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Coordinator for Environment

Tbilisi (Georgia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Environment
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-18

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Background

The European Union (EU) has championed rural development for many years and has developed an architecture and framework within which Member States formulate strategies and seven-year programmes to implement rural development activities. The EU’s three long-term strategic objectives for rural development covering the 2014-2020 period are: 
  • fostering the competitiveness of agriculture;
  • ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources, and climate action; and
  • achieving a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities including the creation and maintenance of employment.
 
N.B. Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32013R1305&from=en)
 
The need for rural communities to approach development from an integrated perspective has created more focus on a broad range of development goals using territorial approaches rather than merely creating incentives for sectoral or resource based activities. Education, entrepreneurship, physical infrastructure, biodiversity protection and enhancement, climate change adaptation and resilience and social infrastructure all play an important role in developing rural areas, and can be integrated into a single strategic framework for social, environmental and economic development, as successfully applied throughout the EU. Rural development is also characterized by its emphasis on locally-owned identification and implementation of territorial strategies using the LEADER approach. In contrast to urban regions, which have many similarities, rural areas are highly distinctive from one another (Info about LEADER is available on: http://enrd.ec.europa.eu/en/leader).
 
The EU signed an Association Agreement with Georgia in June 2014. This aims to deepen political and economic relations between the EU and Georgia and to gradually integrate Georgia into the EU’s internal market. This entails, as one element, creating a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between the EU and Georgia. Under Article 333 of the Association Agreement (Cooperation between the Parties in the field of agriculture and rural development), there is provision for ‘facilitating the mutual understanding of agricultural and rural development policies’. This is the basis for the formulation of a Rural Development Strategy for Georgia which will in turn yield specification of measures which will benefit from the support under the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). 
 
Under ENPARD I (2013-2017), the primary focus of the programme was on support to agriculture through institutional capacity building and support for the development of small farmers’ cooperatives and the piloting of the LEADER approach to rural development in Borjomi, Stepantsminda and Lagodekhi municipalities. Building on this support, ENPARD II integrated support to agriculture, food safety, sanitary/phyto-sanitary and rural development with the aim to improve employment and living conditions in poor rural areas of Georgia, with subsequent impacts on poverty alleviation and growth.  Under ENPARD II, 5 new municipalities were added for piloting of the LEADER approach: Keda, Khulo, Tetritskaro, Akhalkalaki and Dedoplistskaro. 
 
On the policy front, ENPARD supported the preparation and approval in 2016 of the first Rural Development Strategy of Georgia and Ajara for 2017 – 2020, evidencing the commitment by the national and Ajara regional authorities to support rural development. 
 
The goal of the Rural Development Strategy of Georgia for 2017-2020 is to support sustainable economic development through enhanced social-economic activities in rural areas and improved living condition of rural population. It provides the country’s vision for 2017-2020 in key areas of rural development – growth and diversification of local economies, improvement of social and public services, sustainable use of national resources and local engagement in the development process. 
 
The adoption of these two strategies was followed by the establishment at central and Ajara regional level of Inter-Agency Coordination Councils on rural development led by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara AR, respectively. Both Councils coordinate the implementation of the strategies with technical support by ENPARD in terms of policy and capacity development. To this end, Rural Development Action Plans for 2017 and for 2018-2020 have been adopted by the Government of Georgia and serves as the major instrument for consolidation of state budget funds and implementation of public programmes for rural development. 
 
The project "Improving Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD III)”, implemented by UNDP, is supporting the implementation of ENPARD III, the new phase of the programme which started in January 2018 with the purpose of promoting inclusive and sustainable growth and development, and creating employment and livelihoods for the poor and excluded.
 
As part of ENPARD III, the project supports the Government of Georgia in its efforts to improve employment and living conditions as a result of better quality and quantity of available services for the rural population in Georgia. The expected outcome is that more diverse rural services are delivered to population in a more efficient, effective and sustainable manner in the eight pilot rural development municipalities referred to above. The project will be complementary to the "FAO support to Georgian agricultural sector under ENPARD III", which will deliver agricultural services to the rural population in the same target areas.
 
In this respect, the project is on track to deliver the following outputs: 
  • Improved governance for effective implementation of the RDS, RDAP and related programmes;
  • Improved rural economic diversification, employment and services;
  • mproved environment, sustainable management of natural resources and climate action;
  • Improved rural development governance and economic diversification, environment, natural resources and climate action in Ajara autonomous region.
The Project Board of IRDG approved the project’s proposal to focus on advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in rural areas as primary intervention within its output 3 and 4.3. 
 
