Team Leader Inclusive Growth and Human Development

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
    Economics, Management and Strategy, Social and Inclusive Development
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Organizational Context
The UNDP Tunisia Country Office (CO) leads UNDP’s support to Tunisia in the achievement of its national human and sustainable development objectives in alignment with its national Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement commitments.  UNDP Tunisia works on areas such as 1) inclusive growth and human development; 2) climate action, environment, energy and disaster risk reduction; and 3) governance.  The UNDP Resident Representative (RR) leads and oversees the work of the Country Office, including a total of about 110 staff and personnel and a delivery of around $15 million in programmatic support to Tunisia in 2022. The RR also leads UNDP Tunisia’s efforts in cultivating, building, and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances which are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners, that includes the Government of Tunisia, existing and emerging donor countries, multilateral institutions such as the IFIs, the European Union, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, as well as global, regional and national media.
Position Purpose

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR), and with dotted line reporting to the Resident Representative, the Team Leader of the Inclusive Growth and Human Development Unit (IGHD) acts as a programme manager for all aspects of UNDP Tunisia programme in the area of Inclusive Growth, Poverty Reduction, Economic Governance, Private Sector Development, Sustainable Finance agenda, Economic development (including at the local level), Policy Dialogue, Employment and Entrepreneurship, overseeing a major portfolio of project initiatives, some of which Directly Implemented (DIM) by UNDP, contributing directly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 8. The main roles of the Team Leader are to develop, position and manage the Inclusive Growth programme, to oversee and provide quality assurance to projects/portfolios implementation, and to manage the Unit. The Team Leader leads and supervises the unit team in strategic planning and identifies new programme areas while ensuring consistency with UNSDCF / CPD priorities, coordination with other thematic clusters and creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities.

The Team Leader works in close collaboration with the CO Management, the Programme, and Operations teams and the Programme Support Unit to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery within the overall strategy and approach of UNDP in Tunisia in the framework of its Transformation Plan. He/She will work as well with Programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, private sector, IFIs, and civil society to successfully implement the UNDP programme.

UNDP adopts a portfolio approach to accommodate changing business needs and leverage linkages across interventions to achieve its strategic goals. Therefore, UNDP personnel are expected to work across units, functions, teams, and projects in multidisciplinary teams in order to enhance and enable horizontal collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.   As a member of the Tunisia CO management team, ensures the strategic direction of UNDP Inclusive Growth programme focusing on achievement of the following results:

•    Thorough analysis of the social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of CCA, UNDAF/UNSDCF, CPD, CPAP, AWP and other documents.
•    Identification of strategic programme areas of cooperation.
•    Operationalization of UNDAF-UNSDCF/CPD in collaboration with the main partners and other UN Agencies. Identification of possibilities for joint programming.
•    Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the CO.
•    CO business processes mapping and establishment of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management, control of the workflows in the Programme Unit.

2.   Ensures effective management of the Inclusive Growth programme and supervision of the relevant unit team focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:

•    Further design and formulation of UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme in Tunisia, translating UNDP priorities into local interventions.
•    Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results.
•    Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations. The Team Leader performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Quantum for development projects/portfolios transactions approval.
•    Effective monitoring, measuring the impact of the CO programme and evaluation. Constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustment of programme.
•    Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
•    Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.
•    Organization of cost-recovery system for the services provided by the CO to projects/portfolios in close collaboration with the Programme Support Unit and the Operations Manager.

3.   Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the following results:

•    Implementation of the CO partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes.
•    Creation and coordination of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral development partners, private sector, civil society, academia etc.
•    Determination of programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
•    Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.

4.   Ensures provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management on Inclusive Growth, Poverty reduction, Economic Governance, Private Sector development, Sustainable Finance agenda, Economic development (including at the local level), Employment and Entrepreneurship focusing on achievement of the following results:
•    Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals related to Inclusive Growth, Poverty reduction, Economic Governance, Private Sector development, Sustainable Finance agenda, Economic development (including at the local level), Employment and Entrepreneurship.
•    Establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks. Relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns are implemented with key partners.
•    Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, in particular contributing to the UN’s and UNDP’s experience in the area of Inclusive Growth, Poverty reduction, Economic Governance, Private Sector development, Sustainable Finance agenda, Economic development (including at the local level), Employment and Entrepreneurship.
•    Organization of trainings for the Government, partners and projects/portfolios staff on related practice areas.
•    Organization of trainings for the operations/projects/portfolios staff on programme.
The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

Impact of Results:

The key results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme and reaching UNDAF/ CPD goals. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: Supervision of the Country Office Programme Team.

Core Competencies:

  1. Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  2. Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  3. Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  4. Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  5. Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  6. Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  7. Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area Name Definition
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 Results-based Management
  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
Business Management Partnerships Management
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
Business Management Portfolio Management
  • Ability to select, prioritize and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment
2030 Agenda: Prosperity Inclusive Growth
  • Poverty and Human Development
2030 Agenda: Prosperity Inclusive Growth
  • SDGs/National Development Strategy, Planning and Budgeting
2030 Agenda: Prosperity Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility
  • Jobs and Livelihoods

•    Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics or related field such as Development Studies or Public Policy or equivalent OR
•    First level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in Economics or related field such as Development Studies , Public Policy or equivalent with an additional two 2 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of master’s degree.

•    A minimum of 5 years (with Master’s degree) or a minimum of 7 years (with a bachelor’s degree) of relevant development experience at the national and/or international level.
•    Direct experience providing technical advice to government officials and/or the private sector is required.
•    Experience in designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects is required.
•    Experience in leading and managing teams is required.
•    Experience in the creation and coordination of partnerships around development initiatives with UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral development partners, private sector, civil society, academia is desired.
•    Experience in managing the implementation of programmatic initiatives to promote private sector development and/or entrepreneurship and/or inclusive growth and/or poverty reduction is desired.
•    Experience in programme/project management with UN/UNDP or international development organizations is an added advantage.
•    Experience in managing the preparation of socioeconomic research and policy-level analysis relating to issues such as inclusive growth and/or poverty reduction, and/or economic governance and/or private sector development and/or sustainable finance is an added advantage.
Language Requirements: Fluency in Arabic and French. Fluency or advanced knowledge of English would be an asset.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
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