Jordan nationals: Project Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Amman, , JO

Background
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP Jordan’s 2018-2022 country programme seeks to support national efforts in reaching a solution pathway that achieves the goal of a more inclusive and resilient nation which can effectively address the development challenges it is faced with through its five programme pillars. UNDP runs a number of projects that support the country`s sustainable management of its natural resources, protect its environment and meet its international commitments towards UN environmental global conventions. These projects focus on supporting the government of Jordan in relation to mitigation and adaptation to climate change, biodiversity conservation and waste management. In addition, the pillar is engaged in a number of different regional initiatives that aim to achieve the sustainability agenda and work at ecosystem level. 

UNDP has recently launched a project to scale up water innovation for climate security in Northern Jordan.  The objective of this project is to identify and nurture innovative water-security entrepreneurs and SMEs in Northern Jordan. This pilot project seeks to contribute to multiple dimensions of sustainable development, including by aiming to create additional job opportunities for Syrian refugees and their Jordanian host communities in Mafraq and Jerash.

The overall project is aimed at scaling up Water Innovation for Climate Security in Northern Jordan (Mafraq and Jerash). The project seeks to tackle youth unemployment gender inequality, vulnerability to climate change impacts and water resources scarcity hand-in-hand with each other, encompassing a cross-cutting ‘climate security’ approach that goes beyond pure-play climate adaptation solutions. In this sense, the project seeks to address the needs of both hosts and refugee communities in unison, based upon a locally driven, bottom-up approach.

The project aims to achieve the following outcomes:

Outcome (1): Local water innovation start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs are capacitated to nurture market ecosystem for climate security solutions.

Outcome (2): Local climate security solutions piloted in Mafraq and Jerash.

The UNDP Jordan CO seeks to employ full-time Project Officer to coordinate the project’s site-based activities under the supervision of Project Management Unit (PMU) and in collaboration with the local partners.

 

Duties and Responsibilities
Key Results and Impact:

The Project Officer will perform his/her tasks on a full-time daily basis for one year (with possibility of extension) at the project management unit (PMU) based at UNDP premises with periodic missions to the project sites. The Project Officer will ensure smooth implementation of the project in accordance with the project document and UNDP procedures. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Project Officer will be directly responsible for successfully completing the below set of tasks within allotted, agreed-upon time frames:

Ensure smooth implementation of the project in accordance with the project document and UNDP’s procedures.
Be responsible for coordination of project activities with other involved governmental and non-governmental organizations;
Coordinate, monitor and be responsible for the implementation of the Workplan;
Contribute to the development of the project’s annual workplans and the correspondent budget;
Coordinating, monitoring and close follow-up of the activities of all consultants assigned by the projects to ensure timely provision of inputs and achievement of outputs and deliverables;
Monitoring the progress of the different project activities including the development of “in-house “databases that documents all related information and provide concise progress reports on: work accomplished, main difficulties encountered,  ..etc.;
Assist in establishing a trusting relationship with all concerned groups including relevant ministries and local NGOS;
Ensure consistency and integration among the various program elements and related activities provided or funded by various sources;
Prepare Terms of Reference for consultants and contractors;
Foster and establish links with other relevant programs;
Provide technical and analytical  inputs to project activities where appropriate;
Submit reports of relevant project progress and problems;
Oversee an effective ongoing project monitoring program and development of a process whereby the project assesses best practices as it gains experience.
Work as a liaison officer with the local communities’ institutions (this implies that he/she to spend some of the working hours at the project sites);
Ensuring inclusivity of vulnerable host communities and Syrian refugees.
Provide support and establish linkages for the start-ups and entrepreneurs with the ecosystem and access to support services for the water resource efficiency and scarcity innovation start-ups, entrepreneurs, and SMEs ecosystem.
Ensure appropriate stakeholder participation in the project implementation through coordination with all concerned institutions.
Represent and promote the project at national and international meetings.
Assists with writing of press releases and speeches related to events organized by the project, and ensures an adequate media coverage for such events and any other strategic issues/activities linked to project implementation;
Assist in documenting and disseminating lessons learned and best practices derived from the project activities;
Lead the process of quarterly and annual planning of project activities.
Ensure total accuracy and the highest level of transparency in the management of the project financial resources in accordance with UNDP and national regulations and procedures.
Prepare all necessary financial reports to accompany Project quarterly and annual work plans and reports.
Assist in preparing communication/publicity materials e.g. posters, brochures, newsletter, etc.
Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the PMU.
Competencies
CORE COMPETENCIES

Leadership: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities
Actively shares knowledge
Communication and Relationship Management: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence
Finds common ground to solve problems.
Innovation: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Critically assesses established methods
Contributes to prototyping, piloting, and evaluating lessons / feedback.
People Management: Models independent thinking and action

Demonstrates behaviours of teamwork, collaboration, knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships
Delivery: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done.
Ability to embrace challenges with minimal supervision.
Works to develop organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability.
Technical Competency Aggregate: Apply & Adapt

Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
TECHNICAL & FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

Strong facilitation and moderation, communication and inter-personal skills.
Excellent networking and partnering competencies and negotiating skills.
Ability to use information technology as a tool and resource.
Good manager of people and resources to obtain best results and be accountable.
Excellent communication, presentation, negotiation and facilitation skills.
Good analytical and planning skills (including financial); ability to set forecasts and refine/review them in the light of experience and further analysis.
Decisiveness, independence, good judgment, ability to work under pressure.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in water management, Environmental or Natural Resource Management, or Environmental Sciences or any related fields.

Experience: 

At least 5 years of management experience in implementing relevant projects.
Previous experience with UNDP or other UN organizations would be a strong advantage.
Knowledge of UNDP project management systems and procedures would be a strong advantage.
Knowledge and experience working with water and limited resources efficiency start-ups and entrepreneurship ecosystem, associations, start-up support services and incubators would be a strong advantage

Language Requirements:

Proficient in both written and oral English and Arabic.

Nationality: Jordanian

 


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