The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) was launched in 1992 following the principle that global environmental solutions are usually only sustainable if local populations are actively involved, and direct community benefits and ownership are generated.
The priority areas for SGP are:
• Sustainable agriculture and fisheries and food security.
• Low-carbon energy access co-benefits.
• Community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species.
• Local to global coalitions for chemicals and waste management.
• Catalyzing sustainable urban solutions.
• CSO-Government-Private Sector Policy and Planning Dialogue Platforms.
• Enhancing social inclusion.
• Monitoring and Evaluation, and Knowledge Management. SGP is highly decentralized and implemented in a democratic, transparent and country-driven manner facilitated by the National Coordinator (NC).
SGP grants are awarded based on decisions made by the voluntary National Steering Committee (NSC) guided by the Country Programme Strategy paper developed based on national environment and development priorities. The NSC is the central element of the SGP and contributes to the country programme and its strategic management. The NSC is composed of national government representatives, UNDP Country Office, and Civil Society members representing Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Community Based Organisation (CBO), academia, science, and the private sector, with a majority from the non-governmental sector.
The NSC oversee the development and implementation of SGP Country Programme Strategies (CPS) and approval of grants for projects. The NC will facilitate and support the entirely voluntary work of NSC members. The GEF SGP in Zambia is pleased to announce a call for member candidates to be part of the SGP NSC. Participation in the NSC is a voluntary process and inquires NO monetary compensation. The NSC members and CSOs they represent CAN NOT benefit from SGP grants.
The members will contribute significantly to the committee and the programme's various expertise needs (e.g., on GEF focal areas, sustainable livelihoods, gender considerations, communications, resource mobilization, capacity development).
Local citizens from the Civil Society Organization (CSO) sector (including NGO, CBO, academic and scientific institutions, indigenous peoples, women groups); private sector representatives, donor institutions.
A degree (Masters or higher will be an added advantage) or a minimum of 3 years' experience in a subject related to natural resources management, environmental economics, development studies, or related field.
• Must have high credibility and broad experience working with CSOs, CBOs, and vulnerable communities.
• Must have the ability to represent the needs and interests of the constituency in committee discussions.
• Must also have the requisite knowledge of GEF focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, sustainable land management and persistent organic pollutants and specific themes such as gender, disability, sustainable livelihoods. Experts with proven experience in social inclusion, gender and disability are especially encouraged to apply.
Functional competencies (must have the knowledge in one or more of the following):
• Grant making /management, financial management, governance.
• Community development, monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management, project management,
• Research, policy, entrepreneurship development.
• Dedicated to assisting local communities in addressing environmental problems.
• Honesty and responsiveness.
• Ability to work in a team and be able to achieve consensus on disputable issues.
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
• Sound judgment, fairness and strong client and results orientation.
Selected candidates will be invited to serve as voluntary member of the NSC for three years. Interested and qualified individuals are invited to apply.
To demonstrate interest, applicants must submit electronic copy of their CV and a letter of expression of interest to become a member of the SGP, NSC no later than 31st August 2022, 5:00pm to UNDP email@example.com and copy the National Coordinator, GEF Small Grants Programme, Zambia firstname.lastname@example.org
National Steering Committee (NSC) Terms of Reference
NSC Functions and Duties
1. The SGP National Steering Committee (NSC) composition and operation will conform to the relevant sections of the UNDP GEF SGP Operational Guidelines. The NSC is composed of voluntary members from NGOs, academic and scientific institutions, other civil society organizations, the UNDP Country Office, and government, with a majority of members coming from the non-governmental sector.
2. The principal functions and duties of the NSC include: participation in the development and periodic revision of the Country Programme Strategy in accordance with the global Strategic Framework and national environmental priorities, and oversees its implementation; lead responsibility, along with the National Coordinator, for the Biennial Programme Review; and review and approval of project proposals, submitted to the SGP by NGOs/CBOs and pre-screened by the National Coordinator, in accordance with established criteria and procedures.
3. NSC members are also encouraged to actively participate in site visits and ongoing monitoring and evaluation activities associated with the SGP and its projects, and to provide technical assistance and advice to SGP projects and NGO/CBO project proponents.
4. The NSC may wish to elaborate a set of project selection criteria based on the country programme strategy to help guide decisions and provide additional consistency to project selection.
5. As noted in Part III of the Operational Guidelines, the NSC shall decide whether it will consider and approve project concepts and planning grants, or will rather leave these tasks to the National Coordinator. In the case of the latter, the NC will keep the NSC informed about concepts received and approved and planning grants awarded.
The NSC members are encouraged to actively participate in the mobilization of resources to sustain the programme. NSC Terms of Office and Appointment
7. Members of the NSC serve on a voluntary basis and without financial compensation. Reimbursement of reasonable and necessary expenses such as long distance travel to project sites and NSC meetings may be provided. Reimbursement of expenses such as travel should be approved prior to the actual expenditure and follow standard SGP procedures.
8. The NSC should consist of a majority of members from the NGO sector. Efforts should be made to ensure gender and ethnic diversity in the committee.
