Laos nationals: Programme Analyst (Natural Resources Management and Climate Change)
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Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Natural Resources Management and Climate Change Unit, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of UNPD programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned. The Programme Analyst analyses political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and monitoring of projects within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services.
The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the other Programme Analyst and other Natural Resources Management and Climate Change Unit staff, operations team, programme staff in other UNDP Units, UN Agencies, UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, and multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.
In Lao PDR UNDP Natural Resources Management and Climate Change Unit works with the Government with the shared vision on 1) supporting national development with focus on innovation in strengthening the response to climate change and disaster risk reduction; 2) improving biodiversity conservation and promoting community based natural resources management, 3) recognizing the links between environmental degradation economic growth and poverty reduction. In partnership with other organizations UNDP facilitated government’s efforts towards sustainable use of natural resources with special focus on achievement of the goals in the National Socio-Economic Development, moving toward achievement of graduation from the Less Developed Country Status and the Sustainable Development Goals..
In addition to drawing on its own resources, UNDP mobilizes resources from the bilateral donors, multilateral entities and vertical funds such as Global Environmental Facility and Green Climate Fund.
Duties and Responsibilities
FUNCTIONS/KEY RESULTS EXPECTED
Summary of Key Functions:
• Implementation of programme strategies
• Support to the management of the CO Natural Resources Management and Climate Change portfolio. Strengthening, supporting and monitoring the specific UNDP-supported natural resources management, climate change, disaster risk management, disaster recovery, and quality investment projects and programmes
• Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy
• Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management
1. Ensures implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to UNDP strategic documents including Common Country Assessment (CCA), UN Programme Framework (UNPF), Country Programme Document (CPD), and other documents.
• Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned.
• Support preparation of CO Cooperate reporting such as Results Oriented Report Assessment report, Quality Assurance Report, Progress of Country Programme Development and Integrate Workplan implementation, update Integrated Results Resources Framework, and other reporting to donors.
2. Contributes to effective management of the CO programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programmes and projects.
• Effective application of results-based management tools and monitoring achievement of results.
• Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, direct project cost, targets and milestones.
• Initiation of a project, presentation of the project to LPAC, entering project into Atlas, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget revision exercises, closure of projects through review, and uploading in the system. Programme Analyst performs functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for e-requisition approval, participates in recruitment processes for country office and projects.
• Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the project deliveries, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in spot check and audit of country programme and NIM projects.
• Evaluation of the programme impact. Monitoring and analysis of the programme and projects, timely readjustments in portfolio.
• Substantively plan, review and monitor all aspects of programme implementation and management with result-orientation. Participate and review workplan and procurement plan development, Review and analyze Quarterly and Annual Project Reports and other reports. Identify operational and financial problems and develop/recommend workable solutions and monitor follow-up actions. Manage project-related recruitment and contracting processes.
• Manage planned programme/project evaluations and NIM audits. Participate in Tripartite Review meetings. Substantively review project results achieved and discuss evaluation/audit reports with Government counterparts in order to agree on corrective measures, policy recommendations(s) and follow-up actions required, and sustainability of project results.
• Evaluate of the programme impact, monitoring and analysis of the programme and project in natural resources management, climate change, disaster risk and recovery management, and quality investment for timely readjustments in portfolio.
• Preparation of progress report to donors, CO-timesheet, etc. as required.
3. Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
• Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.
• Assist in ensuring effective and systematic outreach to all government and non-governmental partners to advocate for UNDP’s goals and its thematic focus.
• Participate in the Sector and Sub-Sector Working Dialogues.
4. Ensures provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Identification of sources of information related to environment. Identification and synthesis of good practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
• Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
• Contributions to trainings for the operations/ projects staff on natural resources management, climate change, disaster risk reduction and recovery, and quality investment management issues.
• Facilitate knowledge exchange and south-south cooperation implementation.
• Advocate and identification of new opportunities for innovation project and programme.
IV. IMPACT OF RESULTS
The key results have an impact on the success of country programme within specific areas of cooperation. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.
• Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
• Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
• Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Knowledge Management and Learning
• Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
• In-depth knowledge on development issues
• Ability to advocate and provide policy advice
• Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
• Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
• Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources
• Strong IT skills
Management and Leadership
• Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
• Demonstrates ability to take initiative, ensure efficient follow up, and work flexibly and effectively in multicultural teams
• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
• Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
• Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
• Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
• Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
• Demonsrae strong analytical skills, ability to work in an organized and systematic manner
Required Skills and Experience
• Master’s Degree in one of the following: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Natural Sciences, Natural Resource Management, climate change, water resources management, Development Studies with environmental specialization or A related field. This should be reflected in a good understanding of development issues, and policies and programmes relating to environment and natural resources management and their impacts on growth, human development and poverty reduction.
• Minimum 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing advisory services in the area of environment and or energy.
• Knowledge of international environmental issues; environmental management; environment conventions and treaties, especially on biodiversity, climate change and land degradation.
• Experience in programme development, project implementation and monitoring, financial management, collaboration with government and the international development community, particularly in Asia, would be an asset
• Experience in biodiversity, agrobiodiversity, land management, ecosystems, water resources management/irrigation, livelihoods or poverty-environment work/linkages is an asset.
• Knowledge of the Lao/South East Asia development context would be an asset
• Proven communication and coordination skills.
• Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages Experience in handling of web-based management systems
• Fluency in Lao (written and spoken)
• Fluency in English (written and spoken)