Bangladesh nationals: Knowledge Management Expert
Climate change, manifesting in the form of intensified cyclones, storm surges, and sea-level rise (SLR), is accelerating saltwater intrusion into the fresh water resources of the coastal belt of Bangladesh. Climate change-induced soil and water salinity is projected to adversely impact freshwater dependent agricultural livelihoods (leading to loss of productivity or livelihoods) as well as the availability and quality of drinking water in the vulnerable coastal communities. Furthermore, given the crucial role that women play in water security and household level resilience, and their socio-economic marginalization, the climate change-induced threat to agricultural livelihoods and drinking water security of the affected coastal communities disproportionately affects women and girls.
Therefore, the key objective of the proposed project is to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in strengthening the adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with impacts of climate change-induced salinity on their livelihoods and water security. GCF resources will be combined with GoB co-financing to address information, technical, financial and institutional barriers to implementing and managing resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions for the vulnerable communities in the Southwestern coastal districts of Khulna and Satkhira. An estimated 719,229 people (about 245,516 direct and 473,713 indirect) will benefit from the proposed project interventions.
The proposed project will empower target communities, especially women, as ‘change-agents’ to plan, implement, and manage resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions. The project will enable those communities to address climate change risks on livelihood and drinking water security to promote synergistic co-benefits. It will enhance the adaptive capacities of these communities in the face of worsening impacts of climate-change induced salinity on their freshwater resources which in turn adversely affect livelihood and drinking water requirements. GCF resources will be invested in promoting a diversification from currently non-adaptive, freshwater-reliant livelihoods of small-scale farmers, fishers, and agro-labourers towards climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods. GoB co-financing is leveraged to support adoption and scale of these alternative, climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods through strengthened value-chains and market linkages for their long-term viability in the face of increasing salinity and extreme weather. The project also utilizes GCF and GoB resources to support investments in and management of climate-resilient drinking water solutions to secure year-round, safe drinking water supplies for the targeted communities. Access to reliable, safe drinking water enables the communities, especially women and girls in targeted households, to invest the resulting time and cost savings and health co-benefits in enhanced livelihoods and income generating and/or educational opportunities. In turn, the enhanced incomes and livelihoods will enable the communities to sustain the investments in the drinking water supply solutions in the long-term. Finally, through investments in institutional capacities, knowledge dissemination and evidence-based learning, the project will enable pathways for replication and scale of project impact to secure livelihoods and drinking water across the vulnerable districts of the southwest coast of Bangladesh. The project yields significant environmental, social (including gender), and economic co-benefits including enhanced integrity of coastal ecosystems and freshwater resources; improved gender norms and women empowerment; and increased income and health benefits, estimated at USD15 million and USD4 million respectively over the project lifetime.
The project contributes towards GoB’s achievement of priorities outlined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and its climate change strategies. The project objective speaks to the top five key near-term areas of intervention identified by the INDC to address adverse impacts of climate change including: 1) Food security, livelihood and health protection (incl. water security); 2) Comprehensive disaster management, 3) Coastal Zone Management, including Salinity Intrusion control, 4) Flood Control and Erosion protection, 5) Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure. Directly aligned to six of the fourteen broad adaptation actions prioritized by INDC, the project is implementing improved EWS, supporting climate resilient infrastructure, Tropical cyclones and storm surge protection, stress-tolerant variety improvement and cultivation, and Capacity Building at Individual and institutional level to plan and implement adaptation programmes and projects.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of Project Coordinator, the Knowledge Management Expert will be responsible for the overall KM component of the project including the designing and implementation of all activities under such component that contributes to all of the three (3) project Outputs. S/he shall be working closely with the Regional Project Manager and the rest of the project team members in implementing both the national and regional level activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Knowledge Management Expert will perform the following roles and responsibilities:
- Overall responsibility of Knowledge Management of Climate Change Adaptation in the project.
- Introduce a culture of innovation, innovation implementation and learning process within project and institutional ecosystems UNDP works with (other UNDP and GoB efforts including NAP, CFF, CPF for GCF, GCF Readiness, Macro-economic Framework, Adaptation Tracking and Measuring).
