Chief Technical Advisor

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Solomon Islands 🇸🇧

Background
 

Solomon Island Water Sector Adaptation Project

The impacts of climate change, particularly sea-level rise (SLR) and pronounced droughts have severe consequences on water and sanitation in the Solomon Islands. Due to SLR, low-lying islands, atolls and flat deltaic regions are faced with salt water intrusion, affecting the groundwater resources and limiting access to freshwater supply. Droughts have severely affected water supplies; during the 1997/1998 droughts that resulted in reduction of freshwater availability in Honiara by around 30-40%. Droughts have also damaged crops and livelihoods. Likewise, climate-related impacts on the quality and quantity of water has a gender dimension; in the context of the ethnic tensions, the safety and security of women and girls are compromised as they need to travel further to collect water, also leading to less time for other activities.

In this context, Government of the Solomon Islands, Ministries of Mines, Energy, and Rural Electrification (MMERE), in partnership with Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM), Ministry of Health and Medical Services – Environmental Health Division, and UNDP is implementing the Solomon Islands Water Sector Adaptation Project (SIWSAP) through support from GEF LDCF.  The project objective is to improve the resilience of water resources to the impacts climate change and improve health, sanitation and quality of life, so that livelihoods can be enhanced and sustained in the targeted vulnerable areas.  SIWSAP will work with partners to achieve this objective through 1) formulating, integrating, and mainstreaming water sector-climate change adaptation response plans in the water-related sectors as well as broader policy and development frameworks, 2) increasing the reliability and improving the quality of water supply in targeted areas, 3) investing in cost-effective and adaptive water management interventions and technology transfer, and 4) improving governance and knowledge management for climate change adaptation in the water sector at the local and national levels.

At the end of the four years implementation of the project, the Government of Solomon Island will have enhanced systems, tools, and knowledge for water resource resilience at the national and local levels, which will contribute to the implementation and achievement of national priorities outlined in various policies and strategies, including the National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) 2008, National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011 – 2020, National Water and Sanitation Sector Plan (2007).

Reporting and Supervision

Report to:

  • UNDP Country Manager in the Solomon Islands Office (Employer and Primary supervisor)

Frequency: Once a week, and if/when required.

  • National Project Director at MMERE (the Permanent Secretary), on behalf of the National Executing Agency, (Secondary supervisor and primary client)

Frequency: Once a month (TBC), and if/when required.

Support and supervise the work of:

  • National Project Manager (Secondary supervisee)
  • Water Sector Adaptation Officer (Primary supervisees)
  • Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement (Secondary supervisee)
  • Procurement Assistant (Secondary supervisee)
  • Finance and Admin Assistant (Secondary Supervisee)
  • Provincial Officers for six pilot sites (Secondary supervisee)
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Officer
  • Technical WASH Officer (Civil Engineer)
 
Duties and Responsibilities
 

The Chief Technical Advisor for Solomon Island Water Sector Adaptation Project (SIWSAP) will be responsible for providing overall technical backstopping and mentoring support to the Project and to key government counterpart ministries to ensure that adequate project management and technical systems, tools, and capacities in place for effective and timely project implementation.

Summary of key functions include the following:

Project Implementation:

  • Develop terms of references (ToRs) for activities, consultancies, and procurements through engagement of Project Manager, key government counterparts, UNDP procurement team and Technical Advisors;
  • Along with the Project Manager and the SIWSAP team, participate, facilitate, monitor and report on project activities.  Screen quality of consultant/activity reports and outputs as per deliverables and objectives outlined in the ToR. Manage all consultants’ deliverables;
  • Support the Project Manager and the Project Management Unit in development of relevant Terms of Reference and mobilization of qualified international, national experts and organisations, as needed, to provide specific consultancy services;
  • Support the Project Manager , the PMU and local counterparts in design and implementation of concrete, climate adaptive water sector adaptation policies and interventions to practically demonstrate project findings and recommendations;
  • Facilitate the process through close collaboration with key government counterparts (both at national and provincial level) in the identification of replica sites and implementing activities at pilot sites and replica sites as required under the project;
  • Based on the assessment of the implementation progress, advise PMU on areas that require adaptive management or reorientation of project strategies;
  • Meet project delivery targets set forth by the annual work plan.

Project Management and Monitoring

  • Assist the project team update the Project Annual/Multi-Year Work Plan/s, indicators/baselines/targets in the project log frame, as necessary and assist the Project Manager to regularly monitor risks and issues, and update risk and issue logs of the Project as required;
  • Support the Project Manager provide quality control under the project;
  • Establish baselines and indicators, and monitor (as well as build capacities of team members and partners to monitor progress of relevant Outcome/Output indicators as per the strategic results framework, progress implementation review and climate change adaptation tracking tools;
  • Develop a simple M&E framework for the project with supporting tracking sheets and templates; provide trainings to project staff and key government counterparts on the data collection, analysis, monitoring and reporting of progress;
  • Provide support in the drafting and peer review of the technical reports (including those by consultants), studies and other deliverables (QPR, PIR, Annual Reports, Briefing Documents etc.) produced under the project;
  • Along with the Project Manager, Procurement Assistant and Project Finance Officer, monitor and adaptively manage project delivery and develop weekly/monthly/quarterly reflections and strategy for enhance project implementation;
  • Assist the PMU produce evidence/result based reporting as required by GEF and UNDP.

