Project Coordination Support in India, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: UNEP Geneva

Closing date: Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Posting Title: Project Coordination Support in India

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 19 August 2021 - 31 August 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-161867-Consultant

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

To monitor and evaluate uptake of Eco-DRR at the State of Kerala level and nationally; to support national upscaling activities, including expansion of the MGNREGS Eco-DRR handbook, recording of the modules in English, a national workshop to raise awareness about Eco-DRR in MGNREGS, coordinating the organisation of Training of Trainers‘ workshops, and working with national partners to support in institutionalising Eco-DRR in MGNREGS procedures at the central level in India.

Work Location

Home-based (Kerala, India)

Expected duration

Initially for a duration of 6 mths from mid- September 2021 - mid- February 2022

Duties and

Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts Global Support Branch extends UNEP’s work to areas of the world where the natural and human environment have been damaged from conflicts or disasters. Specialized environmental expertise is provided to rapidly identify risks to health, livelihoods and ecosystem services and to integrate environmental needs within the recovery process.

The Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts Global Support Branch’s work demonstrates to decision makers the importance of natural resources management as a precondition for sustainable development and as an instrument for peacebuilding and disaster risk reduction. The Branch promotes sustainable management of natural resources in conflict and disaster affected countries. It works across four core pillars:

Post-Crisis Environmental Assessments

Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery

Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding, and

Disaster Risk Reduction

Since 1999, UNEP’s Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts Global Support Branch has responded to crisis situations, working in more than 40 countries to assess the environmental impacts of conflicts and disasters and address the subsequent risks to human health, livelihoods and security. Since the start of the new millennium, natural hazards and major conflicts have directly affected some two billion people. Not only do these tragic events destroy lives and infrastructure, they also fundamentally undermine human security and tear apart the fabric of sustainable development. By addressing environmental degradation and resource management, CMB is working to build more resilient and peaceful societies. More information can be found at www.unep.org/disasters-conflicts.

The Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts Global Support Branch delivers high quality environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. Field based assessments of the environmental impact of crises form the core of UNEP’s conflict and disaster management operations. However, as the international community has shifted its focus from post-crisis intervention to crisis prevention, the branch has also expanded its operational range, adding disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peacebuilding to its core services of post-crisis environmental assessment and recovery. One of the key projects of the branch is "Upscaling community-based resilience through ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction" which develops models for upscaling Eco-DRR nationally, regionally and globally.

Objectives, output expectations and performance indicators

The overall objective of the Project coordinator support role in India is to support the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts Global Support Branch’s project work toward uptake of Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) and upscaling activities at the national level and in documenting project impact in the State of Kerala.

Outputs: 2.1 Documenting and supporting Eco-DRR uptake in State of Kerala

Document Eco-DRR uptake in MGNREGS budgeting statewide: consult with Kerala State MGNREGS administrators to document Eco-DRR related budget allocation in 2020 as compared to 2018 and 2019. A follow-up will be undertaken when 2021 budget figures are available. Other Eco-DRR programmes funded by the State in 2020/ 2021 are documented (e.g. Kuttanad Room for River plan and Statewide coastal mangrove restoration).

Document Eco-DRR uptake in two Panchayats through case studies: a follow-up study is to be undertaken in two Grama Panchayats (Muttom and Perumbalam, TBD) to document Eco-DRR uptake through MGNREGS activities. The case study is based on interviews with G.P. Engineers, officials, MGNREGS work leaders. Each case study will be around 5 pages with photographs

2.2 Developing learning materials for national upscaling

Support the expansion of Eco-DRR handbooks: coordinate with National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), India to identify experts for developing new topics to the KILA technical handbook: mountain hazards, drought management, Integrated Water Resources Management for DRR and a checklist for Eco-DRR in MGNREGS activities. Coordinate with experts to develop drafts for review and for finalization of the final handbooks which will include executive summaries for policy makers.

