The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has corporate responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogue initiatives, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.
The Cluster on Sustainable Development focuses on integrating UNDP’s economic, social and environmental work into a coherent sustainable development policy and programming framework. It seeks to provide an integrated package of services covering all strands of sustainable development, including on integrated development planning and inclusive and sustainable growth, sustainable livelihoods and economic recovery in post crisis situations and natural capital and the environment.
Based in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, Sustainable development Cluster, the UNDP-Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP – GEF Unit) helps countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion by assisting Country Offices in accessing environmental finance for sustainable development. This objective is achieved through five inter-related areas of work: (i) sustainable management of ecosystem goods and services; (ii) scaling up of climate change adaptation and mitigation; (iii) sustainable, affordable and accessible energy services; (iv) sustainable management of chemicals and waste; and (v) improved water and ocean governance. These areas of work are fully aligned with the four environmental outputs of the UNDP Strategic Plan.
UNDP is an accredited implementing entity to the following environmental vertical funds: (i) the funds managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF): the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF TF), the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF), the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF); (ii) the Adaptation Fund (AF); and (iii) the Green Climate Fund (GCF). As an Implementing Agency for these funds, UNDP offers countries highly specialized technical services for eligibly assessment, programme/project formulation, due diligence, mobilization of required co-financing, project implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management.
The UNDP-GEF Unit is responsible for providing leadership, technical support and implementation oversight to the delivery of GEF Trust Funds. The Unit is organized into a number of substantive technical teams with staff located in both HQs and UNDP’s Regional Hubs in Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Panama, and Bangkok, and with a decentralized structure in terms of financial, operational, and budget managements with authority delegated to respective managers located in HQ or in the region.
The GEF Trust Funded projects in Europe and CIS are supported at the national level by UNDP Country Offices (COs) and at the regional level by Regional Coordination Units (RCUs). The projects are located in Anglophone, Francophone and Russophone countries.
Under the overall supervision of the UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs) and direct coordination and guidance of the corresponding Regional Team Leader (RTL), the Programme Associate will facilitate the effective delivery of GEF’s portfolio in Europe and CIS, by providing support and oversight throughout the development, implementation, monitoring/evaluation and closure of UNDP-GEF projects. This includes an effective portfolio data management and monitoring, to maximize COs’ timely compliance with UNDP and GEF requirements.
The Programme Associate will work in close collaboration with the Operations, Programme and Project teams in the CO and UNDP-GEF HQs global team/staff to resolve complex programme-related issues and to ensure a consistent quality service delivery.
The UNDP-GEF RCU will be filling three Programme Associate positions to work with its technical teams in Climate Change Mitigation and Ecosystems and Biodiversity in RBEC countries and Climate Change, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Water and Oceans and Climate Change Adaptation in RBAS countries.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
Management and Support to projects under development (pipeline)
Expected Results: Projects under development are fully compliant with UNDP and GEF requirements.
Monitoring and support to projects (after GEF approval)
Expected Results: Effective monitoring and timely support to projects after GEF CEO endorsement ensuring all UNDP and GEF timelines and milestones are met.
Portfolio Monitoring and Support (includes projects under development and under implementation)
Expected Results: Effective monitoring and timely support to projects under implementation ensuring all UNDP and GEF timelines and milestones are met.
Country Office Capacity Support
Expected Results: Country Offices are supported effectively and efficiently to ensure they meet UNDP and GEF timelines and milestones.
Self-Development, Learning, Knowledge Management
Expected Results: The PA continually learns from and improves the effectiveness of corporate knowledge tools, training programmes, marketing and communications, and contributes to the overall UNDP-GEF knowledge management.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Required Skills and Experience
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Turkey nationals: UNDP-GEF Programme Associate
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Istanbul, , TR