UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME JOB RECRUITMENT (5 POSITIONS)

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations.
Headquartered in New York City, the status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
1) Job Title: Peace and Development Officer
  
Job ID: 28403  
Location: Abuja
Practice Area – Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery – Peace and Development
Languages Desired: English
Grade: NOB
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
Background
  • Violent conflict has surged in recent years, and in 2016, more countries experienced violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years. While the complex relationship between conflict, security and development is increasingly understood, international assistance and investment in conflict prevention have remained relatively low. At the same time, approaches to preventing conflict have been refined considerably, as policy and practice on peacebuilding have evolved – and the UN, its Member States and other partners are increasingly looking to prevention as a critical strategy for sustaining peace and nurturing development. Conflict prevention is increasingly recognised as a rational and cost-effective strategy for countries at risk of violence and for the international community.
  • The joint UNDP-DPPA programme on building national capacities for conflict prevention has made a ground-breaking contribution in bridging the gap between political engagement and development assistance in pursuit of preventing conflict and sustaining peace. In its new phase (2019-2023), the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme will further strengthen the analytical capacities of national stakeholders and the UN system in support of Member States’ efforts to advance policy and programmatic coherence on conflict prevention and support strategies for sustaining peace.
  • The deployment of Peace and Development Advisors and has been the primary instrument of the Joint Programme to provide capacity for Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams to support national partners in dialogue and national or local mediation processes, the establishment and operationalization of national infrastructures and mechanisms for peace; and other initiatives aimed at sustaining peace. There are currently 49 PDA positions across the globe.
  • In an effort to ensure that PDAs are better equipped and empowered to deliver on their mandates, the Joint Programme has established in a number of contexts small ‘Peace and Development teams’ where a national Peace and Development Officer provides reinforced capacity to the PDA’s engagement in support of the RCOs and UNCTs in the area of conflict prevention and sustaining peace.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Peace and Development Officer works under the direct supervision and guidance of the PDA, to provide substantive support in three main areas of activity, including:
  • Assist on research, information-gathering and analysis with specific focus on supporting and promoting peacebuilding and conflict prevention;   
  • Identify entry-points and support inclusive and conflict-sensitive approaches in efforts to build national capacities for conflict prevention, particularly with regard to civil society, including women’s and youth networks;
  • Provide technical support for coordination, partnerships and M&E;
Under the direct supervision of the PDA, the main duties and responsibilities of the PDO will include:
  • Assisting on research, information-gathering and analysis with specific focus on supporting and promoting peacebuilding and conflict prevention;
  • Gather and process data and information relevant to the UN’s role and activities in [country] and the sub-region as relevant, with specific focus on supporting and promoting peacebuilding, social cohesion, conflict prevention and sustainable development;
  • Support the PDA in undertaking political, political economy and/or conflict analysis, monitoring the situation in the country, and reporting of issues related to peace and security, including through analysis of local sources;
  • Carry out and coordinate research on particular issues and thematic areas, in particular.
Identifying entry-points and support inclusive and conflict-sensitive approaches in efforts to build national capacities for conflict prevention, particularly with regard to civil society, including women’s and youth networks:
  • Assist the PDA in identifying areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders related to social cohesion, dialogue, conflict prevention and consensus building; and contribute to the development of conflict-sensitive approaches;
  • Under the guidance of the PDA, support the exploration of entry points with key national counterparts including the Government and civil society;
  • Advise on mainstreaming conflict-sensitive approaches; including provision of training UN Country Team staff and key national partners on conflict analysis, conflict prevention and/or conflict-sensitive development;
  • Undertake mappings and analysis with civil society actors’ (including youth, women, and marginalized groups) capacities for conflict prevention/ peacebuilding at local and national level, using the exercise to inform the support provided by the PDA and UNCT throughout the duration of the assignment;
  • Support the PDA in their engagement with national and local stakeholders, focusing particularly on engaging with civil society actors at local level and academia, to help link local initiatives to national-level institutions, structures and processes, as well as reinforcing dialogue between government and civil society and/or people-to-people dialogues.
