National Coordinator Urban EbA in Jamaica – SC UNDP SB5-3
Application deadline 3 months ago: Wednesday 5 Oct 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
Result of Service The National Coordinator will report directly to the Adaptation Programme Officer. and will be primarily responsible for supporting the results of the project in Jamaica.
The National Coordinator´s main duties and responsibilities will include: - Oversee and manage project implementation, monitor work progress, and ensure timely delivery of outputs in the target city. - Follow -up work carried out by implementing partner(s) in Kingston, based on signed agreements Report to the Regional Coordinator regarding project progress. Reports should contain assessments of the progress of implementing activities, including reasons for delays, if any, and recommendations on necessary improvements. - Act as a liaison and promote dialogue between national, provincial and local stakeholders. - Coordinate activities of the Technical Advisory Committee in the respective target city. - Promote the participation of local communities in project activities. - Support the Regional Coordinator in developing and implementing a comprehensive monitoring and reporting system. - Ensure timely preparation of detailed Annual Work Plans and budgets for approval by the Regional Coordinator and the Project Steering Committee. - Organise the Technical Advisory Committee meetings. - Assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of local project staff and experts as required. - Facilitate the work of the Finance Assistant. - Provide a quarterly update of the expenses of the previous three months and the expenses expected for the next three months to the Regional Coordinator. - Establish linkages and networks with the ongoing activities of other government and nongovernment agencies. - Provide input to management and technical reports and other documents as described in the M&E plan for the overall project. - Participate in training activities, report writing and facilitation of expert activities that are relevant to his or her area of expertise. - Inform the Regional Coordinator immediately of any issue or risk which might jeopardize the success of the project. - Provide on-the-ground information for progress reports. - Liaise and coordinate with the Regional Coordinator and government authorities on a regular basis. - Coordinate visits to project sites.
Ultimate result of service - Project activities and deliverables in the target city are carried out as outlined in the Project Document. - Proper coordination between the local project management unit, key local stakeholders and the rest of the project team.
- Development of annual work plans
- Support in drafting of legal agreements
- Definition of technical guidelines and development of training materials
- Follow-up project activities carried out by the local implementing partner(s) in construction, restoration, reforestation and others as needed
- Support in drafting of policy and communication documents
- Organization of meetings and workshops
- Budget planning and reporting
Drafting technical reports
Work Location Kingston, Jamaica
Expected duration 12
Duties and Responsibilities The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LAC Office), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is the second most urbanised region in the world, with ~80% of its population living in cities. Rapid urbanisation, coupled with limited urban planning and the associated expansion of cities, is degrading urban and peri-urban ecosystems that provide vital ecosystem services for urban communities. Ecosystem degradation poses a threat to urban communities and increases their vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.
To address the vulnerability of urban communities, governments in the LAC region need to develop and implement cost-effective and low-risk solutions, such as Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) protecting, maintaining and rehabilitating priority ecosystems in urban areas and its immediate surroundings.
As a result, UNEP is working with the Ministry of Water Land, Environment and Climate Change (MWLECC) of Jamaica to execute the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project “Building climate resilience of urban systems through Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Latin America and the Caribbean in the cities of San Salvador, Kingston and Xalapa”, also known as CityAdapt. The objective of the project is to increase the adaptability of urban communities through: i) mainstreaming urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) into medium- and long-term urban development planning; ii) implementing urban EbA interventions to foster climate-resilient communities; and iii) acquiring knowledge and raising awareness of urban EbA throughout the LAC region.
The National Coordinator will be responsible for overall coordination of the execution of the Global Environment Fund (GEF) funded project “Building climate resilience of urban systems through Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Latin America and the Caribbean” in Jamaica.
The Coordinator will report directly to the Adaptation Programme Officer based in the UN Environment Office in Panama. He/She will be based in the Ministry of Environment located in Kingston, Jamaica, 40 hours per week, from Monday to Friday on a full-time basis.
Qualifications/special skills- Master’s degree in environment, natural resources management, agriculture, or a closely related field is required. - A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience on environmental management, climate change or sustainable development is required. - Demonstrated solid knowledge of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, ecological restoration and sustainable use of natural resources. - Experience in the public participation development process associated with environment and sustainable development is an asset. - Proven experience in working and collaborating within governments. - Proven experience in project management - Experience in urban planning and development is an asset. - Experience with GEF projects is an asset.
Languages- Fluency in English is required - Spanish is an asset
Additional Information SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: - Ability to pick up new terminology and concepts easily and to turn information from various sources into a coherent project document. - Ability to design and develop technical documents. - Excellent organization and planning skills. - Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentations). - Ability to work independently and as a team. - Motivated and dynamic to jump-start activities
Communication: - Effective written and oral communication skills; - Supports and encourages open communication in the team and facilitates teamwork;
Development and Operational Effectiveness: - Results-driven and initiative-taking; - Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines; - Ability to plan and organize work and establish priorities; - Remains calm and in control even under pressure, and consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Teamwork - Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed time, cost and quality standards
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