Program Analyst Environment and Climate Change (UNDP)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Dakar, Senegal 🇸🇳


Mission and objectives

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience.

UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

The UNDP Sub-Regional Hub for West and Central Africa (WACA) otherwise known as the Dakar Hub is part of the larger Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) and is situated in Dakar, Senegal. It aims at strengthening resilience and sustainable development in the Sahel and WACA region by accelerating effective implementation of regional initiatives and supporting the 24 UNDP Country Offices in the region. To this effect, the Dakar Hub is well positioned to facilitate partnerships with UN regional representations in the sub-region, Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), regional and sub-regional institutions, research centers and institutes, donor representations, and other international organizations.

The Dakar Hub’s offer for the region in spread out into five key areas

  1. Governance; 2) Youth; 3) Renewable Energy; 4) Climate Action & 5) Livelihoods, economic recovery, and human mobility in fragile, crisis and post crisis context.


The environment sector in Senegal faced multiple challenges linked to climatic deteriorations and human action. Indeed, more ecosystems are threatened by higher temperatures, the excessive use of forest resources; overexploitation of fisheries, pollution of receiving environments (air, soil) with impacts on the health of populations, the agricultural production system and water resources and leads to worsening of poverty, rural exodus and consequently to irregular migration.

This situation makes the environmental sector a national concern. It places it at the heart of decision-making in the strategic planning of development policies at all decision-making levels mobilizing all stakeholders: central power, local decision-makers. In addition, private actors, non-governmental organizations, community associations and local populations are a concern.

Within the framework of Delivery As One (DAO), inter-agency coordination has been greatly strengthened with the formulation of the UNDAF and the joint planning of programs. However, considering the UNDP project portfolio and the reporting requirements within UNDP and the UNS, UNDP wishes to strengthen its monitoring-evaluation mechanism.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the team leader of Environment and Climate Change Unit, United Nations Development Programme, Senegal Country Office, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Participate in and contribute substantively to the strategic direction of UNDP interventions:
  • Based on in-depth analysis and research of the national and international situation, he/she will provide substantive inputs in the area of environment and climate change for the formulation of strategic notes and other relevant documents,
  • Provides advice on the effective use and management of the various funding mechanisms dedicated to the fight against climate change and supports the mobilization of resources from technical and financial partners, especially for programs under formulation,
  • Participates in national debates on climate change organized within the framework of UNDP’s global policy on climate change,
  • Provides advice to the country office on all climate policy issues related to the provision of strategic advice and guidance,
  • Tailors global and regional position papers, technical and policy briefs and advice notes to national circumstances, particularly issues for Africa and Senegal,
  • Provides regular information on the status of international climate change negotiations and upcoming events.
  • Contributes to the work of sectoral and thematic groups within the portfolio at the level of the UNS, the national counterpart and external partners.
  1. Support the management and implementation of projects/programs in the field of environment and climate change:
  • Supports the implementation of projects and programs in the field of climate change through technical and financial monitoring,
  • Supports the formulation of new projects and programs,
  • Applies and enforces effectively and efficiently the tools of results-based management, setting management targets and monitoring the achievement of results
  • Contributes to the planning, budget preparation, implementation and monitoring of projects and the use of financial resources following UNDP rules and procedures.
  • Supports team members in the development of procurement and recruitment plans
  • Ensures the adequacy between budget execution and the achievement of results assigned by the project
  • Ensures the establishment and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system for projects to achieve results
  • Ensures the timely and quality preparation of quarterly and annual progress reports on the achievement of assigned results, identifies risks and problems that may hinder these results and proposes solutions and mitigation actions.
  • Contributes to the timely and quality preparation of reports to donors
  • Follows up on audit recommendations, ensuring that management is informed of digressions,
  • Ensures all operations related to the operational and financial closure of projects
  • Conduct regular project visits and prepare a report, according to UNDP format, on the status of projects, problems encountered and proposed solutions
  • Ensures quality control at all stages of project management.
  1. Quality advisory support services and knowledge management:
  • Identifies, develops syntheses of best practices and lessons learned related to the environment and climate change sector
  • Contributes to the establishment of advocacy networks at the national level that is linked to networks at the international level
  • Contributes substantively to knowledge networks and communities of practice and shares best practices

Eligibility criteria:

Age: 27 – 80

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Korea and therefore specific criteria apply:

  • Candidates must be Korean nationals.
  • Candidates who have already served as UN Volunteer Specialist funded by Korea are not eligible to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2 January 2022 (note: this is one day prior to the advertisement end date). Candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible, well in advance of the deadline.

Candidates may apply to a maximum of three assignments per advertisement and indicate the order of preference in the ‘Additional remarks’ section.

Nationality: Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Donor priorities: x


Required experience

3 years of experience in policy advice, the design, management, implementation and evaluation of development projects, partnership building with external partners and governments.

Area(s) of expertise

Energy and environment , Development programmes

Driving license:


English, Level: Fluent, Required
French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Environment, risk and disaster management, development project management

Competencies and values

-Integrity and Professionalism
-Commitment to continuous learning
-Planning and organization
-Teamwork and respect for diversity
-Flexibility and adaptability

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Dakar, a family duty station (Hardship classification A) with missions to the region. Dakar is a livable city. The spontaneous reception and hospitality of the Senegalese is among the characteristic features of this West African country. The living conditions in Dakar are good, as well as the access to health services. The yellow fever vaccine is compulsory and vaccination cards should be presented at the entrance. Vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. The basic drugs are available in pharmacies but it is recommended to bring specific prescription drugs.

According to ANSD/RGPHAE 2020 official estimates, the population of Dakar metropolitan area reaches over 3,9 million people. The total population of Senegal is 16 705 608 inhabitants (ANSD 2020). Senegal is located on UTC/ GMT. Senegal has warm climate and sunny days throughout the year that make it a comfortable duty station. Daytime temperatures are on average around 30°C. Rainy season is in the northern hemisphere’s summer/fall.

The currency used in Senegal is called Franc CFA (XOF). On 1st March 2021 the average exchange rate is 1 USD = 535,913XOF. Many hotels, restaurants and businesses in Senegal accept the main international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). It is also possible to withdraw cash from automatic telling machines found in all the major cities.

The accommodation facilities are in general good and the choice is wide. It is possible to rent unfurnished and furnished accommodations from 450 to 2000 USD. UN Volunteers can also co-rent and share private accommodations, which must comply with Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS). Transportation in town can be easily arranged through local taxis.

To enter Senegal, a valid passport is required and a negative COVID-19 test. ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) nationals are not required an entry visa. Nationals of other countries may be required an entry visa or long stay visa. They should contact the closest Senegalese representation. Senegalese Embassies and consulates in various West African countries and in other parts of the world issue visas prior to travel.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy