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Vacancy Announcement No: UPU/17/P3/FT-C/169
Title: Regional Expert Africa
Grade: P3
Type of contract: Fixed-term (Core) Appointment
Duration:  Three years
Publication Date: 30 March 2017
Application Deadline: 15 May 2017 Vacancy Filled
Organizational Unit: Development and Cooperation Directorate (DCDEV)
Duty Station:  Bern Switzerland
Scheduled date for taking up appointment:  As soon as possible
Organizational Context:
With its 192 member countries, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.
Main duties:
Under the supervision of the Coordinator for Africa and LDCs, the incumbent shall plan, organize and evaluate technical cooperation programmes and projects for countries in the Africa region. Conduct this work so as to ensure that technical assistance is provided in accordance with the UPU's objectives and strategy and the plans of the Directorate in charge of cooperation to development.

1. DCDEV ‘s strategy
1.1. Implementing the strategy
a. Contribute to the assessment of the social, economic and political situation of the region
b. Analyze the level of development of postal services in the countries of the region, their opportunities and challenges, and help to prepare a regional development plan (RDP).
c. Coordinate the formulation and implementation of RDP projects involving other internal and external partners.
d. Provide technical expert advice to the International Bureau in the area of regional postal development.
e. Respond to requests from designated operators and other partners concerning development cooperation and provide them with information and advice.
f. Propose expenditure commitments for all the activities
1.2. Budgetary responsibilities
a. Evaluate the financial consequences of the activities proposed and prepare budget estimates.
b. Monitor the implementation status of the allocated budget and assist in the preparation of the relevant reports.

2. Management of projects
a. Supervise the design, development, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects in the region
b. Ensure field coordination with international, regional and national partners
c. Prepare requests for the recruitment of consultants, establish or revise their terms of reference, and brief consultants.
d. Examine and revise consultants' reports; draft letters for the transmission of these reports, with recommendations intended for the concerned authorities
e. Responsible for the fellowships programes
f. Identify the equipment and materials required by the beneficiary countries and prepare the purchase request
g. Coordinate the organization of group training activities.
h. Coordinate and monitor the work assigned to the Regional Coordinator and propose evaluations on the services rendered.

3. Other duties
a. Organize and participate in regional meetings and represent the UPU on these occasions
b. Prepare briefing documents for Directorate missions.
c. Contribute to the work of Union bodies.
d. Provide technical assistance in emergencies to countries following natural or man-made disasters.
First university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in economics, business administration, international relations, political science or a related field
5 years’ experience in project management or international cooperation activities in the Africa region.
Technical knowledge:
- Knowledge of the economic, social and political situation of countries of the region; including regulatory frames and regional decision making forums.
- Excellent knowledge of project management skills
- Knowledge of international cooperation mechanisms and systems.
- Knowledge of the postal sector in the region
Skills and abilities / competencies:
- Good conceptual and analytical skills
- Acquaintance with ICT development and application to service industries
- Client orientation
- Good managerial skills
- High degree of personal initiative
- Ability to anticipate problems, new trends
- Excellent communication skills
Language skills:
Profficiency in French and English.

This position covers both, French and English speaking Africa.
Additional Information:
Annual salary:(Net of tax)
58,583 USD

Post adjustment: The percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards without notice. As a reference, the post adjustment for the month of April 2017 is 81.1%.
Candidates must ensure that they provide relevant contact details so that they can be contacted at any time, to prevent them from being excluded from the selection process.

The conditions of service are governed by the Staff Regulations and Rules of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
All applications must be received by the closing date as stated in the vacancy announcement.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Applications from women and member states are particularly encouraged.

The UPU promotes diversity and work-life balance.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the UPU internet page at: https://upu.int/en/Universal-Postal-Union/Careers
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