Call for Applications for Members of the Global Environment Facility – Small Grants Programme National Steering Committee

  • Job Type: Contract
  • Location: Zambia
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Company Name: UNDP

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) was launched in 1992 following the principle that global environmental solutions are usually only sustainable if local populations are actively involved, and direct community benefits and ownership are generated. The priority areas for SGP are:

Sustainable agriculture and fisheries and food security.
Low-carbon energy access co-benefits.
Community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species.
Local to global coalitions for chemicals and waste management.
Catalyzing sustainable urban solutions.
CSO-Government-Private Sector Policy and Planning Dialogue Platforms.
Enhancing social inclusion.
Monitoring and Evaluation, and Knowledge Management.

SGP is highly decentralized and implemented in a 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 the Country Programme Strategy paper developed based on national environment and development priorities. The NSC is the central element of the SGP and contributes to the country programme and its strategic management. The NSC is composed of national government representatives, UNDP Country Office, and Civil Society members representing Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Community Based Organisation (CBO), academia, science, and the private sector, with a majority from the non-governmental sector. The NSC oversee the development and implementation of SGP Country Programme Strategies (CPS) and approval of grants for projects.  The NC will facilitate and support the entirely voluntary work of NSC members.
The GEF SGP in Zambia is pleased to announce a call for member candidates to be part of the SGP NSC. Participation in the NSC is a voluntary process and inquires NO monetary compensation. The NSC members and CSOs they represent CAN NOT benefit from SGP grants. The members will contribute significantly to the committee and the programme’s various expertise needs (e.g., on GEF focal areas, sustainable livelihoods, gender considerations, communications, resource mobilization, capacity development).
Local citizens from the Civil Society Organization (CSO) sector (including NGO, CBO, academic and scientific institutions, indigenous peoples, women groups); private sector representatives, donor institutions.
A degree (Masters or higher will be an added advantage) or a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a subject related to natural resources management, environmental economics, development studies, or related field.

Must have high credibility and broad experience working with CSOs, CBOs, and vulnerable communities.
Must have the ability to represent the needs and interests of the constituency in committee discussions.
Must also have the requisite knowledge of GEF focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, sustainable land management and persistent organic pollutants and specific themes such as gender, disability, sustainable livelihoods. Experts with proven experience in social inclusion, gender and disability are especially encouraged to apply.

Functional competencies (must have the knowledge in one or more of the following):

Grant making /management, financial management, governance.
Community development, monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management, project management,
Research, policy, entrepreneurship development.

Core competencies

Dedicated to assisting local communities in addressing environmental problems.
Honesty and responsiveness.
Ability to work in a team and be able to achieve consensus on disputable issues.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Sound judgment, fairness and strong client and results orientation.

Selected candidates will be invited to serve as voluntary member of the NSC for three years. Interested and qualified individuals are invited to apply. To demonstrate interest, applicants must submit electronic copy of their CV and a letter of expression of interest to become a member of the SGP, NSC no later than 31st August 2022, 5:00pm to UNDP [email protected] and copy the National Coordinator, GEF Small Grants Programme, Zambia marisam[email protected].
Terms of Reference – National Steering Committee

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