Project Manager (Environmental Governance Reform)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

Cambodia is rapidly transiting towards lower middle-income country . The Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is USD 1,020 (World Bank 2014) with an annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 7.4 percent (World Bank 2013). However, Cambodia is ranked 145 out of 178 countries for the Environmental Performance Index with the overall score of 35.44 out of 100 points  (Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, 2014) . The World Bank’s Country Policy Institutional Assessment (CPIA) (2014)  gives the country a score of 3 out of 6 in terms of its policy and institutional capacities in attaining environmental sustainability. Similar to other rapidly developing countries, Cambodia thus faces challenges in terms of attaining sustainable development. In September in 2015, Cambodia endorsed the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to meet these challenges. Currently, Cambodia is in a process of specifying the SDG goals in the context of the particular challenges pertaining to Cambodian sustainable development.   
Developmental activities have brought important economic benefits (e.g. generating employment), economic growth has intensified pressure on natural resources and environment, as is exemplified by the recent forest cover change from 57% in 2011 to approximately 50%  in 2014 (RGC). This has led to heightened concerns among governments, development agencies and NGOs about adverse impacts on biodiversity and critical ecosystems, not least in the case of wildlife living in and adjacent to natural resource boundaries. Depletion and degradation of natural resources may adversely affect many Cambodians, especially on women, who are dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods. There are also concerns about the adverse impacts of the use of agriculture chemicals on human health, ecosystems and biodiversity. In urban areas, increasing levels of pollution, waste, and noise have become serious issues, which are exacerbated by the lack of effective environmental regulations and control mechanisms. 
Furthermore, accelerating effects of climate change pose another set of environmental challenges for Cambodia. The country is currently ranked as the 8th most vulnerable country to climate change according to climate change vulnerability index conducted by Maplecroft com (2014) , indexed by increasing incidence of droughts, floods, and windstorms, and rising sea levels. Climate change is likely to have damaging effects on agriculture and livestock, thus posing threats for nearly 73% of the total population who reside in rural areas and are highly dependent on agriculture for their income. 
At present, Cambodia has a number of governmental bodies and laws to govern its natural resources and the environment. The Ministry of Environment (MoE) is one of the governmental bodies with a central mandate to ensure conservation and management of natural resources and environment. In recent years, however, the MoE has faced significant constraints in addressing the emerging environmental issues and challenges due partly to its formerly outdated organizational structure, strategic priorities and implementation plans, and partly to insufficient human and technical resources. 
Moreover, there was no effective inter-ministerial governmental body or legal principles that provide overarching guidance and direction for sustainable development. Additionally, the mandates and regulations of existing ministries do not adequately correspond to current and emerging challenges. Finally, overlapping jurisdictions and mandates among line ministries over the governance of natural resources and environment have created ambiguity and confusion concerning which ministry should be responsible for a particular resource and for what purposes. This has resulted in uneven and inadequate enforcement and application of environmental and natural resource requirements and standards, thus constraining and undermining efforts to protect the environment and facilitate sustainable development.   
In response to these challenges, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) embarked upon environmental governance reforms in November in 2013. These focus on three pillars of activities: 1) MoE modernization, 2) Establishment of the National Council of Sustainable Development (NCSD), and 3) Development of an Environmental Code. 
The Environmental Governance Reform Project
The overall objective of this project is to assist the RGC to implement environmental governance reforms in order to create an enabling policy and legal environment for conserving and protecting environmental resources at risk. The project comprises of four key deliverables (KD): 
  • KD1 Strengthening MoE: the project will  assist the MoE in developing and refining short-term and long-term strategies and action plans to guide their staff to undertake new roles and responsibilities. The project will also facilitate assessment of the existing financial, administrative and human resources management capacities, constraints and needs of institutions and staff of different departments and units in. Based on the assessments, the project will assist the MoE and its departments in devising measures to address the identified capacity gaps. 
  • KD2 Strengthening NCSD: support will provided for NCSD to devise its overall strategies and action plans and to build capacities of different departments and staff. Similar to the project’s support for the MoE, the project will provide policy and technical support to assist the NCSD in developing and implementing short and long term strategies and action plans, and to organize capacity building activities for the NCSD general secretariat and departments.  
  • KD3 Development of Environmental Code: The project provides technical assistance to the MoE in developing an Environmental Code, which will contain overarching legal principles for the achievement of sustainable development, a proposal for statutory changes and implementation framework, and an EIA law. 
  • KD4 Integrated Ecosystem Mapping: The Integrated Ecosystem Mapping aims to provide inputs to the KD1, KD2 and KD3. Under this component, project will assist the RGC in consolidating available data and information on ecosystems, biodiversity, climate changes, rural livelihoods, and developmental activities in order to guide land use planning and decisions, The project will also develop a “Decision Support System (DSS)”, a database decision making tool to assist decision makers in visualizing and identifying certain areas suitable for specific uses, such as areas for 1) intensified conservation and protection efforts, 2) intensified efforts to build climate resilience, and 3) community involvement and developmental activities. Furthermore, the project will provide technical support to relevant government institutions charged with geographical information management to monitor, update, and report data that are relevant for land uses, biodiversity, rural livelihoods and development.   
