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Posting Title:National Project Manager
Job Location: Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management,
Preferred Experience: 7-10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 24th Dec, 2021

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National project managers are responsible for planning and overseeing projects to ensure they are completed in a timely fashion and within budget. National project managers plan and designate project resources, prepare budgets, monitor progress, and keep stakeholders informed the entire way.

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries globally, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and the planet.

The unsustainable management of globally traded commodity crops (cacao, coffee, and oil palm), and their expansion into forest areas, are leading to major impacts on globally important biodiversity, the degradation of soil and water resources, the loss of carbon stocks, and the degradation of watersheds that are vital for maintaining water flow to rice production areas. Rice production is itself a source of globally significant environmental impacts, in the form of the contamination of soil and globally- important aquatic ecosystems due to excessive and inappropriate use of agricultural chemicals, and the generation of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) from flooded paddy systems. A narrow focus on the production of globally-traded cash crops by farmers is environmentally and socially unsustainable – even in the case of perennial crops such as coffee and cacao that have the potential to yield environmental benefits if appropriately managed – because of the volatility of global markets for these crops and their vulnerability to the effects of global climate change. A large number of major global value chain actors have committed to sustainable sourcing of the products that they trade, in order to comply with corporate social and environmental responsibility goals and to satisfy consumer requirements for sustainable production. This presents farmers with a major potential source of market-based incentives for sustainable production, but at present, their ability to take advantage of this opportunity is constrained by their disconnection from these “green” value chains and their limited technical capacities to satisfy their requirements in terms of environmental standards, product quality and reliability of supply.

Despite significant policy commitments to sustainability by the Government of Indonesia, capacities, knowledge, tools, regulatory instruments, and incentives for putting these into practice are still inadequately developed, and the agricultural and environmental sectors continue to be highly compartmentalized, lacking the integrated vision that is required if social and economic development and landscape management are to be sustainable.

With the funding support from the Global Environmental Faculty (GEF), the Government of Indonesia, led by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs and with technical support from UNDP and FAO is preparing the full-size project implementation entitled “Strengthening sustainability in commodity and food systems, land restoration and land use governance through integrated landscape management for multiple benefits in Indonesia (FOLUR)”. The project aimed to ensure sustainable value chains of palm oil, coffee, and cocoa via the application of a comprehensive land-use approach linking biodiversity conservation, restoration, and production at scale. The project will assist the country to address the above-mentioned development challenges through four areas of interventions as follow:
Development of integrated landscape management systems;
Promotion of sustainable food production practices and responsible value chains;
Conservation and restoration of natural habitats;
Management, Coordination, Collaboration, and M&E.

The project will be implemented in 5 provinces (jurisdictions) and 5 districts (pilot landscapes): Aceh (Central Aceh), North Sumatra (Mandailing Natal), West Kalimantan (Sanggau), South Sulawesi (Luwu), and West Papua (Sorong). The project will be commenced for full implementation in January 2022 and for 72 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The NPM will be based at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs (Kemenko Perekonomian) office. Under the overall guidance and supervision Head of Environment or delegated staff, the NPM has the authority to run the project on a day-to-day basis. The NPM is responsible for making the day-to-day decisions on project implementation and ensures that the project produces the results specified in the project document to the required standards of quality and within the specified time and cost.
The primary reporting responsibility of the incumbent is to the Head of Environment Unit or delegated staff and FAO Programme Officer. Additionally. The national project manager is responsible for ensuring a smooth flow of information and services between the UNDP and FAO Country Offices and the Project Management Unit (PMU).

The National Project Manager (NPM) will be responsible to support the Project Implementing Partners in undertaking day-to-day project management in accordance with the approved project document (Product), GEF, and UNDP principles and procedures. The NPM will lead the project management unit in Jakarta and ensure necessary supervision of the provincial and district coordinators including the mobilization of all project inputs, supervision over project staff, consultants, and sub-contractors.

