As one of the original eight pilot countries for the UN Reform initiative Delivering as One, Tanzania is a global leader in advancing reforms of the UN system, with a view to support accelerated harmonization in implementation practices, coherence in programming, and alignment with national systems, intended to produce a reduction in transaction costs and enhanced development impact.

Deepening reforms requires new and innovative ways for the UN agencies to work together. Programme planning, resource mobilization, evaluation, and review activities is expected to be done collaboratively within the UNSDCF. The UN reforms has called for increased harmonization of UN policies, procedures, and common premises.

The United Republic of Tanzania has defined a range of development goals in the medium-term development plans Five Year Development Plan (FYDP) III in Mainland and Zanzibar Medium Term Development Plan (ZADEP) in Zanzibar.

These include the creation of high-quality livelihoods; peace, stability, and unity; good governance; a well-educated and learning society; and a competitive economy capable of sustainable growth and shared benefits. The next UNSDCF and the UNDP Country Programme Document in Tanzania calls for an integrated and Area Based Programming guided by UN values and principles of programming.

The Deputy Head of Office of UNDP in Zanzibar is a key contributor to ensuring a coherent and coordinated delivery of UNDP priorities within the context of the UNSDCF in Zanzibar.

Position Purpose

Under the direct supervision of the CTA heading the Zanzibar Office and in coordination with the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR), the Deputy Head of Zanzibar UNDP Office, supports and advises the Head of Office in setting the strategic direction at the local level and oversees all the operations and programmatic activities.

The Deputy Head of Office has formal delegated authority from the RR (in writing) to represent the UNDP country programme at the local level and perform management functions when the CTA HoZ Office is unavailable.

The Deputy Head of Office supervises the office staff and, in matrix supervision with the project and programme managers is also responsible of the project staff working in the geographic area of responsibility, ensuring cross-unit cooperation and coordination. The Deputy Head of Zanzibar Office ensures a client-oriented approach and consistency with UNDP rules and regulations in conformity with the UNDP Internal Control Framework and good management practice. The Deputy Head of Office advises the country office senior management on Zanzibar programme, cost effectiveness and responses to emerging complex challenges in managing the ZNZ Office.

The incumbent will work closely with internal and external counterparts, including Government, national institutions, civil society, private sector as well as Development Partners c, to successfully deliver UNDP programme at the local level.

Key Duties and Accountabilities

In this section list up to five primary functions/accountabilities of the position (Typically one sentence each) and examples of duties that must be performed to successfully accomplish key responsibilities.

Together with the CTA HoZ Office, to ensure the strategic direction of UNDP programme in Zanzibar focusing on achievement of the following results:

Ensures effective management of the UNDP programme and supervision of the Project and Operations teams focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation until M&E and reporting achieving the following results:

Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization in cooperation with the Management Support and Business Development Team focusing on achievement of the following results:

Ensures provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

Management of common services in the UN sub-office in close collaboration with the DCD/O focusing on achievement of the following:




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