GCP/RLA/230/GFF – Binational and integrated water resources management in the Merín Lagoon Basin and Coastal Lagoons
Gustavo Chianca, Assistant to the Representative at FAO Brazil – Programme
The Project Profile (PIF) “Binational and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Laguna Merin Basin and Coastal Lagoons”, presented by FAO, was approved by the GEF Executive Management (CEO) on May 4, 2020 (PIF’s date of approval), and was also approved by the 58th GEF Council to be incorporated into its Program, on June 2, 2020.
The Project objective consists on strengthening public and private sector capacities in Brazil and Uruguay for joint and integrated water resource management (IWRM) in the Merín Lagoon Basin, Yaguaron River and Coastal Lagoons, with emphasis on the sustainable and efficient use of water, preservation of ecosystems and their services, and adaptation to climate change, through the development of a Strategic Action Programme. It consists of three components: the conduct of the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis, the Design and implementation of a Strategic Action Plan, and the Monitoring, Communication and Evaluation of the Project. The project will be implemented for a period of 60 months. Funding will be of USD 4,850,000 of GEF grant and approximately USD 77,113,000 of co-financing by Brazil and Uruguay.
The main implementing agencies will be the National Governments, the National Water Management (DINAGUA) in Uruguay and the Agency for the Development of Laguna Merín (ALM) under the guidance of the Ministry of Regional Development in Brazil. FAO has been designated as GEF implementing agency. The preparation of the GEF project should be completed and the Project Document should be sent to the Government and FAO on June 2021 at the latest (9 months after the approval of the PIF). These Terms of Reference (TOR) describe the services to be provided by the national coordinator consultant, as were approved in the Project Preparation Grant.
A coordinated project development strategy among the project teams in both countries is critical to success, and the national coordinator/Integrated Land and water resources specialist will coordinate the national team and ensure close interaction with project coordinator in Uruguay to facilitate a joint project development process under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative/OIC and the FAO project task force, in consultation with national authorities and partners.
Tasks and responsibilities
The consultant will perform the following tasks:
- Lead the preparation of inputs to the project document and coordinate the team of consultants, liaising with the Ministry of Regional Development, Brazil and the Agency for the Development of the Merin Lagoon (ALM) within the Federal University of Pelotas (RS) along with other national, regional and local counterparts and FAO;
- Facilitate coordination between sectors (water-agriculture-aquaculture, fisheries, crop, livestock- environment) for promoting an integrated basin strategy;
- Ensure that PPG national consultants identified in the PPG document deliver their expected outputs in a coordinated manner;
- Coordinate the organization of the inception and validation workshops on the Brazilian side, while participating in the same processes on the Uruguay side.
In particular, s/he will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Prepare the Inception workshop report (in coordination with the PPG coordinator in Uruguay and the consultant in socioeconomic aspects and gender), including stakeholders’ recommendations for the Project Document design, risk analysis and appropriate mitigation measures;
- Identify and describe the baseline and co-financing initiatives in Brazil and integrate the baseline and cofinancing details from the project coordinator in Uruguay;
- Report to FAO and national key partners and facilitate interaction between the project teams on the ongoing project preparation processes in Brazil;
- Coordinate inputs from the concerned sector institutions (water-agriculture-aquaculture, fisheries, crop, livestock- environment) and the range of actors and stakeholders in Brazil and harmonization with Uruguay, for developing an integrated and binational basin strategy to address pressures on the basin and coastal lagoon resources, mitigate development and climate threats, and enhance sustainable and resilient production systems and multiple socioeconomic benefits;
- Develop a draft proposal for the Brazilian segment of the project components 1 ( Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) of the Merin Lagoon basin and Yaguaron river) and 2 ( Design of a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Merin Lagoon Basin and Yaguaron river), incorporating inputs from environment/climate and socioeconomic/gender specialists and the national team, including the following elements:
- A baseline report of components 1 and 2, including an analysis of current policies and programmes;
- Design of specific activities aimed at achieving the outputs and outcomes defined in the PIF and the relative budget for the Brazilian side, integrating transversal issues of governance, gender and indigenous people’s as appropriate;
- Draft the ToRs of specialized consultancies under components 1 and 2 for the full project.
- Coordinate for Brazil the estimation of global environmental benefits, analysis of cost effectiveness, innovativeness and risk analysis (inter alia, taking into account Covid-19 impacts), elaboration of institutional and implementation arrangements including M&E and budget development of the full project, with support of the project design expert and FAO regional and national offices;
- Participate in monthly meetings with the project coordinator in Uruguay, FAO project task force, and Project design expert and other members of national teams as appropriate, for information sharing and developing harmonized binational project design
- Prepare a report of the Final Validation Workshop collecting recommendations from project stakeholders and incorporating suggestions in the draft project document;
- Participate in the revisions of the prodoc until the submission date;
- Support FAO national staff in obtaining co-financing letters and ensuring commitments from project partners.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING:
- Academic qualifications: The candidate must have a university degree in Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Sociology, or any disciplines related to the Project.
- Work experience of at least 7 years
- Brazilian Nationality
- Working knowledge in Portuguese, Spanish and English
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- A Master’s degree or Ph.D. qualification related to these areas is highly desirable.
- Experience in diagnostics, politics, planning and management of inland or international water basins including integrated land and water resources management
- Extensive knowledge of the national context / enabling environment related to water resources, environment, agriculture, fisheries and rural development, food security and climate change
- Good knowledge of the functioning of national and / or federal state institutions and stakeholders in above sectors
- Experience in preparation and / or implementation of projects with international organizations
- Experience in workshop facilitation and coordination of multidisciplinary teams
- Proven competency in writing technical reports according to UN quality standards
- FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
- Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: [email protected]
- Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
- Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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