Senior Driver

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  • Salary:
    $208,132 - $299,707 / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    1 week ago
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    Travel and Transportation
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UNDP Gambia is in its fourth year of implementation of its Country Programme Document 2022 – 2025. The Country Programme seeks to support the Government of the Gambia across 3 key strategic areas.

1. Economic Management, Human Capital Development and Poverty Eradication
2. Governance and Human Rights.
3. Environment and resilience Development

The Gambia is at the cusp of transformation despite the multitude of development challenges, notably restoring good governance, stabilizing the economy, empowering youth, and making the private sector the engine of growth, transformation, and job creation. The Gambia is in the process of articulating its next Development Plan that will guide its investments, and to which the United Nations Development Plan will continue align and support. UNDP is and will continue to be a partner in this transformative process.

The UNDP’s 2022-25 Strategic Plan, which provides the overall guidance, is a comprehensive framework to support countries, including The Gambia, on their path towards attaining the SDGs through country programs driven by national development choices. And UNDP Gambia is further guided by the UNDP Africa offer whose overarching goal is to accelerate the attainment of the 2030 SDGs and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. It within this context that the UNDP Gambia focuses on (a) inclusive economic growth and poverty eradication; (b) governance and human rights; and (c) environment and resilience development. These efforts are part of the UN partnership in the Gambia and are in support of the national priorities.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Admin/Procurement Associate, the senior driver provides reliable and safe driving services to UNDP RR and other high-ranking UN officials and visitors ensuring highest standards of discretion and integrity, sense of responsibility, excellent knowledge of protocol and security issues. The Driver also demonstrates a client-oriented approach, courtesy, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Upon request of the supervisor, the Driver can be also required to provide driving services to the operations and programme staff in the CO, Consultants and Experts and UN staff on mission.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

The senior Driver will be sorely responsible for driving the head of office – Resident Representative of United Nations
Development Programme

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
 Provision of reliable and secure driving services
 Proper use of vehicle
 Day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle
 Availability of documents/ supplies

1. Provision of reliable and secure driving services; 
a. Ensures provision of reliable and safe driving services by a) driving office vehicles for the transport of UNDP RR/UN RC, other high-ranking officials and visitors and delivery and collection of mail, documents and other items, and b) meeting official personnel and visitors at the airport including visa and customs formalities arrangement when required.

2. Proper use of vehicle;
a.  Ensures cost-savings through proper use of vehicle through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs, provision of inputs to preparation of the vehicle maintenance plans and reports.
3. Day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle;

a. Ensures proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes, car washing, etc.

4. Availability of documents/ supplies;
a. Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts in the assigned vehicle.
b. Ensures that all immediate actions required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accidents.
5. Any other duties that may be assigned

Expected Demonstration of Competencies
Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
Learn Continuously LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility  LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies) 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Administration & Operations Vehicle management
  • · Knowledge of policy & procedures on fleet management
Administration & Operations Administration & Operations
  • Ability to collect, register, maintain and deliver mail and UNDP pouch; ability to manage archives
Business Management Communication
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels
Ethics UN Policy Ethics
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UN Staff Regulations and Rules and other policies relating to ethics and integrity.
Business Management Customer Satisfaction/Client Management
  • Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers’ needs.
  • Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy.
  • Look for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests.
  • Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns
Business Direction and Strategy Effective Decision Making
  • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
General (across the functions) Public relations
  • Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organization, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public
Partnership management Relationship management
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
Required Skills and Experience
Completion of Secondary Education. Valid Driver’s license.
  • 3 years’ work experience as a driver; safe driving record; knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair and maintenance
  • Experience in the basic use of computers and relevant office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and    ability to use web-based management and electronic log, file and/or scheduling systems.
  • Knowledge of protocols and security requirements is an advantage.
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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