Project Coordinator

United Nations Development Programme, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st January, 2019


Job Description

Background

The Biodiversity Finance Initiative – BIOFIN – is a global programme that developed, piloted, and is continuously improving a methodology to measure existing biodiversity expenditure levels, assess future financial needs, and design comprehensive plans to use finance tools and solutions that increase financing, effectiveness and efficiency of biodiversity management in 30 countries. BIOFIN’s first phase (2012-2018) enabled full assessments and initial implementation of finance plan elements in target countries. Significant enhancement and scaling up of finance solutions is required in all countries to address the biodiversity finance challenge. BIOFIN’s second phase enables the 30 countries to complete the design and implementation of priority finance solutions and will allow a further 15 countries including Nepal to undertake the assessments as well as create and implement their biodiversity finance plan. At the central level, knowledge management platforms will be expanded, and additional guidance produced for most valuable finance solutions. The Project Coordinator (the “Coordinator”) will be responsible for the overall management of in-country activities, ensuring a proper work plan and budget is in place and implemented within set timelines, with an effective national team and strong partnerships. The Project Coordinator will work closely with the Sr. Finance Expert to ensure implementation mechanisms such as a National Steering Committee and technical working groups are established and meet regularly, that all planned workshops, technical studies and other activities are organised in a timely manner, and that they meet expected quality standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected:

  • Oversee the identification, selection and supervision of national consultants and experts, in close collaboration with the UNDP Country Office, Sr. Finance Expert and the Global BIOFIN Team and write/revise terms of reference for national BIOFIN team members;
  • In consultation with the UNDP Country Office and Global BIOFIN Team and supported by the Sr. Finance Expert, elaborate/revise the work plan and budget and submit draft work plans / budgets timely for the bi-annual budget revision process (30 June and 31 December of each year);
  • Supervise the work of national experts and institutions to ensure outputs are delivered on time, within the set budget, and to high quality standards; facilitate, guide and monitor the work of the national BIOFIN team;
  • Oversee the work of the Project Assistant to ensure administrative requirements and budgets are managed and executed in a timely and appropriate manner and within UNDP and donor rules and regulations;
  • Organise all relevant project workshops in a consultative manner, involving a wide variety of biodiversity finance stakeholders, including the government, private sector, NGOs, donors and academia;
  • Discuss with the Ministries of Finance, Environment and other key stakeholders the establishment of a national Steering Committee and follow up on the formal establishment and regular convening of the Committee, undertake the same for any other proposed coordination mechanism, and write meeting reports to be shared with the UNDP CO and BIOFIN global;
  • Ensure a timely identification of risks in implementation at the national level and communication to the global BIOFIN team;
  • Organise bi-monthly meetings of the national team and monthly calls with the Technical Advisor from the global BIOFIN team. Ensure participation of national BIOFIN team members in regional technical calls.

Management support:

  • Signal any delays in national deliverables compared to the workplan to the Sr. Finance Expert, UNDP Country Office and
  • the Global BIOFIN Team.
  • Lead project monitoring, reporting and evaluation at national level, draft monthly and quarterly reports for review by the
  • lead expert and submission to the global BIOFIN team.
  • Develop workshop reports for the inception workshop and all technical workshops.
  • Develop briefing notes, case studies, press releases, web articles and other media products as required.
  • Write the section of the inception report on national implementation arrangements.
  • Assist with research and write and edit sections of technical reports as required.
  • Review all national level deliverables to ensure quality and consistency with the BIOFIN methodology
  • Ensure Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in each step of BIOFIN studies

Financial Oversight

  • Manage the project budget, oversee procurement and accounting, together with the UNDP Country Office and the global BIOFIN Team.
  • Ensure financial resources are disbursed on time to implementing partners.
  • Maintain records of expenditures and collaborate in financial reporting.

Key deliverables (products and processes):

  • Detailed BIOFIN Work Plan and budget agreed by all major partners.
  • National Steering/Advisory Committee formed and operational.
  • All consultants and team members recruited and delivering to schedule, while working relations between team members are clarified and effective.
  • Lines of communication and working methods agreed and functional.
  • Reporting and updates provided to UNDP, government, BIOFIN, etc.
  • Planned activities are carried out in line with timelines and required quality standards with GESI incorporation.
  • All workshops organised in line with workplan and well documented.
  • Inception Phase: Inception Workshop, Inception Report

Policy and Institutional Review

  • (I) Draft Report,
  • (II) Initial and Final Workshops and workshop reports,
  • (III) Final validated report.

Biodiversity Expenditure Review

  • (I) Draft Report,
  • (II) Initial and Final Workshops and workshop reports,
  • (III) Final validated report

Financial Needs Assessment

  • (I) Draft Report,
  • (II) Initial and Final Workshops and workshop reports,
  • (III) Final validated report

Biodiversity Finance Plan

  • (I) Draft Report,
  • (II) Initial and Final Workshops and reports,
  • (III) Final validated report

Finance Solution Implementation

  • (I) Engagement of additional consultants / service
  • (II) Final report.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to removes barriers

  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

  • Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 5:Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

Others:

  • Ability to maintain overview in complex work situations, self-starter in supporting the coordinator in communicating and keeping timelines.
  • Able to gather and process data and information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to network among the national team and beyond to other national institutions.
  • Writes clearly professional correspondence adequately.
  • Highly organized person, sets priorities, produces quality outputs, meets deadlines and manages time efficiently.
  • Shares knowledge and is willing to provide support to others who request advice or help.
  • Works toward creative solutions by analysing problems carefully and logically.
  • Maintains professional relationships with supervisors, co-workers and clients.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Completion of Master’s Degree in Environment/Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity, Economics/Finance or any other related field.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of experience, preferably in the implementation of environment/biodiversity/finance projects;
  • Experience in collaborating with international and national experts and institutions;
  • Exposure to environmental issues or biodiversity is desirable;
  • Prior work experience with UNDP projects would be an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Good command of English is desirable
  • Knowledge of local languages will be considered as an advantage.

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