Natural resources management in the Kalahari landscape is characterised by competition and conflict between conservation goals, economic development and livelihoods. Home to large herds of angulates and iconic predators, the landscape was dominated by low-density wildlife with hunter-gatherer livelihoods until borehole farming enabled cattle ranching a few decades ago. The consequent rangeland degradation and ecosystem fragmentation threatens wildlife and economic development. Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) meant to support wildlife-based economic activities and secure migratory corridors linking the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve continue to be lost to livestock encroachment, due to delayed gazettement. Wildlife is under additional threat from poaching, wildlife poisoning and illegal wildlife trade (IWT).
Stakeholders lack the planning tools, institutional coordination and operational capacities to balance competing needs and optimise environment, social and economic outcomes. In particular, there is a need for improved coordination in tackling poaching, wildlife poisoning and IWT, improved capacities for improving rangeland management in the communal lands and limited incentives for local communities to protect wildlife. The project will remove these barriers using the following strategies: Coordinating capacity for combating wildlife crime/trafficking and enforcement of wildlife policies and regulations at district, national and international levels ; Incentives and systems for wildlife protection by communities increase financial returns from natural resources exploitation and reduce human wildlife conflicts, securing livelihoods and biodiversity in the Kalahari landscape; Integrated landscape planning in the conservation areas and SLM practices in communal lands secure wildlife migratory corridors and increase productivity of rangelands respectively, reducing competition between land-uses and increasing ecosystem integrity of the Kalahari ecosystem (Component 3); and, Gender mainstreaming, knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation
The Finance and Admin Officer will be a nationally recruited professional selected based on an open competitive process managed by UNDP. He/she shall be responsible for the overall financial management of the project and project accounting, as well as for basic administrative support to the project. He/she will work under the supervision of the PM.
With respect to Financial Management
- Facilitate auditing and financial controls with respect to the Project;
- Ensure that all procurements and disbursements are carried out in accordance with the UNDP/GEF and Government of Botswana requirements, which requires familiarity with the financial management procedures;
- Implementation of procurement related to this project, working with MENT ’s procurement unit, in particular;
- Ensure that project-related disbursements are carried out in a timely and efficient manner;
- Ensure the smooth flow of funds to enable the timely implementation of project activities amongst the various implementation partners, including the timely replenishment of the project account;
- Compile the quarterly and annual financial reports in a timely manner, with a focus on the financial delivery of the project;
- Prepare a monthly project bank reconciliation;
- Maintain a logical and comprehensive record of financial transactions, with supporting documentation, for reference and audit purposes;
- Provide the necessary assistance and documentation for the statutory audit of annual financial statements;
- Perform all other duties as requested by the PM;
- Perform any other duty relevant to the assignment.
With respect to administrative support
- Ensure that office equipment and furniture are procured for and maintained in good working order;
- Responsible for meeting agendas and booking of meeting venues and related workshops;
- Responsible for Vehicle fleet management;
- Support project reporting needs;
- Perform other duties as requested by the PM and relevant to the project.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes vision, mission ad strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Planning and organizing;
- Good communication skills and competence in handling the project’s external relations at his/her level;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice area, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
- Ability to formulate and manage budgets and reporting;
- Fluent/good knowledge of Setswana and English;
- Familiarity and prior experience with UNDP and GEF requirements and procedures are considered an asset.
- Good ICT skills
- Ability and demonstrated success to work in a team
- At least a Diploma in Accounting and Business Studies;
- A Bachelors Degree in Business Administration will be an added advantage
- Knowledge of accounting policies and principles;
- At least seven (7) years’ work experience in administration, of which at least two years was closely related to support of project / program activities;
- Capable of working fairly independently;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people;
- Excellent communication skills (oral and written); in English;
- Good computer skills and proficiency in standard computer applications (MS Word, MS Excel, etc.).
- Fluency in English and Setswana
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