Applications invited for the post of 'Coordinator-Water (Living Himalayas Global Initiative)', WWF-India, New Delhi

The individual will be responsible for coordinating the overall achievement of the Living Himalayas Global Initiative objectives.

The combination of climate change and an increasing human population in the Himalayan region in the 21st century is increasing stress on both land and water resources, with a resulting negative impact on hydrology, ecosystems, biodiversity and human populations. Therefore an integral approach to better-manage the Himalayas and its resources is required. The LHI is WWF’s response to this opportunity, by pursuing a vision in which nature and people can co-exist in harmony. It is a vision that includes protecting the region’s extraordinary landscapes and rich biodiversity, whilst also sustainably harnessing the opportunities these unique resources can provide, enabling prosperous lives for the human population and the generations to come.

The LHI Strategy is mobilising decision-makers and major stakeholders in the region, including governments, civil society and companies, to facilitate the transformation of national level achievements into remarkable regional and international successes.

The principle mechanism for delivery is through the implementation of the Framework of Co-operation between the Governments of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh arising from the Bhutan Climate Change Summit held in November 2011 which the LHI facilitated and supported.

Location: Secretariat, New Delhi, India

Reports to: Reports to Leader LHGI. 

Programme/Project Areas: Nepal, Bhutan, India and WWF Network

I. Broad Responsibility: S/He is responsible for coordinating the overall achievement of the LHGI objectives and implementation of the three country work plan that contribute to these objectives. S/He is responsible for developing partnerships with relevant institutions within and outside the region for implementing the GIs programme objectives. S/He is also responsible for undertaking policy advocacy to further the objectives of the programme.

II. Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Planning and Coordination:

  • Focus on overall planning, mobilization, coordination, and implementation, for achieving key objectives of the Living Himalayas Initiative strategy, particularly in the context of sustainable freshwater management, smart infrastructure and ecosystem connectivity to ensure climate resilience, protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Maintain and update as necessary the LHGI strategic plan and work plan as per the focus areas outlined above.
  • Work closely with the LHGI Leader to prepare the annual plan of the programme, with a particular focus on freshwater and infrastructure development
  • Specifically, develop projects within  the GIs programme objectives for larger regional understanding of natural resources in the Eastern Himalayas with reference to landscape economics; hydrology; water resources/river basins Management, water policy  Public-Private Partnership; sustainable infrastructure  development including hydropower.
  • Coordinate with the three country offices in planning and implementation of the work plan activities that pertain to freshwater and sustainable infrastructure
  • Represent LHGI in all relevant meetings and interactions as and when required.
  • Develop partnerships and coordinate with partner organizations at different levels of projects implementation.

2. Advocacy & Communications

  • Plan and implement advocacy and outreach activities for the achievement of the objectives of the programme, with a focus on freshwater and sustainable infrastructure development
  • Liaise with key stakeholders in the region including the national, local governments, regional bodies, I/NGOs and partners as needed.
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of communication materials (print and online) to reach out to diverse stakeholders

3. Fundraising & donor engagement :

  • Responsible for assisting  the GI leader in developing and implementing fundraising and donor engagement strategy in line with national concerns and WWF global priorities with respect to the LHGI.
  • Liaise with country focal points to collate and compile information/proposals.
  • Act as the focal person and responsible for all NI projects and workshops in the region.

4. Monitoring

 Evaluation, Reporting and Compliance:

  • Maintain and update the LHGI sub-regional monitoring and evaluation plan and facilitate the development and operationalisation of M&E plans for implementing offices.
  • Facilitate the LHGI processes for review of progress against the strategic plan and work plan, management responses, and lessons learning.
  • Contribute to the technical report to the network on a bi-annual basis according to the network standards by collating and assimilating the programmes/projects technical reports from the three country offices.
  • Conduct regular follow up of programmes/projects and related activities and assess their larger impacts.
  • Communicate regularly with the three country offices and the donors on the progress.
  • Coordinate with WWF network on sharing lessons learned and adaptive management.
  • Review annual project budgets and Assist Operations Department for timely reporting to the concerned donors.

III. Working Relationships:

  • Interact frequently with three country focal persons, enabling team members and coordinators/ managers / officers and Network Support Unit. 
  • External: Interact frequently with government line agencies, regional bodies, I/NGOs and partners as when needed.
  • Working within the WWF India River basin water  team under the guidance of WWF India Director River basin  Administratively reports to WWF India

IV. Minimum Work Requirements:

1. Qualifications: Master’s in natural science or related field (may include Landscape  Economics; Water Policy Research; Water Resources/river basins Management)

2. Experience: At least five years of experience in the field of natural resource conservation and management, with experience in climate change, freshwater, and sustainable development. Relevant experience in programme management, research, advocacy and fundraising with Government/Non Government organisation is essential. An understanding of Himalayan ecology, traditional water management systems, issues related to infrastructure development (including hydropower), recent developments in practices and policies related to water/river basins management will be an added advantage.

3. Skills and Abilities:

  • A good understanding of project development and management.
  • Willing to travel to the field locations in the area of  work in the region.
  • Excellent communications and advocacy skills.
  • Skills in proposal development and report writing, presentations.
  • Computer skills such as MS Office, database and other related software.
  • Ability to work under pressure for output delivery on deadlines. 

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Submission Details:

Please submit an up-to-date CV (mentioning your full name in the resume attachment), giving details regarding compensation received in the present assignment, expected salary, and three references.

Last Date for sending applications: 25th February 2015

In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please mention “Coordinator – Water (LHGI)”, in the subject line. Applications of only the short listed candidates will be acknowledged.

WWF-India is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

Remuneration will be competitive with Indian NGO pay scales and will depend upon candidate’s experience levels and the overall WWF-India salary structure. WWF-India does not provide housing, telephone or vehicle facilities.

February 25, 2015 12:00AM