Bangladesh nationals: Project Manager (Environment and Disaster Reduction)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Dhaka, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

UNDP Bangladesh, having its focus to build an empowered and resilient nation, has implemented a three years programme Poverty Environment Climate Mainstreaming (PECM) during 2010-2013 with General Economics Division of Planning Commission in Bangladesh. The project had initiated a process to develop a National Climate Fiscal Framework (CFF) and identified key entry points to mainstream climate change into the national finance process (budget, fiscal, classification, audit, and annual development programme and aid effectiveness).  As a follow up of the PECM project, the “Inclusive Budget and Finance for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh” is three years’ technical project being implemented by the Finance Division in partnership with ERD, IRD, CAG Office and Planning Commission (Programming Division) to mainstreaming climate change into key financial decisions in Bangladesh. 
The overarching objectives of this project are to rationalize the Public Financial Management (PFM) of existing and future climate finance and introduce a climate policy based focus to planning, budgeting and performance management of climate finance by implementing the GoB Climate Fiscal Framework. The project intends to foster a sustainable basis for identifying, maximising and managing sources and application of funds for financing climate resilient actions. The project further intends to develop climate related capacity and expertise within Finance Division, Internal Resource Division and Auditor’s General office, and other major stakeholders that will enable Bangladesh to pursue maximised benefits of national and international climate finance.
It will also aim to enhance the recognition of climate policy and national strategy in the key PFM processes including Budget, Medium Term Budget Framework (MTBF) and attendant Performance Management Systems, Ministry Budget Frameworks (MBF) and the Medium Term Macroeconomic Framework (MTMF).
The project will build on the Climate Fiscal Framework that was developed and endorsed in June 2014 and will align with existing and future PFM reform programmes led by Finance Division.  The project has five components:
  • Climate Fiscal Framework Implementation and Management;
  • Strategic Climate Change Sensitive Planning and Budgeting Management;
  • Climate Public Finance Governance Strengthened;
  • Strengthening Finance Division Coordination and Climate Public Finance Managing Roles;
  • More effective Planning and budgeting for climate change finance at the local level. 
The focus of this new proposed project intervention, entitled “Inclusive Climate Budgeting and Financing” will be on the implementation of this national Climate Fiscal Framework, which will provide an incentive framework for climate adaptation and mitigation (including removing perverse subsidies that promote maladaptation and climate emissions).
In doing so, it will also strengthen the public financial management system for climate finance, particularly with regards to accountability and transparency, as well as with regard to the flow of finances to line ministries, and to the local level including tracking to ensure funds benefit the poor and vulnerable.  This will include activities to integrate climate into the medium term budget framework, support climate budget coding (as for gender), bringing existing climate funds on budget, pilot virtual climate funds and programme based approaches and budget support for climate finance.
The Ministry can be supported to exchange experience with the regional Ministries of Finance that have a climate change unit and take part in climate negotiations including representation on the Green Climate Fund (by contrast Bangladesh sends Ministry of Environment representatives and an academic to the GCF).
In order to respond to these overarching goals the proposed project will focus on:
  • Pricing, taxation and subsidy policies reviewed for coherence with BCCSAP objectives;
  • All climate related sources of funds and potential sources of funds identified and recognised as transparently as possible in MTBF and National Budget;
  • Refinement of the Long Term Climate Fiscal Framework to include taxation, incentive-based fiscal instruments, sources and deployment of funds, and its financial management strategy;
  • Climate dimension recognised explicitly in Ministry Budget Frameworks and Medium Term Strategic Business Plan of main spending administrative institutions;
  • Long term costs of climate sensitive works identified (and prioritized by sector) for inclusion on an annualized basis in ADP and MTBF;
  • Climate policy-based linkage established between ADP and Finance Division Classifications established for climate change;
  • Options for programme based approaches and budget support for climate finance introduced;
  • Accountability of climate finance strengthened at Parliamentary level;
  • Support to Auditor General to conduct Climate Finance Performance Audit;
  • National Climate fiscal framework committee designed, established and supported to promote inter-ministerial coordination led by Finance Division;
  • Exchange programme with climate change units of selected Ministries of Finance;
  • Climate sensitive plans and budgets at the local level;
  • Local level governments enabled to apply for climate resilience grants. 