- Develop conceptual framework of knowledge systematics within climate change adaptation actions using ICT and GIS based platforms.
- Develop, maintain and upgrade the Information and Knowledge Management for Climate Change Adaptation.
- Work proactively with project teams to identify opportunities for production, processing, capturing and sharing knowledge, and disseminating information about major progress and results;
- Develop and implement a national strategy for adaptation knowledge management and support the preparation and implementation of knowledge management (KM) portal for “Gender and Climate Change in Bangladesh”;
- Design and implement effective learning activities, with clients to find scope and implement appropriate and effective knowledge capture and sharing activities’
- Manage knowledge sharing events, scope and manage the successful execution of knowledge sharing events including monthly seminars/webinars, workshops, conferences, and peer learning sessions;
- Identify and curate technical content and technical experts, research, design, and implement technical content strategies to ensure that the right knowledge is getting to the right people at the right time (and in the right way)
- Prepare a comprehensive knowledge management and communication strategy for the project.
- Promote adoption and use of knowledge management in the project through the development and support of communities of practice;
- Share relevant findings with project components and management in appropriate format to ensure the whole organization benefits from and applies the learning;
- Identify possible research areas and develop research proposals to inform project management about programme progress and new intervention design;
- Organize internal/external data and documentation of the programme in a systematic manner;
- Regularly disseminate relevant thematic information amongst the regional and national experts;
- Facilitate learning amongst project components, partners and stakeholders through reviews of progress against benchmarks, collecting lessons learnt and best practices and facilitating dissemination of the same;
- Enrich project’s knowledge repository by actively liaising and collaborating with national and international policy, advocacy and knowledge management experts through the external Results Management Network
- Engage with national and international public, private and academic research organizations to identify areas of mutual collaboration;
- Extend research support to project components through liaison with partners on the extended network.
- Manage all internal and external survey work, assessments and evaluations including: development of ToR, review of and support to methodology and tools development, data collection and analysis.
- Review draft reports, provide feedback and advise management on approval of final report, dissemination of findings and recommendations with intended audiences.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall success of the project activities.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Shares knowledge and experience
- Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
- Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners, and building strategic alliances and partnerships
- Developing and implementing conceptually innovative approaches to the provision of technical expertise.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Strong writing ability with exceptional communication skills, both written and oral
- Strong computer skills with a knowledge of many desktop applications that will be useful for the position
- Experience in using specialized computer programs for statistical analysis such as SPSS/ STATA
- Prior experience with the SharePoint platform is a plus
- Strong design sensibilities
- Experience with interacting with a range of clients
Leadership and Self-Management
- Highly organized with a keen eye for detail
- Ability to multi task under tight deadlines
- Ability to think quickly and improvise when necessary
- Creative self-starter with an ability to work independently and also as an integral part of a team to deliver results
- Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexity
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree preferably in Environmental Science/ Data Science/ Development Studies / Sociology / Anthropology / Statistics / Economics / Public Administration / Psychology or other relevant field.
Experience: The candidate should possess the following qualification to compete for the announced position:
- Minimum 7 years of working experience in UN/GoB/IFIs/University/Academia/INGo with at least 3 years experience in similar positions.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience in research, knowledge management, organizational learning, and knowledge portal management;
- Demonstrated understanding of ICT and GIS based knowledge management principles and capacity to deliver knowledge management and/or organizational learning activities based on ICT and GIS platforms (preferably open sources);
- Experience in information systems design and implementation as well as design and facilitation of learning events;
- Demonstrated interest in and capacity to deliver online based knowledge management and/or organizational learning programs
- Ability to link content development and engagement strategies that facilitate timely, useful delivery of information through project learning platforms and activities;
- Excellent facilitation, program/activity management, and written and oral communication skills
- Possess a strong background and working experience in tools development and toolkit production, learning product design (i.e., manuals, guidebooks, toolkits, brochures, etc.).
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
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