Back Partnerships Advisor (Senior Advisor on EU negotiations - [Chapter 33 Financial and Budgetary provisions])

Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO)

The Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO) is part of the UNOPS Europe and Central Asia Region (ECR). Specifically, AUMCO aims to enable achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through global programmes and tailored interventions in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, focused on:

- Infrastructure

- Procurement

- Project Management (full service, back on track)

- HR and Transactional Services

- Grants Management

- Technical and Advisory Services

- Project Information

Project Information

Under the framework of the multi-year project titled “Knowledge for Reform Action in the Western Balkans,” UNOPS is providing support in the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) with access to tailored expertise, knowledge and best practice to assist them with advancing their respective reform agenda. Learning and exchanges will be promoted across the Region, as well as from neighbouring countries which have joined the European Union (EU). The aim of the project is to strengthen institutional, administrative and legislative frameworks and practices.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor, and in close cooperation with beneficiaries, the Advisor on EU negotiations - [Chapter 33 Financial and Budgetary provisions] will provide technical expertise to government authorities, primarily the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MFE) of the Republic of Albania that is responsible the negotiations of Chapter 33, the Chief Negotiator’s Office and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, as well as other institutions as appropriate, with regard to the legal, institutional and administrative alignment of Albania with Chapter 33 of the EU.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Technical Expertise

● Mapping and analysing the existing national legislation in relation to the Chapter 33 acquis.

● Assessing potential legal and sublegal gaps which need to be addressed in order to fully comply with the chapter 33 requirements.

● Compilation of compliance tables (ToCs) for Chapter 33 within the draft LGA.

● Preparing a legal gap analysis (LGA) on the alignment of the existing legislative framework of Albania in Chapter 33.

● Mapping and analyzing the existing institutional and administrative capacities of Albania in relation to the Chapter 33 acquis

● Assessing the lack of capacities in managing the processes under Chapter 33.

● Preparing an institutional and administrative gap assessment (IAGA) of the administrative structure of Albania needed for Chapter 33.

2. Stakeholder Engagement

● Establish solid working relationships, engage, discuss, negotiate and liaise with key national stakeholders, including government officials.

● Support the development of good working relationships with key personnel in the EU, through a large network of key contacts at EU institutions.

3. Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

● Providing technical support and advice to the MFE, negotiating structure and others involved in the process of accession negotiations in Chapter 33.

● Preparing the Albanian administration for bilateral screening / organising and facilitating a workshop on presentations for Chapter 33

● Providing comments and suggestions on the draft of PowerPoint presentations for bilateral screening of Albania for Chapter 33

● Updating and completing the draft Negotiating Position Document of Chapter 33

● Providing on-the-job mentoring to relevant representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Economy on Chapter 33-related matters.

● Knowledge building and sharing with regards to the development and implementation of the Project, synthesis of lessons learnt/best practices, and sound contributions to UNOPS knowledge management initiatives.

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

The Advisor on EU negotiations - [Chapter 33 Financial and Budgetary provisions] directly impacts on UNOPS’ contribution in supporting the country’s EU accession process. This consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS, and strengthens its competitive positions as a partner of choice in working with governments in enhancing and modernising their legal, economic and institutional system.

The incumbent will be engaged as a retainer and asked to perform specific tasks linked to supporting delivery of the project's work in Albania in advance when the requirements arise. The incumbent’s contributions and milestones will be assessed based on this agreed work plan for each assignment.

Expert deliverables

● A Workplan with details of the steps (activities and measures) that the expert will take for the successful finalisation of the assignment prepared.

Mapping document analysing the existing national legislation in relation to the Chapter 33 acquis prepared. The mapping should provide the overview of the Albanian legislation in regard to the level of alignment with the EU acquis. It should also assess potential legal and sublegal gaps which need to be addressed in order to fully comply with the chapter 33 requirements.

Legal gap analysis (LGA) on the alignment of the existing legislative framework of Albania in Chapter 33 prepared. The draft LGA should contain a Compilation of compliance tables (ToCs) for Chapter 33.

Institutional and administrative gap assessment (IAGA) of the administrative structure of Albania needed for Chapter 33 prepared. IAGA should be based on the mapping and analysing the existing institutional and administrative capacities of Albania in relation to the Chapter 33 acquis as well as the assessment of the lack of capacities in managing the processes under Chapter 33.

Technical support and advice to the MFE, negotiating structure and others involved in the process of accession negotiations in Chapter 33 provided.

Comments and suggestions on the Drafts of PowerPoint presentations for bilateral screening of Albania for Chapter 33 provided.

Workshop on presentations for Chapter 33 in order to prepare the Albanian administration for bilateral screening organised and facilitated.

Draft Negotiating Position Document for Chapter 33 updating and completed.

On-the-job mentoring to relevant representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Economy on Chapter 33-related matters provided.

A brief final mission report prepared and delivered to UNOPS. The report should contain the information on the assignment and accomplishments that have been made under the work of the expert. Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

- An advanced university degree (e.g. Masters) either in Finances, Economy, EU integration, Public Administration, Management, Development Studies or other relevant discipline is required. A first-level university degree (e.g. Bachelor) in combination with 2 additional years of progressively relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

b. Work experience

- A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience working for/with the EU institution and/or working for/with the beneficiary countries in the area of financial and budgetary provisions of the EU is required.

- Experience in EU Integration Process in an EU Member State or a candidate / potential candidate country to EU Accession or using of IPA funds is highly desirable.

- Familiarity with the financial and budgetary context of the Western Balkans region is highly desirable.

- Proven records of building strong relationships and/or operate in an influential manner with gov authorities and/or UN officials is required

- Ability to consistently exercise discretion and confidentiality with sensitive information is highly desirable.

c. Languages

- Proficiency in English is required.

- Knowledge of locally spoken languages including lingua franca is an advantage. Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement, Retainer
Contract level: ICS-11, IICA-03
Contract duration: Retainer, 45 days (with possibility of extension),depending on need, performance and budget availability

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx
Competencies
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Additional Considerations

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified. UNOPS embraces diversity and it is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability.
UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request. Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda. It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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