 Provide technical support for coordination, partnerships and M&E:
  • Support the external coordination of existing partnerships between stakeholders (government, civil society, private sector and the international community, including the UN system).
  • In close collaboration with the PDA and the Joint Programme Secretariat, support monitoring and evaluation function, including collecting, processing and analyzing data in the framework of peace and development team workplan;
  • Support knowledge management and sharing of good practices on conflict prevention and peacebuilding; ensure that stories and lessons learned are shared with the Joint Programme Secretariat; and respond to specific requests for information; and
  • Perform an array of duties that support UN coordination and effective Peace and Development Team programme implementation.
  • These may include: assisting in organizing meetings and consultations, organizing and implementing consultation processes with national and international partners. Perform an array of duties that support UN coordination and effective Peace and Development Team program implementation.
  • These may include: assisting in organizing meetings and consultations, organizing and implementing consultation processes with national and international partners.   
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, International Economics, Law, Public Administration, or other related Social Sciences.
  • In lieu of an Advanced degree, a Bachelor university degree with additional years of experience.
Experience:
  • Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in conflict analysis, development and/or conflict prevention in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
  • Extensive experience in analysis, research and sound drafting skills;
  • Experience in project/programme development, management
  • Experience in national and community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming;
  • In-depth knowledge of and extensive experience in (country/region), including in dialogue and conflict prevention initiatives; and awareness and familiarity of key actors and stakeholders across the political, economic, and development spheres alongside knowledge of government, civil society, and other non-state actors.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluent written and spoken English is required.
Competencies
Innovation:
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.
Leadership:
  • Ability to persuade others to follow: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
People Management:
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction: Models independent thinking and action
Communication:
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
Delivery:
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgment: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Technical / Functional:
Social Cohesion:
  • Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation:
  • Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Conflict-Sensitive Programming:
  • Ability to use methods and tools to monitor conflict triggers and determine impact of various dynamics in conflict-prone situations: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Conflict Analysis and Risk Assessment:
  • Knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Gender:
  • Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Civil Society Engagement:
  • Knowledge to create and implement civil society initiatives and apply across peace and development work: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Knowledge Management:
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Application Closing Date
26th March, 2020.
2) Job Title: Consultant – State CSO Reference Group on-boarding and Work plan Development
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Additional Category: Management
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)    01-Apr-2020
Duration of Initial Contract: 21 Days (with possibility of extension)
Expected Duration of Assignment: 21 Days (with possibility of extension)
Background
  • The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations and the European Union to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Initiative provides a model for delivering on the SDG 5 in a comprehensive manner. One of its priority countries is Nigeria. Through a comprehensive approach, the Initiative aims to support a Nigeria where all women and girls, particularly the most vulnerable, live a life free from violence and harmful practices. Geographically the programme will support interventions at federal, state and community levels across 5+1 focus states.
  • Since the beginning of the year, the Spotlight Initiative team has worked in close partnership with the EU, CSOs & the Government to kick-start the implementation of the programme. Inception workshops have been conducted in the 5+1 targeted states, and 50 competent CSOs have been engaged as implementing partners who have kick-started the implementation of year 1 activities.
  • The Spotlight Programme is engaging the services of a consultant to orient and build capacity of the 5 state CSO Reference Groups, and support development of one (1) National and five (5) state work plans for the new Spotlight Civil Society Reference Group.  
Duties and Responsibilities
  • The purpose of this consultancy is to support the recruitment and on-boarding of state CSO Reference Groups, production of CSO Reference Group work plans.
  • The selected Consultant is expected to travel to 6 locations (Adamawa, FCT, Lagos, Sokoto, Ebonyi and Cross River) to orient with the State Reference Group members and support the development of State Reference Group work plans.
