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 embarking on 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).
The Provincial Officers – WASH are directly responsible for coordinating support for the implementation of the SIWSAP project activities at the provincial and targeted community level. These officers report to the Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement (primary) as well as to the SIWSAP’s Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), Project Manager and the Deputy Director Water Resource Division of the MMERE (secondary). Frequency: Once a week, and if/when required.
An evaluation will be carried on the successful candidates bi-annually and annually or in shorter durations depending on their performances. Evaluations will be done using the UNDP Service Contract standard template for performance evaluations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordination support for the implementation of the SIWSAP project activities at targeted community level focusing on achieving the following results:
- Regular liaison and communication with various provincial divisions (RWASH, climate change and environmental, health, Public works) that may have direct or indirect involvement in the implementation of project activities in target sites;
- Support the Project Manager, the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), Deputy Director – WRD, Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement, and the Water Sector Adaptation Officer to establish and maintain links between various stakeholders at national, provincial and community level in the implementation of various project activities;
- Support the Project Manager, CTA, Deputy Director – WRD, Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement to facilitate and coordinate community adaptation action planning at Provincial and community level (groups including men, women, youth, children and vulnerable groups);
- Provide support to the provincial government (through its designated Focal Point) and the Project Management Unit and MMERE to ensure effective function of the SIWSAP Project Pilot Committees (provincial level) and Community Water Committees (Community level): provide coordination support for the establishment and/or regular functioning of these committees through regular meetings, briefings and dissemination of proceedings.
Support Project Manager, CTA, Deputy Director – WRD and the Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement in project work planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting functions;
- Keep up to date records of activities and meetings conducted with provincial stakeholders and targeted community groups;
- Ensure the effective function of the Water Management Early Warning Systems (EWS) namely mobilizing and replication of EWS through advocacy to the communities through appropriate radio programmes;
- Provision of information on the situation at the provincial and community level. Support the provision of information for the development of annual and quarterly work plans and progress reports across all the components of the project, particularly with respect to pilot site concern;
- Facilitate the conduct of technical assessments (e.g. V&A, Cost Benefit Analysis etc), adaptation and water use planning, as well as implementing support activities;
- Attend (where relevant) and provide information for and updates to project meetings and workshops at community, provincial and national levels;
- Undertake regular monitoring visits to target communities and facilitate monitoring visits of other project staff together with key government counterparts and UNDP Regional Technical Advisors;
- Provide provincial logistic support to the project and be responsible for stock taking of project assets at the provincial and community level.
Knowledge Management and Communication
Facilitate the effective capturing and communication of project results
- Facilitate the delivery of training and consultation activities and processes, targeting provincial and community stakeholders and involving project staff and other technical experts;
- Facilitate in close consultation and coordination with the Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement, the documentation and capturing of project results, good practices and lessons learnt, through documenting field activities (including regular project briefs, photos, videos etc), supporting the development and dissemination of knowledge management and communication materials (e.g. articles, photo stories, videos, brochures, etc);
- Monitor and document information on different adaptation options and interventions and share within the project team. Share this information, skills and experiences across peers within the Provinces and project pilot sites;
- Support the Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement in the development and dissemination of awareness raising and climate change information materials and related training/awareness activities particularly in the water sector, in consistent with SIWSAP’s Communication and Knowledge Management Strategy. In this regard facilitate participatory video training programmes at the pilot sites will be a key task.
Relationship Building and Strategic Liaisons
- Support the PMU and MMERE in liaison work with relevant project counterparts at the provincial, community, national level, as well as other development organisations and NGOs including civil society organisation, faith based organisations working on climate change adaptation within the water sector at the provincial level to ensure effective coordination of project activities.
- Build visibility and manage reputation at community and provinicial levels of the project at the community, provincial and national levels. Effectively liaison between the Provincial Pilot Committees and the Community Water Committees to ensure buidling of strong elationships between these two groups. Report/flag any potential conflicts/issues arising at the provincial/community level so that issues can be addressed and reputation managed prior to developing into a big problem
Mentoring and skills transfer
- Organize bi-monthly/quarterly brownbag discussions on technical and/or project management topics related to (but not limited to) climate change adaptation concepts, tools and skills, communication for development concepts, tools and skills, how to set up and monitor budgets, concepts, tools, and skills related to good M&E. These brown bags will be facilitated in partnership with the Project Manager, Chief Technical Advisor and the Technical Officer Communication and Community Engagement in close collaboration with key government counterparts (such as MMERE, RWSS, MECDM) in the provinces as well as in Honiara (on as need basis), and/or any other relevant parties.
Corporate Responsibility & Direction
- Serves and promotes the vision, mission, values and strategies goals of UNDP;
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s ethical standards
- Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
- Recognises and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others, gives credit to the contribution of others;
- Ability to learn and work with various digital and analogue to ensure that effective tools and messages are utilized/conveyed to diverse stakeholders (national/local governments, academia, donors, international community, local farmers, women, children, elderly, business sector, etc).;
- 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.
Managing for Results:
- Plans and prioritises work activities to meet organisational goals;
- Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results Management, including support to coordination, planning and implementation of projects, managing data, reporting;
- Ability to travel to and work with rural communities.
Partnering and Networking:
- Builds and sustains relationships with key constituents (Internal/external/bilateral/multilateral/public/private, civil society).
Innovation and Judgment:
- Conceptualises and analyses problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate;
- Generates creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
- Devises new systems and processes, and modalities existing ones, to support innovative behaviours.
- Demonstrates excellent and effective written and oral communication skills;
- Demonstrates effective communication skills in a multidisciplinary working environment;
- Demonstrate respect for gender.
Job knowledge & Expertise:
- Applies the required depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise to meet job demands;
- Uses Information technology effectively as a tool and a resources.
Required Skills and Experience
Diploma or degree in climate change, water resources management, environment studies or other related field.
- Experience in a field relevant to water management, vulnerability, climate change, disaster risk, natural resource management. Candidates with experience of data collection and analysis will be highly regarded;
- Some experience in coordinating activities across different sectors;
- Good understanding of integrating gender and similar cross-cutting priorities;
- Computer literate with Microsoft Office and excel programmes.
- Full working knowledge of english, demonstrable excellent writing skills including experience of report writing;
- Good computer skills and experience and ability to use information technology as a tool and resource.
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