Project 1: Conserving biodiversity and reducing land degradation using a Ridge-to-Reef approach (UNDP)
The main objective of the project is to enhance biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services conservation through an expanded and strengthened Protected Areas (PA) system and with sustainable land management (SLM) measures integrated in a Ridge to Reef (R2R) approach. This will be achieved by using a multi-focal strategy that includes the development of a national enabling environment (i.e. policy/legal framework, availability and access to information, capacities, technologies, and finance mechanisms) for delivering multiple global environmental benefits in four interrelated outcomes:
The GEF investment will address the drivers of biodiversity loss (habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation due primarily to unsustainable land use practices and human encroachment, threats that are further compounded by the impacts of climate change and invasive alien species) that will reduce biodiversity loss and land degradation both within PAs and within the mixed-use landscape. The project will deliver global environmental benefits using a participatory approach and ensuring the equal distribution of benefits among men and women, and resulting in the consolidation and strengthened protection of a 13,214ha terrestrial PA covering the entire upper watersheds of St Vincent and 7 key biodiversity areas (KBAs), providing landscape connectivity to a 2,183ha marine park through a ridge to reef approach and improving protection of at minimum 63ha of the sole remaining habitat of a critically endangered (CR ) single island endemic. This encompasses the Buccament, Yambou and Kingstown watersheds.
Project 2: Addressing Land Degradation in the Georgetown Watershed, St Vincent (IWEco national sub-project 1.7) (UNEP)
UNDP and UNEP wish to engage an experienced project management practitioner, who has a strong background in sustainable development. The ideal candidate will have a nuanced understanding of interconnected issues of biodiversity conservation, climate change, SLM, SFM, vulnerability, inequality and can quickly and effectively provide technical expertise to advance project objectives and enhance environmental protection and sustainable resource use in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
As a project using a nationally implemented modality (NIM), the main responsibility for this project rests with the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Under this arrangement.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day management and decision-making for the projects ensuring that the projects meet their obligations to the GEF Council and the GEF Agencies as per the respective project document and project cooperation agreement, with particular regard to the management aspects of the project, including supervision of staff, serving as stakeholder liaison, implementation of activities, and reporting. The Project Coordinator’s prime responsibility is to ensure that the project produces the results specified in the project document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.
The Project Coordinator will lead the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) to ensure a human-rights based, gender-responsive and interdisciplinary approach to the project that maximises sustainable development gains and minimises negative environmental and social impacts, delivering results in a manner that is cost-effective, efficient, transparent and demonstrates the added value of UNDP’s work to the country. The Project Coordinator will work within the context of the wider UNDP programmes and the regional IWEco project, and will ensure their work actively considers, integrates and builds synergies, including using common assessments, templates, methodologies, etc to maximise projects’ impact and cross-country cohesiveness, working collaboratively with the teams in Barbados (UNDP) and Jamaica (UNEP).
The Project Coordinator will be expected to deliver results in the areas of:
Project monitoring and reporting
• Monitor and analyse project development and implementation, including field visits
Capacity building, learning and knowledge management
Facilitate information sharing and coordination of activities amongst stakeholders and between projects
Natural resources management
Gender Issues and Analysis
Brief and Speech Writing
Required Skills and Experience
Postgraduate degree (MSc, MA, or higher) in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, ecosystems/PA/landscape management, or related field
Bachelor’s degree and an additional 3 years of experience would be accepted in lieu of a postgraduate degree
Certification in project management is an asset
• At least 6 years of progressively responsible professional experience in natural resource or landscape management; work in contexts of land degradation, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation or climate resilience is desirable
Important applicant information
All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.
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