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Project Manager (EU Support to Waste Management)
Job ID: 22831
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Practice Area - Job Family: Management - PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
- The Boko Haram insurgency erupted in 2009 resulting in the forced displacement of over 2 million people, acute food insecurity and nutrition concerns, and serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. Nine years after the eruption of the conflict, the problems still persist, with over 1.6 million IDPs and 8.5 million people needs emergency assistance in the three most heavily affected states in north-east region of Nigeria, namely Borno State, Adamawa State and Yobe State.
- The recent assessment reveals that local authorities are significantly overstretched by the increase in solid waste generation due to the influx of IDPs(ranging from 30 to 45 percent of pre-crisis solid waste volumes). Waste collection in camps was generally good and organized, but disposal by open burning is widespread where camps are not integrated into existing municipal waste management; thus, the host communities bear the burden of insufficient coverage in the respective states. Responding to those needs, UNDP Nigeria developed a project: “Sustainable Waste Management and Environmental Protection in Borno State” with the overall objective to strengthen post-conflict waste management and environment protection for longer-term resilience building and social stabilization of conflict-affected people and communities in Borno state. The project plans to implement a set of targeted interventions in the following two priority areas in Borno state, especially the communities in Maiduguri, Bama and Biu through:
- Restoration of sustainable quality basic services for waste management and hygiene: Provision of well-measured institutional capacity development training and incentive packages to the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA), Local Government Authorities, Community workers (community members designated to support maintenance of community infrastructure) and youths.
- Restoration of livelihoods and revitalization of local economic activity related to sustainable waste management: Revitalization of an inclusive environmentally-friendly, hygienic waste management practices and market-based skills development in target communities, especially for youth and women, to ensure access to sustainable employment opportunities, and emergence of environmental entrepreneurs.
- The EU Support to Sustainable Waste Management and Environmental Protection in Borno State is a holistic intervention that UNDP has developed to help conflict affected communities and their administrations tackle the environmental and health hazards caused by the vast accumulation of waste and debris brought about by the conflict while creating the skills and business opportunities for the emergence of green jobs, especially among youth and women, and a greener economy.
- The intervention is of the LRRD type (linking relief, rehabilitation and development) and heralds the EU effort to support the triple nexus existing between humanitarian, development and peace building interventions.
- During the first four months of implementation in 2018, UNDP dedicated its attention to the establishment and launch of the cash for work (CfW) activities in Maiduguri as well as procuring the necessary equipment, supplies and project management support services required by the inception. During the first Quarter of 2019, UNDP will dedicate itself to finetuning the design and developing the implementation strategy and M&E system for the various programme components.
Duties and Responsibilities
- The Project Manager is responsible for provision of technical advice and for the overall planning, management and implementation of the EU Support to Sustainable Waste Management and Environmental Protection in Borno State programme and the achievement of its results.
- The Project Manager will be responsible for UNDP Sub Office field implementation and support staff as well as working directly with project partners (implementing Partners and Government agencies).
- She/he sets strategic directions for the overall objective to strengthen post-conflict waste management and environment protection for longer-term resilience building and social stabilization of conflict-affected people and communities in Borno state.
- She/he will provide expertise and technical assistance, manages the project’s day-to-day activities and ensures proper management of financial and human resources of the Project.
- The key functions of this position will include but not limited to;
- Project management and implementation with solid quality assurance
- Oversee and manage the assigned project and sub-projects on day-to-day basis;
- Planning and management assuring quality delivery of the Resource and Results Framework of the project;
- Provision of Waste Management Expertise and Advisory Support
- Provide Livelihoods and Waste Management expertise and advisory support, including solid waste and debris management
- Provide support Joint Waste Management Mechanism
- Strategic Partnership, Resource Mobilization and Visibility
- Manage partnerships, resource mobilization and advocacy efforts;
- Promote strategic partnerships with EU and government;
- Raise visibility of project and support to knowledge management and knowledge sharing within the UN system on Sustainable Waste Management and Environmental Protection.
Oversee and Manage the Assigned Project and Sub-projects on Day-to-Day Basis.:
Under the direct supervision of Head of Sub-Office for North-East Region, the Project Manager will undertake the following tasks:
- The Project Manager is primarily responsible for strategic planning, project management, and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), assuring quality and timely delivery of the results of the Project. S/he will also manage the project team and lead the arrangement of procurement, human resources, and finance in liaise with the relevant Operation Units in UNDP Nigeria. This include:
- Be responsible for the timely and effective implementation of respective project activities;
- Lead the development of annual programme/project delivery targets, annual workplans, and guide the team to achieve the targets;
- Reporting and achievement of the project deliverables as outlined in the budget and work plan to Nigeria CO, EU, and the Steering Committee.
- Manage the project team (Field and Support) and ensure timely implementation, results –orientation and accountability for project results
- Set direction for the team including roles and responsibilities, accountability and reporting ensuring that the work of the team is conducted in accordance with UNDP’s relevant business processes and that high – quality outputs are delivered on time;
- Guide the project staff to perform project oversight, quality assurance, monitoring, reporting, field missions, audits, evaluations, formulations and project support services providing day-to-day guidance by enhancing team work within the project and with other Sub Office units;
- Undertake performance management of staff including establishment of annual results, on-going feedback and mid-term and final assessments in line with UNDP Rules and Regulations;
- Brief and consult with supervisors on project progress and provide information and advice as required to contribute to the Sub Office initiatives;
- Identify areas of improvement by applying best practices/lessons learnt using UNDP corporate monitoring tools and corporate reports;
- Manage project budgets and ensure timely and accurate reporting and undertake and supervise financial and administrative tasks including ATLAS transactions.
