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 UNDP Chief Technical Advisor / Regional Project Coordinator (CTA/RPC) for the Kura-II project, the National Coordinator will be responsible for coordination of the project activities at the national level and liaise with the National Focal Points and stakeholders. S/he will provide national level expertise in all components and guidance to the national consultants, interns, as well as review and verify national level outputs in close cooperation with the other members of the Project Coordination Unit (PCU).
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:
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:
Management and implementation of the regional Kura-II project, focusing on:
Providing technical level expertise focusing on:
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.
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Building Strategic Partnerships
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Required Skills and Experience
Education and years of experience:
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Azerbaijan nationals: National Coordinator
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Baku, , AZ