Expert – Mainstreaming Earth Observation data for global environmental projects

Application closing date: 7 April 2019

Background Information – Job-specific

Routine data collection and analysis are essential to applying the analytic rigor to support evidence-based decision-making and adaptive management. Mainstreaming geospatial data in planning, implementing, monitoring and adapting GEF projects and programs will help achieve greater impact by increasing operational efficiency.

Over the past 5 years, the availability and accessibility of geospatial data has risen dramatically due to greater computational capabilities and the proliferation of open source and user-friendly, web-based platforms. Information derived from space-based Earth Observation systems is particularly useful for assessing and monitoring environmental change[1] and there are numerous potential applications of remotely-sensed data in GEF investments.

Several GEF Agencies, including the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Conservation International (CI) are already incorporating geospatial data and analysis into their programming, including through the development of platforms and tools such as the UN Biodiversity Lab, Collect Earth, Earth Trends, Spatial Agent, etc. The GEF Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) is similarly using geospatial data to conduct impact evaluations for specific projects and for entire portfolios. For example, a 2015 IEO evaluation of protected areas recommended using geospatial technology to target GEF interventions more effectively. In addition, a 2016 GEF report on Biodiversity Mainstreaming concluded that, “Modest and targeted investments in spatial and land-use planning can be quite impactful and set the stage for future mainstreaming work.”

[1] For example, to protect, restore and promote: 1) sustainable use of terrestrial and marine ecosystems; 2) sustainably managed forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss; 3) assessment of forest and above ground carbon stocks; 4) land productivity and vegetation trend analysis; 5) land use/land cover change; soil organic carbon estimations; 6) land degradation trends; agricultural monitoring; 7) monitoring of water-related ecosystems; 8) mapping urban growth; and 9) monitoring air quality; monitoring marine ecosystem health and inshore water quality.

However, the uptake of geospatial data in the design, implementation and monitoring of projects and programs is by no means widespread in the GEF Agencies. And there is a new requirement for GEF-7 to include geo-referenced information and a map showing where a project is located.

STAP intends to develop a guidance document to help GEF Agencies, in-country partners, and practitioners to mainstream geospatial information in developing, implementing and monitoring GEF programs and projects.

This will include:

(i) a scientific primer on geospatial concepts including Earth Observation, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems to improve the understanding of these concepts, how they can be deployed in projects of relevance to the GEF, and to encourage their uptake in GEF-7 projects and programs. This section should provide GEF and non-GEF existing case studies and include references and sources of information for additional learning.

(ii) guidance to help project managers fulfil the requirements under PART II: PROJECT JUSTIFICATION 1b) when completing their Project Information Forms (PIFs).[1] This information will take into account existing guidance provided by the GEF Portal, and will recommend additional, more detailed methods for collecting and displaying relevant geospatial information.

(iii) signposting of geospatial data sets, data products, platforms and tools that are relevant to GEF-7 investments, with a focus on GEF-7 programming and performance indicators.

(iv) recommendations to the GEF on how to mainstream remote sensing and other geospatial data to maximize global environmental benefits and enhance knowledge management.

Functional Responsibilities

The Consultant will develop a detailed outline of the components listed above. This will include a short description of how the information will be obtained (i.e. literature review, interviews, etc.), the expected length of each section, and how each section will contribute to the overall objectives of the guidance.

Deliverable: Detailed outline of STAP Guidance Document

When the outline has been agreed, the Consultant will draft the report.

Deliverable(s): Draft Guidance Document

The Consultant will incorporate comments from external experts, the GEF and its Agencies, and a Science Editor to produce the final Guidance Document.

Deliverable: Final Guidance Document, ready for layout and design

The STAP Secretariat should be consulted as needed for relevant input during the development of the guidance, and for comment at each stage. Skype, or conference calls, will be held at regular intervals to discuss progress, major findings and any difficulties. Modifications to the details of the report may be discussed and agreed during these calls.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

Advanced university degree in Geography, Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Management or related degree with extensive experience in remote sensing and GIS for environmental applications required ((MA or Ph.D. preferred).

Work Experience:

  • Candidates must have a minimum of seven years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of remote sensing, GIS required. Experience working with various data sets, platforms and tools related to conservation is necessary.
  • A good understanding of environmental issues of importance to the GEF (e.g. biodiversity, water, land degradation, climate change, etc.) and how remote sensing and GIS are commonly used in these fields highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of the GEF is desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience using geospatial data for land use or other type of spatially-explicit planning purposes and an understanding of the processes involved in planning, implementing and monitoring projects using these data and associated methods is preferred.
  • Experience in writing papers on the application of geospatial information (including remote sensing data) for environmental purposes is highly desirable

Languages:

Fluency in both written and oral English. Required.

