National Project Manager

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 28 May 2018

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The European Union (EU) has championed rural development for many years and has developed an architecture and framework within which Member States formulate strategies and seven year programmes to implement rural development activities. The EU’s three long-term strategic objectives for rural development covering the 2014-2020 period are:

  • fostering the competitiveness of agriculture;
  • ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources, and climate action; and
  • achieving a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities including the creation and maintenance of employment.

N.B. Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32013R1305&from=en).

The need for rural communities to approach development from an integrated perspective has created more focus on a broad range of development goals using territorial approaches rather than merely creating incentives for sectoral or resource based activities. Education, entrepreneurship, physical infrastructure, biodiversity protection and enhancement, climate change adaptation and resilience and social infrastructure all play an important role in developing rural areas, and can be integrated into a single strategic framework for social, environmental and economic development, as successfully applied throughout the EU. Rural development is also characterized by its emphasis on locally-owned identification and implementation of territorial strategies using the LEADER approach. In contrast to urban regions, which have many similarities, rural areas are highly distinctive from one another (Info about LEADER is available on: http://enrd.ec.europa.eu/en/leader).

The EU signed an Association Agreement with Georgia in June 2014. This aims to deepen political and economic relations between the EU and Georgia and to gradually integrate Georgia into the EU’s internal market. This entails, as one element, creating a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between the EU and Georgia. Under Article 333 of the Association Agreement (Cooperation between the Parties in the field of agriculture and rural development), there is provision for ‘facilitating the mutual understanding of agricultural and rural development policies’. This is the basis for the formulation of a Rural Development Strategy for Georgia which will in turn yield specification of measures which will benefit from the support under the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).

Under ENPARD I (2013-2017), the primary focus of the programme was on support to agriculture through institutional capacity building and support for the development of small farmers’ cooperatives and the piloting of the LEADER approach to rural development in Borjomi, Stepantsminda and Lagodekhi municipalities. Building on this support, ENPARD II integrated support to agriculture, food safety, sanitary/phyto-sanitary and rural development with the aim to improve employment and living conditions in poor rural areas of Georgia, with subsequent impacts on poverty alleviation and growth. 

Under ENPARD II, 5 new municipalities were added for piloting of the LEADER approach: Keda, Khulo, Tetritskaro, Akhalkalaki and Dedoplistskaro.

On the policy front, ENPARD supported the preparation and approval in 2016 of the first Rural Development Strategy of Georgia and Ajara for 2017 – 2020, evidencing the commitment by the national and Ajara regional authorities to support rural development.

The goal of the Rural Development Strategy of Georgia for 2017-2020 is to support sustainable economic development through enhanced social-economic activities in rural areas and improved living condition of rural population. It provides the country’s vision for 2017-2020 in key areas of rural development – growth and diversification of local economies, improvement of social and public services, sustainable use of national resources and local engagement in the development process.

The adoption of these two strategies was followed by the establishment at central and Ajara regional level of Inter-Agency Coordination Councils on rural development led by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara AR, respectively. Both Councils coordinate the implementation of the strategies with technical support by ENPARD in terms of policy and capacity development. To this end, Rural Development Action Plans for 2017 and for 2018-2020 have been adopted by the Government of Georgia and serves as the major instrument for consolidation of state budget funds and implementation of public programmes for rural development.

UNDP has been part of all EU-ENPARD initiatives in Georgia. Many of the above achievements, especially in policy and institutional reforms were facilitated by the EU-UNDP project “Support to rural development in Georgia - ENPARD II”, which started in 2016 and is coming to an end in Jun 2018. In parallel, in January 2018 UNDP started implementation of the project Improving Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD III).

As part of ENPARD III, the project “Improving Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD 3)” is further supporting the Government in Georgia in their efforts to improve employment and living conditions as a result of better quality and quantity of available services for the rural population in Georgia. The expected outcome is that more diverse rural services are delivered to population in more efficient, effective and sustainable manner in the eight pilot rural development municipalities referred to above. The project will be complementary to the "FAO support to Georgian agricultural sector under ENPARD III", which will deliver agricultural services to the rural population in the same target areas.

