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To address digital challenges and harness possibilities, and in line with SDG transformations from its 2023-2026 Strategy, the Joint SDG Fund has... launched the Digital Transformation Window. It invests in joint UN action led by UN Resident Coordinators (RCs) and implemented by UN Country Teams (UNCTs) to develop systemic responses that simultaneously address policy, capacity, financing and connectivity needs towards transformation impact. The Window builds on the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation launched by the UN Secretary-General in June 2020, which provides the framework for joint action toward a more inclusive, equitable, and safer digital world that serves the needs of everyone and is aligned with the UN Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda. It supports the implementation of one of the key SDG transformations that represent the thematic priorities of the Joint SDG Fund in its new 2023-2026 Strategy “Financing Catalytic Action for the SDGs”. Sri Lanka’s Joint Programme under the Digital Transformation Window of the Joint SDG Fund is anchored under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Joint Programme is focused on strengthening the country’s civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system, which is currently primarily paper-based and has high coverage for birth, death, marriage, and divorce registrations.

The Joint Programme aims to assist the government in their existing efforts to enhance the legal identity ecosystem by digitalizing CRVS (which the new digital E-population registry together with the infrastructure to issue digitally verifiable birth certificates aims to do), as well as, crucially, promoting interoperability by supporting the process of issuing unique identification numbers at birth.

Against this backdrop, UNDP seeks to recruit a Project Manager who will be responsible for the management of the entire project.

The Project Manager will be responsible for day-to-day management of the Joint Programme, including timely and efficient delivery of operational, financial, and administrative outputs; in line with UNDP rules and regulations, regular outreach and coordination with beneficiaries; regular coordination among partners to ensure coherence and complementarity.

The Project Manager will work under the supervision of the Team Leader, Strategic Engagement, Digital and Innovation Team with matrix reporting to the relevant WHO focal point.
Duties and Responsibilities:

The Project Manager will be responsible for day-to-day management of the Joint Programme including timely and efficient delivery of the operational, financial, and administrative outputs; in line with UNDP rules and regulations, regular outreach, and coordination with beneficiaries; regular coordination among partners to ensure coherence and complementarity.

Lead the overall management of the project:
• Lead day-to-day management of the project, including managing programme staff, hiring, and overseeing external consultants, maintain working relations with key partners.
• Lead the development of annual workplans and/or revise workplans and budgets according to the decisions of the Joint Project Steering Committee.
• Maintain oversight of expenditures and ensure both value for money and efficient delivery in line with established targets.

Ensure team collaboration:
• Anchor the Joint Programme within UNDP’s Strategic Engagement, Digital and Innovation Team with involvement of the Citra Innovation Lab, as well as other teams such as the Inclusive Governance, as necessary and secure programme team’s collaboration and agreement on priorities, policy, and work planning commitments.
• Critically assess and advise management and team of results and recommendations for improvement.

Ensure knowledge building and management:
• Support Joint Programme team to collate insights and knowledge from implementation and share information widely.
• Ensure wide dissemination and visibility of Joint Programme achievements, particularly regarding local success stories.

Monitoring and Reporting:
• Develop and implement required monitoring and reporting frameworks in close collaboration with the Resident Coordinator’s Office and WHO.
• Lead, prepare and submit reports as required by the project.

Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:
• Collaborate and contribute to the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Activities of jointly with SEDIT with a special focus on building a Digital Portfolio.
• Contribute to the development of implementation plan to foster strategic partnerships with UN and external partner institutions, Governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs.
• Lead with SEDIT on external engagements related to Digital Programming and its activities for thought leadership, positioning and resource mobilization.

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

Core competencies:
• Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact.
• Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems.
• Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.
• Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands.
• Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.
• Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration.
• Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Management
• Partnership Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide network of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.
• Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results.
• Risk Management: Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks.
• Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.

2030 People Agenda
• Gender: Gender Mainstreaming

Business Direction & Strategy
• System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
Required Skills and Experience:

• Advanced university degree (Master´s degree or equivalent) in business administration or management, economics, law, finance, public policy, ICT, governance, or a related area is required.
• A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s Degree) in business administration or management, economics, law, finance, public policy, ICT, governance, or a related area in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master´s degree
• Minimum 5 years (with a Master’s Degree) or 7 years (with a Bachelor’s Degree) of working experience in strategic planning, programme development and management in the context of development cooperation or a related area.
• Experience working in project management is required.
• Experience with multi-stakeholder coordination in the context of development cooperation or related area is preferred.
• Experience in supporting business process re-engineering or digital transformation is an asset.
• Prior work experience with UN entity or development organization will be an added advantage.

Required Languages
• English, Sinhala and/or Tamil


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