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Environmental and Social Management Officer

Application closing date: 5 April 2019

Background Information – Afghanistan

UNOPS strategy for Afghanistan is aimed at providing maximum support to the Government and people of Afghanistan though the delivery of projects and services in line with the government’s own priorities. The UNOPS Afghanistan Operation Center (AFOC) has been established as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency. At present, UNOPS AFOC is implementing a number of projects in a range of sectors including infrastructure (roads and schools) development, capacity building to various ministries, and environmental protection, among others, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community.

The functional objective of UNOPS AFOC is to deliver projects in an efficient and effective manner, to achieve the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community, where capacity building is always considered and encouraged. The aim of UNOPS AFOC is to provide implementation services to the Government of Afghanistan, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of the country. In doing so, UNOPS aims to exceed client expectations in the delivery of quality services throughout the country.

Background Information – Job-specific

The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) of the Government of Afghanistan, with the support of the World Bank (WB), aims to construct the Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP). This includes improving and upgrading the 156km Baghlan to Bamyan Highway, rehabilitation of the 86km Salang Pass and developing new modalities to ensure sustainable future maintenance of this critical infrastructure. This road has a significant role to play, not only for the current traffic movement, including strategic movement of goods and freight between Northern provinces and Capital of the Country; but also as part of a wider regional resource corridor, which is already targeted as a priority to construct.

The overall objectives are to improve the Trans-Hindukush road connectivity in order to provide all year-round access and enhance local as well as international trade and regional integration. Furthermore, the improved roads will increase security by reducing the time to respond to local, regional, or national incidents, facilitate access to social services and provide new regional trade opportunities including agriculture and mining.

UNOPS has been selected as the Implementation Consultant (IC) to support the government Project Management Team (PMT) who are tasked with the design, implementation and overall management of the THRCP. This UNOPS IC remit includes technical assistance, capacity building and institutional strengthening of the PMT, along with supporting overarching strategic development needs of the Ministry of Public Works as appropriate.

Functional Responsibilities

  • The ESM Officer will work under the direct supervision of the UNOPS IC International Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist, along with the leadership of the IC Team Leader. They will be the focal point to coordinate between PMT, CSU, IC, MoPW, Contractors and other relevant agencies all ESM management procedures, activities and monitoring requirements, both in Kabul and on-site during implementation of THRCP contracts, along with supporting electronic systems for donor requirements. Duties include, but not limited to:
  • Providing support, assistance and coordination of daily ESM activities under the PMT, CSU, IC, Contractors and wider government agencies and stakeholders engaged in the process.
  • Assisting with collection of required ESM data and information from external parties and organizations.
  • Contributing to the ESM management and reporting processes, including the elaboration, monitoring and implementation of ESM activities for monthly operations, coordination to resolve issues, training workshops and other related activities.

Specific responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintenance of all records and files related to ESM activities
  • Assist in preparation of ESM requests and processing through PMT, CSU, IC, MoPW and other agencies/stakeholders as required.
  • Coordinate all ESM reports and findings between CSU and PMT for ensuring implementation of ESIA provisions especially social development issues during RAP and ESMP implementation.
  • Coordinate and ensure that all project activities and their implementation are in compliance with approved ESIA, ESMP and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)
  • Carry out consultation with ESM section and CSU for the unification of the reports and findings.
  • Support and facilitate the ESM section of PMT and CSU ESM Officers in implementing completion audits upon completion of the projects and facilitate women’s participation in completion audits.
  • Support the ESM Unit and provide input related to gender issues and mainstreaming within project activities into any ad hoc progress reports, briefs, periodical reports and statistical data as required by the PMT, Donor and MPW.
  • Identify training needs of the key counterparts and support the ESMU in the development and delivery of identified trainings.
  • Provide input on gender-specific activities into Regional monthly reports on project progress highlighting relevant implementation challenges and measures to address such challenges as they arise and ensure timely reporting to the ESMU at all times.
  • Assistance to PMT ESM Team on preparation of reports.
  • Assist with maintaining all documentation related ESM for World Bank and regional office of UNOPS. Coordinate closely with the PMT/CSU to ensure timely, effective and efficient reporting
  • Arrange ESM meetings with THRCP stakeholders, including the World Bank, MoF, MPW and other agencies as needed to support development, implementation and monitoring of ESM activities.
  • Assist PMT/CSU for the timely and regular submission of reports to the management and donors as per the agreed reporting schedules.
  • Research and assess best practice and knowledge from other ministry offices, donors and international sources that could be utilized by MPW to improve its performance.
  • Any other duties commensurate with role as may be required.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

A. Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering or Social Science is required.
  • ESM WB training is an advantage.

