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Advisor for EU4Sevan
German International Cooperation
16 Sep 2020

Advisor for EU4Sevan

Company: German International Cooperation
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Duration: 1 year (with a possibility for prolongation until 31 August 2024)
Start Date: 15 October 2020
Deadline: 09 October 2020

TERM: 

Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

The "EU4Sevan” Project is currently looking for a Project Advisor for wastewater treatment. The main objective is to enhance capacities for implementing wastewater treatment, including nature-based solutions in selected communities around Lake Sevan.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

- Collect information on the amount of wastewater produced and the treatment status in the municipalities adjacent to Lake Sevan and its tributaries;
- Provide advisory support to the national and local authorities on the development of relevant investment plans with regard to wastewater treatment in the Lake Sevan Basin;
- Conduct a study on the feasibility of nature-based solutions and identification of suitable wastewater treatment options and sites for selected larger community;
- Facilitate community level dialogues to create acceptance and ownership of potential pilot projects;
- Prepare, organize and supervise the construction of a constructed wetland as a pilot project for nature-based wastewater treatment;
- Provide trainings for communities on wastewater treatment system maintenance and operation (nature based and conventional);
- Develop a concept for the up-scaling of pilot measures based on an assessment of the potential contribution nature-based wastewater treatment solutions for reducing pollution of Lake Sevan;
- Organise, prepare and participate in selected regional activities;
- Coordinate and assist in preparing and conducting project activities and carry out other activities required for implementing these activities;
- Participate in formulating project action plans and support for synchronisation of the planning and budgeting system and counterparts;
- Assist national and international advisers in carrying out their work in Armenia and, if required, abroad;
- Assist in programme initiatives to provide professional advisory services to and cooperate with a broad range of target groups;
- Support for identification of the needs of government institutions, NGOs, enterprises and job seekers;
- Maintain good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions and counterparts and GIZ;
- Liaise and consult with other GIZ projects for mutual learning and standards;
- Provide support in approving and controlling expenses for project activities in accordance with the prevailing provisions;
- Regularly consult with the GIZ Officer responsible for the contract and cooperation on all project activities;
- Contribute to innovation and knowledge management.

Advising the partner institution(s)
- Assist and monitor the development and implementation of programme plans and activities in close consultation with counterparts;
- Contribute to preparing and implementing the coordination process, joint programme activities and work at the regional level;
- Deal with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues connected with the programme’s area of activity;
- Develop and organise quality assurance measures and suggest necessary changes, improvements and initiatives.

Networking and cooperation
- Support cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assist with PR work and cooperate with local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the programme and its environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships;
- Communicate local interests and efforts, forward these and encourage sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the programme.

Knowledge management
- Ensure knowledge transfer of the programme information;
- Develop ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures;
- Draw up reports and presentation documents;
- Prepare appropriate input for various programme reports including annual reports, and contribute to the other reports required by the component manager and GIZ Head Office;
- Assist with research activities and studies on various issues which benefit joint programmes;
- Translate small documents.

Coordination tasks
- Assist with general project planning and develop project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation;
- Coordinate relevant project activities at the local level in consultation with the manager and in cooperation with the partners, both relation to implementation and organisational aspects;
- Compile the relevant information for joint activities and assignments;
- Handle order management on behalf of GIZ (e.g. offer preparation, impact monitoring, project progress review, reporting).

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

- University degree (master or equivalent) in Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Wastewater Treatment or other related fields;
- At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in the field of wastewater management and wastewater treatment technologies;
- Experience with nature-based wastewater treatment methods and constructed wetlands;
- Experience in providing on the job training and capacity building activities;
- Experience in operation, maintenance and financing of decentralized wastewater systems;
- Strong skills in self-motivation, self-organisation, thinking for oneself and priority-setting;
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team;
- Ability to take responsibility and deliver high quality (also under pressure) ensuring reliability and confidence;
- Strong ability to manage activity and data monitoring and process it for precise and results-oriented GIZ reports in English language;
- Very good working knowledge of information and telecommunication technologies (related software, phone, fax, email and Internet) and computer applications such as MS Office and design programmes;
- Excellent presentation skills with creative approaches;
- Fluency in English and Armenian languages, both written and spoken; knowledge of German language is an asset;
- Willingness to travel abroad and to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed (corresponding measures are agreed with the Team Leader);
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to liaise and cooperate with other members of the team;
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: 

Interested candidates should send a brief motivation letter, a complete CV highlighting relevant professional experience and education and employers' references to: HR-GIZ-Armenia@giz.de , indicating the vacancy title ("Advisor for EU4Sevan") in the subject line. If the automatic response "Thank you for your email. It has been received by the GIZ Office Armenia"" is not received by email, the documents should be sent to: GIZ Country Office, Reception, 59 Hanrapetutyan Str., Yerevan.

Please clearly mention in your application letter that you learned of this job opportunity through Career Center and mention the URL of its website - www.careercenter.am, Thanks.

REMUNERATION/ SALARY: 

Negotiable

ADDITIONAL NOTES: 

Position and duration subject to EU mandate.

ABOUT: 

The "South Caucasus Environmental Programme" aims to improve the management of natural resources and the conservation of ecosystem services for sustainable development in rural areas. The new EU component in Armenia focuses on the protection of Lake Sevan, the largest freshwater lake in the Caucasus, and is implemented jointly with UNDP Armenia under a Multi Partner Contribution Agreement. The project is based on the approach of integrated water resources management and creates scalable solutions at local level as well as better conditions for major infrastructure investments in the future. The government partner for the EU project in Armenia is the Ministry of Environment and subordinated bodies. More information can be found at: http://biodivers-southcaucasus.org/.

ABOUT COMPANY: 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. It provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, ecological and social development in a globalized world. GIZ promotes complex reforms and change processes, often working under difficult conditions. For more information about the Company, please visit: www.giz.de.