Programme Specialist, Environment/Climate Change/Energy – UNDP, Tajikistan

Programme Specialist, Environment/Climate Change/Energy – UNDP, Tajikistan



Locations: Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Apply Before: 10/10/2023, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule: Full time. Agency: UNDP. Grade: NOC. Practice Area: Nature, Climate and Energy

Contract Duration: 2 Year with Possibility for extension

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Education & Work Experience: Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages: English and Russian

Job Description: Programme Specialist, Environment/Climate Change/Energy – UNDP, Tajikistan

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. 

Under the broader framework of the SDGs and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), UNDP Tajikistan continues to deliver on its key strategic priorities within its Country Programme for the period 2023-2026, namely: (i) Sustainable, inclusive and green economic growth, (ii) Integrated management of climate and environmental risks, and (iii) people-centered governance and advancing rule of law.   

In achieving the above, UNDP supports the acceleration of Tajikistan’s industrialization, economic productivity and competitiveness, trade, innovative entrepreneurship while ensuring that growth is risk-informed and inclusive.

UNDP continues to invest in Tajikistan’s growth in a sustainable manner and to strengthen resilience to climate change through advancing climate change adaptation (CCA), mitigation and disaster risk reduction (DRR). 

UNDP invests in improving access to rights and services through strengthening effective, inclusive and accountable governing institutions, promoting a transparent, gender-sensitive and digitalized public administration with innovative solutions.  UNDP focuses on the advancement rule of law and access to justice and facilitates people’s meaningful participation – in particular, women and youth – in decision-making to promote equality and social cohesion at local level. 

Position Purpose: Programme Specialist, Environment/Climate Change/Energy – UNDP, Tajikistan

Under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative (RR) and the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR), the Programme Specialist on Climate Change, Energy, and Environment (CCEE) acts as the Team Leader and senior technical specialist in the area of CCEE for acceleration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Tajikistan.

S/he leads the CO efforts to ensure the achievement of the country programme results and provision of thought leadership and strategic positioning on climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, renewable energy, environmental sustainability and sustainable natural resources management, biodiversity, resilience building, green growth and recovery and cross thematic problematics. 

Success in achieving results for this portfolio relies on the development of strong national and international partnerships from a wide range of diverse stakeholders. The Programme Specialist, is responsible for mobilizing joint advocacy, expertise and resources across UNDP global and regional initiatives in these fields, engaging with global and regional networks, and connecting with cooperating partners, academia, NGOs and private sector in involving them to successfully implement UNDP programmes in these fields. They will act as the thought-leader in their area of expertise in various fora including UNDP support to UN coherence and stronger UN Development System (UNDS) in Tajikistan.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Programme Specialist, Environment/Climate Change/Energy – UNDP, Tajikistan

Provide effective UNDP leadership in sector policy development and provision of high quality technical and policy advisory services relevant to Climate Change, Energy, and Environment focus areas to the Government, UNDP and the UN System and other key stakeholders Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

Serve as the UNDP focal point for the provision of overall technical and policy support to the government on matters related to inter alia integration of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaption Plans (NAPs) and other climate change action strategies into sector, national, and sub-national development plans and budgets, promotion of climate and disaster risk informed development, promotion of access to clean renewable energy systems, enhancing environmental sustainability and sustainable natural resources management and overall technical and policy advisory support for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Provide top quality climate change, disaster risk reduction, renewable energy environmental sustainability and sustainable natural resources, biodiversity technical and policy advisory support to relevant Government institutions and counterparts with focus on strengthening institutional capacity for policy, strategies and programmes formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting. 

Support conducting of thorough climate, disaster and environmental risk and vulnerability assessments to effectively contribute to resilience building of ecosystems, people and livelihoods and contribute to collaborative preparation/revision of Common Country Analysis (CCA), UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD), project documents, Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and other internal and government planning documents.

Identify opportunities in the practice areas for new programme/project development including joint programming with UN agencies.

Operationalize the implementation of UNSDCF/ CPD in collaboration with the main partners and other UN Agencies while seeking and identifying the possibilities for joint programming and interagency collaboration.

