Project Manager

Location : Tbilisi
Application Deadline :03/07/2011
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB4-Quartile 1
Languages Required :
English, Georgian
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months, with possibility of extension

Background

The Project focuses on the rehabilitation of the most damaged forest cover  (about 80 ha) and functions in a pilot area (village Daba) within some  1,000 ha of burned forest in Borjomi (Daba and Tsagveri). This will, to some extent, ameliorate the threat to the villages from floods, landslides and mud slips. The silt load of the rivers will be reduced for downstream users.  Along with the rehabilitation of forest cover, the project envisages a baseline ecological study and monitoring of the recovery process accompanied by training and capacity building.

During the project implementation, the dissemination of successful results and experiences of the restoration work for replication elsewhere in the region will be achieved.  The emphasis in this replication would be on practical and useful lessons for applying land restoration techniques. To this end the project immediate objectives are as follows:

  • Capacity development of decision makers, scientists, technicians and workers in monitoring ecological processes and ecosystem restoration techniques
  • Demonstration of restoration techniques and monitoring of restored ecosystems within a pilot area (Daba village: about 400 ha) of 1000-ha damaged forest ecosystems in Borjomi region
  • Rising of public awareness on the causes and implications of land degradation

The fourth immediate objective is:

  • Improving livelihoods of local population of the affected area via creation of short term employment opportunities and renewed access to healthy forest ecosystem

which is a cross-cutting issue to be addressed in several activities of the project, by involving, as much as possible, local community representatives in the project actions  to increase their capacities and provide opportunities for the target communities to witness the benefits of forest restoration efforts for their own livelihoods and their community. The project is directly implemented by UNDP Country Office in Georgia with the financial support of Government of Finland.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under direct supervision of the Energy and Environment Team Leader, the Project Manager's responsibilities are as follows:

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Responsibility for day-to-day management and decision-making for the project and supervision of the Project Team;
  • Authority to run the project on a day-to-day basis on behalf of the Project Board and within the constraints laid down by the Board.
  • Primary responsibility is 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. 

1. Ensures effective management of the project and supervision of the project team focusing on achieving the following results: 

  • Manage the realization of project outputs through activities according to the approved project work plan through:
  1. Effective application of results-based management tools, establishment of benchmarks, indicators and targets and, monitoring and reporting of achievement of results.
  2. Planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the project, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.
  3. Day-to-day management and supervision of the project ensuring that the expected outputs are completed on time and they comply with specific project criteria and requirements;
  4. Mobilize goods and services to initiative activities, including drafting TORs and work specifications for experts and lead experts' recruitment processes, oversee procurement processes and technical evaluations;
  5. Monitor events as determined in the Monitoring & Evaluation Plan, and update the plan as required;
  6. Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, such as requests for direct payments;
  7. Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports;
  • Provide direction and guidance to project team and responsible parties through:
  1. Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues;
  2. Identification and synthesis of the best practices and lessons learned directly linked to the project;
  3. Preparation of technical, policy and briefing papers as requested by the national counterparts and UNDP CO management.
  • Liaise with the Project Board or its appointed Project Assurance roles to assure the overall direction and integrity of the project;
  • Identify and obtain any support and advice required for the management, planning and control of the project;
  • Liaise with any suppliers;

2. In addition, specific tasks and responsibilities of the proposed assignment include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plan the activities of the project and monitor progress against the initial quality criteria through:
  • Manage and monitor the project risks as initially identified in the Project Brief appraised by the LPAC, 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;
  • Be responsible for managing issues and requests for change by maintaining an Issues Log.
  • Prepare the Project Progress Reports, Annual Review and Final Review (progress against planned activities, update on Risks and Issues, expenditures) and submit the report to the Project Board and Project Assurance on a regular basis;
  • Based on the review, prepare the Annual Work Plans and Quarterly Plans, if required.
  • Knowledge sharing on project-related and/or protected areas related issues with UNDP and project staff, national counterparts and communities of practice.
  • Contribution to knowledge networks.
  • Performing liaison function between project office and UNDP;
  • Ensuring visibility of project results, and of all relevant partners, in line with UNDP;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies:

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets
  • Good ICT skills

Management and Leadership

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Required Skills and Experience

Education: At least Master's Degree or equivalent from accredited Universities/colleges in Natural resources management, forestry, environmental economics, agriculture or other related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in managing programmes/projects in sustainable forest management, natural resource management, sustainable land management, sustainable agriculture or other related areas
  • Experience in managing projects funded by international organizations
  • Knowledge of Georgia's Forestry sector and/or Georgia's biodiversity
  • Familiarity with key stakeholders in the area of forest management, including donor community and relevant NGOS is a strong asset
  • Good analytical, interpersonal and training/facilitation skills
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems
  • Good writing, oral, communications and presentation skills

Language Requirements:  Fluency in English and Georgian.

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