2098 Portfolio Manager, Population and Development
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Close on 13 Jul 2020
Location: Serbia
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Job Description
The purpose of the position is to manage and develop an emerging joint portfolio of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Serbia on depopulation and development issues.
To ensure results oriented, effective, efficient and accountable implementation of the portfolio activities and achievement of results.
Background Information
In consultation with the Government of Serbia, UNDP and UNFPA are leading the efforts to provide a set of high-level recommendations that will support the Government of Serbia (GoS) to tackle the depopulation challenge. To prepare the grounds for this intervention, UNDP and UNFPA have started a series of exploratory activities, as well as deploying a design studio mission on the Serbia depopulation challenge. The studio process relied on expertise from seasoned professionals, each bringing a unique angle to the larger set of issues, working together in a deeply collaborative and creative endeavour. UNDP’s Accelerator Lab has been working on a series of experiments around the broad issue of depopulation (including the use of alternative data sources, engagement with diaspora, an exploration of digital nomads in Serbia, understanding of family dynamics and gender roles, and a new understanding of ageing), which will further feed portfolio development. UNFPA has been working on advocacy and strengthening institutional capacity for the formulation and implementation of rights-based policies that integrate evidence on emerging population issues, including migration, ageing, fertility trends, family friendly environment and gender equality and their links to sustainable development.
The Portfolio Manager will lead on shaping a coherent portfolio with partners, creating a menu of interventions for the GoS to tackle this multidimensional issue, as well as developing a funding strategy for the portfolio. It also envisaged for Portfolio Manager to lead in the planning and management of the future joint UNDP and UNFPA’s program in relation to population dynamics in Serbia by providing support to ongoing data collection processes, secondary data analysis, guiding relevant stakeholders through development, review and implementation of population policies and related activities.
Under the Primary supervision and guidance from UNDP Serbia Resident Representative (RR), in consultation with the UNFPA Country Director in Serbia, the Portfolio Manager’s overall responsibilities include collaborative relationships primarily with UNDP and UNFPA teams in Serbia but also with other offices (country and regional offices) in the region that implement initiatives related to population dynamics. External contacts include other United Nations (UN) agencies in Serbia and relevant government institutions and nongovernment organisations in Serbia, as well as academia and researchers in Serbia, but also in the region and worldwide.
Duties and Responsibilities
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Participates in the identification and formulation of country projects on population and development in cooperation with UNDP and UNFPA teams and in line with existing population policies and demographic trends in the country, including the review and analysis of available statistical data.
  • Provides policy advice and support to government institutions, nongovernment organisations and academia in the implementation of population policies in the country, including establishing of platforms at all administrative levels for communication and collaboration by all relevant stakeholders.
  • Actively seeks out and works with a wide range of national and local stakeholders, including non-obvious partners, to develop and maintain a broad coalition around the overarching challenge of depopulation, support relevant grassroots initiatives, and facilitate learning between different groups and sectors.
  • Coordinates project implementation with other UN agencies through existing UN Country Team (UNCT) mechanisms and results groups, alignment with Sustainable Development Goals and implementation of population measures across mandates of several UN agencies.
  • Facilitates the work of population development experts engaged in providing support and expertise to relevant stakeholders in the country, including the regular review and periodic evaluations of planned achievements.
  • Contributes to the creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of population development initiatives through developing relevant communication materials and reports.
  • The Portfolio Manager supervises project staff and provides guidance in thematic areas on population dynamics. S/he works in close collaboration with programme clusters touching upon the issue of population dynamics across portfolios in UNDP and UNFPA.
  • Upon request, the Portfolio Manager will provide inputs on cross-cutting challenges on issues of regional population dynamics in the Western Balkan, which will be further utilized to close the feedback loop and report to the regional Issue Based Coalition to support with synergies among related areas of work for UNDP, UNFPA and other UN agencies in the region.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
  • Joint Programme between UNDP and UNFPA developed;
  • Dialogue with relevant Ministries, stakeholders and beneficiaries maintained;
  • Reports and Workplans developed on time in line with quality standards;
  • Portfolio activities and achievements captured and presented;
  • Team learning and knowledge management ensured throughout implementation.
  • Good application of Results-Based Management;
  • Excellent communication, coordination and facilitation skills;
  • Consistently ensures timeliness and quality of project work;
  • Establishes lasting relationships and substantive dialogue with clients;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling ethical standards.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced (Masters) degree in population, demography, statistics, economics and/or other related social science field.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of population and development, advising Governments and other senior stakeholders. At least 7 years of experience in programme / project management, preferably projects that relate to human development, demographics, or sub-national and/or rural development. Experience managing large programs or portfolios and experience with innovation in the public sector are an advantage.
  • Fluency in English and Serbian languages is required.

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