UNDP NCE Programme Team Lead Jobs in South Africa

UNDP NCE Programme Team Lead Jobs in South Africa


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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensuring the strategic direction of UNDP NCE programme;

  • Management and oversight of the CO NCE programme, and supervision of the respective team members and consultants and directing their efforts to achieve corporate and CO strategic goals and results;

  • Strategic partnerships and support to resource mobilization;

  • Provision of top-quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management;

  • Facilitation of knowledge management and sharing of best practice.

    Ensures the strategic direction of UNDP NCE programme focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • A thorough analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and collaborative with other UN Agencies preparation and/or revise the Common Country Assessment (CCA), the United Nations Strategic Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), the Country Development Programme (CPD), the Annual Work Plan (AWP), Integrated Annual Work Plan (IWP) and other documents;

  • Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the CO.;

  • Ensures operationalization of CPD though ongoing and new programmes and projects and in collaboration with the main partners and other UN Agencies. Identifies opportunities for new programme/project development including joint programming with UN agencies;

  • Identification of strategic programme areas of cooperation in the areas of NCE portfolio focus and other emerging areas, including green jobs.

    Ensures effective management of the CO NCE programme portfolio and supervision of the team focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:

  • Provides component managerial leadership, technical guidance, oversight and quality control of program operations from planning, budgeting to implementation and monitoring and evaluation, ensuring that results are delivered in accordance with work plan, standards, allocations, framework and rules and regulations;

  • Ensures effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of result, Quality Assurance, ROAR, IWP etc.;

  • Ensures country office compliance with Social and Environmental Standards Safeguards with the NCE portfolio programing;

  • Leads the annual work planning process with CO units and project managers;

  • Monitors work plan implementation ensures it is on track, and supports resolution of bottlenecks working with CO units, RSC and HQ;

  • Develops programme / outcome level work plan, monitoring plan, human resources and procurement plans;

  • Drafts Terms of References and procurement specifications;

  • Prepares periodic and ad hoc reports; ensures timely completion of required quarterly and annual reports;

  • Ensures project and programme reviews and evaluations take place;

  • Maintains regular contact with project and programme counterparts to ensure monitoring of projects' progress, monitoring of unit work plans, programme effectiveness and achievement of results;

  • Organizes regular coordination across outcome teams and other projects to ensure synergies and
    integration; promotes cross component and cross programme collaboration;

  • Supports audit exercises and follow up audit recommendations implementation;
    Takes on corporate and CO responsibilities such as participation in CAP and interview panels.

    Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports the resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the following results.

  • Implements CO partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes;

  • Establishes close working relationships and creates programmatic linkages and partnerships with relevant government agencies; UN Agencies, Multi-Donors Trust Funds (GEF, GCF, etc) IFI’s, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society;

  • Identification and proposal of programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities;

  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing;

  • Represents UNDP at external meetings within his/her area of programming.

    Ensures provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management within the area of NCE, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals;

  • Coordination of development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;

  • Establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks. Relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns are implemented with key partners;

  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;

  • Advocates for UNDP with Government counterparts and ensures access to best available expertise;

  • Ensures that lessons learned from projects are captured and recorded into the CO knowledge networks;

  • Organization of training for the operations/ projects staff on programme, seminars, and dialogue platform with Government and other stakeholders;

  • Contribute to UNDP annual report preparation and dissemination by providing timely information on results, lessons and to feed the report.

    Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Environment Science, Energy, Engineering, Physical Science or other Nature Climate and Energy related areas.


  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in nature, energy and climate policies, programs and projects design, management and oversight in international multilateral/bilateral development organizations, government institutions and NGOs;

  • Experience at the national level providing technical advisory services and establishing inter-relationships among international organizations and national governments is an asset;

  • Experience of working with UNDP or another UN agency would be an asset;

  • Proven ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams is desirable;

  • Proven programmatic management experience with sound knowledge of all aspects of the project cycle (design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation) is desirable;

  • Excellent skills in fundraising, resources mobilization and donor relations would be an asset.

    Language Requirement

  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP NCE Programme Team Lead Jobs in South Africa

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