Senior GCF consultant
Panama (United States of America)
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FAO's vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contributes to improving the living standards of all, especially the poorest, in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.
FAO supports countries in facing climate change through the implementation of adaptation and mitigation projects.
As an accredited entity to the GCF – the world’s largest dedicated fund for climate action – FAO has the capacity and technical know- how to support countries in mobilizing large flows of climate finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation action through funding proposals.
FAO is acting as Accredited Entity of two recently approved projects: El Salvador (RECLIMA) and Cuba (IRES).
RECLIMA: This project seeks to restore and reforest degraded ecosystems in order to protect water sources and stimulate aquifer recharge. By improving access to water and building local capacity to manage natural resources sustainably, small-scale farmers will be more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
IRES: The project seeks to increase the climate resilience of agricultural production and ensure food security through improved ecosystem services from agroforestry, silvopastoral systems, reforestation and assisted natural forest regeneration in seven municipalities vulnerable to climate change in Cuba.
The GCF Strategic Program complements the FAO’s Strategic Objectives to a large extent. For this reason, an increasing number of FAO member countries regard GCF financing as important to furthering the synergies between sustainable agricultural/rural development and achieving a low emissions and climate resilient agriculture. In light of this, the FAO is looking for proven expertise in order to support the Lead Technical Officers during the GCF project development implementation processes for its member countries.
Under the supervision of the Lead Technical Officers (LTOs) at subregional level and in close collaboration with the GCF Focal Point at RLC.
The GCF Consultant will assist in the, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of RECLIMA and IRES GCF projects in the sub region.
Tasks and responsibilities
Project Implementation and Supervision
Support and assist LTOs :
- Appraise and finalize project implementation arrangements, including mission travels;
- Assist the Project proponent/LTO/BH/FLO/FAOR in the elaboration, revision and update of the Project Implementation Manual, the procurement plan, the inception report, the monitoring and accountability framework and on environmental and social aspects, including the stakeholder engagement plan, gender action plan and project grievance redress mechanism.
- Assist project management team to draft terms of reference (TOR) and advise on the selection of experts for implementation;
- Conduct at least one supervision mission per year, including participation in briefing NDAs and other government counterparts and stakeholders on project progress;
- Provide technical guidance for project implementation including through outreach and coordination with relevant technical experts in FAO sub-region, regional and HQ offices as well as with other partners and organizations, as needed;
- Oversee the preparation of required reports, updates and requests for submission to the Secretariat, including progress reports;
Project completion and evaluation and reporting
Support and assist LTOs in:
- Oversee the preparation of the project completion report/independent terminal evaluation, and submit the report to the Secretariat;
- Include all the reporting requirements as agreed in the accreditation master agreement (AMA) and funded activity agreement (FAA).
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- Advanced University degree in a discipline relevant to natural resources management, agriculture, forestry,
- A minimum of 7 years of working experience in in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation, specifically in implementation of climate change projects and or programmes
- Experience in LAC and familiarity with FAO rules/procedures is an asset
- Working knowledge of English and Spanish.
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency