Head of Stabilization 40463, Chef de la Stabilisation 40463, Maroua, UNDP

Head of Stabilization 40463, Chef de la Stabilisation 40463, Maroua, UNDP

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Job Description

Agency

UNDP

Title

Head of Stabilization

Job ID

40463

Practice Area – Job Family

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Vacancy End Date

(Midnight New York, USA)

23/11/2021

Time Left

6d 0h 35m

Duty Station

Maroua, Cameroon

Education & Work Experience

I-Master’s Level Degree – 10 year(s) experience

Languages

Required:

Desired:

English, French

Grade

P5

Vacancy Type

FTA International

Posting Type

External

Bureau

Africa

Contract Duration

1 Year with possibility for extension

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The nexus of security-humanitarian-development issues around Lake Chad has given rise to an intractable extremist insurgency that has left tens of thousands of people dead, approximately 2.5 million displaced, and more than 10 million people in the region affected and in need. While robust national and multi-national military operations have re-taken territory previously controlled by Boko Haram, UNDP recognizes that a new approach is required to consolidate these gains and establish the conditions necessary to transition from military to civilian responsibility for security, and from the provision of humanitarian assistance to the resumption of stalled development processes.  In this context, the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility is intended to provide a new approach, calibrated to respond to the need for a step-change in the scale and nature of intervention, improvement in speed of response, increased territorial coverage, and improved regional cooperation.

The UNDP Stabilization Facility aims to enhance civil-military cooperation to design and implement Joint Action Plans for the immediate stabilization of specific target areas, to increase security and the rule of law as well as provide infrastructure, basic services and livelihood opportunities as a rapid-response package.  The Facility will underwrite the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the African Union implementation of the LCBC Regional Stabilization Strategy, strengthening coherence and coordination of response to the Lake Chad crisis, and establishing the mechanism and process required to operationalise the New Way of Working and a transition from provision of humanitarian assistance to development and resilience.

During the Governor Forum held in Niamey from 16th to 18th July, the Regional Stabilisation Facility has been officially launched and many donors have pledged their financial support to achieve ambitious results of this programme. This is a very momentum the Office should seized to put in place an architecture to deliver fast.

UNDP Cameroon defines stabilization as a time bound, localised, integrated civilian programme of activities with the primary purpose of extending State presence and legitimacy in targeted areas in the North and Far North by (1) reducing violence and establishing minimum security conditions; (2) providing essential infrastructure and delivering basic services; and (3) providing livelihood opportunities necessary to ensure stability to take hold and allow longer-term social cohesion and development processes to achieve impact. Conceptually, therefore, UNDP divides stabilization into two phases: immediate st

The Regional Stabilization Facility (RSF) for Lake Chad has the objective to stabilize the Boko Haram affected areas of the Lake Chad Basin. The Facility consists in a multiscale multi-country mechanism with activities covering stabilization and recovery, security, development and institutional support. This regional and ambitious program was launched on the 17th July 2019, during the Governors Forum in Niamey.

UNDP’s commitment in this endeavor is to provide a different delivery model, calibrated to respond to the challenges identified: the need for a step-change in the scale and nature of interventions, in speed of response, with increased territorial coverage, and enhanced regional cooperation. As such, the RSF is implemented in 4 countries through different National stabilization windows.

For the immediate take off, UNDP Cameroon is willing to hire the Head of Stabilisation to support the technical launching and to takeover the implementation from the starting.

Reporting Structure and Partners

The Head of Stabilization / Head of Project-Office (HoPO) will lead a team of national and international staff responsible for the programmatic development and implementation of the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility in Cameroon. The Head of Stabilization/ HoPOwill report to the UNDP Cameroon Resident Representative and collaborate closely with the Senior Project Manager in the field, Deputy Resident Representative, the Operations Manager and other stakeholders relevant to the implementation and attainment of the objectives of the UNDP Stabilization Facility.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of Stabilization / HoPO will be responsible and contribute directly to the effective and efficient achievement of planned objectives of the Cameroon window of the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility and responsible for the management of the Project-Office in Maroua. To this extend the Head of Stabilization will be responsible for the following functions:

Management of the Project Office;

Representation and Coordination;

Policy Advice on Stabilization;

Partnership Building and Resource Mobilization

Programmatic / Technical, direction and Overall Management;

Knowledge Management.

