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, finance officer, meteorology, hydrology, aviation and M&E specialists, will be hosted at the EPA and will report to the Executive Director/CEO of the EPA and the AfDB Country Office. The finance officer will provide financial management support to the project on a daily basis.
The Finance Officer primary responsibility is to provide assistance in financial management, as well as program, travel, human resources and general administrative support to the Project.
The Finance Officer will form part of the PIU staff and will work closely with the Meteorology, Hydrology, Aviation and M&E specialists, and support staff under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator. The Finance Assistant will also engage closely the EPA, the Responsible Parties, the Inter-sectoral expert working group and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Project.