Analyze and present thematic issues in coherence and adherence to UNDP policies and the Strategic Plan signature solutions in the focus areas.

Identify, in close collaboration with national and international partners, strategic programme areas of cooperation with a particular focus on the NDCs, NAPs, Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy, Renewable Energy Strategy, and other strategic national strategies.

Keep abreast of all significant developments, both in Tajikistan and internationally, on climate change mitigation and adaptation from various platforms such as Conference of Parties (COPs) for various UN Conventions (UNFCCC, UNCBD, UNCCD and related frameworks). 

Prepare regular strategic and technical notes, briefings to the attention of the Senior Management on emerging priorities, areas for strategic investments and development of new partnerships.

Collaborate with UNDP Regional Hubs and HQ platforms to apply in country programming new global and regional initiatives, policies and knowledge products.

Provide leadership to ensure (i) the strategic positioning of Climate Change, Energy, and Environment Cluster through development of new pipeline projects, (ii) the oversight of Climate Change, Energy, and Environment and its expected results and (iii) day-to-day management of the Climate Change, Energy, and Environment:

Strategic positioning of Climate Change, Energy, and Environment Cluster:

Provide substantive input in defining the strategic direction of the Climate Change, Energy, and Environment Cluster.

Provide technical expertise and lead the development of new initiatives in the areas of Renewable energy, environmental sustainability, sustainable natural resources management, climate change and disaster risk reduction followed by strategies to build partnerships and mobilize resources.

Ensure effective and agile leadership of the Climate, Energy, and Environment team to meet the challenges experienced during implementation of the programmes and projects. 

Guide the development of unit strategy/position papers and prepare presentations in line with the developed mandate to present to a variety of audiences.

Contribute to UNDP integrator role and make substantive technical contributions to the UN Country Team (UNCT) and to Government-led of development partners-led fora, as appropriate.

Ensure operationalization of the CPD through timely development of relevant pipeline projects and effective and efficient implementation of ongoing programmes and projects in collaboration with the main partners and other UN sister Agencies.

Provide leadership to design and formulate UNDP climate change, disaster resilience, renewable energy, biodiversity and sustainable natural resources management projects, translating UN/UNDP and national priorities into sector and sub-national / local interventions.

Represent the Unit in meetings as well as with donor coordination meetings related to the Unit thematic areas. 

Oversight of Climate Change, Energy, and Environment:

Review the Unit portfolio projects and suggest necessary programmatic changes/ amendments to ensure alignment with National Priorities, UNSDCF, UNDP strategic Plan, CPD, in addition to ensuring the proper incorporation of cross cutting themes (i.e. environment/climate change, youth/women employment, PWDs, human rights, gender mainstreaming, LNOB, etc). 

Lead the development of new initiatives and programmes in the areas of Climate, Energy, and Environment.

Ensures mainstreaming of environment, climate change, DRR and renewable energy issues into all aspects of the CO’s programmatic interventions

Ensure timely and well-sequenced execution of approved work plans and programmes including the development of strategies to ensure delivery acceleration and timely reporting of results while managing risks of exposure to audit recommendations and maintaining UNDP standing and reputation.

Ensure effective utilization of technical and financial resources.

Ensure strategic and operational oversight of planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources as per commitments with key partners and in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.

Ensures effective monitoring of results to measure the impact of climate change and disaster resilience building, energy access, sustainable natural resources management programmes including the coordination of necessary evaluation exercises (Results of monitoring and evaluation used to draw crucial lessons and constructive learning for timely readjustment of programme).

Monitor the implementation of the portfolio Work Plans, undertake regular reviews, report on progress and make necessary revisions.

Prepare financial projections and monitor progress and delivery of the portfolio in close collaboration with Programme Management Support team.

Ensure the effective implementation of the cost-recovery strategies and systems, including the systematic set-up and implementation Direct Project Costing (DPC) or Delivery Enabling Services (DES) in close collaboration with Programme Management Support and the Operations teams.

Advise the senior management team on delivery implementation challenges and seek support from the other team leaders to resolve obstacles and bottlenecks.

Ensure the timely organization of project audits under the portfolio and follow-up for prompt implementation of audit recommendations including updates in the Comprehensive Audit and Recommendation Database System (CARDS).