Specifically, the NPM will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Manage and supervise the project team to ensure effective implementation and achievement through the below activities:
  • Oversees the day-to-day project implementation and ensure achievement of targets as outlined in the project work plan;
  • Leads and supervises project team builds team coherence, and establishes clear roles and responsibilities among team members;
  • Mobilizes goods and services and other project inputs, including preparing ToRs for expert consultants, meetings, and workshops;
  • Ensures that the quality of project inputs meet the expected standards and are sufficient to produce project outputs and targets;
  • Takes overall responsibility for the project and performs oversight roles for project compliance against the relevant government, and UNDP and FAO regulations for project management;
  • Develops/updates as necessary the project standard operating procedures in line with the government and UNDP and FAO’s regulations; seeks the board’s approval, and takes responsibility for updating and revising it as necessary;
  • Manages critical issues, troubleshoots problems, and develops solutions to the overall processes of project implementation;
  • Consults with the project board through the National Project Director for any issues that require their attention, including issues related to deviation from the approved work plans and its tolerance (e.g. deviation from the approved target, and/or budget);
  • Performs NPM duties on UNDP’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in the web-based system (ATLAS) in line with the National Implementation Modality‘s manual and as outlined in the delegation of authority for NPM as well as to comply with relevant FAO project cycle management guidelines;
  • Ensures effective monitoring of project performance, and the preparation of high quality and results-oriented progress reports;
  • Ensures gender-related economic, environmental, public research and analysis, to contribute to the formulation of policies, program interventions, procedures, guidelines, and tools.
  • Ensure effective planning, budgeting, and execution of the project through the following tasks:
  • Prepares project’s annual and quarterly work plans and organizes project board meetings to obtain their approval;
  • Implements project work plan and ensure that the project remains within the tolerance level of the approved work plan;
  • Conducts regular monitoring to ensure achievement of targets in line with the annual work plan and that project implementation at all levels complies with the approved project Standard Operating Procedure (SoP);
  • Prepare and submit financial reports to UNDP/FAO on a monthly and quarterly basis;
  • Prepares bi-annual project assurance reports (PARs), in line with the standard template and presents it to the project assurance team in a timely manner;
  • Provides additional inputs and data for external project reports as necessary and required by the project assurance team;
  • Organizes bi-annual project board meetings and reports to the project board on the project’s bi-annual and annual progress together with any issues that may require project board decisions
  • As required and directed by the project board, liaises with UNDP’s Quality Assurance, Reporting and Evaluation (QARE) Unit, and FAO’s reporting focal point to facilitate project review, reporting, and evaluation processes, and supports the conduct of such exercises under the overall management of the task manager as designated by UNDP QARE and FAO;
  • To make sure implementation of gender equality accountability framework and Gender equality Results-Based management at project level i.e. performance management, gender marker assignment in web-based system ATLAS/QUANTUM in 2022, reporting, etc;
  • Visit project sites as and when required to appraise project progress on the ground and validate written progress reports.
  • Create and nurture strategic partnerships and support to the implementation of resource mobilization:
  • Establishes and maintains good working relationships with the relevant public and development partners who are the principal counterparts for the project;
  • Initiates and maintains partnerships with development partners, government institutions, private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders to contribute to the achievement of project results;
  • Builds project reputation for quality design, reliable delivery as well as integrity and accountability;
  • Identifies and works with key partners/stakeholders to ensure synergies with other projects/initiatives and to avoid duplication of activities among actors;
  • Identifies opportunities for mobilizing resources for the project, and prepares substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation; and
  • In coordination with UNDP and FAO’s Communication units and other relevant counterpart communications departments, strengthens the communication of the project in order to communicate results, deepen stakeholder knowledge and buy-in to the project, and facilitate resource mobilization for the project.
  • Facilitate knowledge building and management for and from the project implementation:
  • Identifies best practices and lessons learned from the project and from other initiatives that can be helpful to the project in achieving its goals and objectives;
  • Organizes and delivers training for the operations/project staff on project/program management issues;
  • Conducts internal capacity building training for project staff to facilitate appropriate management and timely delivery of project outputs;
  • Leads in generating knowledge products such as best practices and lessons learned for knowledge sharing; and
  • Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Conducts internal capacity building training for project staff to facilitate appropriate management and timely delivery of project outputs including in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming;
  • Effective contribution to learning and knowledge sharing in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming.
  • The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that:
  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP” and equivalent policies of the FAO;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • An inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, training, etc.

Required Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Regional Planning, International Development, Public Policy, Economics, Political Sciences, Environmental Policy, or related fields. Master’s Degree in these areas would be highly desirable, but it is not a mandatory requirement.


  • Minimum of 7 (seven) years for a candidate with a bachelor degree or 5 (five) years of relevant experience for a candidate with a master degree in project management;
  • Solid experience in design, monitoring, and evaluation of development projects.
  • Strong technical understanding of natural resources management and biodiversity; conservation and sustainable agriculture;
  • Solid networking capacity;
  • Solid skill in project management and coordination;
  • Ability to manage and work with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders;
  • Superior skills in organization and management, including experience with planning, tracking, evaluation, and supervision of consultants and/or employee
  • Strong technical understanding of natural resources management and biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture;
  • Demonstrated expertise on social and environmental issues pertaining to agricultural commodities is desirable;
  • Preferably have close familiarity with the operations and rules of UN system;
  • Good knowledge and have a direct experience in working with government institutions at national and sub-national levels, private sector, CSO, universities will be highly desirable;
  • Ability to conduct financial tracking and budget management;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling web-based management systems.

Required Language:

  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking)


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