Project Management Advisor (International Consultant, residence in Cambodia) to support the implementing of the Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) project


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :20-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Oct-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :115 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :September 2021 to August 2022

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

The Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) project’s objective is to promote integrated landscape management for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystem services in the northern part of Cambodia. The intent is to generate multiple landscape benefits including effective conservation of globally threatened species and high conservation forests, improve management of natural resources and ensure the maintenance of ecosystem services. It is aimed specifically at improving the management of protected areas and ensuring their financial sustainability, enhancing the productivity of production and agricultural lands and improving local livelihoods. Increasing demand for forest, agricultural and wildlife products, crop land and agriculture monocultures, and infrastructure and transportation development has accelerated in recent years thereby, rapidly changing the landscape with consequential threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services. The project is thus aimed at addressing these multiple threats by harmonizing socio-economic development, sustainable management of land, forests, natural resources and biodiversity conservation through an integrated management approach, with water as a catalyst, in Northern Landscapes of Cambodia. To achieve these, actions will be taken to – strengthen policies and institutional capacity at the national and sub-national levels to ensure the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in sector and sub-national socio-economic development planning.

This will be achieved through three inter-related components that are focused on addressing existing barriers, these are:

  • Component 1: Systemic and institutional capacity for integrated landscape management;
  • Component 2: Effective management of Protected Areas and surrounding riparian and multiple use production landscapes in Northern Cambodia;
  • Component 3: Knowledge management, gender mainstreaming, learning and M&E


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the National Project Director, the International Consultant (Senior Specialist) will work closely with the INRM Project Management Unit (PMU) to undertake the following tasks:

A. Development of Grant Proposal Guideline:

  • Review existing grant proposal guidelines that can serve as samples/examples, including the proposal formats that have been applied and used by relevant projects with NCSD and MoE;
  • Review UNDP GEF small grants proposal guideline and the format;
  • Develop grant proposal guidelines to meet the specific objectives and requirements of the  INRM project, including selection criteria for pre-identified and small grant partners.

B. Provision of project management advice:

  • Advising the project team on the evolution of risks, their potential impact on underlying assumptions, providing guidance and feedback on fulfilment of indicators in the annual implementation planning cycle, to ensure alignment with planned impact and outcome;
  • Ongoing advice and guidance to the Project Director and PMU under three key project outcomes;
  • Review project document including workplan, budget plan, theory of change, and project result framework;
  • Provide management advice to PMU to prepare the review and update the annual workplan and budget plans, quarterly report, annual reports, and midterm report, if necessary;
  • Provide management advice to PMU to review partners/grantees activity and budget plans and to review partners quarterly and annual report per required;
  • Advice PMU and provide direction to project partners for effective implementation of stakeholder engagement plan, gender mainstreaming action plan, and communication strategy, etc.;
  • Advice PMU to manage and monitor grant implementation including their timely reporting and expenditure against workplan;
  • Provide advice to PMU and project partners in implementation of the project activities, including field activities;
  • Review and provide comments on all products/deliverables submitted by partners, national consultants to make sure that those final products/deliverables meet the required standard of quality and following the workplan;
  • Support Project Director to monitor grantees implementation of their activities’ and budget plans to ensure the accuracy, reliability, transparency and accountability of financial use;
  • Support Project Director on overall project management, planning and controlling of the project implementation process including administration and monitoring progress against the project results framework and the approved annual workplan as required;
  • Advice PMU and provide support to Project Director in overseeing all contractors’ works and grantees implementation as required;
  • Advice PMU to manage and monitor the project risks with the possible actions as necessary;
  • Provide strategic guidance and direction to support PMU for smoothly implementing project activities and work plan without delay;
  • Other supports as required by Project Director.

Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=82893 for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


Competencies

  • Excellent analytical capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of project reports;
  • Ability to understand new terminology and concepts easily and to synthesize information from different sources into a coherent document
  • Skill in achieving results through persuading, influencing, problem solving and conflict resolution, and working with others as a team/partners;
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high-ranking members of the Government and other international and national and sub-national institutions;
  • Displays sensitivity and adaptability to different cultures, genders, religions, races, nationalities and age groups;
  • Good team player, self-starter, has ability to work under minimum supervision and maintain good relationships.


Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

At least Master’s degree in natural resource management, biodiversity ecosystem, communication, administration, management, or other related fields.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ progressive experience in project management (project design/development/planning …), including at least 3 years of experiences in large scale biodiversity/ecosystem/landscape project management;
  • Solid experience in communication and documentation;
  • Solid experiences in developing grant proposal guideline related natural resources/biodiversity/ecosystem and landscape management;
  • Solid understanding of the Cambodia’s landscape, biodiversity, and ecosystem issues, including its values and functions,
  • Experience in partnership and networking establishment, capacity development and working with local community, indigenous people and well-integrated with society;
  • Experience in mainstreaming gender in biodiversity/ecosystem/landscape management;
  • Experience working with a wide variety of development actors in Cambodia including with the Royal Government of Cambodia, international development organizations, donors and other funding agencies, private sector entities, and/or civil society organizations including community groups.
  • Experience with GEF and/or other UN assisted projects.

Language Requirement: 

  • Fluency in written and spoken English required;
  • Commend of Khmer language is an asset;

Gender: Woman is encourage to apply.

 

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email aphikovith.phin@undp.org and cc procurement.kh@undp.org . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice



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