Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Viet Nam is particularly vulnerable to climate change and already impacted by more irregular and intense climate variability and change. Two of the regions most vulnerable to climate risks affecting smallholder farmers are the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast. Changes in precipitation are leading to increasing deficits in surface and ground water availability for agricultural production with longer periods of severe water scarcity during the dry season and increased frequency and intensity of droughts. Overall agricultural productivity is falling, with corresponding declines in yields and incomes particularly harmful to small-scale farmers vulnerable to reduced water availability on rain fed lands and within this group, poor and near-poor, ethnic minority and women farmers.
UNDP is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI, as the GCF National Designated Authority), and the five participating provinces of Dak Lak, Dak, Nong, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, and Khanh Hoa to implement the project “Strengthening the resilience of smallholder agriculture to climate change-induced water insecurity in the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast regions of Vietnam” (herein after referred to as “the Project”), financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The objective of this project is to empower vulnerable smallholders in five provinces of the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast regions of Vietnam – particularly women and ethnic minority farmers – to manage increasing climate risks to agricultural production. To achieve its objective, the project will enable smallholder farmers to adapt to climate-driven rainfall variability and drought through implementation of two linked Outputs integrating GCF and co-financing resources from the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Vietnam (GoV):
Improved access to water for vulnerable smallholder farmers for climate-resilient agricultural production in the face of climate-induced rainfall variability and droughts, and
Strengthened capacities of smallholder farmers to apply climate and market information, technologies, and practices for climate-resilient water and agricultural management.
The project was developed as part of an integrated programme funded through multiple sources, as envisaged by the GoV, that was aimed at enhancing water security and building the climate change resilience of the agriculture sector focusing on Vietnam’s Central Highland and South-Central Coastal Regions. In alignment with this programme, the project will enable the GoV to adopt a paradigm shift in the way smallholder agricultural development is envisioned and supported through an integrated approach to agricultural resilience starting with planning for climate risks based on identification and analysis of agroecosystem vulnerabilities; enhancing water security and guaranteeing access; scaling up adoption and application of climate-resilient agricultural practices and cropping systems; and creating partnerships among value chain stakeholders to ensure access to market and credit. This approach directly addresses climate risks while also establishing or strengthening institutional capacities for long-term multi-stakeholder support to vulnerable smallholders.
Under the supervision of the Programme Management Specialist (PMS), the Finance and Budget Executive (FBE) is responsible for execution of all financial processes and services for effective management and implementation of the Project. The FBE promotes a client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Project. The FBE works in close collaboration with human resource, finance, procurement, and operation staff in the UNDP Viet Nam Country Office, and Project Manager, accountants, procurement officers, other project staff in central Project Management Unit (CPMU), and provincial PMUs (PPMU).
Duties and Responsibilities
The Finance and Budget Executive has two functions:
Performance of the FBE will be evaluated in accordance with the following indicators:
Effective support to planning, budgeting, financial management, procurement and implementation of the Project, aiming to achieve the following results (85%):
Contribution to the management and operation of the UNDP’s Climate Change and Environment programme in Viet Nam, focusing on achievement of the following results (15%):
Required Skills and Experience