Recrutement de 01 Programme Management Specialist

Localité : Tunisie / Tunis
Domaine : Economie
Niveau : BAC + 5
Entreprise recruteur : PNUD

Recrutement de 01 Programme Management Specialist
Niveau d'études: Bac + 5 ou plus
Expérience: 3 ans
Expire le: 13-09-2023

Programme Management Specialist, IPSA 11 - LOCAL- UNCDF Tunis, Tunisia


Job Identification


Posting Date
08/22/2023, 06:55 PM

Apply Before
09/13/2023, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule
Full time



Vacancy Type
International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area

Contract Duration
1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience
Master's Degree - 7 year(s) experience OR Bachelor's Degree - 9 year(s) experience

Required Languages
Full fluency in written and spoken French and English

Desired Languages
Full fluency knowledge of other UN languages is an asset

Vacancy Timeline
3 Weeks
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Job Description

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP/UNCDF: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP/UNCDF including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP/UNCDF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

I. Office/Unit/Project Description

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF’s financing models work through three channels: inclusive digital economies, connecting individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyse participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; local development finance, that capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and investment finance, that provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to Sustainable Development Goal-SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a broad diversity of SDGs.

The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) is a mechanism to integrate climate change into local authorities’ planning and budgeting through the regular intergovernmental fiscal transfer system using performance-based grants in a participatory and gender sensitive manner, increase awareness and capacities to respond to climate change at the local level including through ecosystem-based solutions, and increase the quality and number of local investments that address climate change. LoCAL combines performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs), which ensure programming and verification of change expenditures at the local level, with technical and capacity-building support. It uses the grants and demonstration effect to trigger further flows for local climate action including global climate finance and national fiscal transfers. LoCAL also aims to support private finance for small and medium businesses and municipal finance and public-private partnerships. LoCAL is currently active in 17 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, with another 17 countries preparing to join (at the design stage).


LoCAL-Tunisia is mainly part of the programme called “Appui à l’action environnementale en Tunisie” aimed at improving the sustainability of the Tunisian economy and initiate its ecological transition through changing consumers and producers’ behaviours. The programme aims to support Tunisia through subnational governments towards the following specific

Political and civic dialogue is effectively engaged in the fight against climate change.
Ecological progress comes from investments at the local level.
The private sector develops, alone or in partnership, modes of production of goods and management of services in line with the principles of the green and blue economy.
In this framework and notably focusing on the specific objective number 2 – Ecological progress comes from investments at the local level, UNCDF proposes to contribute to the implementation of this programme through the deployment of the LoCAL mechanism in the country.

The LoCAL design for Tunisia is aligned with the expected results of the programme:

1. Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) (or equivalent) are reviewed or developed by targeted local communities

2. A system of financing local authorities is put in place for investments with an environmental impact and sensitive to gender.

3. Sustainable energy and climate change investments are funded and delivered in targeted local communities.

Within this context, UNCDF is seeking a Programme Management Specialist, IPSA11 to lead on the effective delivery of the Programme’s activities in Tunisia, reporting to the Global Manager, P-5, (based in Kampala, Uganda),and in close collaboration with the LoCAL global Facility and LTF colleagues across the region.

This position will be based in Tunis, Tunisia, with the possibility to relocate to another duty station based on programmatic developments. LoCAL Tunisia started in early 2023 for a period of 5 years.

More information about the project:

II. Scope of Work

1. Provide strategic leadership for effective Programme Management

Provide effective programme supervision, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and completion activities, in close collaboration with the LoCAL Global Manager and the LoCAL Facility (global) and the UN Country Team in Tunisia;
Build effective and efficient partnerships at the programmatic and operational levels with national counterparts and development partners to coordinate and ensure successful implementation of in-country activities; especially with the other components of the EU funded programme “Programme d’Appui à l’environnement en Tunisie”;
Ensure close coordination with the ACA MED programme (LoCAL in 6 Southern Mediterranean countries together with AFD-led AdaptAction project); and ensure synergies and complementarities with other climate-related projects and programmes;
Coordinate and ensure quality of monitoring and evaluation systems of program developments and implementation (including preparation and monitoring of the annual work plan, participation in field missions, contribution to the preparation of annual reports), identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions, and identify and track follow-up actions; This includes managing and monitoring the implementation of the programme,, through the effective use of the corporate ERP system, and manage the risk log of the project;
Lead the preparation and timely submission of comprehensive technical and financial reports in line with contractual agreements and provide inputs for semi-annual reporting;
Coordinate the implementation of audits, mid-term and final evaluations of the programme.

2. Lead and manage team

Coordinate and plan HR needs to ensure highest technical advice and programme delivery to Programme’s stakeholders in all relevant components;
Provide effective strategic and technical direction to and empowerment of supervisees, including through coaching and mentoring;
Role-modelling of UN values and encouraging supervisees to act ethically both in their relationships with each other and in the business decisions and actions they take;
Ensure effective performance management of supervisees (incl. annual individual performance plans of supervisees completed on time; regular meetings with supervisees organized during the year to monitor progress towards agreed goals, provide feedback and support; annual reviews (mid-term and annual) held on time; facilitating learning and development);
Support to supervisees in implementing various arrangements in place to ensure their safety and security and in maintaining their health and well-being.
Ensure successful implementation of the performance-based country mechanism (LoCAL) that can be up-scaled nationwide and harness international climate finance.

