Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Position: National Project Manager
Organizational Unit: FANEP
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Nepal-Kathmandu
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Post Number: N/A
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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
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The project “Building a Resilient Churia Region in Nepal” (BRCRN) was approved by the 24th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in November 2019, and is Nepal’s first full-size GCF project. FAO, as the nominated Accredited Entity (AE) for the project, is responsible to the GCF for implementation of the project and is also co-Executing Entity (EE) with the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoFE) of the Government of Nepal (GoN). The BRCRN project will be implemented in 26 critical river systems in the southeast region of Nepal, covering parts of Provinces 1, 2 and 3, linking the Churia hills and upper Terai, and aims to promote widespread adoption of climate-resilient land use practices, confront the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation, better maintain the forest ecosystem in the Churia hills, and build resilience to climate-induced hazards.
In its capacity as co-EE, FAO will provide intensive technical support during the first two years of the project to develop the detailed plans for project investment over years 3-7, to develop capacity among relevant national, provincial and local institutions for project implementation, to ensure quality control of the technical services provided through project implementing partners, and to provide technical advice to the project management team. This FAO TA component will design and provide the managerial as well as technical advisory services required. The Project Manager will lead the FAO TA component, as part of the combined FAO/MoFE Project Management Unit (PMU).
The Project Manager (PM) will lead the FAO-TA team, overseeing support for implementation of project activities according to the Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB) submitted to, and approved by the Project Steering Committee (PSC). In addition, the PM will be overall responsible for implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), Gender Action Plan (GAP), Indigenous Peoples Plan (IPP), and for mainstreaming FAO safety and security policy during project implementation.
The incumbent will work under the overall operational supervision of FAO Representative in Nepal and direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Program), in close cooperation with the with the BRCRN National Project Director under MoFE, and under the technical supervision of Lead Technical Officer FAO RAP and in coordination with the wider REDD+NFM cluster team in NFO HQ and in the Asia Pacific region.
• Coordinate technical support to MoFE through the PMU
• TA component staff recruitment, capacity building and performance management
• Delivery of outputs and activities under FAO TA component
• Coordination and communication with FAO, MOFE, provincial ministries stakeholders and other relevant international, national and provincial organizations for effective project implementation.
• Monitoring and reporting of project
Tasks and responsibilities
The National Project Coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks:
Task 1: Coordinate technical support to MoFE through the PMU
• Facilitate preparation of project implementation strategies, annual plan and budget
• Support and ensure compliance of EEs (MoFE and FAO TA) with the provisions of the Project Implementation Manual (PIM)
• Support National Project Director (NPD) in MoFE in project team building and management, and provide continuous, effective counterpart support from FAO TA team
• Support NPD in organizing PSC meetings, a preparing inception report and PIM and implementing decisions
Task 2: TA component staff recruitment, capacity building and performance management
• Develop and review periodically the ToRs of FAO TA personnel, manage vacancies and recruitment, provide coaching and mentoring, capacity building as required and in line with FAO policy.
• Provide periodic performance assessments to FAO Nepal and PTF, identify areas for improvement of performance, develop and implement remedial measures
Task 3: Delivery of outputs and activities under FAO TA component
• In coordination with MoFE, provincial government partners and other national stakeholders, develop annual and semi-annual action plans for TA component implementation
• Provide leadership for FAO-TA team under the project, with respect to FAO-TA members of PMU, international and national technical personnel, including clear protocols for team meetings, decision-making and internal relationships
• Quality control of technical service provision, through management of consultant and service provider contracting process, procurement and feedback to PMU and FAO PTF
• Develop and maintain financial record system, project database, and operational modalities, in line with PIM, FAO internal online management systems, and suitable for external auditing, according to FAO’s AMA with GCF
• Prepare and implement bi-annual procurement plan for TA, with the approval from FAOR Nepal.
Task 4: Coordination and communication with FAO, MOFE, provincial ministries stakeholders and other relevant international, national and provincial organizations for effective project implementation.
• Serve as counterpart to MoFE NPD on behalf of FAO, maintaining regular, open and transparent communication channel
• Maintain relationship and communication channels with development partners, CSOs and representatives of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minority groups, research and scientific community and national and provincial government institutions
• Identify and maintain appropriate links with FAO projects and programmes through coordination with national, regional and global technical teams
• Oversight of knowledge management and dissemination of project outputs and technical products
• Provide regular inputs to stakeholder bodies including PSC and Provincial Coordination Units (PCUs), and respond to issues and queries raised in transparent and timely manner
Task 5: Monitoring and reporting of project
• Coordinate inputs from technical and PMU personnel to develop regular operational and financial reports, against targets and deliverables in the results framework, according to format and template agreed with MoFE, reflected in PIM, and in line with FAO and GCF requirements
• Manage internal and external monitoring and evaluation processes, including field missions and liaison with project management bodies (PSC, PCU, PMU, PPMU etc)
• Support to PMU to prepare bi-annual and annual progress report for submission to GCF Secretariat, and any related communication and reporting as required under the Funded Activity Agreement between FAO and GCF.
• Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by project and FAO
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• National of Nepal
• Advanced University (Master) degree in Forestry, rural development, natural resource management, business administration, finance or related subject
• Minimum 12 years of experience in project management, preferably in rural development sector.
• Experience of working with Government of Nepal institutions
• Working knowledge of English and Nepali
• Candidate should have knowledge of computer skills in English and Nepali (MS Office package: word, excel and power point)
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Proven experience of experience in project management, preferably in rural development sector
• Proven leadership skills, communication and coordination skills
• Work with multidisciplinary team in multicultural environment
• Proficiency in both spoken and written English;
• Strong inter-personal skills and excellent oral communication skills.
• Advanced university degree;
• Relevant Work experience;
• Language skills;
• Extent of relevant technical experience in the related areas
• Ability to manage and work with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team
• Good working knowledge of English (Written and Spoken)
• Experience with similar internationally funded development projects will be an added advantage
• Demonstrated leadership skills
• Demonstrated communication and coordination skills
• Work with multidisciplinary team in multicultural environment
• Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English and Nepal
Last date to apply: 10th October, 2020
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