DRIVER TO HEAD OF OFFICE
Full Time
January 25, 2024
Lilongwe, Malawi
January 31, 2024

Company: UNDP

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Overview

Background
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.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Administrative Associate, the Driver provides reliable and safe driving services to UNDP RR and other high-ranking UN officials and visitors ensuring highest standards of discretion and integrity, sense of responsibility, excellent knowledge of protocol and security issues. The Driver also demonstrates a client-oriented approach, courtesy, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Upon request of the supervisor, the Driver can be also required to provide driving services to the operations and programme staff in the CO, Consultants and Experts and UN staff on mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provision of reliable and safe driving services

  • Driving the UNDP RR and other high-ranking officials
  • Knowledge of the various tribes and customs in Malawi to support the head of office during field visits
  • Delivery and collection of mail, documents and other items as assigned by supervisor from time to time
  • Meeting official personnel and visitors at the airport including visa and customs formalities arrangement when required

Cost-savings through proper use of vehicle

  • Accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logbook
  • Provision of inputs to preparation of the vehicle maintenance plans and reports.

Proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle

  • Timely minor vehicle repairs
  • Timely arrangements for major repairs
  • Timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes, car washing, etc.

Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies

  • Vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts should always be available in the assigned vehicle.

Ensures that all immediate actions required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accidents.

  • Reports to United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) as soon as an accident occurs.
  • Follow other rules and regulations by UNDP and Malawi Road Safety Directorate on accident reporting and management
Competencies
Core competencies 
Achieve Results:
LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:
LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously
LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility
LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination
LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner
LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion
LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Business Direction & Strategy-Business Acumen

  • Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome
  • Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

Business Direction & Strategy-Effective Decision Making

  • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority area of expertise and resources

Business Management-Risk Management

  • Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • A minimum of Malawi Junior Certificate of Education or its equivalent. Those with MSCE or Equivalent will have an added advantage.
  • A clean SADC class C1 driving license and a defensive driving certificate.
Experience:
  • Minor Motor vehicle repair skills demonstrated by possession of at least Grade 3 Motor Vehicle Mechanic (MVM) certificate will be an added advantage.
  • Well-developed chauffeur courtesies demonstrated by possession of a chauffer certificate desirable
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of driving rules and regulations
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of protocol
  • Good skills in initiative and discretion
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of security issues in Malawi
  • Adequate communications skills to be able to liaise with police and protocol staff on different assignments
  • Fluency in English and Chichewa
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.