  • This will require the Consultant to undertake the following key tasks within the 30 days consultancy period.
Deliverables: Guided by the Spotlight Coordinator, the Consultant is expected to deliver the following products:
  • Conduct orientation training on Spotlight Initiative for the State Civil Society members
  • Assist and advise in the preparation of National and state Reference Group work plans
  • Engage Spotlight focal points in Spotlight target states
  • Support the project in the area of knowledge transfer and institutionalization
  • Prepare an end of task progress report of the deliverables under his/her responsibility which includes analysis of programme implementation and advice for moving forward
Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations
  • Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client
  • Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • First University Degree
Experience:
  • The consultant must be a member of the current National Civil Society Reference Group.
Evaluation Criteria:
  • Experience in Report Writing – 35 Points
  • Experience in Work Plan Development – 35 points
  • Experience working on Gender and development issues – 30 Points
Application Closing Date
23rd March, 2020.
3) Job Title: Consultant, Multi Media Production for Spotlight Initiative

Location: Abuja
Time left: 12d 20h 45m
Additional Category: Management
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Languages Required: English
Starting Date: 01-Apr-2020
Duration of Initial Contract: 21 Days (with possibility of extension)
Expected Duration of Assignment: 21 Days (with possibility of extension)

Background
  • The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations and the European Union to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Initiative provides a model for delivering on the SDG 5 in a comprehensive manner. One of its priority countries is Nigeria. Through a comprehensive approach, the Initiative aims to support a Nigeria where all women and girls, particularly the most vulnerable, live a life free from violence and harmful practices. Geographically the programme will support interventions at federal, state and community levels across 5+1 focus states.
  • Since the beginning of the year, the Spotlight Initiative team has worked in close partnership with the EU, CSOs & the Government to kick-start the implementation of the programme. Inception workshops have been conducted in the 5+1 targeted states, and 50 competent CSOs have been engaged as implementing partners who have kick-started the implementation of year 1 activities.
  • The Spotlight Programme is seeking services of a Consultant to produce multimedia (photos and videos)content that will reflect its 1st year of programmatic interventions around sexual and gender-based violence in the 6 target states.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • The purpose of this consultancy is to produce multimedia content for the UN Spotlight Initiative. The products will highlight the initiatives work in addressing sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria.
  • The selected Consultant is expected to travel to six locations in Adamawa, FCT, Lagos, Sokoto, Ebonyi and Cross River to interact with the project teams and beneficiaries, interview them and compile 6mini-documentaries for use as part of the Spotlight’s publicity and communication materials. The Spotlight’s Communications team will guide the Consultant on the nature of content that is needed as well as the locations where footages will be taken.
  • The Consultant will be required to caption all photographs and subtitle all interviews, including those conducted in local Languages.
  • The selected Consultant will edit the footage, ensuring adherence to specifications and criteria of Spotlight’s Communications guidelines so that it can be broadcast through official Global Spotlight Knowledge Management channels.
Deliverables
This will require the Consultant to undertake the following key tasks within the consultancy period:
D1-1 – Video-Shooting:
  • Rough cuts of requested number of high definition photos, social media videos launch coverage video and documentary video;.
Please see the requirements below:
The videos need to be delivered in the following formats:
  • 1920 x 1080 (regular HD size), one version of each video captioned and another one of each clean (no captions or lower thirds);
  • 1080 x 1920 (portrait size, for Instagram TV), one version of each video captioned and another one of each clean (no captions or lower thirds);
  • Audio of the interviews should be clear;
  • All videos need to be captioned using font Myriad Pro semi condensed bold(use the same for the lower thirds);
  • Video templates to follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlQx5Cp9xTIand https://youtu.be/w6DsMtRkpEw (style-wise – except that the captions need to be in a larger font and the video length should be shorter).
Due Date:
  • 12 days post-shoot.
