Tajikistan nationals: National Project Coordinator

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Dushanbe, Tajikistan 🇹🇯

Background

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a) Briefly describe the office/unit/project structure and context In May 2021, UNDP launched a Regional initiative “Climate Change and Resilience in Central Asia (CCRCA)” with financial support from European Union, seeking to improve cooperation and resilience of local and regional stakeholders to the threats and risks posed by climate change. The project will be implemented by UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub for Europe and CIS in the Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, and Republic of Uzbekistan.  b) Rationale / background and the objectives of the unit or project The overall objective of the EU funded and implemented by UNDP project “Climate Change and Resilience in Central Asia (CCRCA)” is to support stability and climate resilient development in Ferghana Valley, a trans-border area of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It aims to (i) improve knowledge of climate-fragility risks amongst stakeholders at local, national, and regional levels; (ii) facilitate risk-informed policymaking and transboundary resource management; and (iii) support practical risk reduction interventions. The Project will target both men and women as well as other vulnerable groups (marginalized, elderly, people with disabilities). The gender responsive approach will consider the structural barriers impacting women’s, men’s and socio-economically vulnerable groups’ abilities to fully benefit from climate-resilient risk management and will integrate activities to promote gender equality and social inclusion. Further, the gender responsive approach will ensure that women and vulnerable groups have equal access to information and participate in, benefit from, and make decisions about the work of the project. c) Briefly describe how the required services will contribute to the work of the unit/project The  National Project Coordinator will report to the Regional National Project Coordinator and will work under the guidance of UNDP CO Team Leader/Climate Change, DRR, Energy and Environment and Deputy Resident Representative.The National Project Coordinator collaborates with the with the Committee for Environmental Protection and relevant Government counterparts, UNDP relevant staff both in UNDP Country office in Dushanbe, Staff of Resilience Cluster of UNDP, as well as in the Local Implementation and Innovation Center in Khujand city. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systemsThe National Project Coordinator of the CCRCA Project will be based in Dushanbe city (Tajikistan). The Project Manager’s prime responsibility will be to ensure that the project produces the results specified in the project document to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.The National Project Coordinator will be responsible for the planning and implementation in compliance with UNDP rules and procedures of the pilot adaptation and prevention measures which will be selected during the project implementation stage and demonstrated at pilot sites in project areas. The National Project Coordinator will ensure that climate risk information and warnings are tailored to women and vulnerable groups (marginalized, elderly, people with disabilities), and take responsibility for quality preparation of local community-level participatory climate risk and climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans with participation of women and vulnerable groups.    d) If applicable, explain any specific challenges around the unit, project and/or work required (e.g., security risks involved in conducting the work in certain communities, certain cultures and practices unique to the stakeholders, etc.)  

