Ocean Advisor – UNDP – Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey
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Ocean Advisor – UNDP – Istanbul, Turkey

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Ocean Advisor – UNDP – Istanbul, Turkey

Duties and Responsibilities

Support to Policy Dialogue, Project Development, Mainstreaming and Partnerships
  • Support development and implementation of UNDP’s Water and Ocean Governance Support Programme e.g. to help (1) prioritize target countries/areas; (2) advise on modalities and approaches and capacity development support to countries; (3) operationalize source-to-sea interconnections in freshwater and marine resources management, and (4) mobilize additional financial resources;
  • Within the BPPS/Natural Capital and Environment Cluster and ‘PLANET’ group of the Global Policy Network, liaise and coordinate with biodiversity, climate and other environmental experts to identify synergies and effective collaboration within and between projects;
  • In support of BPPS/Natural Capital and Environment Cluster and ‘PLANET’ group of the Global Policy Network, liaise and coordinate with other Practices, Groups and corporate initiatives to identify synergies and effective cross-practice collaboration;
  • Support senior management by providing strategic policy advice, advocacy support for corporate policy frameworks, preparation of UNDP’s engagement in key ocean meetings and events and preparation of briefing notes, speeches and talking points;
  • Develop policy and learning documents related to ocean, fisheries, marine and coastal resources management or relevant sub-topics of the WOGP.
  • Pro-actively contribute to strengthening donor relationships and raise funds for all aspects of the WOGP;
  • Explore and develop strategic alliances with key partners for joint fund-raising and service delivery.
Support to Regional Teams, Country Offices, Executing Agencies, other partners
  • Support continued effective functioning of the fully integrated UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme team with a particular focus on mainstreaming effective and equitable ocean/marine governance frameworks, fisheries and coastal resources management and climate change adaptation in development strategies and WOGP programming;
  • Pro-actively contribute to the development of strategic partnerships with both internal and external partners to advance the implementation of WOGP’s contribution to the UNDP Strategic Plan;
  • Support collaboration within the BPPS Sustainable Development Cluster on mainstreaming marine and coastal resources management, ocean-related aspects of adaptation to climate change into national development and poverty reduction strategies.
  • Provide support and advice to UNDP engagement in a range of ocean dialogues and processes including UN-Oceans, GESAMP, UN Global Compact Sustainable Ocean Business Platform, 2020 Ocean Conference, and others.
Resource Mobilization, Programme and Project Identification and Development
  • Pro-actively contribute to strengthening donor relationships and raise funds for all aspects of the WOGP, especially the Ocean Innovation Challenge.
  • Explore and develop strategic alliances with key partners for joint fund-raising and service delivery.
  • Ensure the long-term sustainability of WOGP programs, especially the Ocean Innovation Challenge.
  • Develop partnerships with other Nordic, European and North-American donors.
  • Explore and develop new partnerships with foundations, philanthropists and the private sector
Learning, Knowledge Management, Advocacy and Self Development
  • Ensure that training materials, tools and advocacy publications for the WOGP are produced and effectively disseminated.
  • Support and promote implementation of UNDP WOGP practices and experience through contributions to relevant GPN networks and communities of practice.
  • Self-development and work-life balance developed through targeted thematic and managerial training course, avoidance of work over weekends and effective utilization of annual leave.
  • In collaboration with internal and external partners pro-actively identify and contribute to WOGP advocacy and outreach.
  • Effective communication, advocacy and dissemination of WOGP and other relevant UNDP knowledge products at international and national conferences and meetings, such as UN Ocean Conference, Our Ocean Conference, Annual Global LME Consultation and other relevant fora and international processes.
Development, implementation and management of the UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC)
  • Manage OIC at a global scale, working to maximise and showcase impacts, to grow and develop the initiative, and to strengthen relationships with stakeholders at all levels, including strategic partners inside and outside UNDP, partner governments and donors;
  • Provide strategic guidance and management oversight to the OIC and the OIC team, reviewing on a regular basis progress reports, deliverables, disbursements and budgets to ensure implementation is on track, and troubleshooting and adapting management as required;
  • Ensure the global OIC team operates in a productive manner, through a clear division of labour, the setting of specific annual goals by all team members and the organization of regular online and face to face meetings, including an annual planning meeting at the start of each year.
  • Ensure the management and administrative requirements (technical, financial, communications, audits, evaluations, etc.) of the different partners/donors of the Initiative are met;
  • Ensure that UNDP-specific processes (integrated work planning, budgeting, procurement, monitoring and evaluation, performance planning of global OIC staff and appraisals, etc.) are met;
  • Establish and convene meetings of the Global Steering Committee (Project Board), to define priorities, evaluate progress and management, provide strategic advice and guidance, and exchange information;
  • Manage and monitor risks and issues, submitting newly identified ones to the global head of Water & Oceans and/or GSC for consideration and decision if required;
  • Identify and source necessary technical expertise and support, and oversee the recruitment of global OIC staff members, international consultants and service providers, ensure necessary training and ongoing capacity building are carried out;
  • Ensure that UNDP Water & Oceans, Ecosystems & Biodiversity and other relevant programmes and projects and the OIC draw from and feed into each other, avoiding duplication and maximizing synergy;
  • Liaise with other relevant UNDP staff including in-country colleagues regarding the OIC, including to share information about trends and issues in the thematic area;
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy for the Ocean Innovation Challenge.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s or higher degree in marine science, marine policy, environmental science, marine conservation, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in marine or related (e.g. fisheries) environmental management;
  • Experience at international level and with developing countries;
  • Experience in results-based and results-oriented project implementation and management;
  • Experience in managing teams, inspiring and mentoring staff, facilitating their capacity development, and resolving conflicts;
  • Experience with projects/contracts financed by multi-lateral (GEF, GCF, etc.) and bilateral donors is desirable;
  • Experience in overseeing and guiding the development of communications and knowledge management strategies and products;
  • Experience in overseeing implementation of projects involving government, NGO/CSO, private sector, academia and/or intergovernmental stakeholders.
  • Working experience in UN or other international organization, and knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices are advantageous
Language Requirements
  • English.
  • Other official language(s) of the UN are desirable
Closing date for applications 02 April 2020 before midnight.

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