Programme Specialist

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UNDP Zambia is strategically repositioning its country programme implementation based on emerging opportunities and UNDP’s comparative advantages that maximizes partnerships, resource mobilization and impact in keeping with UNDP’s mandate and its current Country Programme Document (CPD) and embarking on the support the Government of Zambia through its 8th National Development Plan (8NDP). In addition, the review of the programme portfolio also showed a pressing need to recalibrate the programme implementation in Zambia through a more integrated vision aligned with the current CPD, the signature solutions of the Strategic Plan and the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa's (RBA’s) strategic offer and where UNDP will fully play its integrator role for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Zambia. As the development world and UNDP Zambia deliver during the Decade of Action, it is more pressing that UNDP Zambia revisits its approach to programming to ensure both it continues to explore new ways of optimally supporting the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) to achieve the objectives set out in both Agenda 2030 and the 8NDP using a strategic approach to planning resulting in an efficient and effective delivery of the Country Programme to promote sustainable human development. Against this backdrop and building upon the lessons learnt over the past months, UNDP Zambia is strengthening its integrator role enshrined in the United Nations Development System (UNDS) reform through an improved structure with the Ministry of Finance and National Planning – MoFNP. The improved structure centers around the inclusion of a UN Volunteer SDG Specialist that will play a critical role in the Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU), optimizing the CO support to GRZ.

Under the direct supervision of the Economic Advisor, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support work on the 8NDP and contribute to tracking progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); • Identify achievements, challenges, gaps and critical factors and make appropriate recommendations with respect to implementation of SDGs; • Assist in the stakeholder engagement processes for the Zambia Human Development background papers; • Follow up with information and data providers to secure missing information materials and or provide additional analysis; • Assist in the production of socio-economic reviews (ad-hoc reports, annual reports, analysis on the budget, etc.); • Perform other unit related tasks as assigned.

• Accountability • Adaptability and Flexibility • Commitment and Motivation • Commitment to Continuous Learning • Communication • Ethics and Values • Integrity • Judgement and Decision-making • Professionalism • Respect for Diversity • Self-Management • Technological Awareness • Vision • Working in Teams

project administration, project management, preferably in the international development and or humanitarian sector. Work experience in administration of donor projects for specific cooperating partners and government counterparts’ interest would be an advantage; • Understanding of Zambia’s Vision 2030, National Development Plans (NDPs) processes, and its coordinating structures; • Sound knowledge of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs; • Knowledge of the UN and Government technical reporting processes; • Familiarity with Zambia’s stakeholder engagement processes, including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the private sector and cooperating partners; • Excellent analytical, research, and report writing skills.

The incumbent will be based at UN House in Lusaka. The UN building provides access route for everyone from site arrival points and entrances to the building through a ramp with guide rails and an elevator to various floors with the building. Office space will be allocated with the specific needs of the incumbent.

Zambia is a landlocked less developed country (LDC) located in south-central Africa with an estimated population of approximately 18 million and is administratively divided into 10 provinces. Zambia is classified as a lower middle-income country (LMIC) by the World Bank, with the economy primarily driven by the mining, agriculture, construction, transport and communication sectors. Its economy remains undiversified despite its abundant natural resources, and about 57.2 percent of Zambia’s population lives in rural areas, where they depend on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. Recent developments indicate a slowdown in growth on account of adverse climatic conditions, mainly poor rainfall which negatively affected agricultural production and electricity generation. Low electricity generation and the depreciation of the currency (Kwacha), against major convertible currencies are among the challenges that slowed down Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. Poverty remains a challenge with 54.4 percent of the population living below the national poverty line, with the outlook remaining unfavorable for most Zambians, while the cost of living is said to be on the rise. The security situation in Zambia is relatively calm with no calm with no ongoing concern over any religious, political or ethnic extremism. Among the principal concerns for UN staff are property crimes which are largely opportunistic and non-violent. The high frequency of road traffic accidents in the capital and on the main roads throughout the country is also a concern. Zambia has a high rate of HIV infection. Malaria is prevalent in Luapula and the Northern Provinces. Waterborne diseases are common especially during the rainy season.


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