Consulting & Project Management, Government & Public Sector

Job Summary

UNDP- Guyana invites applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the post of National Technical Officer – SC8.

Job Description

The present consultancy for a National Technical Officer will support the main activities in the day-to-day implementation of the foreseen activities stated in the work plan 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 Technical Officer, serving the UN Environment National Coordination 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:

Support the establishment and functioning/Secretariat services of the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the seven “Thematic Expert Groups” which includes to:

Draft the Terms of Reference, directory and calendar of activities for both the Advisory Committee and the Expert Groups.
Coordinate the necessary meetings, conference calls, and preparation of invitations, agendas, minutes, reports, and other related documents and activities.
Support political dialogues and consultations between the Advisory Committee and/or Expert Groups with government representatives, political groups, stakeholders, the UN Country Team and other experts; with the objective of supporting the elaboration of the GSDS.
Inform the National Project Manager (UN Environment), and the Project Coordinator (UN Environment ROLAC), as needed of the technical, policy and political issues necessary to consider in the project implementation activities.
Communicate daily on with UN Environment Latin American and the Caribbean Office.

Organise workshops and meetings, supporting the elaboration of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), which includes:

Support the organization of the “kick off” meeting with the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Support the organization of two workshops on Agenda 2030 and SDGs Integrated Approach with the Advisory Committee, Expert Groups, consultants and other relevant stakeholders.
Support the organization of a workshop on “Green Economy and Fiscal and Monetary policies”.
Follow up on the timeline for the development of the draft documents and coordinate the necessary face-to-face workings sessions/meetings to revise the documents with the Advisory Committee and/or Expert Groups.

Provide technical inputs on the preparation and revision of the documents and drafts of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), including to:

Undertake some field missions for the consultation process and elaboration of the GSDS.
Carry out research and drafting of some chapters of the GSDS.
Provide guidance and technical inputs on the various documents prepared for the elaboration of the GSDS, including the thematic papers for the different chapters of the GSDS and to the multiple drafts of the GSDS.
Compile comments on draft documents received from different actors and share them with the relevant expert groups and consultants responsible for the related documents.
Ensure that the Integrated Approach of the Agenda 2030 is well reflected in the GSDS.

Provide support to the Nation-wide consultation process, including to:

Support the planning and ensure an efficient and timely nation-wide multi-stakeholder consultation process in the 10 regions of Guyana.
Support the procurement process and selection of partners to carry out the logistics for the consultations.

Contribute to the development of outreach and communication documents , including to:

Support the development of the online platform for the GSDS providing technical inputs on its content
Draft the Terms of Reference for the development of outreach and communication tools foreseen for the GSDS (video, infographic, full document) and support the recruitment of a communication agency/company to deliver them.
Provide inputs both technical and otherwise, on the communications tools to be utilised in the GSDS, including: video, infographics, ABCs of the Green State Development Strategy.
Support drafting communication documents such as: briefing notes on progress of the GSDS, press releases, information for the website and relevant newsletters, among others.
Ensure that progress and status 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.

Administration, reporting and financial records

Prepare progress reports (both narrative 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).

Products / Expected Outcomes

Support the organisation of the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the “Thematic Expert Groups”.
ToRs, activity plans, meeting reports from the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the seven “Thematic Expert Groups”.
Organization of 4 workshops (kick off meeting, integrated approach Agenda 2030, and expert meeting)
Periodic meetings organized 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.
Information tools: online platform/website for the GSDS, video, infographics.
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 National Technical Officer shall be recruited for a period of 1 year (12 months) under Service Contract appointment. An extension of the contract might be possible.


The National Technical Officer will be based in the Georgetown, Guyana. However he/she will be reporting directly to UN Environment Latin America and Caribbean Office and to the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office.


The first supervisor will be the National Project Manager of the National Coordination Desk; the second supervisor will be the Regional Coordinator of Resource Efficiency of the UN Environment Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Knowledge and qualification requirements


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/polices is an advantage.
Years of work experience: A minimum of five years of relevant experience in project management, public policy on 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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