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Capacity Building Coordinator (NPSA9)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Grade: NB4, Unspecified
Occupations: Educations
Job Expired 13 Jan 2022
Added 1 month ago
Job Description
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.
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The National Energy Office is under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and works closely with the Climate Change Directorate and Environmental Protection Authority as other key agencies of the Ministry. Under the revised Tile Til Eo Coordination establishment of three Working Groups to progress mitigation, adaptation and cross cutting issues have been ongoing since May 2019 and further support implementation of  the  key  recommendations  from  2050  Climate  Strategy,  Electricity Roadmap, and RMI NDC Partnership Plan 2019-2021. The main objective of this collaboration is to further strengthen coordination around climate change towards a holistic approach to tackling climate change impacts for RMI and its people. The NDC Deep Dive Project has been approved to support key activities of the RMI NDC Partnership  Plan  which  implementation  of  key  components  of  the  human  resource strategy of the Electricity is a key component. The collaboration between the three Working Groups and reporting to the Tile Til Eo Committee chaired by the Minister of Environment and Chief Secretary is the current structure of reporting process. The Mitigation Working Group is chaired by the NEO Director, Adaptation Working Group is chaired by CCD Director, and NDC P Working Group is chaired by the In Country Facilitator.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Coordinator is expected to manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including RMI Government and development partners to ensure that work is delivered in line with the RMI’s needs and is supported by coordinated inputs from other development programmes including the other two Working Groups.
Within  the  RMI  Government,  the  Project  Coordinator  will  need  to  develop  and  maintain  strong relationships  with  staff  of  the  National  Energy  Office,  the  Division  of  International  Development Assistance in the Ministry of Finance, the Marshalls Energy Company,  the National Training Council, the College of the Marshall Islands, the Public School System, the Chief Secretary, the Minister in Assistance to the President and all members of the Till E Till Eo Committee including the NDC P Working Group on human resources assessment and development and other stakeholders.
RMI’s development partners in the energy sector include the WB, Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, the European Union and bilateral partners such as the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.  The Project Coordinator will need to coordinate with the proper national focal point(s) and comply with the protocol in relation to development partners’ coordination and communication taking into account the existing TTEC coordination.

From a management perspective, the Project Coordinator will directly report to the Director of the National Energy Office and the In Country Facilitator/Project Manager of the NDC Deep Dive project through the existing Tile Til Eo structure.

Coordination and communication

  • Work with the National Energy Office (NEO) staff to ensure high-quality secretariat support for the functioning of the Til E Til Eo Committee, including coordination with stakeholders. convening meetings and workshops, and issuing agendas, information and decision papers and minutes relating to capacity building programs in the electricity sector including collaborating with the NDCP Working Group on relevant human resources development work they are also undertaking.
  • Maintain a flow of information through presentations, verbal and written briefings across the energy sector and to senior officials, Cabinet Ministers and the President.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of officials from National Energy Office (NEO), Marshalls Energy Company (MEC) and the Division of International Development Assistance (DIDA) in the Ministry of Finance, the National Training Council, the Public  Service Commission and other stakeholders to coordinate projects and technical assistance provided by development partners to ensure assistance is targeted to meet RMI’s needs in an efficient and effective manner,  avoiding  duplication  on  capacity  building  initiatives  including  close  collaboration with NDC P Working Group on ongoing human resource development work.
  • Communicate and build a common vision for the development of RMI’s electricity sector across RMI Government and external partners, through coordinating and sharing information about the ongoing and pipelined energy projects, electricity roadmap, energy policy relating to capacity building for the local workforce.
  • Provide report, advice and plans to the National Mitigation Working Group and further inform NDCP Working Group.
  • Support coordination of National Mitigation Working Group meetings and collaborate closely with the NDCP Working on human resource capacity initiatives they are also progressing under TTEC mandate.
  • Support   the   RMI   Government   as   necessary   to   prepare   and   host   an   energy   sector development partner roundtable meeting in Majuro.

Policy development

  • Conduct analysis and lead/contribute to innovative and locally appropriate energy policy development and implementation that supports capacity building in particular the local workforce.
  •  Make policy recommendations to the Til  E  Til  Eo  Committee  and  National Mitigation  Working  Group  and  collaborate  with  the  NDC  P  Working  Group  on  human resource capacity initiatives on other climate change areas.
  • Assist in developing of a revised and updated National Energy Policy and Energy Action Plan.

Capacity building

  • Support the development of knowledge, skills and gaining of experience of colleagues especially within the National Energy Office by sharing knowledge and experience gained from other contexts.
  • Support the development of RMI’s energy sector human resources by:
    • Working with the Director, National Energy Office to recruit and manage interns and staff when appropriate.
    • Identifying   the   most   efficient   and   effective   funding, scholarships, and training opportunities to build capability of staff in the short- to medium-term and to increase the number of Marshallese skilled in different aspects of the energy sector in the medium to long-term.
  • Provide monthly, quarterly, and six-monthly progress reports on delivery of the priority outputs to both NEO Director and In Country Facilitator for NDC Deep Dive project.

Implementation of the ongoing and pipelined energy projects

  • Support NEO, MEC, DIDA, Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utility Resources (KAJUR), Majuro Water & Sewer Company (MWSC), hospitals, Majuro airport, other governmental agencies, NGOs and WB (including the energy efficiency consultant and other WB consultants) to ensure timely and appropriate implementation of the ongoing energy projects, including but not limited to energy efficiency investments, energy efficiency awareness campaigns, e-Mobility promotion, renewable energy and battery storage installation, diesel generator upgrades, and technical assistance for disaster risk management.
  • Organize meetings, workshops, training, seminars, and roundtables among the implementing agencies, beneficiaries, and stakeholders to:
    • (i) advance the ongoing and pipelined projects,
    • (ii) disseminate the results of the energy projects to beneficiaries, and 
    • (iii) provide the stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss and coordinate the next steps.
  • Leadership - Generates    commitment, excitement    and excellence in others.
  • Innovation - Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.
  • People Management - Models independent thinking and action.
  • Communication & Relationship Management - Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis.
  • Delivery - Meet goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services.
Required Skills and Experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree in engineering, energy management or other related fields, or Master’s degree in energy policy, earth and environmental science policy, energy/environmental law, mineral resources, and/or public policy is desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders with at least 5 years of relevant experience in energy and environment policy development issues in developing countries OR Master's degree in the above relevant fields with at least 2 years of relevant experience in energy and environment policy development issues in developing countries.
  • Experience in working in the Pacific region, preferably in Marshall Islands is highly desirable.
  • Extensive managerial experience including experience in leading multi-cultural teams.
  • Experience in working with development partners such World Bank, Asia Development Bank, JICA, EU is highly desirable.
  • Experience in working at the country level with a UN or International Organization
  • Demonstrated professional experience in project development and   management, with focus   on planning, monitoring, reporting, stakeholder and team coordination in international development organization.
  • Understanding of the general issues of climate change and NDC‘s, especially in the low-lying island contexts.

Language Requirements:

  • English and Marshallese.


  • The successful candidate will be required to travel to outer islands as and when required.
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