UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Government of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) requested United Nations capacity building support to ZEC for the 2020-2024 electoral cycle, which includes the 2023 harmonized elections. In response, UNDP and ZEC updated the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Capacity Building (ZIM-ECO) project, resulting in a Phase Two (ZIM-ECO2).
In this phase, the project aims to contribute to four outcomes:
1) Effectiveness: Strengthened ZEC capacity to conduct electoral processes effectively
2) Accountability: Enhanced accountability and transparency in the electoral process
3) Inclusion: Elections contribute to inclusive decision-making
4) Peace and Justice: Electoral stakeholders have access to justice and election-related violence is reduced.
ZIM-ECO2 intends to implement 15 activities in these outcome areas, most of which involve the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).
Building on the success of Phase One, ZEC continues to be the project’s implementing partner and the UNDP Zimbabwe country office to provide full support. UNDP also established a six-member management team for project management services and technical advice in the agreed areas. Given the importance of ICT for the project work, this includes a national IT Specialist.
The IT Specialist will deliver advisory services and support across all project activities. This will ensure the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of IT solutions that the project delivers, including in voter registration, voter education, monitoring and evaluation.
Duties and Responsibilities
a) Oversee and guide the ZIM-ECO work in the field of ICT across the project’s 15 activities and project management.
b) Draft and provide quality assurance for project terms of reference, concept notes and activity reports in the field of ICT.
c) Provide support and advice to ZEC if and when requested by ZEC for the operation and management of:
- The ZEC voter registration system, including voter registration kits, data transmission and consolidation, central servers and database, recovery system, deduplication, voters roll queries and analysis, voter list production;
- The ZEC ICT infrastructure, including communication tools, networks and protocols across headquarters, the 10 provincial and the 63 district offices;
- The ZEC Geographic Information Systems as used for electoral boundary delimitation, determination of polling stations, website display and related functions;
- The ZEC outreach tools including the website, social media platforms, mobile phone applications and call center;
- The ZEC Enterprise Resource Management system, including asset management;
- The ZEC Monitoring and Evaluation and reporting systems;
- Other ICT systems ZEC may plan or set up.
d) Capacity-building and training of ZEC staff as needed.
e) Support to the ZIM-ECO Project Management Unit with monitoring and evaluation and reporting.
|Closing Date||10 March 2023|
|Eligible Candidate Qualifications||Degree|
The Information Technology Specialist will be supervised by the ZIM-ECO Chief Technical Advisor.
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact;
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems;
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences;
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands;
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results;
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter agency collaboration;
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.
- Master’s degree in Information and Communications Technology or related field.
- Bachelors’ degree in relevant field with two additional years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of advanced university degree.
- Minimum 7 years (Master’s degree) or 9 years (Bachelor’s degree) of substantive experience in developing, deploying and/or advising on ICT solutions in the field of election administration or a similar field, preferably with international and/or public sector organization.
- Experience in designing and deploying complex ICT infrastructure, including databases, networks and security;
- Experience in advising senior counterparts on ICT issues and solutions;
- Extensive knowledge of election processes, related ICT solutions and the opportunities and risks involved in deploying them;
- Experience in designing and managing complex ICT projects;
- Demonstrated sensitivity for gender equality and social inclusion.