Sierra Leone is ranked 173 out of a total of 178 countries on the global environmental performance index (Columbia University CIESIN 2014) and the country was assessed as extremely vulnerable (# 3 out of 193) in the 2013 Climate Change Vulnerability Index. Overall deforestation rates of woodlands are presently estimated at 0.7% per year (AfDB 2012). High environmental degradation resulting from unsustainable land management, unplanned urbanization and pollution and weak legislative and monitoring structures are increasingly resulting in reduced environmental resilience against disaster risks.
Sierra Leone is exposed to a large of socio-natural and manmade hazards, particularly to: floods, epidemics, wind storms with thunderstorms, mass movements including landslides and mudslides, drought/dry spells, coastal erosion, fires and water sources pollution. Existing risk is mainly “extensive risk” which might evolve in intensive risk depending on vulnerability level evolvement. Sierra Leone’s vulnerability is linked partly to its climate and geography specificities, but mainly to socio-economic and environmental exacerbating factors.
In Sierra Leone, the vast majority of people rely on natural resources such as land, water, forests and fish for their livelihoods. These livelihoods face a host of different pressures including illegal fishing, slash and burn agriculture, poor waste management and unregulated mining. It is expected that the country will lose between USD 600 million and 1.1 billion annually in crop revenues by the end of the century if climate change projections materialize. Water, soil and forest resources are threatened by population growth, unsustainable mining activities, pollution of rivers, and rising demand from agribusinesses. With the close linkages between environment and sustainable development, a comprehensive and coordinated programme on environment serves as an insurance bond for national development and a catalyst for the achievement of the millennium development goals. Sustainable management of Natural Resources and the environment are one of the major economy drivers of the country and of utmost essence for the continued growth. Protecting and managing natural resources will ultimately contribute to job creation and reducing tensions around land and resources use at the community level
The implementation of the Energy, Environment and NRM programme will be In line with the AWP, the UNDAF 2015-2018 and UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Country Director (CD) , the Team Leader Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Management (NRM) acts as one of the advisers to Senior Management. In addition to the senior managerial functions, the incumbent is responsible for providing the Environment and NRM programme portfolio with management and supervision responsibilities, strategic planning, proactive delivery and effective implementation of the governance portfolio. The incumbent will cover the entire range of functions in the programme cycle, from conceptualization and formulation to monitoring and evaluation. In liaison with CD- and other programme teams and the Programme Management Support Unit (PMSU), he/she plays a lead role in the analyses of the social, economic and political context in Sierra Leone and advises on responses to emerging complex challenges and possible areas for UNDP interventions within the Country Programme Document. In addition, he/she identifies and forges strategic partnerships with the government, UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions, CSOs as well as bi-laterals and the Private Sector.
As Team Leader, the incumbent heads the Energy, Environment and NRM Portfolio within Programme team working through and with the operations team in the CO, Programme Management Support Unit (PMSU), programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the UNDP programme. And as member of the CO Leadership Team, he/she may also advise on potential areas of policy that could have an impact on the country as far as reforms in the Energy, Environment & Natural Resource Management are concerned. On a day to day basis, the incumbent provides direct support to CD in relation to policy advice and guidance to strengthen national capacity to accelerate delivery ensuring cross-programme and synergies and complementarities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
As a member of the CO management team, ensures the strategic direction of UNDP programme focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures effective management of the CO Energy, Environment and NRM programme Portfolio and supervision of the team focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization in cooperation with the CO Senior Management and The Programme Management Support Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme and reaching UNDAF/ CPD goals. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Prince2 Training and Certification, RMG
Required Skills and Experience
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Team Leader (Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Management)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Freetown, Sierra Leone 🇸🇱