Ed Green Ed.Green at unep-wcmc.org
Mon Dec 12 07:41:34 EST 2005

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Vacant Position:	Technical Advisor (TA) 
Project: 		Conservation Management of Eritrea's Coastal, Marine and Island Biodiversity (Project ERI/97/G31)
Duration:		Two year full-time position
Contract type:	Appointment of Limited Duration (ALD) (One year contract to start, extendable for second year based on performance)

Duty Station:	Massawa, Eritrea
Start-date:	as soon as possible

Project Background

The objective of the project is to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the globally significant biodiversity of Eritrea's coastal, marine and island (CMI) ecosystems.  These are currently threatened by the rapid development of fisheries, tourism and oil exploration.  The project will facilitate sustainable development of the CMI resources, through a participatory management framework, establishment of conservation areas and species programs, an operational information system, and increased public awareness of the needs and benefits of CMI biodiversity.

Technical Advisor qualifications

The Technical Advisor (TA) will be a senior international technical expert with a second degree in Biological or Natural Resources Sciences. The TA will have strong record of scholarly publications and extensive experience in the acquisition, assimilation and synthesis of information relevant to CMI biodiversity assessment and management, preferably in the Red Sea region. A good working knowledge in the application of RS/GIS techniques in tropical ICZM, computer skills, a valid driving license and SCUBA certification are essential attributes. The person will have a demonstrative ability to network and work in close collaboration with others.

Terms of Reference

Under the overall supervision of the National Project Manager, and in close collaboration with the National Implementing Agency, the Project Coordinating, Planning and Implementation Committee (PCPIC) and UNDP, the TA will be responsible for providing technical oversight, guidance, leadership and supervision to the project. The TA will serve full-time for a period of two years, with the option for discontinuation after the first year. The Duty Station will be Massawa, Eritrea. The schedule of duties for the TA is as follows:

1.	Lead responsibility for providing oversight, guidance and supervision for technical components of the overall CMI Framework Objective.

2.	Act as the technical focal point for national, regional and international integration and coordination in this project, and as requested by the NPM, National Implementing Agency and PCPIC, represent the project at the technical level and provide expert advice.

3.	Performing training needs assessments through routine evaluations and appraisals of the technical capacity of project staff and national partners to implement project activities. Based upon these assessments, identify and coordinate with relevant national and international institutions in the development of appropriate in-situ and ex-situ training programmes, seminars and short courses, in consultation with the NPM and National Implementing Agency.

4.	In consultation with the NPM, National Implementing Agency, PCPIC, UNDP and UNOPS, draft detailed clear TORs and contracting mechanisms for activities to be undertaken by the collaborating institutions and individual consultants and trainers, and monitor and supervise the fulfillment of contractual obligations. 

5.	Providing backstopping and overall supervision for the practical implementation of technical components of the project's field responsibilities, including logistical and safety considerations, and providing oversight for data management and synthesis (GIS). 

6.	Creating and maintaining technical linkages and partnerships with relevant national, regional and international groups. 

7.	Establishing a website to promote the project internationally and provide a forum through which to share information and ideas.

8.	Providing guidance in the search for technical information, reference literature and data relevant to the project, coordinating the establishment of a metadata base of this information.

9.	Assisting the NPM with the organization of national workshops and other fora to promote coordination for biodiversity protection.

10.	Advising and assisting the NPM with the procurement, maintenance and upgrading of technical items of project equipment.

11.	Assisting the NPM with the preparation of Annual Work Plans and budget reviews, and the preparation of project reports.
12.	Lead responsibility for compilation of technical reports and publications, including reviewing those submitted by contracted individual consultants and collaborating institutions.

13.	Undertaking the preparation, coordination and monitoring of study-tours and fellowships.

14.	Advising the National Implementing Agencies on issues relating to the project and their regional and international significance.

15. Undertaking other relevant duties as directed by the NPM, National Implementing Agency and PCPIC.

Please mail, fax or E-mail your cover letter and full CV by 16 September 2001 to:

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Attention: Ms. Katherin Topar-Michon, Portfolio Manager
Division for Environmental Programmes
United Nations Office for Project Services
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10174
Fax: (212) 457 4044
E-mail: katherintm at unops.org
Ref: ERI/97/G31 - Technical Advisor

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