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Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
Soft Copies of Strategic Plans that the Candidate has been involved in and a Proposed Methodology and Workplan.
a) UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services.
b) Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions.
UNESP Description and Purpose of Assignment
UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:
UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years, UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.
The UN Electoral Support Project (UNESP) is the international community’s programming vehicle to support the electoral process in Afghanistan. The Project has two overall objectives: 1) to build the capacity of the Afghan electoral institutions (the Independent Elections Commission [IEC] and the Electoral Complaints Commission [ECC]) to implement elections in line with the national electoral legal framework and Afghanistan’s international commitments; and 2) to allow a programming mechanism for the international community to partially finance the elections as per the request of the Government of Afghanistan. The project follows previous UN projects in support of the Afghan electoral process, most notably the Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow (ELECT) projects, from 2006-2011 (ELECT I) and 2012-2015 (ELECT II), and the UNDP Project Initiation Plan that is in place since July 2015 – October 2017.
Elections are an integral part of the global push towards a better tomorrow. Sustainable Development Goal 16: “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” offers specific guidelines to tackle imperative challenges such as building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions; guaranteeing election integrity and trust; and ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels. Towards this goal, UNESP provides technical and operational support with international technical election experts to the electoral management bodies (EMBs). The overall focus is on providing a more cost efficient and effective project business model by using best technical and operational practices, encompassing UNDP’s values of integrity, transparency, mutual respect, professionalism, accountability, and results orientation. The UNESP also contributes to SDG 5 by mainstreaming gender throughout the project activities and in output indicators related to women’s participation, reflecting the importance that the project places on increasing the position of women in Afghan electoral and political processes. The support through UNESP reflects the growing sustainability of the Afghan electoral process, as evidenced by the Government of Afghanistan’s financial commitment to both electoral institutions, and the provision of significant in-kind support to the implementation of elections.
Electoral assistance in Afghanistan is placed under the political and supervisory oversight of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and is delivered by an integrated UNAMA and UNDP electoral support team led by the UNAMA Chief Electoral Advisor. The UNESP is managed by a UNDP project manager that also serves as deputy to the UNAMA chief electoral advisor and reports to the project Board.
The UNESP is currently in its final year and is focused on supporting the IEC and ECC in sustaining the achievements already made and working towards strengthening capacities further in the following areas:
To support these efforts, UNDP is seeking a International Senior Electoral Strategic Planning Expert to work closely with the ECC to conduct a Strategic Review of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) of Afghanistan, and to assist the ECC in formulating their 5-year Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025.
The UNESP will be implemented under Direct Implementation Modality (DIM). UNDP rules and regulations will govern the project implementation including, but not limited to, resource management, procurement, recruitment, audit, and evaluation. IEC and ECC are the main partners of the project. The Project will be managed by a Deputy Chief Electoral Advisor/Project Manager, reporting, on fiduciary and operational matters, to the UNDP Resident Representative, and substantively to the UN Chief Electoral Advisor. The Country Office will ensure that the project’s monitoring, reporting, procurement, and recruitment functions are carried out fully in line with UNDP’s programming requirements, and, in this respect, the Project will develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to track project progress and results. The Deputy CEA/Project Manager through the project structure will ensure adherence to project implementation requirements, stakeholder coordination and timely project reporting, while the CEA will ensure effective donor coordination.
The Senior Electoral Strategic Planning Expert – ECC will be supervised by UNESP’s Deputy Chief Electoral Advisor/Project Manager and will be required to provide daily oral reporting and participate regularly in project meetings weekly case status meetings. Administrative/Logistics support provided will be provided by UNESP to facilitate his/her work.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a Strategic Review of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) of Afghanistan, and to assist the ECC in formulating their 5-year Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025.
The member will be required to:
a) Conduct a review of the ECC present Strategic Plan to determine the most effective and efficient arrangement for functions under the ECC mandate.
b) Conduct an organisational review of the ECC in a technically focused, consultative, and participatory planning process, to include extensive consultations with public and private sector partners that assesses the strategic framework for the ECC and develops proposals for high-level business process changes.
c) Produce a Strategic Review Report that presents the detailed findings of the Review
and provides solid proposals for transforming of the ECC.
d) The substantive outcome will be a 5-year Strategic Plan for the period 2020-2025 in line with the ECC gazetted mandate. The 5-year Strategic Plan will include institutional arrangements, specific activities, proposed programmes, timelines, targets, and detailed budget, as well as Communication and Monitoring plans.
The Senior Electoral Strategic Planning Expert (international) will work under the overall guidance of the UNESP Project Manager and in coordination with the ECC and UNESP Advisors to undertake the following work:
The Senior Electoral Strategic Planning Expert, with support from the National Electoral Strategic Planning Expert, will review available materials and reports, coordinate with the ECC Commissioners and staff, UNESP Advisors and external stakeholders in identifying priorities of the institution by assessing its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and learning from the past electoral events for development of its Strategic Plan.
Reporting, Monitoring and Results Framework
Change Management Strategy and Implementation Plan to support the recommendations of the Strategic Review.
Implementation and beyond (post 2021):
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Required Skills and Experience
|Closing date:||April 11, 2021|