Project Officer/Local public services provision vacancy - Migration and Local Development Programme - UNDP Moldova

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Background

On the global level, migration has been increasingly recognized as a positive development factor. The 2030 Agenda calls for well-managed migration policies to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people in its 10.7 target. The need for concerted efforts among nations on migration issues determined the negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration, an intergovernmental agreement defining a common vision embraced by signatory governments on “making migration work for all”. The first of its kind, the agreement is expected to be adopted by the end of 2018 and shall lay out the nations’ vision on broadening the opportunities, benefits and contribution of migration to the development and prosperity of countries, and the collective power of all nations to improve global governance on migration.

Migration in the Republic of Moldova is requesting attention and concrete actions to make the most of this phenomenon for the country’s development. The Moldovan Government (GoM) acknowledges that, if addressed and managed properly, human mobility can also bring many opportunities, changes and improvements in the country. Due to the Swiss development support, the GoM migration policy focus shifted from a management and control perspective to capitalizing on the opportunities provided by migration. Building on the previous SDC-funded UNDP positive experience at local level, in 2017 the Moldovan Government approved a decision, hence recognizing the success of the UNDP/MiDL model of engaging women and men migrants in local development processes and providing the normative basis for scaling up and ensuring the sustainability of the experience piloted by UNDP/MiDL of mainstreaming migration in local policies. The need to effectively address migration issues, along with creating conditions for a business enabling environment, job creation and infrastructure development are also listed as main Government priorities for the next four years. In line with these priorities, the proposed initiative aims to further support the country’s development processes also capitalizing on best practices and lessons learnt in this field.

Under Outcome 1, the project will ensure that Moldovan labour, potential, actual and returning migrants benefit from comprehensive employment support services. To that end, national and local authorities will be fully equipped to answer to the needs of all categories of migrants at each stage of migration (pre, migration, post).

Under Outcome 2, efforts will warrant that community members, including migrants are meaningfully engaged in the local development process. In line with that, activities will focus on working close with public authorities, other local actors and migrants for the effective implementation of local development initiatives aimed at improving local services and offering income-generating opportunities at local level.

The Overall Goal of the initiative is maximizing the impact of migration on the socio-economic development through an improved institutional framework and engaged Diaspora. Both areas of the project emphasize the national ownership and strengthening capacities at national and local levels to enable a socio-economic environment, secure employment support, reduce disparities and inequalities, provide income generating opportunities, and ensure sustainable local development. The project intervention will apply human rights based and gender equality approaches, including community empowerment and mobilization models with migrants’ engagement, and various tools for efficient service provision.

During the first 3 years of implementation (2015-2018) the project proved that the diaspora can contribute a lot back to their places of origin: it is now more engaged in-home communities’ development through 38 Home Town Associations (HTAs), providing already over 6 mln. Lei to local development projects.

A unique model of engaging migrants in the development of their home communities was successfully developed and tested. Centered around HTAs, local public administration with improved migration management capacities, and their permanent interaction, it proved to work well in all Moldovan regions, including Gagauzia and the Security Zone.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the MiDL II Project Manager, the Local public service provision Officer ensures the effective and efficient implementation of local public service improvement at local level activities within the MIDL II Project. The incumbent applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

Local public service provision Officer works in close collaboration with the Project Manager and other Project Officers for effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex project-related issues and information delivery.

The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Summary of Key Functions:

The incumbent will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the project) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients through applying HRBA and GE approaches. More specifically:

1. Support to MiDL II project on local public service improvement issues, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Support the development of a detailed mechanism of identification and provide support in selection of targeted 35 communities for project interventions (field/data assessment etc.);
  • Advise and assist targeted LPAs to manage migration-related processes, through participatory community planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation for efficient service provision;
  • Promote a participatory, human rights and gender sensitive approach to service provision at local level in close coordination with other local and national partners;
  • Support the implementation of jointly selected service improvement initiatives, with active participation of migrants and community members (using inter-municipal cooperation, PPPs and other tools);
  • Support the MiDL II Project Manager and the UNDP CO in general project development, implementation and project-related strategic processes.

2. Ensure provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Assess the country's development policies and their impact on MiDL II project activities;
  • Provide policy options and high-quality advisory inputs to the project from local development perspective to ensure these are responsive to national policies, priorities and strategic plans, and advance UNDP's corporate goals;
  • Provide training and capacity building support for MiDL II staff and partners on local strategic planning;
  • Make sound contributions to local development-related knowledge networks and communities of practice;
    Provide solid inputs to project’s analytical products, work plans and progress reports, etc.;
  • Identify and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt from the field;
  • Conduct analytical work (e.g. institutional and risk analyses, capacity assessment, policy reviews) community development highlighting UNDP support and strategy. Play an active role in policy advice, strategic thinking, knowledge sharing.

3. Ensure creation of strategic partnerships, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Liaise, synergy and coordination with project partners (USAID, GIZ) on common service provision issues;
  • Prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation with development partners, contribute to the resource mobilization efforts;
  • Ensure wide dissemination and visibility of project achievements. Participate in national and international fora, making substantive contributions as appropriate.

The key results have a direct impact on the overall successful achievement of the MiDL-II project. Accurate analysis and presentation of information enhances UNDP’s position as a strong development partner. The information provided facilitates decision-making of the Programme Steering Committee and UNDP management.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Exerts strict adherence to corporate rules, regulations and procedures. Familiarity with the internal control framework and results-based management tools is a must;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Proven ability to problem-solve, and think creatively to develop and implement smart business solutions in a challenging socio-economic environment;
  • Ability to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government required. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential part of the job;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master Degree in Local Public Administration, Economics, Public Finances, Public Law or other relevant fields. Additional training and certification in project management would be an advantage.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience is required at the national or international level in the field of policy development, with substantial recent work experience local development projects with focus on services provision;
  • Practical experience in inter-municipal cooperation initiation and implementation;
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, governmental institutions, NGO or private sector / consulting firm is a very strong advantage;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in both oral and written English and Romanian;
  • Knowledge of one or more minority languages relevant for Moldova, including Russian, Romani, Gagauzian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and sign language, is considered an asset.

Disclaimer

UNDP is an employer devoted to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both women and men.

UNDP is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Online applications can be submitted by registered users only. Self-registration link is available at the next page and requires candidates to provide a valid email address.

To learn more and apply for this and other positions please visit our site at: http://www.md.undp.org/content/moldova/en/home/operations/jobs.html





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