The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Khartoum is seeking qualified candidates for the following post:

Job Title: State Coordinator
Grade Level: SB4/3
Supervisor: Programme Manager
No. of Post: 1
Duty Station: Ad Damazin
Duration: One Year
Closing Date: 24 Feb 2018

  Background:

The importance of stabilization and community security has been overwhelmingly emphasized by the communities, which are evidenced in the community perception surveys conducted across 124 communities, in 2013 followed by community need assessments in 2015. The communities also felt that unemployed youth have become potential targets for recruitment and they have gravitated towards conflicts and the possession of weapons. This is also largely due to the absence of economic opportunities, availability of small arms and their linkage to the issues of masculinity, spill-over of regional conflicts and continuation of local conflicts over resources.

Those who are highly affected with conflict carrying capacities are unemployed youth, IDPs, refugees, returnees, women, and other at-risk groups. This category of people poses a considerable threat and source of instability since they risk being drawn into – and be highly affected by - conflict. However, appropriate and durable interventions will help in stabilizing the areas hosting these populations, contribute to economic revitalization and provide alterative and sustainable livelihoods. The issue of equality of gender and socio-economic empowerment will be given a priority through mobilization of men and women and also launching interventions that could ease the social barriers.

In order to promote peace and stability, it is imperative that the above issues are addressed urgently with interventions that can stabilize at-risk and war affected communities in Blue Nile and South Kordofan States as well as fringe areas. This is done through the provision of alternative livelihoods, design of interventions that can stimulate the rural economy through innovative practices involving the communities, promoting graduated small arms control activities, and enhancing the capacities of communities to sustain recovery and stability.

To support its initiatives in Sudan in undertaking the preparation, implementation and monitoring work for the Community Security and Stabilization Programme (C2SP), UNDP is seeking State Coordinator.

 



  Duties and responsibilities:

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Implementation of projects strategies
  • Management of assigned project activities
  • Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy 
  • Provision of top quality programme/project management advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management

 

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager and direct supervision of Programme Specialist, State Coordinator will support the planning, implementation and monitoring of the community based economic and social community security and stabilization related activities in the two states (Blue Nile and Sennar). Specifically, he/she will carry out the following duties and responsibilities in collaboration with State DDR Commission and other UNDP staff:

 

1- Ensures implementation of project strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  1. Plan and implement of community security and stabilization and prevention of Violent Extremism activities.
  2. In partnership with relevant partners facilitate community consultations and assessments, identification of entry points and partners for community based interventions for livelihood, socio-economic infrastructure/asset, and natural resource management.
  3. Selection and profiling of target female and male participants including youth at risk for alternative livelihoods support and vocational training.
  4. Identification of target beneficiaries using project selection criteria and subsequent identification and selection of service providers for the provision of trainings and targeted livelihood assistance.

 

2- Ensures effective management of assigned projects within the thematic/sectoral areas of stabilization/PVE focusing on quality control from implementation to completion project activities achieving the following results:

  1. Facilitate linkages between direct beneficiaries and financial institutions to include project beneficiaries into their service.
  2. Facilitate conduction of training needs assessment, baseline studies on household incomes and economic opportunities mapping in the state and locality
  3. Promote peace building through establishment of socio-economic infrastructure, assets or basic facilities for economic recovery and conflict mitigation.
  4. Manage implementation of capacity building strategies on small arms control, community security, violence against women and youth, natural resource management, regional cooperation and peace building.
  5. Participate and conduct evaluation of program proposals from implementing partners, and help in designing and formulating MoUs with said implementing partners in designated areas
  6. Facilitate training of all field office staff in preparation for the launch of reintegration services; and ongoing capacity development needs.
  7. Design briefing sessions and simple written material explaining, in local languages, the program’s whereabouts and objectives to individual ex-combatants, host communities and civil society.
  8. Manage the formation and capacity building of Community Management Committees.
  9. Manage building of network of universities and institutes to build resilience to radicalization and extremism
  10. Maintain strong coordination and communication with implementing partners in the preparation and delivery of services.
  11. Facilitate linkages of the field office with local government and development actors that can strengthen and enhance its community outreach and impact.

 

3- Ensures provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

 

  1. Liaise with private and public-sector reintegration and livelihoods actors to gather labour market information, identify synergies.
  2. Ensure that UNDP regulation and requirement procedures for implementation, tracking and reporting are met to facilitate easy monitoring and follow up of project implementation by implementing partners.
  3. Play a pro-active role in keeping Management aware of developments that may affect the reintegration program.
  4. Carry out field monitoring, market and labour assessments, conduct research on field based reintegration opportunities, as required by the International Reintegration Officer/Manager.
  5. Prepare weekly reports
  6. Compile and share information with colleagues locally at field office level
  7. Carry out any other duty as required by his/her supervisor.

Competencies:

  1. Ability to identify and anticipate bottlenecks, as well as seek guidance.
  2. Understanding of reintegration, labour and market conditions.
  3. Ability to organize and complete assignments within deadlines.
  4. Integrity and impartiality, ability to work with former combatants and colleagues of various origins.
  5. Ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials proactively seek guidance and make clear recommendations to line managers.
  6. Strong verbal and written skills; ability to draft short memos and conduct presentations.
  7. Dynamic and results-oriented.
 
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  1. Master degree development studies, management, agronomy/agriculture, business, training, management, development studies, or any other relevant field. A first level university degree (Bachelor) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience.
  2. Two years of relevant work experience dealing with development projects with Master degree and four years with Bachelor degree including:
  3. Prior experience with employment programmes, small business and agriculture training will be a significant asset.
  4. Prior experience with the private sector (trading, agribusiness, food transformation) will be an asset.
  5. Prior experience in livelihoods programming for women and/or people with disability will be an asset.
  6. Fluency in oral and written English, as well as local languages

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Women Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Notice
UNDP, as a matter of practice, does not charge any application, processing fee at any stage of the recruitment.


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