Sao Tome and Principe (STP) NAP National Project Manager-EC

Partner UNEP
Job categories Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5323/22034
Department/office AFR, KEMCO, Kenya
Duty station Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-10
Duration 12 months initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and
Application period 29-Jun-2021 to 28-Jul-2021

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

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While Sao Tome and Principe (STP) is an absolute sink of greenhouse gases contributing to sequestration of CO2, it is also one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of Climate Change due to its geography and characteristics including the fragility of its ecosystems and low level of social-economic development. Both islands are already bearing the consequences of climate change. The country is impacted by natural hazards, such as coastal and river flash floods, storms, and droughts. Climate projections indicate that these events are set to intensify.

Effective climate change adaptation planning will assist Sao Tome and Principe in dealing with these impacts.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at its COP 16 held in Cancun in 2011 approved a process to enable member states to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), building upon their experience in preparing and implementing National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPAs), as a means of identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs.

It also stated that the NAPs are to:

1)      Reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, by building adaptive capacity and resilience;

2)      Facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation, in a coherent manner, into relevant new and existing policies, programmes and activities, in particular development planning processes and strategies, within all relevant sectors and at different levels, as appropriate.

The Paris Agreement (2015) in its global goal on adaptation (Article 7) brought new elements and dimension to the climate change adaptation.  Namely, enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response in the context of the global temperature limit of less than 2°C.    Furthermore, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has issued guidance on adaptation planning approaches.

The Government of Sao Tome and Principe, through General Division of Environment (GDE) of its Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Environment (MPWINRE), has successfully obtained a grant of USD 2.96 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for a 42 months project to build capacity to advance National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process in Sao Tome and Principe.  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the Delivery Partner for the project, with the role of supporting and overseeing the project implementation. UNDP Country Office in Sao Tome will work closely with the GDE and UNEP and provide financial management of the project. 

The NAP project in Sao Tome and Principe will be implemented by a team headed by a National Coordinator. It will support a transition from the project-based traditional modus operandi to an integrated approach to adaptation across all vulnerable economic sectors to deal with climate change in a more coherent and efficient way. The main objective of this project is to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts in STP by supporting the Country’s capacity to implement an integrated approach to adaptation planning at all levels and across sectors.

This project will conduct a National Adaptation Planning process that will produce a costed adaptation strategy for the country and provide the tools, mechanisms, system and information with which to replicate the NAP process at regular intervals and mainstream adaptation into existing and future polices, programmes and activities across levels and sectors. The project will overcome challenges to advance the NAP process in STP by (i) placing climate change at the forefront of the political agenda and strengthening the capacity of all stakeholders to advance the NAP process, (ii) improving the quality, quantity and access to climate information and knowledge, (iii) promoting a coherent and integrated approach to adaptation planning and (iv) increasing public resources and private investments in adaptation.

The National Project Manager for the Sao Tome and Principe (STP) National Adaptation Plan (NAP) project will lead the project team and provide overall operational management for the successful execution of the GCF/GDE/UNEP project. He/she will be responsible for timely delivery of project activities and outputs in accordance with the approved GCF Funding Proposal document and the Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the Ministry and UNEP and in a manner that guarantees successful achievement of project objectives and impacts.

This will include a wide range of tasks such as planning, management, organization, coordination and implementation.  Specifically, the National Project Manager will be responsible for the achievement of the deliverables stated under each of the following Project Components and corresponding Sub-components as detailed in the GCF Funding Proposal by the end of the 42-month period:

  1. Actors mobilized, institutional framework established, and national capacity strengthened to develop and implement the NAP in STP
  2. Evidence base for adaptation planning developed through the production of preparatory elements and gathering of background information for the NAP process
  3. NAP priorities operationalized into plans at local and national level, key sectors, and supported by an iterative planning framework and monitoring process.
  4. Access to resources and investments facilitated to implement adaptation priorities in STP

In addition, the National Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring that all the project resources (funds and consultant inputs) are effectively managed in accordance with the GCF-approved Funding Proposal and the Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) signed between the Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Environment (MPWINRE) and UNEP.


The National Project Manager will report on a day-to-day basis to the Project National Director designated by The Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Environment’s General Division of Environment (GDE), under the oversight of the National Committee on Climate Change (Project Steering Committee) and the National Designated Authority (Ministry of Planning, Finance and Blue Economy). The National Coordinator will collaborate with the UNDP country office on procurement and related financial matters. The National Coordinator will closely liaise and report to the UNEP Task Manager responsible for overall project implementation and reporting to the GCF.

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