Georgia nationals: Project National Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Georgia 🇬🇪

Background
 
 

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 CTA/RPC the National Project Officer will support the implementation of the Kura-II project at the national level through provide administrative and financial support, as well as translation of relevant materials and interpreting during the project events. The National Project Officer will support the National Project Coordinator and Financial and Administrative Officer. S/he will also provide support to the Communication and Project Officer to support activities related to capacity building and awareness raising.

Background on the project

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) (www.thegef.org) 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:

  • Support to implementation of the regional Kura-II project at the national level;
  • Administrative, financial and interpreter support for the meetings and project materials/documents. 

Support to implementation of the regional Kura-II project, focusing on:

  • Support the National Coordinator and PCU Financial and Administrative Officer in tasks related to the organization of meetings, document preparations, communication with other team members, national and international project consultants;
  • Support to Communication and Project Officer in activities related to Stakeholder education and awareness, including organization of trainings and materials preparation, relevant communication with the national stakeholders, maintain national social media presence, etc.

Administrative, financial and interpreter support

  • Provide translation of the project materials into National Languages, including documents prepared for training and social media;
  • Provide translation support as needed for capacity building efforts and during national meetings;
  • Provide logistic support for the organization of the project events;
  • Ensure smooth operation of the national project office.

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.

 
Competencies
 

Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to perform a variety of repetitive and routine tasks and duties related to programme support;
  • Ability to review data, identify and adjust discrepancies;
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
  • Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations;
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of clerical, administrative, secretarial best practices and procedures, in-depth knowledge of office software applications relating to word processing data management presentation, ATLAS, as required;
  • Ability to operate and maintain a variety of computerized business machines and office equipment in order to provide efficient delivery of service;
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities.

Managing data

  • Collects and compiles data with speed and accuracy identifying what is relevant and discarding what is not, records it in an accessible manner and maintains data bases;
  • Thoroughly and methodically collects, verifies and records data demonstrating attention to detail and identifying and correcting errors on own initiative;
  • Transmits file data; creates and generate queries, reports and documents utilizing databases, spreadsheets, communications and other software packages with speed and accuracy;
  • Interprets data, draws conclusions and/or identifies patterns which support the work of others.

Managing documents, correspondence and reports

  • Creates, edits and presents information (queries, reports, documents)  in visually pleasing, clear and presentable formats  such as tables, forms, presentations, briefing notes/books and reports using advanced word processing and presentation functions and basic database and spreadsheet software;
  • Edits, formats and provides inputs to correspondence, reports, documents and/or presentations using work processing, spreadsheets and databases meeting quality standards and requiring minimal correction;
  • Shows sound grasp of grammar, spelling and structure in the required language;
  • Ensures correspondence, reports and documents comply with established UN standards;
  • Ability to produce accurate and well documented records conforming to the required standard.

Planning, organizing and multi-tasking

  • Organises and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships;
  • Plans, coordinates and organises workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines;
  • Demonstrates ability to quickly shift from one task to another to meet multiple support needs;
  • Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and clients to facilitate the provision of support;
  • Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
 
Required Skills and Experience
 

Education and years of experience

  • Secondary Education and background at least in one of the fields: Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political / Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences. Specialized certification in Accounting and Finance is an asset.

Job Experience:

  • 4 years of relevant administrative or programme experience is required at the national or international level;
  • Experience with work in project offices and providing support to team members is required;
  • Experience with logistic support for organization of events is required;
  • Office management and financial management experience is an asset;
  • Experience with translation of materials from English to national language in written and verbally is required;
  • Experience with social media platform management is required.

Language Requirements:

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