Closing date: Friday, 15 September 2023

Job Identification : 11760

Locations : Baghdad, Iraq

Posting Date : 09/05/2023, 01:44 PM

Apply Before : 09/15/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Governance

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Arab States

Contract Duration : 6 months

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Fluency in English and Arabic is required

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The Government of Iraq and KRG had approached UNDP for technical assistance engagement to support the implementation of the specific recommendations outlined in the reform plans through technical assistance modality. Subsequently, UNDP developed project documents to establish a funding facility for Economic reform at the federal and regional level to support the Federal Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in ensuring implementation of reform. Funding Facility for Economic Reform (FFER) is to be positioned as financing instrument that will be used to channel high-caliber international expertise and support into top priority reform initiatives drawn from the newly adopted reform plan. The Facility will help to mobilize expertise for initiatives aimed at transforming and diversifying the economy, restructuring and strengthening public administration and public financial management, and improving the delivery of public goods, including basic services.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Under overall supervision of the Head of Governance Pillar, the project manager of FFER-Federal will manage the day-to-day implementation of Funding Facility for Economic Reform (FFER) activities performing the following tasks: 1 . The Project Manager is responsible for managing the implementation of the Project and for

adherence to the UNDP corporate standards for project management by focusing on:

    •  Leads the national project team, provides coaching and effective leadership and work closely with a wide array of partners to ensure that the Funding Facility for Economic Reform (FFER) project is in line with UNDP’s country programme strategy;
    •  Updates Project document to reflect any substantial project design based on results of the need assessments of newly liberated areas and/or of feedback from mid-ter evaluation.
    •  Develops and monitors work plans and budgets for all activities in the project portfolio;
    •  Ensures timely implementation of the project work plan;
    •  Ensures timely and adequate reporting against plans, including timely and articul progress reports;
    •  Identifies risks and challenges to the ongoing operations of the projects and provides advice to Senior Program Advisor for stabilization on mitigation strategies.
  •  Ensures the integrity of financial and administrative operations in the project area through financial oversight in consultation with the operations and Finance teams;
  •  Strict and consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations and ensuring the implementation of clear accountability mechanisms;
  •  Participates in internal control mechanisms for adherence to UNDP rules and regulations in contracts, assets, procurement, recruitment, etc., as required;
  •  Ensures systematic and effective analysis, project monitoring, including but not limited to regular field visits, as appropriate, and participation in Project Board and/or Steering Committee meetings;
  •  Manages day to day administrative matters for the project with support from administrative staff and the performance of consultants and specialist advisers.
  •  Approves requisitions in Atlas and requests timely budget revisions;
  •  Ensures proper application of Results Based Management tools;
  •  Oversees monitoring and data management carried out by the monitoring officer and data management associate.
  •  Pays special attention to partnership with the PMO and MoP

2. Provide liaison with counterparts, implementing partners and builds partnerships:

  •  Maintain strong relationships with relevant Government counterparts (special role of the PMO and MoP already mentioned above);
  •  Strengthen complimentarity of UNDP’s support with government policies and plans
  •  Advocates for UNDP’s work and represents UNDP with national authorities and donor communities where requested.
  •  Contributes to the harnessing of effective partnerships and competitive selection of partners for implementation of UNDP projects;
  •  Promotes joint programming and UN reform, and collaborates effectively in established frameworks for UN and other international coordination.

3. Ensures knowledge management focusing on achieving the following results:

  •  Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the project area for organizational sharing and learning as well as external information;
  •  Actively participates in UNDP knowledge networks and takes advantage of best practices and lessons learned that are available in the region and globally, and encourages project staff to do so by creating a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  •  Uses and promotes the use of the Regional Service Center;
  •  Supports capacity and knowledge building of national counterparts;

4. Any other tasks as assigned by the Head of Pillar

Institutional Arrangement

FFER- Fed project manager reports directly to Head of Economic Pillar.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Direction & Strategy

System Thinking

Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgment to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.

Business Management

Result Based Management

Ability to manage programmes and of projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge relevant to context or responsive to a stated need.

Digital & Innovation

Data analysis

Ability to extract, analyse and visualize data (including

Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid

effective decision making

Audit & Investigation – General

Financial and Managerial Accounting

and Finance key concepts

Key concepts and principles of financial accounting,

interpret financial analysis, managerial accounting,


Digital & Innovation

Digital ecosystems

Knowledge of how they work, understanding of the

opportunities and challenges for governments and


Business Direction & Strategy

Effective Decision Making

Ability to take decisions in a time and efficient manner in line with one of authority area of expertise and resources

Required Skills and Experience:

Min. Education requirements

  •  Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics or any other relevant social science field. OR
  •  A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  •  Minimum 5 years (with master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at the national and/or international level in project development and project management in development or crisis context in relevant thematic areas; and establishing inter- relationships among international organizations and national governments.
  •  Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), database packages, and web-based management systems such as ERP.”

Required skills

  •  Excellent partnerships building skills
  •  Proven ability to work in multi-cultural environment
  •  Experience with and knowledge of UN or UNDP policies Functionally related professional management skills.
  •  Ability to plan and priorities 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 fund raising and project proposal drafting.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  •  Experience from previous UN assignments and/or multilateral organizations and bi-lateral aid organizations would be an asset.
  •  Knowledge of Results Based Management methodologies would be an asset.
  •  Knowledge of Quantum and PeopleSoft would be an asset.

Required Language(s)

Fluency in English and Arabic is required.


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.


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