Ministry Of Natural Resources And Climate Change
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CLIMATE CHANGE
ASSIGNMENTS UNDER TRANSFORMATIONAL ADAPTATION FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN THE LAKE CHILWA BASIN OF MALAWI PROJECT (TRANSFORM)
1.0 BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
The Malawi Government has received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement the
Transformational Adaptation for Climate Resiliencein the Lake Chilwa Basin of Malawi (TRANSFORM). In the Lake Chilwa basin in southern Malawi, local communities are increasingly affected by the impacts of climate change. Since the 1960s, Malawi has experienced an increase in annual temperatures, prolonged dry seasons, increasingly variable rainfall patterns and more frequent heavy rainfall events. These climatic changes have been particularly acute in the Lake Chilwa basin where they have contributed to a rise in the intensity and frequency of climate hazards such as droughts and floods associated with: i) a decline in the capacity of ecosystems in the basin to regulate the hydrological cycle; ii) a decrease in Lake Chilwa’s water levels; and iii) a reduction in the productivity of fisheries and rainfed agriculture.
TRANSFORM Project aims to reduce the vulnerability of communities surrounding the lake to the adverse effects of climate change by strengthening the resilience of livelihoods through
Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) and financing of sustainable, climate-resilient enterprises. Specific interventions implemented under TRANSFORM will include: i) enhancing the capacity of communities and institutions to plan, implement and monitor EbA interventions that build the adaptive capacity of the basin; ii) improving small-scale producers’ access to lucrative markets for climate-resilient products and value chains through diversification of product/service offerings and alternative livelihoods, as well as by enhancing access to microfinance, social protection and insurance; and iii) facilitating the adoption of alternative and climate-resilient livelihoods.
These interventions will see more robust and coordinated relationships between the private sector and small-scale producers, facilitated by concessional financing, improved
infrastructure and technologies, thereby enabling a long-term resilience building and vulnerability reduction in the Lake Chilwa basin and across the rest of Malawi.
The project will be implemented in Machinga, Zomba and Phalombe Districts. It is against this background that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change would like to
recruit personnel to spearhead the management and implementation of the TRANSFORM project.
The Ministry therefore, would like to invite applications from suitable candidates to fill the vacant positions that exist within the Project Management Unit (PMU) at the Environmental
1.1 OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
The objective of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of communities surrounding Lake Chilwa to the adverse effects of climate change by strengthening the resilience of livelihoods
through Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) and financing of climate-resilient enterprises in Lake Chilwa, and scaled up to other regions of Malawi: This will be addressed through 3
(i) Component 1: Enhancing financing and investment in adaptation options and climate-resilient enterprises in the Lake Chilwa basin, with potential for upscaling to other regions
of Malawi. this will contribute to the outcome of enhanced public and private sector investment in and strengthened market linkages for upscaling sustainable, climate-resilient
enterprises to provide communities with alternative sources of income.
(ii) Component 2: Implementation of EbA and Sustainable climate-resilient livelihoods. This will contribute to the attainment of outcome 1 which is Reduced vulnerability of communities in target districts to climate change through the implementation of EbA interventions and the introduction of innovative sustainable climate-resilient livelihoods in preparation for scaling up through Outcomes 1 and 3.
(iii) Component 3: Strengthening the enabling environment for upscaling of initiatives aimed at climate-resilient development across Malawi. This will contribute to the outcome of
Strengthened enabling environment for district and community-level institutions to plan, implement and monitor Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), in readiness for receiving
funding under the SCFF.
2.0 PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change through the Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) is implementing a Transformation adaptation for Climate Resilience in the Lake Chilwa Basin in Malawi project (TRANSFORM). It is against this background that the Ministry would therefore like to seek the services of a (i)Project Manager, (ii) Monitoring and
Evaluation Officer, (iii) Safeguards Officer, (iv) Gender and Social Inclusion Officer, (v) Project Coordinators, (vi) Project Procurement Officer, (vii) Finance and Administrative Officer, (viii) Finance and Administrative Assistants to manage day to day operations of the project for a period of 60 months.
