GEF funded regional Kura Project “Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) is being executed through the Direct Implementation Modality (DIM) by the Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH), with advisory and execution support from the UNDP Country Offices and the Project Coordination Unit (PCU). The Kura Project will address the priority needs in the ministerially endorsed Strategic Action Plan (SAP) through implementation of the SAP and national Integrated Water Resources Management Plans to strengthen and harmonize coordinated conjunctive transboundary ground and surface water management. The five components are: Support for institutional governance protocols; professional development and capacity building for water managers across sectors; stress reduction measures in critical areas; stakeholder education and empowerment; and, enhanced science for governance. The project has strong, multisectoral support in both countries – Georgia and Azerbaijan and will support pending bilateral legal agreements. The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) will be established by UNDP IRH in Baku, Azerbaijan. The PCU will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination and oversight of the Kura II Project. The PCU will be led by Chief Technical Advisor/ Regional Project Coordinator (CTA/RPC).
Under the guidance of the CTA/RPC, the Project Communications Manager will support the development and implementation of the Kura-II project communications strategy at the regional level. She/he will provide technical communications inputs into all project components with respect to stakeholder involvement, public participation,empowered capacity building, and awareness raising. The Project Communications Manager will also provide back stopping support to CTA/RPC in all areas of project communications implementation, and will closely cooperate with the Finance and Administration Officer, National Coordinators and National Project Officers, with support of CTA.
Background on the project
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) (www.thegef.org) unites 183 member governments - in partnership with international institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector - to address global environment issues. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants. Since 1991, the GEF has provided US$12.5 billion in grants and leveraged US$58 billion in co-financing for 3,690 projects in 165 developing countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP) the GEF has made more than 20,000 grants totaling about US$1 billion to civil society and community-based organizations.
The GEF International Waters (IW) focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as shared river basins, lakes, groundwater and large marine ecosystems. The IW portfolio comprises 242 projects to date and some US$1.4 billion of GEF grants invested in 149 different countries. This investment has leveraged about US$8.4 billion in co-financing.
UNDP GEF Kura Project “Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans” will be implementing the Strategic Action Program for the Kura River Basin in partnership with the Governments of Georgia and Azerbaijan. The SAP is framed around four agreed Ecosystem Quality Objectives (EQO) which are:
The GEF will support priority activities towards these objectives. The GEF funded SAP implementation Project has the objective “to integrate water resources management in the Kura river basin to address water-energy-food-ecosystem security nexus through the implementation of agreed actions in the SAP”.
Summary of Key Functions:
1. Support to implementation of the regional Kura-II project communications at the regional level;
2. Providing technical level communications and public relations expertise in all project component.
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Building Strategic Partnerships
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Creating Visibility for UNDP/Supporting UNDP’s Capacity to Advocate
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Conceptual Innovation in the Provision of Technical Expertise
Master's or higher degree in above mentioned fields required.
Licence degree in above mentioned fields with 1 year of relevant experience in national public relations, communications or advocacy required.
Bachelor’s degree in above mentioned fields with 2 years of relevant experience at the national in public relations, communications or advocacy required.
2) Experience in regional projects communications including media relations for sensitive issues is an asset;
3) Familiarity to wider regional social and economic development and political trends shaping natural resource management in the Kura Basin is required;
4) Familiarity with gender mainstreaming in natural resources management is an asset;
5) Experience with communications and public relations materials for all levels, at local, national and regional media required
6) Experience in development of communication materials targeting specific stakeholder groups is an asset;
7) Experience with communications management, of social media platforms, management and oversite of public events required;
8) Management experience, ideally with junior level staff to increase capacity and provide project support is an asset;
9) Demonstrated familiarity with or, ideally, work experience in UNDP, including familiarity with communications and branding protocols is a strong asset;
10) Demonstrated familiarity with or, ideally, work experience in GEF International Waters, experience in Azerbaijan and/or Georgia an asset;
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Contract Duration: 1 Year, with a possibility of extension
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