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Position: Deputy Project Manager – Open to Nepalese nationals only

Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL

Additional Category : Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction

Type of Contract : Other

Post Level : Other

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 15-Oct-2019

Duration of Initial Contract : One year with possibility of extension


The Effective Development Financing and Coordination (EDFC) project is led by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The goal of the project is to further enhance the capacity of MoF and other relevant stakeholders through a strengthened enabling environment to effectively and efficiently plan, manage and coordinate Official Development Assistance (ODA). EDFC focuses on establishing and strengthening coordination structures in line with the national aid policy. Institutional capacity development of MoF’s International Economic Cooperation Coordination Division (IECCD) is a core strategy of the project to improve evidence-based analysis and effective coordination with development partners, line ministries, and other development partners. The project also helps streamline MoF’s standard operating procedures to translate global policies and practices on ODA management into a single national system which also takes into account the transition to a federal system of governance in Nepal. EDFC also helps enhance the analytical capacity of MoF and other line ministries for the better alignment and prioritization of ODA with national development priorities, including through promoting transparency of aid data and use of the same through the national aid management information system managed by MoF with support of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Deputy Project Manager (DPM), Effective Development Financing and Coordination (EDFC) project, will work under the direct supervision of the National Project Manager (NPM) and s/he will work closely with the Senior Advisor and support the Project Manager to:
• Prepare a detailed work-plan, schedule and budget, for approval by the International Economic Coordination and Cooperation Division (IECCD)/MOF and UNDP Nepal, and update it on a quarterly basis;
• Provide hands on support to the NPM to ensure all project management functions are in order;
• Prepare detailed plans for project review, reporting and evaluation;
• Ensure the timely mobilization and utilization of program personnel, subcontracts, training and equipment inputs, whether these are procured by the Implementing Partners;
• Coordinate with implementing agencies to plan and implement training programs to develop their capacity on aid management;
• Prepare terms of reference for the procurement of international and national consultants including consultants for the Aid; Management Information System (AMIS), expedite the procurement process, and ensure quality assurance and timely delivery of the services;
• Support UNDP, IECCD/MOF and the project to implement all activities planned over the life of the project;
• Support and facilitate coordination with Development Partners (including INGOs) regarding AMIS;
• Facilitate and participate in regional and international meetings related to aid and development effectiveness with IECCD colleagues and draft concept note/ reports on meeting themes prior and after participation to help internalize the takeaways;
• Facilitate drafting Development Cooperation Reports and conducting evaluation and monitoring surveys on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation;
• Provide data analysis and research support to MoF on various issues of aid data and related policy issues, including as related to the wider planning and budgeting system of the Government of Nepal;
• Support MoF on data management and quality assurance of aid data in the AMIS;
• Provide advice and direction on strategic and policy issues to strengthen gender and social inclusion (GESI) initiatives in the project/work plans and project implementation strategy; facilitate to create an environment to address GESI issues through the project’s activities;
• Supervise and manage project personnel;
• Translate documents from English to Nepali and from Nepali to English;
• Carry out other assignments, as required by the program from time to time.


Corporate Competencies:

• Promotes sharing of knowledge and experience, and actively works towards continued personal learning and development;
• Good practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
• Ability to go beyond established procedures and models, propose new approaches which expand the range of the project;
• Builds strong relationships with all partners, focuses on impact and results and responds positively to critical feedback;
• Proven networking, team building, organizational and communication skills;
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment with a positive attitude;
• Displays the highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
• Possesses a clear understanding of the concepts of foreign aid management and coordination;
• Knowledge of the basic computer systems necessary for: (a) program management and coordination and (b) database management (AMIS/AMP or similar systems);
• Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
• Good inter-personal skills; clear and upfront communication skills;
• Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
• Collaborates effectively in a team environment, including with multi-cultural teams;
• Organized and good with following up on pending issues; meets deadlines;
• Promotes learning and knowledge management/sharing; actively works towards continued personal learning and development;
• Focused on delivering results by taking calculated risks and uses a problem-solving approach;
• Fair and transparent decision making; regularly shares information with team members;
• Goes beyond established procedures; proposes new approaches which expand the range of the project.

Functional Competencies:

• Demonstrated ability to identify and anticipate bottlenecks, as well as seek guidance;
• Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy, confidentiality concerning financial and employee files;
• Ability to organize and complete assignments within deadlines
• Displays the highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty; able to network and work effectively with external partners including suppliers, vendors, service providers;
• Ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials;
• Dynamic and results-oriented;
• Strong verbal and written skills; ability to draft quality written outputs and conduct presentations;
• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
• Remains calm, in control and good-humored even under pressure;
• Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities; can multi-task;
• Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view;
• Assesses project performance to identify success factors; incorporates best practices into project work;
• Monitors specific stages of project/program implementation.

Required Skills and Experience


• Completion of Master’s Degree or PhD in Economics, Development Sudies or any other relevant field.


• Master’s with 10 years or PhD with 7 years of relevant experience;
• Previous experience and demonstrated technical knowhow of the concepts and approaches to foreign aid management/coordination and development effectiveness; good knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues in the context of Nepal;
• Demonstrated ability to manage and analyse data for public sector strategy, policy and advocacy; specific prior experience on data management/analysis of foreign aid or other public finance data will be an asset;
• Familiarity with the planning and budgeting systems of the Government of Nepal;
• Familiarity with relevant international conventions and high-level forums on aid effectiveness; familiarity with global monitoring surveys to monitor implementation of global aid effectiveness commitments;
• Previous experience working within Government of Nepal at a senior level (particularly with MoF or on ODA-related issues) will be an asset.


• Must be fluent in both spoken and written Nepali and English languages.

Last date to apply: 30 August 2019


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