Project Manager - FATA
United Nations Development Programme
Peshawar, Pakistan
7d ago

Background Over the last decade, Pakistan’s north-western areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have experienced large-

scale population displacements due to militancy and military operations against militants and armed groups. Patterns of displacement and return movements have coexisted often new displacements occurred in parallel with returns to other areas.

With the success of military operations, the Government of Pakistan launched the Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy in 2015, announcing the return of the remaining displaced population (about 300,000 families) by December 2016.

  • UNDP supported the formulation of the strategy and has been the lead agency supporting the implementation of the strategy’s five pillars : infrastructure rehabilitation;
  • law and order; governance and service delivery; livelihoods; and social cohesion and peace building. UNDP’s advocacy and support has led to resource mobilization of over $500m, of which over $50m has been managed by UNDP as part of its FATA Recovery and Transition Programme.

    In 2018, the Government of Pakistan launched comprehensive reforms to mainstream the FATA region, which until recently had been governed by a special law (Frontier Crimes Regulation 1901), and to merge FATA with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, thus extending the laws and rights enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan to the residents of FATA.

    UNDP has played a leading role in advocating for and supporting government-led efforts to mainstream the FATA region. With the 25th Constitutional Amendment passed in May 2018 which merged FATA with KP, the UN system in Pakistan as well as the international community see significant tasks ahead in terms of supporting the government’s transition and recovery efforts.

    The UN country team in Pakistan, under the leadership of the UN Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator, is supporting the FATA’s stabilization, humanitarian and development needs under the framework of the FATA Transition Plan 2018-

  • 20. UNDP plays a key role in the plan’s implementation and advocacy with the government, development partners and other stakeholders by contributing to the framework’s all four outcomes : livelihoods and economic growth;
  • basic services; resilient recovery; and governance and justice. The Programme Manager will be working under the direct supervision of Deputy Country Director Programme with programmatic / day to day reporting to Assistant Country Director, Crisis Prevention and Recovery.

    The PM will be providing strategic leadership and management of the UNDP FATA Transition and Recovery Programme, which aims to promote stability and build resilience of the FATA’s returnees through institutional capacity building, livelihoods and economic recovery, community infrastructure rehabilitation, social cohesion and peacebuilding activities.

    With new funding received at the end of 2017, the FATA Transition & Recovery Programme needs to enhance its capacity to implement activities in the area of economic recovery with stronger private sector engagement.

    The PM will also be responsible for building strong partnerships and coordination with donors, government counterparts, development partners, UN agencies, IFIs, academia and I / NGOs.

    The PM also supports the RC Office in joint planning and coordination with government and UN agencies to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the UN’s FATA Transition Plan.

    Duties and Responsibilities Summary of Key Functions : 1.Provide substantive and strategic leadership 2.Ensure project management and achieve delivery targets3.

    Provision of high quality technical and advisory support 4.Strategic partnerships and resource mobilization5.Ensure learning and enhance communication and visibility of the project 1)Substantive and strategic leadership of UNDP’s FATA Transition & Recovery Programme

  • Substantive leadership of UNDP’s work with FATA government;
  • Develop a strategic framework for the project in line with government priorities;
  • Lead, plan, initiate, facilitate and manage project activities and measure performance and report on programme results and outcomes to the FATA Transition & Recovery Programme;
  • Provide advice and guidance to project team based on programming best practices on economic recovery, private sector engagement, social cohesion, stabilization and community infrastructure.
  • 2) Effective management, delivery and oversight of the project outputs and activities

  • Develop Annual Work Plans and Budgets in line with UNDP policies and procedures and other relevant agreements
  • Ensure effective and timely delivery of project activities, budget, outputs, results and impacts;
  • Ensure efficient and effective functioning of the project team and use of resources;
  • Demonstrate excellent conceptual and analytical abilities
  • Implement and continuously improve effective internal control and monitoring systems to reduce risks and wrongdoing;
  • Manage the recruitment of team and local consultants, short-term international and local experts;
  • Coordinate and supervise project teams and technical experts;
  • Organize project steering committee, donor coordination and project review meetings;
  • Prepare background documents, briefs, issues papers, and progress reports for the project steering committee meetings and donors.
  • Follow-up on the implementation of decisions and recommendations;
  • Manage process for the selection of suppliers, contractors and partners. Supervise procurement of goods and services including quality assurance of specifications, Terms of Reference (TORs) and Request for Proposals (RFPs) according to approved UNDP procedures.
  • 3) Provision of high quality technical and advisory support to the UNDP management, UN Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator and government

  • Provide high quality policy advisory support to the UNDP management, UN Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator and government on FATA’s transition, recovery and development issues;
  • Ensure timely preparation and quality control of all substantive technical outputs, briefs and documents;
  • Support the UNRC, OCHA and UN Country Team’s strategic planning, prioritization and programming;
  • Work with UN agencies and government to design joint plans and programmes;
  • Support the government in developing policies, strategies and projects for the FATA 10 Year Socio Economic Plan.
  • 4)Strategic partnerships and resource mobilization

  • Liaise with project partners, UN agencies, donors, government and other stakeholders;
  • Develop strong partnership with government counterparts to ensure result-oriented programming and timely and smooth implementation of Annual Work Plan;
  • Mobilize government and donor resources for the continuity and scaling up of project results;
  • Strengthen UNDP relations with government counterparts, authorities and key stakeholders including UN and national / international organizations.
  • 5)Ensure learning and enhance communication and visibility of the project

  • Ensure communication and sharing of knowledge with development partners and within the organization;
  • Establish a learning culture within the project using monitoring and evaluation tools, new technologies and through various activities;
  • Ensure production of high quality project reports, documents and lessons learnt;
  • Develop knowledge products to showcase best practices related to the project.
  • Competencies Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas workLevel 5 : Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them Leadership Ability to persuade others to followLevel 5 : Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfactionLevel 5 : Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transformLevel 5 : Level Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others Delivery Ability to get things done while exercising good judgementLevel 5 : Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions Technical / Functional Economic Recovery Level 5 : Originate : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertiseStabilization and social cohesion Level 5 : Originate : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertiseCommunity Infrastructure Level 5 : Originate : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertiseLocal Governance Level 5 : Originate : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertiseAccountability Level 5 : Originate : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Required Skills and Experience Master's degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.

  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in managing large, complex transition and recovery project in conflict affected regions.
  • Demonstrated project management and communication skills
  • Ability to lead and manage large, diverse teams;
  • Previous experience in Pakistan or the Asian region will be an asset;
  • Excellent IT skills (MS Office, use of databases and ERP software).
  • Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in English.
  • Vacancy End Date (Midnight New York, USA) Agency

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