Project Coordinator for Varirata National Park

Location : Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Application Deadline :30-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :100 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :Oct 2019 to 30 June 2020


The Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implements the “Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the National System of Protected Areas” project. The technical assistance support CEPA’s systems and capacity for the effective management of a Protected Area system which is demonstrated through the improved management of the Varirata National Park a and the promotion of conservation in a larger landscape in Sogeri Plateau. In support of government’s priority to promote Varirata as the destination for tourism, bushwalking and birdwatching within Port Moresby. UNDP/GEF project as of June 2019 deployed ten (10) National United Nations Volunteer as community rangers for the Varirata National Park to enforce the rules of the Park to improve its management as well as to minimize security issues in the area that will in turn encourage more visitors. The CEPA has engaged with the JICA Project for interventions in the Park and the JICA Project has constructed some infrastructure that could be used in order to accommodate the Rangers’ Lodge, as part of these ToRs.

This construction work is part of a bigger initiative to upgrade the facilities in the Park to further support a more sustainable operations for the country’s first and flagship National Park

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the GEF/UNDP Technical Specialist and direct supervision of the GEF5 Project Manager, the consultant will work with officials from CEPA, UNDP, and other key stakeholders to support the construction of the VNP Rangers’ Lodge.


The Consultants will be required to undertake the following specific tasks:

  • • Plan for the construction of the Rangers’ Lodge in the National Park;
  • • Prepare the conceptual design and drawings, identification of design parameters, analysis of functional/special needs and recommend alternative solutions;
  • • Preparation of project plan, project schedule, scope of work including drawings to complete a detailed costed bill of quantity;
  • • Prepare bid tender documents jointly with UNDP and CEPA to ensure their accuracy and applicability;
  • • Participate in pre-bid meetings, site visits and responding to technical queries during bidding process and ensure that all biding documents are compiled with UNDP standard and regulation;
  • • Support the selection of contractor in close consultation with the UNDP Procurement Team;
  • • Oversee the on-site construction works to include the conduct of on-site observations during all phases of the major and proposed alteration or improvement in the project through adequate contract management arrangements to ensure the contractors' compliance with their contractual obligations;
  • • Regularly check the Contractor’s works and notify the Contractor of any defects found with regards to the quality of the workmanship or materials and equipment incorporated in the project, including those found in performing the required sampling and testing;
  • • Regularly track Contractor’s performance and review/verify payment requests with respect to deliverables and compliance to their contract;
  • • Establish quality maintenance and service standards for the Rangers’ Lodge;
  • • Provide regular updates on the status of this project to include briefing papers or ad-hoc reports to UNDP, CEPA and other key stakeholders on the various stages of the planning design, construction and other aspects of this project;
  • • Liaise and coordinate with focal persons for relevant stakeholders including targeted communities for smooth and timely implementation of the project activities as necessary.
  • Perform such other related duties as may be assigned by the UNDP GEF5 Project Manager.


• Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards;
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; and treats all people fairly without fear or favour.
• Experience in supervising construction and refurbishment projects and strong understanding of engineering technical specifications;
• Competent in general conditions of contract for construction, earthwork and mechanical works;
• Competent in construction supervision, contractual management, resolving site problems, quality maintenance, quality assurance, financial control, progress monitoring, communication and documentation;
• Sound knowledge of construction works within a protected or environment sensitive area acquired by practice based on previous experience;
• Demonstrates commitment to clients and quality;
• Works to agreed goals dealing with challenges constructively and anticipates obstacles and applies practical solutions.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and experience
• At least a degree in Civil Engineering or Architecture or related field from an accredited university;
• At least eight (8) years of practical experience on projects of similar nature;
• With at least two (2) years’ experience of working with donor and development partners in the conception, design and delivery of construction project
• PNG or international engineering membership or registration an advantage

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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