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Project Coordinator (Public Accountability)

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Tunis, Tunisia

A Project Coordinator (PC), is therefore required to assume the overall responsibility for advisory assistance on strategic anti-corruption issues, and provide coordination, management, substantive backstopping and monitoring of the UNDP projects. He/she will be responsible for ensuring the overall realization of the public accountability program objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the DRR and in functional relationship with the Institutional and Civil Society Components Coordinators, the main PC task is to ensure the achievement of program outputs and the coordination of the two components Interventions (institutional and civil society).He/she will be responsible for:

Coordinate the two Public Accountability Program Components :

  • Manage the implementation of the predefined results on both institutional and civil society components, while ensuring that deadlines, quality and costs are met;
  • Promote the integrated approach and coordinate collective action around the integrity islands;
  • Coordinate anti-corruption actions between the two components and ensure the overall consistency of messages, actions and results;
  • Identify, build and strengthen synergies between the two components to achieve greater added value in terms of fighting corruption;
  • Maintain a balance between the weight of the two components in terms of fighting corruption;
  • Be a force of proposal on the optimization tracks and the axes of improvement on the two components.

Ensure capacity building of partners at national and local levels:

  • Build long-term relationships with public partners (government and institutions) and with civil society;
  • Establish a proactive approach to stimulate strategic thinking on the fight against corruption on both components;
  • Strengthen the capacity of local partners in public accountability;
  • Provide assistance, strategic recommendations and feedback on anti-corruption to local partners on both components;
  • Support the process of implementing the national anti-corruption strategy;
  • Support civil society initiatives on the anti-corruption axis.

Ensure Capacity Building of the Program Team:

  • Set up a project team, ensure its cohesion and put in place a group dynamic;
  • Ensure the transfer of competences in the fight against corruption internally through training of the project team and the regular assistance of the teams;
  • Establish project management mechanisms and implement processes, tools and procedures;
  • Install cross-project transverse work;
  • Creating a project memory and knowledge base to perpetuate know-how in terms of fighting corruption (training, formalization of best practices, drafting of anti-corruption guide, etc.)

Ensure strategic steering and risk management and lessons learned:

  • Promote the cause of public accountability and ensure the anchoring of the fight against corruption to the different stakeholders (donors, institutions, civil society, etc.);
  • Monitor the actions undertaken at national level in terms of fighting corruption and ensure that these actions are consistent with UNDP initiatives on the subject.
  • Maintain UNDP leadership on the issue of Public Accountability;
  • Mobilize new resources for the program;
  • Conduct a risk assessment of the project and propose the necessary actions and recommendations;
  • Regular monitoring of project risks and the implementation of predefined measures;
  • Alert on the avenues of improvement and coordination between the different projects and propose necessary preventive and corrective actions;
  • Coordinate with Program Officers and the Deputy Resident of UNDP Tunisia to ensure overall coherence of UNDP actions that have an impact or link with the Public Accountability Projects.

Ensuring Communication and Reporting

  • Pilot the communication plan of the Public Accountability Projects;
  • Ensure the preparation of progress reports and their coherence at the two components levels;
  • Collecte information in a manner and present the achievements, results and regular financial performance to the Program Steering Committees.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Managing complex projects and processes, with strong organizational and communication skills;
  • Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents; Building support and political acumen;
  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
  • Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP and setting standards;
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Fair and transparent decision-making; calculated risk-taking.

Functional Competencies:

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda- preparing information for policy input:

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate;
  • Influencing the public policy agenda;
  • Builds consensus concerning UNDP’s strategic plan with partners on joint initiatives;
  • Dialogues with national counterparts and other stakeholders to strengthen advocacy efforts, incorporating country, regional and global perspectives.

Results-Based Program Development and Management:

  • Achieving results through program design and innovative resourcing strategies;
  • Makes use of a variety of resources within UNDP to achieve results, such as cross-functional teams, secondments and developmental assignments, and collaborative funding approaches;
  • Ensures the full implementation of country programme and financial resources to obtain results;
  • Strong programme management experience with emphasis on monitoring, evaluation and incorporating lessons learned into development finance projects and programmes.

Building Strategic Partnerships: Building strategic alliances

  • Makes effective use of UNDP’s resources and comparative advantage to strengthen partnerships;
  • Maintains and establishes network of contacts with national counterparts and development partners for information sharing and responding to capacity development request;
  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders;
  • Built inter-ministerial high-level working group, at least at deputy-minister level, driving the agenda towards a completely newly initiated Human Resources Manual.

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:

  • Fostering innovation in others;
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking;
  • Conceptualizes more effective approaches to programme development and implementation and to mobilizing and using resources.

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Participating in the development of policies and innovative approaches and promoting their application throughout the organization;
  • Promotes UNDP as a learning/knowledge sharing organization;
  • Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in public sector development as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures;
  • Applies a broad knowledge of best management practices; defines objectives and work flows, positions reporting relationships in such a way as to obtain optimum effectiveness for the unit/branch;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of development finance and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself personally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge of the current programme guidelines and project management tools and manages the use of these regularly in work assignments.

Client Orientation:

  • Meeting long-term client needs;
  • Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services and identifies solutions or alternatives;
  • Proactively identifies, develops and discusses solutions for internal and external clients, and persuades management to undertake new projects or services;
  • Advises and develops strategic and operational solutions with clients that add value to UNDP programmes and operations.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master in Public Administration, Political Science, Management, Economics, Finance or equivalent;
  • Certification in project management (PMI, Prince 2, TenStep, IPMA) and risk management are assets.

Professional Experience:

  • At least 7 years of professional experience in related fields of governance, development, research, advocacy, and policy development with a focus on accountability, integrity and anti-corruption is required;
  • Relevant professional experience with government wide public administration and civil service reform projects; hands-on experience with sectors, and reform implementation management units are an additional asset;
  • Strong project management cycle expertise, capability to track the project's critical path, risk adjustments, and progress monitoring is an asset;
  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills including oral and written communication;
  • Experiences with similar assignments in developing countries, ideally Arab countries will be considered as an advantage.

Language:

  • Fluent Arabic or French and English written and spoken.

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