|Location :||Nairobi, KENYA|
|Application Deadline :||14-Feb-16|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :
|Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Renewable, Subject to Performance.|
|The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) completed the development of it Country Programme Document (CPD) for the period 2014-2018. The CPD defines the programmatic support to the Government of Kenya towards realization of objectives spelt out under the Vision 2030 as well as the second Medium Term Plan II of the Vision 2030. The UNDP support towards transformative governance forms one of the main areas of UNDP’s engagement in Kenya, specifically: ‘Devolution and Accountability’. This particular priority area aims at entrenching a sustainable democratic culture characterized by the respect for human rights and rule of law leading to responsive and equitable public service delivery in the context of a devolved system of governance. In achieving this goal UNDP will provide innovative and strategic support towards: (i) Building responsive and accountable public institutions and (ii) Fostering inclusive and rights based processes at both national and county levels.
As part of the CPD, UNDP together with other Development Partners provided assistance to the National Electoral Management Body the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to design an integral electoral assistance project for Kenya. The Strengthening the Electoral Processes in Kenya project (SEPK 2015-2018) was designed to consolidate and build on the gains made from the constitutional transition process and the 2013 elections. The project would strengthen and develop sustainable and just election institutions, systems and processes. This project grounds electoral assistance within the democratic governance framework and the electoral cycle. This approach envisages elections as a critical element of a much larger process, where issues with different stakeholders or in a different part of the process, directly affect the quality of the rest of the process. This project starts in Years 1 and 2 with institutional and professional capacity building of EMBs, of completing the legal and regulatory frameworks, consolidating gains and strengthening key processes that were problematic in 2013. This includes strengthening the participation of women, youth and marginalized groups; the professionalism of electoral reporting; and the electoral security and dispute resolution processes. Year 3 focuses on support geared towards strengthening implementation and participation in the 2017 general elections, and Year 4 is then a year of reflection and support for any further reforms or strengthening needed for the next cycle of elections. The project followed a request by the Government of Kenya to the United Nations (UN) to provide electoral assistance. This follow-on project builds on the SERP project and takes into consideration the findings the SERP project evaluation, lessons learned by the IEBC, and recommendations from national and international observers. It follows a series of consultations with a broad range of stakeholders including the IEBC, the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), political parties, civil society, judiciary, donors, other electoral assistance providers, and stakeholders. The design of this project is also responsive to the IEBC Strategy Plan of 2011-2017 and takes into consideration the revised strategic plan covering the period 2015 to 2020 and the specific areas identified by the IEBC, ORPP and others as needing support.
The project is funded by a number of development partners and coordinated by UNDP as a basket-fund. The project is implemented by UNDP as part of the Direct Implementation Modality with the assistance from development partners provided considered as an extension of, and a complement to, national resources and is intended to support national management and coordination structures, in the spirit of development assistance coordination. A Project Management Unit (PMU) has been established and tasked with the daily management of the project, coordination of different actors and financing. The PMU will consist of key international/national technical officers and administrative personnel. The PMU functions will be fully complemented by the UNDP Country Office team responsible for electoral support as well as the UNDP operations team in a DIM project context.
A Chief Technical Advisor (Elections), is therefore required under the project to assume the overall responsibility for advisory assistance to the IEBC on strategic electoral issues, and provide coordination, management, substantive backstopping and monitoring of the UNDP elections project. He/she will be responsible for ensuring the overall realization of the objectives of the project. He/she will provide strategic advice to the IEBC during the implementation of the project towards the realisation of the overall of free, fair and credible elections. He/she will work under the overall guidance of the Country Director and the day-to-day supervision of the Assistant Country Director/Head of Programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Summary of the main functions:
Assesses the overall situation and provides Technical Advice to the IEBC and UNDP focusing on achieving the following results:
Provide quality assurance support to project work plans, reports, and activities focusing on achieving the following results:
Provide strategic advice on Partnership management focusing on achieving the following results:
In consultation with the UNDP Programme Oversight and Management Unit (POMU) provide project specific Monitoring and Evaluation Oversight focusing on achieving the following results:
Communication, Knowledge Sharing and PMU staff Mentoring focusing on achieving the following results:
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy- Oriented Agenda
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Building Strategic Partnerships
Management and Leadership
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Required Skills and Experience
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