UNDP Job in Nigeria for an Operations Analyst

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Job Title: Operations Analyst
Job ID: 10919
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Practice Area – Job Family: Management
Grade: NOA
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: External
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
Background

  • The North East in Nigeria, which includes the six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe has a combined population of almost 19 million and has been under insurgency attacks since 2009. The population accounts for about 13.5 percent of the national population (2006 Census). On 14th May, 2013, the Federal Government, in response to the growing spate of violence unleashed by the Boko Haram sect on citizens declared a State of Emergency in the 3 north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
  • The upsurge in terrorist activities of the Islamist sect in northern Nigeria, especially in the North East geo-political zone, has resulted in huge loss of lives, wanton destruction of properties and disregard for the sovereignty of the Nigerian state as evidenced in an earlier situation where the group was in control of more than 12 Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in Borno State in 2014. The combined insurgency and counter-insurgency activities in the region have had considerable negative effect on the people, such as mass displacement of the people, crippled socio-economic activities, livelihoods, food supplies, communication and worsened an already debilitating health delivery services.  The displaced population are returning to their natural habitants but lack every basic necessities of lives including food and non-food times, shelter, sanitation and sustainable means of livelihoods.
  • The Operations Analyst will lead and supervise the operations staff i.e. Programme Finance Associate and the two drivers working to support the SO programme implementation by leading the operations, ensuring smooth functioning of the sub office operations, providing consistent services delivery and constant evaluation and readjustment of the operations to consider changes in the operating environment as and when needed.
  • The Operations Analyst ensures cross-unit cooperation and coordination of the operations in the sub office, a client-oriented approach that is consistent with UNDP rules and regulations in conformity with the UNDP Internal Control Framework and good operations management practice. The Operations Analyst advises the Head of SO on cost
  • UNDP has supported the government to design and implement recovery projects which ensures linkage to the immediate humanitarian efforts with longer term sustainable development. Within UNDP’s recovery approach, emergency employment, immediate livelihoods recovery projects provided immediate jobs and livelihoods for the affected population, as well as, the wider local economy.
  • To effectively address the needs of North-East Nigeria through a consolidated Early recovery response of UNDP bringing together and coherently managing the different components of UNDP’s portfolio in the region, UNDP has established a Sub Office in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno.
  • Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Head of sub office and in coordination with the Deputy Country Director, Operations, The Operations Analyst will oversee all Sub-Office (SO) operations activities and perform operations functions at the local level. S/he will work in close collaboration with the Abuja Operations team.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:

  • Strategic direction of Sub-Office field operations, ensuring alignment to CO and corporate operations policies and procedures
  • Financial Resources Management, efficient Human Resources Management and logistical services
  • Information and communication management
  • Establishment of partnerships with other UN Agencies at the field level ensuring effective common operations arrangements

Functions / Key Results Expected:
1.) As the lead Sub office operations staff, ensures the strategic direction of sub office operations focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Full compliance of operations with UNDP rules, regulations and policies, implementation of corporate operational strategies, establishment of targets and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Knowledge building and sharing with regards to management and operations in the SO, organization of the operations staff trainings, synthesis of lessons learnt/best practices, and sound contributions to UNDP knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Supervise all local level financial transactions, including petty cash, direct payments, the establishment of payment lists etc before submission for approval.
  • Successfully manages SO operational support by provision of advice on strategies, policies and plans affecting SO operations based on CO standard operating procedures and business principles.
  • Sub-Office business processes mapping and establishment of internal SOPs for Finance, Human Resources Management, Procurement, Logistical and ICT services and Results Management.
  • Sets and monitors targets for operational efficiency and ensures the constant monitoring and analysis of the operating environment, quick readjustment of the operations, advice on legal considerations and risk assessment.
 

2.) Ensures effective and accurate financial resources management, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Proper planning, expenditures tracking, reporting and audit of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations,
  • Proper management and accounting of contributions to ensure that money due to UNDP is properly identified, consistently and uniformly classified, recorded on a timely basis and received with sufficient supporting documentation.
  • Compiling supporting documentation for workshop DSA payments for reimbursement to participants.
  • Ensures the financial integrity of the SO through appropriate controls and reporting structures; manages the SO audit exercise; follow up on necessary training and orientation.
  • Ensures all financial transactions are identified, recorded and verified in compliance with IPSAS as outlined in the corporate policies and procedures.
  • Review and clearance of all local level financial transactions, including petty cash, direct payments etc.
  • Management of cost-recovery system for any services provided by the sub office to projects and other UN Agencies. Accurate planning, forecasting and reporting of extra-budgetary income.
  • Organization and oversight of sub-office cash management processes, including liquidity management, recommendation of petty cash imprest level, risk assessment, bank relationship management; timely accounting and reconciliation of all transactions, security for cash assets on site.
  • Routinely monitors financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions, and investigates anomalies or unusual transactions. Informs supervisors and other UNDP staff at Country Office of the results of the investigation when satisfactory answers are not obtained.

