Bangladesh nationals: Project Manager (Adaptation Initiative for Climate Vulnerable Offshore Small Islands and Riverine Charland in Bangladesh)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Dhaka, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Background

Bangladesh has a low-lying topography extremely exposed to sea level rise (SLR), cyclones, tidal surges, salinity intrusion, erratic rainfall, drought and floods, causing it to be one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. The vulnerable communities who live on chars — small alluvial islands in rivers and the Bay of Bengal are particularly at risk from climate change. These communities have already experienced a number of climate change
impacts including frequent tidal surges, increasingly intense cyclones and salt water intrusion into fresh water and soil. Furthermore, climate change is projected to have an adverse impact on agriculture and other local livelihoods; fragile houses, access to drinking water and rural infrastructure, which includes existing cyclone protection embankments. The impacts of climate change also disproportionately affect the poor and are especially severe for women and children, who are forced to spend a greater portion of their time on livelihood and domestic activities. Current projections indicate, with a 2⁰C increase in global temperatures, 50-year floods in the country’s three main river basins will become 40% more likely by 2025. The impacts of climate change on these islands are exacerbated by several baseline factors, including geographic remoteness, topographic position near sea-level, limited public and private infrastructure to withstand climate impacts, poverty of local communities and livelihood practices that are dependent on the availability of fresh water. On coastal chars (small offshore islands), the houses and livelihoods of communities are damaged by the increasingly frequent and intense cyclones, tidal floods and saline intrusion from climate change, with inadequate protection from the fragile embankment system. On the inland riverine islands (riverine charland), communities are experiencing increasingly erratic rainfall as a result of climate change, leading to changes in both floods and droughts that their current houses and livelihood practices are unable to withstand.

Resources sought from the Adaptation Fund (AF) will be invested in four components. Firstly, it will assist households to enhance the resilience of their houses and livelihoods to climate change-induced flooding, cyclones, saline intrusion and droughts. Secondly, it will improve community-level infrastructure, including embankments with modern climate-resilient technology and effective local management practices. Thirdly, it will assist the Bangladesh Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) under Disaster Management Department, to enhance its activities in the remote coastal char targeted by the project, in order to provide timely early warnings and effective emergency response. This will be done by expanding the programme’s coverage in the area, modernising its equipment, and making it fully gender sensitive. Finally, the technology, approaches and knowledge generated by the project will be used to build the capacity of the local and national government; and communities to make climate-resilient investments and policies.

The Project Manager (PM) will be responsible for the overall day to day management of the Project, including the mobilization of all project inputs, supervision over project staff, consultants and sub-contractors. The PM directly report to the National Project Director in close consultation with the assigned UNDP Programme Specialist for all of the Project’s substantive and administrative issues. Generally, the PM will support the NPD who will be responsible for meeting government obligations under the Project, under the NIM execution modality. The PM will perform a liaison role with the government, UNDP and other UN agencies, CSOs and project partners, and maintain close collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key functions of PM are:

  • Undertake overall operational management for successful implementation of project activity;
  • Supervision and coordination of teams to ensure delivery of project outputs;
  • Overall financial and procurement management and disbursement;
  • Knowledge building and capacity enhancement services;
  • Partnership and Resources;

1. Undertake overall operational management for successful implementation of project activity

  • Plan the activities of the project and monitor progress against the approved work-plan;
  • Coordinate the production of project outputs, as per the project document in a timely and high quality fashion;  Coordinate all project inputs and ensure that they are adhere to UNDP procedures for nationally executed projects;
  • Perform appropriate project management actions to ensure output and outcomes as outlined in the project document and AWP;
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual progress report, Project Implementation Reporting (PIR) as per UNDP guidelines and organize quarterly progress, mid-year and annual reviews;
  • Manage and monitor the project risks initially identified and submit new risks to the NPSC for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks by maintaining the project risks log;
  • Organize meetings of the Steering Committee (when required);
  • Report progress of project to the steering committees, and ensure the fulfilment of NPSC directives;
  • Liaise with UNDP, NPSC, relevant government agencies, and all project partners, including CSOs and communities for effective coordination of all project activities;
  • Facilitate administrative support to subcontractors and training activities supported by the Project;
  • Oversee and ensure timely submission of the Inception Report, Project Implementation Report, Technical reports, quarterly reports, and other reports as may be required by UNDP, AF and GOB;
  • Ensure efficient programmatic and financial delivery of the project;
  • Assists and advises the Project Implementation Units responsible for activity implementation in the target sites;
  • Carry regular, announced and unannounced inspections of all sites and the activities of the Project Implementation Units;

