United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Job Recruitment


  2020-06-26
  Unspecified

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations.

Headquartered in New York City, the status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Technical Specialist – Disaster Risk Reduction

Job ID: 31392
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Environment&Disaster Reduction – Disaster Reduction and Recovery
Grade: P3
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: External
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background

  • One of the poorest and most environmentally degraded regions in the world, the West African Sahel region is also considered one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change, with temperature increases projected to be 1.5 times higher than the rest of the world. Climate vulnerability is compounded by the region’s high dependence on rain-fed agriculture and its natural resources to support food security and livelihoods, high population growth, rapid and unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation, deepening poverty levels, governance challenges and low socio-economic development, and chronic humanitarian crises due to recurrent drought, flooding, food insecurity, epidemics and violent conflict. These factors increase the fragility of communities while recurrent disasters have been causing a continuous deterioration of livelihoods, exposing people to deeper poverty and food insecurity and undermining their resilience to future shocks and stresses, with varying impacts on different social groups such as women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. The cumulative impacts of these events have been eroding hard-earned development gains, while undermining recovery from the various crises as well as the resilience to future crises.
  • The development challenge presented above highlights the unique opportunity for supporting the Western Sahel through African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its member states to take integrated and holistic approaches to disaster and climate risk-informed development that contributes to building resilience of the whole region. UNDP has sought to strengthen the policy and institutional capacities of Western Sahel countries in understanding the multi-dimensional risks that the region face and devising mechanisms that anticipate and respond to these challenges. In this regard, UNDP Regional Service Centre of Africa developed a regional project Strengthening capacities for disaster risk reduction and adaptation for Resilience in the Sahel Region: fostering risk-informed solutions for sustainable development, which is anchored in the Regional Programme. The main objective of this regional initiative is that regional institutions and national governments have institutionalized and domesticated risk-informed development planning, programming and investment for resilience building.
  • With funding from the Swedish Government (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – SIDA), the Sahel Resilience Project proposes to strengthen the Sahel regional capacity in fostering risk-informed development through a multi-country approach. The change expected to be achieved through this Project is that Sahel regional institutions and national governments have institutionalized and domesticated risk-informed development planning, programming and investment for gender-responsive resilience building. The project focuses on seven Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Chad, Niger and Nigeria).
  • The Regional Project will be implemented in partnership with the African Union, Regional Economic Commissions and Institutions (ECOWAS, Lake Chad Basin Commission, CILLS/AGRHYMET), UN Women and academia/research-based institutions (Peri-Peri U). The Project Team will be housed within the Humanitarian Division of the ECOWAS Directorate of Humanitarian and Social Affairs in Abuja. The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Specialist will work under the guidance of the Project Manager and in close collaboration with the ECOWAS Humanitarian Division. The DRR Specialist will report directly to the Project Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities
The DRR Specialist will be responsible for providing key technical support for the effective and efficient achievement of the five Project Outputs. Specifically, the DRR Specialist will be responsible for the following four key result areas:

Capacity Development and Technical Advisory Support:

  • Support the delivery of project outcomes and outputs dealing with the development of technical systems, tools and processes for enhanced risk-informed development and recovery in the Sahel region;
  • Provide technical support and advice to various counterparts, including member states of the region, UN agencies and key national and regional institutions for the effective institutionalization of project outcome and outputs at country and regional levels;
  • Provide high quality technical and advisory inputs in data collection, analysis and reporting systems for monitoring the Sendai Framework;
  • Provide technical support to ECOWAS and project supported countries on policy, institutional frameworks and budgetary processes for risk-informed development;
  • Deliver technical support to ECOWAS and project supported countries on post-disaster recovery processes, resilient urban development, and in any other area related to disaster risk reduction (DRR);
  • Provide technical support in the development and adoption of integrated tools for conflict sensitive and gender responsive disaster and climate risk assessment;
  • Review of technical reports and assessments undertaken by the project responsible parties as part of project delivery;
  • Technical support, coordination and facilitation of trainings undertaken by UNDP and project responsible parties;
  • Promote ECOWAS ownership, institutionalization and sustainability of DRR initiatives supported.

Policy Support:

  • Advocate, promote awareness and understanding of disaster risk reduction and recovery as well as of the links and mutually supportive goals of sustainable development;
  • In collaboration with disaster management agencies and other stakeholders in the Sahel region, support the development of national and regional DRR policy and regulatory frameworks in alignment with the Sendai Framework;
  • Lead the development and adoption of recovery policy and institutional frameworks as part of preparedness for post-disaster recovery;
  • Support ECOWAS and Africa Union Commission in policy advocacy efforts on disaster risk financing.

