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UNDP Armenia Country Office

TITLE: Portfolio Coordinator on Socio-Economic Governance

LOCATION: Yerevan, Armenia

JOB DESCRIPTION: Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the Portfolio Coordinator is responsible for the general coordination of UNDP’s socio-economic governance programme. The Portfolio Coordinator is responsible for supervising portfolio support staff and coordinating the activities of specialist personnel. The Portfolio Coordinator works in close collaboration with the National Portfolio Director, Government officials, UNDP’s operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Formulate and align UNDP’s socio-economic governance strategy with national priorities in close collaboration with the National Portfolio Director and all other stakeholders;
- Design and mobilise resources for relevant, inter-dependent, high-impact programme components in line with UNDP’s socio-economic governance strategy;
- Coordinate and ensure appropriate integration and synchronisation of all programme components within the socio-economic governance portfolio;
- Oversee and ensure quality control all over aspects of the programme cycle in the socio-economic governance portfolio including assessment, planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
- Provide top quality policy advise services to partners on the basis of political, social, economic analyses and supporting knowledge management systems;
- Advocate with partners about socio-economic governance on the basis of international norms, standards, conventions, treaties and human-rights instruments.

Functions/Key Results Expected
1. Ensure formulation and alignment of UNDP’s socio-economic governance strategy with national priorities, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- UNDP’s socio-economic governance strategy contributes directly to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, Poverty Reduction Strategy, United Nations Development Assistance Framework and UNDP’s Country Programme;
- UNDP’s socio-economic governance strategy is based on a thorough analysis and research of political, social and economic conditions in the country;
- UNDP’s socio-economic governance strategy is synchronised with the Government’s overarching official development assistance frameworks and with the programmes of other UN Agencies, non-governmental organisations and multi- and bi-lateral donors;
- UNDP’s socio-economic governance strategy is based on the principles of development effectiveness and focuses on the progressive achievement of the rights embodied in the Armenian constitution and the international conventions and treaties acceded to by the country;
2. Ensure that relevant, inter-dependent, high-impact programme components are designed for UNDP’s socio-economic governance strategy and that adequate resources for the strategy are mobilised, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Specific programme components are targeted, results-oriented, achievable and relevant;
- Programme components focus on developing national capacities, enhancing national ownership, nurturing an enabling environment, promoting gender equity and forging partnerships;
- Outcome Boards for each programme component analyse inter-dependencies to ensure achievement of portfolio objectives.
- Substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation with partners are prepared and updated and opportunities for initiation of new programme components are identified.
- Adequate resources for programme components are mobilised through partnerships with UN Agencies, Government institutions, bi- and multi-lateral donors, the private sector, and civil society;
3. Ensure that all programme components are coordinated and synchronised within the socio-economic governance portfolio and with other development partners, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Regular coordination fora on relevant thematic and sectoral issues in the socio-economic governance portfolio are supported or convened by UNDP;
- Statistical data on thematic and sectoral issues is collected, reviewed, analysed and disseminated to relevant partners;
- Information about all activities within the socio-economic governance portfolio is disseminated to relevant partners and joint activities with other UN Agencies and partners are clearly identified in Annual Work Plans;
- Annual Work Plans are based on clear, five-year timeframes for step-by-step implementation of programme components.
4. Oversee and ensure quality control all over aspects of the programme cycle in the socio-economic governance portfolio including assessment, planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Results-based management tools, including management targets and dashboards, are used to justify, define, initiate, operate and close programme components;
- Programme effectiveness is monitored in accordance with the Country Office monitoring plan and on the basis of indicators, targets and baselines contained in the Country Programme and UNDAF;
- Performance indicators, targets and milestones are used to guide and supervise portfolio staff;
- UNDP rules, regulations and procedures are followed during all aspects of programme implementation including Annual Work Plans, Programme Appraisal Committees, preparation of budget and audits;
- Procurement and recruitment requests are monitored regularly and operational and financial problems are identified and solutions found.
5. Ensure provision of top quality policy advise services to partners on the basis of political, social and economic trends and supports knowledge management systems, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Sources of information about policy-driven issues are identified and substantive briefs are prepared and disseminated. Best practices and lessons learnt are incorporated into programme components and directly linked to policy goals;
- Policies that concretely address priority problems are developed in consultation with key partners;
- Informed contributions to global and regional knowledge networks and communities of practice are regularly made and new networks at the national level are established and supported.
6. Advocate with partners about socio-economic governance on the basis of international norms, standards, conventions, treaties and human-rights instruments, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Sources of information about compliance with international obligations are identified and trends are monitored;
- Substantive briefs are prepared and disseminated;
- Advocacy networks are established at national and local levels and linked to international networks. Relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns are implemented with key partners.

Competences
Corporate Responsibility and Direction:
- Serve and promote the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Translate strategic aims into achievable plans, with established priorities; managesto them, making periodic adjustments as required.
People Skills:
- Recognise and respond appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concern of others; give credit to the contributions of others;
- Promote a learning environment; facilitate the development of individual and team competencies
Managing for Results:
- Plan and prioritize work activities to meet organisational goals.
Partnering and Networking:
- Build and sustain relationships with key constituents;
- Seek and apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UNDP.
Innovation and Judgment:
- Conceptualise and analyse problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate;
- Generate creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
- Devise new systems and processes, and modify existing ones, to support innovative behaviours.
Communication:
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
Job Knowledge and Expertise:
- Apply the required depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise to meet job demands.
- Use Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, social sciences or related field;
- 2 to 3 years of post-Master’s relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services and hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
- Experience in the use of computers and office software packages and handling of web based management systems;
- Fluent in English language.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applications can be delivered to the UN House Security Desk at 14 P. Adamyan Str., (former 14 K. Liebknecht St.), to the attention of Ms. Naira Olkinyan.

A complete application form should consist of:
- A letter of motivation (in English);
- A full CV accompanied by a recent identity photograph;
- Copies of diploma(s).

Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
Please clearly mention in your application letter that you learned of this job opportunity through Career Center and mention the URL of its website - www.careercenter.am, Thanks.

OPENING DATE: 28 February 2005

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 March 2005
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