The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform (MoPDR) and UNDP have signed a 4 year programme titled “Reforms and Innovation in Government for High Performance”. The initiative will support key governance reforms and innovation for improved performance and service delivery, citizen's satisfaction and reducing multidimensional poverty. The initiative intends to improve governance at different levels, track and monitor the implementation of Vision 2025 towards the targeted results and improve interprovincial and interdepartmental coordination and enhance capacities for MDGs and reducing multidimensional poverty. The project also endeavours to strengthen Planning Ministry as a public sector thinktank and technical advice providers to provinces and Administrative Regions in the post 18th Amendment scenario.
The Senior Research Associate with provide overall assistance to the project advisors/ expert in policy analysis and research on governance related subjects and issues. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of Project Manager and guidance from Advisors.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of key functions:
Research and Analysis
Support project implementation
Research and Analysis
Conduct research analysis of key governance reform issued especially decentralization and civil service and
Provide timely technical input for formulation and implementation of institutional reform initiatives.
Assist in the preparation of governance training modules.
Write policy papers, briefs and reports as required by the Advisers and Project Manager.
Maintain contact and assist with initial and informal stakeholder consultations,
Collect and analyze preliminary information and data.
Provide advanced word processing support by creating complex spreadsheets, maintaining databases and
creating high quality reports,presentations, and other documentsÍ¾
Support project implementation
Assist the Project/ Component Manager in project coordination and monitoring by keeping track of the project
work plan and reportsÍ¾
Assist in preparation of work plans and budgets, and
Understand and assist in managing project outputs, activities, project controls and draft correspondence as and
Assist in the preparation of project reports,
Assist in arranging meetings and workshops,
Maintain ongoing communications with stakeholders.
Assist in compiling and developing project work
Assist in coordinating meeting of the Project Board, including preparation of agenda, invitations, and drafting
minutes of the meetingsÍ¾
Assist in organization of project workshop and seminars, including preparation of proceedings and short reportsÍ¾
Any other task assigned by the project manager.
Impact of Results
Informed research and policy analysis on governance and institutional reforms. Support to ensure effective project
planning, implementation, monitoring and coordination.
Minimum Secondary degree. Masters in a technical discipline from a recognized university i.e., economics, public policy, and social sciences or related field is desirable but not a requirement.
Minimum 7 years relevant working experience with foreign aided projects or international development or organizations.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and other common software is a prerequisite.
Ability to collect data, analyze data, write basic reports in English is a basic requirement.
Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of stakeholders and knowledge of UNDP project implementation
procedures, including procurement, disbursements, and reporting and monitoring is considered an asset
Building Strategic Partnerships
Makes effective use of UNDP's resources and comparative advantage to strengthen partnerships
Creates networks and promotes initiatives with partner rganizationsInnovation and New Approaches
Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking, especially for crisis contexts
Conceptualizes more effective approaches to program development and implementation and to mobilizing and
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Participating in the development of policies and innovative approaches and promoting their application throughout
Promotes UNDP as a learning/knowledge sharing organization, with a focus on crisis sensitive programming
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in primary discipline, a broad knowledge of related
disciplines, as well as an indepth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and
procedures, with expertise in crisis contexts
Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Meeting longterm client needs in challenging contexts
Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services and identifies solutions or alternatives that are crisis sensitive
Proactively identifies, develops and discusses solutions for clients
Promotes ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
Builds support and political acumen
Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
Very good communication skills. Ability to express clearly and concisely in both written and oral forms
Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
Fair and transparent decision makingÍ¾ calculated risktaking