3.) Ensures strategic human resources management and logistics services, focusing on achievenemt of the following results;

  • Sub-Office compliance with corporate human resources policies and strategies, including policies and strategies on Rest and Recuperation, staff attendance and leave monitoring on Atlas.
  • Oversight of Sub-Office HR processes and performance management systems ensuring link to career development.
  • Sub office compliance with CO Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Internal Control Framework (ICF) on Sub office/field management of the basic procurement strategies including sourcing strategy, supplier selection and evaluation, quality management, customer relationship management, e-procurement promotion and introduction, performance measurement.
  • Ensures receipting of goods and services is complied with at the sub office level.
  • Ensures the provision of support services to the sub office through supervision of vehicle fleet management, including travel and logistics, office premises supervision, security and cleaning services provision etc.
  • Management of UNDP assets ensuring full compliance with IPSAS in the accounting for stocks, utilization and disposal of the SO’s assets.

4.) Ensures forward-looking information and communication management and supervision of ICT focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Initial set up of the basic ICT systems to easily facilitate the Sub-Office functionality.
  • Reliable internet connectivity for all staff and functional service providers contracted.
  • Maintains a secure, reliable infrastructure environment for ICT and adequately coordinates with the ICT Analyst to plan for disasters and recoveries.
  • Ensure efficient staff usage of internet facilities and Atlas functionality for improved business results and improved client services.
  • Promotion of different systems and applications for optimal content management, knowledge sharing, information provision and learning including e-registry, web-based office management system, etc.
  • Identify office technology needs and oversee maintenance of equipment, software and systems.

5.) Ensures proper  operations  partnerships with other UN Agencies at the field level, secure work environment and Corporating learning management  by  focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Represents UNDP at the Maiduguri Operations Group monthly meetings
  • Collaborates with other agencies for more efficient and effective operation of the sub office.
  • Ensures safe working conditions through staff adherence to UNDP security trainings in the field.
  • Works closely with UNDSS to ensure security of Sub-Office staff and premises, supports the implementation of UNDP MOSS/MORSS compliance.
  • Ensures staff so all corporate mandatory trainings.
  • Tracking all the progress and encouraging staff on performance management development (PMD) exercises including staff performance evaluations.
 

Impact of Results:

  • The key results have an impact on the overall efficiency and effectiveness of sub office and CO operations as it relates to the use of corporate resources in the following areas:
    • Financial services
    • Human Resources and logistical services
    • ICT
    • UN coherence on joint activities for efficient and ability to keep the CO working in harmony with no audit concerns.
  • An efficient sub office will result in effective positioning of UNDP at the local level in Early Recovery, thus contributing to the stature and name of UNDP as UN’s global development network. The key results have an impact on implementation of UNDP Early Recovery Strategies with a view to delivering on-ground UNDP’s early recovery programmes and projects, as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.

Competencies
Building Partnerships
Identifying and building partnerships:

  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build alliances
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
  • Displays initiative, sets challenging outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work assignments

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Developing tools and mechanisms
  • Participates in the development of mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organizational learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:

  • In-depth knowledge of own discipline
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Continually looking for ways to enhance financial performance in the office
  • Understands advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines (financial resources and human resources management, contract, asset and procurement, information and communication technology, general administration)
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit

Client Orientation:

  • Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
  • Anticipates client needs
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality.

Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management:

  • Input to the development of standards and policies
  • Provides inputs to the development of organizational standards for accountability

Promoting Organizational Change and Development:

  • Assisting the individuals to cope with change
  • Performs appropriate work analysis and assists in redesign to establish clear standards for implementation

Design And Implementation of Management Systems:

  • Designing and implementing management system
  • Makes recommendations regarding operation of systems within organizational units
  • Identifies and recommends remedial measures to address problems in systems design or implementation

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Economics or related field.

Experience:

  • 2 or 5 years of relevant experience (years of experience depending on the grade) at the national or international level in providing management advisory services and/or managing staff and operational systems and establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems and ERP systems, preferably PeopleSoft.
  • Experience of accrual accounting, IPSAS or IFRS is highly desirable.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in both oral and written English is required
  • Knowledge of local language is an advantage

Core Competencies

  • Building support and political acumen
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
  • Fair and transparent  decision making; calculated risk-taking
  • UNDP Certification programmes Prince2, Procurement, HR, Accounting and Finance
  • Building staff competence,  creating an environment of creativity and innovation
  • Building and promoting effective teams
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Application Deadline  12th July, 2017.

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