PBF Programme Coordinator in Liberia (Nationals Only)

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Development
  • Deadline:
    December 6, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Description

BACKGROUND

At the request of the Liberian Government, Liberia was officially placed on the Peacebuilding Commission Agenda on 27 May 2010 making the country eligible as a recipient of UN Peacebuilding Fund’s Peace and Recovery Facility (PRF). Since then the PBC has been engaged with Liberia supporting programs to strengthen rule of law, security sector and legal reforms, gender equality and women empowerment as well as national reconciliation through national and local peace infrastructures. These supportive initiatives are aligned to the Government Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) and SDGs 1, 5, 8,  16 as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperative Framework.

Liberia has undergone  multiple transitions while needing to continue to consolidate the hard-won peacebuilding gains. The Security Council resolution 2333 (Dec 2016) ended UNMIL’s mandate on 30 March 2018 and the complete closure of the peacekeeping mission by 30 June 2018. The results of the UN’s Capacity Mapping Exercise, completed in May 2017, indicated that UNMIL’s withdrawal and departure will result in a severe reduction in resources, capacities and expertise in consolidating peace building gains. The PBF leveraged its financing to support a smooth transition as well as sustain the peace gains within the context of addressing pre-existed and emerging peacebuilding challenges including a poor economy where root causes and conflict drivers remain unresolved.

To address this, the S-G approved the Executive Committee Decision 2017/88 (Liberia) (September 2017) to strengthen and expand the Resident Coordinator’s Office, establish the OHCHR office and a pooled fund (the Liberia Multi Partner Trust Fund) to support peace consolidation, human rights, rule of law, reconciliation and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Liberia. The Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund (LMPTF) was anchored on a vision of realizing less dependency on the international community assistance for peace and security and placing the country on a stable trajectory to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The LMPTF was designed to support Sustaining Peace and peace consolidation in Liberia through the implementation of the Liberia Peacebuilding Plan priorities and the delivery of the United Nation’s Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in support of implementing the Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. The new government has prioritized peace consolidation by establishing a stand-along pillar on ‘sustaining peace’

Since 2018, the LMPTF has been supported by the Peacebuilding Fund as the only donor, whose financing modality is premised on catalytic support. Further financing of the LMPTF has been reconsidered by the PBF, reverting to its traditional financing of peacebuilding initiatives through its Peacebuilding and Recovery Facility (PRF)and Immediate Response Facility (IRF) windows.

Under the current PBF portfolio, a secretariat exists, operating under the auspices of the RC whose responsibility is to ensure overall coordination, monitoring and reporting of peacebuilding programming in Liberia, working closely with the UNCT, the Government and CSOs involved in peacebuilding programmes.  The PBF Secretariat brings efficiencies and effectiveness in overall coordination of peacebuilding programming in Liberia. The PBF Secretariat helps to coordinate monitoring approaches between projects, and monitor progress against the peacebuilding context, the risks and the high-level peacebuilding priorities supported by PBF. The Secretariat is headed by a Program coordinator. It is the role of the Peacebuilding Fund Secretariat Coordinator to both oversee the effective implementation of the ongoing PBF portfolio in Liberia, as well as ensuring mobilization of funding. 

The PBF Coordinator will be directly supervised by the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC) or his/her representative in the RC Office, to whom he/she will directly report on the PBF Secretariat related tasks. The PBF Coordinator will also support the RC to select, develop and implement PBF projects as well as in its role as Steering Committee Cochair. The local representative of the PBF Secretariat project implementing agency will oversee the administrative and contractual management of the PBF Coordinator and Secretariat staff. The PBF Coordinator will also indirectly report to PBSO on the PBF portfolio strategy in the country and PBF projects performance. She/he will work in close collaboration with the Steering Committee and RC team, particularly the Peace and Development Adviser (PDA). PBSO will participate to the PBF Secretariat professional staff recruitment and performance evaluation processes. The Coordinator will work closely with the MPTFO as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the PBF. The Coordinator supervises a national M&E Officer, Administrative Assistant and a driver.

Position Purpose

Under the overall guidance of the Resident Coordinator, the PBF Coordinator (NOC)  will be responsible for overall PBF project coordination, implementation oversight, maintenance of key partnerships with the CSOs and the Government, trouble-shooting and addressing challenges with project implementation, in close collaboration with the project implementation teams.

The PBF Coordinator will also support the RC to select, develop and implement PBF projects as well as in its role as Steering Committee Cochair. The PBF Coordinator will also indirectly report to PBSO on the PBF portfolio strategy in the country and PBF projects performance. She/he will work in close collaboration with the Steering Committee, Regional Design & Resource Mobilization Specialist, and RC team, particularly the Peace and Development Adviser (PDA) and head of the Resident Coordinator Office.

The PBF Coordinator will contribute to the strategic supervision of the projects through the following functions:Facilitate design and monitoring of PBF portfolio projects;

Support PBF or equivalent Steering Committee and supervise PBF Secretariat staff;Facilitate strategic alignment, visibility and resource mobilization initiatives.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Facilitate design and monitoring of PBF portfolio projects:                                      

