Project Coordinator (Global Diversity Framework Early Action Support)/ NPSA 8

  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Gender and Diversity, Project Management
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Project Description 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, and with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), are implementing the Global Biodiversity Framework Early Action Support (GBF-EAS) Project. The main project objective is to fast-track readiness and early actions to implement the post-2020 GBF by providing financial and technical support to 138 countries, including Trinidad and Tobago.

Through this project CBD Parties will take early action on the post-2020 GBF with a focus on four components: 1) rapid review of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) for alignment with the post-2020 GBF; 2) assessment of monitoring systems; 3) policy and institutional alignment and review of policies for coherence with the GBF; and 4) biodiversity finance activities. Financial and technical support is being provided through two pathways: first, grants from the GEF to eligible Parties; and second, a globally coordinated technical support service. An inclusive, whole of government and society approach will be followed during this process that strives to account for gender equity, and the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and youth.

Activities under each component include:

Component 1: Alignment of NBSAPs and/or national biodiversity targets with the GBF

Trinidad and Tobago will conduct a review of key thematic areas in the NBSAP to determine coherence between national targets and actions with the GBF. The country will further review and update national targets to align with the GBS and relevant SDGs and be operational. The outputs of Component 1 will result in the development of recommendations and guidelines to inform the subsequent updating of the NBSAP in line with the GBF via an inclusive whole-of-government approach.

Component 2: Assessment of national monitoring systems and development of monitoring action plans

Gaps will be assessed in existing data, institutional alignment, and frameworks on biodiversity and on the elements of the targets and indicators of the NBSAP. Plans for strengthening institutional alignment to respond to the updated national targets, GBF and its monitoring framework will be developed, along with an initial costing of monitoring systems and sequencing of investment support to fill the monitoring gaps.

Component 3: Policy and institutional alignment and review for achieving coherence with the GBF

The extent to which institutions, processes, legal frameworks, and policies are in alignment with, and effectively designed to deliver on, the new GBF will be reviewed, and opportunities and steps required for policy alignment and coherence across nature, climate and sustainable development commitments will be identified. Prioritised sets of actions to fill institutional gaps will be developed to advance the country towards policy coherence taking a whole-of-government approach.

A Policy and Institutional Review to analyse current policies, institutions and existing finance mechanisms and tools associated with biodiversity, based on the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Methodology, will be developed.

Component 4: Biodiversity finance-related activities

A preliminary biodiversity expenditure review will be conducted, assessing spending related to biodiversity across all sectors. The cost of GBF-aligned NBSAP implementation and GBF activities will be estimated, including the national financing gap.

Actions on biodiversity-harmful subsidies will be identified, reviewed, and prioritised, investigating the underlying causes of these subsidies and the potential impacts, and analysing finance mechanisms, including why they are not working, and what key constraints and obstacles are, along with a recommended course of action.

Recommendations will be supplied for the development of a national biodiversity finance plan or domestic resource mobilisation plan to fully implement the NBSAP by 2030 will be developed, as well as a national monitoring system for biodiversity expenditure and finance.

Implementation will occur through the UNDP Trinidad and Tobago County Office (CO) in conjunction with the Environmental Policy and Planning Division (EPPD) of the Ministry of Planning and Development. In this regard, UNDP is seeking a suitably qualified national of Trinidad and Tobago to be engaged in the position of Project Coordinator (PC). The PC will be responsible for the overall management including the coordination of activities, administration and implementation.

Scope of Work

  1. Coordination
  • Managing and coordinating the day-to-day project activities including activities of the project consultants;
  • Coordinating with stakeholders to ensure activities/programs are being carried out as per the approved work plan;
  • Liaise with the Project Management Unit for effective coordination of all project activities;
  • Assist with logistics for project activities and input to project team in conducting project steering committee, working group and other meetings through organisation of meeting, recording of minutes and report writing;
  • Assist with compliance and review of the status of project activities and project management on the ground through monitoring field visits and make recommendations if required;
  • Assist with technical review of consultant deliverables, supervision and logistical support as required;
  • Assist with the preparation of interim/annual reports and updates as required; and
  • Any other related project duties.

2. Project Management

  • Finalise the ToRs for the consultants and subcontractors and coordinate with UNDP Procurement for recruitment, procurement and contracting;
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of all project staff, consultants and sub-contractors;
  • Ensure proper management of funds consistent with UNDP requirements, and budget planning and control;
  • Supervise project personnel in conducting administrative and logistical functions and ensure timely and effective implementation of project activities;
  • Ensure that the project complies with the policies of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the United Nations, in terms of regulations, procedures, reporting requirements and ethical standards; and
  • Undertake field visits to ensure the quality of work.

        3. Administrative

  • Assist with financial management functions including the preparation and submission of procurement requests and implementation of finance and accounting, records management and monitoring;
  • Prepare and ensure timely submission of progress reports, annual, mid-term and terminal reports, and other reports as may be required by the EPPD;
  • Report progress of the project to the Project Steering Committee, and ensure the fulfilment of Steering Committee directives; and
  • Prepare work plans.

Specific Project Activities

  • Review and finalise outputs from consultants under each project component for the approval of the EPPD.

Institutional Arrangement

The PC will report to the EPPD and liaise with the UNDP and project partners


Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction & Strategy Effective Decision Making Ability to take decisions in a timelyand efficient mannerin line withone’s authority, area of expertise andresources
Business Direction & Strategy Negotiation andInfluence Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve pointsof difference, gain advantage in the outcomeof dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win-win’ situations
Business Management Project Management Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Business Management Partnership Management Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts, and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
Business Management Risk Management Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
Partnership management Relationship Management Ability to engage with a wide range of public and

private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

Programme and Policy  Nature, Climate and Energy  Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Conservation and Sustainable use of biodiversity, land, forests and oceans

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful NPSA

Min. Academic Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in the natural sciences, environmental management, or related fields is required.  A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s Degree) in the areas mentioned above in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s Degree.
Min. years of relevant Work experience  2 years (with Master´s degree) or minimum 2 years (with Bachelor´s degree) of work experience  in the area of biodiversity
Required  skills and competencies
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement is an asset.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the development of strategies for biodiversity, the implementation of the CBD, and multilateral environmental agreements
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in conducting stakeholder consultations is an asset.
  • Experience with working with both governmental and non-governmental organisation is an asset.
  • Excellent research, analytical writing and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with the laws, policies and regulations governing the environment of Trinidad and Tobago, particularly biodiversity
  • Experience in project management is required.
Desired additional skills and competencies
  • Experience with internationally funded projects.
  • Experience in biofinance
  • Experience in project monitoring and evaluation
Required Language(s) (at working level) Fluency in English is required.
Professional Certificates A certification in project management or similar will be considered an asset.

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