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UNDP Jobs: Project Specialist – MRV 2021

Job Title: Project Specialist – MRV

Organization: UNDP

Job ID: 37116

Practice Area – Job Family: Environment and Energy

Vacancy End Date (Midnight New York, USA): 18/05/2021

Duty Station: Phnom-Penh, Cambodia

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: P4

Vacancy Type: FTA International

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

“Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.”


Over the past two decades Cambodia has realized exceptional rates of economic growth averaging over 7% prior to the pandemic and has delivered an economic transformation.  This has been accompanied by persistent declines in poverty and rapid improvements in human development.  

Yet Cambodia does face several development challenges going forward. Pressures stemming from Cambodia’s rapid progression as a Middle-Income Country (MIC) have tended to be resource and carbon intensive, therefore, raising questions about sustainability. Cambodia has as a result, experienced both environmental challenges and natural resource depletion. As Cambodia responds to COVID19 and looks towards a recovery, opportunities may arise for a greener and more sustainable development pathway. 

UNDP Cambodia has played important roles in supporting environmental sector priorities of the Royal Government of Cambodia covering climate change, environment and sustainable energy.  

For instance, since 2011, through UN-REDD and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s (FCPF) Readiness Fund, UNDP has promoted REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries). REDD+ is a global climate change with the main goal to prevent forest degradation and deforestation and promote forest conservation through offering results-based payments as financial incentives to developing countries. 


In addition, over the next two and a half years (2021-2023), UNDP will be providing technical support to the Ministry of Environment as part of a wider World Bank IDA loan financed programme, the Cambodia Sustainable Landscape & Ecotourism Project (CSLEP). The Project Development Objective is to improve protected areas (PAs) management, and to promote ecotourism opportunities and non-timber forest product (NTFP) value chains in the Cardamom Mountains-Tonle Sap landscape. UNDP’s technical assistance to the MoE is to ensure a robust “Cambodian Environmental Management Information System” (CEMIS) and a data management system, development and operationalization of sustainable financing mechanisms, and effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of project activities. 

The Project Specialist in charge of MRV is expected to provide technical support to the above-mentioned projects. Specifically, the specialist will undertake the following functions:

  • Ensure timely delivery of outputs and activities under Outcome 4 of the FCPF II readiness project.
  • Provide technical and strategic advice on issues related to forest monitoring for implementing REDD+ initiatives
  • Provide lead technical and capacity building support to the General Department of Environmental Knowledge and Information (GDEKI) and their partners for conceptualizing and implementing CEMIS and the ISDS under the CSLEP project
  • Support project management and knowledge management related to REDD+ and CSLEP projects. 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Ensure timely delivery of outputs and activities under Outcome 4 of the FCPF II readiness project: 

  • Coordinate the design and pilot of detailed guidelines for the thematic areas of the Regulatory Framework for REDD+ (also known as the Nesting System).
  • Maintain and update the National REDD+ Project Database & related data integration systems.
  • Support national and subnational consultations with relevant stakeholders on National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) and Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) allocation.
  • Facilitate the design and test of a transparent financial mechanism for REDD+ proceeds to ensure the sustainability of the system.
  • Coordinate all national and international consultants and the available knowledge resources to ensure the quality of the outputs produced under the project.

2. Provide technical and strategic advice on issues related to forest monitoring for implementing REDD+ initiatives:

  • Coordinate with technical partners and with the REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat for piloting and implementation of new methodologies to monitor REDD+ activities.
  • Provide strategic guidance to ensure that REDD+ outcomes are fully achieved in the context of a national policy approach under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), notably on the implementation of the Nesting System.
  • Provide support and technical advice to the development of policy options and strategy for the design and implementation of the FCPF project to the Government of Cambodia and other development actors. 
  • Communicate on a regular basis with the regional technical advisors to coordinate regional and global technical advisory inputs, including through coordination and accompaniment of backstopping missions.
  • Oversee and coordinate the development of a concept note and a full proposal for the submission of Cambodia to the Green Climate Fund for simplified approval process for REDD+ (REDD+ SAP).