Project implementation:

  • Support the identification of clear and achievable physical and financial targets, a realistic plan to reach them and in establishing and maintaining a monitoring and reporting system;
  • Provide support in the planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of relevant project activities, tracking the use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulation;
  • Prepare monitoring and progress reports, work plans, budget and expenditure statements for review by the Project Manager;
  • Assist with coordination of operations, resources, and administrative support for project implementation;
  • Provide assistance in all project meetings and annual reviews/reports and support the Project Board by organizing agendas and recording decisions of meetings;
  • Ensure project communication is in accordance with the visibility rules and communication standards of SIDA and UNDP.

Knowledge sharing and partnership:

  • Support knowledge management related to DRR and Sendai framework implementation across ECOWAS and the Sahel region, and ensure its reflection in global knowledge management platforms and communities of practice;
  • Support the conduct of studies/research and the capturing of project results in knowledge management products and communicating widely in ECOWAS and Sahel region and at global levels;
  • Support the creation of a learning environment and systematic information and knowledge sharing within the project team and with partners;
  • Facilitate south-south learning and exchange among Sahel countries, within the African Continent and beyond;
  • Assist the project team in the delivery of quality knowledge management products, systems, services, etc. supported under the project and its effective integration and compatibility with other practice areas;
  • Support capacity and knowledge building of project counterparts;
  • Represent UNDP and the project in any relevant global, regional or national forums, meetings, workshops, etc., as delegated by the Project Manager;
  • Perform any additional task as requested by the Project Manager.

Competencies
Innovation:

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.

Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others.

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Level 4: Models independent thinking and action.

Communication:

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis.

Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for the delivery of products or services.

Technical/ Functional
DRR and Resilience-Building:

  • Excellent knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building status in Africa and ability to apply in strategic and practical situations.
  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in the professional area of expertise.

Partnership Management:

  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliance relevant to Project’s agenda.
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in a professional area of expertise.

Client Orientation:

  • Anticipate client needs, works toward creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider.
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in the professional area of expertise.

Resource Planning and Management:

  • Building and planning efficient workflows, and at improving the overall efficiency of Project implementation and performance.
  • Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating the ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work.

Self-Management / Emotional Intelligence:

  • Managing and responding effectively to stress, situations of ambiguity or crisis. Managing relationships with others to achieve mutual benefits. Building an emotionally intelligent team.
  • Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating the ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work.

Knowledge Management:

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.
  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in the professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s degree in Management, Social Policy, Public Policy, Economics, Environment, Development Studies or a related area.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive and relevant experience in the field of disaster risk reduction, resilience building, climate change, or in very closely related fields or relevant fields in West Africa.
  • Experience in providing regional policy advice, regional technical assistance, and capacity development to support to multi-stakeholder institutions in establishing and coordinating multi-partner interventions.
  • Experience working on the domestication of the Sendai Framework, including Sendai monitoring tools at country and regional levels.
  • Experience working within UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations and field experience in West Africa is preferred.
  • Experience of UN programming modalities, rules and regulations, is preferred.
  • Extensive experience in project development and management.
  • Coordination experience working with government, development partners, and international partners would be an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of and extensive resilience-building experience in West Africa, including conflict-sensitivity, human rights, rights of children, youth and women, is preferred.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both English and French. Working knowledge of other UN language is desirable.

Others:

  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Technical Analyst, Social Protection and Conditional Grants Scheme

Job ID: 31213
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: SB4
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1year with possibility of extension
Practice Area – Job Family: Poverty Reduction – SOCIAL PROTECTION

Background

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015 in New York, as the successor to the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To fast tract its implementation in Nigeria, a technical collaboration between the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been developed.
  • The technical collaboration is aimed coordinating the partnerships for SDGs implementation between MDAs at the National level, between the national and sub-national governments as well as between the government and the private sector.
  • The approach builds on the work already done by both institutions during the implementation of the MDGs. This recruitment will help bring the requisite capacity to ensure that the 17SDGs are aligned to the medium-term plans at both national and sub-national levels especially at the sector levels and its implementation are also consistent with the implementation of the domestic development plans.
  • Given the national and State level peculiarities, the recruited Staff member will help facilitate the localization of the SDGs at the tiers of government and its subsequent mainstreaming into the plans in addition to the specific duties and responsibilities states in section III below. The overriding purpose is therefore to strengthen the technical leadership for SDGs implementation and coordination at both the State and federal levels through the office of SSAP- SDGs in Abuja, Nigeria.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of UNDP National Economist, the candidate will:

