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Administrative and Finance Assistant “Supporting the Transition to a Green Economy in the Republic of Belarus”
|Location :||Minsk, BELARUS|
|Application Deadline :||11-Dec-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-3|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||with possible extension up to three years|
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.
PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW:
General information about the Project:
One of the primary outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio +20 of 2012 has been announcement of green economy as a major target and means for sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Even though a green economy concept is still relatively new for Belarus, the country views green economy as an important tool for supporting sustainable development and environmental security and intends to take sustained action for greening the national economy. In accordance with the Environmental Strategy of the Republic of Belarus till 2025, the state environmental policy of Belarus is aimed at ensuring the citizens’ rights to healthy environment as a fundamental condition for sustainable social and economic development of the country. The National Strategy for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of Belarus for up to 2020 is focused on social, economic and ecologic harmonization as the key elements in unified balanced “human – environment – economy” complex.
Financed by the EU and implemented by UNDP, the project “Supporting the Transition to a Green Economy in the Republic of Belarus” (the ‘Project’) will focus on further development and practical application of green economy principles in the country and will provide tangible support to the Government’s efforts in the field.
Overall goal of the project: Supporting the Republic of Belarus in generating green economic growth, including environmentally sustainable and economically feasible use of natural resources, promotion of green production and green consumption patterns, green jobs creation, changing target group’s behavior towards greater environmental sustainability.
This goal will be achieved through addressing the following objectives:
1. Expansion of public knowledge about the principles and ideas of green economy;
2. Development of green economy in the regions through implementation of pilot initiatives in waste management, water management, biodiversity conservation, ecotourism, creation of eco-info centres, etc.;
3. Creation of effective partnership and joint action mechanisms for NGOs, local administrations and businesses to implement economically feasible projects based on green growth ideas in such areas as waste management, ecotourism, biodiversity conservation (aimed at conservation of bird species or fish, activities at wetlands, etc.), renewable energy promotion, etc.;
4. Effective project management.
The Project is part of the EU Annual Action Programme (AAP) 2012 for Belarus and contributes to the delivery of its overall goals and objectives laid down in the financial agreement on the AAP implementation between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the European Union.
The Project activities have been pre-defined in Components 2 and 3 of Section II of the EU AAP 2012, which envisages support to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus (‘Ministry of Environment’) in identifying and developing the main elements and mechanisms of sustainable environmental development (green economy), and include the following components - greening Belarusian economy: investments in natural, built, and human potential and strengthening environmental NGOs.
The Project will be implemented on the whole territory of the Republic of Belarus. Certain project activities have a regional focus and will also contribute to the promotion of green economy principles and ideas at the local level.
An integrated approach to the greening of the economy, based on a combination of activities on conducting a broad information campaign and implementing concrete demonstration and pilot projects, will allow for achieving sustainability of project results.
The project will be implemented in the national execution modality. The Ministry of Environment will act as the Executing Entity for the project and will be primarily responsible for general management of the project progress, effective utilization of the project resources, successful implementation of the project activities, sustainability of the achieved results, as well as reporting to the Belarusian government authorities.
UNDP will be responsible for the project delivery under the Contribution Agreement with the European Union. To achieve the aforementioned project outputs, UNDP will ensure necessary support and conditions for the implementation of the project by the Executing Entity.
For effective and timely project implementation in accordance with UNDP rules and procedures and taking into account consultations between UNDP, EU and the Ministry of Environment, a Project Team will be hired. The project team will comprise of the Project Manager, Thematic Coordinator for Initiatives, Public Relations Specialist, Administrative and Finance Specialist and two Procurement Specialists (six in total).
Duties and Responsibilities
Key function of the Administrative and Finance Assistant is to provide effective administrative and financial support services to the Project Team in accordance with respective UNDP and EU procedures to ensure successful implementation of the project with delivery of all the intended outcomes and outputs in accordance with the Project Document within the approved budget, including such duties and responsibilities as:
Ensure administration and implementation of operational strategies, adapt processes and procedures focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensure administration of budgets:
Provide accounting and administrative support to the project:
Implement HR services such as:
Other: Perform any other administrative and financial duties related to the project as requested by the Project Manager.
Required Skills and Experience