United Nations Development Programme (Regional Bureau for Africa, RBA)

Project Analyst

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Last update: Jun 10, 2024 Last update: Jun 10, 2024

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Deadline: Jun 25, 2024
Location: South Sudan
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
Languages:
Arabic, English Arabic, English
Work experience:Min 1 year
Date posted: Jun 10, 2024

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Description

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.

Office/Unit/Project Description

Over 60% of South Sudan’s population are women. They provide about 70% of farm labor in the country where agriculture and agro-pastoralism are the most common economic activities and sources of livelihood.  While this demonstrates the significant contribution of women to the local economy in general, South Sudan’s highly patriarchal society perpetuate gender disparities across most sectors of the society hindering women from fully participating in socioeconomic activities.

Affected by the prolonging conflicts, the country has a high prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Sixty-five per cent of women and girls experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime – yet SGBV reporting remains very low. There are also persisting child marriages -52 per cent of girls were married or in union before they were 18 years of age and 9 per cent were married when they were under 15 years of age[1] and early pregnancies. This is exacerbated by not just the patriarchal society but also of limited access to basic services, legal support, and protection. 

In as much as illiteracy and poverty can exacerbate propensity to being a victim to abuse and disempowerment, increased access to protection and socioeconomic empowerment can reinforce the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.  In this regard, UNDP in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and support from the Japanese government is undertaking the Project for the Improvement of Community Centers for Responding to Gender-based Violence (CC4GBV) which provides comprehensive protection services access - economic, legal, and basic services. It takes off from JICA’s technical cooperation project, “Advisor to promote economic empowerment and social reintegration of SGBV survivors” with the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare in 2021. 

The CC4GBV Project will construct/rehabilitate 9 integrated livelihood and socioeconomic infrastructure (community and livelihood centers); support 700 women-led businesses with business development support and soft skills on leadership, conflict management and SGBV prevention; and provide legal aid, information and protection services to 1,400 women entrepreneurs. The Project will be implemented in Central Equatoria (Konyokonyo, Jebel, Gudele), Central Equatoria (Konyokonyo, Jebel, Gudele, Terekeka), Eastern Equatoria (Torit, Magwi), and Western Equatoria (Yambio, Masia, Mundri). In this regard, UNDP is seeking to engage a Project Analyst to coordinate and support the implementation the CC4GBV.

Scope of Work:

The Project Analyst shall perform the following:

Technical Guidance:

  • Under the guidance of the Programme Coordinator, lead overall project implementation;
  • Ensure coherence and sustainability of the different Project components considering the appropriateness of the integrated livelihood and socioeconomic infrastructure with the nature and delivery modality of complementary interventions including business development support and soft skills training on leadership, conflict management and SGBV prevention for women-led businesses, and legal aid, information, and protection services to women entrepreneurs; 
  • Provide technical support and leadership to service providers and partners.

Coordination and Management:

  • Coordinate the implementation of project activities and partners ensuring the achievement of milestones as per the work plan and in the quality expected;
  • Foster and strengthen cooperation and coordination between the project's diverse stakeholders and beneficiaries to ensure successful project implementation;
  • Monitor risks and undertake mitigation measures to reduce exposure and impact of risks on the project.

Monitoring and Knowledge Management

  • Ensure accurate records of project outputs and impacts as well as regularly report on progress, best practices, lessons learned, success stories and field observations;
  • Undertake regular monitoring activities, keep track of achievements and lessons learned, provide regular updates/reports of project achievements, and produce human interest stories;
  • Prepare (substantive and financial) donor reports. 

The following are the minimum deliverables of the Project Analyst:

  • Establishment of operational integrated livelihood and socioeconomic centers that have integrated services including business development services, economic activities and SGBV support desks;
  • Delivery of business development support services and soft skills training on leadership, conflict management and SGBV prevention for women led entrepreneurs;
  • Provision of legal aid, information and protections services in the livelihood and socioeconomic centers;
  • Capacity building of law enforcement officers on SGBV prevention, response, and case handling.

Institutional Arrangements

As part of the StaRR Unit, the Project Analyst will be under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, with matrix reporting to the Chief Programme Adviser and the Team Leader. S/he will be part of the Youth and Women Employment and Empowerment Portfolio and will work in close collaboration with STARR unit, particularly portfolio personnel, country office program colleagues and partners.

Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Achieve Result: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline;
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements;
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback;
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible;
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident;
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships;
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Direction & Strategy

  • Effective Decision Making
    • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.
  • Negotiation and Influence
    • Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain an advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win- win’ situations.

Business Management

  • Result-based Management
    • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results.
  • Partnership 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.
  • Monitoring
    • Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities, program performance and results.

2030 Agenda: Engagement & Effectiveness 

  • Effectiveness
    • Programming (PPM) policies and procedures.

2030 Agenda: People 

  • Gender
    • Gender Issues & Analysis.

Requirements:

Minimum education requirements:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Management, Gender, Development Studies, Law, Social Sciences, or other relevant disciplines or;
  • A first level university degree (Bachelor's degree) in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree..

Minimum years of relevant work experience:

  • Up to 2 years (with master's degree) or Minimum 2 years (with bachelor degree) of relevant experience in GBV prevention, protection, livelihood and entrepreneurial skills development; VSLA and cooperative development; and community engagement.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent skills/experience in multi-sectoral programming.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:

  • Experience in recovery and resilience programming in fragile contexts;
  • Extensive experience on livelihoods in fragile context; 
  • Broad understanding of SGBV and protection dynamics in South Sudan.

Language

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English and excellent oral communication skills in Arabic are mandatory.