Programme Management - Senior Officer (National Coordinator)
- Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
- Location: San José
- Grade: Junior level - LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
- Project and Programme Management
- Managerial positions
- Closing Date: Closed
- Supervise the SGP Country Programme team members and provide necessary guidance and coaching;
- Promote and maintain effective teamwork within the SGP Country Programme team, the National Steering Committee members, and with the UNDP CO team;
- Prepare and implement annual work plan, including strategic and/or innovative initiatives, with set delivery and co-financing targets; draft annual SGP Country Office administrative and project operational budget proposal
- Set annual performance parameters and learning objectives for the SGP Country Programme team, assess their performance and provide feedback;
- Participate in UNDP country office programme meetings and internal workshops as requested.
- Keep abreast of national environmental concerns and priorities as well as the socio-economic conditions and trends as they relate to the SGP, and assess their impact on SGP’s work and programme.
- Ensure formulation and implementation of the Country Programme Strategy (CPS), and its periodic review and update;
- Manage the SGP grant allocations and country operating budget, maintain the financial integrity of the programme by ensuring adherence to SGP Standard Operating Procedures as well as UNOPS rules and regulations, and ensure timely and effective use of SGP resources;
- Exercise quality control over the development of a portfolio of project ideas and concepts, and closely monitor the programme implementation progress and results;
- Organize periodic stakeholder workshops and project development sessions for civil society organizations (CSOs) and local communities, and potential applicants and other stakeholders to inform about SGP and its Strategic Initiatives;
- Work closely with CSOs and CBOs in preparation of project concepts and proposals to ensure that projects fit with the SGP Strategic Initiatives, Country Programme Strategy, and technical guidance notes;
- Authorize and manage project planning grants as required.
- Prepare annual project implementation reports (PIRs) and other progress reports, as required.
- Oversee ongoing SGP grant projects, and conduct periodic project monitoring field visits and provide technical and operational support and guidance to SGP grantees as required;
- Plan and serve as secretary to the National Steering Committee meetings. Support and closely coordinate with the National Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Group where relevant, in the process of project proposal review, selection and approval, especially the initial appraisal of proposals and assessment of eligibility.
- Foster programme, project, and policy linkages between the SGP and the full or medium-sized GEF projects, planned or underway in the country, as well as those of other government, donors and development partners.
- Report periodically to both UNDP Regional Technical Advisor (RTA), and Upgraded Country Programme (UCP) on programme implementation status, including annual monitoring reporting, financial reporting, audit, and update the relevant UNOPS and SGP databases.
- Undertake monitoring and evaluation of SGP Country Programme and projects, and grantmaker initiatives, in coordination with NSC and CPMT
- Perform and coordinate administrative tasks (i.e. procurement, travel) adhering to SGP SOPs procurement rules and regulation; as required for programme implementation.
- Coordinate external evaluations, in accordance with the requirements established in the project document and under the GEF/UNDP guidelines.
- Ensure that a gender focus is maintained in all activities.
Resource Mobilization and Partnerships
- Establish and maintain close working relationships with stakeholders as well as promote the value, comparative advantages, and ensure visibility of the SGP.
- Assess interest and priorities of key donors and other development partners, and develop/update and implement the resource mobilization and partnership strategy to mobilize resources from and develop partnerships with the government, donors and other partners to leverage SGP resources best and develop programme level partnerships.
- Support SGP grantees in securing co-financing and project level partnerships, and assist in identifying opportunities and resources for sustaining and scaling up projects.
- Document programme/project stories, lessons learned, and best practices in SGP programme/project development, implementation, and oversight;
- Access SGP and other global and regional knowledge, distill best practices and facilitate their dissemination and incorporation within SGP Country Programme and projects, UNDP CO, and to counterparts and partners;
- Support capacity building and networking of grantees to facilitate knowledge exchange, and promote uptake through Knowledge platforms, Knowledge fairs etc.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
Sound SGP programme results and impacts, in alignment with national strategies and priorities and SGP strategy and approaches, that contribute to transformational change in society and economy to conserve the global environment and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, Innovative, technically sound and socially inclusive grant portfolio is developed and implemented. Effective and efficient use of resources to create maximum project/programme impact. Increased trust by clients and donors and increased opportunities for visibility, partnerships and co-financing.
Advanced university degree preferably in environment or natural resource management, environmental economics, development, business administration or similar field.
- At least three (3) years of relevant experience in environment and development work, which should include programme management.
- Proficiency in standard computer software (word-processing, excel, presentations, databases and internet) is required.
- Working experience in any of the GEF-SGP thematic areas at the national level.
- Excellent verbal and written communication in English required.
- Fluency in the official national language is required.
- Knowledge of other UN languages is considered asset.
- The candidate should be a national or naturalized citizen of the country.
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