With the election of a democratically elected government in 2008, Pakistan experienced a period of hope for increased security and prosperity. However, the coalition government is becoming increasingly fragile in the face of political, economic and security challenges. More recently, Pakistan has been characterized by a lack of policy continuity and weak implementation of reforms, while unrest in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and the humanitarian crisis brought on by the worst floods in Pakistan’s history, have kept the government under pressure, diverting attention from institutional reforms to matters of an ad hoc nature.
Amidst this deteriorating security context, the political landscape experienced increasing inter-party tensions. The rising inter-party tensions negatively impact prospects for a substantial improvement in political effectiveness. In addition, the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments, a constitutional amendment reducing the powers of the executive and restoring parliamentary supremacy, redeemed Pakistan as a lively, yet messy democracy. The 18th Amendment, devolving power to the provinces, represents a landmark in the history of the country, both politically and in terms of governance reforms. This amendment has ushered in a new era in the political, governance and development realms, with changes that are broad in scope, complex in detail, and game-changing in their implications. The list of subjects transferred from the federal to the provincial government includes, agriculture, education, health, information, labour and human resources, law and parliamentary affairs, population welfare, transport, women development, and youth affairs. Within these subject areas, the Government of Pakistan (GoP) is engaged in ongoing discussions about what areas of specific subjects will be devolved, e.g., education.Keeping in view the challenges facing Pakistan number of Governance issues are planned to be addressed by UNDP that include support to the upcoming elections process, addressing challenges related to rule of law/access to justice; supporting implementation of the 18th Amendment and anti-corruption strategies. The governance unit will be working in the medium term to address these issues in partnership with Government, Civil Society and Private Sector
Under the supervision of Chief, Governance Unit, and in close teamwork with the other members of the Unit and the Development and Operations Divisions of UNDP, the Young Professional will be responsible for the following tasks:
Organize and participate in the preparation of programmes and projects in assigned areas of responsibility. This will involve: preparation of the TORs for consultants; identification, recruitment, and briefing of the consultants; organization of project formulation and appraisal process in close coordination with national executing authorities; provision of specific inputs in writing from the perspective of UNDP/Pakistan and its Governance Programme during the preparation of project proposals; managing the process of final appraisal and approval of the projects in accordance with the Project Cycle Operations Manual for Pakistan (PCOM);
Monitor the implementation of assigned programmes and projects through, inter-alia, participation in periodic field visits; organization of and reporting on the Tripartite Review Meetings (TPRs); assistance to mandatory annual external audit, etc. so as to ensure that projects are implemented and their outputs and impact being assessed in pursuance of the stated objectives of the projects. In this regard ensure that the results envisage under the Strategic Results Framework (SRF) for the UNDP Pakistan Governance Programme are achieved;
Actively liaise with, and foster collaboration with, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies with a view to exploring opportunities for mobilizing co-financing support especially through cost-sharing to programmes and projects sponsored by the UNDP Governance Programme;
Participate in and actively contribute to a range of unit/in-house initiatives such as participatory review, formulation and implementation of the Country Office Management Plan; cross-programmatic project formulation and implementation; the annual governance programme review; the annual CCF review, etc;Represent UNDP/Governance Unit at official meetings, seminars and conferences and other functions, whenever delegated this responsibility.
When required, assist in backstopping of activities of relevant UNDP programmes/projects and performing any other tasks that may be discussed and agreed to with the supervisor.
Periodic reports, documents, summaries as and when required by the supervisor and/or UNDP, Pakistan.
- Seeks, shares and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP
- Ability to perform a variety of standard specialized and non-specialized tasks and work processes that are fully documented, researched, recorded and reported
- Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust
- 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
- Excellent command on written and spoken English is essential.
Qualification & Experience
- Master’s Degree(Management, public administration, social sciences, economics, political science etc)
- Fresh graduate with upto 2 years of demonstrated professional work experience preferably in the domain of development and governance is desirable
“UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply’’ (local and internal VA)
“United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants’ bank accounts.”
Click Here To APPLY