The UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan, together with Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, is launching a large-scale project “An integrated landscape approach to enhancing the climate resilience of small-scale farmers and pastoralists in Tajikistan” funded by Adaptation Fund.
The objective of the proposed project is to enhance the livelihoods of the small-scale farmers and pastoralists living in the Kofarnihon River Basin (KRB) under impending climate change conditions. Such conditions are expected to include increased frequencies and intensities of extreme climate events such as intense rainfall, flooding and droughts. The overarching approach of the project is to employ integrated catchment management approaches within KRB. To this end, a climate-resilient catchment management strategy will be designed for the basin, which will enable national rural development planners, local government, and local communities to manage a wide range of climate risks.
Complementing the catchment management strategy, the proposed project will directly build the resilience of selected communities by: (a) implementing on-the-ground EbA; (b) supporting agro-ecological extension services to provide technical assistance on climate change adaptation practices to local community members; (c) promoting the development of business models that capitalize on EbA interventions; and (d) developing a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) approach to support the long-term financing of climate-resilient catchment management plans across Tajikistan.
Three interrelated components within the project will contribute to achieving this objective, namely: i) Integrated catchment management to build climate resilience; ii) Integrated approach to building the climate resilience of agro-ecological landscapes operationalised at village level; and iii) Knowledge management on building climate resilience through integrated catchment management and EbA in the KRB.
The project will be nationally implemented (NIM) by the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan (COEP) with support from the UNDP, in line with the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA, 1993), the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2021 signed between the UN and the Government of Tajikistan, and the UNDP Country Programme Document 2016-2021 signed between UNDP and the Government of Tajikistan.
In recognition of the importance of a livelihoods enhancement of small farmers and pastoralists in Kofarnihon River Basin, UNDP in collaboration with COEP, seeks to recruit a Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), with significant experience to assist on delivering the envisaged project results and lead the achievement of expected project results, by providing strategic guidance to the project staff for the implementation of activities in accordance with the Project Document.
The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the project will be contracted by UNDP Tajikistan and will work closely with the National Project Manager (PM) and the project team. The CTA will report to the UNDP Team Leader/Climate Change, DRR, Energy and Environment and will work under the guidance of Deputy Resident Representative.
Duties and Responsibilities
The CTA is expected to support the implementation of all three project components as well as the project management.
Five main functions of CTA are as follows:
• Lead and provide technical supervision and advice, and quality assurance.
• Strategic policy advice and knowledge management.
• Programme planning, implementation, M&E and reporting.
• Capacity building and knowledge transfer.
• Partnerships and advocacy on climate change and adaptation, and human development work.
Specific Tasks and Responsibilities:
In addition to the tasks above, the CTA is expected to deliver on the development of integrated catchment management strategy and an associated capacity building framework (Training Programme) for Kofarnihon river basin. This will include:
The CTA will assist the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan to deliver on the envisaged project results. The CTA will lead the achievement of expected project results, by providing strategic guidance to the project staff for the implementation of activities in accordance with the Project Document.
The CTA will work in close collaboration with the Committee for Environmental Protection along with UNDP Programme, Operations, Communications and other project teams in the UNDP Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex project related issues. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The CTA will provide support to the project with international standards and quality. The CTA will hold the expertise and guide the project team and government stakeholders in framing and executing integrated watershed management approaches and strategies in the target Kofarnihon river basin. S/he will monitor and support the implementation of all project components through home-based work as well as field presence and coordinate all related specialized inputs throughout the project implementation.
CTA’s technical support will include missions to Tajikistan as feasible with an average duration of 8 days which will include working in UNDP Country Office, project offices and visiting the field (project pilot sites), responding to technical queries, commenting on, and acceptance/approval of the project technical reports, project progress reports, project monitoring and evaluation reports and reports to the donor, etc.
Required Skills and Experience
Knowledge of languages:
Please follow the link to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice and follow the application procedures indicated in the downloaded ICPN:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
All application materials should be submitted by email at the following address ONLY: (email@example.com) by (11 March 2021). Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.
|Closing date:||February 28, 2022|