Yemen nationals: National Project Coordinator With Enhancing Resilience through Sustainable Water Resource Management Project

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Aden, Yemen 🇾🇪

Background

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With the ongoing crises Yemenis suffer from reduced livelihood resilience of due to the increased risk of water scarcity, disasters, food insecurity, epidemics such as COVID-19 and water-induced conflict. After more than five years of war, Yemen is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world; becoming increasingly threatened by acute and persistent natural resource-related conflicts, food insecurity, and dependency on international aid, as well as the ever-increasing impact of climate change.  Water scarcity in Yemen has been a long-lasting and ever-accelerating issue with a multitude of social and economic effects. Water-related risks, namely the risks of too much, too little, and overly polluted water; and disruption to freshwater systems will increasingly be impacted by climate change and can compromise efforts to effectively address the country’s multiple development challenges. Environmental degradation, depleted groundwater, and the inability to capture and store rainfall strongly contribute to less food productivity, poverty, displacement, and conflict in Yemen. This is a complex problem predicted to get worse – a catalyst and root cause for massive social and economic change, which could overwhelm development efforts and perpetuate conflict and aid dependency.  With funding from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UNDP in implementing a “Resilience Programme in the Irrigation and Agricultural Sector” project. The project is designed to strengthen the nexus between water governance, food security, and reconciliation to reinforce livelihood resilience, economic recovery, and sustainable peace of conflict-affected communities. Implemented jointly with FAO, the project aims to i) improve agricultural production and resilience to water scarcity (FAO), ii) enhance livelihood opportunities (FAO), iii) reduce water related conflict, and improve water management through awareness raising and disaster preparedness at the local level (FAO).   Realisation of UNDP’s project component will result in the transformation of water resource management into a democratic and reconciliatory process that reconciles the demands for water, which ultimately contributes to turning water from a cause of conflict to a driver for peace. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

UNDP seeks the to recruit a National Project Coordinator to lead implementation of the UNDP project component. Under the overall direction of the Senior Deputy Resident Representative – Programme and direct supervision of the Team Leader, Peace Operations Support Unit, the National Project Coordinator is responsible for the overall delivery and reporting of the project, including planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring of the project. The National Project Coordinator is responsible for facilitating collaboration and ensuring accountability within the team for achieving the project objectives. The National Project Coordinator also ensures that the project team promotes a client-oriented approach and engage with local officials to design and deliver a capacity development programmes that meets their needs. He/she should have strong networking skills and be able to position UNDPs work with all relevant government counterparts, donors, and stakeholders. 

Planning: 

  • Assist UNDP management in the development and drafting of plans through the complete life-cycle of projects to reporting and lessons learnt in a complex and fluid environment.
  • Assist in the day-to-day operational management of the project in particular the planning and management of project activities.
  • Deliver regular progress reports and briefings to donors, the Project Board, UNDP management and other stakeholders including result-based management.
  • Prepare annual work plans, timelines for specific activities and budgets.

Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Report on the overall direction and integrity of the project by liaising with UNDP, donors, other stakeholders and the Project Board and prepare timely and relevant briefings.
  • Monitor, prepare and update the risks and issues logs according to Project Board decisions as well as events in the visibility & communication plan, and decide on contingency actions as events may require.
  • Ensure that all Atlas accessible reporting items are met and reported against in coordination.

Management and technical support:

  • Act as point of contact for other UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and other organisations.
  • Ensure good coordination and collaboration with suppliers, senior beneficiaries and other implementing partners.
  • Assist and prepare external agreements with service providers – consultants/contractors/NGOs and other suppliers.
  • Undertake activities as may be required by the project and the UNDP CO.
  • Donor coordination/resource mobilisation
  • Support the UNDP POS unit in mobilising additional funding to the Water Resource Management programme.

Technical support:

  • Organise workshops on water management and social cohesion in project locations
  • Support to establish and/or develop water institutions such as Water Users Associations for better WRM
  • Conduct field-level baseline survey
  • Prepare and conduct training on WRM and other related issue according to necessity and request from counterparts
  • Other related tasks requested by UNDP management

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that 

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

Competencies

Core competencies:

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work

  • Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow

  • Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement, and excellence in others

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

  • Level 4: Models independent thinking and action 

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

  • Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

  • Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Required technical and functional skills and competencies:

  • Demonstrable experience and success in capacity development and training.
  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of project administration, preferably in a complex conflict and post-conflict environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of water-related conflict prevention.
  • Understanding and experience with government-led multi-stakeholders programmes.

Desired additional skills and competencies:

  • Demonstratable experience in water resource management projects. 
  • Demonstratable experience working with local authorities, local communities around water related issues. 
  • Experience working and building capacities of Water User Associations and water-related authorities. 
  • Experience working with a United Nations field mission. 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • A  Master’s degree preferably from a reputable accredited university in Social Science, Disaster Management, Environmental Protection and/or relevant field is required.
  • A bachelor’s degree with additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree. 

Years of relevant Work experience:

  • 2 years of experience (for Master’s degree holders or 4 years for Bachelor’s degree holders ) in working as a professional in the Disaster Management Field or Water Resource Management particularly national resiliency and community based DRR orientated field operational projects.

Required Languages:

  • Excellent standard of spoken and written Arabic and English.

Disclaimer

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