Cambodia nationals: National Project Advisor (CoWES)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Phnom Penh, , KH

Background
 

Land degradation is a serious issue in Cambodia posing a direct threat to food and water security since it affects agriculture productivity and water retention capacity of watersheds. It is linked with deforestation and forest degradation, and exacerbated by climate change perpetuating increased vulnerability to climate related risks in turn. The project title “Collaborative Management for Watershed and Ecosystem Service Protection and Rehabilitation in the Cardamom Mountains, Upper Prek Thnot River Basin (CoWES)” is designed to reduce pressures on upland watershed areas from competing land uses by demonstrating collaborative management and rehabilitation of agriculture lands and forest areas by promoting sustainable land management and stabilizing watershed catchment functions in a priority degraded area, Upper Prek Thnot watershed in Kampong Speu Province as identified by the draft National Action Plan to Combat Land Degradation 2011 – 2020. The project aims to achieve three main outputs: i) On-farm soil conservation and agro-forestry practices improved; ii) Community forest areas restored and sustainably managed; and iii) Watershed management and monitoring capacity improved. They are consistent with UNDP Cambodia’s Country Programme Document (CPD) 2016-2018 as it specifically requires “building resilience” by contributing to strengthening environmental services and the system of forest management and protected areas, including sustainable land and watershed management.
Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is the Implementing Partner, with support from a number of key relevant Ministries. To ensure effective engagement of stakeholders in order to establish institutional arrangements at provincial and district levels to lead watershed management programs and host M&E system in partnership with relevant stakeholders at various levels, various capacity development and trainings for communities as well as for national, provincial and district government officials will be provided by the project through consultation meetings and workshops to promote sustainable land and forest management practices in the targeted area.
In support of the national execution of the CoWES project, UNDP is seeking to recruit National Project Advisor who will work closely with the government counterpart to ensure an effective and result-oriented implementation of the project. 

 
Duties and Responsibilities
 

Summary of key functions:

Under the overall guidance of the National Project Director, the direct supervision and guidance of the UNDP Assistant Country Director (Programme) and in close collaboration and consultation with UNDP Programme Analyst, the National Project Advisor is expected to work closely with the National Project Manager in the day-to-day management and the delivery of the project outputs in a timely and efficient manner. The prime responsibility of the National Project Advisor is to ensure that planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation comply with UNDP rules and regulations and international standards and that the project produces the results specified in the work plan, to the required standard of quality and within the specified limits of time and cost.

  • Providing top quality advice and strategic guidance for effective implementation and results-based management of the project according to project objectives and stated results as well as with UNDP policies and procedures;
  • Providing advisory support in monitoring and evaluation of the project to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of project activities and objectives;
  • Acting as liaison person in communication with national and sub-national, NGOs, project teams, relevant line ministries, provincial departments and other stakeholders;
  • Develop and maintain effective relations including with all implementing partners;
  • Knowledge management and sharing and capacity development.

1.    Providing top quality advice and strategic guidance for effective implementation and results-based management of the project according to project objectives and stated results as well as with UNDP policies and procedures:

  • Ensure that project activities are fully aligned with the national policies, strategies and plans to the draft National Action Plan to Combat Land Degradation 2011 – 2020;
  • Take part with the project team in developing strategies and implementation plan for the CoWES project;
  • Assist the National Project Manager, the technical team and project team in management and monitoring the project work progress and ensure timely delivery of project outputs;
  • Provide effective communication, coordination and cooperation between the members of the project’s management team and technical team in planning, monitoring and implementation process;
  • Conduct staff capacity needs assessment against the project outcomes and draft terms of references for technical consultants and sub-contracts and support the project manager in recruitment of contracted project partners;
  • Prepare quarterly and annual technical work plans for project activities to be submitted to the National Project Manager for review;   
  • Prepare quarterly and annual technical progress reports to be submitted to the National Project Manager for review, prior submitting to MAFF, UNDP/GEF (Global Environment Facility), and project board according to their respective reporting guidelines;
  • Prepare documents for and report of the project board meetings and take lead in ensuring that recommendations made by the board be implemented;
  • Advise the National Project Manager in organising and conducting effective stakeholder meetings in line with the work plan; and
  • Work closely with Project Team in providing overall quality assurance for the project based on National Implementation Modality (NIM) procedures.

2.    Providing advisory support in monitoring and evaluation of the project to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of project activities and objectives:

  • Advise the National Project Manager and contracted partners in the review of the progress outputs against the project targets;
  • Contribute to the consolidation of knowledge and lessons learned and disseminate good practices;
  • With the approval of National Project Manager, assist in conducting regular field visits with counterparts to monitor field activities and assist with the organisation of visits and supervision missions from the co-operating institutions;
  • Liaise with UNDP Country Office (CO) in the tracking, management and update of project risk and provide corrective recommendation where possible;
  • Provide advice and input in developing terms of references for the mid-term and final evaluation of the project;
  • Provide inputs to the MAFF in drafting management responses to issues and recommendation raised by mid-term and final term evaluations.

