UN Area Coordinator at UNDP March, 2020

In 2017, the UN system in Tanzania embarked on area-based joint programming through the launching of the UN Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP). The KJP cuts across multiple sectors and aims to contribute to the Government’s efforts in improving development and human security in the Kigoma region. The programme, involves 17 different UN Agencies and was developed in cooperation with the regional secretariat and district authorities, based on the development needs of Kigoma and the comparative advantages of the UN in Tanzania.

By supporting the host population as well as refugees and migrants, the programme forms part of the New Way of Working (NWOW). It focuses on joint analysis, planning and interventions to achieve common outcomes that reduce risks and vulnerabilities, and contributes to a future in which no one is left behind. The humanitarian-development nexus is supported by linking together the UN’s existing response to refugees and migrants with an increased focus on development for host communities.

The 17 participating UN agencies are cooperating across 7 themes which are: Sustainable energy and environment; Youth and women’s economic empowerment; Ending violence against women and children; Education with a focus on girls and young women; WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene); Agriculture with a focus on developing local markets; and Health, HIV and Nutrition

The KJP is embedded in UNDAP II, the UN Development Assistance Plan for Tanzania, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Great Lakes Regional Framework strategy. It is aligned with the Tanzania Government’s 5-year plan and the regional priorities for Kigoma.

The UN Area Coordinator (UNAC) coordinates development interventions carried out by UN Agencies under Kigoma Joint Programme in the Region. He/she represents the UN, and specifically the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Country Management Team, on development issues in the region. He/she reports to the UN RCO team Leader with a second reporting line to the UN Thematic Results Group Chairperson on Resilience, where the programme is hosted.



Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Coordination and representation
M&E and Reporting
Facilitation of Knowledge Building and Communication
Impact of Results
Internal and External Coordination and Representation

Provide technical guidance and support the lead agencies in the Kigoma JP in their coordination of respective theme and provide the overall coordination to the JP including synergies between themes.
Engage, consult and update regional and district authorities on KJP plans, results and performance
Report to the Chair of the TRG Resilience and make use of the TRG for Resilience platform to discuss overall issues and implementation of the Kigoma JP with all participating UN agencies
Liaise with the RCO, the RC and the UNCMT on internal UN coordination
To define the strategic direction and be the lead for the elaboration of the integrated work-plans and other common planning documents for development interventions in the region
Liaise and coordinate with UN regional programmes and strategies
To lead and guide the team in achieving the set objectives;
Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on donor strategies and national development strategies, provision of advice to UN RC on ensuring synchronicity, alignment and complementarity between these strategies and UN activities
Host visits from HQ and regional levels on behalf of the UN system in Tanzania
M & E and Reporting

Ensure the participating agencies and the lead theme agencies are reporting on their progress in line with all requirements and in the UNDAP II results framework, as well as provide quality assurance and advice.
To supervise and oversee, coordinate, monitor and regularly report on the implementation of the integrated work-plans and other common activities;
Summarize the reporting for the Kigoma JP and present to donors and partners, including the regional and district levels.
Ensure the Kigoma JP reporting is included in all necessary and relevant UN reports.
Facilitation of Knowledge building and communication

Provide Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to area-based programming and interventions and share these nationally and internationally through networks and presentations.
Monitor practices, and JP-specific news and developments in order to ensure guidance to the participating UN agencies that reflects the best and most current available information.
Impact of Results

A more efficient and coherent UN partnership with the Government of Tanzania at the regional and district levels to address national and regional priorities for development;
Improved subnational leadership, coordination and delivery capacities;
Economies of scale for the Kigoma Joint Programme and development interventions implemented;
Strategic orientation, communication, monitoring and evaluation of the Kigoma Joint Programme
Ensures that all immediate actions required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accidents.

Provision of administrative and logistical services when and as required.


Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success and empowered to deliver
People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Political Science, International Relations or a related field.

Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at the national and international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development and-or humanitarian programmes/projects
At least 2 years’ experience in coordinating UN interagency programmes;
Demonstrated experience of working with and engaging local authorities
Hands-on experience from programme coordination/management relating to the humanitarian/development nexus;
Field based UN experience in challenging and/or hardship areas is added advantage;
Experience from the wider Great Lakes region and UN regional programming in Great Lakes is an added advantage
Experience in Kigoma region is added advantage;
Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Kiswahili languages.

Ability to apply various ICT tools/systems to collect, analyze, record and communicate data (information).
Important applicant information

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Vacancy End Date (Midnight New York, USA) 16/03/2020


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