D 1-2 – Editing and Finalization:
  • Caption all photo clips requested for social media use
  • Edit all final video footages in line with programme requirements
  • Translate and subtitle final submitted videos where the programme feel it is necessary to do so
  • Deliver all final videos (of requested number  per time) with all requests implemented
  • Deliver material related to reshoots or additional interviews, if any.
Due Date:
  • 9 days post-shoot.
Impact of Results – Guided by the Spotlight Communications team, the Consultant is expected to deliver the following products:
  • 100 High definition pictures from 5+1 States on Spotlight Interventions with photo captions.
  • 1 long (10mins max) and 1 short (5mins) video on the UN Spotlight Initiative; capturing the project implementation sites and beneficiaries of the programme version Including raw video footages of all project implementation surroundings and beneficiaries.
  • 5 (1 min 30 sec max) videos on Nigeria Spotlight implementation for the global website; featuring key beneficiaries and partners of the projects in the selected communities/States.
  • (video concept to be agreed with the Spotlight team)
Competencies
Communication:
  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork:
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning & Organizing:
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently
Creativity:
  • Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas;
  • Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”;
  • Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches
Technological Awareness:
  • Keeps abreast of available technology;
  • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office;
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
Experience:
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in video production, editing and promotion
  • At least 2 years of experience in producing videos for international organizations;
  • Experience in working with UN agencies and/or other international organizations is desirable;
  • Proficiency in editing platforms and video postproduction packages as well as ability to produce videos in High Definition, verifiable through portfolio/reel.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluent written and oral English required.  Knowledge of another UN language an asset.
Evaluation Criteria:
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in video production, editing and promotion – 35 Points
  • At least 2 years of experience in producing videos for international organizations – 15 points
  • Experience in working with UN agencies and/or other international organizations is desirable – 15 Points
  • Proficiency in editing platforms and video postproduction packages as well as ability to produce videos in High Definition, verifiable through portfolio/reel – 35 Points.
Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
4) Job Title: Consultant – Big Data Research Scientist
Location: Abuja
Additional Category: Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English
Starting Date: 28th April, 2020Duration of Initial Contract: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Expected Duration of Assignment: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Background
  • UNDP Nigeria has established a Knowledge Hub to enhance its ability to make timely and evidence-based interventions, particularly in areas of Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism, conflict prevention and human security.
  • A new type of ‘development intelligence gathering’, i.e. continuous monitoring and data collection, is crucial to inform UNDP’s work for early warning, adjust interventions to maximize preventive efforts and initiate new thematic approaches. Trend analyses and ad-hoc policy briefs will also inform interventions of UNDP’s development partners in this field.
  • Through harnessing the potential offered by both old and new sources of data, it is UNDP’s hope that the accuracy and precision of its development responses are increased and a strong foundation for meaningful public policy making, efficient resource allocation and effective public service delivery is created.
  • The ultimate objective of the Knowledge Hub is to harness data, including real time data, for development through providing evidence-based intelligence that can be translated to meaningful policies and planning for development impact.
  • Reporting to the UNDP Nigeria RR’s Office, the Knowledge Hub will consist of three complementary Units that work in mutual complementarity, cross-pollination and strong collaboration, which is required because of the highly specialized individual expertise in each of the units.
  • Data Analysis Unit, which will focus on collection of primary data, establishment and maintenance of a database of ‘development intelligence’, the analysis of the data collected as well reporting of the results. This unit will include five data analysts specializing in the following areas; big data, GIS/geospatial analysis, visualisation, survey methodology and econometrics/social sciences.
  • Reporting & Programming Unit, which will produce reports and tools using primary data collected into ongoing and future programming of the entire UN Country Team in the domains of PVE, conflict prevention and human security.
  • Partnerships Unit, which will manage strategic partnerships with third party (local) researchers throughout Nigeria, as well as with local and international (academic) institutions for quality assurance of the knowledge products.
