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UNDP National Climate Change Technical Specialist in Lao People's Democratic Republic

UNDP National Climate Change Technical Specialist in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
City: Vientiane
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UNDP National Climate Change Technical Specialist in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The UNDP  National Climate Change Technical Specialist will provide policy, regulatory and technical advice to the national counterparts, Districts in relation to the LoCAL programme activities, with a focus on the integration of climate change and environmental sustainability into public planning and budgeting systems at sub-national level.

The National – Climate Change Technical Specialist will also be responsible for providing technical, policy, and programming implementation support and oversight, and knowledge and capacity development services for the effective deployment of LoCAL programmatic activities, for providing operational support to the LoCAL Facility, and is also expected to contribute to LoCAL’s resource mobilization activities on an ongoing basis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Programme management and implementation (30%)
    • Oversee the day-to-day implementation of selected LoCAL activities, with a focus on climate change and environmental sustainability.
    • Lead delivery and achievement of objectives by working with and supporting implementing partners’ project related activities.
    • Ensure the integrity of LoCAL Annual Work Plan, budget, financial resources, review of budget requirements, delivery and the consistent application or rules and regulations.
    • Contribute to the preparation and timely submission of comprehensive and quality technical and financial reports in line with contractual agreements, including semi-annual reporting.
    • Ensuring the timely and effective management of the activities as scheduled.
  2. Outreach, partnership building and resource mobilization (25%)
    • Develop strategies to mobilize additional resources based on programme requirements and new opportunities.
    • Maintain close working relationships with key national and subnational institutions and other key stakeholders at various levels in order to support the quality of the execution of the PBCRGS and its key results areas.
    • Support negotiations on co-operation with UNDP, the UN system, Government, bilateral development agencies, and other technical partners to identify and develop synergies with relevant in-country projects and technical partnerships for LoCAL with a focus on policy and capacity development for climate change mainstreaming and climate finance.
    • Build effective and efficient partnerships at the operational level with national counterparts and financial and technical partners.
    • Organize consultative meetings, seminars and workshops to drive analytical and policy work of the Programme.
  3. Policy, regulatory and technical advice to government counterparts and key stakeholders (25%)
    • Ensure adequate provision of technical, policy and regulatory assistance and advice to national and subnational governments in the field of public financial management, good governance, decentralization, adaptation planning/programming, climate finance, climate change issues and environmental sustainability, climate change mainstreaming into planning, budgeting, investment plans, implementation, and monitoring of adaptation measures (performance assessments).
    • Lead the technical dialogue and provision of policy and technical advisory services to national and local government counterparts in relation to climate change information and assessments, climate mainstreaming, climate finance and (direct) access to international climate finance (e.g. through development of GCF funding proposals).
  4. Coordination with government counterparts, UN system and development partners (10%)
    • Serve as the UNCDF focal point in working groups and steering committees on the issue of environment and climate change and related sectors and provide inputs for conducive policy and regulatory environment.
    • Manage UNCDF’s commitments within the UNDAF Results Matrix, ensures effective application of results -based management tools, monitors initiative work plans, programme effectiveness and achievement of results.
    • Coordinates and provides substantive contributions from UNCDF on LoCAL mechanism in the CCA and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), promotes thematic and sectoral synergies and coordination of programme activities and execution with development partners in Lao PDR and any other assigned LoCAL country in the region.
    • Coordinate closely with development partners and UNRCO on LoCAL development and delivery, identifies approaches and modalities to achieve development targets by ensuring synergies and coordination between UNCDF LoCAL global programme and development partners in Lao PDR (or any other assigned LoCAL country), as well as provide technical, policy and programmatic advice to the UNRCO on relevant themes.
  5. Knowledge management and communication (10%)
    • Identify key knowledge constraints and organize learning, knowledge exchange, training, workshops, etc. to build the awareness and capacities on relevant themes (i.e. climate change, local climate risk assessments, environmental sustainability, mainstreaming, in support of women and youth employment, etc.);
    • Contribute to the implementation of the Communication and Visibility Plan of the Programme, in collaboration with Programme team, partners and technical consultants;
    • Identify, collect and disseminate best practices and lesson learned from the Programme in areas of specialty;
    • Manage the process of convening national and regional stakeholders to share lessons learned on selected themes.

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Required Skills and Experience for UNDP National Climate Change Technical Specialist


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science and management, climate science, geographic studies, international development, economics, statistics, or a related field is required OR
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in environmental science and management, climate science, geographic studies, international development, economics, statistics, or a related field in combination with additional 2 years of work experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master´s degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years (with Master´s degree) or seven (7) years of experience in implementing/coordinating development projects in the fields of climate change and/or environmental sustainability and decentralization issues
  • Good knowledge of the system of local governments in Lao PDR and its framework.
  • Proven ability to work with different tiers of government, central government institutions/ministries, and local governments, local stakeholders, local communities.
  • Knowledge of climate change issues and its potential impacts on local economic development particularly for the most vulnerable is required.
  • Proven track record in addressing gender equality as project objective and/or cross-cutting issue would be an asset.
  • Strong networking capabilities and ability to associate him/herself with a range of actors (inter alia central and subnational governments; CSOs, NGOs, policy makers; national statistics office and donors, and local communities) with a view to building relations and facilitating links.
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in decentralization and local government, particularly in Lao PDR is highly desirable.
  • At least three (3) years managerial /professional level work experience working on policy, regulatory and technical advisory services with national and subnational stakeholders is highly desirable.
  • At least three (3) years of work experience related to performance-based grants and/or similar instruments like budget support and/or local economic development is desirable.
  • Knowledge of current developments in local economic development for the most vulnerable (women and youth) is desired.
  • Experience with a UN organization/agency is desirable.
  • Knowledge or experience in context developing solution on climate action on how to tackle climate change adaptation and resilience in Lao PDR is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge or experience in context developing solution on climate action on how to tackle climate change adaptation and resilience in Lao PDR is highly desirable.
  • Experience with UN Procurement Processes is desired, but not a requirement.

Required Languages:

  • English.
  • Other major languages spoken in Lao PDR is desirable.

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Type of Opportunity Internships
Deadline07 June,2024
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic



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