B. Experience

  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in Environmental Engineering Management.
  • Previous experience in ESM in any one of the following: Government Offices, Banks, NGOs, UN Agencies or an International Organization.
  • Previous experience working in a UN project is advantageous.
  • Previous experience in mentoring and training counterparts an asset.
  • Previous experience working in post conflict countries will be an advantage.
  • Excellent English skills, both written and verbal.

C. Languages

Fluency in English both written and verbal is required.

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Livelihoods Officer Profile

Various Locations

Grade: Junior (P2), Mid (P3) and Senior (P4) Level Positions

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees and other persons of concern. It is constantly seeking talented, compassionate candidates with high-integrity to strengthen its capacity to respond urgently to crises with the right skills. Given the nature of UNHCR’s work, it is essential that its workforce has the right mix of skills and qualities to fulfil its mandate.

While UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, our ultimate goal is to help find durable solutions that will allow them to rebuild their lives in dignity. There are three durable solutions pursued by UNHCR for 6.4 million refugees in protracted situations: voluntary repatriation; local integration; or resettlement to a third country. While pursuing durable solutions, UNHCR works to increase the self-reliance and livelihood opportunities of refugees.

While pursuing durable solutions, UNHCR works with multiple stakeholders to promote the economic inclusion of refugees, hereby preparing them for their future whether it be a whether it be in a return home, or in their countries of asylum or in a third country.

Typical functions may include:

  • Assessments and Strategic Planning
  • Working with the multi-functional team to assess the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work and recommend advocacy initiatives and policy reform to improve economic inclusion.
  • Building strong relationships with relevant stakeholders, including economic development agencies to adapt their programmes to become inclusive of UNHCR persons of concern; private sector to enhance inclusion in their labour force and supply chains; financial service providers to enhance financial inclusion; and private sector service providers to include UNHCR persons of concern in supporting services (business development, microfinance, training, saving accounts, poverty alleviation and social protection, etc.).
  • Building on UNHCR databases to support the regular information sharing and coordination among different humanitarian, developmental and governmental stakeholders. This includes supporting the implementation of socioeconomic and wealth ranking surveys to inform targeting, monitoring and facilitation the engagement of development programmes.
  • Conducting necessary assessments in collaboration with relevant private and public stakeholders. This includes impact assessments on local economies and surveys that help to inform interventions and identify investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR person of concern.
  • In case UNHCR is implementing specific livelihoods activities, the Livelihoods Officer will strengthen, guide and monitor the livelihoods interventions and ensure compliance with UNHCR Minimum Criteria for Livelihoods programming.

Four Main Areas of Concentration

First Area: Global

Livelihoods Officer – Global/Senior Livelihoods Officer – Global

a. University degree in Development Studies, Economy or Socio-Economic Development, Business Administration, or another related field.

b. Experience with advocating, mobilizing and with working with multiple stakeholders, including private sector, development agencies, government authorities, NGOs and social enterprises, in sub-sectors relevant to livelihood engagement e.g. microfinance, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, micro-finance, poverty reduction, agriculture, livestock, vocational and technical education and training, etc.

c. International experience.

Second Area: Rural

Rural Development Officer/Senior Rural Development Officer

a. University degree in Development Studies, Economy, Socio-Economic Development, Business Administration, or another related field.

b. Experience with advocating, mobilizing and with working with multiple stakeholders, including private sector, development agencies, government authorities, NGOs and social enterprises, on agricultural and rural development programmes.

c. International experience

Third Area: Urban

Livelihoods Officer – Urban/Senior Livelihoods Officer – Urban

a. University degree in Development Studies, Economy, Socio-Economic Development, Business Administration, or another related field.

b. Experience with advocating, mobilizing and with working with multiple stakeholders, including private sector, development agencies, government authorities, NGOs and social enterprises, in sub-sectors relevant to urban livelihoods livelihood engagement e.g. microfinance, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, urban economic development, micro-finance, poverty reduction, vocational and technical education and training, etc.

c. International experience.

