Programme Specialist (Head NRM & Climate Change)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Purpose:  Responsible for oversight, management of the NRM & Climate Change Portfolio in UNDP Lao PDR.   Analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio and provides policy advice services related to development and implementation of sectoral plans and strategies related to his/her portfolio at both national and sub-national level.

Reporting structure and partners:  This position reports to Deputy Resident Representative and has 2 direct reports. S/he works in close collaboration with other members of the Programme team, the operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

1)  Ensures strategic planning and new programme initiative formulation in NRM and Climate Change portfolio through:

  • Liaises between UNDP and the Government of Lao PDR with respect to major programme issues and provide solutions in seeking consensus;
  • Liaises regularly with the Government counterparts and advises Deputy Resident Representative and Resident Representative on the strategic direction of the programme portfolio;
  • Thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative preparation/revision of the UN Partnership Framework (UNPF), CPD, AWP and other documents. Identification of strategic programme areas of cooperation;
  • Coordinates and provides substantive contributions from UNDP in the UNPF, promotes thematic and sectoral synergies and coordination of programme activities and execution;
  • Thorough analysis and research contributions to development of products and policy advisory services that aim to support the government of Laos in implementation of policies aiming at climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk reduction and reduction in environmental pollution from waste and chemicals at national and sub-national levels;
  • Through analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country, leads the NRM and Climate Change programme team in programme formulation and networking to ensure a programme which is relevant and responsive to changes in the country context;
  • Seeks and applies new and innovative approaches to programme design and implementation. Keeps abreast of regional and global experience in identification of effective solutions to development challenges in his/her thematic areas assigned and seek ways to apply them in Laos; 
  • Development of strong synergies with other parts of the programme portfolio to demonstrate their contribution to the SDGs implementation in Laos;
  • Operationalization of UNPF in collaboration with the main partners and other UN Agencies;
  • Identification of possibilities for joint programming. Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the CO.

2)   Ensures effective management of the NRM & Climate Change unit and supervision of unit members through:

  • Effectively applies RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Leads the monitoring and evaluation of the NRM and Climate Change outcomes and outputs of UNPF;
  • Provides strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations; performs the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas for development projects transactions approval; NRM & Climate Change programme and evaluation. Monitors and analyses the programme environment, readjusts programme on a timely manner;
  • Organizes cost-recovery system for the services provided by the CO to projects in close collaboration with relevant Operations staff. 

3)   Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Develops and implements strategic partnerships with donors, UN and non-UN System organizations and NGOs, UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society etc. to achieve programme outcomes;
  • Leads preparation of funding proposals and briefing documents for donors, organizes donor briefings and negotiates with multi and bilateral agencies in cooperation with Government counterparts and advisors;
  • Ensures high quality donor reporting completed in a timely manner;
  • Determines programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities;  
  • Coordinates with the key government institutions including Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to ensure that UNDP is a major partner in the areas of NRM and Climate Change.

4) Leads the integration of UNDP’s NRM and Climate Change related initiatives within the broader UNPF through:

  • Coordinates actions and liaise with UN Agencies, Resident Coordinator’s Office, IFIs, Government institutions, local and nongovernmental actors, members of the diplomatic community, and UN headquarters;
  • Participates in relevant UN interagency task forces, working groups, and/or theme groups especially in areas such as MDGs, sustainable livelihoods, social development, regional integration, trade and private sector, gender and statistics.

5) Provides top quality advisory services to Government and ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management through:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and published best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Develops policies and supports institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partner;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues. 


  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Delivery: Ability to get things done



  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • Quality Assurance: Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled
  • Resource Mobilization: Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources


  • Partnerships: Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships
  • Development Planning: Knowledge of development planning processes at the national and local level and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Knowledge Management: Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge
Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master’s Degree in Environmental or Natural Sciences, Environmental Management or Policy, Public Administration or related field

Experience: At least 7 years of relevant experience at the international level with progressive responsibility in the field of NRM, Climate Change and other relevant areas.  Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects. Knowledge and hands-on experience of management of vertical funds (e.g. GEF, Green Climate) will be an asset.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and another UN language


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