Programme Specialist

Programme Specialist
Programme Specialist

30 Novembro, 2018


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UNDP Mozambique is recruiting a Programme Specialist who will backstop the Country Director in the oversight of the Programme Unit within the thematic area of Natural Resources Management, Resilience and Climate Change. She/he will provide policy and programmatic guidance to other members of the Programme Unit, especially regarding cross cutting issues on energy, environment, climate change, disaster risk reduction and resilience. The incumbent will also lead UNDP’s efforts to further strengthen its climate change policy advisory capacity while closely supporting an effective implementation and reinforcement at local level of the National Strategy for Climate change adaptation and disaster management. In addition, the incumbent will undertake a leadership role in fostering inter-thematic discussions in a cross-cutting relationship collaboration with the focal points of the transversal areas (South-South Cooperation, Gender, etc.).

Moreover, in close collaboration with the Policy Advisory Services’ team, the incumbent’s lead role in the Programme Unit is to promote the inclusion of cross cutting programme considerations in the country programme with special focus to the rights of vulnerable groups and constituencies (women, youth, disabled, ageing, indigenous groups, people living with HIV etc.). Thus, she/he must have an excellent capacity to engage a diverse stakeholder base and to effectively network for solid partnership building (public-private, civil society, South-South, etc.).

In close collaboration with the Country Director, the Programme Specialist supervises the performance of the team in strategic planning, implementation, identifies areas for appropriate programme interventions based on solid analysis of political, social and economic trends of relevance, while ensuring consistency with UNDAF/ CPD priorities. Additionally, the incumbent will also lead the programme unit’s efforts in the identification of creative and innovative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities, formulation and management of the cluster’s programmes and projects and monitoring and evaluation of programme activities (in close collaboration with the M&E Officer).

The incumbent will contribute to the promotion and observation of the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy in all programmes and projects under her/his management as well as support the Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace – Youth-GPS (2016-2020).

The incumbent works in close partnership with the Operations Unit, programme staff, other UN Agencies, UNDP HQ and RSCA staff, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

Incumbent will approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and display a strong client orientation. As such s/he will display flexibility in performing other emerging tasks assigned by RR/RC, CD or supervisor/manager.


Ensures the management of the Resilience and Natural Resources Management Cluster and the implementation of programme strategies and Policy Advice focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provision of policy and programmatic guidance to Programme staff to ensure a coherent implementation of the CPD 2017-2021 and to articulate the focus on capacity development across practice areas;
  • Provision of policy advice for the design and implementation of strategies plans and programmes in poverty reduction, SDGs achievement, and support the development of statistical data and qualitative evidence to improve policy outcomes leading the discussions between the programme thematic team leaders and the Policy Unit;
  • Ensure Technical, Advisory, and managerial leadership of the Resilience and Natural Resources Management Cluster with a view to provide a coherent and sound advice in the thematic areas under its purview;
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned;
  • Conduct UNDP Mozambique business process mapping and contribute to preparation of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management and Internal Control Framework.

Ensures effective development, management and oversight of the CO programme on the Resilience and Natural Resources Management focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the following results:

  • Contribution to corporate planning, evaluation and results reporting (UNDAFs, CCA, Sub-Regional Programme Document (SRPD), Regional Programme Document, ROARs, IWPs, donors, etc.);
  • Backstop the Country Director in the oversight and Management of the Programme Unit;
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones;
  • Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations. The Programme Management Specialist performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas for development projects transactions approval;
  • Effective monitoring, measuring the impact of the CO programme within the area of responsibility and evaluation. Constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment to perform a timely readjustment of the programme if needed. Assess project-specific M&E frameworks and ensure that the monitoring and reporting requirements for all projects are met consistent with UNDP’s POPP, including on planned evaluations in collaboration with the Strategic Unit.
  • Substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and programme issues, development of solutions. Participation in audit of NIM projects;
  • Follow up with clients on audit recommendations and provide support to PSU to address audit gaps;
  • Represent UNDP in UN-initiated activities and associated Technical Working Groups of relevance to assigned area of work;
  • Contributions to HACT and IPSAS compliance and assessments as required;
  • Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.

