The United Nations Development Programme / Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) is recruiting a Civil Society Organisations Coordinator (Gaza). The Civil Society Organisations Coordinator will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the UNDP Project Analyst (Gaza).
Under the broader UNDP/PAPP Governance portfolio, the UNDP / UN Women Joint Programme entitled Strengthening the Rule of Law, Access to Justice and Security for the Palestinian People (“Sawasya”) aims to develop and maintain the conditions for a viable Palestinian state based on the rule of law and gender equality. Sawasya works to enhance the capacities of, and public confidence in, rule of law institutions, and strengthen access to justice, security and protection services, especially for women and girls. Interventions are designed with a view to sustainability and linking activities to ‘system-level’ policy development.
Support for rule of law, justice and security in the State of Palestine rests on a supply and demand equation that combines enhanced service delivery by resilient justice and security institutions with the public’s ability to access such services and hold duty-bearers to account. By increasing public confidence in the sector, support is designed to be catalytic, strengthening state-society relations and creating an enabling environment for development.
Application Type : External Vacancy
Job ID/Title : 901 - Civil Society Organisations Coordinator
Brand : UNDP
Application Deadline : 09-Jun-16
Duty Station : Gaza
Starting Date :25-May-16
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year
The Sawasya Programme is oriented around the following seven mutually reinforcing interventions:
- Capacity of justice and security institutions strengthened and linkages forged
- Civil society contribution to rule of law and community access to justice in the West Bank enhanced
- Civil society contribution to the rule of law and community access to justice in the Gaza Strip enhanced
- Gender responsiveness of justice, security and legislative actors strengthened
- Women and girls access to justice and security improved by ensuring accountable service provision to prevent, protect and respond to violence, and by addressing their broader legal needs;
- Juvenile justice and adherence to child rights improved
- Capacity of key actors and stakeholders to monitor progress and results in rule of law development increased.
The focus of this position is that of Component 3: “Civil society contribution to the rule of law and community access to justice in the Gaza Strip enhanced.” Civil society in this context includes civil society organisations, academic institutions, professional associations and coordination networks and working groups.
As this position is related to the Joint Programme, Strengthening the Rule of Law in the Occupied Palestinian territory - Justice and Security for the Palestinian People (2014-2017) with an expected duration until 30 April 2017, the Service Contract extension will be conditional upon satisfactory performance evaluation as well as availability of funding under the project.
Description of Responsibilities:
The Civil Society Organisations Coordinator will be expected to deliver the following key results, under the daily supervision of and reporting to the Project Analyst (Gaza):
- Agreements with civil society partners are developed, refined and managed in accordance with programme results framework as well as UNDP rules, regulations and processes. Oversight of the CSO portfolio will involve the regular review of partners’ timely implementation of planned activities and commitments under agreements, monitoring of the proper use of funds in accordance with work plans and justifying any necessary amendments in response to evolving circumstances..
- Strategic partnerships with civil society organisations (human rights, access to justice, legal aid and rule of law) are established and strengthened through the provision of technical support (including proposal development, gender responsiveness and sustainability measures) as well as support for monitoring and evaluation, financial/narrative reporting, communications/visibility and general strategic coordination with other organisations..
- Networks and coordination mechanisms for civil society organisations are established and strengthened, including through continued support for existing networks (e.g. the Awn Access to Justice Network and the Legal Taskforce in Gaza) to ensure information and experience-sharing and promote closer collaboration. Ensure the Sawasya Programme is well represented at, and supports various development and humanitarian coordination meetings including inter-agency working groups, civil society forums and coordinating mechanisms.
- Contribute to the assessment of the impact and effectiveness of the Sawasya Programme through regular field visits and regularly highlighting achievements, progress and challenges through impact and results-driven reports based on reliable data collected in accordance with Sawasya’s monitoring and evaluation strategy.
- Communications about the Sawasya Programme’s successes and challenges are clear and timely; the CSO Coordinator will regularly contribute articles for the Sawasya newsfeed and other relevant communications.
- Participate as a team member in the Sawasya Programme including participation in working groups, justice sector coordination meetings and plenary team meetings; review and input to programme documents, plans and reports and regular reporting and other work or activities stemming from the programme, as requested.
- Carry out any other relevant duties as requested by the Project Analyst (Gaza) and act in support of requests by the Joint Programme Manager of the Head of Gaza Office
Impact of Results
- The demand side of the security and justice sector in Gaza is increased and strengthened with permanent capacity built within qualified CSOs and academic institutions.
- Networks sustained to support effective project management, partnerships, collaboration, innovation and strategic coordination.
- Civil society partners’ and institutions’ agreements with UNDP are managed in accordance with UNDP rules, regulations and procedures leading to a high degree of trust in the quality and integrity of the results achieved by partners.
- Increased capacity of CSOs, academic institutions and network counterparts to implement projects and adhere to results-based reporting.
- Efficient identification of CSOs and academic institutions’ needs and matching of these with available support and resources from donors and implementers.
- Strengthened relations with CSOs and academic institutions.
- Improved input from local CSOs and academic institutions to improving the sustainability of legal aid and the imperative of ensuring meaningful coordination..
- Effective communication of results, progress, challenges and relevant analysis provided contributing to full programme transparency and value for money for donors.
Core Competencies :
- Takes initiative to identify opportunities to strengthen partnerships, improve quality and deliver stronger, more sustainable results.
- Collaborates and engages with a wide range of relevant partners and stakeholders.
- Integrates best practice, results based management and quality assurance principles into work with partners to build capacity.
- Identifies and develops opportunities for innovative approaches and creative solutions.
- Encourages collaboration and improves project deliverables.
- Proven mentoring and capacity development skills.
- Advocates, able to change mind of self, peers and partners.
- Applies various strategies to communicate effectively with team members and managers in West Bank and East Jerusalem.
- Ensures results are communicated regularly and effectively.
- Innovates on methods and media to ensure effective communication of results.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Closely monitors partners’ progress towards completion of agreed deliverables.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Proven ability to work well as a member of a team.
Technical / Functional Competencies
- Independently uses project management experience to develop and monitor projects on a range of human rights and access to justice issues in collaboration with civil society partners.
- Knowledge of human rights, advocacy, access to justice and security concepts and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
- Demonstrated capacity to foster and develop partnerships and build sustainable capacity in civil society organisations in Gaza.
- Bachelor Degree in Management, Law, Public Policy, Human Rights, Development or International Relations.
- Master’s Degree in a relevant field would be advantageous.
- Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in relevant fields, including at least 2 years working with civil society in Gaza.
- Experience in relation to the justice sector in Gaza, legal aid service provision or human rights advocacy an advantage.
- Experience of working with community organizations and civil society or universities as well as with public institutions desirable.
- Proven mentoring and capacity development experience.
- Ability and willingness to work under pressure and travel to the West Bank is required.
- Fluent written and spoken English and Arabic (mandatory)
“UNDP/PAPP is an equal opportunity employer: applications from both internal and external men and women will be considered equally”
UNDP actively supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted by the United Nations General Assembly
Important message to all applicants!
-Please be aware that the UNDP/PAPP will review your application only if you have uploaded Personal History Form (P.11) to your application. Please download the form from the following link:
-You will get the opportunity to upload the P-11 at when you apply for the position.
-Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Please note that only applications that are under consideration will be contacted.
-For more detailed information about UNDP/PAPP please visit our website at www.undp.ps.
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