Relationship Building, Coordination, and Strategic Liaisons:

  • Support the PMU in liaison and coordination work with relevant project counterparts (national, provincial and communiity level), donors and development organisations, CROP agencies, NGOs, local communities and other organizations to ensure effective coordination of project activities;
  • Support UNDP’s coordination functions for climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, and water.

Communication and knowledge management:

  • Assist to document, review, and share the relevant knowledge, lessons learnt and good practices available particularly from the Pacific Region. Support the Project Manager and Technical Communication and Community Officer and other project staff facilitate knowledge exchange and partnerships for introducing such good practices in the context of Solomon Islands;
  • Assist the Project Manager and the Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement including other project staff facilitate the process (particularly sourcing of external presenters, providing quality assurance of relevant materials to be presented etc) for the National Water and Adaptation Forum;
  • Based on the above analysis, provide guiding notes for the project team and key stakeholders on key technical issues to help in smooth project implementation and delivery of results.

Mentoring and skills transfer:

  • Organize bi-quarterly  brownbag discussions on technical and/or project management  topics related to (but not limited to) water, sanitation and hygiene concepts, tools, and skills, climate change adaptation concepts, tools and skills, communication for development concepts, tools and skills (i.e. how  to write a press release, web authoring, blogging, social media, mobile tech, etc), ToR writing, how to set up and monitor budgets, concepts, tools, and skills related to good M&E and result/evidence based reporting.  These brown bags will be facilitated by the Chief Technical Advisor and Project Manager, but various resource persons should be identified from within the PMU, government, UNDP, and/or any other relevant parties;
  • Assist in the development and finalization of the Annual Work Plans/Multi-Year Work Plans, monitoring and evaluation of Project Management Staff.  Assist the Project Manager in providing guidance and evaluation of Project Staff, with a particular focus on supporting the growth and providing constant constructive feedback regarding the performance of all Project Staff.
 
Competencies
 

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by demonstrating positive values and ethical standards through his/her actions;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of SIWSAP project;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Ability to assess community capacity, and formulate proposals to foster positive change;
  • Analytical judgment, results-orientation and efficiency in a multi-tasking environment;
  • Shares information, knowledge and experience through effective and frequent communication;
  • Experience and technical understanding on development context and issues in the Pacific/Solomon Islands/LDCs with a particular focus on water and sanitation and/or climate change adaptation;
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work effectively in order to keep deadlines;
  • Ability to engage various partners and stakeholders and builds strong relationships with clients and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to work in an organized and systematic manner and demonstrate professionalism with high level of integrity in the day-to-day performance of duty;
  • Good inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking aptitude, ability to work in multicultural environment;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates strong commitment and patience to deal with competing deadlines, demands, and interests;
  • Ability to build consensus and garner support under complex situations;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Exudes a friendly atmosphere where colleagues/counterparts can easily ask questions and seek assistance.
 
Required Skills and Experience
 

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in the area of civil and/or environmental engineering, integrated water resource management, natural resource management, community engagement for sustainable development, climate change, water and sanitation, or related field; OR,
  • University degree (at least Bachelor’s degree. or equivalent) in the area of civil and/or environmental engineering, integrated water resource management, natural resource management, community engagement for sustainable development, climate change, water and sanitation, or related fields.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of professional experience in relevant field particularly in ‘Integrated Water Resource Management’ for a Master’s Degree and 9 years’ experience for a 1st degree holder;
  • Must have at least 5 years of professional experience in the Pacific region for Master’s degree and 7 years’ experience in the pacific for a 1st degree holder;
  • Experience working in projects related to climate change adaptation in the water sector;
  • Experience in successful project implementation and management  of  large complex projects, with a clear idea of what “success” means;
  • Strong skills in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Proven experience drafting technical reports or scientific papers;
  • Proven experience in developing consultancy works in  the fields of water and sanitation, water resource management, community engagement and/or climate change mainstreaming;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and works well in a team environment;
  • Exposure to different cultures particularly in the pacific region and is culturally sensitive;
  • Exposure to multilateral projects; experience of working with international development agencies including UN agencies is a plus;
  • Experience of working on GEF/LDCF financed projects is a plus;
  • Experience of mentoring/coaching/training for technology and/or skills transfer is a plus.

Language:

  • Excellent speaking and written knowledge of English that can be communicated effectively to various stakeholders internationally and in Solomon Islands.
 
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