Posted on :
15 Feb, 2019
15 Feb, 2019
There is high agreement by all national and regional scale analyses of vulnerability by various sources including government commissioned reports and independent scholastic research10 that vulnerability especially to drought effects has geographical patterns and socioeconomic associations, with the three northern regions (Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions) the most vulnerable. Similarly, the adaptive capacity of these three northern regions is the lowest nationwide due to low socioeconomic development and heavy dependence of local economies and livelihoods on rain-fed systems such as agriculture and forestry. Decreasing annual rainfall and increasingly erratic rainfall patterns, due to climate change, are adversely affecting rural livelihoods in northern Ghana especially agricultural and pastoral practices. Such decreases in annual rainfall with erratic patterns are also expressed as drought and flooding posing enormous challenges to local communities to deal with such extreme events. The Government of Ghana (GoG), through the Adaptation Fund financed Program titled “Increased resilience to climate change in northern Ghana through the management of water resources and diversification of livelihoods” aims therefore at addressing climate change-induced decreases in the availability and increasing unpredictability of water resources, and the associated negative impacts of these trends on the livelihoods of rural communities.
Job Title: Project Tech. Assistant
This Will Be Done So By Delivering The Following Four Complementary Outcomes
The main objective of the programme is to enhance the resilience and adaptive capacity of rural livelihoods to climate impacts and risks on water resources in the northern region of Ghana. The objective will be achieved through key results centered on the improvement of water access and also increase institutional capacity and coordination for integrated water management to support other uses of water resources especially for the diversification of livelihoods by rural communities.
The project is executed by the Ministry of Environment, Science, technology and Innovation of Ghana and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close cooperation with sectoral ministries, NGOs and the private sector.
Summary Of Key Functions
Duties and Responsibilities
Under direct supervision of the Project Coordination/Technical Officer, the Project Technical Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Communicating Information And Ideas
Communicating clearly and effectively. Seeking to understand the ideas of others. Facilitating and encouraging open communication. Creating an environment for open communication. Inspiring and persuading others.
Ethics And Values
Taking actions that are congruent with what he/she says. Reliably delivering on promises and honoring commitments made. Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN/UNDP in actions and decisions. Demonstrating an appreciation of differences in values and learning from cultural diversity. Moves from demonstrating sensitivity to encouraging full participation, to leveraging diversity.
Knowledge Sharing/continuous Learning
Taking responsibility for self-learning and development. Actively seeking learning and career development opportunities. Promoting organizational learning and knowledge management. Building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
Understanding, building and using formal/ informal systems and contacts in a complex organizational and global environment to obtain results. Moves from an ability to use organizational services to assist others, to applying corporate thinking and applying judgment, to building support and finally, demonstrating political acumen.
Self-management And Emotional Intelligence
Managing moods, responding effectively to stress, situations of ambiguity or crisis. Managing relationships with others to achieve mutual benefits. Building an emotionally intelligent organization.
Working In Teams
Working effectively with colleagues in ways that allow the achievement of shared objectives. Building teams both within existing organizational structures and outside of them. Creating team spirit and unity of purpose across the business unit.
Building strategic partnerships:
Establishing, maintaining, and utilizing a broad network of contacts. Building partnerships and strategic alliances. Leveraging the resources of national governments and other development partners.
Understanding and meeting or exceeding client needs. Anticipating and addressing client needs and concerns. Developing innovative approaches to meeting client needs. Ensuring overall provision of quality services to clients.
Job Knowledge And Technical Expertise
Demonstrating and applying professional and/or technical expertise/knowledge of the post or discipline. Focusing on the knowledge and skill areas necessary to effectively perform the functions of the post. Identifying and seeking to expand knowledge and improve work processes.
Conceptual Innovation In The Provision Of Technical Expertise
Supporting UNDP’s advocacy by developing innovative and creative approaches to the provision of technical expertise. Moves from research to analysis to developing innovative and creative approach to conceptual leadership and championing conceptual innovation.
Creating Visibility For UNDP/supporting UNDP’s Capacity To Advocate
Ensuring that UNDP has the visibility and corporate image it requires as the key development actor.
Design And Implementation Of Management Systems
Ensuring that UNDP has the internal management systems it requires as the key development actor
Innovation And Marketing New Approaches
Enhance existing processes or products. Developing original and innovative ideas and approaches.
Integration in a multi-disciplinary environment
Promoting Accountability And Results-based Management
Monitoring and promoting practices, procedures and systems that support accountability and results-based management, while also influencing change in the organizational culture.