Job Title: Project Manager/Technical Advisor Promoting Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Environmental Management (PIRSEM) Project
Reports to: Programme Advisor – Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Chief of Unit
Direct Reports: Promoting Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Environmental Management Project Team
Grade Level: P4
Duty Station: Yangon (with relocation to Naypyidaw when conditions permit)
Myanmar has embarked on a major transition towards democracy, market style economy and peace. Myanmar has low middle-income status (LMIC) and is committed to lifting itself out of Least Developed Country (LDC) status within the next seven years. Following the implementation of the first ever UNDP Country Programme during 2013-2017 and as a key development partner of the government of Myanmar, UNDP will implement a new UNDP Country Programme for the period 2018-2022, striving to deliver on a large and relevant programme portfolio that is responsive to the main development challenges facing the country.
The UNDP Country Office in Myanmar is a key interlocutor and advisor to the government at the national and sub-national on sustainable and inclusive growth, (including economic, environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction issues) and is expanding its programme at the state, region and township levels in order to ensure stronger institutions at all levels of government as well as broader civic engagement as part of the effort to support Myanmar’s democratic transition, build and sustain peace and promote more inclusive and sustainable development.
UNDP Myanmar also strives to provide high quality advice on issues related to natural resource management, both because of the importance of this topic to sustainable development, but also because of the potential social tensions related to the equitable and inclusive management of natural resources.
The new UNDP Myanmar Country Programme (2018-2022) is being finalized and a new structure to support a more integrated and collaborative way to help Myanmar achieve sustainable development and sustained peace will be implemented. The Country Office has aligned the new office structure with the new CPD and designed new ways of working that will facilitate more collaboration across the office, create the foundations for more sub-national level work and higher delivery, facilitate the transition of the country office from Yangon to Naypyidaw during the upcoming CPD period, and emphasize learning and support to national staff capacity development.
The Promoting Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Environmental Management (PIRSEM) Project leverages existing AF/GEF/REDD/GCF vertical funding and links up to horizontally and vertically with UNDP Country Programme key priority areas working at national and sub-national levels to help establish mechanism to link the Myanmar National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction with the National Disaster Management Committee in order to maximize the coordination and impact of risk reduction initiatives across different ministries and help develop a new disaster recovery framework and guidelines, including innovative damage-and-loss data collection, mapping and vulnerability assessment to track disaster and climate risks. The Project supports finalization and adoption of various policy instruments linked to environmental conservation, climate change and disaster risk management, as well as specific assessment and programming tools.
Areas of Project support include strengthening capacities to ensure climate, disaster, and environmental risks are considered in development planning and budgeting at national/sub-national levels; technical assistance to review and improve relevant policies and laws to promote green growth, and strengthen government mechanisms to mobilize, access and effectively manage environment and climate finance including Innovative financial mechanisms such as Payment for Ecosystem Services; provide support to assessing the economic, social and environmental impact of selected extractive industries including building linkages with the private sector to influence sustainable practices; and supporting access to justice to address grievances, and supporting civic engagement in monitoring compliance with environmental standards.
The Project also supports Myanmar climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and actions, such as the provision of climate risk information and livelihood diversification including implementation of Myanmar’s National REDD+ Strategy and scaling up community-based and ecosystem-based approaches to enhance adaptive capacity resilience of vulnerable communities. Regarding biodiversity, the Project supports initiatives to enhance the management of targeted protected areas and conservation of ecosystems and wildlife focused on promoting community-based natural resource management and conservation, integrated land use, and participatory protected area management. The project envisions expanding UNDP’s work to include environmental justice and enforcement.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Unit, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, the Project Manager is responsible for ensuring the direction of project activities and the achievement of project targets and results. S/he plans project activities and inputs, manages the day-to-day implementation of the project and supervises project experts and personnel.
The Project Manager supervises a team of international and local project professional and support staff. S/he works in close collaboration with the UNDP CO Programme, Strategic Results, Partnership and Innovation and Programme Support teams Teams and maintains effective working relationships with project Implementing Partners (IPs), donors and other partners such as UN agencies.
The Project Manager is accountable for actively engaging in the Country Office integrated coordination and task team structures to ensure full integration of its activities within the Country Programme and projects. The Project Manager will need to manage integration and coordination among different government partners, UNDP project managers and Technical Advisors, and maintain an effective working relationship with the project Chief Technical Advisors.
The Project Manager will be initially based in Yangon but with relocation to Naypyidaw when conditions permit. S/he will need to spend a balance of time between the Yangon and Naypyidaw offices until eventual full-time transition to the Naypyidaw office.
UNDP Myanmar is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
1.Ensures the direction of project activities and the achievement of project targets and results, by focusing on the following results:
2.Ensures day-to-day management of the project, by focusing on the following results:
3. Ensures and coordinates provision of high quality technical advice and build partnerships, focusing on achievement of the following results:
4. Facilitates knowledge building and management, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Disaster Risk Management
Global Environmental Governance
Required Skills and Experience
Project Manager (Environment/Climate)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)