National Drought Management Authority Technical Advisor/project Focal – Twende Project Jobs in Kenya

National Drought Management Authority Technical Advisor/project Focal – Twende Project Jobs in Kenya

Position Summary/ Purpose

The Advisor is responsible for overall coordination of component of the project, where NDMA is the executing entity. The role holder will provide technical advice and support to the implementation of the different project activities under component 1 and component 2 where NDMA is a service provider to the Ministry of Agriculture’s State Department for Livestock, and in doing so will work to ensure coherence with the TWENDE project framework developed at the national
Project Management Unit (PMU) and county levels
(coordination/implementation) hubs with relevant project parties such as CDC’s, PMU’s landscape offices and project’s executing entities and service providers for component 2 and 3 as well.

Under the guidance of the CEO, NDMA the Advisor will oversee the overall monitoring of the use of funds and the procurement plan. S/he will be focal point for all matters on TWENDE project for NDMA and will be supported by the general NDMA administration including CDC’s. In addition, she/he will provide guidance on the strategic direction of the project to other project staff, ensure proper monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities.

The position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, experience in the region and skills to ensure coherence and consistency in spite of urgent deadlines.

Areas of Key Responsibilities and Specific Duties

Manage the overall implementation of the TWENDE Project activities under Component 1 and result 2.4 under Component 2, where NDMA is a service provider by: -

  • Developing annual activity work plans, and procurement plans, as well as budgets based on expected year-end outputs, and ensure close monitoring of activities and delivery.

  • Coordinating and guiding County Drought Coordinators (CDCs) in cascading the approved NDMA workplan into county specific workplans

  • Working closely with the finance team on matters including financial planning, expenditure tracking, sub-contracting to Executing Entities to ensure NDMA/IUCN policies are applied and GCF requirements are followed as per signed implementation agreement between NDMA and IUCN and other project documents

    Following up on the following

  • The compliance of project implementation with GCF, NDMA/GoK, IUCN policies and safeguards

  • The performance of the projects with the target indicators, logical framework, workplan and budget through regular reporting and on-site
    supervision missions

  • Working with NDMA other project staff to receive, review and synthesize monitoring information to support adaptive management and ensure timely compliance with internal and GCF monitoring and reporting requirements, especially to produce the GCF annual performance reports (APRs)

  • Preparing any required updates/summaries on the projects and participating in project-related meetings with the GCF, government, executing entity partners etc.

  • Supervising personnel engaged in delivering aspects of the project including consultants

  • Regularly reviewing the subsidiary agreements with the accredited entity and service providers

  • Supporting the management of the project related expenditures both from GCF/IUCN and Government of Kenya and reporting of the same

  • Providing follow up support and tracking of administrative, programmatic and financial issues with project implementing partners.

  • Focal point and coordination of partnerships with key stakeholders

  • Serve as the single point of contact and project representative with partners and external and internal stakeholders including PMU, IUCN and other executing entities and service providers.

  • Develop and coordinate project implementation with NDMA CDC’s

  • Build, maintain and manage effective working relationships with consortium members and ensure that ICRAF, NDMA’s service provider
    is performing to the highest standards, support project objectives and targets, and comply with GCF
    rules and regulations;

  • Ensure continuous liaison with the relevant Government agencies, NGOs, Civil Society, IUCN and county engagement.

  • Participate in project meetings organised by Accredited Entity (AE), Executing Entities (EEs) and service providers

    Monitoring and Reporting

  • Coordinate County Drought Coordinators in completing the NDMA Annual Project Reports, based on the six-monthly project progress reports and share with PMU as per project’s reporting schedule

  • Ensure timely preparation of high quality and submission of required reports, including bi-annual progress and expenditure reports, per the requirements of GCF;

  • Carry out regular follow-up and monitoring of implementation activities

  • Carry out regular monitoring and reporting on risks and mitigation measures

  • Provide regular updates on the project’s progress where possible for all parties and reporting requirements; including to the CEO, NDMA for presentations to the Project Steering Committee.

  • Oversee project full compliance and reporting on Environmental and Social Management Framework and Gender and Youth Action Plan (GYAP)

    Qualifications for the Post

    For appointment to this grade, a candidate must have:

  • Bachelors’ degree in environmental science/natural resources management, policy/project management, economics or other equivalent and relevant field.

  • Master’s degree in environmental science/natural resources management,
    policy/project management, economics or other equivalent and relevant field.

  • Served for a minimum period of at least ten (10) years, five (5) of which should be in a senior grade or in a comparable and relevant position in the wider public sector or private sector and with experience working with project/program design, monitoring, implementation and management in environment, climate
    change, drought, conservation or relevant areas with demonstrated strong management and coordinating skills.

  • At least five (5) years of management experience, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multifaceted programs.

  • Professional experience in climate change mitigation or adaptation, disaster risk reduction, social protection and climate change financing.

  • Demonstrated managerial and administrative capability, and professional competence in work performance and results, and exhibited a thorough
    understanding of implementation of donor funded projects.

  • Knowledge and experience of successful engagement of devolved governance structures and systems.

  • Expertise and experience in climate change and relevant sectors such as energy, agriculture, livestock, water and cross-cutting issues such as gender, marginalized groups, environmental and social impact assessments.

  • Possess knowledge on nature-based solutions for Drought Risk Management especially the ecosystem-based adaptation approaches.

  • Experience in leading teams in the country/region and/or proven ability to establish productive working relationships with multi-sectoral partners/counterparts/stakeholders.

  • Experience in gender and youth mainstreaming in programmes

  • Experience in programme design, environmental and social management frameworks, monitoring and evaluation is an asset.

  • Experience of working in ASAL areas

  • Knowledgeable in the management of public funds and the procurement and disposal of public assets (PFMA and PPADA).

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; National Drought Management Authority Technical Advisor/project Focal – Twende Project Jobs in Kenya

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