Project Officer – NPSA 10 – Cairo, Egypt

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  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Project Management
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UNDP Egypt Programme Team is composed of three thematic clusters, based on the three outcomes of its Country Programme i.e.:

  • Inclusive Growth and Innovation
  • Environment and Climate Resilience
  • Social inclusion and Local Development

These Thematic Clusters are led by team leaders/Assistant Resident Representatives (ARRs) with enhanced focus on policy advice, partnership building, pipeline management, quality assurance, programme implementation, monitoring and reporting.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the Team Leader/Assistant Resident Representative for Inclusive Growth and Innovation manages a major, multi-disciplinary, programme portfolio that promotes “Leaving No One behind”, aligned with the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 8, 9, 12, 16, and  17. The portfolio covers innovation, entrepreneurship, digital transformation and Information Technology for inclusive development.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Leader/ARR, Inclusive Growth and Innovation, the program officer is one of the team of professionals and support staff who provide formulation and continued monitoring of implementation of related programme interventions. The incumbent is responsible for management of the UNDP programme in the areas of

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Digital transformation and Information Technology for inclusive Development

Institutional Arrangement

Direct Supervisor is Team Leader/Assistant Resident Representative for Inclusive Growth and Innovation

Duties and Responsibilities

The “Program Officer” needs to have a strong understanding of the development process, as well as experience in managing projects in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital transformation. The “Program Officer” ensures implementation of program strategies focusing on achievements and will perform the following:

  • Ensure effective management of the Country Office (CO) program in inclusive and entrepreneurship, and digital transformation and information technology for inclusive development.
  • Oversight of program and project management for optimization of development initiatives
  • Work effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including partners, beneficiaries, and donors.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of projects’ plans in line with the UNDP strategic objectives and in collaboration with partners.
  • Coordinate the work of projects’ teams, including ensuring that all tasks are completed on time and within budget.
  • Communicate with project stakeholders, including partners, beneficiaries, and donors, to keep them informed of project progress and to address any concerns.
  • Provide technical assistance to partners on how to use innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital transformation to address development challenges. This includes providing training, mentoring, and other forms of support to help partners develop and implement innovative solutions to development problems.
  • Build partnerships with other organizations that are working to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital transformation. This includes working with government agencies, private sector companies, and non-governmental organizations to share resources and expertise.
  • Capacity development and knowledge facilitation by providing capacity-building efforts and the planning and delivery of workshops and learning events on program and project management, including identifying best practices and knowledge exchange opportunities.
  • Effective application of Results-Based Management “RBM” tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the program environment, recommending timely readjustments of the program.
  • Contribute to the UNDP knowledge base by sharing lessons learned from project implementation. Also, initiation, developing, implementing and management of new programs, projects and initiatives in coordination with operations and according to UNDP’s procedures.
  • Ensure creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy with the determination of programmatic areas of cooperation, identification and mobilization of resources based on program strategic goals, country needs and partner priorities. As well as making an active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
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Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies) 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction & Strategy Strategic Thinking Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
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
Business Management Project Management Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Digital & Innovation Digital thought leadership Ongoing research into emerging technologies and digital trends and the applications, risks, and opportunities associated with digital adoption, combined with the ability to communicate this synthesis with a broad audience
Digital & Innovation Innovation ecosystem curation Ability to identify key players in an ecosystem, engage with them and mobilise them to build a community and over time a movement around a common mission that can bring about changes at the system level.

Ability to give sense of purpose and build trust, develop programmes of activities and platforms to build and strengthen relationships

Communications Brand & quality management Ability to position a UNDP brand and uphold it to a high level of quality
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Education requirements Advanced degree(Master or equivalent) in Technology-related domains, Information technology, and business administration or any equivalent is required

A first level university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) with additional 2 years of experience will be given due consideration in lieu of advanced university degree

Min. years of relevant work experience  Min 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of experience in the area of entrepreneurship ecosystems, Project Management and innovation is required
Required  skills 
  • Strong skills in project management, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, partnerships, youth capacity building, and entrepreneurship.
  • Strong experience in innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems in general and in Egypt in particular including, but not limited to, business incubators and accelerators, social entrepreneurship, employment and job creation, training and capacity building programs, and business investment.
  • Strong experience in digital transformation
  • Experience in project management software and digital tools
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Working/leading national innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Familiar with the work of international organizations and UN system is an advantage.
  • Experience in a relevant managerial position
  • Strong experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, project management and digital transformation
Required Language(s)  Proficiency in English and Arabic
Professional Certificates Any certificate of relevance in the following fields: Management, Innovation, Entrepreneurship
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