The Project Manager, the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, the Project Safeguards Officer, the Project Gender and Social Inclusion Officer, the Finance and Administration Officer and the project Procurement Officer will operate from the Project Management Unit (PMU) based at the Environmental Affairs Department offices in Lilongwe and will be reporting to the Director of Environmental Affairs. The District Project Coordinators and Finance and Administration Assistants will operate from Machinga, Zomba and Phalombe Districts and will report to the Project Manager based at Environmental Affairs Department in Lilongwe.
2.5. PROJECT MONITORING AND EVALUATION OFFICER (M&EO)
2.5.1 Overall Description of the duties
The Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will be based at the Environmental Affairs Department in Lilongwe. He/Shewill be responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation, research, and learning framework of the TRANSFORM Project. He/she will develop a systematic monitoring framework to improve the qualitative and quantitative evidence gathered by the Project. He/she will also provide technical assistance to the implementing agencies, ministries and department particularly in relation to monitoring, reporting and governance issues. the Project M&EO will be employed on full time basis for a period of 60 months.
Project M&E Officer 60 months/ over 5 years
The project M&E Officer will be based at the Environmental Affairs Department in Lilongwe. He/Shewill be responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the
monitoring and evaluation, research, and learning framework of the TRANSFORM Project. He/she will develop a systematic monitoring framework to improve the qualitative and
quantitative evidence gathered by the Project. He/she will also provide technical assistance to the implementing agencies, particularly in relation to monitoring, reporting and governance issues
Duties and Responsibilities
- Monitor project progress and participate in the production of progress reports ensuring that they meet the necessary reporting requirements and standards;
- Ensure Project’s M&E meets the requirements of the Government, the UNDP Country Office, and UNDP-GEF; develop project-specific M&E tools as necessary;
- Oversee and ensure the implementation of the Project’s M&E plan, including the periodic appraisal of the Project’s Theory of Change and Results Framework with reference to actual and potential project progress and results;
- Oversee/develop/coordinate the implementation of the stakeholder engagement plan;
- Oversee and guide the design of surveys/ assessments commissioned for monitoring and evaluating project results;
- Facilitate mid-term and terminal evaluations of the Project; including management responses;
- Facilitate annual reviews of the Project and produce analytical reports from these annual reviews, including learning and other knowledge management products;
- Support project site M&E and learning missions; and
- Visit project sites as and when required to appraise project progress on the ground and validate written progress reports
- Create the monitoring and evaluation framework, plan and tools for the project
- Prepare quarterly and annual programmatic progress updates on Project performance.
- Ensure easy public access to Monitoring and Evaluation reports and data, and support wide distribution
- Provide technical support to the PMU to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation system
- Facilitate review of progress on a quarterly basis; problem solving and development of remedial actions ensuring any disparity between planned and actual outputs are addressed
- Assist EAD in the identification of potential implementation problems and bottlenecks.
- Any other tasks assigned by the Programme Manager to support the overall Management, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of the Project
- Bachelor’s Degree in Development Economics/Agricultural Economics/Statistics/ Project Management from Accredited Universities
- 5 years of relevant working experience at the national level in local and international development issues, both in the field and headquarters
- Experience in monitoring, evaluation and reporting with a background and interest in the analysis of socio-economic issues, adaptation and resilience building and related policy matters;
- Excellent communication skills with ability to express ideas clearly.
Knowledge and Technical Skills
- Demonstrable exposure to development topics Knowledge on Project Management.
- Demonstrable experience with Partnership and Stakeholders management, coordination and communication.
- Experience working with environmental, Climate change management issues such as Adaptation and resilience is desired.
- Experience working in the development and Environment and climate change sector/working on government-donor funded projects.
- Additional experience of project support functions (finance, human resources, procurement & logistics) is desired.
- Strong computer skills, including internet navigation and office applications (Google Workspace/MS Office).
- Ability to work under pressure with minimum or no supervision
- A team player who demonstrates patience, flexibility and honesty
- Proven experience in project planning and management.
Method Of Application
Interested applicants that satisfy the requirements in the ToRs should submit their applications includinga signed application letter indicating the position they are applying for with an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV); Names and Contacts of Three Traceable Referees; Copies of Certificates by 04:30 PM on 24th November, 2023 to: The Director Environmental Affairs, Lingadzi House, P/Bag 394, LILONGWE 3.