Consulting & Project Management, Management

Job Summary

UNDP- Guyana invites applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the post of National Project Manager – SC10.

Job Description
The present consultancy for a National Project Manager will provide the overall coordination and support of the day-to-day national activities of the work plan for the elaboration of the Guyana Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), following the Project Document for the GSDS approved by the Government of Guyana and the Guyana REED Investment Fund (GRIF) and the document of the “Framework of the GSDS” that has been developed in March 2017.

The National Project Manager of the UN Environment National Desk/Office will have the following responsibilities, which will be carried out in close coordination with the UN Environment Latin American and Caribbean Office, and the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office. This includes:

Coordinate the National Desk/Office, in particular:

Ensure that the actions of the UN Environment National Desk are carried out in accordance with the work plan approved in the “UN Environment Project Documents for Guyana Green State Development Strategy (GSDS)” and the “Framework for the GSDS”.
Provide the leadership for the UN Environment National Desk at the national level.
Give technical and policy direction to the UN Environment National Desk/Office and the activities it coordinates.
Act as national liaison between the Government of Guyana and UN Environment in relation to this project.
Communicate daily with UN Environment Officers at the Latin American and the Caribbean Office and at the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office.

Coordinate meetings with the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the Thematic Expert Groups and other government representatives and key actors for the elaboration of the GSDS. In particular:

Facilitate the establishment and function of the implementation structures for the elaboration of the GSDS, such as:
Setting up the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee
Coordinate the work, meetings and cooperation/interaction of the seven “Thematic Expert Groups”
Prepare a calendar of activities for each of the groups mentioned above.
Perform the task of Secretary to the Advisory Committee and the Thematic Expert Groups, including coordinating meetings, agendas, invitations, minutes, etc.
Support coordination and collaboration with the UN Country Team.
Support political dialogues and consultations between government representatives, political groups, stakeholders and expert consultations supporting the elaboration of the GSDS.
Advise the UN Environment Project Coordinator, as needed on the technical, policy and political issues impacting the project implementation activities.

Provide technical advice and inputs on the preparation of meetings and revision of documents, including:

Undertake some field missions for the consultation process and elaboration of the GSDS.
Carry out research and drafting of some chapters of the GSDS.
Supervise the coordination and organisation of relevant workshops that support the elaboration of the GSDS, including the “kick off” meeting of the Advisory Committee, two workshops on the Integrated Approach of Agenda 2030 and SDGs, and workshop on Green Economy and Fiscal and Monetary Policies.
Provide guidance and technical input on the various documents prepared for the elaboration of the GSDS, including the thematic papers for the different chapters of the GSDS and the multiple drafts of the GSDS.
Ensure that the Integrated Approach of the Agenda 2030 is will reflected in the GSDS.

Coordinate the Nation-wide consultation process:

Supervise and ensure an efficient and timely nation-wide multi-stakeholder consultation process in the 10 Regions of Guyana. This includes:
Planning together with UN Environment and government representatives from the Ministry of the Presidency, the agenda, time and preparations for the National Consultation;
Supervising the procurement process and selection of partners to carry out the work and logistics for the national consultation process;
Ensuring that the necessary documents for the consultation, including the draft of the GSDS and the communication tools are available and distributed accordingly.

Supervise the development of outreach and communication documents

Supervise the quality of the communications tools to be utilized in the GSDS, including: video, infographics, Glossary of the Green State Development Strategy, press releases, among others.
Ensure that progress and situation reports, publications, press releases and updates, relevant to the project are communicated to UN Environment for onward transmission to the Government of Guyana as and when they are issued.
Take all appropriate measures to ensure that the information given to the press and the beneficiaries acknowledges the funding by the Government of Guyana and displays in an appropriate way the Ministry of the Presidency and UN Environment logos.
Undertake the preservation of the confidentiality of any document, information or other material directly related to this project and duly classified as confidential, and thus to safeguard them.

Administration, reporting and financial records

Supervise the quality of the progress reports (both narratives and financial) in accordance with the provisions set out in the Agreement between UN Environment and the Government of Guyana. The level of detail in any report should be in accordance with the requested template of UN Environment and the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF).
Prepare Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the recruitment of the necessary consultants for the elaboration of the GSDS.
Take appropriate measures to prevent irregularities, fraud, corruption or any other illegal activity in the management of the project and immediately report any and/or actual cases of irregularity, fraud and corruption.
Ensure that project activities which fall under the post’s responsibility are carried out with accurate and regular records, and accounts of the implementation of activities are kept in accordance with UN Environment rules and procedures in a timely and efficient manner.

Products / Expected Outcomes

Setting up the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee,
Good coordination and work of the seven “Thematic Expert Groups”.
Periodic meetings organised with the Advisory Committee and Expert Groups
Effective planning and coordination of the national multi-stakeholder consultations.
Supervision and quality technical inputs on the documents and draft of the GSDS.
Supervision and guidance for the development of outreach and information tools.
Facilitation of dialogue and fluent communication between UN Environment and the Ministry of the Presidency and key partners in Guyana.
Effective project management and reporting on results, including lessons learned, best practices and success stories.
Timely progress reports requested by UN Environment / ROLAC according to the agreed GSDS work plan.
Timely financial, narrative and annual reports submitted to UN Environment/ROLAC and the implementing partner.


The Project Coordinator shall be recruited for a period of 1 year (12 months) under Service Contract appointment. An extension of the contract might be possible.


The Project Manager will be based in the Georgetown, Guyana; however he/she will be reporting directly to UN Environment Office for Latin America and Caribbean.


The first supervisor will be the Regional Coordinator of Resource Efficiency; the second supervisor will be the Regional Director, both at the UN Environment Latin America and Caribbean Office.

Knowledge and qualification required


Qualifications, skills, experience

Degree level: Title of Masters or higher degree. The title of Masters can be substituted by several years of accumulated progressive experience.
Type of Degree: A Masters is required, in public administration, political science, economics, finance, environmental management and/or other studies related to sustainable development. Experience in the area of national development strategies/policies is an advantage.
Years of work experience: A minimum of seven years of relevant experience in project management, public policy of sustainable development or related areas.
Language (s): Fluent written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other official languages in the United Nations system is an advantage.
Computer skills: Competent in computer management. Advanced level in Microsoft Office.

Competencies and values

Integrity and professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, database management, etc. Demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers timely performances of assigned tasks, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients”, and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors on-going developments inside and outside the client’s environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress of setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Communication: Proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff).

Candidates must complete and submit the United Nations Personal History Form (P11).

The candidates must also include a cover letter with one or two paragraphs (no more than 250 words) with a description of those personal attributes that could give them an advantage in the post.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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