  • Part of the strategy of the Knowledge Hub includes the use of digital real-time data analytics and data mining to strengthen human security, improve provision of services and support the development of sustainable cities and communities. To achieve this goals, UNDP Nigeria is looking for a Data Scientist to apply data mining techniques (anomaly detection, association learning, cluster detection, classification, and predictive modeling) to create actionable insights from a broad range of structured and unstructured data that is growing rapidly in scale.
  • This recruitment is for a Data Scientist that will be part of Data Analysis Unit within the Knowledge Hub. The Data Scientist will be responsible for the acquisition, analysis and visualization of data from a variety of sources in order to i) help understand emerging human vulnerabilities to socio-economic shocks, ii) detect and highlight patterns that could indicate how people are coping with emerging hardship, and iii) gather evidence of changes in behavior and perception correlated with public sector policies and programmes.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Knowledge Hub Coordinator, the Data Scientist will:
  • Define, design and implement research projects harnessing Big Data to improve both understanding of population behavior, needs, and vulnerabilities as well as capacity to monitor and evaluate the impacts of public sector policies and programmes;
  • Perform data discovery studies and software prototypes. Assist in developing new approaches to detecting events, and trends within real-time data sources such as mobile technology as well as online media, social networks, imagery, geospatial data, communications logs, transaction records, etc.;
  • Write code and scripts to perform data cleaning, analysis and modeling;
  • Document advances in big data and artificial intelligence including sectoral deep dives in fields such as human security and service provision;
  • Support and coordinate data innovation projects with multiple partners including UN agencies, government entities, the private sector and academia;
  • Design and implement statistical data quality procedures around new data sources in the context of their application to development and humanitarian issues;  
  • Implement any software required for accessing and handling data appropriately;
  • Produce high quality written technical reports and visualize data findings creatively in a variety of formats;
  • Draft and review project proposals, concept notes and scientific articles;
  • Prepare presentations and communication materials as required;
  • Support and advise the Knowledge Hub activities as required;
  • Interact with the global community through a variety of media.
Impact of Results
  • The key results have an impact on creation a development intelligence-gathering whereby the continuous monitoring collection of real-time data and its subsequent analysis contributes towards improved and evidence-based interventions that can improve the lives of the people UNDP Nigeria serves.
  • One particular key result will be the development of an early warning model in the area of public health surveillance using mobile technology.
  • Through the use of twenty-first century approach to impact monitoring, building social software for evidence-based decision making, and identifying new areas of effective and innovative ways of intervention and monitoring, the key results will have an impact towards contributing to new, efficient and innovative ways for UNDP to deliver on its mandate as well as its contribution towards operationalisation of the SDGs.
  • These key results will also allow the Hub to sustain visibility among both domestic and international audiences as well as a thought leader at the time reaching resource mobilisation targets.
Competencies
Desired Competencies:
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information to identify underlying trends and patterns
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to think critically and openly;
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate several assignments;
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • Ability to show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • Ability to remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Openness to listening to others, correctly interpreting messages from others and responding appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • Very good organizational, visual, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping others informed;
  • Team player.
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Master’s degree in Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Computational Finance, Economics, Computer Science, Engineering or other related technical disciplines.
  • A first-level university degree with at least 5 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience:
  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in data analysis or data visualization required;
  • Proven familiarity and expertise with analytical techniques such as text mining, sentiment analysis, machine learning, event detection, and modeling of complex systems required;
  • Proven knowledge and experience in applying statistical
  • Experience coding algorithms (Python, R or an equivalent programming environment), data access and processing (software environment such as Hadoop), analysis and data visualization methodologies for call detail records, mobile data, social media data or any other big data source.
  • Demonstrated experience documenting processes and/or writing scientific research articles required.
  • Experience working in development or humanitarian response or in a developing country is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating multidisciplinary projects between data/science/technology and international development, humanitarian experts or any other relevant field from social, physical or biological sciences desirable.