Fourth Area: Livelihoods specialists in one or more areas

Livelihoods Specialist

a. University degree in Development Studies, Economy, Socio-Economic Development, Business Administration, or another related field.

b. Solid, documented experience in one or more of the following areas: relevant strategic planning, livelihoods market analysis, value chain development, socio-economic assessment and wealth ranking, and M&E.

c. International experience

Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:

For positions at the P2 level

Education: Degree.

Job experience: Minimum 2 years of relevant experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 3 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P3 level

Education: Degree.

Job experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant (international) job experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 6 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P4 level 

Education: Degree.

Job experience: Minimum 8 years of relevant (international) job experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 9 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).

Languages: Proficiency in English and knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic/ Chinese/French/Russian/Spanish) at B2 is required.

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WASH Officer Profile

 

Various Locations

Grade: Junior (P2), Mid (P3) and Senior (P4) Level Positions

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees and other persons of concern. It is constantly seeking talented, compassionate candidates with high-integrity to strengthen its capacity to respond urgently to crises with the right skills. Given the nature of UNHCR’s work, it is essential that its workforce has the right mix of skills and qualities to fulfil its mandate.

The WASH Officer will support the UNHCR Country Operation, in coordination with the Government, to assess needs and coordinate the provision of WASH services to persons of concern to UNHCR. This will include WASH contingency and preparedness planning, assessment and development of long term WASH Strategy and operational plans. Coordination or WASH partners in conjunction with the government authorities, and monitoring progress of WASH programme implementation to ensure that an adequate level of WASH service is provided at each site in accordance with the UNHCR WASH Manual and Technical Guidelines, and applicable UNHCR Standards and/or National Standards.

Responsibilities include:

Leadership and Coordination

  • Lead the delivery of WASH services for refugees to meet the UNHCR standards and / or the national WASH standards, depending on the context.
  • Act as a focal point for WASH issues within UNHCR and liaise with UN and international agencies, Government and Non-governmental counterparts.
  • Coordinate the activities of WASH Partners, together with other UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental counterparts and local authorities to ensure delivery of WASH services to beneficiaries meet UNHCR standards of assistance, depending on the context.

WASH Strategy, Planning and Programme Support

  • Actively participate in drafting WASH strategies, and operational plans for UNHCR WASH programme at the country level.
  • Jointly with technical staff of implementing partners and other WASH actors, update detailed needs and resource assessments and revise designs of technical plans as necessary, taking into account practical aspects of implementation, long-term sustainable solutions, and relevant technical specifications and guidelines.
  • Advise and assist the UNHCR programme staff on the development of WASH aspects of the programme including planning, budgeting and input to financial management of the programme.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

  • Provide technical guidance and support to partners on all water, sanitation, hygiene promotion related issues, to ensure quality, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and impact soundness in their implementation and in accordance with UNHCR policies, standards and priorities.
  • Facilitate capacity strengthening activities of national UNHCR WASH staff and, if applicable, of staff of implementing/operational partners to address key areas of WASH importance to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality Assurance

  • Supervise and monitor the implementation of the ongoing water, sanitation, hygiene projects administered directly by UNHCR and its partners.
  • Ensure that mechanisms to monitor the performance of UNHCRs partners on WASH activities in the refugee camps / settlements / host community are in place.
  • Ensure that the WASH Monitoring System data collection and reporting is carried out systematically, properly and timely with quality information

Reporting

  • Report regularly on WASH activity implementation by all WASH partners, while maintaining accurate records of all relevant WASH performance indicators.
  • Prepare regular sectorial reports and submit material for preparation of periodic project monitoring reports as required by the office at country level.
  • Maintaining regular contact with the WASH Unit, Public Health Section in Geneva regarding all technical matters.

Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:

For positions at the P2 level

Education: Degree in Civil/Environmental/Water/Public Health Engineering or related field.

Job experience: Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 3 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P3 level

Education: Degree in Civil/Environmental/Water/Public Health Engineering or related field.

Job experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant (international) experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 6 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) of which a minimum of 2 years of international field experience.

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P4 level

Education: Degree in Civil/Environmental/Water/Public Health Engineering or related field.

Job experience: Minimum 8 years of relevant (international) experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 9 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) of which a minimum of 4 years of international field experience.

Languages: Proficiency in English and knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic/ Chinese/French/Russian/Spanish) at B21 is required.

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