In this respect, the project is expected to deliver the following outputs:

  • Improved governance for effective implementation of the RDS, RDAP and related programmes
  • Improved rural economic diversification, employment and services
  • Improved environment, sustainable management of natural resources and climate action
  • Improved rural development governance and economic diversification, environment, natural resources and climate action in Ajara autonomous region.

In this context, UNDP seeks a qualified candidate for the position of the National Project Manager to continue and bring the ENPARD II project to successful completion and lead the ENPARD III project till its end. The National Project Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the capacity/institutional development part of the project, administration and internal controls. Information on the project is available at: http://www.ge.undp.org/content/georgia/en/home/operations/projects/poverty_reduction/ENPARD-3.html

The National Project Manager (NPM) is responsible for:

  • Management and supervision of institutional relations with concerned government institutions
  • Management of project activities related to improved governance for effective implementation of rural development strategies and action plans
  • Administrative and financial management and oversight in line with UNDP procedures and- contractual arrangements with the EU

The National Project Manager will work in close coordination with the Project Technical Leader and they will be jointly accountable towards the project's Steering Committee (SC) for achievement of the project objectives. The Project Technical Leader will be in charge of: (1) Strategic guidance and technical support on rural development; (2) Coordination and technical supervision of rural development policy and implementation for all activities related to rural service delivery, including for improved rural economic diversification, employment and services (output 2 and result 4.2 under output 4 of the project); and for improved environment, sustainable management of natural resources and climate action (output 3 and result 4.3 under output 4); and (3) Communication and representational tasks of the project.

As part of the tasks, the National Project Manager will be in charge of management and supervision of institutional relations with concerned government institutions and directly responsible for the management of project activities related to improved governance for effective implementation of rural development strategies and action plans (under output 1 and under result 4.1 / output 4 of the project) as well as Administrative and financial management and oversight in line with UNDP procedures and- contractual arrangements with the EU. S/he shall ensure an effective implementation of the project nation-wide and in Ajara Autonomous Region, in order to achieve the expected results related to the improved governance for effective implementation of rural development strategies and action plans, as follows:

  • More relevant rural development strategies, plans and programmes adopted and implemented
  • Improved governance and coordination mechanisms for rural development

For this purpose, the National Project Manager is expected to provide support in communication and coordination with the policy makers and government institutions (at national and Ajara level) playing active role in rural development in Georgia.

The Project Manager and the Project Technical Leader will be jointly accountable towards the project Steering committee for achievement of the project objectives. Internally within UNDP, the project manager will report to UNDP Economic Development Team Leader, and the Project Technical Leader will report to UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.

In particular, the National Project Manager shall carry out the following tasks and responsibilities:

Management and supervision of institutional relations with concerned government institutions:

  • Represent the Project as required and in coordination with the Project Technical Leader, vis-à-vis the authorities, and other international and local organizations.
  • Plan and ensure ownership of the government for the reforms; analyze contextual situation and advise on adequate steps for successful reforms in the existing political context.
  • Develop and maintain excellent professional relationships and ensure senior government’s engagement in project activities at national and sub-national level for effective planning, delivery and monitoring of project activities, including direct interventions under the project.
  • Ensure coherence and synergies of project activities with other governmental sectoral policies and donor assistance.
  • Establishing partnership and cooperation with other organizations involved in implementation of ENPARD programme.
  • Perform other duties as related to effective and efficient management of the project.

Management of project activities related to improved governance for effective implementation of rural development strategies and action plans:

  • Coordinates and supervise the effective planning, implementation and monitoring of related activities with the Georgian government, UNDP, EU Delegation and other key stakeholders, in coordination with the Project Technical Leader.
  • As a part of management team is primarily responsible for the timely and appropriate implementation of project activities related to improved governance for effective implementation of rural development strategies and action plans nation-wide and in Ajara Autonomous Region (under output 1 and under result 4.1 / output 4 of the project), including, but not limited to:
    • An in-depth analysis of the gaps in evidence carried out to inform annual RDAP reviews and the drafting of future RDAP and the Rural Development Strategy (2021 – 2024) 
    • Establishment of a unified Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework for the RDAP 2018 – 2020 and the RDAP 2021-2024
    • Enhancing availability of evidence-based data and mapping information about rural development at central, regional and municipal level
    • Collection of evidence, good practices and lessons learned on LAG experience
    • Commissioning new research to inform annual RDAP reviews and the drafting of future plans
    • Supporting government to undertake annual reviews of existing RDAP until 2020, and develop new RDS and RDAP for the period 2021 – 2024
    • Supporting government to improve integration of governance and coordination systems for rural development
    • Supporting organised civil society, private sector and rural communities for more active engagement and participation in rural development
    • Supporting regional authorities and municipalities for more active engagement and participation in rural development
    • Creating the conditions for an effective learning network on rural development in Georgia
  • An in-depth analysis of the gaps in evidence carried out to inform annual RDAP reviews and the drafting of future RDAP and the Rural Development Strategy (2021 – 2024) 
  • Establishment of a unified Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework for the RDAP 2018 – 2020 and the RDAP 2021-2024
  • Enhancing availability of evidence-based data and mapping information about rural development at central, regional and municipal level
  • Collection of evidence, good practices and lessons learned on LAG experience
  • Commissioning new research to inform annual RDAP reviews and the drafting of future plans
  • Supporting government to undertake annual reviews of existing RDAP until 2020, and develop new RDS and RDAP for the period 2021 – 2024
  • Supporting government to improve integration of governance and coordination systems for rural development
  • Supporting organised civil society, private sector and rural communities for more active engagement and participation in rural development
  • Supporting regional authorities and municipalities for more active engagement and participation in rural development
  • Creating the conditions for an effective learning network on rural development in Georgia
  • In coordination with Project Technical Leader supervises and provides guidance to the project's three National Coordinators in charge of the implementation of activities for rural service delivery under outputs 2, 3 and 4, ensuring quality and consistency of technical inputs and outputs, and timely and appropriate reporting.
  • Contributes and provides technical guidance to the project staff in charge of capacity building and monitoring & evaluation as part of their responsibilities related to improved governance for effective implementation of rural development strategies and action plans nation-wide and in Ajara Autonomous Region under output 1 and under output 4/result 4.1 of the project.

Administrative and financial management and oversight in line with UNDP procedures and- contractual arrangements with the EU:

  • Administrative oversight and internal controls, in procurement, recruitment, financial management, administration and human resources processes.
  • In coordination with the Project Technical Leader, establish project's work plans and budgets for approval by the project's SC; ensuring appropriate implementation and monitoring and consistency of the project activities.
  • Manage the project’s financial resources; ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports.
  • In coordination with the Project Technical Leader, who is responsible for project reporting to the EU Delegation in Georgia, helps prepare progress reports and final reports and maintains the risk-log and submit them to the Project Assurance, project's SC, UNDP and the EU Delegation in Georgia.
  • In coordination with the Project Technical Leader, ensures effective and efficient visibility as per the approved Visibility and Communication plan of the project.
  • Provide regular advice and guidance to the project staff under his/her supervision, and assess and evaluate their performance.
  • Ensures that financial, procurement and administrative processes are fully in line with project requirements and UNDP rules and regulations.
  • Ensure that project implementation is in line with the conditions set forth through the EU-UNDP agreement, and all UNDP rules and regulations are respected throughout project implementation.
  • Perform other relevant duties.

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN'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;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional competencies:

Knowledge management and learning:

  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and operational effectiveness:

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/attitudinal change;
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.

Management and leadership:

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Education:

  • Master's degree, or equivalent in Economics, Public/Business Administration, Public/Development Policy or related fields.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of relevant working experience in development (including at national or international level) in the fields of policy planning and implementation and/or programme management.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with counterparts at various levels within Government structures on projects with complex technical dimensions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of EU policies and programmes related to rural development.
  • Demonstrated experience (at least 3 years) in the management of development programmes and projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Georgia’s development context. Good understanding of Georgian rural development sector policies and political climate is essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Working experience in a country of Eastern Europe or South Caucasus in fields of agriculture, rural development, local and/or regional development is an asset.
  • Experience in policy analysis and other research methods and tools is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Georgian is a must.

Important applicant information

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Contract Duration: 6 months with a possibility of extension

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