The project “Jointly Advancing Policy Tools for Sustainable SSR” aims to enhance collective outcomes of UN-WBG partnership in the prevention of violent conflicts through building a common understanding of key security-sector related risks to sustaining peace and sustainable development and articulation of joint policy options and programmatic interventions to support people-centered SSR initiatives in FCV settings. By increasing coherence in the UN and WBG analysis and programmatic assistance of SSR, this project is designed to be catalytic, strengthening UN and WBG relations at headquarters and country levels and creating an enabling milieu for the two organizations to more effectively identify and address security-sector-related risks to sustaining peace and sustainable development in FCV settings.
Moreover, the project focuses on bringing about normative change, not only by creating tools and mechanisms to expand the coordination and collaboration among UN and WBG on SSR and but also by promoting the inclusion of experts, think tanks and civil society organizations in developing policy options on SSR to ensure evidence-based decision-making by the two organizations. The theory of change draws on lessons learnt of the UN and WBG engagement in public expenditure reviews of the security sector and capitalizes on the comparative advantages of each of the organizations and implementing agencies. Interventions are designed to ensure that UN assistance to SSR contributes to the prevention of conflict and to sustaining peace, and to the overall implementation of Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.
This is a position in UNOPS for supporting the implementation of the project carried out by OROLSI and UNDP with the support of the PBSO. The incumbent of this position will be personnel of UNOPS under its full administrative and financial responsibility.
Purpose and Scope of Assignment
The UN and WBG Partnership SSR Programme Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project “Jointly Advancing Policy Tools for Sustainable SSR”, ensuring that the programme produces the expected results set out in this programme document and subsequent concept notes and terms of reference. In addition, s/he will be responsible for preparing narrative and financial reports to account for resources allocated and results achieved.
Acting within the project management structure agreed between DPO, UNDP and WB and under the overall supervision of UNOPS Senior Portfolio Manager, the Program Manager has the following duties and responsibilities:
Provide advisory and liaison support between the UN and the WBG on the implementation of project delivery targets;
Provide policy guidance in the area of SSR and advise on medium- to longer-term partnership entry points between the UN and the WBG by applying best practices/lessons learnt on SSR;
Brief and consult with senior management in the OROLSI SSR Unit and UNDP on project progress and challenges, and provide information and advice, as required;
Manage day-to-day interaction with HDPP Facility, prepare briefings and bi-annual and other periodic reports to inform HDPP Facility on the implementation;
Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN agencies, and other relevant multilateral and bilateral organizations, financial institutions, civil society, private sector and specific project partners;
Lead the quality control of project outputs, including by providing substantive advice to consultants and expert organizations on the development of the policy and guidance on political economy analysis and public expenditure reviews of the security sector, considering research methodologies and data collection.
Facilitate the consultation on the policy and guidance and organization of events by preparing agenda, presentations, talking points, briefing notes, invitations and reports.
Guide on ways to incorporate and apply cross-cutting themes such as gender and youth in project activities.
Monitor, evaluate and report the progress on agreed results framework and performance indicators, including by preparing an after-action review in consultation with all partners.
Manage and supervise consultants and expert organizations, and support UNOPS financial and administrative tasks such as drafting terms of reference, selection of consultants, expert organizations and vendors, procurement, and payment transactions;
Use sound judgment in all project communication and ensure that project communication and outreach meet needs of different audiences;
Establish and maintain usable, auditable and well-communicated records of the project.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
This a full-time temporary position and payment will be processed on a monthly basis for a period of 14 months (25 January 2021 to 25 March 2022).