One of the priorities of UNDP’s work in Haiti is to strengthen public institutions to enable them to carry out their functions of public administration and to deliver basic services. The weakness of the state is reflected not only in the low level of services provided to the population, but also in the great imbalance in access to quality services between the provinces and the metropolitan areas. These inequalities in access to services can also be analyzed by gender.
The Local Governance and Territorial Development project (AGLDT) is aimed at supporting urban and rural communities in the country to benefit from decent basic public services. The project is supporting the implementation of the current reforms on decentralization and spatial planning, combining support for public policies and their operationalization with a focus in targeted regions. The project is organized around three main components:
(i) The formulation of policies for the devolution/decentralization of governance functions and responsibilities;
(ii) The modernization and reinforcement of technical capacities of territorial institutions and communes; and
(iii) The increased use of inclusive and equitable development and spatial planning tools by municipalities.
The expert in local governance supports the national project director in strategic and operational tasks. This support will focus on the following areas:
1. Technical and administrative management of the project
- Advise UNDP Haiti Senior Management and the National Director on the strategic direction of the project;
- Provide support and expertise to the national director and the entire team in the planning of the activities and the achievement of outputs;
- Provide technical expertise in all the project’s areas to the team members, national and international partners, and make proposals to government counterparts on public policy formulation;
- Support the national director in overseeing the secretariat of the Steering Committee;
- Work with the gender equality advisor to ensure that the project remains gender-sensitive and to develop new gender activities (or improve gender mainstreaming in activities already planned) as necessary to ensure the achievement of gender equality results;
- Assist in the procurement of the goods and services required to carry out the planned activities, including the preparation of terms of reference and specifications for purchases and services;
- Provide support and administrative expertise to the national director to monitor the use of financial resources and good project accounting to ensure the accuracy and reliability of financial reports;
- Provide support and technical expertise to the national director to conduct project monitoring and evaluation activities in collaboration with the M&E expert;
- Manage and monitor the risks applicable to the project as defined in the risk Journal by means of a regular update and proposed mitigation measures submitted to the Steering Committee;
- Provide the necessary information for project reporting in ATLAS;
2. Development of partnerships and resource mobilization
- Support the national director in maintaining dialogue with Government institutions, technical and financial partners, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society, universities and other development stakeholders, to mobilize additional technical and financial resources for the project;
- Coordinate and ensures the implementation of programming, field missions and joint monitoring and evaluation exercises with technical and financial partners, ministries and other local development stakeholders;
- Participate in UNDP meetings and inter-agency discussions and with partners on governance issues in general (including co-chairing the PTF working group on local governance)
3.) Strategic and programmatic development
- Maintain an ongoing analysis of the context of local governance and territorial development in Haiti, with an emphasis on political economy aspects, and assess the main risks of intervention in this area in general, and of the approach defined in the AGLDT project in particular;
- Develop new project proposals related to local governance;
- Guarantee the ownership by the various units and project teams of the Country Office of the integrated programmatic development approach on local governance and territorial development, including by organizing joint reflection and training sessions;
- Contribute to the development and follow-up of the Country Program Document and the Country Program Action Plan for all aspects of local governance and territorial development;
- Provide substantive support on local governance and territorial development in planning and reflection within the United Nations system (Integrated Strategic Framework);
- Support the National Director in exploring avenues for South-South and triangular cooperation to contribute to the implementation of project activities and strengthen strategic partnerships for government counterparts.
4.) Representation, Communication
- Raise awareness among UN partners, technical and financial partners, government stakeholders, elected representatives and civil society on the UNDP approach to local governance and territorial development in fragile countries in general and in Haiti in particular;
- Assist the national director in representing the project in donors’ fora and events organized in the areas targeted by the project;
5.) Knowledge Management
- Capitalize lessons learned and good practices;
- Prepare dissemination studies, synthesis reports, lessons learned documents and other publications enabling all stakeholders in Haiti to benefit from the experience of the project;
- Participate in national, regional and international fora on local governance and territorial development in which the experience of the project and of UNDP in general can be used to raise the visibility of the office in this field.
6.) Technical support / advisory for UNDP country office
- Provide technical advices to the Country Office in the field of governance;
- Elaborate strategic recommendations to UNDP Haiti senior management on priorities to be pursued in the field of local governance and territorial development and on new programmatic opportunities to be developed;
- Promote a joint approach to local governance and territorial development within the United Nations Country Team;
- Support the Country Office in other programmatic fields
VEL 4: Prioritize team workflow, mobilize resources, drive scalable results/strategic impact
LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
LEVEL 4: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for all
Adapt with Agility
LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination
LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion
LEVEL 4: Create ethical culture, identify/address barriers to inclusion
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
Business Direction and strategy/Strategic Thinking
- Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
- Ability leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP
Business Direction and strategy/Effective Decision Making
Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
Business Development/Human-centered Design
Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process
Business Management /Risk Management
Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
- Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
- Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels
Partnership Management/Resource mobilization
Ability to identify funding sources, match funding needs (programmes/projects/initiatives) with funding opportunities, and establish a plan to meet funding requirements
Master’s degree in a discipline related to the following fields: political and social sciences, rural or urban development, spatial planning, or public administration.
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
- A minimum of 5 years of experience at increasing levels of responsibility in designing and managing development projects in local governance, territorial development and/or decentralization support.
- Strong experience in so-called fragile or crisis-affected countries is recommended.
- Shared understanding, skills, experience and commitment to work in a gender-sensitive manner.
- Experience in networking, partnership building and coordination with national and international actors.
- Ability to interact with government authorities to provide support for high-level public policy.
- Good knowledge of administrative procedures and operational standards common to the United Nations.
- Fluency in French and excellent writing skills; Good knowledge of English required.
- Knowledge of Spanish and/or Creole is an asset.
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Contract Duration: 1-year FTA