- Company: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Experience: 5 - 10 yers
- Studies: Master
- Category: Public Sector - Administration
- Contract: Temporary
- Salary: Undefined
BackgroundThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP supports over 132 countries around the globe in the areas of Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Environment and Energy, Capacity Development, Gender, HIV/AIDS and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is UNDP’s policy bureau. BDP plays a key role in helping country offices accelerate human development through UNDP’s programmes and initiatives. The Democratic Governance Practice (DGP) is the largest practice area in UNDP/BDP. It works on building effective and capable states that are accountable and transparent. The principal areas of work are organized around 3 clusters: Inclusive Participation, Responsive Governing Institutions, and International Norms and Principles.The Inclusive Participation cluster supports efforts for expanding opportunities for civic engagement – particularly of the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups – in the channels of interaction with the state, at national, regional and local levels. The Responsive Institutions cluster promotes the development of institutional capacity, and accountability, in the area of access to justice, rule of law and security, public administration and local governance at the national, regional and local level to ensure these institutions reflect and serve the needs, priorities, and interests of all people. Programme priority is given to strengthening the mechanisms of responsiveness and public accountability to the concerns and interests of poor people, women, and other vulnerable or excluded groups. The International Norms and Principles cluster promotes integration of UN principles, policies, practices, and strategies (on human rights, anti-corruption and gender) within and outside the UN family. UNDP’s work in Public Administration is guided by the principle that an efficient, responsive, transparent and accountable public administration not only plays a vital role in economic development, but it is also a key instrument for shaping effective governance, building legitimate state–society relationships and implementing government strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP’s approach focuses on building the capacity of the public administration at all levels, guided by respect for human rights, information sharing, gender equality, rule of law, integrity and transparency. It addresses obstacles to equitable service delivery and encourages increased attention to public administration and civil service management as an essential component of state building in post-conflict societies. UNDP currently supports PAR projects in over 120 countries in all the five geographical regions through advisory support, knowledge exchange and assistance in programme and project formulation and implementation. UNDP is inviting applications from highly qualified individual consultants with public administration expertise and proven experience in at least one of the following sub-areas:Policy making, strategic planning and coordination of PAR strategies, both at sectoral level and for the whole of government.Analysis of institutional and contextual factors and social impact assessments of public administration reform plans and programmes.Support to centre of Government institutions and functions including policies and strategies for improved government communication.Public financial management, including budget preparation and execution, revenue management, aid management and coordination, internal control and audit, external audit, and public procurement.Public sector organization and staffing focusing on structures and functions of public institutions, civil service systems, human resource management and development with a particular focus on gender equality in the civil service.Integrity frameworks for accountable and transparent public service.Public service delivery including administrative decision making, administrative simplifications, performance management, e-government, decentralization and public-private partnerships.Public administration information systems and access to information policies and strategies.Public administration capacity assessments, diagnostics and development including support to the development of public administration training institutions. Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe range of tasks that would typically be expected from a consultant in this area is to assist country offices, regional centres, headquarter units and/or government counterparts in:Providing strategic and operational advice to governments and non-state actors on the formulation and execution of public administration policies, strategies and interventions.Designing, implementing and/or evaluating projects and programmes (applying a human rights based approach and taking into account the impact on the environment, communities, women, poor and vulnerable people);Knowledge sharing through comparative analysisDevelopment of performance management systems and related indicators Developing capacities through high-quality training or coaching;Liaising with other development partners (e.g., other UN agencies, EC, USAID, OSI, IFIs, but also NGOs), assisting in donor coordination and preparations for donor meetings.Contributing to partnership building and resource mobilization efforts for global, regional and/or country level initiatives.Drafting well-written, concise reports according to the stipulated requirements. CompetenciesStrategic vision, strong technical and analytical capabilities;Strong reporting and writing abilities;Ability to work in a team, develop synergies and establish effective working relations with government counterparts, donors, NGOs and other development partners;Strong interpersonal and communication skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills, and the ability to cope with potential conflict situations;Integrity, modeled on the UN's values and ethical standards;Sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age;Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;Ability to manage heavy workloads and solve complex problems with minimum supervision. Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:Advanced university degree (Master, PhD) in social sciences, international affairs, international law, public administration, business administration, political science, development studies, economics or other related areas.Experience:Depending on the complexity of the assignment, consultants will need to have between 5 years (minimum requirement) and 20 years of proven work experience in public administration.Language:Proficiency in one of the three UNDP working languages (English, French, and Spanish) is a must; proficiency in a second UN language (Russian, Chinese, Arabic) would be an advantage.Proven relevant working experience in a region (Africa, Arab States, Asia & the Pacific, Europe & the Commonwealth of Independent States and/or Latin America & the Caribbean) will be considered an asset.Computer Skills:IT literacy and ability to operate with on-line web-based applications and tools.Evaluation of ApplicantsIn accordance with the procedures set out in UNDP’s Procurement Guidelines and Financial Rules and Regulations, a technical evaluation of all applications will be conducted, based on a balanced assessment of candidates:Knowledge and analysis of the subject matterRelevance of previous experience and technical expertiseEducation backgroundLanguage skills.