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).
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
The Water Adaptation officer, will be seated within the SIWSAP Project Management Unit and will report directly to the Chief Technical Advisor and Water Resource Deputy Director.
Scope of work:
1. Responsible for overall planning, implementation, reporting, and timely delivery of good quality outputs and results for components 1 &2 of the Solomon Islands Water Sector Adaptation Project (SIWSAP)
2. Provide effective liaison and coordination role with partners (MMERE-Water Resource Division, MHMS-RWASH programme and MECDM, public works division) on climate proof/consideration to water sector infrastructure and assets.
3. Responsible for all technical, planning, managerial, monitoring, progress and financial reporting for the project.
4. Support PMU in carrying out Vulnerability & Adaptation Assessments
5. Support knowledge management and knowledge sharing to PMU and Provincial Officers
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism
- Ability to assess institutional capacity, and formulate proposals to foster positive change
- Analytical judgment, results-orientation and efficiency in a multi-tasking environment
- Shares knowledge and experience
- 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 produce quality reports
- Ability to plan and prioritize work
- Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
- 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
- Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
Required Skills and Experience
- Diploma or degree in climate change, water resources management, environment studies or other related field.
- At least 2 to 3 years’ work experience in the area of water or climate change or disaster risk management/disaster risk reduction.
- Proven experience working across different sectors and institutional levels.
- Knowledge about water and sanitation issues of the Solomon Islands and the Pacific is an asset.
- Good computer and writing skills and ability to use information technology as a tool and resource.
- Fluency in English with demonstrated excellent writing skills include report writing and oral speaking.
- Fluency in Solomon Islands pidgin with demonstrated ability to translate important climate change concepts and terminologies in the language.