National Project Manager

  • Full Time
  • Kathmandu
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JOB OPPORTUNITY

Position: National Project Manager (1 position), Level : SB 5/Peg II (Only for Nepalese nationals)

Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL
Application Deadline : 20-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category : Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract : Other
Post Level : Other
Languages Required : English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 02-May-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : One year with possibility of extension

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.

Background

The Sustainable Tourism for Livelihood Recovery project – a joint project of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and UNDP – aims to support the revival of the tourism sector. In light of the need for immediate livelihood opportunities, the project will focus on providing short-term employment opportunities to the vulnerable communities whose livelihood is dependent on tourism. In parallel, the project will also initiate activities to support the long-term revival of the tourism sector by creating sustainable jobs and livelihood opportunities in partnership with the private sector; developing human resource capacity; supporting the creation of tourism-based enterprises; strengthening sector-related data and information management and digitalization; and articulating a comprehensive tourism recovery strategy. Aligned with sustainable tourism concepts, project activities will be oriented towards promoting a green economy. The project has three interlinked outputs:

  • Vulnerable tourism dependent communities particularly women and people from disadvantaged groups in the tourism sector that have lost their source of income due to COVID-19 have received short-term employment opportunities to meet immediate livelihood needs;
  • Entrepreneurs and other workers in the tourism sector have enhanced opportunities for employment and income generation through the renovation and development of tourism sector in major tourist destinations;
  • The institutional capacity of the NTB is strengthened through the formulation of a comprehensive tourism recovery strategy, as well as through increased digitization and other efforts for future disaster risk management.
    The National Project Manager (NPM) will work under the guidance and supervision of the National Project Director (NPD). The NPM will work in close coordination with the National Project Coordinator. S/he will also work in close collaboration with other departments of NTB as necessary. S/he will also coordinate with UNDP and other tourism associations for the effective implementation of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary

  • Day to day management of the project and its implementation.
  • Recruitment, coordination, and supervision of staff, consultants and contractors.
  • Coordination, management and monitoring of project finances, administration, procurement and logistics.
  • Ensure Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) work through project interventions.
  • Developing and maintain strong relationships with the donors, implementing partners and other counterparts.
  • Monitoring, evaluation, reporting, knowledge management and communication of the project.

The key Responsibilities of the assignment are:

1) Day to day management of the project and its implementation under the guidance of the National Project Director :

  • Ensure that all activities under each output are prepared in a timely manner and implemented in accordance with stated outcomes and performance indicators;
  • Prepare Annual Work Plans, Quarterly Work Plans and other documents for the approval of the Project Board;
  • Ensure project resources, aligned with overall project resources are effectively used to achieve set project outputs and outcomes;
  • Monitor and manage project progress and update risk management status to the National Project Director;
  • Lead monitoring, quality data collection and timely submission of technical and progress reports to the donor, partners, and UNDP;
  • Liaise with the UNDP Portfolio Manager for assuring project quality and the operational compliance with the UNDP rules and regulations;
  • Support NPD in organizing Project Board meetings on a regular basis;
  • Consult with the Project Board through the National Project Director on any issues that require the Board’s attention, including issues related to deviation from the approved work plans and deviation from the approved target and/or budget).

2) Recruitment, coordination, and supervision of staff, consultants and contractors:

  • Lead recruitment planning and day-to-day management of all project personnel (staff, consultants and contractors);
  • Develop terms of reference and technical specifications of staff, consultants and contractors;
  • Coordinate and manage the recruitment process in consultation with the UNDP Country Office;
  • Provide supervision and coordination of the work of project personnel to ensure delivery of project outputs and outcomes in a timely manner.

3) Coordination, management and monitoring of project finances, administration, procurement and logistics:

  • Act as the focal point for the UNDP Country Office to ensure that all financial and administrative matters related to the project are transparently, expediently, and effectively managed in line with UNDP rules and regulations;
  • Ensure effective, transparent and accountable management of financial resources, as per the rules and regulations in the NIM Guidelines;
  • Develop narrative and financial reports for the Project Board and to the donor;
  • Coordinate and support all activities for the annual audit exercise and follow-up on the audit recommendations;
  • Ensure timely preparation and implementation of the procurement plan;
  • Support proper use and maintenance of office equipment.

