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UNDP Programme Specialist - Nature, Climate, Energy (Nationals only) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

UNDP Programme Specialist Internship in Malaysia

Country: Malaysia
City: Kuala Lumpur
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UNDP Programme Specialist Internship – Nature, Climate, Energy (Nationals only) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The UNDP Programme Specialist Internship Nature, Climate, Energy  ensures effective oversight on programme/ portfolio management, accountability, and achievement of the CPD results within the assigned outcome, and supervises staff assigned within the unit.

Duties and Responsibilities UNDP Programme Specialist Internship – Nature, Climate, Energy

1.Provides strategic direction, coordination, and management of the programme/unit in the area of environment, achieving the following results:

  • Leads the analysis of the political, social, and economic situation in the country and ensures collaborative and coordinated preparation/revision of CCA, UNSCDF, CPD, annual business planning, dialogue compact, Integrated Work Plan and ROAR, project documents, their work plans and other programmatic documents.
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely adjustment of programme, measuring of the impact of the projects, and that results, and lessons learned to inform analysis, policy and programme, and project work.

2. Ensures accountability, quality control and effective oversight, achieving the following results:

  • Ensures robust oversight of key performance indicators of the portfolio and leads implementation of corrective strategies and measures based on risk-informed analysis and trends.
  • Facilitates and quality assures the completion of the GEF checklist and ensures appropriate separation of duties is in place and maintained throughout the project cycle.
  • Ensures implementation of effective programme and risk management systems to achieve high quality of results.
  • Ensures compliance with a cost-recovery system for the services provided by the CO to projects in close collaboration with the Operations Specialist.

3. Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and leads resources mobilization in cooperation with Senior Management and other programme units achieving the following results:

  • Development and implementation of CO partnerships and resource mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes related to Environment area.
  • Leads and maintains strong and strategic working relations with Government counterparts as well as other national stakeholders and international partners.
  • Leads engagement, networking and mobilization of experts of the international development community, government partners, UN Agencies, and prominent think tanks.
  • Leads development of strategies for Government cost-sharing in the Environment area.
  • Clear donor reports and ensure that conditions of partnership agreements are met by projects under the unit.

4. Leads innovation and ensures identification of development and climate financing solutions achieving the following results:

  • Actively champions, promotes and facilitates innovation and innovative approaches to the delivery of results.
  • Leverages innovative approaches, resources, and collaborative efforts to enhance programme and project impact.
  • Quality assures all required capacity and risk assessments, including private sector due diligence.

5. Leads provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitates knowledge building and management achieving the following results:

  • Translates evaluation findings, real-time monitoring data, and applied learning to learn to formulate adaptations in UNDP’s programme / project and policy advisory work.
  • Coordination and support development institutions working towards addressing national development priorities in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Ensures capacity building of national counterparts for effective management and compliance with funding partner’s requirements including those of vertical funds.
  • Sound and proactive contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Writes and communicates on best practices and lessons learned linked to programme and policy goals.

6. Ensures the integration of women empowerment and gender equality into programming and budgeting/resource allocation and supports the Gender Team’s efforts to uphold the CO’s Gender Equality Seal aspirations and requirements achieving the following results:

  • Guides the programme portfolio projects are up to date in terms of gender mainstreaming where needed.
  • Participates and contributes to the CO and Inter-Agency (if applicable) gender focal teams actively making sure that the responsible activities under the respective plans are implemented successfully on an annual basis.
  • Ensures that the programmatic indicators targets are achieved in line with CO’s Gender Equality Seal requirements.

7. Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: The Programme Specialist will be responsible for supervision, performance management and development of the Programme Associate and relevant project-funded personnel.

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Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Development Financing, Environmental Economics, Natural Resources Management, Climate Change, International Development, Business Administration, Public Administration, Development Economics, Economics, International Relations, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, or related field.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in the above disciplines with additional 2 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration.
  • Minimum 5 years with Master’s degree or 7 years with Bachelor’s degree, of working experience at the national or international level in providing policy and/or management advisory services on nature, climate or energy.
  • At least 2 years of the above experience should be in providing oversight and advisory services to multiple complex development projects in the area of nature, climate change, energy, development/climate financing or disaster risk reduction.
  • Understanding of policy development processes is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated multi-stakeholder facilitation and coordination skills.
  • Proven people management and multi-cultural teams experience preferably in the technical area of climate change reporting and/or transparency is an advantage.
  • Working experience in a UN Agency and/or an international organization is an advantage.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling web-based management systems.


  • Proficiency in English and National Language.

Candidates who applied before need NOT REAPPLY for this position.

  • Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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Type of Opportunity Internships
Deadline03 December,2023
CityKuala Lumpur
Open toNationals only



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