The island of Tuvalu, located in the South Pacific, is the fourth smallest nation in the world with a population of about 10,000. Due to its geographical remoteness and relatively limited size of the economy, it is one of the least developed countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impact of climate change induced sea-level rise and intensifying storm events. Recent cyclones have already shown large-scale population displacement, loss and damage of agriculture and infrastructure, contamination of water supplies, coastal erosion and scouring, impacting long term sustainable development of the country.
As such, in response to this climate challenge, the Government of Tuvalu and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have jointly committed to US$ 38 million for the ‘Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project’ towards building coastal resilience which is an urgent national priority. This project will address the financial and capacity constraints at all levels – from technical to community awareness. With GCF financing, the project is expected to
- Make some of the high value vulnerable coastlines more resilient to withstand the effects of increased wave intensity compared to the baseline of 7%. The GCF investment will be in the islands of Funafuti, Nanumea and Nanumaga, and directed along areas with high concentration of residences and social and economic assets.
- Significantly benefit directly and indirectly the Tuvalu population by mitigating impact of future wave overtopping events.
- Strengthen institutional and community capacities for sustaining and replicating project results.
This GCF project is executed by UNDP, in close partnership with the Government of Tuvalu, given its extensive experience in implementing climate change adaptation projects globally. The project implementation will be led by a team based in Tuvalu and Suva, Fiji.
Support implementation of project activities and the achievement of project targets and results:
- Support and provide input in planning and development project Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and in establishment of Annual Targets in accordance with the Project Document and in close coordination with the Government of Tuvalu and other members of the Project Management Unit;
- Support with organizing Project Board meetings twice a year, especially through the timely preparation of agenda, background materials and minutes for the Board Meeting;
- Assist Team in identifying bottlenecks in project implementation, keep the Government and UNDP abreast of the issues and develop solutions;
- Support in establishment of monitoring procedures and systems throughout project activities in close collaboration with the CO Team;
- Support for gender equality within the project especially to address structural gender inequalities and help ensure, in depth gender analyses is carried out and include explicit measures/outputs to address needs of women and men
- Contribute to put in place mechanisms for monitoring gender mainstreaming in the project and make them operational
Support in ensuring day-to-day management of the project, by focusing on the following results:
- Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to Sub-regional Programme Document (SRPD), UN Pacific Strategy, UNDAF, and other documents.
- Support & provide inputs with carrying out the following elements of project management: Annual work planning, Annual budgeting, Procurement of goods and services, Budget and expenditure monitor and analysis, Contractual management, Quarterly and annual progress reporting, Quarterly operational reporting
- Provide support and input in drafting and reviewing of terms of references and work specifications for all contractors’ work;
- Support in preparation of financial reports to UNDP, as required;
- Support in carrying out risk assessments for the project and implementing risk mitigation measures;
- Support with coordination and preparation of ad hoc thematic and substantive reports/analysis/briefs;
- Support with Implementation of project communications activities in close collaboration with the Communications Specialist and UNDP;
- Support in operational closure of the project.
Contribute towards building of partnerships:
- Under the leadership of the NPM, support in building partnerships with donors, technical agencies and other development partners based inside & outside of Tuvalu;
- Provide inputs to UN coordination platforms and participate in meetings, as requested.
Provide input and support for communication required for the Government of Tuvalu, local communities about progress, future plans and issues of the Project
- Provide input required for maintaining communications with the Government and local communities about progress, future plans and issues of the Project;
- Support with organizing formal or informal briefing sessions with the Government, as needed, to inform them of any minor changes in the implementation plan, needs for adaptive management, and emerging risks;
- Assist the NPM in preparation of any ad hoc communication materials for the Government or other national partners,
Facilitates knowledge building and management, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Support in capturing and disseminations of lessons learnt during project implementation and coordinate with the Suva-based team for wider dissemination;
- Support in Project’s representation and/or participation in international knowledge networks to draw on and share best practice and lessons learned
- Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
- Self-development, initiative-taking
- Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
- Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating
- Creating synergies through self-control
- Managing conflict
- Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
Education: Advanced University qualification in Development Studies, Environmental/Natural Resource Management or other relevant discipline.
Experience: Up to 2 years of experience in project development and management, with focus on planning, monitoring, reporting, and stakeholder and team coordination in international development organization; Experience in working at the country level with a UN or International Organisation; Good computer literacy – MS office applications, web-based management information systems.
Language: Proficiency in spoken and written English and Tuvaluan language essential
Contract Duration: One year, with a possibility of extension