Capacity Development Specialist (NPSA11), Luanda, Angola At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Thursday, 2 November 2023

Job Identification : 13012

Locations : Luanda, Angola

Posting Date : 10/17/2023, 05:28 PM

Apply Before : 11/02/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NPSA-11

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Africa

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English and Portuguese

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

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 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with Governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the pledge to leave no one behind reflect the interconnectedness of health and sustainable development issues such as the widening economic and social inequalities, the climate crisis, rapid urbanization, the continuing burden of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and other infectious diseases, the growing burden of non-communicable diseases and the emergence of health threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021. The scope and scale of delivering health and well-being for All demands innovative partnerships and financing.

As a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in the effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multi-sectoral health projects while simultaneously investing in capacity development. UNDP’s partnerships with Governments, the Global Fund, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) facilitate access to resources for action on SDG 3 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and/or managing health-related funding. In Angola, from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNDP delivered technical and financial assistance to the Government, the Luanda Provincial Government as well as civil society organizations to support the national response.

UNDP has also actively contributed to resource mobilization efforts through the development of successful funding proposals to the Global Fund and the European Investment Bank (EIB). In June 2022, the Ministry of Health, the European Investment Bank and UNDP signed agreements related to a COVID-19 Health Resilience Project (HRP) aimed at supporting the national response to COVID-19. The HRP Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be based at the Ministry of Health National Public Health Directorate (DNSP). In agreement with the Ministry of Health, UNDP is hiring for the five PIU positions including the Capacity Development Specialist.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide strategic leadership of UNDP’s capacity development function, focusing on the following results:

  •  Engage the Ministry of Health, stakeholders and partners on the issue of capacity development in procurement and supply management (PSM) related areas such as pharmaceutical and health commodities management & planning, logistics information management systems, sustainable storage and distribution systems and services for health products and equipment;
  •  Technical lead of the development and implementation of the HRP Capacity Development Strategy as a guidance document to plan, implement and monitor Capacity Development (CD) for the MOH and institutions related to PSM;
  •  Sustain stakeholder engagement and mobilization for integrated capacity development in PSM areas;
  •  Facilitate participatory processes aimed at the collective identification of capacity development needs at human, organizational and institutional levels within the Ministry of Health and at provincial level;
  •  Co-develop the Capacity Development agenda and workplan under the HRP Project in close collaboration with the DNSP, other Ministry of Health departments and provincial governments;
  •  Co-design capacity development interventions with Ministry of Health as well as technical partners involved in PSM such as the World Bank, GAVI, USAID, CDC, PEPFAR, and others;
  •  Liaise with UNDP regional and global teams in designing interventions; source knowledge and expertise from within UNDP’s knowledge networks;
  •  Mobilize resources for the capacity development agenda, either through the Project funding, or in collaboration with the Ministry of Health technical partners involved in PSM;
  •  Source, manage and evaluate technical assistance providers (Consultants or contractors);
  •  Ensure timely access to relevant tools, training packages or digital solutions;
  •  Project manage the capacity development component of the HRP Project : develop, review and report on related workplans and budgets within UNDPºs corporate planning and reporting system in alignment with the HRP role;
  •  Regular coordination of all HRP-related activities with the HRP Project Coordinator.

2. Provide strategic support for the PIU’s risk management activities focusing on the following results:

  •  Support the elaboration and implementation of the HRP/PIU’s internal control system, standard operating procedures and workflows; help design and deliver related training;
  •  Contribute to the development and implementation of the Project Quality Assurance Plan and quality control activities; help design and deliver related training;
  •  Support the Project Coordinator in the preparation of audits and contribute to UNDP’s implementation of audit recommendations in the area of capacity development;
  •  Contribute to building the technical, managerial and leadership capacity of PIU personnel for the promotion of team excellence.

