Zimbabwe nationals: Head of Poverty, Environment and Climate Change

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Harare, , ZW


Under the direct supervision of the Country Director, the Head of Poverty, Environment and Climate Change leads the team and is an advisor to Senior Management on all aspects of CO programme. The main role is to manage the country programme including continued monitoring of implementation. The Head of Poverty, Environment and Climate Change leads the programme team in strategic planning and identifies new programme areas while ensuring consistency with UNDP Strategic Plan, ZUNDAF and CPD  priorities and creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities;

She/he heads Programme team and works in close collaboration with the operations team in the CO, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the UNDP programme;

The Head of Poverty, Environment and Climate Change heads the Poverty, Environment and Climate Change cluster and is responsible for the management of staff, projects and programmes within that cluster. Fully responsible for the financial management of programmes and projects.




Duties and Responsibilities
As a senior  member of the CO management team, ensures the strategic direction of UNDP programme focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of CCA, ZUNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other documents;
  • Identification of strategic and innovative programme areas of cooperation; 
  • Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the CO;
  • CO business processes mapping and establishment of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management, control of the workflows in the Programme Unit;
  • Strengthen poverty reduction and livelihoods interventions;
Ensures effective management of the CO programme and supervision of the                    Programme team focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation achieving the  following results:
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the  programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations. The Head of Poverty, Environment and Climate Change performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas for development projects transactions approval;
  • Effective monitoring, measuring the impact of the CO programme and evaluation. Constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustment of programme;
  • Supervision  and mentoring of programme staff including performance management of direct reports;
  • Implementation of Direct Project Costing for the time usage by programme personnel under the Unit in line with the periodic work load study in close collaboration with Deputy Country Director -Operations;
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization  focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Development and implementation of the CO partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes;
  • Creation and coordination of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society etc; 
  • Determination of programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities; 
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing;
Ensures provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and     facilitation of knowledge building and management  focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Provision of top quality policy and strategic advice to Government on development and implementation of governance policies and strategies;
  • Development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme;
Core Competencies:
  • Leadership – ability to persuade others to follow;
  • Innovation – ability to make new and useful ideas work;
  • People management – ability to improve performance and satisfaction;
  • Communication – ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;
  • Delivery – ability to get things done;
Functional Competencies:  
Building Strategic Partnerships

Identifying and building partnerships

  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda;
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners;
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings;
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;
  • Develops and/or participates in the development of mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organisation learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies;
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;
  • 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;
Promoting Organizational change and Development

Assisting the individuals to cope with change

  • Performs appropriate work analysis and assists in redesign to establish clear standards for implementation;
Design and Implementation of Management Systems

Designing and implementing management system

  • Carries out research into existing systems to identify best practice and make recommendations to management on applicability to UNDP;
  • Identifies and recommends remedial measures to address problems in systems design or implementation;
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;
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality;
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management

 Input to the development of standards and policies

  • Provides inputs to the development of organisational standards for accountability and results-based management;
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field;
  • A minimum of 7years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems;
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in the UN and national language of the duty station.

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