Waste and Energy Project Manager

UNOPS, Port Salut, Haiti

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th February, 2016

Job Description

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the UNEP Haiti Country Program Manager and supporting UNEP experts on waste and energy, the WE project manager is required to perform the following functions:

Plan, Manage and develop the UNEP waste management portfolio.

  • Two municipalities in the South of Haiti will be initially supported by the UNEP WE project manager as follows:
  • In the Municipality of Port Salut, the UNEP project manager will support the development of a government owned solid waste management plan and will guide its implementation by national stakeholders.
  • In the Municipality of Les Cayes, UNEP project manager will support the development of a government owned integrated waste (solid and liquid) management plan and will carry out a fundraising exercise to implement the plan by national stakeholders.
  • Relevant national counterparts from both Municipalities at least will be identified and trained on waste management plan development and implementation to be able to understand and fully participate into the process.

In planning and management terms, the support to both municipalities implies

  • Developing work plans and contracts with partners;
  • Tracking progress, reporting and ensuring respect of deadlines by all partners through regular project steering committees, field visits and follow-up
  • Providing technical assistance and delivering troubleshooting solutions to partners when needed
  • Coordinating and Providing training for national counterparts on waste management plan development and implementation.
  • Preventing/resolving conflict and tensions amid partners and ensuring local ownership of waste management plans developed;
  • Facilitating donor and high level visits to project sites.
  • Building momentum, ensuring Government liaison and UN synergies
  • Undertaking adaptive management through projects and budgets revisions/adjustments when required;
  • Guarantee to the extent possible, cross-fertilization between the Haitian central level and the decentralized level through effective communication with the UNEP Port au Prince office.
  • Coordinating and Providing in-house expertise and oversight support to the UNEP Country Program Manager with regard to potential expansion and design of the portfolio.

Manage the Haiti Sustainable Energy project

  • The UNEP Haiti Sustainable Energy project will enter its second phase in 2016.
  • The second phase scope of work consists of ongoing support to a recently constructed electrical mini-grid and associated cooperative and support to a new national sustainable energy communications and research platform.  
  • Management of this project will be handed over the UNEP Haiti team in Q3 2016. The project manager will manage this project under the oversight of the Country Programme Manager and the UNEP energy expert based in Geneva.
  • One key activity will be maintaining the Haiti Sustainable Energy website current and informative for Haitian and international stakeholders.

Support development of the Vetiver Waste to Energy proposal      

  • UNEP is currently progressing a multi-component climate change mitigation and ecosystem proposal with the Global Environmental Facility.
  • One proposed component is investment in vetiver and other biomass waste to energy facilities in the South Department.
  • The project manager will participate in the design process, including supervision of appointed consultants.

Water flow and quality monitoring and access

In view of the expected drought impacting Haiti, the project manager will to a lesser extent also

  • Coordinate expertise and facilitate harmonization of measurements and data collection system between different National Institutions to the extent possible and upon request (together with capacity building and TA).
  • Orient feasible water access work to support specific punctual development needs in current UNEP portfolio sites (irrigation for some crops, water pipelines for sanitation in project communities, etc) to be further identified
  • Develop, coordinate and in some cases carry out water quality measurements in strategic water points to be identified

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Master degree in Civil Engineer with relevant specialization on waste management system, energy and water infrastructure.
  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in developing countries in in waste, energy or water infrastructure related projects.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills required
  • Fluency in both English and French is required.

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