Back Project Officer (Economic Diversification and Inclusive Growth)

  • Added Date: Friday, 12 January 2018
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018

UNDP operates in more than 170 countries and territories around the world. UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations that can withstand crisis, and that drive and sustain growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.

In Botswana, the role of UNDP is shaped by the status of the country as an upper middle-income country. UNDP has been collaborating with the Government, civil society and the private sector to develop solutions to meet global and national development challenges. UNDP’s approach has been to develop and sustain strategic partnerships that find innovative solutions to address gaps on both the demand and supply side of development processes.

Botswana has reached a relatively high level of infrastructure development, is well-resourced and able to fund most of its developmental needs. However, Botswana requires best practices, high-quality policy advice on how best to respond to challenges associated with its middle-income status, including widening inequalities and disparities, persistent poverty among population groups, and climate change and natural disaster risks.

In support of the implementation of the Vision 2036, NDP 11 and SDGs, UNDP is supporting the Botswana’s agenda for Economic Diversification and Inclusive Growth (EDIG). The overall objective of UNDP’s support is to strengthen the capacities of institutions that are responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of inclusive growth policies and programmes to achieve economic diversification and growth, job creation and poverty eradication.

Guided by the UNDP’s Draft Strategic Plan’s 2018 - 2021, integrative approach and the UNDP strategy on inclusive and sustainable growth, this project will support Botswana in efforts to diversify sources of economic growth, eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion. It will contribute primarily to the Strategic Plan outcome – growth and development are inclusive and sustainable, incorporating productive capacities that create employment and livelihoods for the poor and excluded. It will also support the achievement in other areas of work, gender equality and women’s empowerment and prioritization of poverty, inequality and exclusion in development debates and actions.

It is directly aligned with the SDGs that emphasize the need to transition to more inclusive and sustainable growth pathways so that economic growth does not take place at the expense of the poor and vulnerable groups. The Strategy contributes directly to Goal 8 of the SDGs: sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

Summary of key functions:

In this role, the Project Officer will be responsible for providing technical expertise and ensuring the following quality results are achieved:

  • Provide substantive technical advise for the economic related actions of the project;
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity development to programme partners;
  • Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project;
  • Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts.

Function/Expected Results: Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the EDIG

  • Provide technical inputs to the economic related actions of the annual workplan and budget;
  • Provide technical advise on how best to implement economic related programme activities;
  • Provide technical advise on how best to coordinate activities with partners especially on technical working groups, peer review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  • Prepare options papers on the process of implementing project activities;
  • Train partners on Results Based Management and monitor implementation.

Function/Expected Results: Provide technical assistance and capacity development to EDIG programme partners

  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed.

Function/Expected Results: Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project

  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results based management tools;
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results s, outputs and outcomes;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UNDP reports.

Function/Expected Results: Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to EDIG;
  • Contribute to advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Support the development of knowledge products on EDIG


Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management.
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Ability to identify and analyse trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Ability to achieve results and meet strict deadlines in an effective manner, maintaining a high-quality standard throughout;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Tolerates conditions of stress, uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to maintain a positive outlook and to work productively.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Promotes a supportive environment to enhance partnerships, leverages resources and build support for UNDP’s strategic initiatives;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Builds staff competences, creating an environment for creativity and innovation;
  • Builds and promotes effective and emotionally intelligent teams;
  • Adapts easily to rapidly changing, multiple pressing demand work context;
  • Leverages conflict in the interest of UNDP and sets standards;
  • Shares knowledge across the organization and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Examples fair and transparent decision making and calculated risk-taking, and;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • University Degree in economics, public policy/administration or other related fields. A postgraduate qualification will be an added advantage.


  • 5 years of relevant experience. Hands-on experience with UN or similar development programme or reputed research organization. Experience working Excellent financial, accounting including economics and reporting skills as well as exposure in administration of project. Excellent skills in computers (Windows, Word, Excel, and Power Point)

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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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.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Contract Duration: One Year

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