District Resilience Coordinator (2 Positions)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Mining and with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is implementing resilience building initiatives in the districts of Zomba and Machinga in line with the National Resilience Strategy. The Transformational Adaptation to Climate Resilience in Malawi Project (TRANSFORM) initiative will address pressure on ecosystems that threaten progress and development gains while scaling up climate-resilient infrastructure and livelihoods. Malawi is highly exposed to natural disasters and has faced a of number of hydro-meteorological and other hazards, including floods, droughts, hailstorms, strong winds and earthquakes (PDNA, 2019). For instance, the country has faced four successive and compounding shocks from the worst flood in 50 years in 2015 and strong El Nino phenomena in 35 years that led to droughts (NRS, 2018). While the country has established a comprehensive policy framework on climate change, there exists gaps in the implementation of the policies and strategies at sub-national level.

The National Resilience Strategy (NRS) represents Malawi’ long term strategy aimed at creating a nation that is resilient to economic and environmental shocks and able to sustain inclusive growth, food and nutrition security, and improved well-being for all Malawians. The Ministry of Natural Resource and Mining is supporting the implementation of Pillar Four of the NRS in Integrated Catchment Protection and Management. Under this pillar, the districts will develop and adopt integrated watershed management (IWM) approaches, other land management approaches to restore and expand Malawi’s natural resource assets, manage ecosystems, while also strengthening public and private services, civil society, and sustainable livelihoods that build resilience.

In line with the NRS, the Environmental Affairs Department through the districts councils of Machinga and Zomba will commence with the implementation of TRANSFORM as a bridging project from GEF supported Adapt Plan and Climate Proofing projects to a possible large-scale GEF-funded programme on resilience in the district targeting 3,500 households The project is aimed at enhancing communities’ resilience to shocks through improved ecosystem- based adaptation with the following outputs:

  • Strengthening district and community institutions with adequate capacity to manage and respond to climate related risks and shocks
  • Developing pathways for creating resilient ecosystems for enhanced services and clear linkages with gender responsive and socially inclusive community-based adaptation
  • Enhancing investments in climate resilient infrastructure for economic empowerment

The project will target key hotspots in the Lake Chilwa Ecosystem in line with the NRS and National Forest Landscape Restoration programme.

UNDP will engage two programme coordinators to be based in Machinga and Zomba district councils to support UNDP and EAD’s implementation of the NRS at district level and to manage the implementation of the two-year TRANSFORM project. The Coordinators will collaborate with other UN Agencies in the districts implementing resilience-related interventions. It is anticipated that this contract will initially be for one year and pending assessment, may be renewed for an additional period.

The Programme Coordinators will be working under the guidance of the District Commissioner through Environmental District Officer (EDO) who is the Coordinator for the project, Director of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Project Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management
  • Support stakeholders and sector leads at district level in planning, implementation and managing risks with appropriate mitigation measures during project implementation.
  • Collaborate with district councils in the daily management and implementation of TRANSFORM project activities in relation to the agreed work plan.
  • Liaise with project support team at local and district level and provide managerial and technical support.
  • Provide relevant support to district staff including budgeting assistance and basic translation of the project objectives into activities for implementation.
  • Support in preparing draft work plans for the project in conjunction with other project team members at the central and district level.
  • Assist district project team in drafting and finalizing work plans and budgets (revision) for submission to Project Manager.
  • Support in carrying out assessments, monitoring and evaluation of project activities for reporting progress.
  • In liaison with district project implementing team, ensure that quarterly, annually reports and other reports are prepared and submitted on time.
Coordination on Resilience programming
  • Collaborate with other UN Agencies in initiatives that support the implementation of the NRS.
  • Promote coordination TRANSFORM project activities with district implementing sectors and other stakeholders under the guidance of the EDO, Project Manager and EAD.
Communication and learning
  • Lead in the generation and dissemination of relevant  project information such as success stories, lessons learnt and effective approaches to various stakeholders
  • Promote increased awareness of related government agencies to mainstream Climate Change Adaptation into their plans, programmes, and projects.
  • Manage the database of information, interventions and knowledge produced at district level
  • Lead in the integration of key priority areas in project implementation such as gender mainstreaming, technology and innovation
  • Promote evidenced based programming for the projects and resilience planning at district level.
Performing any other duties as required
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s Degree in Climate Change, Development Studies or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in administration and project management, preferably in Malawi
  • Strong communication skills in both English and Chichewa, with the ability to effectively and persuasively present information
  • Technical knowledge and skills in information and data management
  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable

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