Management of the Project-Office

Ensures smooth running of the Project Office, builds an effective team, promotes teamwork and an environment that is conducive to delivering results;

Responsible for the management of the Project-Office staff, monitors their performance, completing performance assessments where necessary;

Ensures full responsibility for the appropriate use and management of resources attributed to the Project Office by tracking use of financial resources, ensuring the integrity of financial systems and consistent application of the Internal Control Framework and/or rules and regulations. Continually find ways to systematically identify and integrate efficiency gains and cost reductions in all operations of the Project Office;

Approves contracts and ATLAS transactions under written delegated authority from the Resident Representative;

Provides leadership in overseeing of effective provision of services to counterparts including fair and transparent procurement, efficient logistics and sound financial management as well as the consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations;

Mitigates possible risks and impacts associated with the Sub-Office operations (e.g. logistical, security etc.) by proactively designing reduction measures in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS);

Representation and Coordination

Represents UNDP with UNCT and development partners at the local level;

Maintains regular contact with projects and Program counterparts in the geographic area;

Maximizes communication between the various portfolios and ensures that stakeholders (development partners, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, civil society, UN agencies and Government agencies) have one consistent UNDP counterpart;

Monitors the perception of UNDP at the local level and suggest media activities that positions UNDP more strategically and effectively as a neutral broker for local development. Enhances local visibility for UNDP in development effectiveness;

Policy Advice on Stabilization

Promotes early stabilization approaches and provides policy advice to UNDP Management, government counterparts, local administration, donors and other partners on issues related to stabilization;

Ensures the integration of cross-cutting issues, such as gender, peace building, human rights and resilience into stabilization and post crisis response;

Liaises closely with other UNDP projects especially in the Far North and ensures smooth transition of stabilization to longer term development programs under the Territorial Action Planning process of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Regional Stabilization Strategy;

Ensures systematic and effective analysis, project monitoring, including but not limited to regular field visits, as appropriate, and participation in Partner Platform and./or Regional Steering Committee meetings;

Proposes and guides on new innovative methodologies on Stabilization-related planning and financing;

Ensures strategic communications on Stabilization-related areas in accordance with communication standards of UNDP.

Partnership Building and Resource Mobilization

Builds solid relationships with key State level partners at high level and identifies institutional development and capacity development opportunities and priorities where relevant;

Leads the coordination, planning, documentation, monitoring and implementation processes of the Stabilization facility relating to management of partnerships with regional organizations, COs of neighboring Lake Chad countries, UN Agency Partners, and other humanitarian and development actors;

Ensures enough resource mobilization for the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility in Cameroon in close consultation with Senior Management and is responsible for reaching the annual resource mobilization targets;

Advocates for UNDP’s work and represents UNDP with local, national authorities, the donor community at the State level, and international financial institutions, where requested;

Liaises regularly and forges close linkages with Humanitarian network, other UN program, funds, agencies and entities, as well as other international and national stakeholders concerned with or providing assistance on extended stabilization process in Cameroon;

Ensures high-quality and timely reporting through the Country Office Senior Management to government partners and donors involved in the project;

Contributes to the harnessing of effective partnerships and competitive selection of partners for implementation of UNDP projects.

Programmatic Direction and Overall Management

Ensures the takeoff of the stabilization window in Cameroon

Provides strategic direction to the overall Stabilization portfolio and leads the project teams. Works closely with a wide array of partners to ensure that the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility in Cameroon work responds to the UNDP Country Program strategy and the vision of wider stabilization;

Ensures linkages of Stabilization with other relevant projects of the Cameroon Country Office in the North, the Far North, the South West and North West regions (advices, lessons learned, etc.);

Ensures coordination with regional-level work of the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility, as well as delivery of Facility regional components in the North and Far North of Cameroon;

Oversees overall work plans and budgets for all activities of the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility in Cameroon and ensures that overall delivery is on track;

Ensures timely and adequate reporting against plans, including timely and articulate progress reports;

Identifies risks and challenges to the program and provides advice to Senior Management of the UNDP Cameroon Country Office on mitigation strategies;

Ensures appropriate levels of visibility and public awareness on results and ongoing activities;

Ensures that appropriate environmental and safety standards as well as due diligence are applied to the relevant activities in the program;

Ensures direct supervision of all program & operational staff of the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility in Cameroon, provides coaching to staff and effective leadership and direction;

Ensures strict and consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations and the implementation of clear accountability mechanisms;

Participates in internal control mechanisms for adherence to UNDP rules and regulations in contracts, assets, procurement, recruitment, etc., as required;

Ensures systematic and effective analysis, monitoring, including but not limited to regular field visits, as appropriate, and participation in Project Board and/or Steering Committee meetings.

Knowledge Management

Promotes identification and synthesis of good practices and lessons learned from the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility for organizational sharing and learning as well as external information;

Actively participates in UNDP knowledge networks and takes advantage of good practices and lessons learned that are available in the region and globally, and encourages Regional Stabilization Facility staff to do so by creating a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;

Ensures the guidance and coordination of stabilization-related exchange of knowledge to help influence/ advance policy dialogue and present such material at regional and other forums; including support to South-South exchanges;

Promotes the participation of the Country Office in regional projects and regional activities related to the project area as appropriate;

Supports capacity and knowledge building of his team and his national counterparts.

Other tasks

Provide support to staff capacity building as requested;

Participate in Task Forces and other ad-hoc internal working groups on cross-cutting themes as requested;

Perform any other tasks as required by the UNDP Cameroon RR/DRR.

