Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL
Application Deadline :14-Nov-13
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
Languages Required : English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One year (possibility of extension)


The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) for Nepal and the Government of Nepal signed in September 2012 the UN’s Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 2013-17. This UNDAF is the strategic framework for the UN’s work in Nepal in the coming five years. Prior to the preparation of the UNDAF, the UNCT prepared a country analysis based on the different types of vulnerabilities that Nepalis’ face as well as the root-causes for these vulnerabilities. They range from patriarchal values and beliefs, to unequal access to economic resources, lack of representation in political bodies, remoteness and a lack of access to markets. The UNDAF itself focuses on initiatives required to address these systemic issues.

The UNDAF has eight main outcome areas – five that deal with advancing the development process, three that deal with the need to protect development gains threatened by natural and man-made hazards, and one that deals with facilitation of Nepal’s international cooperation.

Outcome 2 particularly deals with the key constraints and challenges relating to employment-centric and inclusive growth. UNCT initiatives will attempt to mainly address the challenges with respect to limited availability of productive employment and income opportunities, inadequate access to productive assets, and insufficient social protection.  Building on its comparative advantages and in line with government priorities, the UNCT will contribute to the efforts of the GON and relevant stakeholders to achieve significant results in terms of improved economic opportunities in the country, safe and profitable migration, and adequate social protection during the UNDAF cycle. Particular emphasis will be given to the vulnerable groups identified in the country analysis.   FAO, ILO, IOM, UN Women, UNESCO, UNDP, UNCDF and WFP are the major agencies responsible to coordinate, plan and implement activities in order to achieve the expected results. MOLE, MOALD, MOWCSC, MOC, NPC, MOI, MOFSC, Rastra Bank and MOPR are the major counterpart Government Agencies for Outcome 2. UN Agencies will also develop partnership with other relevant non-government stakeholders of employment and social protection.

The Outcome Coordinator will be one of seven outcome coordinators that will support the implementation of the UNDAF. Because the areas of work and the activities covered under a given outcome do not fall squarely within the mandate of any one UN agency, the outcome coordinators will work across agencies to support coherent and complementary implementation of outcome-related activities and to ensure consistent and well-documented reporting on the results achieved under each outcome. Each outcome coordinator will be based within the UN agency that has agreed to be the lead agency for that outcome and will report to the head of the lead UN agency. The outcome coordinator will also have a secondary reporting line to the head of the UN’s Resident Coordinator’s Office. For Outcome 2, the lead agency is ILO.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions and Results expected
Summary of Key Functions:

Supporting the Outcome Steering Group: Each UNDAF outcome has an Outcome Steering Group (OSG) responsible for maintaining a strategic overview of progress being made towards the respective UNDAF outcome and for identifying areas for corrective intervention where needed. The OSG for Outcome 2 will be chaired by the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE) with ILO as the vice-chair. The Outcome Coordinator will be the secretariat to the OSG. This function will include:
  • Supporting the organization of OSG meetings, which will be held at least three times a year, including by supporting the chair to send out invitations, briefing the chair and vice-chair on key issues and bottlenecks for advancement in the outcome, identifying the agenda, preparing presentations;
  • Writing minutes for the meetings and ensuring they get circulated to each relevant stakeholder;
  • Being an effective and efficient liaison between the chair, the vice-chair, UN agencies working in that outcome and other stakeholders for that outcome; and
  • Supporting the OSG in preparing annual outcome results reports for presentation to the UNDAF Steering Committee.
Preparing annual work-plans for the outcome-associated projects and programs. This will include:
  • Liaising with the agencies working in the outcome area to collect their annual or periodic work-plans in a timely manner;
  • Collating the agencies’ individual work-plans into one coherent output and activity list in such a way that it clearly identifies areas of overlap and/or complementarities and close cooperation;
  • Update such work-plan mid-year if needed; and
  • Identifying areas for joint programming and supporting agencies in developing such joint programming in their respective outcome area.
Ensuring implementation of and reporting on the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework as it relates to the specific outcome. This includes:
  • Twice a year, collecting inputs from agencies working in this outcome on the achievements against the outputs under the outcome and the related key indicators of the UNDAF M&E framework; to the extent possible this will include a focus on the change this implies for UNDAF priority groups and how the UNCT has contributed to such change;
  • Holding regular meetings with Vulnerable Groups’ champions;
  • Validating such information as needed across agencies, with vulnerable groups’ champions, government, civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders both in Kathmandu and in the field;
  • Identifying bottlenecks to the implementation of the UNDAF and propose solutions;
  • Ensuring protocol sheets for the outcome are maintained and kept up to date;
  • Staying abreast of financial plans, commitments, and actual disbursements per UN agency working under the outcome;
  • Keeping track of the progress for each output as per a pre-agreed format; and
  • Based on the above, providing inputs into UNDAF annual reports and other UNDAF related documents such as the mid-term review, special focus reports, end-evaluations etc.
Knowledge management. This includes:
  • Staying abreast of and providing research as needed on the political, economic, and social environment in Nepal that may affect the outcome;
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on donor strategies and national development strategies related to the outcome as well as advising the OSG chair, vice-chair and the RC on options for ensuring synchronicity, alignment and complementarity between these strategies and the UNDAF;
  • Preparing regular briefs, stories, and other content for uploading on the UNCT’s Nepal Information Platform, including by liaising with the identified champions for 19 vulnerable groups in the country analysis;
  • Participating actively in the UNCT’s communications group;
  • Providing speaker’s notes, talking points, inputs into speeches for the chair, vice chair and the RC in the substantive outcome area; and
  • Ensuring regular exchange of information between the relevant outcome group stakeholders and other national or international coordination mechanisms that exists in that area of work [specific details to be filled out for each outcome area depending on existing mechanisms such as SWAps, joint programmes etc.]
Explore the possibility of creating a basket fund for implementing joint programme and provide recommendations [insert any specifics that may arise for each outcome area – this may include issues like managing a thematic fund, if that were to be established or liaising with other existing  mechanisms in that area of work]

