As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Pacific, Samoa has been heavily impacted by increasingly severe adverse weather events including cyclones and flooding. Given the topography of the country, these extreme events have caused significant river discharge that resulted in flooding of lowland areas. Recent tropical storms like Cyclone Evan caused floods resulting in serious health impacts and significant damage to both public and private assets. The ensuing damages have been estimated at US$ 200 million. Urban infrastructure has suffered considerably and is expected to further degrade as extreme weather events are becoming yet more frequent.
The objective of the Government of Samoa’s first-ever Green Climate Fund (GCF)-funded and UNDP-supported project Integrated Flood Management to Enhance Climate Resilience of the Vaisigano River Catchment in Samoa (VCP) is to strengthen the adaptive capacity and reduced exposure to extreme weather events of vulnerable communities, infrastructure, and the built environment in the Vaisigano River Catchment area. The project, which has a total volume of US$ 65.7 million (US$ 57.7 million from GCF, and US$ 8 million in co-financing from the Government of Samoa), is implemented by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) in collaboration with the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI) and Ministry of Health. The project duration is six years (2017-23).
The project represents the Government’s initial step in operationalizing a comprehensive flood management solution for the country. It has three major outputs:
In conjunction with Government co-financing leveraged for this project, GCF resources are used to address key technical issues including infrastructure, capacity and information based barriers to enhancing the effectiveness of flood management systems. The direct beneficiaries of the project include approximately 26,528 people in the Vaisigano river catchment area, and 37,000 people benefit indirectly.
While the VCP is a nationally implemented project, and a Project Management Unit (PMU) is in place within the MoF to provide day-to-day management and coordination of the project, the UNDP Multi-Country Office has a critical role to play in oversight, quality assurance and due diligence of the project. The oversight and assurance function is exercised by the Assistant Resident Representative (ARR) for Environment and Climate Change, the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) and the Resident Representative (RR) of the MCO, and the UNDP Regional Technical Specialist. At the same time, UNDP provides limited implementation support in the areas of human resources and procurement management, and manages three contracts for the provision of services under the project.
Given the complexities of the VCP and implementation delays as well as the high demands on the time of UNDP personnel, there is urgent need for a full-time dedicated officer to support the MCO team with this project. Therefore, UNDP is recruiting a Project Implementation Officer to temporarily support the MCO for a period of 12 months.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the ARR, Environment and Climate Change Resilience Unit, the Project Implementation Officer will coordinate the day-to-day requirements of the project from UNDP, provide briefing materials on the project as needed, and coordinate directly with the Implementing Partner and the PMU on project progress. S/he will keep UNDP MCO management abreast of any issues, and coordinate solutions. S/he will monitor the project activities, and bring any deviations from the agreed annual and multi-year work plans as well as the Funded Activity Agreement (FAA) signed between the GCF and UNDP to the attention of the ARR, senior management and the regional Technical Specialist.
In collaboration with the team of the VCP PMU, the Project Implementation Officer will provide support to the project as needed, and report on the use of funds, procurement of services and materials/equipment, and the recruitment of project personnel. S/he will be responsible for day-to-day management of procurement contracts concluded by UNDP on behalf of the project and ensure the timely delivery of quality outputs by the vendors, and timely payment of vendors.
In addition, s/he will draft project-related correspondence for UNDP senior management as required, and ensure that all project records and documentation are diligently filed.
The Project Implementation Officer will work in close collaboration with colleagues in the Environment and Climate Change team and Operations team as well as other teams in the UNDP MCO; staff in the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and the UNDP Global Shared Services Centre in Kuala Lumpur; and engage on daily basis with the GCF PMU and staff in the Government implementing agencies.
1. Keep UNDP management abreast of progress and any issues in the VCP, and provide advice, guidance and written inputs (briefing notes, official correspondence, reports, etc.):
2. Support the ARR, DRR, RR and Regional Technical Specialist in exercising UNDP’s oversight, due diligence and quality assurance role, by keeping track of and coordinating requirements:
3. Day to day management of UNDP’s project implementation support:
4. Contribute to innovation and effective knowledge management:
Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Building Strategic Partnerships:
Desired additional skills and competencies:
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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Contract Duration: Initial 12 months