4) Ensure Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) work through project interventions:

  • Provide advice and direction on strategic and policy issues to strengthen gender & social inclusion initiatives in the programme plan and implementation strategy;
  •  Ensure the participation of women and people from disadvantaged group in planning and decision making;
  • Make sure women and people from disadvantaged group are sufficiently benefitted from project result;
  • Facilitate in creating an environment to address GESI issues.

5) Developing and maintain strong relationships with the donor, implementing partners and other counterparts:

  • Maintain close coordination with the relevant UNDP portfolio manager and advisors on all aspects of STLRP implementation;
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders including government entities, private sector associations, development partners and CSO and other stakeholders;
  • Keep abreast of tourism sector recovery initiatives of government and other stakeholders;
  • Facilitate strategic dialogue between project staff, the donor, implementing partners at federal, province and local levels, non-governmental organizations.

6) Monitoring, evaluation, reporting, knowledge management and communication of the project:

  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a dynamic system of monitoring and evaluation as a central element of the STLRP implementation;
  • Prepare key operational reports including quarterly reports, annual reports and other themtic reports as necessary summarizing findings, achievements, conclusions and recommendations on the progress of the project in the country as per the requirements;
  • Supervise the development of knowledge products (including brochures, briefs, documents on lessons learnt, evaluation reports);
  • Facilitate the dissemination of information about the objectives, progress, and achievements of the project;
  • Take the lead, coordinate and participate in the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings related to the project;
  • Build the project’s reputation in the knowledge networks to draw on and disseminate best practices and lessons learnt;
  • Create and foster good working relationships with the media (social media, newspapers and journals, radio, and television).

Impact of Results:

Successful management of the Sustainable Tourism for Livelihood Recovery Project in compliance with the Government of Nepal’s and UNDP’s rules and procedures.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the Government of Nepal (GoN) and UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Serves and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of GoN and UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Good inter-personal skills;
  • Clear and upfront communication skills;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Display cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Collaborates effectively in a team environment;
  • Organized and good with following-up on pending issues; meets deadlines;
  • Promote learning and knowledge management/sharing;
  • Focused on delivering results by taking calculated-risks and problem solving approach;
  • Fair and transparent decision making; regularly shares information with team members;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrate ability to identify and anticipate bottlenecks, as well as seek guidance;
  • Ability to organize and complete assignments within deadlines;
  • Integrity and impartiality, ability to work with external partners e.g. supplier, vendors, service providers;
  • Ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials proactively seek guidance and make clear recommendations to line managers;
  • Dynamic and results-oriented;
  • Strong verbal and written skills; ability to draft short memos and conduct presentations;
  •  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; can multi task;
  • Willing to work long hours;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view;
  • Solicits feedback from staff about the impact of his/her own behavior highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda;
  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work;
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation;
  • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration;
  • Oversees and documents the process of strategy formulation for programmes at Project level.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in project management, sustainable tourism, business studies, development economics, or another relevant subject.

Experience:

  • More than 10 years of work experiences for Master’s degree and 7 years for Ph.D, in the relevant field;
  • At least 7 years of experience in project management in sustainable development issues in Nepal with proven track record of project management, implementation and policy advocacy experience;
  • Ability to manage and supervise a team of multidisciplinary professionals;
  • Prior experience working with Government of Nepal, United Nations and donors would be an asset;
  • Knowledge and experience working with provincial and local government context, is an advantage;
  •  Good understanding of UNDP rules and procedures or experience of completing UN assignments would be an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written Nepali and English is essential;
  • Knowledge of other local languages will be considered as an advantage.

Other requirements:

  • Well versed in computer applications like Word, Excel and Power point.
  • Good report writing skill is highly preferable.

Source: Kantipur Dainik, 6 March, 2021

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