3. Policy, regulatory and technical advice to government counterparts and key stakeholders

Provide policy, regulatory and technical advice to government counterparts at central and local levels (e.g. Related to NDC, NAP, PCDF and linkages to LoCAL, etc);
Provide technical assistance, advice and guidance to assigned country programs (ex. scoping, design and design validation, writing terms of reference, memoranda of understanding, letter of agreement, recruitment and management of consultants),
Identify and source technical expertise and support, including preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports.
Lead the technical dialogue and provision of policy and technical advisory services to national and local government counterparts in relation to decentralization and climate change, climate finance and (direct) access to international climate finance and (e.g., through accreditation to the Green Climate Fund and Adaptation Fund and subsequent direct access).
4. Knowledge management and communication

Identify key knowledge constraints and organize learning, knowledge exchange, training, workshops, etc. to build the awareness and capacities in relevant themes (i.e. climate finance, climate change, decentralization, etc.);
Lead the preparation of various written outputs and knowledge products on assigned countries, e.g., progress reports, draft background papers, analyses, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
Oversee the implementation of the Communication and Visibility Plan of the programme, in collaboration with project team, partners and technical consultants;
Identify, collect, and disseminate best practices and lesson learned from the programme;
Manage the process of convening national and regional stakeholders to share lessons learned.

5. Networking and partnership building

Serve as main daily counterpart vis à vis the EU Delegation in Tunisia (main donor);
Serve as the UNCDF focal point in working groups and steering committees on the issue of environment and climate change and provide inputs for conducive policy and regulatory environment (e.g. NDCs, NAP process, national climate change strategy);
Develop, under the guidance of the LoCAL Facility Global Manager and the LoCAL Facility global team, resource mobilization and articulate and enable pathways for mobilizing resources and fostering external partnerships supporting LoCAL and UNCDF more widely;
Participate in UN country teams, senior management teams, and coordinate the participation of UNCDF in UN and development partners’ coordination groups;
Support partnership building efforts for effective UNCDF/LoCAL positioning in the UN System and with development partners networks;
Ensure close collaboration with UN system, as well as to identify opportunities for collaboration and joint programming with other UN agencies and partners to maintain and/or strengthen UNCDF/LoCAL strategic positioning and presence in the country.

III. Institutional Arrangement

Under the overall guidance of the Global Facility Manager, the Programme Specialist ensures effective delivery of the Programme’s activities in Tunisia, and in close collaboration with the LoCAL global Facility and LTF colleagues across the region. The position will provide a supervisory role to the national officers, field officers and drivers on the day-to-day implementation of the project.

IV. 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.

People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.)

UNDP/UNCDF People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site: the competency framework site

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition

Business Management - Results Based Management: 

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results. 
Business Management  - Project Management:

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Business Direction & Strategy - System Thinking

Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
External Relations & Advocacy - Relationship management 

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding.
2030 Agenda: Peace - Governance

Public Administration and Local Governance.
2030 Agenda: Planet - Nature, Climate and Energy 

Climate Change Adaptation: Public and private finance for adaptation solutions.
2030 Agenda: Planet - Nature, Climate and Energy

Climate Change Policies: Climate Finance.

V. Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA

Minimum Education requirements

Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent )preferably in Climate Change, Environment, Business Administration, International Relations, Development or related field. OR
A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Minimum years of relevant work experience

A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience (with Master’s degree) or nine (9) years (with Bachelor’s degree) in progressively more responsible positions in project management in the environment/climate change area with result-oriented objectives is required.
At least three (3) years’ experience on policy, regulatory and technical advisory services with national and local counterparts, reporting systems, possibly applied to areas of specialty (climate change and finance) is desirable.
Required skills

Proven experience in project management and supervision of country programmes and teams, with focus on managing for results;
Previous relevant work experience, working in the francophone Africa and/or Mediterranean region;
Work experience with environmental sustainability and climate change and with addressing gender equality as project objective and/or cross-cutting issue in developing countries;
Understanding of key concepts related to decentralization and local economic development,
Strong networking capabilities and ability to associate him/herself with a range of actors (inter alia central and local governments; policy makers; regulators, donors, local communities, women and youth) with a view to building relations and facilitating links;
Relevant experience with international climate finance, UNFCCC and UNFCCC financial mechanisms in particular GCF and AF with a focus on direct access. is desirable.
Proven cross-cultural communication, able to function effectively in an international, multicultural environment and manage a team consisting of multiple nationalities;
Excellent analytical skills.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

Strong general IT skills, including ability to work regularly with MS Office Suite;
Experience with a UN organization/agency is desirable.
Experience with ATLAS and UNDP Procurement Processes is desired, but not a requirement.
Required Language(s)

Full fluency in written and spoken French and English is required.
Full fluency knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.

VI. The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

a) Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

b) A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

c) Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


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