The Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) received funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to implement the project (Enhancing Climate Information Systems for Resilient Development in Liberia) otherwise referred to as CIS Project. The objective of the project is to further strengthen Liberia’s climate-related observing and monitoring capabilities, early warning and early action systems, and other environmental-related information systems. It seeks to drive a paradigm shift towards evidence-based climate-informed decision-making, planning, and response. The overarching goal of the project is to integrate green growth, environmental resilience, and adaptation into national development planning18 through effective climate information systems.
The project will reduce exposure of Liberia’s communities, livelihoods, and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards through a well-functioning national Multi-Hazard Impact-Based Forecasting and Early Warning System (MHIBF-EWS). A well-functioning MH-IBF-EWS means having in place trained and equipped Liberia Meteorological Service (LMS), Liberia Hydrological Service (LHS), Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to collect weather and climate data; introduce and maintain modelling, forecast weather events and provide early warnings; scale-up evidence-based climate-informed decision-making, planning, and response actions countrywide. Having these in place will lead to transformative change in climate risk reduction and management in Liberia. This new paradigm will focus on translating meteorological and hydrological hazards into the sector- and location-specific potential impacts for the development of sectoral responses to mitigate those impacts. The project´s activities will further support the design, development and implementation of strategies and actions in the country that effectively address climate change adaptation and sustainable development needs.
The Environmental Protection Agency as the National Designated Authority (NDA) and focal entity for the management of the environment and natural resources in Liberia is empowered to coordinate, monitor, supervise and consult with relevant stakeholders on all activities in the protection of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources. EPA is the Executing Entity and will head a Project Implementing Unit (PIU). The PIU will coordinate the implementation of the project, and will consist of three technical departments (Liberia Meteorological Service, Liberia Hydrological Service and National Disaster Management Agency), Project Coordinator and Project Staff. The role of the three technical department is to provide technical support to the PIU. The AfDB, as an Accredited Entity to the GCF will provide oversight and quality assurance support services to the CIS. The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will assist the implementation of the Project with support from the EPA and AfDB. The PIU staff including project Coordinator, meteorology, hydrology, aviation and M&E specialists, and finance officer will be hosted at the EPA and will report to the Executive Director/CEO of the EPA and the AfDB Country Office. The meteorology specialist will provide technical support to the project on a daily basis.
The Meteorology Specialists primary responsibility is to support the PIU in the delivery of results specified in the Project Document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost. The Meteorology Specialist will provide expert advice and technical support on the meteorological aspects of the project. He/she will be working closely with the Project Coordinator and project team and the Vulnerability and Adaptation Working Group – an inter-sectoral working group consisting of personnel from LHS, MME, LMS, MoT, NDMA, LCAA, MOA, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), MoH, and WMO that will convene monthly to discuss progress and implementation-related issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
The meteorology specialist will collect, collate and compile detailed information on meteorological equipment (e-infrastructure (ICT), automated weather stations, manufacturer and types of sensors, data logging and communication equipment etc.). The meteorology specialist will establish specifications of the meteorology related equipment required by Liberia to deliver fit-for-purpose climate services. The meteorology specialist will also assess the forecasting capability of the meteorological service and recommend ways of improvements through the establishment of a forecasting facility for weather and climate services (including forecast verification systems for weather and climate).
Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, the Meteorology Specialist will undertake the following tasks:
- Collect and compile information on the hydro-met related equipment including type, brand/make, model and other relevant specifications;
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