Programme Specialist

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Last update: 9 days ago Last update: Aug 5, 2022


Deadline: Sep 1, 2022
Location: Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
Sectors: Programme & Resource Management Programme & Resource Management
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience: From 5 years
Date posted: Aug 5, 2022


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Organizational Context
The Uzbekistan Vision 2030 Fund (the Fund) is a UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund to support principled, transparent, and effective asset restitution via programs aimed at accelerating the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s (the Government) national reform agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Fund is a country-based pooled fund providing a vehicle to enable the UN Country Team members, including UN Specialized Entities, to make strategic investments in accelerating Uzbekistan’s national SDGs. The Fund draws on multi-sectoral expertise inside and outside the UN to enhance cross-sectoral approaches to national and sub-national policymaking and policy implementation, in line with global best practice and the highest standards of aid effectiveness and transparency.
The Fund will primarily target transformative interventions focusing on the strategic priorities identified and agreed between the Government and the UN within the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2021-2025 (UNSDCF) and its subsequent iterations. Additional priorities of the UN Specialized Agencies (non-signatories to the UNSDCF) or the Government that are fully aligned with the UNSDCF and the national SDGs might also be covered by the Fund.

The position of Programme Specialist is located in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and is administratively housed in the UN agency of its associated Results Group. The Programme Specialist reports to the Head of the Fund Secretariat, with a dotted line to the associated Results Group chair. The Specialist will be principally responsible for supporting his/her Results Group on planning and programming processes related to the Uzbekistan Vision 2030 Fund.
Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Programme Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:

Secretariat Support to Results Groups (100%)

Provide administrative and substantive support to the Results Group chairs as required
Provide guidance on Fund-related rules and procedures to the chairs and members of their respective Results Group as they arise and facilitating presentations / info sessions by other members of the Secretariat for in-depth guidance on a specific topic as needed (e.g. on M&E, risk management, communications & visibility)
Identify topics that may require further technical guidance based on engagement with Results Group members, and communicate these to relevant Secretariat colleagues so they can share, update or elaborate guidance
Support the Results Groups in the development of Joint Work Plans, which will provide the foundations for the Resource Allocation Strategy
Support the Results Groups to prepare inputs to the draft Resource Allocation Strategy
Support Results Group members to develop project/programme proposals in line with the approved Resource Allocation Strategy and the standards laid out in the Fund’s TOR and Operations Manual
Support the Results Groups to assess any inputs or proposals, preparing any associated documentation, before they are submitted for consideration (first by the internal UN Task Force, then by the Management Committee)
Pro-actively engages with Implementing Organizations within Results Group to ensure they adhere with established standards for M&E, risk management, communications and visibility, finance and admin – working closely with Secretariat counterparts leading on these themes

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Senior UN officials, technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes and other UN specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, consultants, and members of the diplomatic corps.

Results Expected: By the end of the first year, each Results Group has an updated Joint Work Plan, has provided inputs to the Resource Allocation Strategy and has submitted project/programme proposals that adhere with standards established in the Operations Manual.
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

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Direction & Strategy-Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP is 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 Management- Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels
Risk Management: Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
Programme and Policy- Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement: Crisis risks and early warning
Partnership management- Strategic engagement: Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives
2030 Agenda: People-Gender: UNDP's Gender Equality Seal Initiative

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Management, International Relations, Economics or a related field OR
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the Master’s degree


Minimum 5 years with Master’s degree or 7 years with First level university degree of progressively responsible experience at international level in project or programme management, administration
Proven experience in managing and/or providing services for the design, management and monitoring and evaluation of a UN Trust Funds or large-scale UN Programmes including results-based management is required.
Demonstrated in-depth experience in providing policy advice and developing programmatic solutions, tools and methodologies for the attainment of the SDGs is desirable.
Experience in partnership development will be an advantage,
Experience working in Central Asia is an advantage