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Facilitator for the UN-REDD/Myanmar Programme Mid-term Review

8 days home based

Background

With support from the Government of Norway, the UN-REDD Programme in partnership with the Regional Community Forestry Training Centre (RECOFTC), assisted the Government of Myanmar (GoM) and other stakeholders to develop a “REDD+ Readiness Roadmap” in the period July 2012-August 2013. 

Some initial support to the implementation of the Roadmap was provided through the UN-REDD Targeted Support window during 2014-15.  In early 2015, Myanmar was invited to submit an Expression of Interest for a UN-REDD National Programme, and subsequently to make a presentation on this Expression of Interest to the 14th and 15th meetings of the UN-REDD Policy Board. The Policy Board provisionally approved the allocation of USD 5,554,370 to the Myanmar UN-REDD National Programme (‘The Programme’). This decision became operational following the confirmation of availability of funds provided to the interim governance body on July 6, 2016.  

The signature of the National Programme Document was completed on 15th November 2016, with a duration of 4 years. The first funds transfer from the MPTF-O occurred in November 2016.

Thus the 4th quarter of 2018 will represent the half-way stage of implementation of the Programme. Experiences from other countries have indicated that a mid-term review (MTR) can significantly improve progress towards results in the second half of a programme, so a MTR for the Programme is proposed for Q4, 2018.

The MTR is not intended as an external evaluation of performance of the Programme, but as a primarily internal self-assessment exercise, conducted by Programme partners, to support effective management and implementation for the remaining period.  The MTR team will therefore consist of at least 3 staff of the UN Agencies participating in the UN-REDD Programme, from country offices and regional centers (at least one per agency) plus an independent (international) consultant serving as facilitator.

The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations Joint collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. The Programme builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of the MTR is to secure agreement from both the implementing partner (Forest Department) and the three participating UN Agencies on measures to be implemented to improve performance of the Programme, and to ensure achievement of the anticipated results.

In order to achieve this objective, the MTR team will consider:

  1. Management arrangements of the programme, including:
  • Job descriptions of PMU staff,
  • the inter-relationships among PMU, PEB, National REDD+ Taskforce, Technical Working Groups, and REDD+ Office,
  • the roles of the UN Agency Country Offices/Regional Offices – and measures to improve coordination,
  • the PMU’s ability to plan and deliver effectively and efficiently, including work prioritization, work flow setups, and work distribution/task assignment,
  • Internal communications effectiveness, and
  • Effectiveness of external communications and relations management;

2.  Financial management (including procurement) arrangements, including measures to improve harmonization among UN Agencies;

3. Progress towards indicators specified in the results framework of the programme document, including:

  • Quality and process of monitoring and evaluation to track progress towards indicators specified in the results framework of the Programme document, and
  • Possible modifications to targets and planned activities to achieve those targets

4.  Effectiveness of engagement of government agencies in UN-REDD/Myanmar National programme implementation and decision making beyond the Forest Department; and

5.  Identification of measures to ensure sustainability of results generated by the Programme, and to provide on-going support to Myanmar during Phases 2 and 3 of REDD+.

The 4th meeting of the PEB approved revisions to the Results Framework

Please see details and supporting documents as following link:http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=48190

Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;

  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP.

Technical competencies: 

  • Ability to provide guidance on implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), including design and implementation of ABS and traditional knowledge policy and bioprospecting projects;

  • Knowledge of environmental issues, NRM concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations;

  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders across a wide range of disciplines.

Functional competencies:

  • Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to contribute to strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting;

  • Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;

  • Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Demonstrates practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;

  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UNDP. 

Client Orientation:

  • Maintains relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude; 

  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.
  • Excellent reporting skills;

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master degree or higher in international development, natural resource management, environmental economics, or other closely related field.

Experience:

  • At least 8 years of relevant work experience in areas such as climate change mitigation, natural resource management, public administration and related initiatives;

  • Experience working with and delivering support to Governments;

  • Experience working on capacity building for climate change is an asset.

Languages:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is mandatory.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: 8 days home based
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Medical Doctor
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Climate Change
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-27

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