  • Liaise with the Head of CGS to coordinate OSSAP-SDGs subnational interventions
  • Work with the Head of CGS to review and implement the CGS implementation manual
  • Liaise with the Office of the Vice President/Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment to mainstream and mobilize funding for OSSAP-SDGs Social Protection Programmes
  • Provide support to the Head of CGS to develop and implement strategies to effectively engage the sub-national governments and mainstream the SDGs into the State Development Plans
  • Develop and Implements a Monitoring, Supervision and Evaluation Mechanism for CGS projects to ensure value for money
  • Provide technical support in the design of new social protection programmes and strategies for implementation at the national levels.
  • Liaise with other development partners on social protection and develop innovative programmes on social protection.
  • Support efforts to improve learning systems and planning processes to ensure knowledge and evidence are fully utilized to improve existing social protection interventions, as well as inform policy and framework level decision making
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationship with key stakeholders, including from the MDAs, UN and donor communities to initiate, adapt or test new practices, approaches or methodologies with a view of improving the quality of social protection interventions.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders on data analysis, impact evaluations and learning activities, identifying opportunities for the coordination of the publication and dissemination process of technical reports and other products on social protection.
  • Build and sustain effective relationships with senior government officials, line ministries, project implementation units, international development partners and think tanks.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • First Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, Development and Law. A Master’s Degree with 04 years experience will be an added advantage.

Experience:

  • Seven years’ experience in Development Work
  • Knowledge of SDGs issues at both national and sub-national government
  • Demonstrated working experience with government institutions in Nigeria.
  • Computer literacy skills

Language Requirements:

  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of at least on Nigerian language.

Competencies

Core:
Innovation:

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Communication:

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done

Technical / Functional

Primary:
Grant Schemes:

  • Maintain a working knowledge of and assist in the interpretation of federal grant circulars including conditional grant scheme.
  • Ability to interpret contracts, requirements, policies and procedures relating to grants, applicable laws, rules, and regulations

Teamwork:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, in complex organizations and ability to deliver quality results while meeting deadlines under shifting priorities.

Innovative skills:

  • Must demonstrate personal initiative as well as the ability to work well in a team

Excellent communication skills:

  • Ability to have extensive interaction with government officials, organization leaders, staff members and the public.

Secondary:

  • Knowledge Management:
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Job Title: Technical Analyst, Sectors & International Relations

Job ID: 31206
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Poverty Reduction – Inclusive – Growth
Grade: SB4
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015 in New York, as the successor to the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In order to fast tract, it implementation in Nigeria, a technical collaboration between the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been developed.
  • The technical collaboration is aimed coordinating the partnerships for SDGs implementation between MDAs at the National level, between the national and sub-national governments as well as between the government and the private sector. The approach builds on the work already done by both institutions during the implementation of the MDGs.
  • This recruitment will help bring the requisite capacity to ensure that the 17SDGs are aligned to the medium-term plans at both national and sub-national levels especially at the sector levels and its implementation are also consistent with the implementation of the domestic development plans.
  • Given the national and State level peculiarities, the recruited Staff member will help facilitate the localization of the SDGs at the tiers of government and its subsequent mainstreaming into the plans in addition to the specific duties and responsibilities states in section III below. The overriding purpose is, therefore, to strengthen the technical leadership for SDGs implementation and coordination at both the State and federal levels through the office of SSAP- SDGs in Abuja, Nigeria.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares Monthly report on activities, achievements and challenges submitted to OSSAP-SDGs and UNDP according to a pre-defined template as well as preparing Inception report on preliminary understanding and views of assigned task(s) with solutions proffered on the way forward detailing key policy priorities and overall roadmap for success.
  • Ensure all the 17 SDGs have Desk Officers in OSSAP-SDGs and monitors their output to ensure service delivery.
  • Work with the Head of Sectors and gives necessary technical and logistical support to ensure Task Team meetings hold regularly.
  • Prepare Quarterly update on key progress indicators ensuring that all relevant information is adequately captured.
  • Prepare annual report on activities, achievements, challenges and lessons learnt ensuring that these reports meet UNDP quality assurance levels.
  • Proposes set of interventions as feedback from engaging with the process from the lesson learnt.
  • Liaise with government officials, development partners on SDGs matters
  • Support in the production of SDG progress reports and SDG knowledge products.
  • Support Senior Technical Advisor in coordinating the entire international cooperation framework of the SDGs office; support in liaising with the line MDAs, the NBS and other relevant stakeholders to collate, analyze and disseminate data relevant to the SDGs.
  • Support the Senior Technical Advisor in liaising with the MFBNP, the UNDP and other key stakeholders to ensure the integration of the SDGs into the National and State-level Development Plans, MTSS and Medium-Term Expenditure Framework

