Project Manager

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Management and Strategy, Project Management
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The spread of violent extremism over recent years poses a significant threat to the international community’s efforts to promote peace and security. It also undermines progress made towards fostering sustainable development and upholding human rights. The use of violence to further extreme ideological platforms is not new. The rise of violent extremist groups and their widespread messages of intolerance have, however, fostered a renewed concern amongst policy makers and practitioners on the importance of P/CVE. Mitigating the appeal and recognizing the impact of violent extremism in communities and vulnerable groups, particularly women and young people, is becoming a high priority for many countries around the world including Kazakhstan.

The UN Security Council in resolution S/2396 adopted in December 2017 expressed grave concern over the acute and growing threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters returning or relocating, particularly from conflict zones, to their countries of origin or nationality, or to third countries. The resolution recognized that the threat of returning or relocating foreign terrorist fighters includes, among others, such individuals further supporting acts or activities of ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and their cells, affiliates, splinter groups, and derivative entities, including by recruiting for or otherwise providing continued support for such entities, and stress[ed] the urgent need to address this particular threat.

The Project is designed to address the urgent need for increased investment in prevention and resilience, solidarity, and a renewed social contract, as highlighted in the UNDP 2022 Special Report on Human Security. It adopts a people-centered, context-specific, and prevention-oriented approach to build community resilience, empower youth, and prevent violent extremism while strengthening social cohesion in Central Asia. Building on the successful outcomes of the 2018-2021 project at the community level, the project aims to expand national capacities in the prevention of violent extremism. It recognizes the importance of triggering positive change at multiple levels to effectively address the complex challenge of violent extremism.

The project’s second phase includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, to ensure that all five Central Asian countries benefit from the interventions and that regional synergies and lesson learning are maximized. The project will be implemented in support of the Joint Plan of Action of the Central Asian countries and by building on the “Central Asia plus Japan” dialogue. It is also in line with the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action for the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) and UNDP’s global and regional PVE programming and UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.

Throughout its activities, the project employs a gender-sensitive and gender-responsive approach, promoting the realization of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 2250. It aims to ensure women’s equal and meaningful participation and representation, considering them as agents of change in building community resilience. The project addresses the obstacles faced by women, such as social norms, cultural patterns, and disproportionate burdens of unpaid care work, by providing business and digital skills training, increasing financial literacy, and supporting the development of soft skills.

The project aims to complement other ongoing and planned PVE initiatives in Central Asia, fostering collaboration among UNDP, the UN family, national and international partners, and civil society. It prioritizes flexibility and adaptability to respond to changing PVE trends while promoting local ownership and leadership. The project will develop clear exit strategies to ensure the sustainability and scalability of the activities beyond the project lifecycle.

The project is an integral part of the UNDP Governance portfolio and contributes directly to the work on addressing the needs of most vulnerable and at-risk population groups in the spirit of the ‘leaving no one behind’ principle.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager will be responsible for overall coordination of project implementation in the five Central Asian countries, including implementation of in-country activities in Kazakhstan in accordance with the project document and approved work plan. The Project Manager is expected to closely cooperate with project counterparts, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, local authorities, UN agencies, UNDP HQ, and other relevant parties.

Project Implementation and Coordination:

  • develop the project implementation plans, including drafting the annual project work plan, in collaboration with key stakeholders, and regularly update the work plans and budgets specifically for the Kazakhstan component;
  • conduct joint working sessions with country project teams and consolidate inputs;
  • prepare reports for presentation to the donor and other relevant parties, UNDP HQ;
  • coordinate implementation of Kazakhstan components of the project and maintain effective communication with national and local partners, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, PVE focal points in other UNDP country offices and UN agencies, UNDP HQ other relevant parties;
  • oversee smooth implementation of in-country project activities, including organizing and coordinating the project events, and attainment of the overall project objectives as stated in the project document at the national level;
  • coordinate all project in-country activities with the activities of national counterparts and other UNDP projects;
  • utilize best international practices, propose innovative solutions and tailor them to the local context;
  • build, manage, and support relationships with national partners, provide partners with advanced technical assistance;
  • organize and conduct Technical Working Groups, Steering Committees and other necessary meetings;
  • ensure compliance of project business processes with UNDP Project Operational Policies and Procedures and UNDP Standard Operating Procedures;
  • supervise research activities and elaboration of joint knowledge products;
  • build partnerships with state bodies, NGOs and international organizations.

Project and Financial Management

  • effectively manage the project team, ensuring optimal workload distribution, and supervise the work of project associates, consultants, sub-contractors, and local consultants
  • develop Terms of Reference for project personnel and consultants/potential service providers and ensure proper delivery of technical services and submission of technical and other reports;
  • comply with security and safety requirements and regulations and ensure the same are respected by all local consultants;
  • manage financial allocations, ensure timely payments in accordance with UNDP rules, regulations and procedures;
  • generate project reports, including combined delivery reports;
  • prepare procurement plans and oversee procurement and logistics for project implementation;
  • monitor and analyse the project environment and progress, using applicable M&E and risk management tools where relevant, and advise on timely readjustments of strategies and corrective actions as necessary;
  • produce periodical annual project progress reports and financial reports for the Steering Committee and donor;
  • provide regular updates on the project progress to the Programme Specialist/Head of Governance Unit;
  • work closely with other UNDP project teams to ensure synergies and knowledge exchange with the UNDP Country Office programme.

Support to Resource Mobilization:

  • establish and maintain contacts and cooperation with the relevant UN Agencies, government institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, civil society engaged in PVE;
  • undertake horizon scanning and explore opportunities for resource mobilization in consultation
    with the Programme Specialist/Head of Governance Unit;
  • support development of new initiatives and proposals to donors;
  • play an active advisory role on governance issues.

Advocacy and Coordination:

  • verification/quality assurance of the communication strategy with the Communications team;
  • ensure regular communication and coordination with project donor and partners and develop and maintain effective mechanisms for integrating and responding to their feedback and insights;
  • ensure careful selection of communication tools and tailoring the messages taking into account overall socio-political and development context in the countries of the region.

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

Institutional Arrangement

Under guidance of the Programme Specialist/ Head of Governance Unit, the Project Manager is responsible for the timely delivery and quality of outputs and technical advice. S/he will ensure smooth and effective implementation of daily activities of the Project and compliance with appropriate UNDP policies and procedures.

The Project Manager supervises project personnel and works in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff, representatives of participating UNDP Country Offices, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multilateral and bilateral donors and civil society ensuring successful implementation of the project.


Core Competencies

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work.
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking.
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others, and support their learning.
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process.
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously.
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making.

People Management Competencies

  • UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies 

Business Direction & Strategy – Strategic Thinking

  • Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making   develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, and creating tangible solutions
  • Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Business Direction & Strategy – Effective Decision Making

  • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with the authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Development – Knowledge generation

  • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content and responsive to a stated need

Business Development – Collective Intelligence Design

  • Ability to bring together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions

Business Management – Project management

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

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

Business Management – Partnership manage

  • 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.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, international development, community development, economics, public administration or related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in the areas mentioned above with additional 2 years of relevant working experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.
  • Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant professional experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, and/or hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Fluency in English, Russian and Kazakh.
Required Skills
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and web-based management systems, and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
  • Knowledge and experience in relevant thematic area.
Desired Skills
  • Proven communication and advocacy experience/skills, and ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including government representatives, donors and other stakeholders;
  • Experience in preparation of financial reports and overviews,
  • Experience/knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools, project management processes,
  • Relevant experience working with UN or other international organizations is a plus.
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