3.    Acting as liaison person in communication with national and sub-national, NGOs, project teams, relevant line ministries, provincial departments and other stakeholders:

  • Coordinate and promote effective collaboration with ministry line departments, NGOs/IOs, private sector and other development partners to support sub-national capacity development on issues related to community based climate resilience management;
  • Coordinate the activities among the international technical specialist, technical team, government responsible parties, service providers and consultants;
  • Liaise with the sustainable land and forest management partner projects, experts and other stakeholders and provide technical inputs for the development of guidelines, training materials and others as necessary;
  • Facilitate communication interaction among Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) General Department of Agriculture (GDA), Forestry Administration (FA), Department of Climate Change (DCC)/National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD), and other national ministries such as Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MoWRAM), Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC), with regards to achieving project outputs;
  • Build synergies and alignment of CoWES project with the national climate change and biodiversity M&E framework implementation and how the CoWES project can support national climate change and biodiversity M&E implementation;
  • Build synergies and partnerships with key partners to ensure greater impact of the CoWES project;
  • Promote dialogues and inputs from development partners into key project outputs at the national and sub-national level;
  • Compiling lessons learned and policy implications with the Project team.

4.    Develop and maintain effective relations including with all implementing partners:

  • Develop and maintain effective relations including with all implementing partners;
  • Together with the Programme Analyst, maintain close coordination with the relevant line ministries partners, Secretariat, donor focal points, UN agencies and development partners on all aspects of the project implementation;
  • Contribute to the development of appropriate working relations with national stakeholders and work closely with national counterparts, in particular with the focal line ministries to build strong relationships to support UNDP effort in ensuring effective partnership;
  • Build and maintain partnership through networking with stakeholders to generate their interest in the area related to the project as well as UNDP programme as a whole and in contributing to the resources mobilization effort;
  • Ensure good partnership with contracted experts, consultants and other responsible partners to ensure that outcomes are met in a timely manner;
  • In close collaboration with the Programme Analyst, liaise with UNDP management for the effective implementation of the project;
  • Prepare top quality of reports and documents in support of future resource mobilization efforts, if required.

5.    Knowledge management and sharing and capacity development:

  • Coordinate with Knowledge Management or Communication Officer to maintain the documentation of best practices and lessons learned on an ongoing basis;
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products;
  • Coordinate contribution to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Ensure that experiences and lessons learnt from programme implementation are adequately recorded and disseminated;
  • Based on the knowledge from the project, share experiences and best practices at national, regional and international levels.

Impact of Results

The key results of the National Project Advisor will contribute to the effective and successful implementation of the CoWES project in accordance with project objectives, UNDP policies and procedures and National Implementation procedures as described in UNDP Programme, Operations, Policies and Procedures (POPPs) and to promote the mobilization of resources to support the extension of the project and improve coordination among stakeholders.

 
Competencies
 

Core Competencies:

  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents
  • Building support and political acumen
  • Building staff competence, Creating an environment of creativity and innovation
  • Building and promoting effective teams
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UN Women & setting standards
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
  • Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking

Functional Competencies:

Advocacy / Advancing Policy Oriented Agenda:  analysis and creation of messages and strategies

  • Creates effective advocacy strategies
  • Contributes to the elaboration of advocacy strategies by identifying and prioritizing audiences and communication means
  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work

Results-based Programme Development and Management

Building Strategic Partnerships: Identifying and building partnerships

  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
  • Sensitizes UN Partners, donors and other international organizations to the UNDP’s strategic agenda, identifying areas for joint efforts
  • Develops positive ties with civil society to build/strengthen UNDP’s mandate
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
  • Displays initiative, sets challenging outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work assignments
  • Takes responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines and strives until successful outputs are achieved
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings

Innovation and Marketing new Approaches: Developing new approaches

  • Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals
  • Generates for regional and innovative ideas and effective solutions to problems
  • Looks at experience critically, drawing lessons, and building them into the design of new approaches
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
  • Documents successes and uses them to project a positive image
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor

Resource Mobilization: Implementing resource mobilization strategies

  • Analyzes information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach
  • Identifies and compiles lessons learned
  • Promotes and encourages country office action with local missions of donor countries as well as appropriate government authorities for increased contribution to UNDP resources, including cost sharing modalities
  • Identifies country needs and develops proposals to be presented to donors and governments
  • Develops a resource mobilization strategy at the country level

Promoting Organizational learning and Knowledge Sharing: Developing tools and mechanisms

  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms
  • Develops and/or participates in the development of tools and mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organizational learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies

Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise: In-depth knowledge of the Subject-matter

  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff
  • Continues to seeks new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Organizational Leadership and Direction

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies

  • Creates effective global advocacy messages/strategies
  • Contributes to the elaboration of a global advocacy strategy by identifying and prioritizing audiences and messages
  • Performed analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level

Client Orientation: Contributing to positive outcomes for the client

  • Anticipates client needs
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
  • Keeps the client informed of problems or delays in the provision of services
  • Uses discretion and flexibility in interpreting rules in order to meet client needs and achieve organizational goals more effectively
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality
 
Required Skills and Experience
 

Education:  

  • Master’s degree in development programme and natural resources related subjects or other development-related field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience at the national or international level in providing technical support in the field of natural resources management;
  • Experience in managing project in compliance with the requirement of the donor and other development agencies;
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate and deal effectively with partners at middle management and working level including government, academia, civil society, private sector, UN and other development donors to address relevant issue and to ensure the greater impact of the CoWES project;
  • Working experiences with UN agencies, government agencies, NGOs and Donor agencies in managing donor funds in Cambodia related to climate change adaptation management is desirable;  
  • Understanding of Cambodia political and administrative system, in particular at National and Sub-National level is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Khmer and English (both spoken and written).
 
Disclaimer
 

“Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.”


POSITION TYPE

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EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

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