Competencies

Core Competencies

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Scales up innovation for greater impact;

Expands understanding of the subject by clients an inspires action

Facilitates learning by failure and measured risk taking through pilots

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;

Excellent analytical and organizational skills required;

Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities, report on work progress and delivery outputs in a punctual manner;

Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;

Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;

Sets clear performance goals and standards; executes responsibilities accordingly.

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Identifies and nurtures collaborations between diverse professions

Creates environment of excellence, collaboration and engagement

Takes appropriate and timely people management decisions

Resolves complex conflicts, makes difficult people management choices

Takes an active interest in coaching others

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Effectively represents division /team / program / project in formal settings

Communicates new ideas and approaches for the division / team / program / project in a convincing manner

Articulates a compelling summary of UNDP’s value added in dynamic operating contexts / partnership dialogues

Combines the capacity to identify opportunities, establish frameworks for interaction and maintain and grow relationships

Delivery

Ability to get things done

Creates new and better services

Creates an environment that fosters excitement for work

Uses substantive mastery to model excellence and motivate performance

Role models sound judgement and solution-orientation in delivering results in complex conditions

Responds to demands and pressure with a command of situational leadership and judgement

TECHNICAL / FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards

Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Stabilization

Demonstrating and applying professional and/or technical expertise/knowledge of the post or discipline.

Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in stabilization, a broad knowledge of related disciplines, as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures

Applies knowledge to support the unit/branch’s objectives and to further the mandate of the UNDP

Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself personally

Demonstrates expert knowledge of the current program guidelines and project management tools and manages the use of these regularly in work assignments

Results-based Management

Effectively managing core and non-core resources to achieve organizational results.

Identifies country needs and strategies using a fact-based approach

Sets performance standards, monitors progress and intervenes at an early stage to ensure results are in accordance with agreed-upon quality and timeframes and reports on it

Makes use of a variety of resources within UNDP to achieve results, such as cross-functional teams, secondments and developmental assignments, and collaborative funding approaches

Ensures the integration of UNDP’s strategic concern in interagency, other multilateral initiatives and multi-sectoral development frameworks

Partnership Management

Ability to engage with other agencies and forge productive working relationships

Demonstrates excellent inter-personal skills;

Possesses the ability to motivate staff and mobilize colleagues and partners in the best interest of achieving results.

Resource Mobilization

Serves as an advocate for UNDP’s work;

Ensures application of relevant strategies in the best interest of mobilizing sufficient resources for the Project and achievement of sustainable results.

Results-based Management

Effectively managing core and non-core resources to achieve organizational results.

Identifies country needs and strategies using a fact-based approach

Sets performance standards, monitors progress and intervenes at an early stage to ensure results are in accordance with agreed-upon quality and timeframes and reports on it

Makes use of a variety of resources within UNDP to achieve results, such as cross-functional teams, secondments and developmental assignments, and collaborative funding approaches

Ensures the integration of UNDP’s strategic concern in interagency, other multilateral initiatives and multi-sectoral development frameworks

Partnership Management

Ability to engage with other agencies and forge productive working relationships

Demonstrates excellent inter-personal skills;

Possesses the ability to motivate staff and mobilize colleagues and partners in the best interest of achieving results.

Resource Mobilization

Serves as an advocate for UNDP’s work;

Ensures application of relevant strategies in the best interest of mobilizing sufficient resources for the Project and achievement of sustainable results.

Knowledge Management

Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and job requirements with excellence;

Uses ICT and web-based management systems effectively as tools and resources;

Demonstrates motivation and capacity to pursue personal developments and learn

Representation and advocacy

Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues)

Advocates for the inclusion of UNDP’s focus areas in the public policy agenda

Brings visibility and sensitizes decision makers to relevant emerging issues

Builds consensus concerning UNDP’s strategic agenda with partners on joint initiatives

Leverages UNDP’s multidisciplinary expertise to influence the shape of policies and programs

Demonstrates political/cultural acumen in proposing technically sound, fact-based approaches/solutions

Dialogues with national counterparts and other stakeholders to strengthen advocacy efforts, incorporating country, regional and global perspectives

Demonstrates cultural sensitivity, political savvy and intellectual capacity in handling disagreements with UNDP’s policy agenda in order to promote and position UNDP in complex environments

Stress Management

Maintaining a professional profile while under stress

Able to work under pressure and coordinate multiple activities and processes simultaneously;

Maintains a respectful and responsible work style;

Manages emotions.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

Master’s degree in Economics, Business or Public Administration, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant fields

Experience

At least 10 years of relevant experience in program management at international level;

At least 5 years of senior managerial experience in managing large projects, preferably in UN agency;

Experience/expertise in stabilization is an advantage

Proven experience in Resource Mobilization;

Proven track record in high level advisory services to Government counterparts for post conflict situations and programs;

Sound knowledge of UNDP or other UN agency is required;

Leadership and policy advisory skills;

Task management skills to plan and prioritize work activities to meet organizational goals and organizes and oversees work processes efficiently to achieve quality results;

Knowledge of Results Based Management methodologies would be an asset.

Language Requirements

Fluency in English and French.

Other

Computer literacy is a requirement: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Note

Female candidates are strongly encouraged.

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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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