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OWING TO THE URGENCY TO FILL THIS ROLE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED ON A ROLLING BASIS.
IUCN is an Accredited Entity of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and works closely with the GCF secretariat, governments, civil society, private sector, and partner organizations to identify, design and implement projects that meet the GCF’s ambitious standards. After three years of detailed design and development, the GCF board formally approved IUCN’s “Towards Ending Drought Emergencies: Ecosystem Based Adaptation in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Rangelands” (TWENDE) project in January 2019.
The objective of the TWENDE project is to reduce the cost of climate change induced drought on Kenya’s national economy by increasing resilience of the livestock and other land use sectors in restored and effectively governed rangeland ecosystems. The project will contribute to improved adaptation to climate change of Kenya’s national policy of “Ending Drought Emergencies”, as outlined in “Kenya Vision 2030. The Project addresses the overarching climate change challenges through three components, and their relevant outputs and activities:
Component 1: Climate change adapted planning for drought resilience. The National Drought Management Authority (“NDMA”) will act as the Executing Entity for this Component.
Component 2: Restoration of rangeland landscapes for ecosystem-based adaptation. The Government of Kenya (“GoK”), acting through the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (“MoAI”), will act as the Executing Entity for this Component.
Component 3: Climate change resilient ecosystem management for investments. Conservation International (“CI”) will act as the Executing Entity for this Component.
The project will strengthen climate change adaptation in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). The project will be implemented in 2 landscapes encompassing 11 counties, which have devolved powers under Kenya’s new constitution. The project will benefit 620,000 people in 104,000 households and will protect or restore 500,000 hectares of rangelands in a landscape of 2.5 million hectares. The target landscapes are dry season grazing areas: critical resource zones that provide refuge during periods of drought.
Under direct supervision of the IUCN Kenya Country Representative; in close consultation with designated Programme Officers at NDMA, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and Conservation International and, under the guidance of the Global Programme Manager of the GCF Programme in IUCN, the Chief of Party (CoP) is responsible for the overall management of the TWENDE project on behalf of the Executing partners and within the limitations laid down by the Project Steering Committee (PSC).
The CoP will provide technical advice and support to the implementation of the different project activities, and in doing so will work to ensure coherence with the TWENDE project framework developed at the national project management unit (PMU) and county levels (coordination/implementation) hubs with relevant parties. The CoP will oversee the overall monitoring of the use of funds and the procurement plan. S/he will be head of the Project Management Unit (PMU) and will be supported by field coordinators, project officers, senior finance officer and a project administrator. In addition, s/he will provide guidance on the strategic direction of the project to other project management unit staff (i.e., coordinators, administration, and finance) and technical experts recruited to deliver project activities. S/he will ensure proper monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities. The CoP will also serve as the Secretary of the Project Steering Committee which is comprised of key stakeholders and project partners.
The position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, experience in the region and skills to ensure coherence and consistency despite urgent deadlines.
Manage the overall implementation of the TWENDE Project activities:
Develop annual activity and procurement work plans, as well as budgets based on expected year-end outputs, and ensure close monitoring of activities and delivery.
Work closely with the finance team on matters including financial planning, expenditure tracking, sub-contracting to Executing Entities to ensure IUCN policies are applied and GCF requirements are followed.
Follow up on 1) the compliance of project implementation with GCF policies, IUCN policies and safeguards 2) the performance of the projects with the target indicators, logical framework, workplan and budget through regular reporting and on-site supervision missions.
Work with project staff to receive, review and synthesize monitoring information to support adaptive management and ensure timely compliance with internal and GCF monitoring and reporting requirements, especially to produce the GCF annual performance reports (APRs).
Prepare any required updates / summaries on the projects and participate in project-related meetings with the GCF, government, executing entity partners etc.
Supervise personnel engaged in delivering aspects of the project.
Coordinate partnership with key stakeholders;
Develop and coordinate the project management unit (PMU).
Build, maintain and manage effective working relationships with consortium members. Ensure that each consortium partner is performing to the highest standards, support project objectives and targets, and comply with GCF rules and regulations.
Serve as the single point of contact and project representative with partners and external stakeholders.
Ensure continuous liaison with the relevant Government agencies, NGOs, Civil Society and IUCN.
Provide technical advice and support to the implementation of the Project activities;
Provide technical inputs to the implementation of the different project activities and outputs – by providing technical inputs to workshop presentations, to studies, to advisory services and to other activities and outputs of the project.
Provide technical support and back-up services to project managers.
Prepare, in consultation with the partners, TORs for consultants and comment on their reports.
Oversee all cross-cutting activities and ensure their strong support of and synergy with technical implementation objectives and vision, including, but not limited to: communications and outreach; monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL), knowledge management; and, gender and social inclusion;
Monitor and report the implementation of environmental and social risk management measures through the programme cycle.
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the overall Project deliverables;
Carry out regular follow-up and monitoring of implementation activities.
Carry out regular monitoring and reporting on risks and mitigation measures.
Ensure timely preparation and submission of required reports, including bi-annual progress and expenditure reports, per the requirements of GCF.
Provide regular updates on the project’s progress where possible for all parties and reporting requirements.
Facilitate independent evaluations.
Fundraising and programme development support
Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
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