Technical Assistant

United Nations Development Program, Guatemala

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th January, 2021


Job Description

At the programmatic level, the office in Colombia is organized into two Clusters and four Portfolios that work in an articulated manner on different development initiatives:

  • The Inclusive Sustainable Development Cluster groups together the Sustainable Development and Poverty and Inequity Reduction portfolios, and the Cluster of Peacebuilding and Inclusive Governance that brings together the Portfolios of Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding.
  • Project Scaling climate-resilient water management practices for vulnerable communities in La Mojana
  • Extreme events, such as strong flood seasons and prolonged drought, have caused significant impacts to the population of the La Mojana region, where weather forecasts expect such events to become much more frequent and intense. Loss of agricultural crops that support livelihoods, significant ecosystem changes that previously acted as a buffer against flooding, and adverse impacts such as prolonged dry spells are common and worsen over time. In addition, the pressures caused by climate change are already deteriorating the already scarce water sources in the La Mojana region, affecting water supply and quality. This project will support the Government of Colombia (GoC) in improving integrated water resource management practices that are resilient to climate change in La Mojana, one of the poorest regions and most vulnerable to climate change in Colombia. GCF funds earmarked for the project will be used to complement the implementation of the La Mojana Action Plan through investments with the main objective of improving the climate resilience of vulnerable communities in the La Mojana region during flood seasons and prolonged drought conditions, as well as the impact on rural populations and local governments.
  • The project's investments are focused on four products whose objective is (1) to strengthen the understanding and systematization of knowledge about the impacts of climate change for water management in the region; 2) improve water supply infrastructure for improved drinking water supply in rural communities and for restored ecosystem services for water management; 3) early warning systems adapted to climate change; and 4) water-resilient agroecosystems to improve rural livelihoods. The project will focus on the central region of La Mojana, made up of 11 municipalities within a plain located east of the Cauca River, west of the San Jorge River and the Ayapel swamp. to the northeast of the La Loba arm of the Magdalena River and to the south of the Ayapel mountain range. The proposed interventions will affect an area of ​​approximately 1,089,200 hectares in four departments (Bolívar, Sucre, Córdoba and Antioquia). Around 203,918 people will directly benefit from this intervention. The project is aligned with the development objectives of the GoC's climate change adaptation plan, including the Nationally Determined Contributions of Colombia for the year 2015. The proposal is informed through important national and local consultations, which has been approved by the National Designated Authority (NDA). 918 people will benefit directly from this intervention. The project is aligned with the development objectives of the GoC's climate change adaptation plan, including the Nationally Determined Contributions of Colombia for the year 2015. The proposal is informed through important national and local consultations, which has been approved by the National Designated Authority (NDA). 918 people will benefit directly from this intervention. The project is aligned with the development objectives of the GoC's climate change adaptation plan, including the Nationally Determined Contributions of Colombia for the year 2015. The proposal is informed through important national and local consultations, which has been approved by the National Designated Authority (NDA).

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction and supervision of the Head of the project / Coordinator of the project and the Territorial Coordinator, the Technical Assistant in hydrology and hydraulics provides technical, methodological and logistical support to the project Scaling up climate-resilient water management practices for vulnerable communities in La Mojana . The Technical Assistant in Hydrology works in close collaboration with the Program, Project personnel and the territorial office, and will be responsible for carrying out activities for the preparation of hydrological forecasts, generation and dissemination of early warnings for the La Mojana region.

In addition, it will perform the following functions:

