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Coastal Engineer (Liberian Nationals Only)

Location : Monrovia, LIBERIA
Application Deadline :12-Apr-11
Additional CategoryManagement
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SC-7
Languages Required :English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One year Initially


With finance provided through the Climate Change Adaptation Least Developed Countries’ Fund window (LDCF), the GEF has approved a project for Liberia titled “Enhancing resilience to climate change impacts in coastal Liberia”.
The project seeks to increase resilience and enhance adaptive capacity to address the additional risks posed by climate change  in the coastal regions in Liberia, which will be achieved through three components:
Component 1) Capacity Development
  • Relevant national coastal and land use and other policies introduced and/or
    revised on the basis of climate change scenario planning and impacts economic assessments.
  • National awareness building and training programmes to enable decision makers and stakeholders to understand and manage climate change related coastal risks.
  • Cost-effective standards to manage climate change risks integrated into ICZM and coastal development policies/programs.
    Master Plan for urban coastal cities (Monrovia and Buchanan), zoning regulations and land-
  • Use plans reviewed and amended to incorporate climate risk management needs.
  • use plans reviewed and amended to incorporate climate risk management needs.
  • Proposal for revising national sectoral budgets to address climate change threats in coastal zones (based on thorough economic valuation of impacts) developed.
Component 2) Pilot and demonstration investments
  • An environmentally-friendly and cost-effective breakwater system for three demo sites in Monrovia, Buchanan and Robertsport coastal areas (with co-financing).
  • Soft systems to reduce beach erosion induced by SLR implemented in selected coastal areas (Monrovia or Buchanan).
  • Mangroves systems and coastal natural ‘’buffer zones’’ restored and maintained to withstand climate-induced pressures).
  • Early warning system for informing national planners and coastal communities on climate change-related coastal risks established (with co-financing).
  • A strategic framework developed for climate-resilient alternative livelihood options in selected priority areas (to be refined during PPG).
Component 3) Knowledge management, dissemination of lessons learned and best practices
  • Toolkits, knowledge products and guidance materials on climate-resilient coastal development and dissemination to key agencies, municipalities and local communities.
  • National information dissemination workshops aimed at sectoral planners and policy makers.
  • Project website developed as a knowledge platform.
  • Project lessons prepared for dissemination through the Adaptation Learning Mechanism.
    The project which is expected to run for four years has been budgeted for $3.3 million in LDCF funding and $3.0 million in co-financing to be mobilized. It is a key vehicle for implementing adaptation priorities identified in the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA). Liberia’s NAPA was submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat in July 2007.

Duties and Responsibilities

Encompassing approximately three years of work throughout the duration of the project, the local coastal engineer will undertake frequent field visits to project demonstration sites in three counties in Liberia.
More specifically, the local coastal engineer will be entrusted with the following tasks:
Project Coordination and planning  
  1. Assumes operational management of the project demonstration sites in the three counties in consistency with the project document and UNDP policies and procedures;
  2. Oversees preparation and updates of the project work plan at the demonstration sites as required; and formally submits updates to National Project Coordinator and reports on work plan progress to the NPC as requested but at least quarterly;
  3. Oversees the mobilization of project engineering inputs for the construction of gabions and revetments
  4.  Assist NPC in the finalization of TORs and the identification and selection of national consultants;
  5. Assists in the planning and design of all project activities, through the quarterly planning process and the preparations of TOR and Activity Descriptions;
  6. Supervises the work of county coordinators in the three counties
  7. Throughout the project, when necessary, provides advice and guidance to the national consultants, to the international experts and to project partners;
Technical works will include:
  1. Oversee collection and analysis of coastal erosion data
  2. Oversee detailed design and construction of coastal protection civil works
  3. Oversee rock crushing and construction of gabion baskets
  4. Oversee construction of gabion groins and revetments and related civil works Develop monitoring plan for gabions, revetments and related civil works at each site
  5. Oversee monitoring programme


Corporate Competencies: 
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
    Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Functional Competencies:
  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to  managing data, reporting, technical and administrative services in support of programme activities
  • Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new system, including new IT based systems
Leadership and Self-Management
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor or an advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g. coastal management, coastal engineering, and civil engineering) would be preferable but not a requirement.
  • Professional specialization in civil engineering and climate change adaptation issues from a developmental point of view will be a distinct advantage
  • The National Coordinator will have nationally renowned expertise in at least one of the following fields: Civil engineering; Coastal zone management or related discipline Knowledge, skills sought will include:
  • Have at least 5 years of proven experience in the mentioned field
  • Demonstrated track record of project management;
  • Extensive knowledge of coastal erosion/management and climate change adaptation issues
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in order to communicate complex, technical information to technical and general audiences.
  • Skill in facilitating meetings effectively and efficiently
  • Experience with coastal management initiatives (assessments, monitoring, etc.) is a major plus.
  • Fluency in verbal and written English.

Mastery of written English is a requirement
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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