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Manager will coordinate the planning, finance and local government dimension of the overall inclusive planning and finance agenda in Bangladesh as well as support effective implementation of the project titled “Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR)” and timely achievement of its objectives. 
The role of the Project Manager is essentially a supervisory and managerial one and the incumbent will be primarily responsible for-
  • Supervising the day to day project activities under technical supervision of the ACD-CCED Cluster/National Project Director of the “Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR)” Project;
  • Managing the relationships with implementation partner, relevant stakeholders and other GoB agencies/ministries when necessary as advised by ACD-CCED/NPD;
  • Coordinating the operations, finance, reporting and other sections of the project with UNDP and GoB;
The incumbent will also supervise and
  • Carry out the institutional development/capacity development through mainstreaming climate change into finance, planning and local government mechanisms components of the overall Climate Finance Initiatives in Bangladesh and specially IBFCR Project;
  • Provide technical advice to Finance Division on inclusive budget and finance of the Government;
  • Provide capacity building and training for stakeholders;
  • Carry out the institutional development/capacity development through the treaty desk component of the project;
  • Coordinate the strategic planning development process of inclusive planning and finance by having close engagement with strategic finance and planning professionals;
  • Coordinate the activity of climate finance activities of UNDP in Bangladesh in consultation and with support of other experts and consultants of the project.
Details of responsibility:
The Project Manager will perform in a coordinated manner to build institutional capacity of the Finance Division so that it can work effectively with other relevant ministries in implementing the climate fiscal framework.
  • Provide management and oversight for the climate planning and finance activities of the programme/project;
  • Advise Finance Division and UNDP on the overall implementation of the component of the project including reporting on progress with planned activities and expected outputs;
  • Manage implementation of the project component including financial resource management, coordination and administration, using established guidelines and process of UNDP and Government of Bangladesh to realize maximum performance and impact;
  • Ensure implementation of project outputs within his/her focus area portfolio; and
  • Submit regular reports on project progress and situation reports.
Coordinate and Provide technical advice on climate plans and finance synergy particularly in the area of mainstreaming climate change into budget and finance process where s/he will-
  • Advise the Government of Bangladesh on reform proposals and options for improving the inclusion of climate change dimensions into key planning and finance decisions (Act, rules, policy, framework, regulations, methodology and guidelines);
  • Advise the Government on climate finance reform initiative to improve the effectiveness of the climate finance;
  • Advise UNDP on the options for climate finance and the political strategies for realizing reform agenda around climate finance and planning; and
  • Support national and regional authorities with technical advice on specific national priority climate finance related policy issues.
Coordinate the capacity building and training initiatives for stakeholders by supervising the-
  • Identification and Development of synergies and partnerships with other actors (national and international) on climate finance and planning issues at the strategic, technical and operational level;
  • Developing and implementing training programmes in the area of climate fiscal framework, climate sensitive planning, and different reform issues for key national stakeholders;
  • Supervise the initiatives taken for providing assistance to the Finance Division;
  • Engage in capacity and confidence building on issues pertaining to climate budget and finance with non-governmental actors, including consultative and participatory processes with national stakeholders, including women’s networks, local government representative’s forum and climate professionals; and
  • Participate in inter-agency working groups and initiatives to promote effectiveness of climate finance in Bangladesh.
The Project Manager will be needed to coordinate the activities of the components of project and s/he will also perform any additional relevant tasks as requested by ACD-CCED cluster and National Project Director.
  • Adequate participation of key stakeholders in ministries, relevant public sector agencies, donors and CBOs;
  • Conduct necessary data collection, information gap analysis and prioritization analysis of the following cross-cutting capacity gaps and priority capacity needs: (a) tax system, (b) assessment of natural resources, (c) assessment of renewable resources;
  • A significant element of quantitative analysis (including statistical tools) , evidence based findings and an emphasis on making clear recommendations based on thorough, objective analysis.