Facilitate the mainstreaming of conflict sensitivity in UN agencies and government partners. This includes:
  • Ensuring that key staff (Government and UN) contributing to UNDAF Outputs are sensitized on conflict-sensitive approaches to development or peace building work; make recommendations to the UN Interagency Technical Team on Conflict Sensitivity for training/orientation needs for key staff contributing to UNDAF Outputs;
  • Ensuring that each UNDAF Output conducts periodic Do No Harm analysis and integrates such analysis in annual planning and implementation;
  • Monitoring the implementation of Output adjustments as a result of a Do No Harm analysis;
  • Reviewing institutional guidelines associated with each UNDAF Output's implementation and ensures that targeting, beneficiary selection, partnership selection and grant policies are implemented in a conflict-sensitive manner.
Any other task that may be reasonably requested by the head of the lead agency or the head of the RCO.


Functional Competencies
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Analysis and creation of messages and strategies:
  • Creates effective advocacy strategies;
  • Contributes to the elaboration of advocacy strategies by identifying and prioritizing audiences and communication means;
  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses.
Results-based Program Development and Management
Achieving results through program design and innovative resourcing strategies:
  • Identifies country needs and strategies using a fact-based approach;
  • Sets performance standards, monitors progress and intervenes at an early stage to ensure results are in accordance with agreed-upon quality and timeframes and reports on it;
  • Makes use of a variety of resources based on UN/UNCT priorities to achieve results, such as cross-functional teams, secondments and developmental assignments, and collaborative funding approaches;
  • Oversees and documents the process of strategy formulation for programmes at country level.
Building Strategic Partnerships
Identifying and building partnerships:
  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UN/UNCT’s strategic agenda;
  • Sensitizes UN Partners, donors and other international organizations to the UN/UNCT’s strategic agenda, identifying areas for joint efforts;
  • Develops positive ties with civil society to build/strengthen UN/UNCT’s mandate;
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners;
  • Effectively attentive to programmatic synergies in inter-agency meetings.
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Developing new approaches:
  • Seeks a broad range of perspectives in  working towards objectives;
  • Generates for regional and innovative ideas and effective solutions to problems;
  • Looks at experience critically, drawing lessons, and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations;
  • Documents successes and uses them to project a positive image.
Resource Mobilization
Building and maintaining donor relations; implementing resource mobilization strategy:
  • Develops detailed knowledge and understanding of key donors, their priorities and areas of interest and adapts content and approach of resource mobilization activities to their requirements;
  • Builds and maintains relationships with donors demonstrating professionalism in providing advice and information on UN activities and sensitivity to donor concerns.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Developing tools and mechanisms:
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter:
  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
  • Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff;
  • Continues to seeks new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
  • Proven strong analytical capacity and the capacity to translate such analysis into easily accessible and concise reports;
  • A can-do attitude and team-builder by excellence;
  • Outstanding facilitation skills;
  • Political acumen.
Client Orientation
Contributing to positive outcomes for the client:
  • Anticipates client needs;
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider;
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective.
Core Competencies
  • 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 & setting standards;
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Fair and transparent  decision making; calculated risk-taking.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Completion of Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences or related field.
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in substantive coordination work;
  • In-depth understanding of Nepal’s development environment and its challenges and opportunities;
  • Proven experience in the areas of economic growth and employment;
  • Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Nepali is an absolute must;
  • Knowledge of other languages used in Nepal will be considered an advantage.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to RSS Feed Follow me on Twitter!