Oversee the timely periodical progress and financial reporting in compliance with UNDP rules and regulations to all cooperating partners, donors, Government stakeholders and UN counterparts while ensuring the need for informative, clear and transparent reporting against signed project documents and committed resources and timetables highlighting transformational changes. 

Systematize the effective application of RBM tools throughout the full programme cycle from the design to implementation and reporting and during the timely closure of projects.

Oversee and ensure maintenance of risks and issues logs of each programme/project within the Unit, including the management and mitigation of risks and issues timely and appropriately while raising them to senior management attention as required. 

Day-to-day management of the team:

Provide day to day direction and leadership to guide and support the work of the unit team (including advisors, technical and programme specialists and support staff, consultants etc.), quality assurance, troubleshooting and supervision to the unit team.

Advise on staffing requirements and administer recruitment processes in collaboration with Programme Management Support and the Operations team including the preparation of job descriptions, the composition of panels, the assistance with the written tests and interviews, etc.

Ensure timely preparation and finalization of the Performance Management Document (PMD) or performance evaluation assessments for the Climate Change, Energy and Environment team and project personnel (as appropriate).

Regularly organize unit meetings, document the deliberations as well as agreed action points and ensure the timely follow-up of their implementations programme.

Lead and coordinate the Climate Change, Energy, and Environment contribution to cross-unit activities including the office response to corporate requests or periodical exercises such as the Results Oriented Annual Report (ROAR), the Integrated Workplan (IWP) exercises or similar processes.

Ensure coordination, build synergies, expand, and strengthen strategic partnerships and support resource mobilization and innovative financing models to support effective implementation of relevant Climate Change, Energy, and Environment Areas and their scaling up:

Coordination and Synergy Building

  • Ensure coordination and build synergies within the unit and across the country programme as well as with UNCT and other stakeholders including the private sector, the civil society, the academia, and beneficiaries.
  • Coordinate with the other unit heads to ensure complementarity/harmonization with the activities and plans of the other units.
  • Coordinate and build partnerships within UNCT Result Groups (RGs) to enhance programmatic synergies in the areas of Climate Change, Energy, and Environment.
  • Coordinate with the Communications team to ensure proper visibility programmes’ activities and timely reporting to Cooperating Partners.
  • Engage regularly with the Programme Management Support team, to ensure alignment of programme goals with the government’s and UNSDCF/UNCT priorities.
  • Maintain close coordination with both Programme and Operations teams by providing technical and programme support including the development of joint programmes when needed. 

Partnerships Strengthening and Resource Mobilisation:

  • Develop and consolidate strategic partnerships, with government, non-government and private sector entities, development partners for joint programming and resources mobilization to achieve CPD outcomes/outputs.
  • Determine and develop programmatic areas of cooperation based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and development partners’ priorities.
  • Initiate, nurture, and coordinate partnerships with UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors including the GCF, GEF, AF and other Trust funds, International Financial Institutions (IFIs), private sector, civil society for programme support and implementation.
  • Prepare substantive briefs, advocacy materials and technical reports to report on the areas of cooperation, and for identifying further opportunities for collaboration.
  • Represent UNDP on the UN Joint Team Task Forces, Result Groups (RGs) and contribute to joint planning, programme, and policy development, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and advocacy activity.

Strategic results management and facilitation of knowledge management and sharing:

  • Identify sources of information related to policy-driven issues and make a synthesis of good practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme and policy applications.
  • Ensure a robust evidence base documented experience from the projects implemented under the portfolio, with research and analysis carried out, where possible.
  • Coordinate capacity development support to national implementing Partners (IPs) and Responsible Parties (RPs) in collaboration with the national partners, the Programme Management Support and the Operations teams.
  • Draft and advocate the adherence to UN/UNDP policy positions on relevant issues.
  • Establish an advocacy network at national level and linking to regional and global networks. 
  • Contribute to local and global knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Capture and analyse results, and produce timely results reports for office reporting, with special focus on tracking capacity change and gender equality impact.
  • Communicate results using multi-media channels to share results and knowledge products.
  • Organize learning and training relating to the Unit’s area of expertise for CO’s staff and implementing partners.
  • Supervise the recording, documenting and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned. 
  • Ensure the visibility of unit activities through regular updating on achievements, and provide advice on the visibility materials (newsletters, publications, blogs etc.).
  • Proactively participate in UNDP regional and international fora on relevant thematic areas (This could include engaging in thematic discussions, contributing with analytical papers, publications, knowledge networks, etc). 