Competencies
Innovation:

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work h demonstrated ability)

Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow h demonstrated ability)

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Communication:

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done.

Technical/ Functional
Primary:

  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing:
  • Ability to have extensive interaction with government officials, organization leaders, staff members and the public.

Negotiation skills:

  • The ability to understand what is most important to other partners like government and development partners.

Thorough data analysis skills:

  • Ability to allows the analytical mind to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.

Teamwork:

  • Ability to work with multiple partners as a team.

Secondary:
Knowledge Management:

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge
  • Program management:
  • Ability to support and manage various SDG programmes.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • First degree, Education with 07 years’ experience.
  • Second Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, Development and International Relations with 04 years experience will be an added advantage.

Experience:

  • Seven years’ experience in Development Work
  • Knowledge of SDGs issues at both national and sub-national government.
  • Demonstrated working experience with government institutions in Nigeria

Language Requirements:

  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of at least on Nigerian language

Other:

  • Computer literacy skills.

Job Title: Senior Technical Advisor (SDGs)

Job ID: 31214
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: SB5
Agency: UNDP
Posting Type: Common System
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Practice Area – Job Family: Poverty Reduction – SUSTENABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Contract Duration: 1year with possibility of extension

Background

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015 in New York, as the successor to the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In order to fast tract, it implementation in Nigeria, a technical collaboration between the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been developed.
  • The technical collaboration is aimed coordinating the partnerships for SDGs implementation between MDAs at the National level, between the national and sub-national governments as well as between the government and the private sector. The approach builds on the work already done by both institutions during the implementation of the MDGs.
  • This recruitment will help strengthen technical capacity of the OSSAP-SDGs to provide guidance on strategies and policies on SDGs to the Government, coordinate activities on SDGs including VNR and Progress reports, represent the SSAP-SDGs at high level forums and  ensure that the 17SDGs are aligned to the medium-term plans at both national and sub-national levels especially at the sector levels and its implementation are also consistent with the implementation of the domestic development plans.
  • Given the national and State level peculiarities, the recruited Staff member will help facilitate the localization of the SDGs at the tiers of government and its subsequent mainstreaming into the plans in addition to the specific duties and responsibilities states in section III below. The overriding purpose is therefore to strengthen the technical leadership for SDGs implementation and coordination at both the State and federal levels through the office of SSAP- SDGs in Abuja, Nigeria.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In this section list the five primary responsibilities of the position.  As needed add additional context below the responsibilities. Under the guidance of UNDP Economic Advisor, the candidate will:
  • Represent OSSAP-SDGs in all SDG matters both at national and international level.
  • Lead in preparing annual work plans for the SDGs Office.
  • Compile Quarterly and Annual SDGs progress reports.
  • Draft policy documents, presentations, statements, speeches for OSSAP SDGs.
  • Coordinate the entire international cooperation framework of the SDGs office; liaising with the line MDAs, the NBS and other relevant stakeholders to collate, analyze and disseminate data relevant to the SDGs.
  • Liaise with the MFBNP, the UNDP and other key stakeholders to ensure the integration of the SDGs into the National and State-level Development Plans, MTSS and Medium-Term Expenditure Framework.
  • Coordinate budget preparation process to ensure the DRGs are appropriated as agreed with the Paris Club.
  • Undertakes capacity-building of national counterparts with respect to SDGs Mainstreaming into Policies, Plans and Budgets.
  • Design new programmes and interventions for accelerating the SDGs at the national and sub-national levels.
  • Identify and works with key partners/stakeholders to ensure synergies with other projects/initiatives and to avoid duplication of activities among actors.
  • Coordinate the production of various reports including Voluntary National Reviews and SDG Progress Reports

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, Development and Law. A Doctorate Degree will be an added advantage.

