Program Lead (Vanuatu Water Project)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Vanuatu
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Apply By: 
17 August 2018
Less than 1 day remaining until the deadline.

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This position is responsible for leading the implementation and delivering the six outputs of the “Enhancing resilience of local communities to climate change through solar power-driven access to water in rural areas of Outer Islands of Vanuatu” project within the Vanuatu country program, liaising and coordinating with the other Vanuatu GGGI staff and hiring and managing the consultants and firms who will be supporing the output delivery. S/he is the recognized lead advisor/focal point for the above mentioned project and provides day to day technical/strategic advice internally as well as externally to ensure impactful delivery of the project and its outputs. The position plays a key role in driving a dedicated ‘hybrid’ team for delivery of this water and energy project, consisting of government offcials, GGGI staff and consultants/firms in delivering top quality outputs which meet high technical standards in the most effective and efficient way. S/he monitors and evaluates the performance of the consultants and firms as well as being a key point of technical advice and escalation for problem solving within the context of output delivery.

 The position will also be responsible for liasing, coordinating with and providing technical advice to the DoWR and the DoE.  This position will be based in Vanuatu and embedded within the DoWR to maximize project integration and learning both-ways on rural water management in Vanuatu and provide supplementary support as and when needed. The position will report to the Pacific Regional Representative of GGGI in Suva, Fiji. The position will manage consultants and contractor(s) who will provide advisory services on water guidelines and community engagement and supply and install solar water pumping equipment at all targeted community sites in Vanuatu. The position will guide the project development, assess project effectiveness and ensure completion of all activities and outputs as laid out in the Project Document. The position is expected deliver key deliverables of this project and to ensure project activities and all relevant reporting and communications meet the requirements of the Funding Agreement between GGGI and the Government of Luxembourg.

 

INTRODUCTION

Based in Seoul, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.

GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.                                                                                               

Vanuatu became a member of GGGI in 2014 and in 2015, GGGI established an office in Vanuatu and initiated its support to the Government by revising the National Energy Road Map (NERM). Two of the policy objectives of the updated NERM 2016-2030 are 100% electricity access and 100% renewable energy based electricity by 2030. In addition, the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) 2016-2030, sets out the Vanuatu water sector policy objectives which includes ensuring safe water services for all, protection of community water sources, building community natural resource management capacity and strengthening local authorities to enable decentralized service delivery. In 2017, the Government of Vanuatu approved a National Water Policy. Furthermore, in March 2018, the Government of Vanuatu has declared 2018-2020 as the years for water, sanitation and quality drinking water to emphasize its commitment to achieving its policy objectives such as 100% of households have year-round access to drinking water by 2030.

In line with the above-mentioned government priorities and policy objectives, GGGI’s programs and projects in Vanuatu since 2015 support expanding access to affordable and sustainable energy services for rural households, businesses and public institutions through renewable energy and creating sustainable energy services for rural livelihood creation and economic growth. In this context and given the relevant nexus between water and energy, GGGI supported the Department of Water Resources (DoWR) and the Department of Energy (DoE) to develop a project titled “Enhancing resilience of local communities to climate change through solar power-driven access to water in rural areas of Outer Islands of Vanuatu”.This project is funded by the Luxembourg Government from 2018 to 2020. GGGI now seeks a water sector expert to manage the implementation and deliver the outputs of this project in partnership with the DoWR in Vanuatu and working closely with the DoE and the Ministry of Climate Change.

 POSITION SUMMARY

This position is responsible for leading the implementation and delivering the six outputs of the “Enhancing resilience of local communities to climate change through solar power-driven access to water in rural areas of Outer Islands of Vanuatu” project within the Vanuatu country program, liaising and coordinating with the other Vanuatu GGGI staff and hiring and managing the consultants and firms who will be supporing the output delivery. S/he is the recognized lead advisor/focal point for the above mentioned project and provides day to day technical/strategic advice internally as well as externally to ensure impactful delivery of the project and its outputs. The position plays a key role in driving a dedicated ‘hybrid’ team for delivery of this water and energy project, consisting of government offcials, GGGI staff and consultants/firms in delivering top quality outputs which meet high technical standards in the most effective and efficient way. S/he monitors and evaluates the performance of the consultants and firms as well as being a key point of technical advice and escalation for problem solving within the context of output delivery.