UNDP looks for a qualified candidate for the position of Coordinator for Environment for the project “Improving Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD III)” funded by the European Union and Government of Ajara Autonomous Republic and implemented by UNDP.
 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordinator for Environment will have the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Coordination of the project’s interventions to sustainably advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in rural areas (output 3 and result 4.3 under output 4);
  • Coordination of the project’s interventions for sustainable management of forest resources;
  • Provision of content inputs to the Project Team, UNDP and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture in planning, assessing and implementing environment, sustainable management of natural resources and climate action, as well as in related capacity development measures related to rural development (all other outputs/results). 
The specific tasks include: 
  • Coordination of the project’s interventions to sustainably advance energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) technologies in rural areas (output 3 and result 4.3 under output 4):
    • Coordinate the identification and assessment of suitable EE/RE technologies for rural households;
    • Lead and/or coordinate evaluate the commercial feasibility of suggested options, especially in the field of thermal EE/RE technologies for households and businesses (e.g. insulation);
    • Support the identification and development of suitable business models that facilitate the widespread, commercially viable use of EE/RE technologies in rural areas;
    • Coordinate and support the establishment and advancement of financially and institutionally sustainable EE/RE demonstrations (e.g., EE/RE villages);
    • Identify promotional messages and support the promotion of EE/RE technologies and coordinate promotional campaigns;
    • Evaluate the impact of the promotions and coordinate their adjustment;
    • Coordinate and evaluate proposals from businesses, NGOs and other players to establish rural markets for EE/RE technologies;
    • Assess current data and evidence related to EE/RE in rural areas, identify gaps and contribute to evidence/data collection for better targeting the rural development policy and service delivery;
    • Organise and participate in conferences, meetings, roundtables around the EE/RE topic;
    • Coordinate and provide inputs to related knowledge products and reports for the project and its governmental partners;
    • Network with other players in the field (Government, donors, NGOs, businesses) to coordinate approaches and activities;
    • Regularly monitor and evaluate the performance and impact, re-assess and adjust approaches, and improve;
    • Report and provide timely and high-quality inputs for reporting in coordination with other staff members.
  • Coordination of the project’s interventions for sustainable management of forest resources (output 3 and result 4.3 under output 4):
    • Coordinate the cooperation with the National Forestry Agency (NFA) on forest inventory and the development and implementation of sustainable forest management plans;
    • Coordinate and support the initiatives of NFA and the UNDP project on forest waste to energy;
    • Cooperate with the Department of Biodiversity to develop or review technical guidelines and, if applicable, regulations for Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP), and coordinate and support the implementation of commercial interventions on NTFP;
    • Initiate, evaluate and support any other forest related interventions of the project, deemed to be suitable and useful for the achievement of the project’s targets;
    • Assess current data and evidence related to sustainable management of forest resources, identify gaps and contribute to evidence/data collection for better targeting the rural development policy and service delivery;
    • Organise and participate in conferences, meetings, roundtables around forestry topics;
    • Provide inputs to related knowledge products and reports for the project and its governmental partners;
    • Network with other players in the field (Government, donors, NGOs, businesses) to coordinate approaches; 
    • Continuously monitor and evaluate the performance and impact, re-assess and adjust approaches, adjust approaches and improve;
    • Report and provide timely and high-quality inputs for reporting in coordination with other staff members.
  • Provision of content inputs to the Project Team, UNDP and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture in planning, assessing and implementing environment, sustainable management of natural resources and climate action, as well as in related capacity development measures (all other outputs/results):
    • Observe, initiate, evaluate, coordinate and support any other environment related project interventions (e.g., on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation), if deemed suitable and useful for the achievement of the project’s targets;
    • Evaluate and/or coordinate the evaluation of any business proposals provided within the sphere of the project’s grants programmes in terms of their environmental adequacy;
    • Ensure that sustainable environmental management and climate action are integrated components of the project’s support to the Government of Georgia, in particular in regard to policies, strategies, action plans, laws and regulations;
    • Ensure an environmentally sustainable conceptualisation and implementation of all other project activities;
    • Conduct and/or support the implementation of trainings with environmental focus and environmental aspects in other trainings;
    • Assess current data and evidence related to environment, sustainable management of natural resource and climate action in rural areas, identify gaps and contribute to evidence/data collection for better targeting the rural development policy and service delivery;
    • Coordinate and provide inputs to related knowledge products and reports for the project and its governmental partners;
    • Organise and participate in conferences, meetings, roundtables around environmental and climate change topics;
    • Network with other players in the field (Government, donors, NGOs, businesses) to coordinate approaches;
    • Regularly monitor and evaluate the performance and impact, re-assess and adjust approaches, adjust approaches and improve;
    • Report and provide timely and high-quality inputs for reporting in coordination with other staff members.

The Coordinator for Environment will work together with the Economic Diversification Coordinator under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and the Project Technical Leader of the “Improving Rural Development in Georgia” project and in consultation with the UNDP Economic Development Team Leader.

 

Competencies

Core competencies:
  • Adopts with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully;. 
  • Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services;
  • Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others;
  • Monitors and evaluates results and strives for continuous improvement.
Functional competencies:
  • Complex Adaptive Systems - Knowledge of complex adaptive systems and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations;
  • Knowledge Management - Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge;
  • Partnerships - Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships;
  • Research (General) - Knowledge of analytical tools, market research and methods for undertaking substantive research on various policy related issues;
  • Strategic Planning - Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission;
  • Development Planning and monitoring - Ability to develop business and planning processes at the national and local level and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Protection Architecture, Economics, Engineering, or other related discipline.
Experience:
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in renewable energy or energy efficiency or environmental protection or heating systems. Specialization on thermal solutions will be a strong asset;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in business management, planning, evaluation or advice, public policy or related fields; 
  • Experience in energy or environmental economics will be an asset;
  • At least 2 years academic or research background or professional experience in environmental protection and/or sustainable management of natural resources will be an asset; 
  • Experience in forestry, forest management or Non-Timber Forest Products will be an asset;
  • Experience in programme and/or project management, including planning, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation preferably in the environmental protection and/or sustainable management of natural resources, as asset;
  • Experience in national or regional level policy development will be an asset; 
  • Experience of working with Government will be an asset;
  • Working experience with international organization and/or NGOs will be an asset;
  • Proven experience of designing and conducting trainings either in environmental protection and/or sustainable management of natural resources will be an asset.
Languages:
  • Fluency in English and Georgian (both written and oral).

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