United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project Coordinator (The Mediterranean forum for Applied Ecosystem Based-management)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

The Environment Sustainability, DRR and Climate Change programme at UNDP Jordan Country Office runs a number of projects that support the country`s sustainable management of its natural resources, protect its environment and meet its international commitments towards UN environmental global conventions. These projects focus on support to the government of Jordan in relation to mitigation and adaptation to climate change, Biodiversity conservation and waste management. In addition, the Programme is engaged in a number of different regional initiatives that aim to achieve the sustainability agenda and work at ecosystem level.

The Mediterranean Forum for Applied Ecosystem Based-Management (MED4EBM) project is one of the regional initiatives that is intended to contribute to the preservation and sustainable development of Mediterranean coastal zones for the benefit of present and future generations by establishing effective ecosystem-based ICZM protocols. The project is funded by European Union, under the ENI CBC MED programme and is implemented over a period of 36 months.

The project is implemented in different sites in four countries including Aqaba, with UNDP Jordan as a lead partner and by five regional partners namely; Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan, Aqaba, Jordan; National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies, Tunisia; Tyre Coast Nature Reserve, Lebanon; PROGES - Planning and Development Consulting, Lazio, Italy and Association Friends of the Earth, Lazio, Italy

The Project assists ICZM actors in the four coastal areas to jointly develop and apply a common methodology to make ecosystem-based ICZM much easier to Design and implement. Institutional actors can thus easily establish ecosystem-based ICZM cross-border cooperation and Coordination platforms. Governments and other stakeholders can use these platforms to take informed decisions for establishing Ecosystem-Based governance protocols for coastal and marine resources. Institutions concerned with ICZM in the four Project’s target areas will also jointly undertake the spreading of the common methodology they have developed by establishing a joint regional Forum.

The project will bring benefits to a wide range of stakeholders concerned with the management of coastal and marine areas including; local authorities and institutions, scientific institutions and NGOs. The three-year project will also aim at better management and use of the various sets of coastal and marine resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Results and Impact

The ultimate Objective role of the Project Coordinator is to support the management, coordination and supervision of the implementation of the project`s activities in the four targeted coastal areas in Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Italy. The Project Coordinator will ensure effective and timely implementation of the project`s activities and provide administrative and required technical backstopping. The Project Coordinator will work in close cooperation with the ENI CBC MED office in Jordan and with the programme partners in Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Italy to coordinate activities and monitor the project`s implementation. The Project Coordinator will work under the overall supervision of the Team Leader of Environment, Climate Change and DRR pillar.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Coordinator to coordinate the implementation of MED4EBM project, and lead the following tasks:

  • planning and monitoring of the project`s activities, tracking of deliverables, management, progress, and final reports;

  • Monitor work progress according to the plan and schedule of the project;

  • Maintain the plan, produce reports against the plan, and provide revisions of the plan (if necessary);

  • Plan and control the expenditures, ensure adequate management of the resources provided for the project, and plan for the timely requests of the next pre-financing.

  • Organize management meetings for the Steering Committee;

  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, budget

  • Anticipate and manage project risk;

  • participate in documenting and disseminating lessons learned and best practices derived from the project activities;

  • Foster and establish links with other relevant programs within UNDP;

  • Ensure synergies and integration with other relevant interventions in the region.

  • Contribute to the promotion of project results and experiences through existing networks, programmes, international organisations in the Mediterranean region.

  • Supervise the implementation of the project visibility plan on the different levels, and to participate in relevant seminars, meetings and workshops.

  • Contribute to the identification of possible financing mechanisms to ensure the long lasting benefit of the project results geographically or temporally.

  • Mobilize the project team to execute the project activities of all work packages according to the project work plan, and within the allocated budget.

  • Update, review and monitor the implementation of the project work plan and budget in coordination with the project partners.

  • Facilitate the delivery and preparation of the project financial reports and expenditure verification by providing all required documentation, and by keeping the Finance Department updated and involved in the progress of the project implementation.

  • Submit regular narrative progress reports according to the agreed report format.

  • Facilitate the meetings/ workshops/ consultation sessions held with project stakeholders

  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Team leader of Environment, Climate Change and DRR pillar.




Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities

Communication and Relationship Management :

Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence & Finds common ground to solve problems

Delivery: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services.

Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done

Ability to embrace challenges with minimal supervision

Works to develop organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability

Planning and Organizing:

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required.


Apply & Adapt

Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in Environmental science, marine science, coastal zone management, sustainability, Biology or related fields. First university degree with additional relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


Professional experience of at least 10 years preferably in the field relevant to the management of national and /or International Cooperation projects

12 years of relevant experience if with a first university degree preferably in the field relevant to the management of national and /or international cooperation projects

Language Requirements:

Proficient in both written and oral English and Arabic




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