Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Local Development Manager and overall supervision from Programme Manager, the incumbent contributes to an effective and efficient implementation of EU4Moldova: focal regions Programme components related to infrastructure rehabilitation activities, through a range of actions contributing to the design, planning, management and monitoring of project activities. The Project Officer applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.
The Project Officer works in close collaboration with the Project team as well as the team in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex programme/project-related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems. The Project Officer (Infrastructure) in close cooperation with the project team, under the direct guidance and supervision of the Local Development Manager, will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the Programme) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients through applying HRBA and GE approaches.
- Assume responsibility for the practical coordination of and local community and business support infrastructure rehabilitation project activities and resources (human, financial, physical / material assets, etc.) in order to meet expected results.
- Provide assistance to the project team and local authorities in procurement activities related to local infrastructure projects.
- Ensure the effective coordination and supervision of human resources pertaining to the infrastructure subcomponent, including both engineers and short-term technical experts; provide support in development and periodic update of TORs for local technical supervisors and engineers assigned to infrastructural projects; conduct periodic performance appraisals; build, lead and motivate a solid sub-team of professionals.
- Assist and consult the local authorities and community groups in carrying out civil works; monitor contracts fulfillment, conduct periodical performance evaluations during projects’ implementation process.
- Establish in-house monitoring and evaluation systems on local development projects’ progress according to the grant agreements and UNDP procedures related to civil works. Maintain accurate written communication with subcontractors in accordance with UNDP procedures and requirements.
- Ensure timely submission of qualitative financial and activity reports by communities and sub-contractors and ensure harmonized reporting by recipients on key performance indicators.
- Apply UNDP programming tools and policies as explained in the Results Management Guide. Keep abreast of UNDP programming practices and maintain an optimum level of knowledge by continuous learning.
- Contribute to the preparation of qualitative work plans and financial progress reports related to the community development projects as may be required by the Programme Management and UNDP CO.
- Contribute to the wide dissemination and visibility of project achievements. Support mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at the local and national levels.
- Maintain close coordination with assigned project partners, helping at ensuring synergies and avoiding overlaps in project implementation.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master or equivalent of 5 years University Degree in Civil Engineering/Construction, Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics or other related areas
- At least five years of progressively responsible experience is required at the national or international level in the areas of community development/infrastructure rehabilitation work. (Experience of work in the regions and/or in programmes financed by European Commission is a very strong advantage).
- Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, governmental institutions, NGO or private sector / consulting firm is a very strong advantage.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems. User knowledge of specialised software: WinSmeta 2000 etc.
- Fluency in oral and written Romanian and Russian. Knowledge of English is a distinct advantage.
- Knowledge of one or more minority languages relevant for Moldova, including Romani, Gagauzian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and sign language, is an asset.
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