now in IDP camps with many more urbanely displaced. A UN mission to the region identified a combined number of 193 hotspot communities in Kaduna; 194 in Katsina; 106 in Zamfara and 40 in Sokoto – indicating the urgent need to mobilise urgent response and peacebuilding support to the region.

COVID-19 has further aggravated the root causes of conflict and contributed to the escalation of violence. Lockdowns and curfews at the peak of the pandemic amplified the economic burden on already vulnerable populations limiting the pursuit of livelihoods. With the restrictive measures, community peacebuilding efforts were undermined leading to the collapse of peace agreements and narrowing of the opening for women’s participation in peacebuilding processes. The collapse of peace agreements and amnesties resulted in spike of violence in June 2020. Increased violent conflict and criminality in the zone would continue to slow the rate of economic recovery, hamper investments and women’s empowerment and decrease available resources for service delivery and development. An holistic approach to address the spike in insecurity loss of government control, increased displacement, greater inter-communal conflicts, and criminal violence and resultant economic losses, the increased SGBV and VAW, eroded conflict management structure and the narrowed opportunity for women peace and security agenda should be prioritized.

Organizational Context

  • UNDP has played a key role in mobilising and catalysing key partnerships around a prevention agenda to find lasting solutions to the NW Security challenge before it escalates to a full-blown crisis. UNDP is represented on the EU-led likeminded Group of Ambassadors and Heads of Mission on the North West. This platform meets on a monthly basis and brings together the UN Leadership and Ambassadors to collectively and collaboratively explore entry points for sustained advocacy, policy and programmatic response
  • UNDP has also been on the forefront of shaping the analytics on changing security dynamics in the region. Using sentiment analysis, this assessment conducted in Jan/March 2021 provided the basis upon which the Peace and Stability Outlook below was produced. A series of complimentary conflict analysis were undertaken by the EU, FCDO. Related assessments on the socio-economic context was carried out by UNICEF; while Humanitarian actors undertook rapid review of the evolving humanitarian situation in the country.
  • The organisation also produced jointly by UNDP and FCDO as a framework for understanding the changing dynamics of instability in the North West. This note presented to the first North West Likeminded Group set the tone for high level advocacy and engagement in the region.
  • In terms of field engagement, UNDP convened both technical and high level inter-agency mission to the three states  with the objective of mapping possible entry points for UN and International support to the region. This mission had a focus on prevention.
  • Therefore, UNDP Nigeria is looking for a National individual consultant to leverage on this work and lay the foundation for UNDP’s programmatic support in the North West Region. The IC will support in undertaking capacity assessments of key peace and governance actors and systems; monitor conflict trends; support with key stakeholder engagement in the field and lastly support with the design of the programmatic framework for the region.
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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the overall guidance of the UNDP DRR (P) and supervision of the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor the Sokoto Peacebuilding Field Coordinator will be responsible for initiating key assessments, stakeholder engagement and laying the foundation for UNDP’s Integrated Peacebuilding and Peacebuilding Work in the State while also linking with Zamfara and Katsina State.

Summary of Key Duties
Capacity Assessment; Socio-economic and Conflict analysis:

  • Conduct consultations with key stakeholders to identify peacebuilding needs and assess existing capacities and ongoing support provided other UN agencies, NGOs and development partners
  • Conduct assessment of existing capacities for peacebuilding, conflict prevention and trauma-healing in line with the objectives of the project.
  • Develop a capacity enhancement plan based on the needs identified.

Support with stakeholder engagement and community Mobilisation:

  • Establish opportunities for collaboration with potential partners (all stakeholders including government, civil society, faith institutions, local authorities, UN agencies and other partners) in the State
  • Explore entry points for sustained UNDP Support and collaboration across strategic areas of inclusive peacebuilding, cross-border governance, livelihoods and conflict prevention
  • Perform other relevant duties, in connection to this consultancy, as required by the UNDP Resident Representative.
  • Support with the establishment of Peace and Security Platforms within the State and Cross-border levels in Illela.
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Production of the NW Integrated Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention and Border Governance Project document:

  • Identify opportunities for programmatic activities responding to assessed needs related to the objective of enhancing inclusive peacebuilding, conflict prevention and governance in the State
  • Contribute to the development of a narrative of the UNDP Prodoc document for support to the North West working alongside team of consultant (s) to be procured
  • Provide technical advice on the evolving opportunities for UNDP support including the engagement of counterparts in the State on this area.

Qualifications
Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, International development, Public Administration, or related fields.

