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The project “Integrated climate-resilient transboundary flood risk management in the Drin River basin in the Western Balkans (Drin FRM project)” is funded by the Adaptation Fund and implemented by UNDP in Albania, Montenegro and the North Macedonia. The Drin River Basin is a transboundary river basin in the Western Balkans, which is home to 1.6 Million people. Climate change has been increasing the frequency, intensity and impact of flooding in the basin. Historical flood data from the Western Balkans suggests a more frequent occurrence of flood events, attributed to an uneven distribution of precipitation and torrential rain, particularly over the last decade. More and larger areas and, therefore, a greater population numbers are being affected by flooding with a strong impact on national economies. Future climate scenarios project a further increase in the likelihood of floods as well as in their destructive nature. The Drin FRM project will enhance resilience of the DRB countries and communities to climate-induced flood risks. The project is contributing to the implementation of the Drin River Basin Strategic Action Programme on integrated resilient water resource management.

The objective of the project is to assist the riparian countries in the implementation of an integrated climate-resilient river basin flood risk management approach in order to improve their existing capacity to manage flood risk at regional, national and local levels and to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities in the Drin River Basin (DRB) to climate-induced floods. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Regional Project Manager (RPM) of the Drin FRM Project will be based in Tirana (Albania). The RPM’s prime responsibility will be to ensure that the project produces the results specified in the project document to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost. 

More specifically:

Coordinate overall management and implementation of the Project  for the achievement of project targets and results:

Liaises with the Project Board to assure the overall direction and integrity of the project in line with the decisions and recommendations of the Project Board; Plans the activities of the project in line with the approved project document and monitors progress against the project results framework and the approved annual workplan; reviews and appraises detailed project plans, including the multi-year work plan and ATLAS reports covering activity definition, updated risk log and the monitoring schedule plan; Mobilizes personnel, goods and services to initiative activities, including drafting terms of reference and work specifications, and overseeing all contractors’ work; Provides strategic guidance and management oversight to the project team, reviewing and clear on a regular basis progress reports from partners, deliverables, disbursements and budgets to ensure implementation is on track; Carries out regular follow-up and monitoring of implementation activities as well as regular monitoring and reporting on risks and mitigation measures.  Coordinates preparation and provide technical inputs and consult work-plans for implementation of the project in close consultation with key partners incl. UNDP Country Offices and the national governments involved as per the Project Documents. Implements the project monitoring plan/timetable, and update the plan as required; Manages requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, through advance of funds, direct payments or reimbursement using the fund authorization and certificate of expenditures; Monitors financial resources and accounting to ensure the accuracy and reliability of financial reports; Is responsible for preparing and submitting financial reports to UNDP on a quarterly basis; Manages and monitors the project risks initially identified and submit new risks to the project board for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks by maintaining the project risks log; Prepares the annual workplan for the following year; and update the Atlas Project Management module if external access is made available. Prepares the annual progress reports and submits the final report to the Project Board; Ensures the mid-term review process is undertaken as per the UNDP guidance, and submits the final MTR report to the Project Board. Identifies follow-on actions and submit them for consideration to the Project Board; Ensures the terminal evaluation process is undertaken as per the UNDP guidance, and submits the final TE report to the Project Board. Ensures timely and quality implementation of safeguards management measures, including tracking, assessing and managing social and environmental risks during the project implementation. Addresses project issues as raised and/discussed by the Project Board; Performs the financial reporting and control mechanisms; Shares relevant information on the project achievements with all interested parties; Ensures that all project deliverables have been produced satisfactorily and in accordance with the approved Annual Work Plan; Notifies operational completion of the project to the Project Board; Upon finalization of a project, ensures reimbursement of the remaining balance of funds deposited in the UNDP accounts for the project activities to the Donor or re-programming if so agreed with the Donor. Provides direction and guidance to the project team and the consultants; Secures any support and advice required for the management, planning and control of the project; Identifies sustainability and follow-on actions and submits them for consideration to the Project Board.

Technical guidance for the overall management of the Project:

Ensures a proportional approach, cohesion and coordination between different components of the project; Provides quality assurance of the technical work (reports) commissioned under the project; Provide direction and guidance to project team(s)/ responsible party (ies); Identify and obtain any support, technical expertise and advice required for the management, planning and control of the project; Supports the national project coordinators in managing delivery of the project results; Ensures good coordination and collaboration with suppliers, beneficiaries and key stakeholders and partners.

Providing expert knowledge to lead and contribute to the consolidation and positioning of outcomes and outputs of the Drin FRM Project: 

Lead development and implementation of the project’s communication and visibility measures/plan; Contribute relevant input to UNDP publications, presentations, websites, newsletters, and other outreach products as required; Organizes regional technical events and disseminates project technical findings, results while informing audiences about opportunities provided by the project; Participate in national and international fora and disseminate lessons learned; Ensure consistency between the various project elements and related activities provided or funded by other donor organizations; Collect and analyze lessons learned and best practices, and design replication strategies within the countries of work.

Partnership building, strategic advocacy and knowledge management:

Harness effective partnerships for the implementation of the project with national, regional and international institutional partners; Maintains regular contact with partners and enables regular coordination and exchange of information regarding project progress, between country offices and national counterparts in respective countries; Builds partnerships with relevant on-going initiatives; Organizes and provides leadership to various learning and knowledge exchange under the project; Ensures management and administrative requirements (technical, financial, communications, audits, evaluations, etc.) of the different partners/donors  are adhered to and coordinate preparation and submission of respective progress reports, as per requirements of the donors.   Provides quality assurance to project’s deliverables and knowledge management products; Effective communication, advocacy and dissemination of the Drin FRM project results and relevant knowledge products at international and national conferences and meetings, relevant fora and international processes. The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organisation.

Institutional Arrangement

The Regional Project Manager will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub Climate and DRR Team (IRH CDT). He/she will report to the Team Leader, Climate and Disater Resilience Team.  He/she will supervise National Coordinators (SCs), Project Finance/Admin Assistant (SC), and Technical Consultants (ICs) hired by the project.

Core Competencies:
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems  Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands  Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies: Project Management:   Ability to plan, organize, priorities and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals Partnerships Management:    Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies Communication:    Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement:    Data/ Analytics for early warning and crisis management Effectiveness:    Programmatic Risk Management and Analysis Effectiveness:   Project Quality Assurance Effectiveness:   Stakeholder Response Mechanism

Required Skills and Experience Education:

Master's degree in economy, governance, business administration, environmental studies, engineering or related disciplines.  Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master`s degree. Experience: Minimum 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in project / programme management.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local language/s of the Drin riparian countries (Albanian, Macedonian, Montenegrian) will be considered as an asset. 

Required Skills:

Prior experience in managing technical and administrative teams. Experience in developing partnerships with national and international partners.

Desired Skills:

Project/programme management experience in environment, natural resources management, climate change adaptation, integrated water resources management, disaster/flood risk management, infrastructure projects or other relevant fields is an asset. Experience managing projects of UN or other international organizations is an asset. Experience working in the region of Europe and Central Asia is desirable. Experience in development report, studies in the area of climate change adaptation, integrated water resources management, disaster/flood risk management, infrastructure development or other relevant field is desirable. Disclaimer   Applicant information about UNDP rosters
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