UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) provides civil society and community-based organizations (CSOs/CBOs) in developing countries with grants to enable them to tackle global environmental challenges while addressing local sustainable development needs. SGP is a GEF corporate programme, implemented by UNDP and executed by UNOPS. SGP Eswatini aims to start financing projects in 2021. Building on its over 26 years of successful operations in total over 133 countries, the 7th Operational Phase of the SGP aims “to promote and support innovative, inclusive and scalable initiatives, and foster multi stakeholder partnerships at the local level to tackle global environmental issues in priority landscapes and seascapes.”
A key element of SGP’s implementation in OP7 will be the development of landscape approaches within countries to better focus grant-making and promote strategic programming and clustering of small grant projects with the aim to achieve greater impact and lead to synergies and opportunities for scaling up. Depending on size and context of countries, as well as available funding for grant-making, countries may select one or more landscapes within which community projects will be supported. SGP will focus on supporting and coordinating concrete actions at the grassroots level by providing small-scale finance for local community-led projects within given priority landscapes, to achieve landscape-scale impacts in developing countries. SGP will also review, analyze, and codify results of these on-the-ground actions to distil and disseminate lessons which can be used for replication within the country and in other parts of the world.
Another key element of SGP’s approach in OP7 will be to enhance its role as a Grantmaker+ by strategically planning for the provision of services needed for achievement of greater portfolio impact, this may be done through selective use of capacity development grants as well as non-grant support services, networks and partnerships.
Duties and Responsibilities
Monitoring and Progress Controls
1. Country Programme Strategy (CPS)
The NSC has recently issued a call for proposals to help the SGP in Eswatini undertake a preparatory process to develop its Country Programme Strategy for OP7 through a socio-ecological environment assessment. This will involve multi-stakeholder consultations, development of baseline assessment(s) of priority identified landscape(s), and elaboration of the Country Programme Strategy (CPS) for OP7 in close coordination with UNDP, the National Coordinator and the National Steering Committee in Eswatini. The key steps in this preparatory process are:
2. National Steering Committee Meetings
The SGP is highly decentralized and implemented in democratic, transparent and country-driven manner facilitated by the National Coordinator (NC). SGP grants are awarded based on decisions made by the voluntary National Steering Committee (NSC) guided by Country Programme Strategy paper developed on the basis of national environment and development priorities. The NSC is the central element of the SGP and makes the key contribution to the country programme and its strategic management. The NSC composed of national government representatives, UNDP Country Office and civil society members representing NGOs, CBOs, academia, science and private sector, with a majority coming from non-governmental sector. The NSCs are in-charge of guiding the development and implementation of SGP Country Programme Strategies (CPS) and approval of grants for projects.
3. Capacity development Grantmaking
Capacity Development grants consist of standalone projects that are strategic in nature and support the work of the other areas of work at the portfolio level while also contributing towards meeting the objectives of the Country Programme Strategy through building capacity of grantees and key stakeholders to engage, generate information and knowledge, inform policy and legislation development, and to monitor, evaluate and deliver quality and timely projects. The National Steering Committee will decide and prioritize the focus of this grants.
This grant will have a specific call for proposals and criteria for the selection process to ensure transparency. The identification and selection process will be conducted by the NSC in line with established SGP standards and will be open to all local and national NGOs and CBOs.
4. Awareness Raising and Communication
The SGP is a new initiative to the Kingdom of Eswatini therefore requires continuous awareness raising using various media platforms, reaching potential grantees, partners and other key stakeholders.
The consultant will work closely with the CPMT Regional Focal Point, UNOPS Regional Focal Point, UNDP, the NSC and grantees and he/she should seek regular guidance. The consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment.
The consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own workstation (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer*, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection. *Excludes printing material for workshops and outreach activities
Duration of the Work:
Proposed contract duration is 90 working days including travel/field visit that will be spread out in the period of March 2021 – August 2021.
The consultant will work from home for the duration of the contract. Any travel costs must be factored into the financial proposal.
UN Core Values
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree or higher in Natural Resources or Environmental Management, Conservation or Sustainable Development, or Social Sciences with a specialization in environment and development, or any other relevant study area.
The following documents to be included when submitting the application.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.