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Assistant Country Director - Democratic Governance Unit

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

N.G.O./Social Services
Project Management
Total Position:
Job Type:
Full Time/Permanent ( First Shift (Day) )
Job Location:

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

Minimum Education:
Degree Title:
Master's degree in business administration, public administration, economics, political science, social science or related fields.
Career Level:
Minimum Experience:
5 Years(At least five years of relevant experience. Understanding of Governance Issues; Experience of managing partnerships with Government/Donors; Experience in computer use and office software packages))
Apply By:
Jan 23, 2018
Posted On:
Jan 9, 2018
Job Description

Organizational Context

Under the guidance and supervision of the Deputy Country Director - Programme, the Assistant Country Director of Governance acts as a manager of, and advisor to Senior Management on all aspects of Country Office programming and manages a major programme portfolio in one (medium/large office) or more of the programme practice areas. The main role is to manage the country programme including continued monitoring of implementation. The Assistant Country Director leads the governance programme team in strategic planning and identifies new programme areas while ensuring consistency with United Nations Development Assistance Framework/Country Programme Document priorities and creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities.

The Assistant Country Director heads and supervises the programme team and works in close collaboration with the Management Support and Business Development and Operations teams in the Country Office, programme staff in other United Nations agencies, UNDP headquarters staff, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multilateral and bilateral donors and civil society to successfully implement UND's programme.

1.�Summary of Key Functions

  • Ensuring the strategic direction of UNDP’s programmes;
  • Managing the Country Office programme and supervising the programme team;
  • Establishing strategic partnerships and supporting resource mobilization;
  • Providing high-quality policy advice services to the Government of Pakistan and facilitating knowledge building and management.

2.�As a member of the Country Office management team, the Assistant Country Director ensures the strategic direction of UNDP programming, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • A thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of the Common Country Assessment, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, the Country Programme Document, the Annual Work Plan and other documents. This would include initiatives to maximize democratic gains (working with electoral management bodies, Parliament, provincial assemblies and local governments) through inclusive democratic processes and promote the rule of law and access to justice (working with the Police and criminal justice bodies);
  • The identification of strategic programme areas of cooperation;
  •  The operationalization of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and Country Programme Document in collaboration with partners and other United Nations agencies;
  •  The identification of possibilities for joint programming;
  •  An analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the Country Office;
  • The mapping of Country Office business processes and establishment of internal standard operating procedures in the Programme Unit.

3.   The Assistant Country Director ensures effective management and supervision of the Country Office programme team, focusing on the quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation, thereby achieving the following results:

  • Effective application of results-based management tools, establishment of management targets and results monitoring;
  • Design and formulation of the Country Office's governance programme, translating UNDP priorities into local interventions;
  •  Coordination of programme implementation with executing agencies;
  • Strategic oversight of programme planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring, and tracking financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations. The Assistant Country Director performs the function of a Manager Level 2 in Atlas for development projects transactions approval;
  • Measurement and evaluation of the impact of the Country Office programme. This requires constant and effective monitoring and analysis of the programme environment and timely readjustments;
  • Timely follow-ups on audit recommendations, ensuring that exceptions are reported;
  • Regularly prepared aggregate reports on activities, outputs and outcomes, and the preparation of donor reports;
  • Organization of a cost-recovery system for the services provided by the Country Office to projects, in close collaboration with Operations Managers.

4.    The Assistant Country Director establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports resource mobilization in cooperation with the Management Support and Business Development Team, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Implementation of Country Office partnerships with government and donors, and the formulation of resource mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes;
  • Creation and coordination of proactive partnerships with United Nations agencies, international finance institutions, government institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, the private sector, civil society, etc;
  • Determination of programmatic areas of cooperation based on UNDP’s strategic goals, country needs and donor priorities;
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, and the identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.

5.        The Assistant Country Director ensures the provision of high-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  •  Identification of information sources related to policy-driven issues;
  •  Identification and synthesis of best practices in governance and lessons learned directly linked to the programme’s country policy goals;
  •  Coordination of the development of policies and institutions that will address local governance issues and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Establishment of national-level advocacy networks that link effectively with international networks, and the creation of relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns implemented with key partners;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, and the organization of relevant trainings for operations/project staff.

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme and achieve United Nations Development Assistance Framework/Country Programme Document goals. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, the creation of strategic partnerships, and reaching resource mobilization targets.

Competencies and Critical Success Factors

q  Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-oriented Agenda

-       Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies;

-       Creation of effective advocacy strategies;

-       Analysis of political situations and scenarios, and the formulation of institutional responses.

q  Results-Based Programme Development and Management

-       Level 1.1: Contribution to results through the provision of relevant information;

-       Provision of information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration;

-       Provision of information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation;

-       Provision of background information to identify opportunities for project development and helping drafting proposals;

-       Participation in the formulation of project proposals.

q  Building Strategic Partnerships

-       Level 2: Identifying and building partnerships;

-       Establishment of effective networks with partners, seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda;

-       Identification of needs and interventions for the capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners;

-       Promotion of UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings.

q  Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

-       Level 2: Development of new approaches;

-       Pursuance of a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals;

-       Identification of new approaches and the promotion of their use in other situations;

-       Creation of an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking.

q  Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)

-       Level 2: Implementation of resource mobilization strategies;

-       Analysis of information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend strategic approaches;

-       Identification and compilation of lessons learned;

-       Development of a country-level resource mobilization strategy.

q  Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

-       Level 2: Development of tools and mechanisms;

-       Encouragement of innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;

-       Identification of new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms.

q  Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

-       Level 2: In-depth knowledge of issues related to democratic governance, government relations, innovative regional partnerships and election observation;

-       An understanding of the advanced aspects of governance issues in Pakistan and associated fundamental concepts such as parliamentary strengthening, elections, devolution and citizen empowerment, anti-corruption and gender;

-       An evolving understanding of new developments in the area of democratic governance, professional discipline and job knowledge, and the ability to develop professionally;

-       A comprehensive knowledge of information technology and how it applies to work assignments;

-       A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of current guidelines and project management tools and how they are utilized in work assignments.

q  Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

-       Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies;

-       Analysis of political situations and scenarios, and the formulation of institutional responses;

-       The ability to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapt it for local use. Areas may include federalism, democratic stability, leadership and conflict resolution.

q  Client Orientation

-       Level 2: Contribution to positive outcomes for the client;

-       Anticipation of client needs;

-       The creation of an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider;

-       An understanding of client perspectives;

-       Solicitation of feedback on service provision and quality.

q  Core Competencies

-       Promotion of ethics and integrity, and the creation of organizational precedents;

-       Ability to build support and political acumen;

-       Ability to build staff competence, thereby creating an environment of creativity and innovation;

-       Ability to build and promote effective teams;

-       Creation and promotion of an environment that enables open communication;

-       Creation of an emotionally intelligent organization;

-       Setting standards and the ability to leverage conflict in the interests of UNDP;

-       Promotion of knowledge sharing across the organization and building and promoting a culture of knowledge sharing/learning;

-       Fair and transparent decision making and calculated risk-taking;

-       Projects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE) 2 certification and knowledge of the Results Management Guide would be an asset;

-       Experience in managing partnerships with government/donors;

-       Previous experience in the United Nations system would 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, or (ii) 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)

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