Programme Analyst

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2023
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 30 November 2023
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ย  Background and Organizational Context ย  The Resident Representative (RR) and the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) lead on supporting achievement of UNDP strategic objectives to create a world where people and planet thrive together, and to help the Country Office act with both ambition and scale to address urgent problems facing the country as well as global climate deteriorating conditions. Programme staff assist the Country Office in formulating and implementing programme strategies that go beyond solving immediate development challenges to create future smart and integrated systemic changes in resilience and capacity building within the country.ย  The complex Syrian context of protracted crisis, the Unilateral Coercive Measures by some member states, the fragmentation of control over various parts of the country has been further exacerbated by the occurrence of an earthquake in February 2023, creating a Crisis-within-a-Crisis.ย  The UNCT and the HCT have agreed upon giving the UN intervention in the country a firmer direction towards recovery from the presently humanitarian type of responses to the crisis and UNDP is expected to lead on it, as the global lead on recovery and integrator of development activities.
Position Purpose

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Resident Representative (RR), the Programme Analyst is responsible for supporting the management of UNDP programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends; leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio; and provides policy advice services.

The Programme Analyst assists the RR and DRR in management of the programme and coordination of activities. The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the Programme and Operations teams in the CO, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP staff in HQs and Regional Hubs, technical advisors/experts, external specialists, government officials and partners, donors, and civil society to ensure successful implementation of the UNDP programme.

UNDP adopts a portfolio approach to accommodate changing business needs and leverage linkages across interventions to achieve its strategic goals. Therefore, UNDP personnel are expected to work across units, functions, teams, and projects in multidisciplinary teams in order to enhance and enable horizontal collaboration.

ย  Duties and Responsibilities
Substantively contribute to formulation and implementation of UNDP programme strategies and policies.
Contribute to analysis of the political, social, and economic situation in the country; and contribute collaborative inputs to the UN Common Country Assessment and Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCCA and UNSDCF) as well as to the preparation/revision of the Country Programme Document (CPD), Integrated Work Plan (IWP) and other strategic documents. Management support and support to the oversight and approvals process Review, analysis and quality assurance of documents for theย UNDP leadership Serving as the key liaison between the RR and UN Country Team (UNCT) members, the Resident Coordinatorโ€™s Office (RCO), programme and operations staff of UN Agencies, as well as UNDP staff at regional and global headquarters level, government officials and donors Drafting correspondence, notes-to-the-file, and coordinating/contributing to other routine documentation required by theย UNDP leadership.ย  Ensure effective management of the CO programme within the assigned thematic/sector areas focusing on quality assurance and risk management from formulation to implementation of the country programme Contribute to design and formulation of CO programme, translate UNDP priorities into local interventions, and oversee programme implementation with the implementing partners within the assigned programme areas.ย Ensure that design and formulation of programme considers societal digital technology risks and opportunities and other future signals. Support UNDP leadership on the inter-agency forums such as Risk Management Working Group, Programme Management Team, UNCT and HCTย  Facilitating implementation of the requests, directives and commitments of the RR Ensure that all private sector partnerships comply with UNDP's policies and guidelines. Support the UNDP leadership and project team in Identifying and planning for mitigating potential risks associated with private sector partnerships.

Ensureย creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy.ย 

Provide liaison and programmatic support on UN-wide recovery planning, coordination and management. Support the development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, international financial institutions (IFIs), government institutions, donors, private sector (if applicable to CO), and civil society in assigned programme/ thematic areas.ย  ย  Identify strategic programme areas of cooperation including for joint programming.ย  Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identify opportunities for initiation of new projects, and substantively contribute to Country office resource mobilization efforts.ย  Work closely with the relevant project team on Identifying and engaging with potential private sector partners to explore collaboration opportunities aligned with UNDP's development priorities.

Ensure provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management.

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

Identify policy-driven issues; and identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals. Maintaining regular contact with the RC/HC Office, UN System partners, donors, IGOs, NGOs, and other multilateral agencies to keep the UNDP leadership abreast of key developments within the organization. Developing strong partnerships with other UNDP staff, contributing to information sharing initiatives within UNDP, UNCT and other external strategic partners Advising the UNDP leadership on a range of issues related to programme management. Conduct research and compile information on best practices in private sector engagement for sustainable development. Prepare reports, case studies, and knowledge products to share insights and lessons learned from UNDP's private sector partnerships.

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

Contributing to the CO and the corporate knowledge management practices and networks Competencies ย  Core Competencies Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline. Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2:ย  Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking.ย  Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2:ย  Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning. Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible. Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously. Engage and Partner LEVEL 2:ย  Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships. Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2:ย  Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making. Cross-Functional & Technical competenciesย  ย  Business Management Results-based Management Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results. Project Management Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals. Portfolio Management Ability to select, prioritize and control the organizationโ€™s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment. Monitoring Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results. Working with Evidence and Data Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.

Business Direction & Strategy

System Thinking Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.

2030 Agenda: Engagement & Effectiveness

Effectivenessย  Project Quality Assurance Required Skills and Experience ย  Education: Master's degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, or related field is required or A Bachelorโ€™s degree in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the Master's degree. Experience: Minimum of 2 years (with Masters degree) or 4 years (with Bachelors degree) of relevant experience at the national and/or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development portfolios and projects in a related thematic area. Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.), database packages, and web-based management systems such as ERP.ย 


Proficiency in oral and written English Knowledge of Arabic will be asset.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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