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10 Dec 2020

Project Specialist

Job Description


Job Purpose and Organizational Context South Sudan is endowed with vast natural resources and economic potential that has not translated into improved standards of living for the citizens. This is primarily due to ongoing conflicts which have roots in political contestation for power and are fueled by poverty, high unemployment and absence of economic opportunities for the predominantly youthful population. The few small-scale, and potentially labour-absorbing enterprises at the state levels are unable to utilize the local labour force due to skills mismatch. The skills deficits, attributed to decades of conflict which deprived the population opportunities to acquire employable, entrepreneurial and vocational skills are also exacerbated by absence of training institutions.

UNDP South Sudan had its Country Programme Document (2019-2021) approved by the Executive Board in September 2018. The Country Programme Document (CPD) is aligned with the United Nations Country Team’s Cooperation Framework (2019-2021) and the UNDP Strategic Plan (2018-2021). The programme seeks to contribute to eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, keeping people out of poverty, building resilience to crises and shocks and safeguarding development gains through its strategic focus on three interlinked and mutually reinforcing pillars: (a) strengthened peace infrastructures and accountable governance; (b) inclusive, risk-informed economic development; and (c) strengthened institutional and community resilience.

Implemented under the CPD is the Youth Employment and Empowerment through Private Sector and Value Chain Development Project (YEEP). Supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the African Development Bank, and UNDP, the US$ 17 million project aims to empower youth in five targeted locations of Bor, Juba, Rumbek, Torit and Yambio through nurturing their entrepreneurial culture and market-linked skills and enhance their employability and productive engagement in economic activities. The project also seeks to increase the productivity and labour-absorptive capacities of agriculture and natural resource-linked value chains and private sector enterprises with a focus on young men and women.

UNDP is opening an opportunity for a Project Specialist to be based in the UNDP Country Office in Juba, South Sudan to coordinate and support project activities and, in particular, to lead the implementation of the project in Jubek/Juba state. Under the guidance of the Team Leader, HDIGU and oversight by the Senior Programme Advisor, HDIGU, the Project Specialist will work in close collaboration with Project Field Coordinators, the HDIG unit, country office programme colleagues and partners. Together with the Human Development and Inclusive Growth team, the Project Specialist is expected to deliver the following:

  1. Training of 6,250 youth on a range of vocational skills, entrepreneurship, and agricultural and natural resource value chain;
  2. Employment opportunities to 4,300 youth;
  3. Establishment of fully functioning business, employment and innovation hubs that delivers career advice and placement, business development services, and incubates innovative ideas and approaches to business;

Establishment of sustainable businesses (cooperatives, SACCOs, VSLAs) and private sector development through MSME support.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Strategic programme/project planning, coordination and implementation
  • Project delivery and reporting
  • Partnerships building and resource mobilization

Knowledge management

  • Ensure Strategic planning, coordination and implementation of the YEEP/project focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Lead the coordination of project activities in close collaboration with Field Coordinators. Lead the implementation of project activities in Jubek state;
  • Lead the preparation of annual workplans, establish priorities, timelines, targets and standards for monitoring results;
  • Coordinate various components of the project providing overall guidance and innovative solutions, constantly seeking to improve project service lifecycle;
  • Work in close collaboration with other teams in the office, as well as, other UN agencies, Government officials, multilateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society in ensuring successful project implementation;
  • Enhance capacity of staff by providing technical leadership.
  • Support timely and effective project delivery and reporting focusing on the achievement of the following results:
    • Provide advice relating to the strategic direction of project implementation and design of project activities;
    • Manage and monitor the utilization of resources, in consultation with the Team Leader and the Senior Programme Advisor, for achieving results in line with project outputs;
    • Prepare timely and regular progress reports for submission to CO management and external stakeholders. Regularly report on progress, best practices, lessons learned, success stories, beneficiaries’ stories and field observations; and Support and/or conduct studies and researches;
    • Assist with implementation of audit requirements;

UN coordination

Foster partnership building and resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Contribute to the development of the CO Partnership and Resource Mobilization (PRM) strategy, including planning tools to implement the strategy.
  • Identify and build credible working relations with Governments and donor partners
  • Mobilize resources to support the achievement of project outputs and outcomes

Perform any other responsibilities that could be delegated to him/her by the supervisor



  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work


  • Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences; Rural Development, Economics, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, or related fields


  • Minimum of five years relevant experience in project management. Experience in the areas of livelihoods programmes, enterprise development, Technical and Vocational training skills would be an advantage.
  • Experience in recovery and stabilization of conflict/disaster-affected populations and areas is highly desirable

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English – written and spoken is required


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

Application Deadline: December 22, 2020

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