  • Carry out the activities of monitoring the hydrological conditions of the La Mojana region in coordination with the Office of the Forecast and Alert Service of IDEAM.
  • Monitor and validate hydrometeorological data in real time, in accordance with IDEAM and project guidelines.
  • Support the consolidation of the records of the network of community stations in La Mojana and their integration into the IDEAM National Catalog of Stations.
  • Participate in the operation activities (hydrometric and topographic measurements) and maintenance of the network of hydrometeorological stations located in La Mojana, both community and belonging to the IDEAM network
  • Carry out the monitoring, control and technical review of the installation and / or repowering process of the hydrological stations of La Mojana.
  • Implement and provide feedback on the strategy defined by the La Mojana Regional Forecast and Alert Center (CRPA La Mojana), for the definition of hydrological alert thresholds both at Ideam stations and at community stations.
  • Prepare products and carry out activities that contribute to improvements in the generation of qualitative and / or quantitative hydrological forecast in accordance with IDEAM technical guidelines.
  • Follow-up of the operation and improvements of the FEWS - Colombia platform with the Hydrology Sub-Directorate of Ideam, for hydrological monitoring of the Mojana region.
  • Participate in the development of products and joint activities with the meteorology department and hydrology department (Ideam) that allow the monitoring of hydrometeorological variables and associated by-products in real or quasi-real time that leads to improving the understanding of hydrological dynamics, monitoring and detection of extreme events in advance.
  • Evaluate the hydrological behavior of the La Mojana region in the face of different climate change scenarios.
  • Actively participate from their area of ​​knowledge in the processes of appropriation and strengthening of community and local capacities, in the use of the information issued by CRPA La Mojana and other actions of the Early Warning System, implemented by the project in the La Mojana.
  • Participate in the monitoring and reporting of the actions implemented by the project.
  • Participate from their area of ​​knowledge in the development of technical concepts, response to requests for information from users of CRPA La Mojana, and other activities implemented by the project.
  • The others related to their position assigned by the SAT Advisor, prioritized for the La Mojana CRPA, aimed at consolidating the early warning system for the La Mojana Region.

The others related to their position that are assigned by the supervisor.

Impact of Results

  • The main results and success of the project show that the organizational objectives of UNDP at the country level are met through the creation of strategic alliances and sustainable implementation of what has been achieved, which strengthens the participation and institutional capacities of the strategic actors of the project and the nation. .

COMPETENCIES

Corporate Competences:

LEADERSHIP

  • Inclusive attitude in decision-making
  • Seek and acknowledge individual contributions.
  • Encourage dialogue and act accordingly with input from teams.
  • Anticipate and resolve conflicts.
  • It welcomes the diversity of opinions and considers them opportunities for improvement.
  • Give credit to others.
  • Determine appropriate resources, methods, partners, information, and solutions.

TALENT MANAGEMENT

  • Look for opportunities to learn and share
  • Shows behaviors such as teamwork, sharing knowledge and maintaining relationships.
  • Identify obstacles that may affect the performance of tasks and seek guidance from supervisors to address issues.
  • Based on the formal and informal feedback received, take steps to address areas for improvement and growth.
  • Encourage team commitment.
  • Produces new ideas and approaches associated with your role.
  • Objectively distinguish high performers from poor performers.
  • Express your encouragement to those who are struggling to develop or who show improvement.

COMMUNICATION

  • Listen in order to develop sensitivity to customer needs
  • Respect differences of opinion.
  • Find common elements to solve problems.
  • You earn the trust of colleagues, partners and customers.
  • It presents other complex conceptual ideas in practical terms.
  • Tailor your communications to each specific audience.
  • It builds informal networks internally and externally and considers them part of the value-building process.
  • Develops detailed understanding of customer needs, issues, and priorities by continually requesting their feedback.
  • Learn how the team performs against customer expectations.
  • Recognize and reward achievements.

DELIVERY OF RESULTS

  • Adapt and implement
  • Take responsibility for facing critical situations.
  • Demonstrates commitment to customers and quality.
  • Work according to agreed goals, facing challenges constructively.
  • Responds for the implementation of projects or team results.
  • He takes responsibility and strives to plan goals, overcome obstacles, setbacks and uncertainties.
  • Always act in a compliant manner and use resources responsibly.

Functional Competencies:

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND LEARNING

  • Shows interest in continuing your professional learning and applying new skills and best practices.
  • Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example.

ORIENTATION TO RESULT AND OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

  • Demonstrates the ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to results management.
  • Programmability, work planning and results.
  • Ability to collect monitoring information, prepare reports and technical documents.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Education:

Required:

  • Professional in Hydrology, Hydrometeorological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering or related careers.

Desirable:

  • Postgraduate degree in management of water resources, hydrology, hydraulic resources or areas related to Earth sciences.

Experience:

Required:

  • Minimum professional experience of four (4) years in the area of ​​water resources (hydrology and / or hydraulics).

Desirable:

  • Minimum experience of one (1) year in hydrological modeling and / or hydrological forecasting.

Knowledge:

Required:

  • Knowledge and management of hydrological and / or hydraulic modeling software (example: Hec HMS, Hec RAS, IRIC, SOBEK, HBV among others). Knowledge of Early Warning Systems.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of climate change and variability. Knowledge of the hydrological behavior of the La Mojana region. Knowledge and management of Geographic Information Systems software. Theoretical practical knowledge in community work.
  • Other requirements
  • Availability to travel to the territories where the project is present

Languages

Desirable:

  • intermediate level English.

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