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UNDP Zambia is strategically repositioning its country programme implementation based on emerging opportunities and UNDP’s comparative advantages that maximizes partnerships, resource mobilization and impact in keeping with UNDPs mandate and its current Country Programme Document (CPD) covering the period 2016- 2021 as well as improving programme delivery, hence, the optimal implementation of key projects.
The cluster of Environment and Energy accounts for more than two-thirds of the country programme portfolio in financial terms while Strengthening Climate Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods in Agro ecological regions I and II in Zambia project (SCRALA) funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is expected to deliver half of the total amount planned for delivery by the country office in 2020.in order to accelerate the implementation of this critical project, deliver expected results in support of beneficiary population, meet planned ambitious targets while ensuring effective, efficient, transparent and accountable quality project cycle management and strengthen the capacity of the project personnel in the management and implementation of the GCF funded projects, UNDP Zambia is seeking a programme management/technical advisor to strengthen the project management and coordination functions.
This temporal additional technical and advisory support was identified as an immediate and imperative measure to boost the project delivery, mitigate reputational risks associated with the slow implementation progress and respond to the urgent needs of the targeted beneficiaries.
SCRALA project supports the Government of Zambia to strengthen the resilience to climate change risks of vulnerable smallholder farmers in the country Agro-Ecological Regions I and II while enhancing the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers adversely affected by increasing climate change risks. The project will meet the objective above by fulfilling the following outputs;
- Output 1: Smallholder farmers can plan and manage water resources to support resilient agricultural products
- Output 2: Resilient agricultural livelihoods in the face of changing rainfall, increasing drought and occasional droughts
- Output 3: increasing farmers access to markets and commercialization of resilient agricultural products
The project takes a value chain approach, addressing risks posed across key stages of the value chain-planning, inputs, production and post-production. The project makes targeted interventions to capitalize on opportunities to strengthen and promote viable chains relating to smallholder agriculture in the target regions, specifically targeting value chains that are gender sensitive and provide viable economic opportunities for women.
The support to strengthen the project implementation and coordination function will be made through the recruitment of an experienced international consultant.