Project Manager (Environmental Governance and Mining)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

New York, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages; represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora, including public-private, government and civil society dialogues; and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts. Nature, Climate and Energy Team. UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan emphasizes the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement.

As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP’s Nature, Climate Change, and Energy (NCE) Team promotes and scales up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas. The NCE Team works with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate natural capital, environment and climate concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies; support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements; and implement the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming on environment, climate change, and energy. This multi-billion dollar portfolio encompasses: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services including forests; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification including food and commodity systems; Water and Ocean Governance including SIDS; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Renewable and Modern Energy; Extractive Industries; Chemicals and Waste Management; Environmental Governance and Green/Circular Economy and SCP approaches. This work advances crosscutting themes on innovative finance, digital transformation, capacity development, human rights, gender equality, health, technology, and South-South learning. In addition to UNDP’s bilateral partnerships on natural capital, environment and climate, UNDP is an accredited multilateral implementing agency of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Multilateral Fund (MLF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which includes the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF Trust Fund); the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF); the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF); and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)). As part of UNDP’s partnership with these vertical funds, UNDP provides countries specialized integrated technical services for eligibility assessment, programme formulation, capacity development, policy advice, technical assistance, training and technology transfer, mobilization of co-financing, implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management services.

Environmental governance and mining sector governance represents critical components of existing NCE/UNDP priorities for Biodiversity, Climate Change, the transition to clean energy, Inclusive Growth, and the Green Recovery. UNDP is committed to supporting responsible environmental governance of the mining sector; to minimize negative social and environmental risks and impacts; maximize opportunities for net-positive benefits across a range of SDGs and human rights.

The joint Swedish EPA-UNDP Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) – Mining is a SIDA-funded global programme that is jointly implemented by the Swedish EPA and UNDP since 2014. It is currently in its second Phase of Programming (2020-2023). The EGP focuses on preventing and managing the environmental risks and corresponding impacts on human rights so that the mining sector can contribute to positive impacts across a range of SDGs linked to biodiversity, climate change, poverty eradication, health, sustainable consumption and production, inclusive growth and gender equality for current and future generations. It draws upon the combined governance, environmental and extractive sector expertise of Swedish EPA and UNDP and their partners to support countries to integrate environment and human rights into the governance of the mining sector. It takes a human rights-based, collaborative and multi-stakeholder approach to creating durable, coherent and transformative solutions. Working in collaboration with ministries of environment, mining, planning and finance, as well as civil society and other public and private stakeholders, the programme provides targeted support to ten countries. The programme also work at the global and regional level to strengthen knowledge sharing and innovative policy approaches. It draws on the combined governance, social, environmental and extractive sector expertise of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and partners.

Under the supervision of the Policy Advisor for Environmental Governance, and in collaboration with the Swedish EPA team and relevant UNDP teams, the Project Manager will be responsible for the day to day implementation of Phase 2 of the EGP. S/he will also leverage the EGP to contribute to better coordinated messaging and work from a coherence standpoint across UNDP’s extractives work, internally and externally, Leverage synergies across projects and initiatives for more impactful and upscaled policy and programming support, and expand work in this space through joint resource mobilization and mobilization of partnerships for the implementation of the broader SDG agenda.

The Project Manager will be based in New York, USA and may be required to travel. UNDP staff may be periodically redeployed, in accordance with capability, consent, and due process, to a different duty station as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager will work under the guidance of the Policy Advisor and in close cooperation with the project team to plan, implement, monitor and report on the results outlined in the project document and workplans with a particular focus on rights based public administration. The Project Manager will leverage partnerships to support resources in the project area and connect with existing networks, institutions, universities, civil society organizations and think tanks. S/he will work closely with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Project Manager and ensure sound coordination with the Swedish EPA in all aspects of the project.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Management/Coordination;
  • Policy dialogue and policy coherence, project development, mainstreaming
  • Partnership Building;
  • Knowledge Management;
  • Support to Country Offices/Regional teams/other business units.

