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Closed National Project Coordinator Job Opportunity

National Project Coordinator

Closure Date : 26/Oct/2018, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Kenya
Job Type : Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Primary Location : Kenya-Nairobi
Duration: 11 months (renewable for the duration of GCP/KEN/90/GFF)

Organizational Setting

The post is located in the FAO representation in Kenya
The GEF Secretariat has approved the Kenya project GCP/KEN/090/GFF on “Restoration of arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of Kenya through bio-enterprise development and other incentives under The Restoration Initiative” under the Global GEF thematic programme (The Restoration Initiative-TRI) with FAO as the Executing Agency and the Ministry Environment and Mineral Resources (MENR) as Executing partners. The overall objective is to restore deforested and degraded lands through the FLR approach and enhance the socioeconomic development of local communities through the development of bio-enterprises of Non-Timber Forest Products and Services (NTFPS) in ASALs. The project strategy is built around four components: (i) Policy development and integration aims to build the gap from the FLR policy to a strategy, and to support the decentralization of FLR policy and the development of a NFTPS policy; (ii) the implementation of FLR actions in two specific landscapes and the development of NTFPS bio-enterprises, and includes an assessment of ecosystem services on project sites; (iii) strengthening capacity of counties and communities to implement and coordinate FLR; and (iv) knowledge management and monitoring on FLR in Kenya, as well as knowledge sharing with other TRI projects. The overall goal of the GEF project is to reduce the overall proportion of degraded land by 20% in the areas covered by the project.
The GEF project will be implemented in the following two specific landscapes: i) the Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve in Marsabit county, a UNESCO Man-and-the-Biosphere reserve due to its unique and varied ecosystems; and ii) the Mukogodo forest and landscape in Laikipia and Isiolo counties, which have high biodiversity, in particular wildlife of touristic interest. Both forests are key water towers for Kenya and are threatened by deforestation, while their surrounded landscape are threaten by land degradation and their biodiverse natural resources are under strong pressure.
Summary of institutional set up of the project GCP/KEN/090/GFF :
GEF Agency:
FAO will ensure the overall management and financial execution in accordance with rules and procedures of GEF and FAO. FAO will also provide technical guidance and ensure coordination and linkage with the global TRI programme.
Project implementation: The Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MENR) will be the institutional anchor of the project and the Kenyan Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) will play a lead role in the execution of project activities as well as day-to-day monitoring.
Project Management Unit (PMU):
The PMU will be established within the KEFRI and will act as Secretary for the National Project Steering Committee. It will be responsible for the daily management of the project and ensure effective implementation in close collaboration with relevant Ministries and technical partners. The PMU will include:
  • A full-time National Project Coordinator (NPC), with a restoration background;
  • A full-time National technical assistant, with a business development and/or a bio-enterprise background;
  • A part-time Monitoring and Evaluation expert;
  • A Financial Manager; and
  • A Local Technician based in Gatab.
Project Steering Committee (PSC): The PSC will have the role of overseeing and coordinating the project’s planning and implementation. It will review project progress and achievement of planned results, advise on issues and problems arising during project implementation and facilitate cooperation between all project partners and other relevant programmes in the country. It will be chaired by the MENR and will be comprised of representatives of the following institutions (TBC): FAO, KEFRI, Kenya Forest Services (KFS), IUCN, Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT), National Museums of Kenya (NMK), the three county governments, the GEF focal point and civil society.

Reporting Lines
The National Project Coordinator will be under the overall administrative leadership and supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya (Budget Holder), under the technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer in the FLRM team at FAO Headquarters, the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and in close collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the Natural Resource Management Officer in FAO Kenya office, the National Project Coordinator (NPC)
Technical Focus
Working in close collaboration with other consultants and will be in charge of daily project management and technical supervision, including:

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Coordinate and closely monitoring the implementation of project activities;
  • Ensure that latest and best international practices and approaches are reflected in the design and planning of project activities, including the implementation of FPIC;
  • Manage PMU and of the project on a daily basis;
  • Develop TORs for project consultants and Letters of Agreement for implementing partners as per the FAO guidelines and regulations
  • Coordinate with related initiatives;
  • Ensure a high level of collaboration among participating institutions and organizations at the national and local levels;
  • Coordinate project interventions with other ongoing activities, especially those of co-financers and other GEF projects;
  • Track the project’s progress and ensuring timely delivery of inputs and outputs;
  • Support the CTA in implementing and managing the project’s monitoring and communications plans;
  • Organize annual project workshops and meetings to monitor progress and preparing the AWP/B;
  • Submit the PPR with the AWP/B to the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and FAO;
  • Act as Secretary of the PSC;
  • Prepare the PIR In cooperation with the CTA, and support the organization of the mid-term evaluation/review and final evaluation;
  • Identify expenses and disbursements that should be requested to FAO for the timely execution of the project, under FAO rules and procedures and in conformity with this project document and the AWP/B
  • Monitor, provide technical support and assess the reports and outputs of the project’s national consultants (financed by GEF funds);
  • Promote the project and its outputs and findings on a national, and where appropriate, regional and global stage under the Global TRI umbrella programme;
  • Ensure the project delivers on the relevant GEF focal area objectives
  • Undertake any other tasks assigned or relevant in support of efficient implementation of the project

Minimum Requirements

  • Masters degree related to natural resources management, forestry or landscape restoration;
  • Minimum 4 years of experience working in forest and landscape restoration, preferably in arid or semi-arid lands;
  • Working knowledge of English
  • National of Kenya
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

    Technical/Functional Skills.
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in the Africa region, is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge and field experience in a technical area of assignment listed
  • Extent and relevance of experience in analysing problems and developing effective, practical solutions
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge in the implementation of international standards related to pertinent field of expertise
  • Extent and relevance of experience in resource mobilization, programme formulation, implementation and monitoring in the pertinent field of expertise
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge and understanding of the work of international organizations, regional entities and national governments
  • Extent and relevance of experience in drafting quality written materials for a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to organize and conduct meetings, conferences and workshops when applicable
  • At least 5 years of experience working in Kenya’s ASALs;
  • At least 5 years of experience working with communities, group ranches and conservancies of Kenya;

Selection Criteria

  • Good knowledge of administration functions.
  • Experience in working with UN bodies and/an international development or humanitarian organization.
  • Computer proficiency and especially data collection applications.
  • Good judgment and ability to organize office work and prepare correspondence on own initiative.
  • Willingness to work as a team member and attention to detail.
  • Solid experience in project management, including results-based management and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Previous experience working with international partners on related issues;
Strong report-writing skills in English.
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