United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Livelihoods Officer (Kgalagadi & Ghanzi Drylands Ecosystems Project)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

The work of the Environment and Climate Change Portfolio is focused on supporting the Government of Botswana to realize its national priorities in environmental management focusing on managing the trade-off between income generation and environmental sustainability. The trade-offs between development and environmental sustainability are becoming more evident in the form of threats to fauna and flora, air pollution and water pollution. Ensuring that sustainable resource extraction levels are within the capacity of the environment to assimilate and regenerate is a key concern. Waste management which includes safe disposal and transformation of waste material into safe and reusable resources is an opportunity that the government is exploring. Incidents of Human-wildlife conflicts are on the rise, particularly where geographic proximity does not necessarily ensure formal access to benefits. Efforts at environmental management are hampered by a multiplicity of factors including weak coordination capacity, inadequate research and data production, inadequate follow-up on environmental assessments, weak cost-benefit Analysis of investments, and limited active engagement of citizens in environmental protection and management. The Environment and Climate Change Portfolio, through its various projects collaborates with Government through development of policies and implementation of pilot projects to deliver on the specific environmental management and climate change initiatives and the 2030 Agenda. The ECC Portfolio is aligned to the development objectives of the Botswana Vision 2036 and NDP 11 thematic area of Sustainable Environment and the SDGs: 1, 2, 7, 12, 13, 15 and 17. The Environment and Climate Change portfolio, amongst other projects includes the Kgalagadi Ghanzi Dryland Ecosystem Project which promotes an integrated landscape approach to managing Kgalagadi and Ghanzi drylands for ecosystem resilience, improved livelihoods and reduced conflicts between land uses (biodiversity conservation, economic and livelihood activities). Natural Resource Management in the Kgalagadi landscape is characterized by competition and conflict between conservation goals, economic development and the preservation of livelihoods. Home to large herds of ungulates and iconic predators, the landscape was dominated by low-density wildlife populations, with primarily hunter-gatherer livelihoods being practiced until borehole farming enabled cattle ranching a few decades ago. The consequent rangeland degradation and ecosystem fragmentation threatens wildlife and economic development. Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) — established to support wildlife-based economic activities and secure migratory corridors linking the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve — continue to be lost to livestock encroachment, because of delayed gazettement. Additionally, wildlife in the region is also under threat from poaching, wildlife poisoning and illegal wildlife trade (IWT). Stakeholders lack the planning tools, institutional coordination and operational capacities to balance competing needs and optimise environmental, social and economic outcomes. In particular, there is a need for: i) improved coordination in addressing poaching, wildlife poisoning and IWT; ii) enhancing capacity for improved rangeland management in the communal lands; iii) incentives for local communities to protect wildlife. The project will remove these barriers using the following strategies:
  • coordinating capacity for combating wildlife crime/trafficking and enforcement of wildlife policies and regulations at district, national and international levels (Component 1);

  • incentives and systems for wildlife protection by communities to increase financial returns from natural resources, reduce exploitation and prevent human-wildlife conflicts, thereby securing livelihoods and biodiversity in the Kalahari landscape (Component 2);

  • integrated landscape planning in the conservation areas and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices in communal lands to secure wildlife migratory corridors and increase productivity of rangelands, respectively, thereby reducing competition between land-uses and increasing ecosystem integrity of the Kalahari (Component 3); and

  • gender mainstreaming, knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) (Component 4).

Overview of position The Livelihoods Officer (LO) will form part of the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Kgalagadi and Ghanzi Drylands Ecosystems Project (KGDEP), working under and reporting to the Project Manager (PM). In close collaboration with the Gender and Communications Specialist, Finance and Administration Officer, Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), as well as the UNDP CO M&E Analyst, the LO will ensure that all livelihoods-related activities are effectively implemented and monitored. In addition, the LO will support the PMU to carry out its various project management-related responsibilities. Details on the roles and responsibilities of the LO are presented below. Duties and Responsibilities Project Implementation
  • Working together with the CTA, technical officers from relevant ministries and local authorities, the LO will be responsible for leading the technical implementation, as well as the technical quality control of all livelihoods-related work of KGDEP. The LO will, therefore, be required to provide sound technical advice to the PMU as the basis for implementing and coordinating community-level activities and interventions under the project.

  • Provide technical expertise and strategic guidance on all livelihoods-related, ensuring quality control of interventions, and supporting the Project Manager (PM) in the coordination of the implementation of planned activities under the project, as stipulated in the project document/work plan.

  • Ensure that livelihoods-related issues in the target area are considered during and/or mainstreamed into the planning and implementing of all project activities which may impact — positively or negatively — the success of the livelihoods introduced by the project.

  • Work directly with the Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) and NGOs (which are charged with guiding the implementation of community projects within the Ghanzi and Kgalagadi Districts), especially community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and ecotourism projects to:
    • consult with and assess the viability of proposed livelihoods, value chain and ecotourism projects (ventures) for communities in the KGDEP target areas;

    • oversee the process for the identification of alternative ventures for communities in the KGDEP target areas (if necessary);

    • develop detailed and accurate budgets for the implementation of viable ventures;

    • assess the status of community governance structures for the uptake of proposed or recommended ventures, and recommend remedial processes for the functionality of the structures, or recommend alternative ways of effective community engagement in administering of viable ventures;

    • responsible for identifying working models for the implementation of ventures at the community trust level and identify and work closely with champions within each beneficiary community to ensure ownership and long-term sustainability of the ventures;

    • advise on the sustainability of proposed ventures (both long-term and short-term) before the KGDEP can invest into such activities;

    • ensure all sectors of the community are involved, especially women and other vulnerable groups (such as youth); and

    • ensure that gender-related matters are mainstreamed into the project interventions, as per the KGDEP’s Gender Mainstreaming Strategy.

