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.
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop interventions aimed at strengthening women’s leadership in the public sector and supporting the implementation of related policies;
  • Provide advice to the concerned ministriesand stakeholders in identifying research gaps and designing research in line with project aim and policies’ objectives
  • Lead and develop gender equality and women’s empowerment programs;
  • Develop strategies for the execution of programme activities in a timely manner;
  • Advise project partners, ministries and LGIs in the development and implementation of their gender equality action plans;
  • Under the Regional Project Manager guidance and based on stakeholder inputs, develop an advocacy strategy to share key policy messages;
  • Conduct an assessment on capacity-building initiatives to date and provide recommendations and lessons learned;
  • Develop a training/capacity development strategy for LGI representatives;
  • Provide advice to training institutions to ensure quality of training, including preparing TOR, reviewing technical proposals, and supporting monitoring and evaluation;
  • Contribute to build the relationship between the national counterparts, UNDP, MoWCA, DWA, DPHE and other stakeholders working on gender issues;
  • Serve as an advocate for UN core values on gender empowerment and gender equality in the dialogue with national counterparts and facilitate the practical implementation of this dialogue through project activities;
  • Facilitate and arrange dialogues, trainings and on gender issues in line with the Project Document and AWP;
  • Provide technical advice in identifying priorities issues on gender/women empowerment for quarterly and annual work plans and facilitate a timely and participatory work planning process;
  • Ensure achieving results against the project’s intended outputs and outcomes on gender issues quarterly and annually and provide monitoring and evaluation support;
  • Provide technical advice to strengthen partnerships and coordination with key stakeholders, including by facilitating communication and exchange of lessons learned and good practices;
  • Identify knowledge gaps among project staff, target groups and beneficiaries and suggest measures to address such gaps;
  • Share project results and products, lessons learned and good practices on women empowerment issues with project, government agencies, donors etc;
  • Prepare periodic progress reports on Project activities and presentations as required;
  • Provide necessary support to manage training programmes, conferences and workshop/seminars at national and local level;
Impact of Results The key results have an impact on the overall success of the project activities. Corporate Competencies:
  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity;
Functional Competencies: Management and Leadership
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
Personal and attitudinal requirements
  • Professionalism flexibility to make ad-hoc changes as and when the need arises; ability to perform under stress; willingness to keep flexible working hours;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and experience in working effectively in a multicultural environment;
  • Professionalism flexibility to make ad-hoc changes as and when the need arises; ability to perform under stress; willingness to keep flexible working hours;
  • Teamwork: ability to establish and maintain effective working relations as a team member, in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect;
  • Communications: excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Need creativity for graphics design and writing skills;
  • A team-player and self-starter, able to work with minimum supervision, with sound judgment;
Leadership and Self-Management
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Adaptation and application of knowledge;
  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
Education: Minimum Bachelor's Degree in social science especially gender studies, development studies or relevant discipline; Experience: The candidate should possess the following qualification to compete for the announced position:
  • At least 5 years of overall professional experience of working on women's empowerment in a development context;
  • Experience in working on gender equality issues particularly relating to women in decision-making/ leadership;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a programmatic context;
  • Extensive experience in research and policy-level analysis;
  • Demonstrated track record in the preparation and implementation of gender action plans
  • Familiarity with UNDP policies and procedures is an asset;
Language Requirements: Excellent written and oral communication in English, including excellent drafting and presentation skills. 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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