- Ensure close financial and procurement oversight and monitoring of all activities of the project in line with UNDP Rules and Regulations;
- Assist hiring processes for the expertise required for project needs: draft Terms of Reference for experts and other requested documentation related to the areas of the Project intervention, approve the progress against the experts’ working targets, monitor performance and report on results accordingly;
- Ensure effective oversight of partners and responsible parties’ inputs for project implementation;
- Lead monitoring and evaluation for the project and put mechanisms in place for proper and timely reporting to the country office and the donor;
- Lead quarterly review meetings and annual project reviews for the Progrmame Steering Committee by monitoring and reporting the progress of project implementation, assessing results and identifying areas of weaknesses to ensure the project achieves the planned results in accordance with relevant plans;
- Monitor and manage any strategic risks/issues facing the project; submit new risks/issues to the UNDP senior management for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks/issues by maintaining the Project Risks/Issues Log;
- Arrange an independent evaluation on all key project deliverables, as well as final product to ensure traceability of requirements, high quality and client acceptance.
Provide technical support and expertise for Joint Waste Management Mechanism and relevant project support technical groups:
Under the Project, the Joint Waste Management Mechanism will set up, which will serve as an interactive forum between the local communities including community-based organizations (CBOs) and government to enhance participatory planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and accountability of local waste initiatives. Within the framework of the Waste Management Committee and other relevant technical committee, the Project Manager will support the following:
- Works closely with BOSEPA, Ministry of Urban Planning (MUP), Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MRRR) and local community groups involved in the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of waste management initiatives in Maiduguri, Bama and Biu and at the community level.
- Supports the preparation, implementation and monitoring of public information and awareness raising campaign materials on waste management and environmental hygiene.
- Oversees the mobilization of community contributions and support in the implementation of waste management and hygiene related projects.
- Works closely and liaise with relevant state institutions on project implementation and reporting;
- Coordinates with community leaders including women and youth, faith-based leaders and other parties to foster closer collaboration in project implementation.
- Formulates policies on user fees for waste collection and disposal per household to ensure sustainability.
- Periodic technical, system and operational reviews.
- Establish and guide a technical committee with technical representatives and additional relevant partners to review progress and provide orientations on resource allocation decisions and targeting considering the volatile environment;
Promote Strategic Partnerships and Coordination:
The Project Manager will provide close collaboration and partnerships with the federal and Borno state government which is critical for the successful implementation and sustainability of the project. Strong partnership with the state government and its buy-in will ensure sustainability of the waste management services in the three target cities. This include:
- Establish a strong coordination mechanism with key partners, especially MRRR, BOSEPA and MUP, which will be established through joint programme planning and implementation processes to ensure that vital sequences and synergies will materialize;
- Collaborate with the three local government authorities in Maiduguri, Bama, and Biu and traditional structures which is essential to sustenance to effective and efficient waste management service delivery;
- Effectively work with these partners through the programme cycle;
- Create linkages with, and insure benefit from, ongoing resilience and humanitarian interventions in the target locations;
- Represent UNDP in the Inter-Sector working group, Early Recovery and Livelihoods Sector Working Group and Cash Working Group;
- Identify other platforms for information exchange and coordination where appropriate.
- Raise visibility of the project and lead communication efforts to publicize the project achievements
- Ensure donor visibility throughout the project implementation.
- Support to knowledge management and knowledge sharing within the UN system on Solid Waste Management, Livelihood, and Early Recovery.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN’s values and ethical standards.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
- Ability to lead strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting.
- Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects.
- Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations.
Management and Leadership:
- Demonstrates team-building capacity including interpersonal and communication skills and ability to cope with a difficult environment where formal institutions of government are at the embryonic stage.
- Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
- Deals diplomatically with challenging bureaucratic processes, and pressure to meet strict deadlines.
- Consistently, approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
- Ability to lead effectively, mentoring, as well as, conflict resolution skills.
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.
- Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.
- Capacity to work under pressure, manage stress and adapt to rapidly evolving situations.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of national counterparts.
- Waste. Knowledge of Waste Management concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
- Debris. Knowledge of Debris Management concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
- Health and Safety. Knowledge of Health and Safety best practices and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
- Damage. Knowledge of damage and loss concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
- Disaster Risk Management. Knowledge of disaster risk management concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
- Risks. Knowledge of risk governance concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
- Recovery Support and Implementation. Ability to support and implement mechanisms, processes, resources in response to disaster/crisis. Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
Required Skills and Experience
- Education: Master's Degree in Waste Management, Engineering, International Development, Public Health, Environment, Public Policy or other relevant Social Sciences, and other relevant science.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in programme development and project management in challenging environments.
- Minimum 2 years of experience in promoting early recovery or Humanitarian-Development nexus
- Solid Technical skills in the field of waste management, environment protection, or WASH
- Experience in project management in post-disaster/conflict context. Previous experience with UN agencies is an asset.
- Experience in promoting community driven development and sustainable livelihoods.
- Experience in partnership development with international and local NGOs.
- Experience in the delivery of CfW interventions.
- Experience in leading and managing a project team with strong leadership skills
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
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