Team Leader for Africa / Country Support Management Team at UNDP, New York, United States


Deadline: 30 June 2019

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Team Leader for Africa / Country Support Management Team in New York, United States. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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The Team Leader for Africa / Country Support Management Team is responsible to plan and allocated resource in line with the GPN vision and agreed priorities and to provide strong, coherent and coordinated support to COs in the Africa Region.

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Team Leader for Africa / Country Support Management Team will perform the following functions-

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  • Strategic country support coordination and timely delivery of technical assistance, programme and operational support:
    • Ensure timely application of agreed business processes to guarantee predictable country support for COs on crisis prevention, response and recovery issues.
    • Stay abreast of developing crisis in the Africa region and identify/understand the regional and country support needs as it relates to crisis and fragility.
    • Conduct prioritisation exercise with RBA to determine region priorities, taking into account local needs, capacities and resources, as well as corporate and partnership crisis related commitments.
  • Timely management and coordination of crisis response:
    • Ensure effective leadership in coordination and in recovery programming in times of crisis, the implementation of timely, sequenced and appropriate UNDP response and recovery activities, safe and sustainable response actions and timely and commensurate funding allocations.
    • Supervise the secretariat function of temporary support structures, timely organization of coordination meetings, information sharing and proper record of decisions.
    • Advise on Level Declaration, composition of the SURGE Planning Team, deployment of First Responders, selection of SURGE Advisors, etc.
  • Partnership and collaboration with UN and non-UN partners:
    • Strategic engagement and effective liaison with relevant partners, including UN entities, in relation to operational country specific issues in close collaboration with RBA.
    • In close coordination with RBA, BERA and relevant GPN teams, keep track of the organization of country specific and crisis related International Pledging Conferences and ensure CSMT support as required.
  • Africa Team management:
    • Broker prioritization / organizational focus on high-impact crisis support vis-à-vis the broader GPN and Regional Bureau and aligns the use of resources behind these priorities.
    • Lead the establishment of a work plans for Africa and internal collaboration practices, role modeling how integrated work approaches are translated in UNDP’s crisis support.
  • Knowledge Development and Management:
    • Actively contribute to community of practices to ensure wide dissemination of best practices and lessons learned from the implementation of programmes related to crisis and fragility in Africa.
    • Oversee the knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in the implementation of programmed in priority countries, in line with guidelines and corporate tools, including After Action Reviews.
    • Support the capacity development of UNDP staff in the Africa region in application of tools and practices related to crisis and fragility.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Master’s degree, preferably in international development, law, international affairs, business administration, development economics, or other relevant field.
  • 10 years of professional work experience leading teams, providing policy and programming advice and pioneering approaches in results-based management, knowledge generation and dissemination to advance sustainable agenda at international level.
  • First hand expertise of crisis response, including managing rapid response in crisis settings and complex emergencies.
  • Proven ability to coordinate crisis response with UN entities, including knowledge of UN policies and procedures on crisis response and complex emergencies, as well as related management of information.
  • Knowledge of UN/UNDP’s crisis response, prevention and recovery mandate, policy and tools.
  • Strong and relevant experience working in crisis affected countries. Experience working as part of UN management in this context highly desirable.
  • Fluency and proficiency in English and French, with knowledge of other UN language highly desirable.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNDP.

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