UNDP Moldova: Project Manager - Integrated Migration Local Development Programme (MiDL) - UNDP Moldova

On the global level, migration has been increasingly recognized as a positive development factor. The 2030 Agenda calls for well-managed migration policies to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people in its 10.7 target. The need for concerted efforts among nations on migration issues determined the negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration, an intergovernmental agreement defining a common vision embraced by signatory governments on “making migration work for all”. The first of its kind, it lays out the nations’ vision on broadening the opportunities, benefits and contribution of migration to the development and prosperity of countries, and the collective power of all nations to improve global governance on migration.

Migration in the Republic of Moldova is requesting attention and concrete actions to make the most of this phenomenon for the country’s development. The Moldovan Government (GoM) acknowledges that, if addressed and managed properly, human mobility can also bring many opportunities, changes and improvements in the country. Due to the Swiss development support, the GoM migration policy focus shifted from a management and control perspective to capitalizing on the opportunities provided by migration. Building on the previous SDC-funded UNDP positive experience at local level, in 2017 the Moldovan Government approved a decision, hence recognizing the success of the UNDP/Migration and Local Development Project (hereinafter MiDL Project) model of engaging women and men migrants in local development processes and providing the normative basis for scaling up and ensuring the sustainability of the experience piloted by UNDP/MiDL of mainstreaming migration in local policies. The need to effectively address migration issues, along with creating conditions for a business enabling environment, job creation and infrastructure development are also listed as main Government priorities for the next four years. In line with these priorities, the proposed initiative aims to further support the country’s development processes also capitalizing on best practices and lessons learnt in this field.

During the first, 3 years, phase of implementation (2015-2018) the MiDL Project proved that the diaspora can contribute a lot back to their places of origin: it is now more engaged in home communities development through 38 Home Town Associations (HTAs), providing already over mln 6 Lei to local development projects. A unique model of engaging migrants in the development of their home communities was successfully developed and tested. Centered around HTAs, local public administration with improved migration management capacities, and their permanent interaction, it proved to work well in all Moldovan regions, including Gagauzia and the Security Zone.

The next phase of the MiDL Project is expected to be implemented over a period of four years (2019-2022). The Overall Goal of the initiative is maximizing the impact of migration on the socio-economic development through an improved institutional framework and engaged Diaspora. Both areas of the project emphasize the national ownership and strengthening capacities at national and local levels to enable a socio-economic environment, secure employment support, reduce disparities and inequalities, provide income generating opportunities, and ensure sustainable local development. The project intervention will apply human rights based and gender equality approaches, including community empowerment and mobilization models with migrants’ engagement, and various tools for efficient service provision.

Under Outcome 1, the project will ensure that Moldovan labour, potential, actual and returning migrants benefit from comprehensive employment support services. To that end, national and local authorities will be fully equipped to answer to the needs of all categories of migrants at each stage of migration (pre, migration, post).
Under Outcome 2, efforts will warrant that community members, including migrants are meaningfully engaged in the local development process. In line with that, activities will focus on working close with public authorities, other local actors and migrants for the effective implementation of local development initiatives aimed at improving local services and offering income-generating opportunities at local level.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNDP Programme Specialist, the Project Manager/Local development component manager ensures the effective and efficient management of the MiDL project by supporting its design, planning and management. The Project Manager 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 Manager/Local development component manager works in close collaboration with the Project team as well as Programme, Operations, Communications and other project teams in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex 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.

Summary of Key Functions:

The incumbent will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the project) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients through applying HRBA and GE approaches. More specifically:

Strategic visioning for the overall Project (with particular focus on Local Development Component of MiDL Project), and guidance to project staff in close cooperation with project stakeholders:
Advise on national developments relevant to MiDL Project programmatic objectives in local development;
Enhance analytical and professional capacities of the national stakeholders (including central and local public authorities, NGOs, etc.) in terms of decision-making within the framework of decentralization process and migrants’ engagement, providing ad-hoc advice and technical support;
Provide substantive research input; accurate analysis, data entry and presentation of information to ensure proper policy advice and programme implementation;
Conduct analytical work (e.g. institutional and risk analyses, capacity assessment, policy reviews and briefs) on the project key areas, highlighting UNDP support and strategy;
Promote information sharing with the relevant donor community by initiating and/or participating in consultative meetings with the donors and preparing briefs on local development processes and activities;
Promote flow of information and resources between and among the various levels of governance from national to local and local to national to improve effectiveness and cost-effective service delivery (create a feedback mechanism top-down vice versa).

Project Management:
Assume full responsibility for and manage effectively and efficiently all project activities and resources (human, financial, physical / material assets, etc) in order to meet expected results. Develop annual activity and procurement work plans as well as budgets based on expected year-end outputs; ensure close monitoring of activities and disbursements;
Build, motivate and lead a high performing team consisting of project personnel, expert consultants, translators, etc. Undertake personnel performance appraisals and career development coaching at project level;
Apply UNDP programming tools and policies as explained in the Results Management Guide, including the utilization of the Project Management Module in Atlas. Keep abreast of UNDP programming practices and maintain an optimum level of knowledge by continuous learning, including in the areas of HRBA and GE;
Prepare qualitative substantive and financial progress reports as may be required by the project. Prepare periodic procurement/contracting and financial delivery reports for UNDP management. Prepare budget revisions as needed;
Effectively manage other project-related activities and components, to be part of the broader MiDL Project.

Support IMLDP Resource Mobilization and Partnership Building:
Maintain and facilitate effective communication with public, national partners and among stakeholders, and ensure wide dissemination and visibility of project achievements;
Engage with relevant donors and contribute to the MiDL Project resource mobilization efforts;
Ensure that local development projects are implemented in a Human Rights Based Approach and respect principles of Gender Equality. Raise awareness of local authorities on HRBA and GE.

Knowledge Management:
Promote information sharing within MiDL Project, with national and local stakeholders and the relevant donor community by initiating and/or participating in consultative meetings and preparing briefs on local self-governance progress and activities;
Ensure wide dissemination and visibility of project achievements. Participate in national and international fora, making substantive contributions as appropriate.

The key results have a direct impact on the overall successful achievement of the IMLDP programme. Accurate analysis and presentation of information enhances UNDP’s position as a strong development partner. The information provided facilitates decision-making of the Programme Steering Committee and UNDP management.


Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
Exerts strict adherence to corporate rules, regulations and procedures;
Familiarity with the internal control framework and results-based management tools is a must;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning
Shares knowledge and experience;
Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Understands more advanced aspects of migration and development, as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
Keeps abreast of new developments in area of migration and development, and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools, and utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
Have effective interpersonal and negotiations skills and ability to coordinate complex, multi-stakeholder projects and be able to think in a strategic manner on complex and difficult projects;
Strong drafting, presentation and reporting skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness
Proven ability to problem-solve, and think creatively to develop and implement smart business solutions in a challenging socio-economic environment;
Ability to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government required. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential part of the job;
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents.

Leadership and Self-Management
Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience
Master Degree (or equivalent of 5 years University Degree) in public administration, economics, social sciences, law or related areas;
Training and certification in project management would be a strong asset.

At least nine years of progressively responsible experience is required at the national or international level in the local/regional development or migration fields. Practical experience in community development;
At least four years of experience in the design/implementation or monitoring of development programmes;
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.

Language Requirements:
Fluency in both oral and written English and Romanian. Knowledge of Russian is desired;
Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language would be an asset.

Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both male and female.

UNDP is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

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Vacancy End Date: 14 March 2021

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