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Provincial Coordinator - Land Use Analyst (Food Systems, Land Use & Restoration (FOLUR) (2 Positions) (NPSA8)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kimbe
  • Grade: Junior level - NPSA-8, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Nutrition
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Managerial positions
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: Closed
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The project, Establishing Systems for Sustainable Integrated Land-use Planning across New-Britain Island in Papua New Guinea, funded by GEF-FOLUR, in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (PNG) will focus activities on the landscape of New Britain Island. At 3,330,890 ha, the island ranges from dense lowland plains to a central mountainous spine with peaks of over 2,000 m. With high levels of forest cover the island represents an area of high value biodiversity but is also at threat from rapid forest loss due to agricultural conversion with over 450,000 ha under permits for forest clearance. This pressure is driven by PNG’s socio-economic status, which includes a desire for economic development and income, rapid population growth and the high importance of agriculture in PNG’s economy, particularly palm oil and cocoa. These impacts are exacerbated within the agricultural sector due to knowledge gaps in sustainable production, prevalence of unsustainable practices, unresponsive supply chains and limited access to finance. 

In addressing these barriers, the project will help to deliver: 50,000 ha of land restored, 2,712,364 ha of landscapes under improved practices (excluding protected areas), 32.3 million metric tons CO2e of direct post-project. The project will also deliver direct economic and/or non-economic benefits to 66,647 individuals (28,838 females and 37,809 males). These results will be achieved through the following four interrelated components:

  • Component 1: Development of integrated landscape management systems
  • Component 2: Promotion of sustainable food production practices and responsible value chains to reduce land stress and avert degradation and deforestation
  • Component 3: Conservation and restoration of natural habitats
  • Component 4: Knowledge management and impact monitoring

The recruited officers (one in each province, two in total) will be based within the provincial government office and support coordination at provincial level on land use and development planning helping to link action between national, provincial, district and ward level as well as the integration of work on land use planning, sector development (particularly agriculture under project Component 2 and conservation under project Component 3) into development planning processes at provincial level. Through this they will work closely with the NLUE as well national agricultural platform coordinator and technical expert as well as provincial agricultural specialists. 

Duties and Responsibilities

 The two Provincial Coordinator / Land Use Analysts (PC/LUEs) for West and East New Britain Provinces will report to and be directly supervised by the Project Manager. The PC/LUEs will be also expected to work with the UNDP Chief Technical Advisor and the Project Team.  The PC/LUEs will be responsible for the planning and coordination of UNDP’s support towards green commodities efforts in his/her geographic areas of operation. The PC/LUEs will be working closely with provincial counterparts, civil society, private sector in planning and coordinating the interventions of the key actors involved in the implementation. The PC/LUEs will be based at the project sites in Kimbe Bay, West New Britain Province and Kokopo, East New Britain respectively.

Provincial Coordination

  • Supervise and oversee, coordinate, monitor and regularly report on the implementation of the GEF FOLUR Project on Establishing Systems for Sustainable Integrated Land-use Planning across New-Britain Island  at the pilot sites;
  • Provide support and assistance and actively work with the implementing partner in the project site;
  • Actively work with the provincial administration, civil society, private sector and other relevant representatives to support the establishment of the provincial-level coordination mechanism and structure that will lead and support better resource decisions in the province and be able to communicate issues raised to the Provincial Administrations or other appropriate authority;
  • Provide the PM/NTSO with weekly updates by email, on progress, results, challenges, proposed solutions and actions for the following week;
  • Ensure there is proper coordination of provincial workplan and maintain better working dialogue with the partner NGOs and the communities to ensure grievances are communicated and resolved;
  • Manage and coordinate all meetings, conferences and missions of UNDP PNG in accordance with agreed terms of reference;
  • Support and facilitate continuous information-sharing on the protected area among stakeholders;
  • In an event of a natural disaster, serve as the focal point for UNDP in the province in close cooperation with other UN agencies and government counterparts

Provincial Land Use Management

  • Support the Project Manager / National Technical Safeguards Officer (PM/NTSO) and Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) in coordination of project inputs at the Provincial, District, LLG and Ward levels.
  • Support awareness raising across provincial, district and LLG officers and other key stakeholders on nature of plan development as well as potential impacts of unsustainable land use on future development within the provinces.
  • Support participatory processes and building on High Conservation Value / High Carbon Stocks (HCV/HCS) mapping work conducted and ELVIS tool develop potential land use and development scenarios linking existing targets and stated objectives with potential changes in land use development at provincial, district levels.
  • Contribute to development of a Targeted Scenario Analyses (TSA)  of different development pathways building on existing information and assess the impact of different policy and land use management instruments
  • Facilitate public consultations on the draft scenarios with TSA results, revise findings and identify key elements of a proposed scenarios for adoption within Provincial and Local level planning processes.
  • Support the operation of multi-stakeholder engagement process in development plan development including operation of cross sector and planning committees for plan revision at provincial level.
  • Provide technical support to revision of plans at district, LLG and Ward level development plans and development of land use plans including consultation processes, mapping activities, drafting and baseline data review and assessment.
  • Support the establishment of information management and monitoring system, which brings together information from different technical line agencies and committees, to help improve cross sector and non-governmental access to information; this activity will link closely with technical support provided to information system development under Output 1.2.
  • Communicate with other Provincial Coordinator / Land Use Expert appointed by the Project, to share information on activities and support each other to resolve implementation challenges.
  • Assist the PM/NTSO and CTA to ensure the relevant agreements established between the Provincial Administration and CEPA/UNDP are being implemented, monitored and reported.
  • Extend coordination support for other UNDP-supported projects on the environment in the province as required.

Core Competencies

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross - Functional & Technical Competencies

Business Direction & Strategy

  • Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with ones authority, area of expertise and resources.

Business Development

  • UNDP Representation: Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities; advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies.

Business Management

  • Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.
  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience; Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.
  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Partnership management

  • Relationship Management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding.

General (across the functions)

  • Public relations: Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organisation, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics/Development Practices /Environmental Management/ Landscape Architecture, or other relevant fields
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in the field of Agriculture Economics/Development Practices /Environmental Management/ Landscape Architecture, or other relevant fields with bachelor, no experience with Master's degree
  • At least 2 years of experience in project cycle management in public or private sector or international organization
  • Experience working on agriculture and/or forests in PNG or Pacific, preferably in the palm oil and/or cocoa sectors
  • Strong network and demonstrated ability to work closely with government officials, civil society and corporate sector
  • Experience with multi-stakeholder initiatives, preferably with professional experience implementing projects with components of facilitating inter-sectoral and sectoral coordination
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, with experience in organizing and facilitating meetings and workshops
Languages requirements:
  • Fluency in spoken and written Tok Pisin and English

Note: This position is open for Papua New Guinea nationals only

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