  • Experience analyzing data from social monitoring systems, monitoring and evaluation work, or other survey work.
  • Willingness to evaluate and adopt the latest advances in AI, machine learning, predictive analysis and data visualization.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate between data/science/technology and international development and humanitarian experts;
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with partners, including government, universities, UN organizations, NGOs and the private sector is an asset;
Language Requirements:
  • Fluent written and oral English required.  Knowledge of another UN language an asset.
Evaluation Criteria:
  • Advanced university degree in statistics, applied mathematics, physics, computational finance, economics, computer science, engineering or other related technical disciplines – 15 points
  • Proven familiarity and expertise with analytical techniques such as text mining, sentiment analysis, machine learning, event detection, and modeling of complex systems required – 35 points
  • Experience coding algorithms (Python, R or an equivalent programming environment), data access and processing (software environment such as Hadoop), analysis and data visualization methodologies using big data such as call detail records, mobile data, social media data or any other big data source – 35 points
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate and translate findings using data/science/technology methods for international development and humanitarian experts – 15 points.
Application Closing Date
23rd March, 2020.
5) Job Title: Civil Engineer
Job ID: 29225
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Practice Area – Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery – STABILIZATION
Grade: NOB
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: External
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
Background
The nexus of security-humanitarian-development issues around Lake Chad has given rise to an intractable extremist insurgency that has left tens of thousands of people dead, approximately 2.5 million displaced, and more than 10 million people in the region affected and in need. While robust national and multi-national military operations have re-taken territory previously controlled by Boko Haram, UNDP recognizes that a new approach is required to consolidate these gains and establish the conditions necessary to transition from military to civilian responsibility for security, and from the provision of humanitarian assistance to the resumption of stalled development processes.  In this context, the UNDP is strengthening its presence in the North East region by establishing a sub-office in Maiduguri.  The sub-office will serve as the centre of operations for programming which will include a Regional Stabilization Facility, a Disengagement, Disassociation, Reconciliation and Reintegration (DDRR) and Recovery and Resilience programme.

The Sub-Office (SO) for North East (NE) Region of Nigeria has been operational since 2017 and UNDP has established an Operations Service Centre to support management and operations functions related to the effective delivery of programmatic results in anticipation of launch of new programmes, such as Nigerian Window of the Stabilization Facility in NE Region. The National Window of the Regional Stabilization Facility for Nigeria aims to address the needs of immediate stabilization in the target areas in North-East Region of Nigeria with high degrees of insecurity, promoting the phased transition of insecure areas toward greater security, and the reduction of current volatility whereby previously secure areas have become more rather than less vulnerable.

Provision of basic services through construction/rehabilitation of community infrastructure is one of the programme focuses of the Stabilization Facility and integrated recovery programmes, such as school and health facilities, water wells/systems, housing units, shops/markets, among others. It is considered vital that the NE Sub-Office has a highly qualified technical team for implementing engineering work with sound quality and international standard, ensuring successful implementation of construction or rehabilitation of community infrastructures in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states in North-East Nigeria.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:

  • Under the guidance and direct supervision of Senior Civil Engineer and in close collaboration with the Project teams in NE Sub-Office, the Civil Engineer will perform the following functions:
    • Provide  technical support for smooth procurement and project implementation process of basic infrastructure projects, including support to ensure quality and technical soundness of the BOQ and specifications of infrastructure projects
  • Ensure quality of civil works and technical supervision at the project sites
Provide technical and civil engineering support for smooth procurement  and  project implementation process of basic infrastructure projects, including support to ensure the quality and technical soundness of the BOQ and specifications of infrastructure projects:
  • Conduct the site visits to assess infrastructure facility needs and design the facility with a build-back better approaches
  • Certify designs of the facilities that are submitted by the respective authorities for civil works in BAY states
  • Certify the Bills of Quantities (BoQs) submitted by the respective authorities and verify the BoQs before initiating the procurement process;
  • Review and verify  the BoQs already prepared by the respective departments of national counterparts;
  • Support technical evaluation process and provide advice on any procurement related issues;
  • Support the project teams in NE Sub-Office in verifying the Variation Orders (VO) (if and when required);
  • Verify the progress of civil work  payment requests submitted by the contractors before proceeding with disbursements of payments;
  • Provide technical inputs to strengthen alignment and complementarity of UNDP’s support with government policies and plans.