  • Liaise with project partners, donor organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other groups to ensure effective coordination of livelihood-related project activities.

  • Work directly with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), local government and NGOs in project target communities to operationalize livelihood ventures and supply chains identified through the project.

  • In consultation with the United Nations Development Programme Country Office (UNDP CO), and CTA, identify and pursue opportunities — including funding sources and complementary initiatives — for the consolidation and upscaling of the project’s livelihood activities to support long-term sustainability.

Project management and monitoring
  • Provide hands-on support to the PM, staff and other government counterparts in the areas of project management and planning, implementation and monitoring of activities, as well as impact assessment.

  • Assist the PM in the preparation and revision of the Annual Work Plans (AWPs) — with specific technical contributions to livelihood activities under Component 2 in particular.

  • Ensure that data and information generated through the implementation of the project’s livelihood-related interventions are collected and collated as part of project monitoring activities.

  • Provide livelihood-specific Technical Support to the PM for the refinement of the project’s M&E Strategy, with a focus on impact indicators, means of verification and risk identification and mitigation.

  • Assist the PM in adjusting the project’s Results Framework, as required, and in line with corporate requirements.

  • Assist in the development and finalization of Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the consultancies and studies planned in the AWP.

  • Assist in the procurement process, including selection and recruitment, for the advertised positions to ensure that suitable candidates are identified and hired without delay.

  • Assist in the coordination of all work done by consultants on the project’s livelihood aspects and provide quality assurance for the final products — including ensuring timely delivery of expected outputs, and effective synergies among activities.

  • Assist the PM in the drafting of Project Implementation Reports (PIRs) and Annual Project Reports (APRs), technical and status reports for submission to the Implementing Partners (IPs), and Project Steering Committee (PSC) and UNDP-GEF as required.

  • Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports on all work related to livelihoods interventions.

  • Prepare a final report on livelihoods interventions at project termination.

  • Document lessons learned from the implementation of livelihood-related activities and make recommendations to the PSC for more effective implementation and coordination of ongoing activities.

  • Assist the PMU in undertaking all knowledge-management, communications and awareness-raising activities.

  • Together with the M&E, Gender and Communications Officer, and CTA, identify the opportunities and avenues for the development of technical publications, and contribute to the generation, and quality control, of the publications.

  • Assist the PM with the preparation of material for PSC and Technical Reference Group (TRG) meetings, including reports and presentations.

  • Contribute to the generation of online content — including social media and blog posts — on the project for sharing via UNDP Botswana’s website and social media pages.

Competencies The LO will require substantial training and experience in CBNRM in Botswana (experience in the Kgalagadi and/or Ghanzi Districts will be an added advantage), natural resource-based livelihood practices, sustainable land management and/or conservation. In addition to experience working with communities, CSOs, government staff, local government authorities, NGOs and research or private institutions, the LO should also have extensive experience with technical support to project development, implementation and management. Prior involvement in implementing UNDP/GEF funded projects in the region would be an advantage. In summary, the LO should possess the competencies listed below. Corporate
  • Proven ability to plan, organise and effectively implement activities.

  • Ability to coordinate and work in teams, as well as in complex environments.

  • Proven experience in participatory processes, and in facilitating dialogue between government, development partners, the private sector and civil society.

  • Strong communication and advocacy skills.

  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills.

  • A good understanding of the social and environmental dynamics in Botswana, particularly in the Kgalagadi and Ghanzi districts.

  • Understanding of UNDP/GEF functioning and reporting procedures.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and related communications software.

  • Fluency in written and spoken Setswana and English.

  • Willingness to undertake fieldwork in/travel to remote areas of the Kgalagadi and Ghanzi Districts.

  • Expertise and proven experience in CBNRM or natural resources management, including rangeland and livestock management.

  • Experience in the implementation and management of livelihood activities at the community level.

  • Strong research and analysis skills.

  • Familiarity with Multilateral Environmental Conventions, especially the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

  • Substantive knowledge of UNDP/GEF programming tools for planning, monitoring, and general knowledge of the UNDP Practice Areas, particularly Environment.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s degree in CBNRM, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Agriculture or a related field.

  • Experience in research, project planning, implementation, M&E coupled with vast knowledge and experience in institutional capacity building.

  • A least five (5) years of post-graduate professional experience in natural resource management (preferably community based), with knowledge of the developing world including Southern Africa, preferably Botswana.

  • Thorough understanding of livelihood planning and management, value chain development as well as wildlife and biodiversity conservation issues, including environmental policies and governance systems, are desirable.

  • A good understanding of the social and environmental dynamics in Botswana, particularly in the Kgalagadi and Ghanzi districts.

Disclaimer Women are strongly encouraged to apply. The selection process will be fair and transparent.
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