Experience:

  • Ten years’ experience in Development Work.
  • Familiarity with SDGs mainstreaming principles and processes.
  • Knowledge of SDGs issues at both national and sub-national government.
  • Demonstrated working experience with government institutions in Nigeria.
  • Computer literacy skills.

Language Requirements:

  • Good written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge of at least on Nigerian language.

Competencies
Core:

Innovation:

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Communication:

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done

Technical / Functional
Primary:

  • Advocacy / Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating SDGs implementation.

Building Strategic Partnerships:

  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up to date on partnership related issues
  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:

  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.

Job Knowledge / Technical Expertise:

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up to date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments.

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals:

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for UNDP’s mandate

Secondary:

  • Knowledge Management
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.

Job Title: Programme Management Officer (HAPSO) – UN Habitat

Job ID: 31356
Location: Abuja
Practice Area – Job Family: Peace Building – Programme Management
Grade: NOC
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background

  • The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements.  It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) established a Country Office in Abuja, Nigeria (UN-Habitat Programme Support Office, UN HAPSO) to promote cooperation between the Government of Nigeria and UN-Habitat. HAPSO’s management activities date back in Nigeria since 2003 and the current portfolio activities are expanding to cater for achieving the goals of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the response to COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
  • The objective includes collaborating with relevant partners to transform human settlements into safer, healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone can live in with dignity. It works with organizations at every level, including all levels and arms of Government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development. This position is located at the HAPSO in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • HAPSO key collaborations with the Government of Nigeria include the development of city structure plans, production of technical reports, mainstreaming energy and resource efficiency measures into building codes, building policies and building practices in Nigeria, etc. UN-Habitat seeks to continue this engagement through the development of further projects addressing various challenges such as WASH, Youth, ICT, IDPs rehabilitation and reintegration, housing, resilience planning, urban economy, capacity building, and land management.
  • UN-Habitat’s activities in Nigeria shall take full advantage of the organisation’s extensive experience with projects conceptualization, development and implementation in Africa, and around the world.  The institutional expertise, within both the Regional Office for Africa and related technical branches shall be leveraged towards resuscitating and re-positioning UN-Habitat’s presence in Nigeria.
  • Under the overall supervision of Senior Human Settlements Officer (SHSO) for West Africa and the direct supervision of the Human Settlements Officer for Nigeria (HSO) based in the Regional Representation for Africa, the National Officer will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks in coordination with the teams at country level

Duties and Responsibilities
Contributing to Programme Implementation and Policy Development:

  • Acting as the in-country liaison officer for UN-Habitat, with reference to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, SDGs and UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2023 (housing for all and sustainable human settlements), advocacy and implementation of the UN-Habitat global flagship programmes;
  • Supporting the application of the UN Secretariat Rules and Regulations during the implementation of UN-Habitat projects and programmes in Nigeria;
  • Participating in the formulation and implementation of national/sub-national policies related to human settlements and ensuring that Government key sectorial concerns and priorities are adequately reflected, bringing to bear UN-Habitat substantive knowledge and potential contribution, and striving to place UN-Habitat within the framework of the programming instruments;
  • Supporting the smooth implementation of planned and on-going UN-Habitat projects and activities at country level, including by carrying out field missions when necessary;
  • Representing UN-Habitat adequately in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) activities in line with the UN ‘Delivery as One’ concept and ensure active participation in the preparation and implementation of the UN Common Country Analysis (CCA) and in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF);

Supporting Programme Development, Management and Resource Mobilization:

  • Providing leadership for the identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects and activities included in the Habitat Country Programme Development;
  • Identifying and promoting programme and project opportunities, resource mobilization and extension of operational/organizational support to all UN-Habitat activities on sustainable human settlements and urbanization;
  • Providing leadership for development and management of partnerships, and mobilization of resources for implementation of the Habitat Country Programme Development;
  • Ensuring the adequate preparation of Terms of Reference, Memorandum of Understanding, Agreements of Cooperation and other substantive administrative issues including liaising with
  • Regional Office for Africa and thematic UN-Habitat Branches.