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support of planning, implementation and monitoring of the project’s activities under Output 1  and other related to community resilience activities for the achievement of project targets and results. 2. Quality and timely planning and implementation in compliance with UNDP rules and procedures and within set up targets of the pilot adaptation and prevention measures at pilot sites in the Ferghana Valley. 3. Support to partnership building, information transfer and awareness work, and improving climate adaptation capacities of the local communities, with special focus on the resilience of women, children and other vulnerable groups. 4. Documenting results of the pilot measures and formulation of “lessons learnt” to be shared with decision-makers for further replication. 1.  Organization and Management: • Develop annual work plans and execute project activities in consultation with the UNDP CO and the “Climate Change and Resilience in Central Asia” Project Steering Committee;• Ensure adherence of the project work plan to the Project Document, prepare revisions if required, and ensure synergies with other donor funded initiatives focused on climate change;• Prepare regular progress reports in line with reporting schedules, as well as any other reports requested by UNDP, donor, Government and or other stakeholders;• Prepare final project report and process all other requirements for the project auditing, midterm and final evaluation and closure of the project as per UNDP standard procedures; • Ensure timely recruitment and procurement of quality services and equipment and implementation of project activities in line with applicable UNDP rules, regulation and standards;• Manage the human and financial resources for achieving results in line with the outputs and activities outlined in the project document and annual work plan;• Lead, manage and oversee the project staff and consultants to ensure timely implementation of project activities and achievement of expected results;• Ensure the project team members have clear set goals and targets as per which performance assessment is conducted;• Ensure that all project personnel maintain a high level of transparency, responsibility and accountability in M&E and in reporting of project results• Undertake timely actions to respond to any project deviation or delays informing donor and partners;• Review and ensure technical soundness and cost effectiveness of project activities;• Support the establishment of monitoring frameworks and provide on-going feedback and technical backstopping and regularly monitor progress towards the identified indicators; • Organize meetings of the Project Board (Project Steering Committee); • Represent the project at the Project Steering Committee meetings, technical meetings and other appropriate fora in coordination with UNDP Country Office;• Ensure timely planning and implementation of the envisaged baseline surveys, annual action research and project evaluations to inform project level planning and decision making;• Ensure that project outputs have been achieved as appropriate, the project is successfully closed and that project outputs are revisited during the project evaluation process to assess the impact of project outputs on expected outcomes; • Ensure security of the staff and assets belonging to the projects. 2. Delivery of Project Results:  • Oversee and monitor implementation of work plans and budgets for all project activities. Ensure that the project produces the results (outputs) specified in the project documents to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost;• Monitor the project expenditures, commitments and balance of funds under the project budget lines, and draft project budget revisions in accordance with UNDP’s ATLAS system including the reporting on project funds and related record keeping;• Monitor project expenditure, commitments and balance of funds under the project budget lines for cost-efficiency and consistency with the Project Document and corresponding Annual Work Plan. Prepare results framework for each output and establish performance and impact assessment indicators and system.• Ensure conformity of results with the Project Document and UNDP rules and procedures through budget preparation and management, planning and general monitoring of the project;• Manage delivery of results by using up-to-date best practices and know-how in the subject area and accordingly plan delivery of resources for the performance year; • Ensure that all project deliverables and documents are noted and stored, that the project is both operationally and financially closed in Atlas, that all tasks have been completed, that all assets have been transferred, that all issues are resolved and that the project is “done”;• Ensure that the standard UNDP and GCF M&E requirements are fulfilled to the highest quality• Review professional performance and document implementation processes and results through a project-based professional reports. 3. Policy and Technical Advice:  The incumbent must arrange through different means the provision of policy advice to the Government as well as to the partners of the project, in the following areas:• Prepare plan of action for policy support services;• Provide intellectual or substantive leadership in the subject area through identification of key policy issues and formulation of best possible and alternative policy and programme options at local and national levels; • Stimulate strategic thinking in the subject area, taking into account the needs of Government, local authorities, non-government and development partners as well as opportunities to develop national public goods; • Map on a consistent basis the climate-related development issues, covering the situation and strategic opportunities in the form of reports;• Identify opportunities to enhance teamwork within the project and with other UNDP projects to capitalize on the specific advantages of multi-disciplinary support within the framework of the project;• Support to provide policy advice on the on-going policy development on climate change adaptation and ensuring the optimal design and sequencing necessary for enhancing the existing legal framework and institutional strengthening.• Contribute to policy briefs, strategic notes, discussion papers on emerging climate change adaptation related issues, for consideration by the Government and other stakeholders;• Review and contribute to all outputs and deliverables produced under the project;• Analysis and aggregation of project results/outputs, and reporting of project progress at the objective and outcome level; 4. Knowledge Management: • Support the development and implementation of capacity building activities aimed at government counterparts, civil society groups, media and relevant stakeholders.• Contribute written inputs to UNDP flagship products/newsletter/policy briefs, based on project results, data and information, lessons learned and best practices.• Formulate a framework for data sharing among stakeholders, for project implementation• Support the Government with analysis and substantive research into national adaptation planning, and other major national and local development issues; • Sharing international best practices on implementation of climate change adaptation policies and practices through participatory processes and techniques involving civil society, women and minority groups.• Ensure systemic capturing of key lessons learnt generated by the project through feasibility studies, research, surveys as well as other primary and secondary sources to produce knowledge-based products; • Serve as peer reviewer, as and when required. 5.  Partnership, Communication and Resource Mobilization:  • Identify stakeholders and partners for the undertaking of various project outputs and activities;• Develop new partnerships with civil society and/or non-governmental/ community-based organizations; local communities and private sector to deliver the project outputs and activities, as required;• Establish and maintain sound partnerships with the Government, namely Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, donors and other strategic partners; • Ensure that project activities are closely coordinated with stakeholders and that a high level of collaboration and cooperation is in place at the national, regional, provincial and district level;• Liaise with project partners to ensure their co-financing contributions are identified, secured and provided within the agreed terms;• Liaise with other relevant government and relevant partners/stakeholders, UNDP Country Office regarding the project, including to share information about trends, issues and results, to coordinate and utilize resources effectively and efficiently.• Ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders of the project according to the agreed management arrangements;• Proactively identify potential sources of funding and assist in resource mobilisation for the project through development of concept notes and funding proposals to the potential donors and promoting project deliverables at the relevant development platforms;• Prepare proposals for mobilization of human, technical or financial resources from international development organizations, non-government organizations and the private sector; • Mobilize resources to support the achievement of project outputs and outcomes; • Ensure regular communication of project results, including producing communication products and visibility materials, and liaison with media in Tajikistan and beyond;• Ensure visibility of the project, including adherence to visibility standards and templates of the donor, UNDP and Government, as required.  

Competencies

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Delivery

Ability to get things done

Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)

Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda

  • Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Creates effective advocacy strategies
  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Results-Based Programme Development and Management

  • Contributing to results through provision of information
  • Provide information for linkages across project activities to help identify critical points of integration
  • Provide information and documentation on specific stages of project implementation
  • Provide background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals
  • Participate in the formulation of project proposals

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Building Strategic Partnerships

  • Identifying and building partnerships
  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

  • Developing new approaches
  • Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Resource Mobilization

  • Implementing resource mobilization strategies
  • Analyzes information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach
  • Identifies and compiles lessons learned
  • Develops a resource mobilization strategy at the country level

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work Assignments
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

  • Research and analysis
  • Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Performed analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level

Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

Client Orientation

  • Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
  • Anticipates client needs
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Required Skills and Experience

Education: At least Bachelor’s Degree from the recognized University/Institution in Rural Development, Natural Resource Management, Water Management, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Economics, Business administration, Environmental studies or related disciplines.

Work Experience: At least 5 years of experience in planning, management and execution of community resilience projects in the context of climate change, environmental management or other relevant field.

Including 2 years of demonstrable community-based project management experience and 2 years of experience working with international organizations/projects/programs, national or provincial institutions that are concerned with natural resources, environmental management.

Desired Additional Skills:

Proven experience in M&E, communication and other related area.

Excellent computer skills, including full command of text and spreadsheet programmes, data bases and web-based communication tools.

Sound knowledge of country context and development challenges.

Affinity with the mandate and role of the United Nations

Language skills: Fluency in Tajik, Russian and English languages is mandatory

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