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Project Associate

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UNDP provides equal opportunity to all qualified female & male including the physically challenged candidates.

N.G.O./Social Services
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UNDP provides equal opportunity to all qualified female & male including the physically challenged candidates.

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6 Years(At least 5-years of relevant experience in development sector)
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Sep 20, 2018
Posted On:
Sep 6, 2018
Job Description

Organizational Context


UNDP Pakistan in collaboration with Government of Balochistan, Planning & Development Department is scaling up its community recovery work in Balochistan by transforming it into a local, area-based development programme with social innovation as a cross cutting theme. The programme will support creation of necessary conditions for stability (citizen-state trust building) through inclusive local development planning processes, addressing basic local infrastructure and livelihoods needs, and make tangible progress towards the achievement of the SDGs. While leveraging a pilot project funded by the Country Investment Facility and the Government of Balochistan, the project will work to find innovative and sustainable solutions to address Balochistan’s development challenges by showcasing local government delivery on Pakistan’s Sustainable Development Goals. It will support improved delivery of basic public services including water, health and education etc; and also to create employment generation and improved livelihoods. Social Innovation will be mainstreamed across all the activities to create a greater impact through employing innovative solutions for realizing SDGs. The project will be specifically focused on three outputs: 1) Building capacities of the local governments to effectively plan and deliver services in order to achieve the SDGs.; 2) Accelerating the delivery of the SDGs by investing in basic services to address immediate and urgent needs with a special focus on the needs of women and vulnerable groups, and 3) Developing alternative livelihoods for both men and women and stimulating the local economy through skills training, business development and trade. The Govt. of Balochistan and UNDP have signed a cost-sharing agreement to jointly implement this project. The GoB P&D Department has approved a project PC-I for the skills and entrepreneurship component and contributing PKR.100 million for its implementation.


Under the overall guidance of Project Manager/Innovation Specialist, the Project Associate will support all aspects of project implementation mainly the skill and entrepreneurship development. He/she will provide support in partnership development, monitoring of project activities and providing innovative solutions to the emerging challenges and opportunities. He/She will also assist in maintaining effective liaison with key stakeholders especially P&D Department, government innovation lab, incubation centers and will work closely with the technical institutions and industry for effective training and employment generation. He/she will also provide support in achieving the project targets within the given timelines while working in close coordination with the other UNDP project teams, provincial sub-office and  UNDP Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit.

Summary of key functions:

q  Assist in Effective management, implementation and coordination of the project

q  Support creation and management of partnerships with the private sector and resource mobilization 

q  Support in monitoring, evaluation and reporting of Livelihood skills and entrepreneurship development activities

q  Social innovation, knowledge management and communication

Assist in effective management, implementation and coordination of the project 

Specific tasks will include the following:

  • Support formulation of Project Annual Work Plans and approval by Project Board;
  • Provide support to mobilize goods and services to initiate project activities, including drafting TORs and work specifications;
  • Assist in managing project staff and resources to implement the project activities and produce results in accordance with the approved Annual Work Plans;
  • Assist in the implementation of Identified follow-on actions and submission of progress to the Project Board.


Provides administrative support to the project focusing on achievement of  the following  results:

Specific tasks will include the following:

  • Preparation of non-PO vouchers for development projects.Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system including timely corrective actions on unpost vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers. 
  • Creation of requisitions in Atlas for development projects, register of goods receipt in Atlas.
  • Making budget check for requisitions, POs and vouchers. 


Assist in monitoring, evaluation and reporting of Livelihood skills and entrepreneurship development activities

Specific tasks will include the following:

  • Assist in preparation of TORs for scoping and market assessment of demand-driven skills and entrepreneurship trainings;
  • Monitor implementation of training and entrepreneurship activities being undertaken by the project partners
  • Review the training plans and update the plans as required;
  • Assist in the preparation of lessons learnt and case studies for sharing and dissemination; 
  • Provide input for quarterly and annual Progress Reports; 
  • Provide input for preparation of reports for partners and project donors;

Support in Social Innovation, knowledge building and communications 

Specific tasks will include the following:

  • Assist in the formulation and implementation of social innovation strategies including strategies for local governance and social-sector improvement  
  • Support coordination with innovation lab;
  • Support establishment of incubation centers and coordination of its functions;
  • Provide input in designing and implementation of strategies for private sector engagement for skill development and employment generation; 
  • Assist in documentation of project results and lessons learnt of the respective areas for sharing with partners and stakeholders. 

Gender Mainstreaming 

Specific tasks will include the following:

  • Assess and identify potential gender-differentiated impacts of the project.
  • Based on gender analysis, develop a plan of action that identifies opportunities and entry points for mainstreaming gender into the project. The plan of action for gender mainstreaming should mirror the project’s log frame and include the development of gender specific project components, gender responsive targets and indicators, timelines, assigned
  • To understand the importance of women participation in the development process that includes planning, implementation, and evaluation of the interventions.


Impact of Results 


The key results have an impact on the successful management of the project and piloting of social innovation to achieve project results.  In particular, it will have impact on innovation to improve social services and employment opportunities with specific focus on CPEC related opportunities for youth, thereby reducing violence and promoting social harmony. 


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
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to apply conceptual models in support of formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, and mobilize resources
  • Good knowledge of the Results Management Guide and Toolkit
  • Strong IT skills and understanding how IT based applications can effectively support innovation; 
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/attitudinal change

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities 


Qualification & Experience 

  • Matriculation
  • At least 5-years of relevant experience in development sector preferably in projects related to livelihoods and entrepreneurship development and public-private partnerships,
  • Excellent writing skills, Experience in the use of computers and office software packages and handling of web based management systems.
  • Previous experience with United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.
  • Fluency in English and Urdu. Knowledge of local languages will be an asset.


Please Note:

HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.


Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, orii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.


UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts

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