Ensures policy development and fostering innovation on cross-cutting themes for the Natural Resources Management, Resilience and Climate Change portfolio focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Management and conduct of research and knowledge product development on inclusive growth and social policies to support Country Offices’ policy development need and foster innovation in areas such as:
    • Economic policy, institutional structures and financing tools at the national and sub-national level needed to promote inclusive growth and sustainable development management;
    • Social policies and social sector reform;
    • Youth employment and policies for youth;
    • Role of social enterprises and/or organizations;
    • Community-based economies;
    • Private sector engagement and public-private partnerships;
    • Local green economy and greening urban development.
  • Initiate and take part in the process of analyzing, improving and adapting national and local policies for
  • different contexts on key emerging agendas to promote inclusive Resilience and Natural Resources Management approaches for development.
  • Contribution to the development of guidance on inclusive growth and environment, and related tools for the implementation of global policy standards, including coordinating testing and rolling out of tools and
  • methodologies.
  • Support to the quality assurance of policy services and fostering of policy innovation on inclusive growth to strengthen programme delivery.

Promotes a substantive and strategic policy engagement on climate change with government and development partners, building on and ensuring consistency with international policy guidance on climate change provided by HQ focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Engagement in climate change policy dialogue at national level with key partners – including key line Ministries, donors, NGOs, private sector, and civil society – on preparing for a post-2015 institutional and financial regime, using technical guidance available at the regional and global level and ensuring consistency with international climate policy guidance provided by HQ;
  • Provision of substantive inputs on national low-carbon, climate-resilient development strategies and plans and review of sector policies, which can provide the foundation for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), building on and ensuring consistency with international climate policy guidance provided by HQ;
  • Source expertise and backstop on economic climate change impact assessments for vulnerable sectors of Mozambique’s economy, as required, using technical guidance available at the regional and global level;
  • Support capacity development of government agencies to programme climate change-related resources and provide advice on the effective use and management of different climate financing mechanisms, drawing on the EEG Environmental Finance facilities;
  • Observation of and engagement in national and international climate change policy debates within the overarching UNDP climate change policy framework.
  • Identification of areas of comparative advantage for interventions where UNDP can add value and inform the Regional Service Centre and HQ.
  • Advise UNDP senior management on all climate related policy issues to provide strategic advice and guidance with a specific focus on adaptation.
  • Serve as a resource person on capacity development activities on climate change for the UNDP Country Office and UNCT.

Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with the CO, other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff, and the private sector focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Implementation of the Office partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes within the areas assigned;
  • Development of strong working relationships with Implementing Partners and provide direct oversight and management of national and regional project;
  • Creation and coordination of partnerships with the relevant civil society organizations, UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, etc. Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UNDP in the thematic area, gender equality priorities in the country and ability to engage development partners;
  • 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;
  • Follow up on resource on mobilization activities for fund raising for new projects in coordination with the Country Director.

As a senior technical expert, ensures proactive provision of top quality advisory services to government and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Preparation of country profiles, briefs and programme strategies and maintains up-to-date records on socio- economic data, particularly which related to poverty eradication, socio-economic policies for inclusive growth. Prepares background papers and situation analyses on the economic, social and poverty situation of the territories concerned and their development plans;
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to regional and programme country policy goals;
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners and other UNDP Offices;
  • At the request by the Country Director provision of support to other country offices’ needs;
  • Liaison with key development partners, implementing partners and collaborating partners as needed including Development Partners in cross cutting activities and other emerging poverty reduction and social policies’ needs;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice in close collaboration with the Communications Team;
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues. Facilitation of the generation of knowledge products by the Programme Team;
  • Establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks. Active participation in strategic advisory groups in the country and the region;
  • Close collaboration with the Communication Analyst on communication and publication, geared toward influencing the development agenda, promoting public and media outreach, and mobilizing political and financial support for UNDP.

Manages the HR team:

  • Provision of day to day supervision of the assigned unit, effective direction to and empowerment of member(s) of the team;
  • Management of team in compliance with corporate human resources policies and strategies;
  • Management of team and individual performance;
  • Support of supervisee(s) in facilitating their learning and development.


Core competencies:

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

  • Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them.

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow.

  • Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers.

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

  • Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others.

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

  • Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others.

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

  • Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.

Functional competencies:

Environmental Economics and Finance: Knowledge of economic and financial issues, including resource revenue management, related to conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Global Environmental Governance: Knowledge conventions and MEAs (such as CBD and UNCCD) and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Management and Coordination: Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Results-based management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Strategic thinking/Visioning: Ability to analyze the organization’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans. Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Resource mobilization: Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise



  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s in economics, natural resources management or environmental sciences, social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.


  • Master’s Degree with 5 years or Bachelor’s with 7 years of progressively responsible work experience in international development with experience in policy design on environment, climate change or disaster risk management issues;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset.

Language requirement:

  • English and Portuguese Proficiency;
  • Other official language of the UN will be desirable.


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