The position will also be responsible for liasing, coordinating with and providing technical advice to the DoWR and the DoE.  This position will be based in Vanuatu and embedded within the DoWR to maximize project integration and learning both-ways on rural water management in Vanuatu and provide supplementary support as and when needed. The position will report to the Pacific Regional Representative of GGGI in Suva, Fiji. The position will manage consultants and contractor(s) who will provide advisory services on water guidelines and community engagement and supply and install solar water pumping equipment at all targeted community sites in Vanuatu. The position will guide the project development, assess project effectiveness and ensure completion of all activities and outputs as laid out in the Project Document. The position is expected deliver key deliverables of this project and to ensure project activities and all relevant reporting and communications meet the requirements of the Funding Agreement between GGGI and the Government of Luxembourg.

The Program Lead will have overall responsibility of implementation of the project on the ground, providing technical expertise in the water resource management area and overall project management and coordination. This position will be supported by two existing GGGI staff in Vanuatu based with DoE. The Senior Program Officer will support aspects related to promoting income-generation enabled by the new green water infrastructure and the Investment Officer will provide support in establishing the management models in the communities and marketing and promotion of the project with a view to enabling scale-up and replication.

The overall project seeks to provide a reliable source of fresh water prioritized for the welfare of rural communities on the outer islands. The project activities and outputs are designed to achieve the below outcomes:

  • Increased resilience of Ni-Vanuatu in rural areas through access to alternative sources of portable water.
  • Removal of barriers to climate resilient development by creating conditions that enable replication and up-scale of investments in sustainable water infrastructure to rural and remote island areas.
  • Increased disaster preparedness at the community level.
  • Improved livelihoods and opportunities for income generation in rural areas through more reliable and safe water supplies
  • Improved health outcomes for rural communities

The main outputs from the project include:

  • Cyclone resistant standard Solar PV powered water pumping units designed and successfully installed and commissioned at the identified locations where saltwater intake is not feasible and communities rely on a single source of freshwater.
  • Community water systems management strengthened in cooperation with provincial and national institutional actors (and privates sector where appropriate)
  • Potential insurance options to cover for damage to water infrastructure due to extreme climate events explored and recommended in collaboration with the local and regional service providers.
  • Rural communities, women groups, small and micro-businesses, tourism operators, rural technical education institutions and departmental skills and capacities are built-up on efficient water project operation, monitoring and management through training and capacity building.
  • Guidelines for solar energy based water systems operation & efficient water resource management drawn up for government agencies and rural tourism operators.
  • Lessons learnt from the project implementation, operation, monitoring and evaluation widely shared and disseminated in Vanuatu (and the Pacific region)

PURPOSE

  • Leads the implementation of the “Enhancing resilience of local communities to climate change through solar power-driven access to water in rural areas of Outer Islands of Vanuatu” project within the Vanuatu program
  • Is able to adapt and apply technical knowledge in water resource management for rural areas to deliver the project outputs
  • Captures the essence and needs of Vanuatu, GGGI and the Government of Luxembourg as laid out in the Grant Agreement and Project Document for the above project and ensures optimal progress and delivery of component/outputs in Vanuatu.
  • Shows immediate results and actions on the ground as well as ability to focus on longer term outcomes.
  • Maintains close communication with the Pacific Regional Representative and technical divisions in HQ on relevant topics to ensure their participation in program delivery for quality outputs.
  • Takes the lead in the implementation of the project and provides technical analysis and policy development to GGGI, DoWR and DoE to deliver the required outputs
  • Closely collaborates and liaises with GGGI Pacific team and the other GGGIVanuatu staff for technical consultation and inputs.
  • Be responsible for leading the strategic, managerial and technical elements under this Project.
  • Be responsible for timely reporting and communications on all matters relating to this Project.

