Job Description

Climate change, manifesting in the form of intensified cyclones, storm surges, and sea-level rise (SLR), is accelerating saltwater intrusion into the fresh water resources of the coastal belt of Bangladesh. Climate change-induced soil and water salinity is projected to adversely impact freshwater dependent agricultural livelihoods (leading to loss of productivity or livelihoods) as well as the availability and quality of drinking water in the vulnerable coastal communities. Furthermore, given the crucial role that women play in water security and household level resilience, and their socio-economic marginalization, the climate change-induced threat to agricultural livelihoods and drinking water security of the affected coastal communities disproportionately affects women and girls. Therefore, the key objective of the proposed project is to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in strengthening the adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with impacts of climate change-induced salinity on their livelihoods and water security. GCF resources will be combined with GoB co-financing to address information, technical, financial and institutional barriers to implementing and managing resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions for the vulnerable communities in the Southwestern coastal districts of Khulna and Satkhira. An estimated 719,229 people (about 245,516 direct and 473,713 indirect) will benefit from the proposed project interventions. The proposed project will empower target communities, especially women, as ‘change-agents’ to plan, implement, and manage resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions. The project will enable those communities to address climate change risks on livelihood and drinking water security to promote synergistic co-benefits. It will enhance the adaptive capacities of these communities in the face of worsening impacts of climate-change induced salinity on their freshwater resources which in turn adversely affect livelihood and drinking water requirements. GCF resources will be invested in promoting a diversification from currently non-adaptive, freshwater-reliant livelihoods of small-scale farmers, fishers, and agro-labourers towards climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods. GoB co-financing is leveraged to support adoption and scale of these alternative, climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods through strengthened value-chains and market linkages for their long-term viability in the face of increasing salinity and extreme weather. The project also utilizes GCF and GoB resources to support investments in and management of climate-resilient drinking water solutions to secure year-round, safe drinking water supplies for the targeted communities. Access to reliable, safe drinking water enables the communities, especially women and girls in targeted households, to invest the resulting time and cost savings and health co-benefits in enhanced livelihoods and income generating and/or educational opportunities. In turn, the enhanced incomes and livelihoods will enable the communities to sustain the investments in the drinking water supply solutions in the long-term. Finally, through investments in institutional capacities, knowledge dissemination and evidence-based learning, the project will enable pathways for replication and scale of project impact to secure livelihoods and drinking water across the vulnerable districts of the southwest coast of Bangladesh. The project yields significant environmental, social (including gender), and economic co-benefits including enhanced integrity of coastal ecosystems and freshwater resources; improved gender norms and women empowerment; and increased income and health benefits, estimated at USD15 million and USD4 million respectively over the project lifetime. The project contributes towards GoB’s achievement of priorities outlined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and its climate change strategies. The project objective speaks to the top five key near-term areas of intervention identified by the INDC to address adverse impacts of climate change including: 1) Food security, livelihood and health protection (incl. water security); 2) Comprehensive disaster management, 3) Coastal Zone Management, including Salinity Intrusion control, 4) Flood Control and Erosion protection, 5) Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure. Directly aligned to six of the fourteen broad adaptation actions prioritized by INDC, the project is implementing improved EWS, supporting climate resilient infrastructure, Tropical cyclones and storm surge protection, stress-tolerant variety improvement and cultivation, and Capacity Building at Individual and institutional level to plan and implement adaptation programmes and projects. Adaptive Livelihood Expert will work under the direct supervision of Project Manager and Project Coordinator.  The Adaptive Livelihood Expert will work on Adaptive Learning Plan’ (under Output 3), in close collaboration with the project management unit and Office Operational units as well as wide range of related stakeholder. Provides advice on Policies, Strategy, and Planning:
  • Provide strategic technical leadership in developing livelihood sector strategies, implementation plans, monitoring plans and knowledge products;
  • Provide advice and inputs in strengthening program staff capacity in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of livelihood activities as well as other components of the program as required;
  • Suggest approaches to enhance the quality of existing livelihoods programs, drawing on local best practice;
  • Develop community-driven adaptation strategies and adoption of technologies resistant to changing environmental conditions;
  • Provide technical support during project implementation to ensure the projects meet or supersede established standards and targets;
  • Involve and capacitate government authorities/implementing partners to conduct comprehensive needs assessment/s for short and medium term, emphasize on the livelihood needs of communities affected;
  • Ensure need assessment/s are conducted in a truly participatory and consultative manner
  • Involve local government authorities/implementing agencies in developing targeting mechanism and guidelines for beneficiary selection;
  • Contribute and be responsible for elaborating technical guidelines and development tools for rapid livelihood recovery following disaster emergency;
  • Assist the local government/implementing partners in the elaboration of project documentation to guarantee a timely acceptable and financially sound livelihood assistance programme;
  • Develop plan of action to ensure timely and effective delivery of livelihood/economic recovery support; assign roles and responsibilities among partners and other stakeholders;
  • Organize and manage consultative meetings with relevant government agencies/departments, NGO’s and other relevant stakeholders to finalize action plans to ensure effective delivery of livelihood support’;
  • Follow effective monitoring mechanism for livelihood related support delivery progress mapping;
  • Assist project coordinator and regional project manager and M&E Specialist to better supervise field monitoring personnel and team;
  • Conceptualize, develop, coordinate and help implement innovative gender and youth strategies;
  • Provide technical expertise to ensure adequate youth and gender integration in programs;
  • Provide technical advice and assistance on mainstreaming gender issues into project objectives;
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of internal systems and mechanisms for documentation and sharing and incorporation of lessons learned across the program;
  • Reviews and keeps updated in GCF policies and practices in the fields of livelihood, and ensures an active information flow for better practices;
  • Coordinate the identification and dissemination of best practices and new technical strategies and approaches;
  • Identify technical gaps in knowledge and skills among staff and partners and develop capacity;
  • Organize and deliver training courses and/or arranges for the delivery of training programs aimed at staff and partners including government and NGO staff;
  • Any other duties as assigned by the project coordinator or in the changing circumstances;
Impact of Results The key results have an impact on the overall success of the project activities. Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Integration in a multidisciplinary environment;
Functional Competencies: Management and Leadership
  • Work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Provide inspiration and leadership to project staff as well as all the partners;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Developing and implementing conceptually innovative approaches to the provision of technical expertise;
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Capacity to engage in team-based management, experience of leading workshops and being a resource person;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to oversee timely project implementation and provide the necessary trouble shooting to keep project implementation on schedule;
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes a knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Excellent communication and skills(oral & written);
  • Respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff;
  • Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners;
Education: Master's Degree in Climate Change/Community Livelihood Adaptation/coastal management/Environmental Science/ Environmental economics/ social science/ development studies/agriculture/fisheries or other related field; Experience: The candidate should possess the following qualification to compete for the announced position:
  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience in adaptive livelihood is required;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in reducing vulnerability to climate change programs and projects.
  • Working experience in government ministries/ departments and UN / international organizations;
  • Knowledge on global good practices in resilient technologies especially in rural housing in developing countries;
  • Extensive experience in projects promoting livelihood interventions;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and background in community mobilization and engagement;
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and background in community mobilization and engagement;
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate;
Language Requirements: Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Important applicant information All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment. Applicant information about UNDP rosters Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements. Workforce diversity UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Scam warning The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Note: UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and people living 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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