Required Experience:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of peace, security, conflict analysis and related areas of work
  • Demonstrated experience in peace programme project formulation
  • Excellent knowledge on the management key stakeholders and community mobilisation
  • Ability to work under pressure in a multicultural and complex environment.
  • Ability to produce reports and high-level conflict and political economy analysis.
  • Capacity to provide technical assistance to national counterparts, including through dialogue with high level political and administrative officers, including electoral administration, as well as donors and the international community.
  • Previous experience in external relations, gender or results management.
  • Previously worked as CTA within the framework of multi donor projects would be a strong asset.
  • Previous experience within the United Nations System would be a strong asset; and
  • Working experience in Nigeria is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) required.
  • Fluency in Hausa;
  • Additional local languages an asset.

Technical / Functional Competencies
Results-Orientation and Development Effectiveness:

  • Plans, prioritizes and produces quality results on time.
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting.
  • Ability to lead implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programs and projects, mobilize resources.
  • Ability to lead formulation and management of budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, and reporting.

Management and Leadership:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback.
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Sets clear performance goals and standards; executes responsibilities accordingly.
  • Motivated and demonstrates a capacity to pursue personal development and learn.

Innovation and Judgment:

  • Conceptualizes and analyses problems to identify key issues, underlying problems and how they relate.
  • Contributes creative, practical ideas and approaches to deal with challenging situation.
  • Strives for quality client-centered services (internal/external) when making decisions and taking action.

Job Knowledge and Expertise:

  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence.
  • Proves knowledge of peacebuilding programming, conflict analysis, capacity assessment, stakeholder engagement and community mobilization.

Payment Modalities and Specifications

  • An individual contract will be issued by UNDP. The financial proposal must be expressed through a lumpsum (all inclusive).
  • Payments will be linked to deliverables. The contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.

Application Closing Date
20th July, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

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Job Title: Private Sector Engagement Analyst

Job Identification Number: 4490
Location: Lagos
Job Schedule: Full time
Grade: NOB
Vacancy Type: Fixed Term
Practice Area: Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Africa
Contract Duration: 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Background and Organizational Context

  • Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country with an estimated population of 206 Million1 and an annual population growth rate of 2.6%2. By 2050, the country’s population is expected to have doubled, reaching more than 400 million and thereby becoming the third largest country in the world3. More than half of its population will be under the age of 30 years.
  • At the same time, unemployment and under-employment are one of the key development challenges facing young people in Nigeria and undermining the prospects of the country to achieve its development aspirations and fulfil its potential as the continent’s largest economy. According to the National Bureau for Statistics’ report of 2018, over 13.9 million youth are unemployed. The highest unemployment rate was recorded for youths between 15 – 24 years standing at 40.8%, followed by those aged between 25 – 34 years at 30.7%4. Investing in Nigeria’s youth is therefore becoming more urgent than ever.
  • In response to this complex development challenge, the Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners, seeks to invest in the next generation of leaders through the establishment of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (JFP) – a platform for empowering young Nigerian graduates with practical on-the-job skills and leadership competencies through a twelve-month paid placement opportunity. Under this programme, highly qualified recent graduates of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme will be provided with work opportunities within private sector organisations, the public sector, UN agencies and development organisations.
  • The goal of the NJPF is to enhance these Fellows with professional and leadership capacities thereby enabling them to positively contribute to the social and economic development prospects of Nigeria. The enrolment of an initial 20,000 Fellows is envisaged followed by a scaling up of the programme in the coming years.
  • The Jubilee Fellows Programme will expand opportunities for learning to work transitions for fresh graduates in Nigeria through placement opportunities, job market information, skills transfer and facilitated learning. It is designed as a partnership platform that brings together private and public sector actors – including learning institutions to co-create and deploy to scale a viable solution that enhances youth employability, entrepreneurship and retention of national talent.

Position Purpose

  • To this end, UNDP Nigeria is seeking a Private Sector Engagement Analyst, to further elaborate the private sector engagement strategy and coordinate the implementation of the strategy.
  • The Private Sector Engagement Analyst will be responsible for the engagement of the private sector, influencing private sector organizations to participate in the Jubilee Fellowship project as host entities, providing placement opportunities for the Fellows, and as knowledge partners or potential donors of the Fellowship for sustainability.
  • The Private Sector Engagement Officer will support the implementation of partnership building strategies to upscale and deepen the impact of the Jubilee Fellowship, by contributing to the establishment and growth of new partnerships, with the view of achieving broader and systematic change towards youth unemployment in Nigeria.
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Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor, the Private Sector Engagement Officer will be responsible for the following functions and tasks:

  • Private Sector Engagement project planning, implementation & follow-up;
  • Develop knowledge tools and guidance on engagement with private sector tailored to the programme’s needs;
  • Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts, as well as to resource mobilization strategies.

