Project Manager Environmental Cooperation Project) - RE-ADVERTIZED

Location : Minsk, BELARUS
Application Deadline :07-Aug-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months, extendable
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to a total of three years


UNDP launches a new environmental project “Support to the development of a comprehensive framework for international environmental cooperation in the Republic of Belarus”. The overall objective is to introduce effective sustainable development patterns in Belarus, full account being taken of environmental issues and public participation in environmental decision-making processes at national and local levels.

  • To enable harmonization of environmental legislation with the EU body of environmental law and best practices, namely in waste management, biodiversity conservation, water management and ecological certification of products;
  • To support dialogue between state environmental and communal authorities, industry, NGOs and other stakeholders for procedural development and agreement in the field of waste management;
  • To demonstrate principal elements of full cycle of municipal solid waste (MSW) management in two selected sites;
  • To provide capacity-building for the local counterparts of two MSW management pilot projects, as appropriate to ensure their successful implementationTo support biodiversity conservation in the Yelnya protected area – a preserve of republican level Yelnya - by means of capacity building of protected area management, and its sustainable use (development of ecological tourism);
  • To ensure maximum dissemination and replication potential in biodiversity conservation by inclusion of the interested NGOs and the concerned population in design and implementation processes of the pilot projects;
  • To ensure adequate awareness of environmental issues, both theoretical and practical, among Belarusian environmental NGOs, the general population, scholars / students and relevant governmental bodies in the fields of MSW management and biodiversity conservation / ecotourism development.













Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will be based in Minsk. He/she will work in close cooperation with the UNDP Belarus and the Ministry of Environment of Belarus. The Project Manager is expected to:

Overall project management:
  • Supervise and coordinate the project to ensure its results are in accordance with the Project Document and the UNDP programming procedures;
  • Assume primary responsibility for the daily project management - both organizational and substantive matters, budgeting, planning, controlling the project expenditures and general monitoring of the project;
Project administrative and financial management:
  • Prepare annual work plans in consultation with the Ministry of Environment ensure adherence thereto, revise workplans if required;
  • Prepare terms of reference for national consultants and subcontractors in line with relevant UNDP procedures;
  • Prepare annual project reports (APR), progress reports to UNDP, EC, Ministry of Economy or other reports requested by the UNDP, EC, Ministry of Environment;
  • Ensure adequate management of the project resources in accordance with the project budget, agreed work plans and the Project Document
  • Assume overall responsibility for meeting financial delivery targets set out in the agreed annual work plans, reporting on project funds and related record keeping;
  • Ensure proper operational and financial completion of the project in line with the relevant UNDP procedures;
  • Organize and supervise workshops and trainings needed during the project;
  • Monitor risks and project impact indicators as per the project logical framework;
Staff supervision:
  • Guide and coordinate the work of national and international consultants and subcontractors and oversee its compliance with the agreed work plan;
  • Provides supervised staff with effecive feedback on performance.
Partnership building:
  • Liaise with relevant ministries, national institutes and other relevant institutions in order to involve their staff in project activities as necessary and gather and disseminate information relevant to the project;
  • Ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders of the project;
  • Coordinate project activities with other related technical assistance programs in Belarus;
  • Maintain regular contact with UNDP Country Office and the Project National Coordinator on project implementation issues of their respective competence;
  • Keep regular contact with the Ministry of Environment on the issues relevant to their competency;
  • Assist in organizing negotiations on cooperation with national government bodies and potential donors in order to identify and mobilize resources; 
  • Undertake any other actions related to the project as requested by UNDP or the Project National Coordinator.












  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills;
  • Outstanding analytical, organizational, administrative and planning skills; 
  • Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impacts and results for the stakeholder and responds positively to feedback;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills and ability to effectively work with international organizations, donors, NGOs and private sector;
  • Proven ability to manage financial, human and material resources in project contexts;
  • Ability for team work, social competence.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Higher education in economics, environmental management, public administration, law, management, sustainable development; advanced degree or academic training in these areas would be considered an asset;
  • Working knowledge of principals in environmental law, water management, or waste management, or biodiversity protection and sustainable development;
  • Extensive project management experience, with skills in facilitation and coordination, and demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner;
  • Working experience in the field of sustainable development and environmental protection is highly desirable;
  • Working knowledge of UNDP and/or EC rules and regulations is an asset;
  • At least 3 years of relevant professional work experience in project management;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Russian is required.


Applicants are requested to apply on-line.
Information about the condition of the SC contract:
Applicants have to:
  • Complete the form stating their interest in and qualifications for the position (in English);
  • Upload completed Personal History Form (PHF) in the required resume field. The PHF form can be downloaded from:

Responsible applicants will be shortlisted, and at least three applicants will gain a personal, or telephone hearing.

Women are encouraged to apply. UNDP is non-smoking work environment.

Due to the large number of applicants for UNDP positions, UNDP regrets that it is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates about the outcome or status of the recruitment process

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.

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