The Contribution of the Project Manager
The Project Manager will be responsible for managing the project day to day operations and under the overall leadership of the Project Board, the UNDP Country Director and the support of the Asistant Country Director of Programme implement the work plan activities with a keen focus on results based management. In close consultation with UNDP Programme Analyst, s/he will work to ensure effective implementation and delivery of the project outputs. S/he will also be expect to liaise with government, development partners, CSOs and other project stakeholders. The Project Manager will also ensure project coordination, management, monitoring and evaluation, financial, administrative, procurement and logistic matters of the project. S/he will also be responsible preparing progress and annual reports required by UNDP and donors (Japan Fund/UNEP,  USAID and other donors as situation so demand). 
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
In the area of project management, the Porgramme Manager is expected to undertake the following functions:
  • Provide 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
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation of the project to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of project activities and results
  • Ensure coordination, management and monitoring of human resource, financial, administrative, procurement and logistical matters
  • Develop and maintain effective partnership 
  • Knowledge management and sharing and capacity development
1. Provide 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
  • Take lead in developing strategies and implementation plan of the project according to the project strategies 
  • Ensure 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, technical team, and project consultants in planning, monitoring and implementation process
  • Prepare the progress and annual reports to UNDP, and donors according to their respective reporting guidelines
  • Prepare project board meetings and take lead in ensuring that recommendations made by the board be implemented
  • Work closely with UNDP Country Office in providing overall quality assurance for the project based on UNDP rules, and procedures
2. Lead monitoring and evaluation of the project to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of project activities and results
  • Monitor and review the progress outputs of the contracted partners against the project targets
  • Support and prepare the project budget/delivery report and related documents for UNDP Senior Management and/or donor
  • Ensure good quality and accuracy of financial reporting to donors and timely submission
  • Manage and monitor the programme issues and risks as initially identified in the project document appraised by the Local Programme Appraisal Committee, submit new issues and risks to the project board for consideration and decision on possible action if required. Update the status of these issues and risks by maintaining the Programme Risks Log and Issues Log
  • Provide inputs in developing terms of references for the final evaluation of the project
3. Ensure coordination, management and monitoring of human resource, financial, administrative, procurement and logistical matters
  • Plan and manage day-to-day work of project staff
  • Guide and oversee the work of project staff to ensure full compliance with the implementing rules, regulations, policies, and strategies
  • Maintain close contact with UNDP country office to ensure coordination on human resources administration as well as coordinating the recruitment process
  • Develop Terms of References of all required consultants and staff and actively participate in the recruitment process as required
  • Coordinate all national and international consultants to ensure that contracting processes are in accordance with planned schedules and deliverables
  • Coordinate all national and international consultants and the available knowledge resources to ensure the quality of the outputs produced under the project
  • Ensure accountability, transparency and competiveness in procurement and contracting aspects of the project
  • Ensure the implementation of the effective internal control, proper design and functioning of the financial resources management system
  • Ensure that budget is spent in accordance to the agreed work plan in a transparent and efficient manner following UNDP financial rules/regulation and the donor recommendations
  • Ensure the proper preparation for the project Audit exercise of the project and develop the follow up plan to response to Audit commendation and implement it effectively
4. Develop and maintain effective partnership 
  • Develop and maintain effective relations with government counterparts, donors, and other project stakeholders
  • 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 and associate, liaise with UNDP management for the effective implementation of the project
  • Prepare top quality reports and documents in support of future resource mobilization efforts, if required.
5. Knowledge management and sharing and capacity development
  • Coordinate with project consultants and contracted partners 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, support the sharing of experiences and best practices at national, regional and international
Impact of Results:
The key results of the post strengthen UNDP’s contributions to the effort of the Royal Government of Cambodia in achieving Environmental Governance Reform for the sustainable development of Cambodia. With strong support from this position in ensuring the proper implementation of the project, the ultimate strategic objective of the project is to create an enabling policy and legal environment for conserving and protecting environmental resources at risk.
Functional Competencies:  
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Creates effective advocacy strategies
  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Level 1.1: Contributing to results through provision of information
  • Provides information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration
  • Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals
Building Strategic Partnerships 
Level 2: Identifying and building partnerships
  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings 
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Level 2: Developing new approaches
  • Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor
Resource Mobilization 
Level 2:  Implementing resource mobilization strategies
  • Analyzes information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach
  • Identifies and compiles lessons learned
  • Develops a resource mobilization strategy at the country level
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Level 2: 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
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Level 2: 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
  • 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
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • 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
Level 2: 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
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality
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 UNDP & setting standards 
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. 
  • Fair and transparent  decision making; calculated risk-taking
Required Skills and Experience
  • A Master’s Degree in Law, Policy or Management, in the field of Environment and Natural Resources or related fields 
  • At least 5 years of professional experience at the national and international level in managing and coordinating environmental governance related projects with a wide range of stakeholders including governments and development partners is required, of which at least three years’ experience in working with multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary consultation processes;
  • Experience supporting law related content and material development in similar practice areas is a plus;
  • Experience in handling legal matters related to environmental sector management is a strong asset;
  • Proven experience in communication, negotiation, and documentation and ability to work with multi-disciplinary and cultural team;
  • Familiar with the UNDP’s rules and procedures is desirable.
  • Experience in handling the USAID funding will be considered a strong asset;
  • Understanding of Cambodia political and administrative system is desirable;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, and experience in handling of web-based management systems 
Language Requirements:
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English

“Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.”