India nationals: Project Officer (Natural Resources and Environment Management)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Munnar, India 🇮🇳

Background
 
High Range Mountain Landscape (HRML) in the Western Ghats mountains of peninsular India is a globally significant biodiversity region. Its key attributes are: a) high levels of endemism and biological diversity; b) Important Bird Area; c) presence of globally threatened species of fauna and flora;  d) part of one of the five viable breeding centre of tiger in India; e) harbour the largest global population of Nilgiri tahr and a significant population of Grizzled Giant Squirrel (both threatened species); f) catchment of three major river systems of peninsular India; g) strong eco-cultural affinities; and h) support important economic sectors like cardamom, tea and tourism. At present, HRML is a complex mosaic of land uses where conservation, economic production and livelihood requirements assume equal primacy and profoundly influence each other. These contribute to competitive use of natural resources and affecting vital ecological processes. The rapidly altering developmental context, demographic contours, resource use configurations place a challenge for HRML’s long term ecological sustainability and livelihood security. The existing planning and policy framework, as well as the institutional arrangements in HRML are inadequate to address biodiversity conservation from a landscape perspective. The project aims to put in place a collaborative governance framework for multiple-use management of HRML. The project will attempt a paradigm shift from current sector based planning to an approach for integrated multiple-use management of mountain landscapes to deliver global environmental benefits. The project aims to achieve this through the following Outcomes: a) Effective governance framework for multiple-use mountain landscape management in place; b) Multiple-use mountain landscape management is applied securing the ecological integrity of HRML; and c) Strengthened capacities for community based sustainable use and management of wild resources.
 
The project region covers 2190 sq. km spread across three districts of Kerala viz. Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur in Kerala.
 
UNDP aims to engage a Project Officer for Natural Resource and Environment Management for the implementation of the HRML Project. S/he will work closely with the State Project Director and State Nodal Officer and shall support the Landscape level Project Management Unit in effective implementation of activities related to natural resource management and environment management. The Project Officer shall extend all possible support to the Landscape Project Manager, Haritha Kerala Mission, National Project Management Unit (NPMU) and UNDP.
 
Project titled    :   GoI-GEF-UNDP India High Range Landscape Project (HRML):     Implementation strategy revised as Sustainable Livelihood and Biodiversity Conservation through Multiuser Management of Anchunad and Adjoining Landscape”
 
Supervisor :   State Project Director and State Nodal Officer
 
Duty Station   :   Munnar, Kerala
 

 

 
Duties and Responsibilities
 
The Project Officer will have the following roles and responsibilities: 
 
S/he will provide technical support to project implementation at the landscape level particularly in the effective and quality delivery of natural resource and environment management (NREM) activities. 
S/he will provide technical support to PRIs in documenting Natural Resources and developing Natural Resource Management Plans
S/he shall lead the preparation of Landscape Level Land Use Plan, Sector Plans, and research studies related to NREM.
S/he shall be responsible for developing the capacity building training programme of the NREM sector.
S/he shall assist the other team members in the preparation of conservation plans, livelihood plans, village micro-plans, Green PRI plans and give inputs in preparing plans for sustainable resource use in various production sectors
S/he will prepare Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Terms of References (ToRs) for any studies to be commissioned or any consultant to be engaged in his/her area of work.
S/he shall commission and undertake the Natural Resources monitoring activities as envisaged in the project.
S/he shall provide technical support and guidance to the LLPMU/LLAC and other project Consultants in coordinating and conducting different project activities related NREM sector (trainings, workshops, stakeholder consultations, arrangements of study tour, etc.)
S/he shall advise the LLPMU/LLAC in coordinating with the State Government, Consultants, Haritha Kerala Mission, Forest Department, Line Departments, other relevant agencies and stakeholders on the implementation of the project on technical matters related to NREM sector.
S/he shall keep regular contact with project experts and Consultants to inform them about the project technical details and review the reports and other documents emanating from the consultants for technical content with respect to NREM sector.
S/he shall make brief notes on the studies and progress of the studies and share with the NPMU, State Project Director, Nodal Officer and UNDP
S/he will also provide technical support to the development, implementation and/or evaluation of the project activities in the focal area. 
S/he will help the Communications and monitoring officer in identifying and documenting good practices, success stories and lessons learned at different stages of the project in the area of natural resource management
S/he shall provide regular inputs and feedback related to conservation of natural resources. 
Any other task assigned by the Supervisor. 
 

 
Competencies
 
Core Competencies
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
Treats all people fairly without favouritism
 
Functional Competencies
 
Technical Knowledge and Expertise
Ability to develop, monitor and implement NREM plans 
Familiarity on the traditional and cultural milieu of the area or similar areas.
Knowledge of planning, conducting and analysing studies on land and water use practices NREM
Understanding of traditional land and water use practices, methodologies, and conservation techniques
Exposure to GIS based planning and monitoring of Natural Resources 
 
Communication, Analytical and IT skills 
Communication, Analytical and IT Skills
Understanding of office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems is essential.
Outstanding communication, analytical and research skills.
Sound knowledge of drafting scientific publications is desirable
 
Teamwork 
Results oriented and ability to find innovative solutions to a problem
Builds and maintains constructive relationships with colleagues; treats people with respect, is cooperative, supportive and helpful with a positive contribution to the working environment.
 

 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
Graduate in Environmental Engineering/Civil Engineering 
Masters’ degree in Environmental Engineering or any other related field would be an advantage 
 
Experience:
At least 5 years of relevant experience at the state or national level in Natural Resource and Environment Management programmes.
Research or practical work experience in landscape/ watershed based Natural Resource Management
Working experience in the project landscape in Kerala or any other part of the country
Experience of working with the Government of India/State Governments 
Experience of working with international organizations/externally aided projects 
Working experience with Panchayati Raj Institutions, governments and NGOs
Experience of organizing and conducting workshops, meetings, etc.
Experience in watershed based planning and implementation of projects/ Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
Skills in GIS based mapping of natural Ressources
 
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Malayalam.
 
Remuneration package is INR 91,380/- per month (all inclusive and taxable). UNDP offers additional benefits which include medical insurance coverage and encourages work life balance to its employees.

 
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