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Job Summary


Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development and the Project Coordinator in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, with support of the UNDP Projects Officer, the National UN Volunteer will provide technical assistance to the implementation of the two projects ‘Supporting Enhanced Climate Action’ and ‘Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods’. The national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Duties and Responsibilities


General Tasks:

Ensure timely implementation of activities of both projects focusing on delivery of results and quality control;
Conduct systematic planning as well as preparation of annual, quarterly work plans and budgets;
Ensure that reports on activities, outputs and outcomes are regularly prepared;
Identify and compile best practice and lessons learnt from project implementation;
Provide operations and administrative support to the projects including financial management, financial reporting, preparation of audits and follow-up actions, and maintenance and inventory control of all project assets at district level;
Perform as UNDP-MEWC/RDC and UNDP-MSMECD liaison on project implementation, administrative and finance issues for the project and ensure programme compliance with UNDP Guidelines and government rules and regulations;
Ensure creation and development of strategic partnerships with stakeholders operating in the district;
Facilitate synergies between the two projects;
Perform other project-related duties as requested by the Project Management Unit.
Supporting Enhanced Climate Action specific tasks;

Provide assistance to Rural District Council officers and community leaders on the development of gender sensitive climate change adaptation and disaster risk management plans in the district and contribute to strengthened capacities of local institutions, communities, and households on DRM through a participatory approach;
Conduct participatory research with communities (particularly youth and women organizations) in cooperation with Rural District Councils and resource persons to develop and adapt climate change adaptation and DRR practices to each area. Engage community leaders and volunteers from each district to act as champions for climate change adaptation and DRM action taking into consideration gender balance;
Support mapping and gap analysis on the risks and vulnerabilities that the districts are exposed to in cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection. The findings of the mapping exercise will contribute to the development of a national disaster database/inventory;
Document experiences and lessons learnt in climate change adaptation and DRM planning with a focus on strengthening the knowledge base and collaboration on climate change adaptation and DRM at district and national level. This includes identification and synthesis of the best practices and lessons learnt from the project activities and sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods specific tasks;

Support beneficiaries in the day to day operation of project activities;
Ensure that women and youth’s economic empowerment is attained through project implementation;
Provide technical advice to MWACSMED regarding the implementation of project activities;
Represent MWACSMED in local authority development committee meetings, and in District Livelihoods Committee meetings;
Identify and compile best practice and lessons learnt from project implementation; and
Initiate new ideas, business opportunities and projects for short term and long-term sustainability of the project.

Qualifications and Experience


Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent
Education - Additional Comments:
University degree in Economics, Environmental management, Development Studies, Agricultural Economics, Natural Resource management, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Social Sciences, Business or related fields from a recognized institution;
Required experience: 36 Months
Experience remark:
3-5 years of relevant experience at the National or International level in project management, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages;
Working knowledge of the government’s procurement guidelines and procedures is an advantage;
Working knowledge of community organizing and development work as well as an appreciation and understanding of the languages, cultural values and norms of communities in the district is highly recommended;
Should have in-depth oral and written knowledge of Ndebele and English. Knowledge of Shona is an advantage.
Appreciation of UNDP processes and procedures in project management is an advantage;
National of Zimbabwe;
Clean driver’s license for motorbike and proven biking experience.
Language skills:
English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Sindebele(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Shona(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise: Climate change mitigation and mechanisms for technology transfer, Sustainable natural resources management and climate change adaptation, Disaster risk reduction
Area of expertise details:
Good knowledge of operational and administrative procedures related to project implementation;
Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in prioritizing assignments, effective time management and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with multiple actors – from community to national level;
Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
Driving license: Yes

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