3. Build and sustain UNDP’s strategic partnerships on PSM capacity development focusing on the following results:

  •  In collaboration with the PSM Specialist, provide strategic and technical advice to national quantification processes for health commodities and medicines related to the Project;
  •  Provide strategic policy and continuous technical advice to national and provincial stakeholders and Implementing Partners at all stages of the PSM cycle and to the last mile;
  •  Support quantification and procurement planning and monitoring processes at provincial level;
  •  Develop and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders involved in the area of PSM-related capacity development including WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, PEPFAR, USAID and the World Bank;
  •  Help maximize available expertise and funding sources for capacity development and prevent duplication;
  •  Collaborate with national and provincial stakeholders and other PSM partners on capacity development related to PSM;
  •  Co-represent UNDP in relevant technical meetings, working groups at country, regional and global levels.

4. Ensure knowledge management and lessons sharing on capacity development in PSM focusing on the following results:

  •  Introduce a monitoring and evaluation system for the capacity development workplan under the Project; work towards the sustainability of interventions;
  •  Participate in the Project monitoring and evaluation activities for continuous identification of and response to capacity development needs;
  •  Document and report on the Project’s achievements and lessons learned on capacity development in PSM related areas;
  •  Contribute to information sharing, knowledge management related to capacity development with the Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF, the EIB, the European Union Delegation in Angola as well as other technical partners;
  •  Help identify opportunities for documentation and communication on capacity development-related activities; support the development of communication products (print, video) highlighting key project achievements, best practices and lessons learned;
  •  Actively participate in UNDP communities of practice and other relevant external strategic/technical networks to gather and disseminate lessons learned on capacity development in PSM;
  •  Plus other relevant tasks assigned by HRP Health Project Coordinator.

Institutional Arrangements

The Capacity Development Specialist will work under the supervision of the HRP Health Project Coordinator and will be based at the Ministry of Health.


Core Competencies

  •  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.

Cross functional & technical competencies

Digital & Innovation: Innovation Capacity building

  •  Ability to define and create the conditions for trying out new ways of working or introducing new problem-solving approaches to an organization.
  •  Ability to develop, manage and evaluate a learning curriculum that raises awareness, builds confidence, strengthens innovation capabilities around a certain method, tool or technique; or helps develop an innovation mindset.
  •  Ability to create the authorizing environment (mandate, incentives) to embed and spread new ways of working.

Digital & Innovation: Creative Facilitation

  •  Ability to design workshops that considers and addresses multiple interests, agendas, worldviews; set out clear objectives and engaging activities; select appropriate tools, materials, resources that are needed to enable or support the activities.
  •  Ability to swiftly build rapport with participants and create a safe space (on- and offline) where they feel comfortable to share their views, concerns, experiences and reflections; supporting this with a range of tools to stimulate active participation.
  •  Ability to be flexible and improvise; adapt and change approaches in response to the needs, while staying true to the intent and objectives of the session.

Digital & Innovation: Co-creation

  •  Ability to design and facilitate a process that enables a diverse group of stakeholders to solve a common problem, develop a practice, or create knowledge together.
  •  Ability to embrace diversity, work with a diverse group of stakeholders understand their interests, perspectives and views and tap into to them as a source for creativity.
  •  Ability to facilitate processes and create conditions that are open for diverse inputs, stimulate collaboration and sharing.

Partnership management

  •  Strategic engagement: Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives.

Business Direction & Strategy

  •  Strategic Thinking: Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.


  •  Data analysis: Ability to extract, analyze and visualize procurement data to form meaningful insights and aid effective business decision making.
  •  Data management: Knowledge of processing, storing, and validating procurement data.

Required Skills and Experience


  •  Master’s degree in Management/Public Health, Pharmacy, Procurement and Supply Management, Business Administration, or related field from a recognized University.


  •  Minimum of 7 years of progressive relevant professional experience, of which 5 years in managing effective partnerships with governments in health-related areas.

Required skills:

  •  Knowledge and experience in the area of health systems strengthening is required.
  •  Solid experience in human and organizational capacity development or knowledge transfer is required.

Desired additional skills:

  •  Work experience in health procurement and supply chain management in Africa is an asset.
  •  Experience of UN or UNDP-supported health programmes is an asset.


  •  Good working knowledge in English both oral and written is required.
  •  Fluency in Portuguese is required.


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