Perform other duties within your functional profile as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: As a Team Leader of the Environment Cluster the incumbent also helps drive integration of work at all levels, from the overall direction by setting to ideas generation, design, implementation to reporting on results, driving and developing partnerships and contributing to the communication for development results. S/he supervises a diverse team with various profiles and manages the deployment of additional long and short-term expertise when required.

COMPETENCIES: Programme Specialist, Environment/Climate Change/Energy – UNDP, Tajikistan

Core Competencies:

  • Achieve Results – LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively – LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously – LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility – LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination – LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner – LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion – LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Direction and Strategy – Portfolio Management: Ability to select, prioritise and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimising return on investment.

Business Management – Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Business Management – Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience. Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.

Business Management – Entrepreneurial Thinking: Ability to create clarity around UNDP value proposition to beneficiaries and partners and to develop service offers responding to client needs based on UNDP’s organizational priorities and mandate.

Partnership management – Resource mobilization: Ability to identify funding sources, match funding needs (programmes/projects/initiatives) with funding opportunities, and establish a plan to meet funding requirements.

2030 Agenda: Planet – Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery: Disaster and Climate Risk Governance Disaster Recovery Policy, Planning and Programming, Gender Responsive Disaster Risk Management and Reduction, Disaster Risk Reduction.

2030 Agenda: Planet – Nature, Climate and Energy: Climate Change Adaptation: livelihoods, Climate Change Adaptation: Public and private finance for adaptation solutions. Climate Change Adaptation: strategies. Climate Change Policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Natural Resource Management. Energy: Renewable Energy. Energy: Energy access. Environment: Poverty-Environment Nexus. Environment: Environmental and social impact assessments and safeguards. Extractive industries.


Education: Programme Specialist, Environment/Climate Change/Energy – UNDP, Tajikistan

Minimum of five (5) years of experience with Master’s degree (or) seven (7) years with Bachelor’s degree, working in the areas of: environmental and sustainable natural resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, resilience building, integrated approaches and nature-based solutions to climate change, disaster-risk reduction, renewable energy systems and energy access, gender-responsive and inclusive approaches for sustainable development

Experience: Programme Specialist, Environment/Climate Change/Energy – UNDP, Tajikistan

Relevant experience at the national or international level in providing technical and policy advisory services in the general areas of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, disaster risk reduction and resilience

Sound knowledge of multilateral environmental conventions and frameworks

Sound expertise in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of complex environmental projects involving strategic national stakeholders and international organizations such as Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) 

Sound understanding of results-based management practices and quantification of environmental benefits

Knowledge of strategic programmes and operational policies of UNDP is an asset

Demonstrated experience in research and policy-level analysis

Proven communication and analytical skills, and ability to work in a sensitive environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including government representatives, donors and other stakeholders

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages and handling of web-based management systems.

Management Experience

  • Proven experience leading teams, building capacity through enabling environments, managing performance and ensuring accountability is required
  • Proven track record of minimum three (3) years of successful project/programme management experience with teams and budgets of comparable complexity and scope

Partnership building and resource mobilisation

  • Experience in establishing effective relationships between the international organizations, national governments civil society organizations and the private sector for sustainable development agenda
  • Experience in establishing partnerships and mobilising resources among international organizations, national government, financing institutions, private sector.
  • Support capacity development of government to access various climate finance sources including from multi-lateral, bilateral, international financing institutions, the private sector and public finance, innovative market and non-market mechanisms

Experience with Government and International Organisations

  • Experience with UNDP and/or international organizations/UN agencies an asset 
  • Experience with Government institutions an asset

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English and Russian languages is required.

Knowledge of local Tajik language an advantage


  • Candidates selected pursuant to this vacancy may be subject to UNDP’s policy on Probation upon assignment.




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