3. Provide lead technical and capacity building support to the General Department of Environmental Knowledge and Information (GDEKI) and their partners for conceptualizing and implementing CEMIS and the ISDS under the CSLEP project:

  • Coordinate with the GDEKI at its partners the conceptualization and operationalisation of a spatial data infrastructure for environmental purposes, as part of a plan to standardize the ISDS.
  • Elaborate an assessment to identify the user requirements, the data and system needed and to test and revise the implementation of the ISDS.
  • Advise the GDEKI on the development of a plan to assess, improve, supplement, create, maintain and update spatial datasets, as appropriate, for the CEMIS operations. 
  • Support the GDEKI to develop an opensource platform for integrating the data in order to display, analyze and produce environmental spatial information. 
  • Promotes data migration, development of solutions (dashboard, statistics), data sharing mechanisms, and provision of training and testing spatial solutions.
  • Provide technical support on the integration of the Spatial Monitoring Reporting Tool (SMART) and the Deforestation Alert System with Key partners from governmental and non-governmental organizations, including Greening Prey Lang, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Server Mekong.
  • Support the DGIS for integrating existing Decision Support System (DSSs) into CEMIS, i.e., National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) and existing initiative from relevant NGOs, ensuring a common spatial data infrastructure.
  • Support the organization and running of meetings of the Technical Working Group (TWG), including preparation of materials and meeting logistics; and
  • Act as liaison person for national and sub-national, NGOs, project teams, relevant line ministries provincial departments and other stakeholders for the effective implementation of the output 1.1. 

4. Support project management and knowledge management related to REDD+ and CSLEP projects:

  • Facilitate and provide technical input in the development of a general roadmap and annual action plans, specifying the major roles and responsibilities of the MoE and different departments, and stakeholders, including development partners, NGOs for REDD+ and CEMIS.
  • Liaise REDD+ and CEMIS with related projects from UNDP on Forest Management, Sustainable Landscape Management and the NDC, including SCALA and ELSA Project.
  • Develop Terms of References of all required consultants and contractors and actively participate in the recruitment process as required.
  • Guide and oversee the work of consultants and contractors to ensure quality assurance of deliverables and full compliance with the implementing rules, regulations, policies, and strategies. 
  • Based on the needs assessment, support the improvement of the existing IT system to ensure the correct access, use, recording, maintenance and backup/restoration of information. Ensuring accountability and transparency in procurement and contracting aspects of the project. 
  • Identify training needs and provide capacity building support for the staff of the MOE, planning and coordinating activities with key stakeholders and partners of REDD+ and CEMIS.
  • Share knowledge on REDD and CEMIS by documenting lessons learnt and best practices from the piloting activities and contributing to the development of knowledge-based tools (including policies, strategies, guidelines, etc.). 
  • Lead communication between different government agencies, national and international initiatives and stakeholders involved in CEMIS and REDD+ initiatives.
  • Provide technical inputs for communication materials for website, social media and newspapers. 
  • Utilize UNDP Cambodia’s social media presence to build and maintain the profile of the projects, including the provision of blogs and news articles for use in print and social media channels.
  • Ensure that experiences and lessons learnt from implementation, including through contracted external parties, are adequately recorded and disseminated.


Core Competencies:  


Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them 


Ability to persuade others to follow Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers 

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others 


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others 


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions 


Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

  • Climate change (general)
  • Climate Change Adaptation 
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Climate Finance
  • Climate-Friendly Technologies
  • Design and management of knowledge management systems

Required Skills and Experience

  • A Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, Forestry or other related fields. 
  • At least 5 years of work experience related to REDD programmes, on forest inventory, forest monitoring and/or forest management in developing countries, including relevant experience on Spatial Data Management.
  • 5 years of proven experience and knowledge related to information management system as well as decision support systems, remote sensing and GIS in developing countries.
  • Proven experience relating to forest inventory, GHG inventories, in developing countries.
  • Proven track record of supporting, advising and collaborating with government institutions in developing countries.
  • Strong inter-personal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiar with the UNDP’s rules and procedures.
  • Understanding of Cambodia political and administrative system.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English


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