Management and Coordination

  • Lead implementation of the Environmental Governance Programme;
  • Grow and develop the initiative, including conceptualize and secure funding for a third phase;
  • Ensure synergies with/avoid overlap with linked and synergizing initiatives within and outside the organization;
  • Provide strategic guidance and management oversight to the EGP team (including secondees, consultants and SEPA team members), reviewing on a regular basis progress reports, deliverables, disbursements and budgets to ensure implementation is on track, and troubleshooting and adapting management as required;
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of resources and timely/on budget implementation;
  • Ensure that all management and administrative requirements (technical, financial, communications, audits, evaluations, etc.) of the different partners/donors of the initiative are met;
  • Ensure that UNDP-specific processes (integrated work planning, budgeting, procurement, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance of knowledge products, board meetings, quality assurance and SES screenings) are met;
  • Prepare and convene meetings of the Global Steering Committee (Project Board), to define priorities evaluate progress and management, provide strategic advice and guidance, and exchange information;
  • Monitor and analyze programme / project development and implementation; review relevant documentation and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions;
  • Lead the coordination of project activities and information sharing with related projects within UNDP and external agencies;
  • Provide managerial and policy advice to UNDP Country Offices implementing the Programme;
  • Ensure information sharing and foster close cooperation between UNDP and SEPA throughout the project cycle;
  • Responsible for annual project budgeting, monitoring, revisions, and reporting.

Policy dialogue and policy coherence, project development, mainstreaming

  • Liaise and coordinate with biodiversity, climate, governance, rule of law, human rights and other relevant teams and experts to identify synergies and effective collaboration within and between projects in ways that benefit EGP;
  • Actively support development of UNDP’s mining offer and extractive industries strategy/offer to include EGP perspectives and knowledge;
  • Develop and maintain updated mapping of existing and synergizing projects;
  • Support senior management by providing strategic policy advice, advocacy support for corporate policy frameworks, preparation of UNDP’s engagement in key mining and extractives meetings and events and preparation of briefing notes, speeches and talking points;
  • Develop policy and learning documents related to mining/environmental governance;
  • Seek synergies and collaboration in the nexus of governance, human rights and environment, including through Environment Management Group, and in particular with UNDP SES work, the UN Call to Action/Rights of future generations and broader Environmental Governance work/Environmental Rule of Law work inside and outside the organization;
  • Support work on private sector due diligence from a mining and extractives industries perspective.

Partnership Building

  • Contribute to strengthening partnerships with research institutes, civil society organizations and other relevant bodies interested in environmental governance, especially supporting South-South and triangular knowledge sharing;
  • Develop new technical partnerships with sister Agencies, other international and regional organizations working in the mining-human-rights-gender-nature-climate nexus areas;.
  • Support resource mobilization for the Programme including ongoing partnership with Sida, as well as new partnerships with funding partners for all aspects of UNDPs mining governance work in the project space.

Knowledge Management

  • Ensure that training materials, tools and advocacy publications for the EGP are produced and effectively disseminated;
  • Support and promote implementation of UNDP inclusive mining governance practices and experience through contributions from EGP to relevant GPN networks and communities of practice;
  • In collaboration with internal and external partners pro-actively identify and contribute to advocacy and outreach;
  • Effective communication, advocacy and dissemination of EGP/mining and other relevant UNDP knowledge products at international and national conferences and meetings.

Support to Country Offices/Regional teams/other business units

  • Support to EGP country offices plus expanded group of countries through knowledge sharing and events
  • Pro-actively contribute to the development of strategic partnerships with both internal and external partners to advance EGPs contribution to the UNDP Strategic Plan;
  • Better leverage, expand and increase the visibility of UNDPs EI/mining governance work in ways that can help UNDP and partners respond to needs in EGP countries and attract more funding;
  • Support collaboration within the BPPS Sustainable Development Cluster around mining governance work;
  • Provide support and advice to UNDP engagement in a range of mining dialogues and relevant processes including DSG lead roundtables and policy paper.

Competencies

Core

Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow.

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

Technical/Functional

Environmental Governance/Mining Sector Governance
Knowledge of mining governance concepts, principles, issues and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Ability to make linkages to broader SDG framework.

Inclusive Political Processes/Mining context
Knowledge of frameworks and tools for effective and transparent engagement of civil society, women’s and youth groups, indigenous peoples and other excluded in the mining context, and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Project Management
Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled.

Relationship Management and Partnerships
Ability to engage with other agencies and forge productive working relationships.

Knowledge Management
Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.

Advocacy
Ability to advocate a point of view and influence others.

Results-Based Management
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Trends and emerging areas analytics
Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, development studies, natural resource management, public or business administration, or equivalent field.

Experience

Required

  • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in the area of governance and peacebuilding with a focus on rights-based approaches;
  • Experience with project management in UNDP or an international organization;
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills, including ability to establish and maintain contacts with representatives from government, international organizations, CSOs, academia and other partners.

Desired

  • Experience in promoting environmental governance including through capacity building for Ministries of Environment, EPAs, community-based participatory monitoring, or similar initiatives;
  • Knowledge, through academic or work experience, of the mining sector and links to human rights, gender and environmental issues;
  • Experience in managing and/or coordinating multi-country programmes involving global, regional, and country-level partnerships.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of English, as well as writing, presentation and communication skills;
  • Fluency in other UN languages is an asset.

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