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Job Opening

Posting Title: National coordinator Urban EbA in Xalapa
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MEXICO CITY
Posting Period: 18 May 2017 - 07 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-United Nations Environment Programme-78995-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

In particular, the National Coordinator will perform the following:

• Oversee and manage project implementation, monitor work progress, and ensure timely delivery of outputs in the target city.
• Supervise work of project consultants in the respective country.
• Report to the Regional Coordinator regarding project progress. Reports should contain assessments of the progress of implementing activities, including reasons for delays, if any, and recommendations on necessary improvements.
• Act as a liaison and promote dialogue between national, provincial and local
stakeholders.
• Coordinate activities of the Technical Advisory Committee in the respective target city.
• Promote the participation of local communities in project activities.
• Support the Regional Coordinator in developing and implementing a comprehensive monitoring and reporting system.
• Ensure timely preparation of detailed Annual Work Plans and budgets for approval by the Regional Coordinator and the Project Steering Committee.
• Organise the Technical Advisory Committee meetings.
• Supervise work of National Experts and technical staff in the target citiy.
• Assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of local project staff and experts as required.
• Supervise, coordinate and facilitate the work of the Finance Assistant.
• Provide a quarterly update of the expenses of the previous three months and the expenses expected for the next three months to the Regional Coordinator.
• Establish linkages and networks with the ongoing activities of other government and nongovernment agencies.
• Provide input to management and technical reports and other documents as described in the M&E plan for the overall project.
• Participate in training activities, report writing and facilitation of expert activities that are relevant to his or her area of expertise.
• Inform the Regional Coordinator immediately of any issue or risk which might jeopardise the success of the project.
• Provide on-the-ground information for progress reports.
• Liaise and coordinate with the Regional Coordinator and government authorities on a regular basis.
• Coordinate visits to project sites.

Ultimate result of service
• Project activities and deliverables in the target city are carried out as outlined in the Project Document.
• Proper coordination between the local project management unit, key local stakeholders and the rest of the project team.

Work Location

Xalapa

Expected duration

One year with the possibility of renewal.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is the second most urbanised region in the world, with ~80% of its population living in cities. Rapid urbanisation, coupled with limited urban planning and the associated expansion of cities, is degrading urban and peri-urban ecosystems that provide vital ecosystem services for urban communities. Ecosystem degradation poses a threat to urban communities and increases their vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

To address the vulnerability of urban communities, governments in the LAC region need to develop and implement cost-effective, low-risk solutions, such as Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) by protecting, maintaining and rehabilitating priority ecosystems in urban areas. As a result, UN Environment is working with the governments of El Salvador, Jamaica and Mexico to execute the four-year, GEF-funded project Building climate resilience of urban systems through Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Latin America and the Caribbean in San Salvador, Kingston and Xalapa. The aim of the project is to increase adaptive capacity of urban communities by: i) mainstreaming urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) into medium- and long-term urban development planning; ii) implementing urban EbA interventions to foster climate-resilient communities; and iii) acquiring knowledge and raising awareness of urban EbA throughout the LAC region.

Local execution in Xalapa requires a full time consultant to lead project activities and deliverables. This includes the daily responsibility to manage, coordinate and supervise the implementation of the project and the delivery of results in accordance with the project document and agreed work plans. The National Coordinator will be responsible for in-country financial management and disbursements, with accountability to the government and UN Environment. The National Coordinator will work closely with national and local authorities, as well as NGOs, to manage effectively the project at local level. The National Coordinator will report to the Regional Coordinator.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: • Design
• Technical and Analytical Skills
• Planning and Organising
• Team Work

Skills:
- Ability to design and develop technical documents.
- Excellent organization and planning skills.
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentations).
- Ability to work independently and as a team.
- Motivated and dynamic to jump-start activities

Academic Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in environment, natural resources management, agriculture or a closely related field.

Experience:
• A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience including at least 2 years’ experience as a lead project manager in relevant sectors.
• Demonstrated solid knowledge of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, ecological restoration and sustainable use of natural resources.
• Experience in the public participation development process associated with environment and sustainable development is an asset.
• Proven experience in working and collaborating within governments.
• Experience in urban planning and development.
• Experience with GEF projects is an asset.

Language:
• Fluent in Spanish and English with excellent writing and verbal skills.

No Fee

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