  • Provide technical expertise to ensure coherence and quality control of PBF projects being designed and implemented;
  • Ensure projects are aligned with relevant UN and Government strategic plans and other current or planned interventions to avoid duplicates and promote convergence and complementarity among initiatives;
  • Coordinate activities to promote coherence and synergies between projects;
  • Ensure diligent monitoring and project execution, in collaboration with recipient agencies and M&E Expert;
  • Identify challenges and potential bottlenecks in implementation process and formulate solutions as. Create monitoring system to measure progress achieved by PBF projects, including data collection and analysis, in collaboration with M&E Expert;
  • Ensure quality control and coordinate preparation and timely submission of progress reports (semi-annual and annual) submitted by recipient agencies;
  • Consult and prepare strategic annual report on peacebuilding situation in the country
  • Contribute to Secretary-General report on peacebuilding, in collaboration with the PDA
  • Ensure compliance with PBF Guidelines of implementation and reporting processes
  • Conduct field visits and supervise monitoring and evaluation missions.
  • Assist the Joint Steering Committee in the organization of meetings, including the

Support inter-agencies coordination for peacebuilding :

  • Facilitate overall coordination of Technical and Financial Partners (TFPs) involved in peacebuilding initiatives;
  • Facilitate coordination of peacebuilding interventions ensuring synergy with the RCO/PDA;
  • Support periodical assessments of intervention strategy and its relevance to the context;
  • Support RC by promoting information exchange and relevant analyses on peacebuilding using project monitoring and field surveys;
  • Ensure new projects are developed based on specific conflict analysis in close coordination with the RCO/PDA;
  • Set up and facilitate internal coordination mechanisms for each project involving national counterparts, RUNOs, NUNOs and NGOs;
  • Coordinate with the RCO/PDA to promote information exchanges and tools sharing in the areas of conflict prevention and peacebuilding;
  • Create knowledge and lessons learned management system based on projects results;
  • Maintain updated mapping of peacebuilding, social cohesion and conflict prevention interventions;
  • Facilitate concertation framework for TFPs focused on promoting peacebuilding, conflict prevention and social cohesion;
  • Support partners in strengthening conflict-sensitive programming capacities and promote mainstreaming of a conflict-sensitive approach in UNCT programming, in coordination with the RCO/PDA.

Strategic liaisons for implementation:

  • Support the creation and coordination of partnerships with the Participating UN Organizations and other relevant stakeholders to ensure cohesion and joint efforts to achieve intended programme outcomes.
  • Provide technical support on implementation of integrated risk management including guiding possible engagement with de facto administration and external partners on recommended actions to take.
  • Provide substantive support to consultative, technical and steering committee meetings including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of agenda, meeting documents and presentations, draft minutes of the meetings, etc.
  • Support establishment and maintenance of strategic liaisons among regional level working groups and the central level technical coordination working group level to achieve ABADEI programme outcomes.
  • Support preparation of briefs on possible opportunities for conflict sensitive yet gender targeted programming within the scope of the UN joint programmes.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge sharing and management

  • Document best practices and lessons learned on joint programming as submitted by Participating UN Organizations to provide contributions to guide decision-making.
  • Support the Communications Specialist and Participating UN Organizations in preparation of various communication products for joint programming.
  • Monitor, analyze and synthesize significant amounts of information of relevance to ABADEI on conflict sensitive programme implementation, including from open sources, in close coordination with UN and other actors (e.g. civil society organizations).
  • Provide sound contributions to the thematic working groups, and sub-groups on gender, social, cultural and conflict sensitive considerations for joint programming.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Support the Joint Steering Committee and supervise PBF Secretariat staff:

  •  preparation of working documents;
  • Ensure the follow-up and dissemination of the decisions and recommendations made by the Joint Steering Committee;
  • Support the Steering Committee in its oversight role and defining new peacebuilding priorities;
  • Provide the necessary technical assistance to institutions or agencies involved in the design and implementation of peacebuilding projects, including peacebuilding expertise;
  • Contribute to the harmonization and improvement of project documents and project reports before submitting them to the Joint Steering Committee (quality assurance especially on the peacebuilding aspect and according to the criteria of the PBF guidelines);
  • Early warning to the Steering Committee, the Resident Coordinator, the implementing agencies and the PBF on the risks, delays and problems related to implementation of PBF projects.
  • Ensure synergy between PBF program and other UNSDCF Programs and projects
  • Build and maintain strong partnership with national and international partners 
  • Supervise the work of the Secretariat team which include a monitoring & evaluation officer and a driver;

Strategic alignment, visibility and resource mobilization support:

  • Ensure communication on progress of projects peacebuilding catalyzing effects to national authorities and TFPs for resource mobilization and sustainable results purposes;
  • Look for opportunity to promote visibility of PBF projects and results.
  • Promote advocacy with national authorities to mobilize resources supporting the peacebuilding priorities;
  • Keep a constant watch to identify potential financing sources;

COMPETENCIES

Core Competencies:

  • 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

Functional & Technical competencies:

  • Business Direction & Strategy – Strategic Thinking : Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritised 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. 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 and 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 direction and strategy – Project Management : Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
  • 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

Education:

  • Master’s degree (5) year or BSc(7)years in Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, international affairs, international law, conflict prevention, political science, international development, or a related field is required.

Experience:

  • Master’s and 5 years or BSc 7  years of experience in inter-agency coordination, programme management, or related area in a conflict or post conflict context is required.
  • Proven experience in leading inter-agency coordination for large programme portfolios is Desirable.
  • Proven experience in programme management and knowledge management for international organizations (UN agencies, INGOs) is Desirable.
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal, excellent report writing and organizational skills is required.
  • Experience working in a conflict/post-conflict environment is desirable.
  • Prior experience in working with international organizations (UN agencies, INGOs) on coordination and programme management is desirable.
  • Previous experience in conducting and managing assessments, designing and/or providing strategic guidance is desirable.
  • Prior experience in multi-partner trust funds and/or joint programmes is desirable.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Candidates selected pursuant to this vacancy may be subject to UNDP’s policy on Probation upon assignment.