NEW VACANCIES! GEF/UNEP Project on the review and updating of the NBSAP

GEF/UNEP Project on the review and updating of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP)
The Global Environment Facility, through the United Nations Environment Programme is providing financial support to the Government of Kenya to review and update Kenya’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). This assignment is expected to be implemented within a duration of twelve (12) months. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, State Department of Environment therefore intends to engage two (2) staff to coordinate the activities to be implemented during the assignment, these are:
1. THE NATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATOR (NPC)
The role of the NPC will be to oversee project implementation and liaison between the Steering Committee and Project Staff. The NPC will be critical in catalyzing inter-ministerial and broader stakeholder support towards the objectives of this project and liaising with counterparts in other ministries, regional/local governments.
The NPC’s administrative role will typically consist of regularly monitoring the progress of the Project, appraising the performance of National Consultants in collaboration with the Lead National Consultant, preparing recommendations to the steering committee and organizing workshops/consultation fora.
Specific responsibilities of the National Project Coordinator (NPC):
i. Overall management of the Project and Project Team (Project Assistant and National Consultants);
ii. To organize and convene Steering Committee meetings;
iii. To oversee the organization of national workshops and consultations;
iv. To guide the consultants in carrying out their assignments by facilitating interaction and contacts with government and other organizations and institutions;
v. To ensure a transparent and participatory approach is followed;
vi. To review project budget revisions and all other administrative arrangements required under government and UNEP procedures;
vii. Collaborate fully with UNEP in providing administrative inputs into the project and monitoring arrangements as per UNEP procedures;
viii. Prepare reports and recommendations to the project steering committee;
ix. Take all the steps necessary to ensure political commitment and support to obtain formal political approval of the NBSAP and its subsequent implementation; and
x. Prepare the groundwork to move from preparation to implementation.
Qualifications:
The National Project Coordinator should have the following qualities:
1. An advanced degree in the Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences or related disciplines;
2. Must have served for a minimum of 15 years in a senior management position in the field of Biodiversity Management;
3. He/she should have experience in biodiversity conservation, management and planning processes in the public sector;
4. Prior experience in the organization, coordination and management of workshops and familiarity with participatory methodologies;
5. Must have an excellent understanding of the strategic plan of the convention on biological diversity, the Aichi biodiversity targets, the relevant GEF operational strategy, the Sustainable Development Goals and key emerging issues in the field of biodiversity;
6. Experience in the coordination of stakeholder consultation activities;
7. Experience in working with government policy, regulatory or management institutions;
8. Experience in administration and management of personnel;
9. Experience in the organization and facilitation and management of workshops, retreats and stakeholder consultations;
10. Have excellent communication and writing skills; and
11. Basic Computer skills.
2. PROJECT ASSISTANT
The role of the Project Assistant will be to assist the National Project Coordinator in the implementation of the project.
Specific responsibilities of the Project Assistant:
i. The Project Assistant’s administrative role will consist of regularly monitoring the progress of the project, appraising the performance of national consultants in collaboration with the Lead National Consultant, preparing recommendations to the steering committee;
ii. Identifying and mobilizing relevant stakeholders including local communities to participate in the Project activities;
iii. Assisting the NPC to convene and facilitate steering committee meetings;
iv. Assisting the NPC to organize workshops, retreats and other stakeholder consultations;
v. Assisting project consultants in carrying out their assignments by facilitating interaction and contacts with government and other organizations and institutions;
vi. Preparing minutes of project steering committee meetings;
vii. Assisting the NPC and the Lead National Consultant in preparation of the project’s quarterly, biannual, annual and terminal reports.
Qualifications:
The Project Assistant should have the following qualities:
1. Have a Bachelor’s degree In Environmental Planning, Sociology, Economics, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences or related subjects.
2. He/she should have field experience in Project Management and Planning processes related to Biodiversity Conservation and/or Community Mobilization;
3. Excellent communication and writing skills;
4. Experience in the coordination of stakeholder consultation activities;
5. Project management/administrative experience;
6. Experience in the organization and facilitation of workshops;
7. Basic computer skills;
8. Experience in working with or mobilizing local communities will be an added advantage.
Interested and qualified persons are therefore requested to make their applications for the positions. Application letters, curriculum vitae together with certified copies of certificates should reach the office of the undersigned on or before 26th June, 2017:
Principal Secretary
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
State Department of Environment
P. O. Box 30126 – 00100
NAIROBI.
Or hand delivered to:
The State Department of Environment’s
Main Registry
13th Floor – NHIF Building
NAIROBI.