Viet Nam is particularly vulnerable to climate change and already impacted by more irregular and intense climate variability and change. Two of the regions most vulnerable to droughts-exacerbated by climate change affecting smallholder farmers are the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast. Changes in precipitation are leading to increasing deficits in surface and ground water availability for agricultural production with longer periods of severe water scarcity during the dry season and increased frequency and intensity of droughts. Overall agricultural productivity is falling, with corresponding declines in yields and incomes particularly harmful to small-scale farmers vulnerable to reduced water availability on rain fed lands and within this group, poor and near-poor, ethnic minority and women farmers.
UNDP is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI, as the GCF National Designated Authority), and the five participating provinces of Dak Lak, Dak, Nong, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, and Khanh Hoa to implement the project “Strengthening the resilience of smallholder agriculture to climate change-induced water insecurity in the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast regions of Vietnam” (herein after referred to as “the Project”), financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The objective of this project is to empower vulnerable smallholders in five provinces of the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast regions of Vietnam – particularly women and ethnic minority farmers – to manage increasing climate risks to agricultural production. To achieve its objective, the project will enable smallholder farmers to adapt to climate-driven rainfall variability and drought through implementation of two linked Outputs integrating GCF and co-financing resources from the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Vietnam:
The project was developed as part of an integrated programme funded through multiple sources, as envisaged by the Government of Vietnam (GoV), that was aimed at enhancing water security and building the climate change resilience of the agriculture sector focusing on Vietnam’s Central Highland and South-Central Coastal Regions. In alignment with this programme, the project will enable the GoV to adopt a paradigm shift in the way smallholder agricultural development is envisioned and supported through an integrated approach to agricultural resilience starting with planning for climate risks based on identification and analysis of agroecosystem vulnerabilities; enhancing water security and guaranteeing access; scaling up adoption and application of climate-resilient agricultural practices and cropping systems; and creating partnerships among value chain stakeholders to ensure access to market and credit. This approach directly addresses climate risks while also establishing or strengthening institutional capacities for long-term multi-stakeholder support to vulnerable smallholders.
Under the supervision of the Assistant Resident Representative (ARR) /Head of the Climate Change and Environment Unit, the Programme Management Specialist (PMS) is responsible for the management and implementation of the Project. The PMS will work closely with the International Climate Change/Agriculture Technical Advisor, the National Analysts and Officers in Climate Change, Agriculture, Water Resources, Private Sector of UNDP Viet Nam and Regional Technical Advisors in Bangkok Regional Hub, the Project Manager and Coordinators and other project staff in the central Project Management Unit (CPMU), PMU, and provincial PPMUs.
The PMS supervises the Programme Procurement Executive, Finance and Executive, and exercises the functions of administrative management of National Technical Specialist(s), including target setting and performance review, and approval of travel and leave.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Management Specialist has three functions:
1. Effective oversight of the implementation of the Project, aiming to achieve the following results (80% of time):
2. Strong partnership with government partners, development partners, NGOs, and civil society organizations, aiming at creation of synergies, leveraging support, and ensuring sustainability of the Project interventions and results (10% of time):
3. Advocacy and development of UNDP’s Climate Change and Environment Programme, and contribution to the UN work in Viet Nam (10% of time):
Vietnam nationals: Program Management Specialist
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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