Capacity Building
  • Support to institutionalise climate dimension of MTBS;
  • Identify areas of institutional weakness and skills gap to regarding implementation of Climate Fiscal Policy;
  • Identify the need for further institutional development in Planning Commission and Finance Division and skills capacity needs on developing long-term expenditure plans in line with CPEIR and BCCSAP. 
Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Establish evaluation criteria for CFF fiscal initiatives / Economic indicators setting to measure progress towards implementing the fiscal policy and establish reporting mechanisms and formats;
  • Identify barriers to budget support and develop strategies to address risks;
  • Assess Finance Division’s internal information systems for capability to recognise on-budget external sources;
  • Develop economic models for monitoring effectiveness of CFF fiscal initiatives.
Information and Systems
  • Establish information flows between IRD, ERD and Finance Division to provide data to monitor external climate sources of funding;
  • Assess availability of external climate funds.
Fiscal Instruments
  • Barriers and risks to budget support identified and strategies developed;
  • Desk reviews of baseline environmental and climate change information, documentations on tax policies, aid polices, funds on climate change and gather updates;
  • Review of fiscal policies and role in the economic development of Bangladesh;
  • Refine climate fiscal policy in face of future uncertainties over climate change, structural change, and the evolution of aid flows (and external funds);
  • Assess how taxation, pricing and subsidy policies are defined vis-à-vis climate related objectives;
  • Support to development of financial management methodologies (e.g. hypothecation, non-fund, policy linkages between revenue and expenditure);
  • Design strategies to access international financing on climate and climate change strategies (with sector specific reference) to access international financing;
  • Recommendations for transparent revenue management practices;
  • Ongoing capacity development of best practice on fiscal policy formulation.
  • Document all findings to enhance the  project’s knowledge base;
  • Submit the final set of inputs/report to the Steering Committee of Finance Division, who will finalize the CFF address all comments received;
  • Coordinate with a network of professionals and academic institutions to rely on for expertise and specialist advice, for governments’ fiscal policy formulation.
Measurable Outputs and Performance Indicators
The Project Manager will ensure a results-based system is in place to tap key results that contribute towards the project Outputs and Outcomes.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme and reaching Country Programme Document, UNDAF, CPD and 7th Five year plan goals. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching overall project targets.
  • Team work;
  • 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;
  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time;
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaboration and cooperating with others;
  • Responds flexibly & positively to change through active involvement;
  • Strong coordination, negotiation, networking, lobbying and advocacy skills;
  • Computer literacy. 
People skills:
  • Recognizes & responds appropriately to the ideas, interests & concerns of others, and give duly credit to other people’s ideas and suggestions;
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultural customs;
  • High moral integrity, as well as diplomacy, impartiality and discretion with proven ability to work and act with discretion in a politically sensitive and challenging environment.
  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals;
  • Generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;
  • Partnering and networking;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP.   
  • Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills in Bengali and English.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in Accounting, Economics or Public Finance disciplines.
  • Minimum 15 years of experience with at least seven (07) years of experience in the field of public finance and at least five (05) years of experience in a managerial role and leading any public finance initiative;
  • Demonstrated Experience of monitoring/supervising and coordinating project outputs/projects/programmes;
  • Experience in working with UN/World Bank/ADB/Other Donor and Government and preparing technical papers on climate finance and planning related issues will be considered as an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing or providing advice on public finance related advocacy; preferably in the area of climate finance related advocacy and technical assistance;
  • Strong computer skills;
  • Development project experience in Bangladesh and experience working with Central Government would be an asset;
  • Extensive experience in Public Finance reform initiative of  GoB will be an asset; 
Language Requirements:
  • Excellent command of English and Bangla, Demonstrated writing skills and ability to produce high quality reports in English.