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Project Manager, Sustaining Peace in Bougainville Guinea (+1 other)

United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Development Programme Guinea (+1 other) Papua New Guinea

2 weeks ago


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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The Bougainville Programme within UNDP Papua New Guinea office supports the delivery of multiple initiatives focused on economic development, peace building and environment. The programme strives to deliver on outcomes focused on improving people’s lifes through multi-faced initiatives. One of the key pillars that the programme is supporting is the Bougainville peace process that was formalised through the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA). BPA has three core pillars –... weapons disposal, operationalising Bougainville’s new autonomy powers, and holding a referendum within 15 years of Bougainville’s 2005 Constitution which would provide guidance on whether the people wanted independence from PNG or some other form of governance. 11 December 2019 marked a historical moment for PNG-Bougainville relations and implementation of the BPA, with the announcement of the Bougainville Referendum result (hereafter ‘Referendum’). The Referendum, conducted with little incident, saw 97.7% of voters choosing independence from PNG. Special efforts were made in advance of the vote to ensure the inclusion of women voters and younger voters, and it appears that the referendum process was inclusive and genuinely representative of the people’s will, with the results widely and peacefully accepted.

The general positivity and unity experienced in the lead up, conduct and response to the result of the Referendum by the vast majority of Bougainvilleans highlighted the deep desire across Bougainville for people to have their say in the future political status of their region. This translated into ensuring the referendum process took place in a peaceful manner which allowed their voices to be heard and recorded through the region-wide vote. The conduct of the Referendum was described by many in Bougainville as a key step in broader reconciliation processes. The UN’s investment contributed to the conduct of a peaceful, credible referendum process.

A new exciting phase of the sustaining peace in Bougainville project started in December 2022. This project will be jointly delivered by UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA with a focus on integrating and advancing the main activities aligned to the peace process.

Duties and Responsibilities

The project is seeking suitable and qualified candidates to join the programme as Project Manager of the sustaining peace in Bougainville project. The Project Manager will play a leadership role in the implementation of the peace initiatives and in partnership with other colleagues in UNDP, Government of Papua New Guinea and Autonomous Bougainville Government deliver on agreed initiatives.

Under the supervision of the Bougainville team leader, the Project Manager will assist with the direction, management and coordination of project activities, and ensure that all agreed activities and initiatives are done in a transparent, timely and resource efficient aligned to the needs of the project beneficiaries.

The Project Manager will work directly and report to the Bougainville Team Leader.

Manage and monitor the key activities under the sustaining peace in Bougainville project that are allocated under the UNDP core activities
• Support the team leader in ensuring that the work plans and key activities of the project are aligned to the project outcomes and outputs as stated in the project document
• Oversee and manage the main interactions with the operational teams in the Autonomous Bougainville Government and Government of Papua New Guinea on all activities related to the project outcomes
• Manage the events, recruit and oversee consultants, manage logistics and other activities necessary to deliver on the UNDP initiatives related to the project
• Work closely with colleagues in UN Women and UNFPA on the delivery of the joint activities related to the project including joint events, presentations and reporting
• Attend meetings with key stakeholders as required
• Manage the drafting and submission of periodic reports to the project stakeholders as required in the project reporting guidelines
• Other duties as directed by the team leader.


Core competencies:
• Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
• Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
• Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
• Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
• Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
• Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
• Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

People Management competencies:
• UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Acumen
• Business Direction and Strategy: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome, Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organisation and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such framework

Entrepreneurial Thinking
• Business Direction and Strategy: Ability to create clarity around UNDP value proposition to beneficiaries and partners and to develop service offers responding to client needs based on UNDP’s organizational priorities and mandate

Resource Management
• Business Management: Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity.

Project Management
• Business Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Partnership Management
• Business Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and the private sector partners, experts, and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Knowledge Generation
• Business Development: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context or responsive to a stated need
Results-based Management
• Business Management: Ability to manage programs and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Required Skills and Experience

• Master's degree or first-level university degree (Bachelor) in political science, public administration, economics, education, environment, business or related field.

• At least 5 years practical work experience in the following areas public administration, developing or non-Governmental organisations, national or international consultancies or local, provincial or national Government with Master's degree (7 years with Bachelor's)
• Experience in public administration or political science with a focus on provincial or national administration.
• Previous experience working with Autonomous Bougainville Government, Government of Papua New Guinea would be highly desirable.
• Experience with project management including working with multiple stakeholders, management of consultants, logistics and other area
• Documented evidence of being able to work independently, leading and managing teams.
• Documented evidence of excellent technical analysis, oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated capability of writing technical reports, facilitating high-level meetings, and delivering presentations at a national level.

Language Requirement
• Fluency in written and spoken English and Tok Pisin


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