The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Energy & Environment Program/Country Program Support intents to support the Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency to develop EPA Strategic Plan.
Strategic planning is one of the most challenging – and exciting – exercises an organization can undertake. Strategic planning allows an organization to make fundamental decisions or choices by taking a long-range view of what it hopes to accomplish and how it will do so. A strategic plan is built on a thorough analysis of the organization’s existing structure, governance, staff, program or service mix, collaborations, and resources (financial, human, technical, and material). This analysis is vital because it allows an organization to perceive which of its above aspects it must change in order to achieve its goals. A well-developed strategic plan serves as a blueprint for making these changes because it describes the following:
❐ A vision for the future ❐ Strengths and weaknesses of the organization ❐ The nature of the changes contemplated for future sustainable growth and development ❐ The sequence of these changes ❐ Those who are responsible for guiding change ❐ The resources required, whether they currently exist within the organization or must be generated from external sources.
A strategic plan represents an organization-wide consensus among staff, directors, and other stakeholders concerning what represents success and how it is to be achieved. It therefore allows a manager to approach the strategic plan’s activities with confidence. Strategic plans must be institutionalized so that they serve as the basis for performance standards, decision-making, planning, and resource mobilization and allocation. Strategic plans must also be systematically reviewed and revised so they remain topical, relevant, and “cutting edge.” The whole organization must embrace the plan so that the “daily decisions are then made on the basis of this plan, which must be both practical – based upon your organization’s mission – and flexible, to allow for rapid change. (Verardo, Denzil. “Managing the Strategic Planning Process.” ASTD Info Line, Alexandria, VA, USA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the principal authority in Liberia responsible for the management of the environment; coordinate, monitor, supervise and consult with relevant stakeholders on all activities in the protection of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources.
Pursuant to this, the EPA with support from the United National Development Program (UNDP) intends to hire a National Consultant to lead the development of EPA Strategic Plan. Considering the above, the UNDP through the Energy & Environment Unit of the EPA requests the services of a National Consultant to work in collaboration with the EPA in achieving this objective.
With the plethora of challenges, the Energy and Environment (E&E) programme of the UNDP seeks to support the Government’s efforts in achieving diversified and inclusive economic growth through investments in sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture, food security, job creation and improved resilience to climate change and natural disasters. UNDP works to empower the population and build a resilient nation. It supports the government to develop and implement interventions aimed at improving the lives of the people, including women, youths and PWDs.
Through its Energy and Environment (E&E) Programme, UNDP supports the government through its relevant Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) to address environmental issues and mitigate their impacts to support the collective growth and development of the country.
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