  • Assist UNDP as expert witness in litigation arising from the development or construction of the project and in bearings before various approving and regulatory agencies.
Ensure quality of civil works and technical supervision at the project sites:
  • Analyse and share information with the team and the local technical teams on basic infrastructure activities.
  • Support the assessment of the project activities of the targeted sites in BAY states ;
  • Support the implementation of construction/rehabilization of infrastructure facilities, where required, and advise on project contracting requirements;
  • Monitor day-to-day progress of infrastructure project activities and promptly report any abnormality or risks to the respective UNDP project managers and project teams
  • Develop and design interventions based on the accurate information and risk analysis on the ground and utilizing lessons learned from the activities in consultation and coordination with respective Project Managers
  • Follow up and oversee the rehabilitation of civil, electrical and mechanical works at site preparation and execution of the Works against the provided approved sketch and bill of quantities within the set time frame
  • Conduct construction inspection including inspection of materials, equipment’s to be installed.
  • Check materials received at construction/renovation sites against damages, missing parts and appropriate ratings; ensuring that the materials/equipment provided by the Contractor meets UNDP requirement and standards.
  • Ensures that materials/equipment provided by the Contractor meets accepted requirement and standards.
  • Discuss site issues with the Contractor and promptly report back to UNDP if a problem arises that requires UNDP input.
  • Checks and certifies substantial construction progress/ completion and the corresponding payments. Advice UNDP to withhold payments for any work which has been rejected or any work which is not in compliance with the contract documents.
  • Ensure that the Contractor maintain safety on the site and clean the site after the completion of the rehabilitation work.
Competencies:
  • Ability to think conceptually and flexibly, capacity to adapt, innovate, and propose multiple options.
  • A team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to practice courtesy and diplomacy with high-rank officials.
  • Time management skills.
  • Enjoy sensitivity for research and academic integrity.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and stressful environment
  • Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
  • Building support and political acumen
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
  • Fair and transparent  decision making; calculated risk-taking
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Master degree or Bachelor Degree or Equivalent in Civil Engineering.depending on the number of years of experience
  • Registration in the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) before 2018  
Experience:
  • Minimum 2 years (for Master degree) and a minimum of 5 years (for Bachelor degree) of extensive coordination and development experience including renovation and construction works.
  • Experience in design, preparation of BoQ, estimated costs of civil structures;
  • Construction supervision experience of buildings, utility services, schools, etc
  • Experience in handling of tender documents for turnkey contracts, including technical inputs/specifications for the procurement of services using the conditions of international lending/funding agencies
  • Preparation of work progress reports, daily, weekly, milestone, etc
  • Proven ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams and liaison with authorities.
  • Experience in supervising rehabilitation works and managing projects.
  • Working experience working with UN/UNDP is highly desirable;
  • Experience from previous UN assignments and/or multilateral organizations and bi-lateral aid organizations would be an asset.
Technical skills required:
  •  Functionally-related professional management skills.
  • Technical related skills.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work activities to meet organizational goals and organize and oversee work processes efficiently to achieve quality results.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning processes, programming.
  • Knowledge of fundraising, project and programme drafting.
  • Reporting skills.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluent in spoken and written English is a requirement.  
  • The ability to communicate effectively in Kanuri, Hausa, or other local language spoken in the NE region is an asset.
Application Closing Date
16th March, 2020.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online 
Note: Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

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