Georgia nationals: National Coordinator

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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GEF funded regional Kura Project “Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) is being executed through the Direct Implementation Modality (DIM) by the Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH), with advisory and execution support from the UNDP Country Offices and the Project Coordination Unit (PCU). The Kura Project will address the priority needs in the ministerially endorsed Strategic Action Plan (SAP) through implementation of the SAP and national Integrated Water Resources Management Plans to strengthen and harmonize coordinated conjunctive transboundary ground and surface water management. The five components are: Support for institutional governance protocols; professional development and capacity building for water managers across sectors; stress reduction measures in critical areas; stakeholder education and empowerment; and, enhanced science for governance. The project has strong, multisectoral support in both countries – Georgia and Azerbaijan and will support pending bilateral legal agreements. The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) will be established by UNDP IRH in Baku, Azerbaijan. The PCU will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination and oversight of the Kura II Project. The PCU will be led by Chief Technical Advisor/ Regional Project Coordinator (CTA/RPC).

Under the guidance of the UNDP Chief Technical Advisor / Regional Project Coordinator (CTA/RPC) for the Kura-II project, the National Coordinator will be responsible for coordination of the project activities at the national level and liaise with the National Focal Points and stakeholders. S/he will provide national level expertise in all components and guidance to the national consultants, interns, as well as review and verify national level outputs in close cooperation with the other members of the Project Coordination Unit (PCU).

Background on the project

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) ( unites 183 member governments—in partnership with international institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector—to address global environment issues. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants. Since 1991, the GEF has provided US$12.5 billion in grants and leveraged US$58 billion in co-financing for 3,690 projects in 165 developing countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP) the GEF has made more than 20,000 grants totaling about US$1 billion to civil society and community-based organizations.

The GEF International Waters (IW) focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as shared river basins, lakes, groundwater and large marine ecosystems. The IW portfolio comprises 242 projects to date and some US$1.4 billion of GEF grants invested in 149 different countries. This investment has leveraged about US$8.4 billion in co-financing.

UNDP GEF Kura Project “Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)  across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans” will be implementing the Strategic Action Program for the Kura River Basin in partnership with the Governments of Georgia and Azerbaijan. The SAP is framed around four agreed Ecosystem Quality Objectives (EQO) which are:

  • To achieve sustainable utilization of water resources to ensure access to water and preserve ecosystem services;
  • To achieve water quality such that it would ensure access to clean water for present and future generations and sustain ecosystem functions in the Kura river basin;
  • To achieve and maintain ecosystem status whereby they provide essential environmental and socio-economic services in a sustainable manner in the Kura River Basin; and;
  • To achieve mitigation of adverse impacts of flooding and climate change on infrastructures, riparian ecosystems and communities.

The GEF will support priority activities towards these objectives. The GEF funded SAP implementation Project has the objective “to integrate water resources management in the Kura river basin to address water-energy-food-ecosystem security nexus through the implementation of agreed actions in the SAP”.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Management and implementation of the regional Kura-II project activities at the national level, under the direction of the Regional Project Coordinator/CTA (P4);
  • Providing technical national level expertise within all project components. 

Management and implementation of the regional Kura-II project, focusing on:

  • Coordination of activities within the country with the guidance of the CTA/RPC, Senior Capacity Building Expert and Communication and Project Officer;
  • Primary Liaison with National Focal Points, and national level stakeholders;
  • Coordinate National Consultants efforts and inputs;
  • Guide project efforts at the national level, with daily oversight of national office functions.

Providing technical level expertise focusing on:

  • National level expertise and guidance to the PCU in all components;
  • Technical oversight and guidance of national consultants, and interns;
  • Review and verify national level outputs;
  • Provide national level coordination and summarization for all project deliverables as needed.

The key results have an impact on the overall success of the UNDP/GEF Kura project, which will support the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan and National Integrated Water Resources Management Plans which will facilitate coordinated transboundary ground and surface water management in the project countries.


Functional Competencies:      

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate.

Results-Based Programme Development and Management

  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work;
  • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration;
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation.

Building Strategic Partnerships

  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues;
  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.

Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)

  • Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors.

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences.

Client Orientation

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision making.
Required Skills and Experience

Education and years of experience:

  • Master’s degree in environmental management, hydrology, development studies or related fields. PhD would be an asset;

Job Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Demonstrated familiarity / experience with or, ideally, work experience in GEF International Waters is an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience in support to local, national and international organizations, projects with multinational and interdisciplinary teams in development of integrated water management plans and strategic plans is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to strategic development products based on national level priorities for international donors is required, preferably for UN, World Bank or GEF;
  • Demonstrated familiarity/experience with transboundary waters issues and national IWRM plan priorities in Georgia and priority national issues in the Kura River basin, including water sector, agricultural and energy sectors and environmental sector, national and regional institutional structures and future development plans is required;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with multiple stakeholder priorities, water management issues, national stakeholder concerns, and water initiatives activities in the Kura basin; experience and familiarity in working successfully with a wide array of stakeholders and sectors in Georgia is an asset;
  • Demonstrated familiarity and sensitivity to wider regional economic development trends shaping water resource management in the Kura Basin is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • English is the working language for this assignment, therefore oral and written communication skills in English are required, as well as the language of the duty station is required;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in Russian is an asset. 

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