2. Supervision and coordination of teams to ensure delivery of project outputs

  • Supervise and coordinate the work of all project staff, consultants and sub-contractors ensuring timing and quality of outputs;
  • Encourage staff, partners and consultants such that strategic, intentional and demonstrable efforts are made to actively include women in the project, including activity design and planning, budgeting, staff and consultant hiring, subcontracting, purchasing, formal community governance and advocacy, outreach to social organizations, training, participation in meetings; and access to program benefits;
  • Assist community groups, municipalities, CSOs, staff, students and others with development of essential skills through training workshops and on the job training thereby increasing their institutional capabilities;
  • Coordinate the recruitment and selection of project personnel, consultants and sub-contracts, including drafting terms of reference and work specifications and overseeing all contractors’ work;

3. Overall financial and procurement management and disbursement

  • Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports, submitted on a quarterly basis;
  • Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, through advance of funds, direct payments, or reimbursement using the UNDP provided format;
  • Initiated Project’s Budget Revision in line with UNDP’s Requirement;
  • Prepare, revise and submit project work and financial plans, as required by NPSC and UNDP;
  • Provide support to NPD and UNDP for financial management and disbursement of funds in relation to consultancy firms;
  • Coordinate with various government, private and non-governmental agencies regarding request for advisory and support services and lead the support from the project as required by the stakeholders;

4. Knowledge building and capacity enhancement services

  • Disseminate project reports and respond to queries from concerned stakeholders;
  • Oversee the exchange and sharing of experiences and lessons learned nationally and internationally;
  • Lead and facilitate production of knowledge product in the relevant subject matters;
  • As a whole, supervise the project’s capacity building efforts aimed at government counterparts, civil society groups, media and other stakeholders;
  • Assist NPD and UNDP for dissemination and awareness campaign;
  • Undertake any other activities that may be assigned by the Steering Committee;

5. Partnership and Resources

  • Mobilize and network with the experts of national and regional offices of the UN System, international development organizations, sub-regional and regional associations, affiliations and bodies (inter-governmental, non-government or private sector) and prominent private sector organizations;
  • Maintain effective relationship with development partners to facilitate and support resource mobilization;

Institutional Arrangement

  • The Project Manager directly report to the National Project Director in close consultation with the assigned UNDP Programme Specailist-Eniornment and Energy, Resilience and Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP County Office.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

Communication

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience to the team;
  • Encourages office staff to share knowledge and contribute to UNDP Practice Areas;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise

  • Able to perform a broad range of specialized activities aimed at effective and efficient functioning of the project, including data/schedule management, maintenance of protocol, information flow;
  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding the position;
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and discretion;
  • Able to provide input to business process re-engineering, elaboration and implementation of new data management systems;
  • Has food understanding of international affairs and donors community;
  • Has strong ability to establish, build and maintain effective working relationships with project staff and clients to facilitate the provision of required support, and;
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office tools (especially Word, Excel and Power Point) and use of the internet.

Results-Orientation

  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals;
  • Demonstrates ability to generate innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;
  • Partnering and networking;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP;
  • Demonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions;
  • Provides inputs to the development of simple system components;
  • Has ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;
  • Has ability to handle a large volume of work under time constraints;
  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals.

Client Orientation

  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Demonstrates an understanding of client/partner/donor perspective in terms of reporting requirements, and;
  • Strives for high quality client – oriented services (internal and external) when making decision and taking actions.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in change adaptation, natural resource management, Agriculture or environmental sciences, Business Management.

Work Experience:

  • Total 10 years of working experience in natural resource management (preferably in the context of wildlife conservation and law enforcement) and Minimum 3 years of demonstrable project/programme management experience
  • 3 years of working experience with ministries, national or provincial institutions that are concerned with natural resource and/or environmental management;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and strategic negotiation skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Previous experience in similar positions will be an advantage.

Required Language(s):

  • Excellent knowledge of English and Bangla, both written and verbal.

Travel:

  • Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions.

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