In 2014 and 2015 respectively UNDP in Iraq designed and initiated the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) – the two primary and largest Project platforms through which to support the Government of Iraq to respond to the crisis that had broken out in the country and to stabilize the areas that were formerly under the control of ISIL. Both Project platforms were anchored under the Stabilization Pillar of UNDP Iraq’s Country Programme framework.
The Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) which was set up at the end of 2014 promotes the recovery and resilience of communities vulnerable to multi-dimensional shocks associated with large-scale returns and the protracted displacement of Iraqis and Syrian refugees. This is achieved through immediate crisis response and medium-term programming, integrating crisis management capacity building, rehabilitating basic service infrastructure, livelihood recovery and social cohesion. ICRRP activities have been implemented in 11 Governorates in Iraq. While initially set-up to provide immediate support to IDPs, Syrian refugees and host communities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the increasing number of returnees to newly liberated areas (NLAs) and the protracted displacement of individuals facing security challenges or a lack of livelihoods opportunities, resulted in a geographic and strategic shift, shaped by a need for greater self-reliance amongst target communities. ICRRP activities are implemented through Responsible Parties spanning government, civil society and private sector entities.
The Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) was set up in June 2015, with UNDP Iraq taking the Programmatic lead at the request of the Government of Iraq and the DSRSG/RC/HC to support the newly liberated areas that were freed from ISIL. FFS supports stabilization activities in Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah al-Din. The FFS Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by the Secretary- General of the Council of Ministers (CoM), the DSRSG/RC/HC and the UNDP Resident Representative (RR), provides strategic direction to the FFS. All stabilization activities are decided in agreement with the local authorities (Governor’s office and mayors), based on priorities identified at the local level through consultations. Given the sensitive nature of stabilization and the fragile conditions prevailing in many newly liberated areas, concerns relating to human rights, protection, gender and inclusion are taken into account during the prioritization and sequencing of activities. FFS has four windows listed below.
Window One: Public Works and Light Infrastructure Rehabilitation;
Window Two: Livelihoods;
Window Three: Capacity Support; and
Window Four: Social Cohesion.
The different windows of FFS are implemented by government entities, NGOs/CBOs and other UN agencies, where relevant. However, ownership by and the leading role of the Iraqi Government (particularly at governorate level) are critical and include decision-making power on project-funding and priority setting through consultative processes with the international partners and other stakeholders. Where feasible, the contracting/implementation/monitoring of activities is coordinated with Government technical implementation entities to ensure maximum ownership.
Given the increasing number and complexity of projects under FFS, UNDP requires two Programme Managers for FFS to support the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of large FFIS and FFES projects. One Programme Manager will be based in Baghdad to cover the central region: Anbar and Diyala while the other Programme Manager will be based in Erbil to cover the northern region: Salah-al Din and Ninewah both of which the incumbents will report to the Head of Stabilisation.
- Thorough analysis of political/social and economic situation of the country and identify strategic areas of support for UNDP in areas of crisis response and stabilization;
- Provide strategic direction to the program and specialized technical advice to the senior management on the development of systems, processes and mechanisms to support effective programme planning, implementation, monitoring and timely reporting;
- Builds solid relationships with key national partners and identifies institutional development and capacity building opportunities and priorities, where relevant;
- Ensures the Integration of cross-cutting issues, such as gender, peace building, human rights and resilience into stabilization and crisis response;
- Ensures systematic and effective analysis, project monitoring. Including but not limited to regular field visits, as appropriate, and participation In Project Board and/or Steering Committee meetings;
- Ensures the Integrity of financial and administrative operations as well as the consistent application of UNDP rules and procedures for programme and operations issues related to the programme.
- Leads the project teams and works closely with a wide array of partners to ensure that the projects under stabilization and crisis response directly respond to the UNDP country programme strategy;
- Supervises the project staff, provides coaching to staff and effective leadership;
- Develops, oversees and monitors work plans and budgets for all activities in the project portfolio;
- Ensures timely and adequate reporting against plans, including timely and articulate progress reports;
- Identifies risks and challenges.to the ongoing operations of the projects and provides advice to the Head of Stabilisation on mitigation strategies;
- Ensures the integrity of financial and administrative operations in the project area through financial oversight, under advice of the Service Centre team;
- Strict and consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations and ensuring the implementation of clear accountability mechanisms;
- Participates in internal control mechanisms for adherence to UNDP rules and regulations in contracts, assets, procurement, recruitment, etc., as required;
- Manages day to day administrative matters for the project with support from administrative staff and the performance of consultants, specialists, and advisers;
- The program manager may also be requested to perform project manager responsibilities for the stabilisation project.
- Ensures sufficient resource mobilization for the project in close consultation with Senior Management and is responsible for reaching the annual resource mobilization targets - specific emphasis will be required to nurture the relationship with key donors;
- Represents UNDP as co-lead of the inter-sector meetings on refugee support, specifically focusing on resilience building across the various sectors;
- Advocates for UNDP's work and represents UNDP with national authorities, the donor community, and international financial institutions, where requested;
- Liaises regularly and forges close linkages with other UN programmes, agencies and entities, as well as other international and national stakeholders concerned with or providing assistance on rule of law issues in Iraq;
- Ensures high-quality and timely reporting to government partners and donors involved in the project;
- Contributes to the harnessing of effective partnerships and competitive selection of partners for implementation of UNDP projects.
- Promotes stabilisation, ensuring appropriate levels of visibility and public awareness on results and ongoing activities;
- Provides policy advice to UNDP Senior Management, government counterparts, donors and other partners on issues related to stabilisation;
- Represents UNDP, as requested by the Head of Stabilisation.
- Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the project area for organizational sharing and learning as well as external Information;
- Actively participates in UNDP knowledge networks and takes advantage of best practices and lessons learned that are available in the region and globally and encourages project staff to do so by creating a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
- Promotes the participation of UNDP Iraq in regional programmes related to the project area as appropriate;
- Supports capacity and knowledge building of national counterparts;
- Any other tasks related to stabilisation as assigned by the Head of Stabilisation.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
- Ability to persuade others to follow.
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
- Ability to get things done.
- Knowledge of anti-corruption concepts, principles and policies and the ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations.
- Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.
- Master’s degree in economics, Business or Public Administration, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant fields
- At least 10 years of relevant experience in project management and project assurance;
- Proven experience in Resource Mobilization;
- Proven track record in program support/monitoring;
- Proven management experience, preferably in UNDP or other UN agency, with sound knowledge of project cycle management;
- Experience in working in crisis or conflict country;
- Experience working in a multi-cultural and/or international work environment.
- Proficiency in written and spoken English;
- Fluency in Arabic is desirable but not essential.
- Functionally related professional management skills;
- Plan and prioritizes work activities to meet organizational goals and organizes and oversees work processes efficiently to achieve quality results;
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, as well as experience in the handling of web-based management systems;
- Experience from previous UN assignments and/or multilateral banks (World Bank, Asian Development Bank, etc.} and bi-lateral aid organizations would be an asset;
- Female candidates are encouraged to apply;
- Knowledge of Results Based Management methodologies would be an asset.
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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension