Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Coordinator for the G5 Sahel Countries - IPSA-11

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :26-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 5h 50m
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-11
Languages Required :
English   French  
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months with possibility of extension

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Office/Unit/Project Description 

Working in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries/territories achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan emphasizes the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. Climate change could drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030. One of its key priorities for the next 10 years is to support countries/territories accelerate ambitious action on climate change.

Climate change is the single greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, threatening water and food security, health, livelihoods, and the safety of billions of people together with drastic negative impact on global ecosystem balance. UNDP’s ambitious “Climate Promise” supports over 120 countries/territories to enhance their climate ambitions under the Paris Agreement, with focus on greater emissions reduction and resilience building. The second phase of the Climate Promise, launched in 2021 at COP26 in Glasgow, focuses on NDC implementation, climate advocacy, and long-term planning to ensure inclusive climate action at the speed and scale required to keep global temperature below 1.5°C.

The Climate Promise provides direct financial and technical support to countries on NDC implementation in the context of national development priorities.As the Climate Promise enters its second phase, UNDP is recruiting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Coordinator for the G5 Sahel Countries to coordinate activities and follow and advise on strategic opportunities in the region.


Institutional Arrangement

The NDC Coordinator for the G5 Sahel Countries will report directly to the Global Climate Change Technical Specialist. S/he will be part of the larger Climate Strategies and Policy Team (CSPT) and the NCE team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

  • Provide strategic guidance on NDC implementation efforts in the 5 countries, identifying common needs that can be addressed at the sub-regional (G5 Sahel) level: this includes issues of capacity, technology transfer, resource mobilization for which a regional-level activity will be more resource efficient while achieving greater impact. 
  • Support countries in identifying complementarity between the NDC priorities and other UNDP projects; leveraging UNDP Nature, Climate and Energy portfolio to achieve NDC targets. UNDP intervention in the countries encompasses governance, gender, inclusive growth, energy, biodiversity, forestry, security, etc. The NDCs constitute an umbrella to channel the entire UNDP work on climate and environment towards the countries’ climate ambition. The incumbent will be expected to identify complementarities across the UNDP climate portfolio.
  • Serve as Country Coordinator for the 5 countries under the next phase of the Climate Promise. The role of the incumbent includes 1) developing multi-year workplans; 2) overseeing the implementation of the workplans; 3) providing technical input to deliverables and ensuring quality of the deliverables; 4) facilitating disbursement and management of project funds; 5) facilitating the reporting of project activities; 6) providing technical advice to UNDP Country Office and Government on NDC. 
  • Ensure communication and knowledge sharing among the 5 countries and between them and other regional coalitions. This will include organizing webinars on relevant thematic areas in the region; facilitating peer to peer exchanges virtually or in person; bringing knowledge and experiences from other regions/countries to the G5 Sahel; supporting G5 countries in showcasing their experience on regional and international platforms.
  • Elevate the climate agenda and the NDC within the work programme of the G5 Sahel Secretariat by identifying opportunities for capacity development for the Secretariat and supporting member governments in advocating for a better integration of climate change in the coalition’s work programme.
  • Build partnerships with other development partners in the region, especially with other UN organizations, Alliance Sahel members, and institutional members of the NDC Partnership and collaborate with other UNDP regional hubs (Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Pretoria). This will include strengthening UNDP participation in inter-agency (UNCT) work, donor coordination groups, keeping abreast of donors’ activities and priorities in the region and contributing to the NDC Partnership country engagement process. The position will also assist countries in their resource mobilization strategy for NDC implementation, including engagement with the private sector.
  • Produce communication pieces and knowledge products on NDC implementation in the region working closely with the Africa Climate Promise Communications Specialist. This will include articles, blogs, case studies, guidance notes, etc. The goal would be to showcase achievements in the region, educate the public on the realities of the region and draw lessons from the region that can enhance best practices within UNDP.



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

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Agenda 2030: Planet


Nature, Climate and Energy


Climate Change Policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)

Agenda 2030: Planet


Nature, Climate and Energy


Climate Change Policies: including international climate change regime and application

Business Management


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Business Development

UNDP Representation

Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities, advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies

Business Direction and Strategy

Strategic Thinking

Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions

Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s of equivalent) in Economics, Management, Finance, Engineering, Environmental Studies, or relevant discipline.
  • Bachelor’s degree with additional 2 years work experience accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in climate change or environmental programmes at the international level with a Master’s degree and 9 years of relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s degree.

Required skills

  • Knowledge of climate change policy landscape (including the international climate regime), climate technologies and ability to apply this to strategic situations at the global, regional and national levels
  • Experience working on climate mitigation, adaptation, finance, and particularly at the policy level, in the African region
  • Strong technical knowledge of UNFCCC processes and NDC design and implementation at the national level
  • Experience coordinating and overseeing implementation of large initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner and with minimal supervision

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Substantive experience coordinating with national governments and stakeholders on climate change initiatives in the Sahel Region
  • Knowledge of UNDP structures, processes and procedures, particularly related to climate change will be considered is desired
  • Experience supporting gender-responsive approaches to climate action will be considered an asset
  • Relevant relationships and networks in the area of climate change in the Sahel region is desired
  • Experience with the work of multilateral, bilateral and civil society partners with active work in G5 Sahel countries is desired
  • Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge products and outreach pieces related to climate change policy and project implementation (i.e. – articles, case studies, guidance notes, etc.)

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluency in English and French

Professional Certificates

  • N/A

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