Wednesday, December 16, 2009

UNDP, National Project Manager, Deadline December 18, 2009.

Vacancy Announcement

Project Title: Initial National Communication to Climate Change (INC)
Position Title: National Project Manager
Duty station: Dili, Timor - Leste
Duration: 6 months (with possible extension)
Expected Starting date: 1st January 2010
Type of Contract        : Service Contract
Level: SB-4
Organizational Unit: UNDP – Poverty Reduction and Environment Unit
Entitlement/Benefits: Please obtain from the UNDP Human Resources Unit

A. Background:

In January 2007, Timor-Leste acceded to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As part of its obligations to the Convention, Timor-Leste is required submit its Initial National Communication to the convention secretariat. As a precursor to this project, the country undertook a Self-Assessment Exercise to develop this project and identify and engage relevant stakeholders to participate in the National Communication process.

The main objective of this project is to enable Timor-Leste to fulfil its commitments and obligations as required by Articles 4.1 and 12.1 of the UNFCCC by preparing and reporting its Initial National Communication (INC) based on recommended guidelines adopted at the 8th Conference of Parties in 2002 according to the format recommended by the Operational Procedures for the Expedited Financing of National Communications from non-Annex I Parties provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in 2003.  Through the process, Timor-Leste, as a least-developed country, will build its institutional, scientific, technical, informational and human capacity at all levels, so as to facilitate the country’s effective implementation of the Convention.

The project will develop the following outputs:

1.      Establishment of the Project Management Team and National Study Team
2.      National Green House Gas Inventory
3.      Programmes Containing Measures to Facilitate an Adequate Adaptation to Climate Change
4.      Programmes Containing Measures to Mitigate Climate Change
5.      Development and Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs)
6.      Research and Systematic Observation
7.      Education, Training and Public Awareness
8.      Integration of Climate Change Concerns into Sustainable Development Plans and Programmes
9.      Information and Networking
10.  Capacity-Building
11.  Preparation and presentation of the Initial National Communication (INC)
To ensure adequate coordination and implementation of this project to achieve the project objective, UNDP and Government of Timor-Leste are looking for a National Project Manager to take up the following duties and responsibilities.

B. Duties and Responsibilities:

The National Project Manager will be responsible for overall management of the project and will be working under the direct supervision of the National Director for International Environmental Affairs (NDIEA) and the Assistant Country Director and Programme Officer of the UNDP Poverty Reduction and Environment Unit. He/She is expected to perform the following functions:

1.      Supervise and coordinate the production of project outputs as per the project document;
2.      Maintain good communication, coordination with Government counterparts, donor agencies, NGOs and communities;
3.      In close coordination with the National Directorates of the State Secretariat for Environment and the Environment Section (UNDP), review and update the overall project work plan and budget allocation;
4.      Participate in the preparation of TORs and organize interviews for selection of candidates for short term consultancy missions;
5.      Monitoring of the activities of the National Study Team;
6.      Provide necessary guidance and technical support to Consultants in performing their functions;
7.      Organize and facilitate Project Steering Committee(PSC) and Project Working Committee (PWC) meetings; and any other meetings with Government Counterparts, NGOs, communities and other stakeholders;
8.      Keep regular monitoring of the progress of the project and take corrective actions to ensure that the project is achieving expected outputs within the given timeframe and budget;
9.      Prepare monthly progress updates, Quarterly and Annual reports to the GoTL, AusAid, GEF and UNDP;
10.  Supervise project personnel in conducting Administrative and Logistical functions and ensure timely and effective implementation of project activities;
11.  Certify and monitor the delivery of financial and non-financial resources;
12.  Ensure that project assets are properly recorded and used for implementation of the project;
13.  Produce a terminal report to the GoTL, AusAid, GEF and UNDP; and
14.  Perform any other functions as required by the project.

C. Qualifications, Competencies and Professional Experience:

1.      A university degree in environment sciences, natural resource management or other relevant academic and professional qualification. A Masters Degree or equivalent experience in this field of expertise is an advantage.
2.      A minimum of 3 years of experience and technical ability in managing projects related to environment, natural resource management or environmental conservation and planning.
3.      Strong background in project administration and management.
4.      Strong experience in organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops and writing reports in English.
5.      Good interpersonal and communication skills.
6.      Ability to work as a team.
7.      Good organizational skill.
8.      Strong computer skills especially for Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Power point.
9.      Good oral and written communication skills in English and Tetum (Portuguese and Bahasa Indonesia are highly desirable).
10.  Knowledge of UNDP project implementation procedures, including procurement, disbursements and GEF reporting and monitoring is highly preferable.

Please submit your applications with curriculum vitae, references and other relevant supporting documents to the following address:

Human Resources Unit
UNDP Dili,
UN House Caicoli Street
Dili, Timor Leste
Fax: + 670 331 3534

The deadline for submitting applications is 18 December 2009
Only short-listed candidates will be notified. UNDP is an equal opportunities employer. Eligible female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.