Private Sector Engagement Project Planning, Implementation & Follow-up:

  • In coordination with Talent Management team and Youth Engagement officer, identify high potential Fellows for placement opportunities in private sector host entities.
  • Contribute to a detailed rapid market assessment of key economic sectors that will inform placements
  • Liaise and coordinate with multiple stakeholders in different economic sectors, to provide successful matching of selected Fellows for the 12-month placement opportunities.
  • Identify, advertise, attract & select, and actively cooperate with private companies and employers able to absorb additional Jubilee Fellows.
  • Continuously monitor and analyze the market for data and information relating to current and future employment trends and develop reports or case studies to be shared with project stakeholders where required.
  • Assess desired and most needed skills required by private sector and employers in project implementation area and work closely with the PM to ensure linkage to other project outputs and the development of appropriate and effective training mechanisms and tools.
  • In coordination with the Talent Management team, develop Jubilee Fellows selection criteria, workplans and monitoring, evaluation & mentorship/support plans for the entire duration of the 12-month Fellowship.
  • Advertise, identify and attract would-be entrepreneurs with business ideas and match them with the appropriate mentors.
  • Ensure lessons learnt and periodic review of activities are utilized and result in adaptations for the improved quality of programming and implementation.
  • Conduct routine and regular monitoring visits to participating private sector enterprises to ensure appropriate follow-up, guidance and quality. Monitoring and follow-up should have a view toward continually improving skills acquisition of Jubilee Fellows, tailoring professional development toward business needs and supporting selected Fellows for negotiating long-term employment. 
  • Support the articulation of private sector engagement in line with development efforts towards achievement of the SDGs in close cooperation with the PMU.

Develop knowledge tools and guidance on private sector engagement tailored to the project’s needs:

  • Undertake tailored research and analysis on relevant industries and sectors, analyzing trends and developments in the labour market, including latest technologies and innovation, and how it affects the future of work for youth in Nigeria.
  • Support the interpretation of the findings of this research and analysis to influence the development of evidence-based policies on youth employment.
  • Conduct skills-based needs assessment on private sector host entities representing all the key economic sectors to guide the placement of Jubilee Fellows.
  • In close consultation with the PMU and other relevant colleagues, ensure that the tools and guidance developed are aligned to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting guidance of the project and activities.
  • Organize meetings, round tables and briefings aimed at strengthening strategic partnerships and joint initiatives with the business community, government representatives, youth networks and other key stakeholders

Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts, as well as to resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to private sector’s engagement for youth employment
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products targeted toward private sector organizations.
  • Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on private sector engagement and partnership cultivation.
  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases.
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles.
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.
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Impact of Results

  • The results will have an impact on the overall performance of the Jubilee Fellowship in the area of Private Sector Development and engagement. Accurate analysis, data entry and presentation of information ensure proper programme implementation.
  • As an active UNDP CO team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his duties, including, strengthening partnerships for youth engagement and development; Broaden development of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme; Systematic understanding of youth priorities.
  • This will result in a positive impact on the overall success of UNDP’s programming to support the Jubilee fellow’s programme. Ultimately the work in the areas mentioned will have the long-term impact of supporting UNDP Nigeria in delivering better policy advice and programming to partners, through evidence-based recommendations, thereby contributing towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Requirements
Education:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Social Policy, Public Policy, Politics, Development Studies, Statistics, Political Science, International Relations or related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with 04 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced University Degree

Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years of post-qualification work experience in private sector in Nigeria and beyond is desirable and required
  • Working knowledge of the private sector in Nigeria is an asset
  • Experience in devising strategies, knowledge tools and guidance in relation to private sector and adapted to the economic context of the country is required
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills is required
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (word, excel, outlook) and web-based applications is required
  • Experience in working with private sector in relation to youth employment is an asset
  • Working knowledge of UN principles, SDGs and international development in Africa is an asset
  • Strong digital and data analytics skills is an asset
  • Demonstrate the ability to showcase cross-disciplinary and cross-functional experience and expertise.
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Competencies

  • Achieve Results: Level 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline.
  • Think Innovatively: Level 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: Level 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility:  Level 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination: Level 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: Level 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Level 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies:
Business Direction & Strategy:

  • Business Acumen:
    • Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome;
    • Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization  and;
    • Ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks.
  • 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.
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking:
    • Ability to create clarity around UNDP value proposition to beneficiaries and partners and to develop service offers responding to client needs based on UNDP’s organizational priorities and mandate.

Business Development:

  • Knowledge Generation:
    • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.

Business Management:

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

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English; knowledge of other official UN languages is an advantage.

Application Closing Date
04:59 AM: 14th July, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Recommended Presentation Of Offer
The following documents are requested:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP.
  • Personal CV indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology on how he/she will approach and complete the assignment.
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.

 

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