9. Members of the NSC are appointed by the UNDP Resident Representative in consultation with the NC. Appointments to the NSC are subject to ratification by the SGP Global Manager. Members may also be removed from the NSC by the UNDP Resident Representative for cause.
10. The UNDP Resident Representative or his/her delegate, usually the UNDP Country Office SGP focal point, represents the UNDP on the NSC.
11. The SGP National Coordinator serves ex officio on the NSC, participating in deliberations, but not voting in the project selection process. The NC also serves as Secretariat to the NSC.
12. The term of office of each NSC member is for a period of three years. Ideally the NSC would have a three-year rolling membership with members serving staggered terms. In the event that a member fails to complete a full term of office, a new member shall be appointed by the UNDP Resident Representative. NSC members may be reappointed to serve additional three-year terms based on service and commitment to the programme. NSC Meetings and Rules of Order
13. The NSC meets on a bi-monthly basis and all times necessary to address specific issues that require their attention and to review and approve grant proposals and to conduct other activities within its terms of reference. Every six (6) months, the NSC, in collaboration with the NC will decide on the upcoming meeting schedule date(s) and location.
14. Meetings of the NSC will be held at a time and place in order to ensure full attendance by members.
The NSC nominates a Chair and Deputy Chair from among its regular members, preferably by consensus. Neither the UNDP Resident Representative (nor his/her delegate) nor the SGP National Coordinator may serve as the Chair. The Chair presides at NSC meetings in accordance with the rules of order which have been adopted, and facilitates the process of consensus-building in NSC deliberations. Where the Chair is unable to attend or chair the meeting, the Deputy Chair shall preside. If the Deputy Chair is also unable to attend or chair the meeting, then a member shall be elected as pro tempore Chair from the members present.
15. The position of Chair and Deputy Chair is not permanent and rotates every two years.
16. Where possible, the NSC operates on the basis of consensus rather than formal voting. Every decision taken at a meeting of the NSC shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present at the meeting.
17. A quorum of fifty percent (50%) of the total membership is required for the conduct of any meeting of the NSC, with at least one (1) NGO representative present.
18. Members who do not attend 3 consecutive meetings without notice or response after written correspondence will be deemed to have vacated their position and another member will be sourced as a replacement.
19. Regular meetings of the NSC ordinarily include the following agenda items: Report on status and progress of the country and global SGP; Status reports and updates on projects and activities in implementation; Financial report on execution of grant allocation; Presentation of project proposals for consideration
20. NSC minutes concerning meetings in which projects are approved should be as detailed and specific as possible, listing each project considered and including all NSC recommendations or observations about each project. The NSC decision about each project should be clearly noted, including any reformulations required before final approval. The list of approved projects should include the budget amount approved. The minutes should be signed by all NSC members present.
21. The NSC should review and sign-off on project proposals that are reformulated or adjusted after being provisionally approved by the NSC, prior to submitting them to the UNDP Resident Representative for MOA signature. A formal meeting is not required, and the review may be done on a no-objection basis.
22. Upon accepting appointment to the NSC, members commit themselves to ensuring the complete objectivity and transparency of the NSC, both in fact and in appearance. The NSC must avoid the appearance of self-dealing, conflict of interest, or undue influence. No member of the NSC shall participate in the review or approval of any project in which that member, or an organization with which that member is associated, has an interest. In such cases, the member shall be excused from both the discussions and decision on the project.
23. As a matter of principle, the NSC (and the SGP as a whole) must operate in as transparent a manner as possible. The NC should maintain an official record of each NSC meeting, which is available to the public. However, in order to protect NSC members from external pressures, neither the identities of NSC members, nor the attributed statements of NSC members during deliberations, shall be disclosed.
24. The NSC may, when necessary, revise the existing procedures governing its operation, or adopt any new procedure(s) that will enhance the role and function of the NSC and the goals of the Small Grants Programme.
National Coordinator Responsibilities:
25. The NC is the Secretariat for the NSC, and is responsible for managing communication between and among NSC members, for sending out notices of meetings, and for maintaining substantive records of all meetings and actions taken. In addition, the NC shall present to the NSC substantive reports on the status and progress of the SGP and its activities, as well as project proposals for consideration.
26. Meetings of the NSC shall be convened by the NC. Notice is to be given at least ten days in advance of the meetings, except in the case of special or emergency meetings, for which the notice requirement may be waived. Notice shall include the agenda for the meeting, a list of all projects to be considered at the meeting, and copies of all relevant documents and proposals.
27. The NC shall prepare and present meeting minutes for review and signature by the NSC after every meeting. Once signed by the NSC members involved, the original should be filed in the SGP office and a copy sent to the UNDP SGP focal point.
28. Alternate members should be elected and attend meetings when the NSC Member for whom they act as alternate is unable or not present at the NSC Meeting. Alternate Members can make decisions regarding approvals of project proposals, once they have been ratified as the Alternate member by the SGP Global Manager.
29. Sub-committees of the NSC Members shall be created for specific and strategic tasks if and when needed.