National Project Coordinator in Climate Change and Environmental Protection

Food and Agriculture Organization

Tbilisi, Georgia

The National Project Coordinator (NPC) in Climate Change and Environmental Protection shall operate under the overall guidance and responsibility of the FAOR and the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative for Georgia (FEGEO) and technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) in the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU). The NPC will work in close collaboration with representatives of the national government as well as technical officers, international consultants and national specialists in the FAO Country Office. 

Provide technical expertise for the appropriate planning, development and implementation of the FAO project and timely delivery of the project outputs.
Tasks and responsibilities

The position will primarily support the work of the FAO’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness project „Strategic Readiness to support the Updated NDC and its Climate Action for Georgia: Transforming Agriculture Sector through Low-Emissions and Climate-Resilient Pathways“ and ensure overall support of the organization in the areas of sustainable development and climate change. More specifically the assignment shall include the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Develop and monitor a full FAO GCF Readiness project work plan and associated expenditure plan in coordination with administration and financial units.
  • Coordinate with the relevant national stakeholders, especially the NDA to ensure maximum delivery and participation in project activities.
  • Coordinate timely and quality implementation of overall project components providing technical support and ensuring appropriate linkages among the components and among consultants and concerned actors.
  • Coordinate logistical arrangements with national stakeholders for the various consultancies under the project.
  • Coordinate the development and dissemination of awareness raising materials at the various levels in coordination with communication unit.
  • Develop and contribute to the project reports including final report (in accordance with GCF reporting requirements);
  • Ensure that the standard FAO and GCF requirements are fulfilled.
  • Support regular monitoring of project progress, results and risks, including social and environmental risks.
  • Assist Assistant FAO Representative in Georgia to represent FAO at climate- and environmental protection related events and meetings at various levels.
  • Assist in coordinating the FAO contribution to UNSDCF and providing inputs for FAO as well as for joint UN workplanning in the area of climate change and environmental protection.
  • Assist in developing the policy papers and briefing notes related to FAO’s work in the area of climate change and environmental protection. 
  • Assist in developing new FAO project proposals in the related technical areas 
  • Undertake any other task as requested by Direct Supervisor.

Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following:
Minimum Requirements:    

  • Advanced university degree in environmental studies, natural resource management, sustainable development, international development, international relations or closely related field;
  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience in project management and/or coordination of environmental projects, or related disciplines with an international or national NGO, government organization, or UN organization in a multi-cultural office environment is required;
  • Full professional proficiency in English and Georgian. Any additional UN language will be considered advantageous. 
  • National or resident of Georgia with work permit.

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Strong understanding of Georgian climate and agriculture policy context and priorities;
  • Understanding of the Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and overall 2030 Agenda, its elaboration, and implementation process, as well as food systems transformations’ contribution to the 2030 Agenda;
  • Experience in managing development programs/projects, results-based management and M&E;
  • Relevant experience in project management and implementation capacity development climate and agriculture policy analysis;
  • Experience in organizing stakeholder meetings or workshops with national and international participants;
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder analysis, and in mobilizing or creating awareness about development projects; 
  • Excellent capacity to work with a wide range of actors (UN staff, national counterparts, civil society, private sector);
  • Professional experience in public policy, policy advice, statistics, analysis and/or cooperation policy would be an asset; 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • High level of digital literacy and ability to use software critical for smoot implementation of the project; 
  • Positive, constructive attitude and good ability to work in a team, even under difficult circumstances;
  • Sense of responsibility, result orientation, and ability to deliver quality products timely.
  • Working experience with or within FAO or the UN system and a good understanding of its operations will be advantageous;
  • Proactively coordinating and adaptively responding to the changes pertinent to the project implementation;
  • Well-informed of micro and macro-level processes and has the ability to identify trends that are relevant for the project implementation.