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UNDP recruiting Project Management Adviser

Home-based with travels in the Black Sea region, Turkey, 14 May 2014


The Black Sea is one of the most vulnerable regional seas in the world given its limited exchange of water with the open oceans and the large area of continental Europe from which it receives the drainage. The four strongly interlinked priority trans-boundary problems of the Black Sea are eutrophication - nutrient enrichment, changes in marine living resources, chemical pollution (including oil), and biodiversity/habitat changes, including alien species introduction - as well as the underlying root causes like industrial activities, agriculture, domestic wastewater, sea transport (oil spills, ballast water), and coastal zone degradation (urbanisation, tourism). The Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution (Bucharest Convention) addresses these problems through enhanced cooperation among its signatories. The development/improvement of a monitoring network and data collection to provide for ecosystem-based and knowledge-based decision-making is considered to be a management target of high priority. Further coordination in policies and legislation between the Black Sea countries is of common interest in the region and specifically to the EU's partners countries – being also members of the Black Sea Commission (BSC) - in so far it influences their own ability to comply with EU legislation and policies, notably the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The overall objective of the project is to help improve the protection of the Black Sea environment. This objective will be pursued through the implementation of those initiatives that were elaborated and planned during the preparatory phase of this project (EMBLAS-I).

The specific objectives are as follows: i) to improve availability and quality of Black Sea environmental data in line with the MSFD and Black Sea Strategic Action Plan 2009 (BS SAP 2009) needs; ii) to improve partner countries' ability to perform marine environmental monitoring along MSFD principles, taking into account the Black Sea Diagnostic Report II recommendations on capacity building.

The main results to attain the mentioned objectives are:

  • Implementation of the provisions of the Bucharest Convention on scientific and technical cooperation and monitoring advanced;

  • Establishment and implementation by the Black Sea Commission of a coordinated regional marine environment monitoring programme (further development of Black Sea Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme(BSIMAP) in line with MSFD and the BS SAP 2009 supported;

  • Capacities of the relevant national authorities to carry out marine environmental monitoring in the Black Sea along MSFD principles increased;

  • Revised monitoring programmes tested (including in open sea and with the development of a network of regional reference stations and transects to trace transboundary environmental problems);

  • Quality assurance and quality control procedures in field and laboratories systematically applied;

  • Environmental data management capacities improved and data quality control enhanced;

  • BSIS further developed and data products in support of informed decision-making in Black Sea environmental protection provided;

  • On-line Black Sea Monitoring Catalogue and Manual with monitoring specifications agreed and used

  • Sharing of marine environmental information between Black Sea riparian countries facilitated and enhanced;

  • Harmonisation of marine environmental practices further advanced;

  • Regional cooperation at basin level strengthened;

  • Public awareness about the need of high quality marine environmental data increased;

  • Projects results widely incorporated in decision-making and cooperation of ongoing projects facilitated through a web-based platform and with the BSC participation.

The following activities are carried out in the Phase 2 of the project – EMBLAS II:

  • Continue support to the implementation of countries’ obligations under the Bucharest and other related Conventions and Agreements;

  • Implementation of cost-effective and harmonised marine environmental monitoring programmes in accordance with reporting obligations under multilateral environmental agreements, the WFD and the MSFD;

  • Large scale implementation of training programmes on monitoring methods and quality assurance adhering to the ISO 17025 standard;

  • Implementation of Joint Surveys and environmental assessment of the Black Sea along the lines of the WFD and the MSFD;

  • Operate the web-based Black Sea Water Quality Database;

  • Dissemination of Knowledge and Best Practices, Public Awareness and Visibility.

The project will strengthen capacities of the respective national authorities for biological and chemical monitoring of the Black Sea, taking into consideration the requirements of EU water related legislation (EU WFD and MSFD). Significant effort will be put into training and other capacity building activities. In order to promote ownership, engagement of local experts and organisations is foreseen.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project  Management Advisor (PMA) will act as a key expert and team leader in the project and he/she will have an overall responsibility for implementation, coordination and results of the project activities implemented in, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. He/she will work under the direct supervision of the UNDP Regional Technical Advisor for International Waters, who will have the overall supervision role on the project from the UNDP side. 

The PM will liaise directly with the representatives appointed by the Ministries and Black Sea Commissioners during the project implementation. The PM will be supported by the international expert – project technical advisor, project assistant and water programme analyst from UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS.

The PM will be responsible for the management, implementation plan, monitoring of expenditures, quality of outputs/deliverables, identification of controversial points or deviations from the initial planning, analysis of options for correcting deviations (if any) and reporting to the Steering Committee.  The PM will have an overall responsibility for the organisation of the key project meetings, including meetings' documentation.

The specific tasks can be grouped into 3 main areas:

  • Project implementation (management, team leadership, monitoring and reporting);

  • Advisory support, capacity building and regional activities;

  • Stakeholder involvement, partner coordination, knowledge management support.

Project implementation (management, team leadership, monitoring and reporting):

In the context of the project implementation (planning, team leadership, monitoring and reporting), he/she will be responsible for:

  • Preparation of progress reports, according to the donor requirements, containing description of progress – technical and financial, including problem encountered, planned activities of the following 6 month period as well as inputs for all reports required within UNDP project monitoring scheme, provide input necessary for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E activities);

  • Drafting, update and monitoring of work plans, budgets and expenditures;

  • Timely delivery of results and outputs in all project activities;

  • In line with UNDP’s rules and regulations and the prevailing project implementation arrangements, draft Terms of References (TORs) for project experts, partner organizations, identify candidates, and provide input to the recruitment and hiring process as needed;

  • Directly liaise with project partners and stakeholders as needed;

  • Ensure adequate outreach, communication, P/R and project visibility;

  • Other tasks to ensure proper project implementation, as adequate and requested by the supervisor.

Advisory support, capacity building and regional activities:

  • Coordinate and oversee the work of the whole team of consultants/experts, work groups, project partners and assure timely and quality implementation of all project activities, including quality control of all produced outputs;

  • Support countries to fulfill their obligations under the Bucharest convention and other relevant Conventions and agreements;

  • Provide substantive inputs into all technical reports to be prepared and carry out various activities arising during the project implementation.

Stakeholder involvement, partner coordination, knowledge management support:

  • Facilitate discussions, workshops or other events with multiple stakeholder and NGO participation, studies, surveys and pilot projects;

  • Facilitate coordination with capacity building activities or partners and other relevant projects, which may include development and implementation of joint capacity building strategies and programmes;

  • Liaise directly with the representatives appointed by the ministries within the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and national focal points.

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