ENGAGEMENT

  • Have in-depth technology knowledge of water resource management at global and/or national level.
  • Work closely with government partners in implementing the above project, recognizing the importance of government buy-in and ownership in the implementation of all activities under the project which is implemented in partnership with the Vanuatu government
  • Facilitate in-depth and effective stakeholder dialogues both internally and externally to support each ‘hybrid’ team (GGGI staff, consultants, contractors, Government staff and local NGO partners)
  • Lead consultations on multi-disciplinary issues relevant to the project implementation, such as community consultations, participatory approaches and planning for water resource management, resulting in consensus and empathy of perspectives and recognition mutual/complementary interests.
  • Developing and fostering strong relationships with key government institutions, relevant regional institutions, local NGOs and/or private sector as key stakeholders of the project
  • Creates partnerships with local NGOs and community organizations and committees where needed
  • Deploy strategies to secure collaboration/garner buy-in and support from a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure local ownership of the outputs both “soft” (policies, guidelines) and “hard” (solar water pumping equipment)
  • Work closely with GGGI Vanuatu staff and Pacific team, government counterparts, private sector partners and other development partners and NGOs to carry out and complete the activities laid out in the Project Document

DELIVERY

  • Independently organizes activities for output delivery with tight deadlines and manage a small technical team (consisting of Vanuatu staff members, consultants and Government staff)
  • Manages the preparation of tender documents, carried out the tender and manages the contract for supply and installation of solar powered water pumping systems with basic water distribution systems to selected community sites.
  • Oversees the planning of resources and timeframes relevant to the project and implements allocated budgets as per approved Grant Funding Agreement with the Government of Luxembourg
  • Effective and efficient management and ability to adapt project cycles in anticipation of multiple challenges and bottlenecks in service delivery.
  • Ensures coordination with the Pacific GGGI team and with head Office for prompt support services for timely provision for delivery.
  • Clear and timely reporting on project delivery to Pacific Regional Representative and GGGI HQ and to the donor (Luxembourg Government) as required by the Funding Agreement
  • Organizes relevant training workshops and focal group discussions with key national and community stakeholders.
  • Ensure that experiences and best practices are documented and shared across GGGI and to relevant partners in the Pacific.

REQUIREMENTS

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced academic degree in the field of water engineering, water science or water resource economics and/or a combination of engineering, science and economics.
  • At least ten years relevant experience in policy, planning, techno-economic analysis or engineering in the water resource management sector in rural areas.
  • At least five years experience in water resource management in rural areas and on small-scale projects
  • Experience in solar water pumping projects for rural areas in developing countries would be an advantage
  • At least five years Project management experience, preferable in the rural water sector, including experience in preparing tenders and procuring equipment and managing supply and installation contracts
  • Experience in day-to-day engagement with Government ministries and agencies
  • Experience in engaging with other stakeholders (private sector, NGOs, development partners, etc.)
  • Experience of requirements and procedures of bilateral donors/organizations or multilateral organizations.
  • Experience in all phases of the project cycle
  • Experience applying participatory, consensus-based approaches, gender, environmental and social inclusion safeguards.
  • Experience in leading/carrying out policy development and strategic planning, evidence-based decision-making, research and analysis and project design for the water sector
  • Experience in organizing policy consultations, validation meetings, workshops and capacity building events at the national and local level
  • Experience working in Small Island Developing States or rural areas of developing countries.
  • Experience in Pacific Island Countries and particularly Vanuatu or the Melanesian countries is an advantage
  • Excellent overall understanding of the concept of green growth and climate change vulnerability in the context of small island developing countries
  • Fluency in English and excellent report writing skills are essential

FUNCTIONAL

  • Leadership, team work and creative problem-solving abilities essential
  • Ability to work independently and manage a complex project while following agreed Project Document
  • Ability to anticipate issues and plan ahead
  • Excellent multi-cultural literacy and interest in being a part of an international team working in an evolving and entrepreneurial environment
  • Excellent communication (both written and oral) and facilitation skills.
  • Collaborative, partnership and participatory approach to managing and engaging with people
  • Problem solver, able to find and implement solutions
  • Innovative thinker, able to see opportunities across different sectors/disciplines
  • Anticipate and provide necessary technical and content-based support
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness and ability to travel

CORPORATE 

  • Understand and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values.
  • Promote the best use of public resources
  • Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
  • Process and share information easily.
  • Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
  • Promote creativity and innovation among staff and consultants.
  • Be able to lead and manage a project independently, while knowing when to seek advice and liaise closely with the Pacific Regional Representative to make sound decisions.