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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

 

 

 



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Duties and Responsibilities

 

Project Management




  • Working together with the technical officers from relevant ministries and local authorities, the SLM Project Officer will be responsible for supporting National Project Coordination on the technical implementation as well as the technical quality control of Component 2. The SLM PO will therefore provide sound technical advice to the Project Management Unit and the NPC as the basis for implementing project components, and coordinating community-level activities and interventions on component 2, but also for overall project support.
  • Provide technical expertise and strategic guidance to all project components to ensure mainstreaming of SLM issues into all project activities, assuming quality control of interventions, and supporting the National Project Coordinator in the coordination of the implementation of planned activities under the project as stipulated in the project document/work plan.
  • Ensure development of Terms of Reference for different studies planned in the AWP are finalized and consultants are recruited to conduct these studies; assist in the selection and recruitment process; take lead in coordination of the consultants’ work and provide quality assurance for the final product including ensuring timely delivery of expected outputs, and effective synergy among the various sub-contracted activities.
  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation of Project Implementation Reports and Annual Project Report (PIR/APR), technical reports for submission to the IPs, and Project Steering Committee and UNDP-GEF as required;
  • Assist the Project Manager in liaison work with project partners, donor organizations, NGOs and other groups to ensure effective coordination of project activities;
  • Provide technical support to the Project Manager for the fine-tuning of the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy, with a focus on impact indicators, means of verification and risk identification and mitigation;
  • Take lead in providing technical guidance on collection of data and information required as part of project monitoring.
  • Document lessons from project implementation and make recommendations to the Steering Committee for more effective implementation and coordination of project activities; and,
  • In consultation with UNDP CO and RCU initiate and support fundraising during the project implementation to upscale/consolidate project interventions; follow up guidance provided to the Project Manager and senior management at UNDP. Link these efforts to the sustainability of the project;
  • Together with the M&E, Gender and Communications Officer, identify the opportunities and avenues for technical publications; generation of and quality control of the publications.

 

Project management and monitoring




  • Provide hands-on support to the Project Manager, staff and other government counterparts in the areas of project management and planning, management of site activities, monitoring, and impact assessment;
  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation and revision of the Annual Work Plans by technically contributing to the delivery of component 2 in particular;
  • Assist the Project Manager in monitoring the technical quality of project M&E systems (including AWPs, indicators and targets).
  • Provide technical support to the Project Manager for the fine-tuning of the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy, with a focus on impact indicators, means of verification and risk identification and mitigation and ensuring that the project M&E activities are carried out;
  • Assist the Project Manager in adjusting the project Results Framework, as required and in line with corporate requirements;
  • Coordinate preparation of the periodic Status Report when called for by the Project Manager;
  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation of the Combined Project Implementation Review/Annual Project Report (PIR/APR), technical reports, quarterly progress and financial reports for submission to UNDP, the GEF, other donors and government departments, as required;
  • Document lessons from project implementation and make recommendations to the Steering Committee for more effective implementation and coordination of project activities.

 

Relationship building

  • Assist the Project Manager in liaison work with project partners, donor organizations, NGOs and other groups to ensure effective coordination of project activities;
  • Engage on and contribute to policy dialogues at all levels, including the national level;

 

Communication

  • Assist in knowledge management, communications and awareness raising and document lessons from project implementation and make recommendations to the Project Board for more effective implementation and coordination of project activities; and
  • Together with the M&E, Gender and Communications Officer, identify the opportunities and avenues for technical publications; generation of and quality control of the publications.

 

Outputs

a. Monthly progress reports;




b. Quarterly reports

c. Annual reports

d. Final compiled report

 

 

 

Competencies

 

The SLM Project Officer will require substantial training and experience in sustainable land management and/or conservation. In addition to experience working with government staff, local Government authorities and research or private institutions, the SLM Project Officer should also have extensive experience with technical support to project development, implementation and management. Prior involvement in implementing UNDP/GEF funded projects in the region would be an advantage.  In summary, the SLM Project Officer should have the following competencies:

  • Expertise and proven experience in SLM approach or natural resources management, including rangeland management and livestock management
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Proven ability to plan, organize and effectively implement activities
  • Understanding of landscape conservation and land use planning and management
  • Ability to coordinate and work in teams, as well as in complex environments
  • Proven experience in participatory processes, and in facilitating dialogue between Government, development partners, private sector and civil society
  • Strong communication and advocacy skills
  • Understanding of UNDP/GEF functioning and reporting procedures

 

Required Skills and Experience

 

  • At least a Masters in Natural Resource Management,Environmental Science, Agriculture or related filed.
  • Experience in research, project planning, implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation coupled with vast knowledge and experience in institution building;
  • A minimum of 8 years of post-graduate professional experience in environment/sustainable land management, with knowledge of the developing world including Southern Africa and preferably Botswana;
  • Thorough understanding of landscape planning and management; wildlife and biodiversity conservation issues including environment policies and governance systems desirable;
  • Familiarity with Multilateral Environmental Conventions, especially the UNCCD;
  • Substantive knowledge of UNDP/GEF programming tools for planning, monitoring, and general knowledge of the UNDP Practice Areas, particularly Environment;
  • Ability to read and write English is requirement.

 

Disclaimer

 

This post is open to Botswana Nationals only.Appliications from qualified women  are encouraged

 

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