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Ozone and GEF Project Officer

Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Climate Change
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-26

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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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) acceded to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol for the Phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in 1989, and operates under Article V(1) of the Montreal Protocol (MP). Trinidad and Tobago has thus far been successful in phasing out the imports of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) within the targets of the Montreal Protocol. and is well on its way to achieving the phase out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons HCFCs within the targets of the Montreal Protocol. The Kigali Amendment to which Trinidad and Tobago is also a signatory focuses on the phase out of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which has is not an ozone depleting substance, but which has a considerable global warming potential.

As obligated under the Montreal Protocol, Trinidad and Tobago has been implementing an HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) from 2013. This plan outlines the activities and programmes to be undertaken by the various stakeholders in the air conditioning and refrigeration sector to reduce demand and eventually phase out the use of HCFCs. This country was mandated to reduce imports of HCFCs from 10% of the baseline (average of 2009 and 2010 HCFC imports) by 2015. In 2021 a new phase of this Plan was approved for funding under the Montreal Protocol and will be implemented over the period 2021 to 2030.

The Ozone and GEF Project Officer (Project Officer) will coordinate the management and implementation of all aspects of the projects under the Montreal Protocol and the Global Environment Facility and will serve as a liaison between the National Ozone Unit and the Trinidad and Tobago UNDP Country Office. The Project Officer will also provide technical input  to the Project Management Unit of the Global Environment Facility projects related to the Montreal Protocol obligations.  The Project Officer reports to the National Ozone Officer of the National Ozone Unit (NOU).

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Officer will coordinate and provide technical input to the management of all aspects of the projects carried out by the Ozone Unit namely under the MLF-funded Montreal Protocol activities, and the Global Environment Facility-funded Projects as well as other bilateral and multilateral donors. The Project Officer is expected to be a full-time project team member and will undertake the following key activities:

  1. Provide and facilitate a close working relationship between the Ozone Unit, UNDP and relevant stakeholders and provide guidance to UNDP implementing partners and responsible parties to ensure adherence to relevant UNDP rules, regulations, programme and operational polices and procedures.
  2. Coordinate logistical and thematic aspects of meetings and workshops as necessary and accurately record meetings with Government counterparts, international partners, donor agencies, private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders in relation to the implemented projects;
  3. Ensure the implementation of projects with the full participation of relevant national and local institutions; foster and establish links with related national and regional projects, and other international programmes;
  4. Analyse and prepare relevant inputs to UNDP monitoring databases and platforms, including Atlas (General User Profile) and PIMS+, and contribute to programme strategies;
  5. Coordinate the publication and dissemination of the reports identified as project outputs and produce Communication Products as per the Ministry’s and UNDP’s Applicable Guidelines.
  6. Facilitate project assurance and oversight of project outputs via the:
    • Review and delivery of annual workplans, as well as the analysis of delivery and the identification of delivery shortfalls and the provision of corrective measures,
    • Provide inputs into the development of and finalisation of Terms of Reference, and the coordination of interviews in collaboration with relevant UNDP personnel,
    • Provide advice and supervise budget preparation, budget revisions, project expenditure, and the review of of progress and achievement of results  as established on the Annual Operating Plans
    • The provision of input and assistance in the implementation of project activities,
    • Ensuring compliance with relevant UNDP, MLF and GEF policies,
    • Monitoring and mitigation of risk as well as social and environmental impacts,
    • Coordination and quality assurance of project reporting.
  7. Provide and/or facilitate the conducting of other project-related duties such as: preparing correspondence to stakeholders, stakekholder engagements, procurement and related activities, development of communication products, updating ATLAS, preparing financial reports, financial resource management and monitoring delivery of goods and services.



  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards, as well as tact and diplomacy.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning amongst colleagues and clients.
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership      and personal example.
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP

Leadership and Management:

  • Ability to engage in strategic planning, results-based management and deliver reports.
  • Works towards client satisfaction.
  • Strong ability to foster an engaging team environment
  • Proven track record of delivering results under tight deadlines.
  • Client-oriented way of managing


  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.


  • Ability to get things don

Project Management

  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Knowledge of methodologies, tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting.

Budget Management

  • Ability to support budgetary aspects of work planning process, drawing and management of team budgets.

Event, Meeting, and Workshop Facilitation

  • Ability to plan and organize events.


  • The ability to acquire goods, services or works from an outside external source.

Quality Assurance

  • Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled.

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Academic Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, development studies or a related field

Minimum years of relevant Work Experience:

  • 5 years relevant experience in the field of environmental management or related environmental field.
  • At least 3 years professional experience.
  • Experience with sectors or with projects related to ozone depleting substances, the Montreal Protocol Convention and Kigali Amendments
  • Demonstrated knowledge of UNDP rules, procedures and systems will be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience with Global Environmental Facility funded projects would be an asset.
  • Good understanding of the national environment/development issues, donor reporting requirements and Trinidad and Tobago’s national obligations towards the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Amendments
  • Experience in working with development agencies and government departments.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and partnership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise and foster cooperation between agencies, including Government, private sector participants, NGOs and other stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with MS Office.
  • Excellent communication (Written and Oral) Skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work well in teams.

Required Language:

  • Proficiency in English


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