Technical Expert for Rapid Assistance to Communities

  UN Environment
Bachelor's Degree   Full Time 1439
Date Posted:Jul 9, 2019
Closing Date:Jul 16, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Business Administration ,Research/Survey,Management,Agriculture,Education/ Training,Programme,Monitoring and Evaluation
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 - 10 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Contractor
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Pashto,English,Dari

About UN Environment :


Afghanistan is currently facing an increase in the number and intensity of droughts, as well as more frequent flooding, because of increased climate variability. It is predicted that the incidence of extreme weather events and climate-induced disasters will increase in future. These changes are likely to adversely affect natural ecosystems and community livelihoods throughout the country. Furthermore, national governance structures agencies currently lack the capacity to plan for and adapt to these anticipated climate change-related threats.

UN Environment has been working on institutional development for sustainable environmental management in Afghanistan since 2002. Together with its direct government counterpart, the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), UN Environment is working to strengthen policy-making as well as institutional and technical capacities to develop policies, plans and programmes for integrating natural resource management, rural development and water resource management in national and sub-national development plans. UN Environment Afghanistan is currently undertaking activities on environmental resilience, climate change, capacity building and landscape planning with government counterparts, communities, non-governmental organisations, and international agencies.

Job Summary:

A Technical Expert is required to facilitate the implementation of UN Environment project activities in Bamyan Province and provide overall operational management for the successful planning, implementation, reporting and monitoring of the field-level activities. The Technical Expert has the daily responsibility for management, coordination, and supervision of field-level implementation of project activities for delivery of the results in accordance with the project document, agreed work plans and budgets, with accountability to NEPA and UN Environment. He/she will report on a day-to-day basis to the National Project Coordinator and the Chief Technical Advisor

Skills Required:

Capacity Building Leadership Skills Monitoring & EvaluationAdministrativeMS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)Problem Solving SkillsInterpersonal SkillsProject Management

Provinces to travel:


Skills Description:


1.       A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in project implementation, management and field supervision, preferably with experience in environmental or climate change projects

2.       Demonstrated experience of working with local communities on designing, implementing and monitoring community-based environmental and climate change adaptation activities

3.       Demonstrated previous work experience and collaboration with governments, UN agencies and NGOs/CSOs would be highly desirable. 

2. Key Competencies

Professionalism, Integrity, Respect for diversity, Performance management

3. Language

Good writing, presentation and facilitation skills in English and Dari

4. Work Location

Bamyan, Afghanistan

5. Expected Duration

The contract is for a three-month period with the possibility of extension. The start date is as soon as possible but no later than 1 August 2019.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Technical Expert is responsible for the following main deliverables:

2.1      Oversight of the completion of UN Environment’s field-level activities on climate change, environmental restoration, disaster risk reduction and resilience-building in accordance with project results frameworks and agreed on budgets and workplans.

2.2      Project achievements and lessons learned are communicated with communities as well as provincial and national counterparts to promote their integration in development planning and financing processes, contributing to the sustainability and replication of the approaches for environmental resilience building and climate change adaptation.

The above-mentioned deliverables will be achieved by undertaking the following tasks:

1.      Provide support and guidance to local communities as well as province- and district-level government staff on implementation of field activities

2.      Day-to-day coordination of field activities including delivery of activities through Community Development Councils, monitoring progress of activities, and ensuring timely delivery of activities in accordance with approved workplans and budgets

3.      Inform the National Project Coordinator and Chief Technical Advisor of risks that might jeopardise the success of the activities, and propose remedial actions

4.      Facilitate the monitoring and reporting framework for field activities, drawing on the project document, results frameworks and workplans

5.      Oversee financial management of field activities, including managing expenditures in accordance with approved workplans and budgets, managing project cash flow and preparing budget revisions

6.      Ensuring timely and accurate expenditure reporting in accordance with financial reporting systems

7.      Ensuring timely and accurate narrative reporting in accordance with the project document, results frameworks and workplans

8.      Liaise and coordinate with national and provincial government staff, the National Project Coordinator, the Chief Technical Advisor and other UN Environment Afghanistan staff.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Bamyan


Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. project management, environment, agriculture, forestry, etc.

Job Keywords:

LDCF, NEPA, UNDP, CMB, UN, United Nations, United Nations Environment Prgramme, Bamyan, Expert, UNOCA, National Environment Protection Agency, Crisis Management Branch, Afghanistan, Environment
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