Chief Technical Advisor
UNDP
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
4 ngày trước

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.

BACKGROUND

The presence of EO can have a substantial negative impact on human development. Landmines, cluster munitions and other EO are a significant hindrance to countries’ achievements in the simultaneous eradication of extreme poverty and reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

According to the results of a government-led survey, "Vietnam National Explosive Remnants of War Contamination Surveying and Mapping", from 2010 to 2014, also known as the Landmine Impact Survey, all 63 provinces / cities across the country were potentially contaminated, and provinces located in the central part of Vietnam are among those most affected.

The 15 most contaminated provinces according to the Landmine Impact Survey are also among the provinces that have a high ratio of poor and near-poor households, especially the provinces in the Central region.

In recent years, the Vietnamese Government has paid special attention to perfecting management and coordination system, funding and providing guidelines for the effective implementation of mine action operations.

Substantial amounts of funds are spent each year on ERW clearance in order to release and recover land for cultivation, ensure safe livelihood activities, as well as provision of emergency treatment to ERW victims and support to their reintegration into communities and educating these communities about the risk to further reduce accidents and prevent casualties.

The Ministry of National Defense through the Viet Nam National Mine Action Center (VNMAC), the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UNDP Viet Nam collaborated to support the government’s effort to address the legacy of war.

A second phase of the mine action programme started early 2022 with the aim to enable inclusive, safe and resilient local development by reducing the impact of Explosive Ordnance (EO) on local communities and supporting them to improve livelihoods and health, is structured around two main outcomes and four related outputs.

This phase targets three provinces in the most affected area of central Viet Nam, namely Thua Thien Hue, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh.

The first project outcome on human security’, and its two associated outputs, relate to mine action and its pillars, whereas the second outcome on sustainable rural development with a focus on livelihoods and health and its two outputs provide solutions for EO victims and their local communities affected by EO.

It offers various options how cleared land can be effectively utilized for sustainable livelihoods and resilient economic and social infrastructure in the context of increasing impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.

The suggested intervention will provide best practices which can help improve the mine action sector in Vietnam overall, as well as provide a couple of models how mine action activities can be linked closely with other development solutions.

In this context, the Chief Technical Advisor to the Mine Action part of the Korea Viet Nam Peace Village Project (KVPVP) will provide technical guidance and assistance to the VNMAC, the Provincial People’s Committees and other responsible partners.

This will be done in conjunction with UNDP’s other technical advisors who support the VNMAC and other responsible partners.

Position Purpose :

The day to day work of the Chief Technical Advisor to the Vietnam mine action project (CTA) will be overall guided by Deputy Resident Representative and day-to-day supervised by Governance and Participation Unit Head to ensure effective implementation of the projects, in consultation with the relevant national responsible partners such as the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Vietnam Mine Action Center (VNMAC).

This work will be done in close collaboration with KOICA. The core activities identified below are drawn from the project document of the KVPVP project.

The CTA’s performance assessment will be managed by the Governance and Participation Unit Head (Assistant Resident Representative (ARR), with inputs from the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) and Resident Representative (RR).

The CTA will be responsible in the following areas :

  • Technical strategy, advice and assurance on all project components (survey / clearance, EORE and victims assistance, with a focus on overall governance of mine action and survey and clearance);
  • Regulation and National standards;
  • Quality management oversight;
  • Support to effective monitoring and evaluation;
  • Support to information management
  • UNDP’s leading role in mine action sector-level coordination;
  • This work will be undertaken with a strong emphasis on developing the overall capacity of the VNMAC and other responsible partners to implement KVPVP, contributing to the 2010 2025 National Mine Action Program for overcoming the consequences of Explosive Remnants of War (also known as Programme 504) and to support VNMAC in setting the strategic directions for the plan beyond Programme 504, 2026 and onwards.

    Impact of Results

    The results will have an impact on the overall efficiency, effectiveness and annual quality and quantity delivery of the Outcome 1 of the KVPVP and development of the Mine Action sector in Vietnam.

    VNMAC and Program 504 will be strengthened as national institutions and impacts of EO in Vietnam will be reduced through efficient and effective coordination and clearance operations, community awareness activities and assistance to victims / survivors.

    The EO sector will be effectively structured and the VNMAC will be able to take on full responsibility as a coordination body.

    The efficiency and effectiveness of the mine action in Vietnam will be increased, as all operators will be monitored, evaluated, and coordinated by the VNMAC in accordance with the Programme 504.

    EO issues will be further mainstreamed into development planning, programming and budgeting so that mine action is addressed as an integral part of development programmes and will support the development and integration of resilience building and poverty eradication into the broader agenda of the government of Vietnam.

    In addition, the sector will be better placed to strengthen linkages to national and international research institutions, relevant civil society organisations and development organs in order to ensure a clear linkage with poverty reduction and national development goals including livelihood enhancement.

    DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

    Technical strategy, advice, and assurance on all project components :

  • Draft technical documents (concept notes, TORs, work plans, progress annual and final reports) relevant for the workplans under Outcome 1 : Improved human security for communities in target areas (survey / clearance, EORE and victims' assistance) of the KVPVP
  • Managing technical advisors to ensure that their inputs are in harmony with the expected outputs of the project.
  • Provide technical guidance and capacity development support to ensure close linkages between land release efforts (from identification of contaminated areas for S&C, S&C field operations and lands released to local authorities) and subsequent development interventions on released / cleared land, i.
  • e. close interlinkages between the two outcomes.

  • Support VNMAC in establishing a pilot within KVPVP for how residual contamination might be addressed
  • Implement the capacity development plan for VNMAC and other responsible parties developed during KVMAP.
  • Regulation and National Standards :

  • Responsible to ensure that the policies and procedures developed in the context of the programme are consistent with International Standards for Mine Action (IMAS), the newly developed Decree 18, Circular 195, the National Regulations and the National Standards of Vietnam, and with all other relevant policy statements of the United Nations.
  • Responsible to ensure that the new regulatory framework is applied in KVPVP and that lesson learned are drawn from this for the entire sector in Viet Nam.
  • Quality Management oversight :

  • Support the VNMAC to establish a quality management mechanism for KVPVP project and effectively utilise quality management capacities available to them.
  • Provide technical advice and support to the VNMAC team during site visits regarding the Quality Management System adopted for Vietnam and best international practice, including IMAS;
  • Provide technical advice and support to the VNMAC on related operational knowledge and general safety experience and technical advice as per all VNMAC Technical guidelines and QMS application
  • Conduct on the job training on QM / QC for VNMAC relevant staff
  • Support to effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation :

  • Undertake periodic monitoring of KVPVP based on the approved project document, national strategy and the Annual Work Plan (AWP).
  • Monitor the project activities from gender and social inclusion perspective and provide timely feedback to all staff and partner organisations.

  • Support the follow up from any remaining recommendations from the final evaluation of the first phase, the Korea - Viet Nam Mine Action Project (KVMAP), 2018-2021
  • Provide advice on personnel management and recruitment issues, as well as on all other matters relating to the operations of the VNMAC and KVPVP.
  • Managing the independent mid-term and final evaluations of KVPVP.
  • Support to information management

  • Ensure data and information of the project collected, uploaded, and utilized according to IMSMA
  • Support to VNMAC’s efficient and effective information management in the mine action sector in Vietnam, especially procedures and mechanism for information reporting and sharing for the purposes of development planning at central and local levels.
  • Mine action sector-level coordination

  • Advise on the overall coordination and direction of the Mine Action sector.
  • Act as liaison with other International UXO / Mine Action bodies, UN Agencies and International NGO’s and agencies when required.
  • Support the development of the VNMAC (office and board)’s capacity to exercise its mandate, in particular the secretariat function to the National Steering Committee for Overcoming the consequences of Chemical and Explosive Remnants of War (Steering Committee 701) and in working coordination with the Landmine Working Group (LWG), and if re-established the Mine Action Partnership Group (MAPG), as well as the implementation of monitoring mechanisms;
  • data collection and analysis; task prioritisation procedures, etc.

    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 :

  • 2030 Agenda : Engagement & Effectiveness - SDGs Integration : South-South and Triangular Cooperation knowledge sharing SDG Monitoring and Reporting;
  • Role of science, technology, innovation for SDGs

  • 2030 Agenda : Peace - Governance : Public Administration and Local Governance; Inclusion and Participation; People with Disability;
  • Municipal Planning and Basic Service Delivery (including budgeting & financing)

    2030 Agenda : People - Gender : UNDP's Gender Equality Seal Initiative; Women's Economic Empowerment

  • 2030 Agenda : Prosperity - Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility : Mine Action; Local Economic / Socioeconomic Recovery;
  • Sustainable Livelihoods Diversification / recovery

    Communications - Advocacy strategy and implementation : Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change

    Partnership - Relationship Management / Strategic engagement : Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and / or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

    Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives

  • Ethics - Legal Analysis and Report Writing : Ability to apply legal analysis to a diverse range of complex issues, and express themselves clearly;
  • ability to communicate well, to all levels of staff and contractors / consultants, governments et.al.

    RECRUITMENT QUALIFICATIONS

    Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) or equivalent in in Public Administration, Finance, Economics or in a related field.
  • In lieu of an Advanced degree, a bachelor’s degree with two additional years of experience, or relevant technical license with 1 additional year of experience may be considered or will be given consideration.
  • Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive of field-based and / or headquarters experience with progressive responsibilities
  • Demonstrate management, capacity building and development expertise
  • Experience working in UXO / mine action programmes in developing countries - preferably in Southeast Asia. Experience and knowledge on the Korean experience in demining would be desirable.
  • Experience working with the application of IMAS national standards and SOP including capacity building of national staff in such procedures with emphasis on developing national capacities to address residual contamination.
  • Knowledge of UNDP and UN system policies, programming and operational issues, as well as UN / UNDP experience is desirable.
  • Willingness and ability to learn Vietnamese language in absence of Vietnamese language capacity is required.
  • Language Requirements

  • Excellent command of English is required.
  • Knowledge of Korean language is an asset.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE :

    Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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