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Project Manager (ASGM)

Paramaribo (Suriname)

Background

The Improving Environmental Management in the Mining Sector of Suriname, with Emphasis on Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM). This GEF funded project is implemented in Suriname by the Ministry of Natural Resources as national implementing partner and National Institute for Environment and Development in Suriname (NIMOS) and other responsible partners with support from the United Nations Development Programme.  

The project seeks to improve the environmental management of mining in Suriname, particularly small-scale gold mining, which is the largest driver of deforestation in the country and contributes to biodiversity loss (through habitat degradation and pollution), climate change (through deforestation) and unsustainable land, water and forest management.   The project will address policy and institutional constraints to improved management of ASGM as a sector as well as to create an enabling environment for the dissemination of environmentally responsible mining practices. To do so, the project will work at the policy level (Outcomes 1 and 2) with government stakeholders, as well as with miners themselves (Outcome 3) to demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of environmentally responsible mining practices (ERMPs) and technologies.  The model proposed is one that relies on the identification of benefits for miners that arise from the application of ERMPs, including social and economic benefits, as well as the design of a system of national level financial, fiscal and regulatory incentives to help re-orient the market towards more responsibly sourced gold.  Based on the lessons learned from this model, the project will implement an upscaling strategy that will include knowledge sharing at local and national level, as well as with neighbouring countries (Outcome 4).

The project will be implemented over a period of 7 years and will be coordinated through a project management team located in Paramaribo, Suriname (following UNDP support to National Implementation Modality - NIM), with interior field operations managed by responsible partners. The project is now seeking a qualified Project Manager for the daily management of the project.

OVERALL SCOPE OF THE WORK

The Project Manager (PM) has the responsibility to ensure the effective and efficient day to day implementation of the project under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project Board.  The Project Manager is supported by the Chief Technical Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and Finance officer. The Project Management Unit (PMU) will be assisted, on an ongoing basis, by technical experts and consultants who will be recruited to assist in the completion of project activities. The main consultants include an Artisanal and Small-Scale Goldmining (ASGM) specialist or geologist, and an Indigenous and Tribal People (ITP) community & stakeholder engagement specialist, who will provide long-term assistance.  The PM will ensure the functioning of the project from beginning to the end including project inception activities, annual and quarterly planning and reporting, and implementation of project activities, project reviews and project closure.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager reports to the Project Board, Chaired by the Ministry of Natural Resources. On a day-to-day basis, the Project Manager will work in close coordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources and NIMOS.

The Project Manager (PM) will provide high quality technical support under general guidance of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the General Director of the National Institute for Environment and Development in Suriname (NIMOS). S/he will work with government, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, donors, and the private to coordinate project implementation in line with current and future project objectives, Outcomes and outputs,. The Project Manager will liaise with other project management teams such as for example the Minamata Initial Assessment, National Action Plan for ASGM, the local focal point of the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership project and the Suriname REDD+ project to explore and maximize synergies in project implementation.

Partnership building

  • Builds working relationships with national and international partners in this sector; and
  • Ensures the coordination of project activities work with related work of partners.

Project planning and management

  • Assumes operational management of the project in consistency with the Project Document and UNDP policies and procedures for nationally executed projects;
  • Oversees preparation and updates of the project work plans as required; and formally submits updates to UNDP and reports on work plan progress to the PB and UNDP as requested but at least quarterly;
  • Oversees the mobilization of project inputs under the responsibility of the Executing Agency;
  • Assists in the finalization of the TORs and oversees the recruitment of all consultants and sub-contractors;
  • Ensures that appropriate accounting records are kept, and financial procedures for National Implementation Modality (NIM) are followed, and facilitates and cooperates with audit processes always as required;
  • Prepares the Progress Implementation Report (PIR) to the GEF.
  • Ensures all reports are prepared in a timely manner;
  • Assists in the planning and design of all project activities, through the quarterly planning process and the preparations of TORs and activity descriptions;
  • Supervises the project staff and consultants assigned to project;
  • Throughout the project, when necessary, provides advice and guidance to the national consultants, to the international experts and to project partners;
  • Ensures that gender mainstreaming is promoted by the project and that there is regular follow-up on this issue;
  • Carries out adaptive management as necessary to facilitate achievement of the project´s objectives; and
  • Assists in the dissemination of project findings, notably to relevant governmental departments and internationally.
  • Conduct operational management of the project in consistency with the Project document, Annual Work Plan and UNDP policies and procedures for UNDP support to national Implementation modality.
  • Prepare and update project annual and quarterly work plans, progress reports and any other deliverable for the different outputs and ensure timely submission of these to the Project Board for approval.
  • Coordinate and organize that all necessary documentation for the Project Board meetings, review meetings and evaluation missions are prepared, in coordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources as the National Implementation Partner and the other responsible partners.
  • Supervises M&E Officer and Finance Officer and coordinates the work of the Chief Technical Advisor, and local or international consultants working for the project.
  • Prepare TORs for specific technical outputs (i.e. personnel, sub-contracts, training, and procurement) in collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor and PMU staff.
  • Oversee the management of consultants and delivery of quality outputs within the specified time.
  • Supports capacity building activities in-country: undertakes outreach and advocacy activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings and conferences to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
  • Performs other duties related to the work of the project as required.

Project monitoring

  • Oversees development and implementation of communication strategy;
  • Oversees development and implementation of the M&E Plan;
  • Oversees development and implementation of the gender strategy;
  • Participates in or leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  • Oversees project budget and financing (project preparation and submission, progress reporting, financial statements, etc.).

Competencies

Professionalism:

  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to organizational change, risk management and sustainable development.
  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, think laterally and resolve complex issues in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various validated research and data sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases are required.
  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Demonstrates UN values and ethics.

Teamwork:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

Master’s degree in environmental sciences, social sciences, natural resource management or related fields.

Work Experience, Skills and Knowledge

  • At least 7 years of relevant progressive project management experience, with at least three years’ experience in facilitating/managing natural resource management related projects.
  • Proven experience working with Government, Mining private sector, international organizations and donors.                                                        
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English; with demonstrated ability for report writing.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken Dutch is an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills; with demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships and communicate to a wide range of audiences and cultures.
  • Previous experience with donor funded development projects is an asset.
  • Computer skills, incl. internet navigation and various office applications. A working knowledge of Microsoft Project Planner is an asset.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.

Disclaimer

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Paramaribo (Suriname)
  • Grade: SB-5 (SC10/SC11), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Trade and Development
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-18

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