2.3 Develop study on Eco-DRR entry points and mechanisms for M&E at national level

Identify Eco-DRR entry point to MGNREGS at the national level to inform the ToT package roll-out and institutional mechanisms for Eco-DRR influencing: conduct desk study to identify main decision points for Eco-DRR in MGNREGS at national level (e.g. including Eco-DRR in Annual circular, identifying most optimal scheme for Eco-DRR upscaling in other State MGNREGS programmes)

Develop M&E plan for tracking Eco-DRR investments in other state MGNREGS programmes: based on Kerala state budget M&E plan, develop plan for tracking Eco-DRR budgeting in other state MGNREGS programmes

2.4 Organize national capacity-building activities

Support a national consultative workshop with key national stakeholders: Coordinate with NIDM, the UNEP India country office and other key national actors at central ministry level to organize a hybrid online/in person workshop to introduce the KILA modules and consult with stakeholders on the roll-out of a ToT package

Develop a training of trainer’s (ToT) package for national upscaling: Coordinate the finalization of learning materials (final handbook, modules and M&E guidelines for Eco-DRR, see activity 2.2) with an agenda targeted to MGNREGS state authorities and other training institutions.

Identify a national platform for hosting the ToT: Consult with actors to identify state level and/or national platform for hosting a ToT course on Eco-DRR in MGNREGS (possibly IGOT).

Support the organisation of at least one hybrid in person/online ToTs: Coordinate with NIDM, KILA and state partners to organise at least three ToTs (2-3 days) (according to sanitary conditions) in one state of India.

2.5 Document lessons learned for upscaling regionally and globally

Draft report on national Eco-DRR outreach in MGNREGS and national upscaling model: the report (approximately 10 pages) summarizes Eco-DRR entry points, initial ToT outreach impacts and any institutional changes by time of drafting

Outputs/ Performance Indicators and due dates: Monthly report on activities undertaken in September 2021

o Due: 30 September 2021

Identify experts for developing new topics to the KILA technical handbook (partial completion of activity 2.2)

o Due: 30 September 2021

o Means of verification: Report submitted

Detailed Report Documenting Eco-DRR uptake in MGNREGS budgeting statewide (partial completion of activity 2.1)

o Due: 30 September 2021

o Means of verification: Report submitted

Monthly report on activities undertaken in October 2021

o Due: 31 October 2021

Report on Eco-DRR entry points to MGNREGS at the national level (partial completion of activity 2.3)

o Due: 31 October 2021

o Means of verification: Report Submitted

National consultative workshop report

o Due: 31 October 2021

o Means of verification: Report submitted

Monthly report on activities undertaken in November 2021

o Due: 30 November 2021

o Means of verification: Report Submitted

Document Eco-DRR uptake in two Panchayats through case studies (completion of activity 2.1)

o Due: 30 November 2021

o Means of verification: Report Submitted

First draft national Eco-DRR handbooks are completed (partial completion of activity 2.2)

o Due: 30 November 2021

o Means of verification: Draft handbooks submitted

Monthly report on activities undertaken in December 2021

o Due: 31 December 2021

o Means of verification: Report Submitted

o Final draft Eco-DRR handbooks are completed (completion of activity 2.2)

o Due: 31 December 2021

o Means of verification: Handbooks Submitted

Monthly report on activities undertaken in January 2022

o Due: 31 January 2022

o Means of verification: Report Submitted

A training of trainer’s (ToT) package is developed (partial completion of activity 2.4)

o Due: 31 January 2022

o Means of verification: ToT agenda is submitted

Monthly report on activities undertaken in February 2022

o Due: 28 February 2022

o Means of verification: Report Submitted

First ToT workshop report (completion of activity 2.4)

o Due: 28 February 2022

o Means of verification: Report Submitted

Document lessons learned report (completion of activity 2.5)

o Due: 28 February 2022

o Means of verification: Report Submitted

Qualifications/special skills

Competency:

Strong interpersonal and communications skills;
Strong organizational and time-management skills;
Respect for diversity;
Attention to details;
Motivated and able to work in team and independently to deliver outputs;
Ability to respond to tight deadlines in an organized and efficient manner.

Academic Qualifications:

Advanced university degree in the field of international relations, law, journalism, environmental studies, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.

Experience:

At least two years of progressively responsible work experience in project coordination related to environment and/or climate change and/or development;
Prior experience in coordinating project activities with multiple governmental and non-governmental actors;
Strong writing and editing skills;
Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, web applications, survey monkey)

Knowledge of environmental issues in the context of disasters and conflicts;
Relevant work experience in developing countries or in conflict/post-conflict settings is an asset

Language:

Fluency in English is a must. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

No Fee

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