Coordination of HAPSO and Representation vis-à-vis Government institutions:

  • Providing management leadership and be responsible for the day-to-day running of the UN Habitat office in Nigeria;
  • Providing supervision and support to the UN-Habitat staff, consultants, interns and technical assistance teams recruited and deployed under on-going projects/activities;
  • Representing UN-Habitat vis-à-vis the national, sub-national and local authorities and other partners;
  • Liaising with Government and United Nations system at country level to promote sustainable urbanization in Nigeria, including enhancing collaboration and strengthen inter-agency processes;
  • Supporting the national authorities and other stakeholders in participating and/or holding national and international events related to UN-Habitat’s mandate;
  • Mainstreaming global flagship programmes at the country level, including pro-poor housing, disaster risk reduction, building back better, integrated post-disaster recovery, urban resilience and climate change initiatives, gender equity, land tenure, urban development and poverty reduction, among other issues;
  • Strengthening linkages and information flows between UN-Habitat, donors, UN System, local partners and the government through representation, liaison, networking and attendance at meetings.

General Duties:

  • Sharing information on the availability of training and capacity building tools with external partners and assessing the degree of interest in applying them;
  • Designing and implementing a results-based monitoring and evaluation system for normative activities such as policy support;
  • Promoting knowledge management through good practices and reporting;
  • Undertaking special assignments identified by ROAf, as required;
  • Supporting elaboration of reports to be sent to donors, UN System and Government, ensuring quality control;
  • Performing any other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of UN-Habitat services in Nigeria;
  • Undertaking on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies    
Professionalism:

  • Ability to negotiate with high-level Government, multi and bilateral technical and funding agency officials.
  • Ability to present and debate in public forum and events the main policy and substantive messages related to the development issues identified with the Programme’s work.
  • Familiar with UN policies, procedures and practices, including those relevant to technical cooperation projects.
  • Good technical skills in programme and projects monitoring, execution and development, as well as recognised technical knowledge in the fields of disaster risk reduction and management, post-disaster recovery, urban resilience and development.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Advanced University Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Engineering, Architecture or any other related Social Sciences field

Experience:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience on human settlements issues with recent direct experience in the formulation and implementation of human settlements programmes and projects is required.
  • Experience with procedures related to technical cooperation, programme/project identification/formulation/appraisal/ implementation and evaluation and of programme management is desirable.
  • Familiarity with the relevant policies, strategies and plans for sustainable development in Nigeria is an advantage.

Languages:

  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat.
  • For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Job Title: International Consultant on Data Visualisation Specialist (Not open to Nigerian Nationals)

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Duration of Initial Contract: 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

Background

  • UNDP Nigeria has established a Knowledge Hub to enhance its ability to make timely and evidence-based interventions, particularly in areas of Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism, conflict prevention and human security. A new type of ‘development intelligence gathering’, i.e. continuous monitoring and data collection, is crucial to inform UNDP’s work for early warning, adjust interventions to maximize preventive efforts and initiate new thematic approaches. Trend analyses and ad-hoc policy briefs will also inform interventions of UNDP’s development partners in this field. Through harnessing the potential offered by both old and new sources of data, it is UNDP’s hope that the accuracy and precision of its development responses are increased and a strong foundation for meaningful public policy making, efficient resource allocation and effective public service delivery is created.
  • The ultimate objective of the Knowledge Hub is to harness data, including real time data, for development through providing evidence-based intelligence that can be translated to meaningful policies and planning for development impact.
  • Reporting to the UNDP Nigeria RR’s Office, the Knowledge Hub will consist of three complementary Units that work in mutual complementarity, cross-pollination and strong collaboration, which is required because of the highly specialized individual expertise in each of the units.
  • Data Analysis Unit, which will focus on collection of primary data, establishment and maintenance of a database of ‘development intelligence’, the analysis of the data collected as well reporting of the results. This unit will include five data analysts specializing in the following areas; big data, GIS/geospatial analysis, visualisation, survey methodology and econometrics/social sciences.
  • Reporting & Programming Unit, which will produce reports and tools using primary data collected into ongoing and future programming of the entire UN Country Team in the domains of PVE, conflict prevention and human security.
  • Partnerships Unit, which will manage strategic partnerships with third party (local) researchers throughout Nigeria, as well as with local and international (academic) institutions for quality assurance of the knowledge products.
  • This recruitment is for a Data Visualisation Specialist that will be part of Data Analysis Unit within the Knowledge Hub. The Data Visualisation Specialist will implement data visualization products to communicate applied innovative data projects. He/She will provide guidance and support producing visualizations, dashboards and interactive web applications across the Knowledge Hub teams.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Knowledge Hub Coordinator, the Data Visualisation expert will:

  • Lead and coordinate visual analytics projects related to the Knowledge Hub’s as well as UNDP Nigeria CO initiatives and work with multiple partners including UN agencies, government entities, the private sector and academia;
  • Create information products that synthesize large amounts of information obtained from data science analysis techniques into insights relevant to development subject experts;
  • Lead and produce scalable interactive web applications;
  • Perform quick data visualization studies that can help the overall understanding of data sets and problem statements relevant UNDP Nigeria teams and its partners;
  • Produce visual representations of data findings/trends, including those resulting from spatial analysis, and information products to communicate innovation projects outcomes to different stakeholders;
  • Provide support in developing partnerships and networks, including engagement with researchers from the data visualization, information design and human-computer interaction communities;
  • Support the communications strategy of the Hub in producing relevant communication material including infographics and presentations
  • Advise strategically about uses of data visualization and how data use interacts with data design;
  • Advise the Knowledge Hub in the use data visualization and information design;
  • Participate in workshops, meetings and conferences as needed and provide support with other related tasks as requested by the Hub Coordinator.
  • The key results have an impact on creation a development intelligence gathering whereby the continuous monitoring collection of real time data and its subsequent analysis contributes towards improved and evidence-based interventions that can improve the lives of the people UNDP Nigeria serves. Through the use of twenty-first century approach to impact monitoring, building social software for evidence-based decision making, and identifying new areas of effective and innovative ways of intervention and monitoring, the key results will have an impact towards contributing to new, efficient  and innovative ways for UNDP to deliver on its mandate as well as its contribution towards operationalisation of the SDGs. These key results will also allow the Hub to sustain visibility among both domestic and international audiences as well as a thought leader at the time reaching resource mobilisation targets.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Advanced university degree in Design, Computer Science, Data Science, International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, or other relevant discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional four years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in data/information visualization, information design, or related discipline is required;
  • Experience working in humanitarian, development or other public sector is an asset;
  • Experience in human-centered design is required;
  • Experience in developing visualization-applications using libraries and software like D3.js, Vega-Light, Leaflet.js, Processing/P5.js, CartoDB, or Mapbox;
  • Proven experience in developing data driven infographics with a strong understanding of graphic design fundamentals.
  • Proficiency in the use software required to create data driven infographics (for e.g. Adobe software (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc.))
  • Experience in developing front-end for web-applications using libraries like Bootstrap, Materialize, AngularJS, ReactJS, ember.js, or similar applications is required;
  • Experience in developing back-end for web-applications using frameworks and libraries like Python, Django, CherryPy, SQL, or node.js is an asset;
  • Experience in cleaning and processing various types of data is desired;
  • Proven ability to communicate complex, abstract concepts using both visual, and written language is required;
  • Experience in delivering presentations to various audiences as well as leading capacity-building courses and workshops is required;
  • Experience in using data science frameworks and interfaces like SciPy, NumPy, Pandas, Jupyer Notebook, R, or similar is a strong asset;
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with partners, including peers, government, universities, UN organizations, NGOs, or private sector is a strong asset;
  • Familiarity with the big data for development field is a strong asset.

Language and other Requirements:

  • Fluent written and oral English required.  Knowledge of another UN language an asset.
  • Candidates will submit their portfolio and examples of their work with their applications

 Evaluation Criteria

  • Advanced university degree in Design, Computer Science, Data Science, International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, or other relevant discipline – 15 points
  • Experience in developing visualization-applications using libraries and software like D3.js, Vega-Light, Leaflet.js, Processing/P5.js, CartoDB, or Mapbox – 25 points
  • Experience in creating data driven infographics and presentations with proficiency in graphic design fundamentals, including branding work – 25 points
  • Experience in developing front-end for web-applications using libraries like Bootstrap, Materialize, AngularJS, ReactJS, ember.js, or similar application – 25 points
  • Candidate’s portfolio illustrates a diverse range of infographics using various visualisation tools – 10 points

Competencies
Desired Competencies

  • Ability to think visually about data;
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information to create clear graphics is required.
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to think critically and openly;
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate several assignments;
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • Ability to show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • Ability to remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Openness to listening to others, correctly interpreting messages from others and responding appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • Very good organizational, visual, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping others informed;
  • Team player

Deadline: 9th July, 2020.

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