Full description of assignment:https://www.unv.org/calls/FJIR000103-7001
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the LoCAL Programme Manager or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer LoCAL Project Coordinator will:
Outreach, partnership and resource mobilization (50%)
- Conduct a comprehensive analysis of potential technical and financial partners and map donors’ strategic areas of interest and explore opportunities for partnerships for LoCAL in assigned Pacific countries;
- Mobilize and leverage resources for LoCAL and develop a plan for pursuing new donors (traditional and non-traditional);
- Develop objectives for fundraising, methods, tactics and focus (bilateral, multilateral, private sector, public funding, vertical funds, foundations, etc);
- Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and engagement with key donors (past, present and future);
- Represent LoCAL in assigned pacific countries;
- Serve as the UNCDF focal point in working groups and steering committees on the issue of environment and climate change and related sectors and provide inputs for conducive policy and regulatory environment;
- Support development of proposals related to LoCAL and support identification of potential climate finance sources;
- Contribute to collaborative working relationships with other local stakeholders such as NGOs and CSOs at the local level by building linkages and networks to enhance climate resilience;
- Ensure the regular integration of LoCAL related considerations into Government’s agendas (e.g. Climate Change Programmes, National Adaptation Plan, NDCs, etc) in assigned Pacific countries, including internal meetings and workshops organized;
- Support negotiations on co-operation with UN, Government, technical partners, bilateral donors and other financing institutions in order to identify and mobilize resources for LoCAL;
- Support co-operation with UN, Government, bilateral development agencies, and other technical partners to identify and develop synergies with relevant in-country projects and technical partnerships for LoCAL with a focus on policy and capacity development for climate change mainstreaming.
Project coordination/management (20%)
- Contribute to the day-to-day coordination and the effective, efficient and transparent implementation of the LoCAL country programme in Fiji and any other assigned Pacific LoCAL country programme in line with UNCDF project management regulations and in close collaboration with the LoCAL Programme Manager and the LoCAL Secretariat (global);
- Lead project delivery and achievement of objectives by working with and supporting implementing partners’ project related activities;
- Coordinate, participate in the elaboration, and ensure the timely submission of annual work plans and budgets, quarterly and annual financial and progress reports, while maximizing alignment and integration with national systems;
- Support the effective and transparent transfer of funds from UNCDF to the local governments through the agreed financial circuit; the effective and transparent use of funds; and effective and transparent annual performance assessments in the context of LoCAL;
- Contribute to the management of the risk log of the project;
- Contribute to the provision of technical assistance for LoCAL in assigned Pacific countries (e.g. writing terms of reference, recruitment and management of national consultants);
- Strengthen the quality of the monitoring and evaluation and reporting (e.g. implementation of the LoCAL adaptation M&E system, i.e. “Assessing Climate Change Adaptation Framework (ACCAF)”, preparation and monitoring of the annual work plan, organization of and participation in field missions, contribution to the preparation of annual reports);
- Monitor and make recommendations to revise or improve as appropriate the key elements of the LoCAL approach (e.g. minimum conditions, performance measures, triggers for fund transfers, investment menu, roles of partners and stakeholders, financial circuit used for the LoCAL grant transfer);
- Ensure appropriate recording and accounting documentation as required by UNCDF and preparation of required financial reports. Make the financial operations of the project transparent and able to stand up to regular audits and evaluation;
- Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Provision of technical assistance and capacity building support (20%)
- Ensure adequate provision of technical, policy and regulatory assistance and advice to national and subnational governments in the field of adaptation planning/programming; climate finance, climate change issues and environmental sustainability; climate change mainstreaming into planning, budgeting, investment plans; implementation; and monitoring of adaptation measures (performance assessments);
- Support the strengthening of capacities, institutions and systems with a focus on local level adaptation mainstreaming and the strengthening of public financial management systems for climate change (e.g. by facilitating capacity needs assessments; the development of capacity building programmes; the organization of training workshops; and on-the-job learning);
- Promote LoCAL as standard practice to channel climate finance and implement climate change response at the local level (e.g. through revisions to local development planning and budgeting manuals and guidelines; performance assessment manuals for PBCRGs to inform/be integrated in the national inter-governmental fiscal transfer systems/performance-based grants system as applicable; creation of budget codes; integration of climate change in tendering, procurement and delivery processes, monitoring and reporting practices);
- Support local communities in target LoCAL areas in ensuring a participatory and gender-responsive approach throughout the LoCAL planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring processes.
Knowledge management and communication (10%)
- Identify key knowledge constraints and organize learning, knowledge exchange, training, workshops, etc. to build the awareness and capacities on relevant themes (i.e. climate change, local climate risk assessments, environmental sustainability, mainstreaming, etc.);
- Identify, collect and disseminate best practices and lesson learned from the Project;
- Contribute to the knowledge and communication efforts of LoCAL in assigned Pacific countries based on lessons learned and results achieved (ex. stories from the field, photos/videos, webpage and social media presence, as appropriate);
- Ensure the project is well documented through photos, videos, and field stories;
- Ensure the timely publication and dissemination of reports and other project outputs at national and local level and with the LoCAL global project team;
- Ensure that experiences, lessons learned and good practices are disseminated at local/national level using a range of means of communication, including press, radio, TV, multimedia and social medias appropriate;
- Coordinate closely with LoCAL colleagues involved in knowledge management and communication to ensure a common message across countries and regions.
Required degree level:Master degree or equivalent
Education – Additional Comments:
- A Master’s degree in environmental science and management, climate science, geographic studies, international development, economics, or a related field.
Required experience:48 Months
- A minimum of four years’ experience in implementing/coordinating development projects in the fields of climate change and/or environmental sustainability, of which minimum two years at the international level is required;
- A minimum of three (3) years’ experience working on policy, regulatory and technical advisory services with national and local counterparts is required;
- Work experience with local governments, local stakeholders, local communities, and with addressing gender equality as project objective and/or cross-cutting issue in developing countries is desirable;
- Experience with a UN organization/agency is desirable;
- Experience with ATLAS and UNCDF/UNDP Procurement Processes is desired, but not a requirement.
- English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
Area of expertise:Resource mobilization, partnership and donor coordination, Development programme management, Capacity building of non-governmental organizations
Area of expertise details:
- Knowledge of local public financial management and governance, including decentralization processes and instruments (e.g. performance-based grants, intergovernmental fiscal transfer systems, etc);
- Strong networking capabilities and ability to associate him/herself with a range of actors (inter alia central and local governments; CSOs, NGOs, policy makers; national statistics office and donors, and local communities) with a view to building relations and facilitating links.
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams
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