Project Manager – LECB and TNC-BUR

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :07-Jul-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SC-8
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year extendable based on performance and budget availability

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP 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.


Thailand has been engaged in the United Nations climate change since 1992, when the UNFCCC was conceived in Rio. Since that time, much progress has been made, especially in participation in climate change negotiations, using government policies to drive climate change agendas, and in shaping economic and social development toward a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway. To date, the country’s efforts towards the low carbon pathway include the preparation of National Communications (now the third one), research activities, conceptions of a climate change strategy, a draft master plan, and more recently, an inclusion of climate change aspects in the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan, 2012- 2016. The Thai government has moved quickly to implement the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan by approving the Country Strategy that would make development (1) more inclusive; (2) greener and (3) more competitive. Importantly, this Country Strategy will be used to guide the 2014 budgeting preparation.

In terms of institutional set up, substantive progress has also been made as a result of international engagement and changed awareness at all levels, namely establishments of (1) a National Climate Change Committee chaired by the Prime Minister, (2) Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) responsible for carbon trading and other technical matters related to mitigation, (3) an Office of Climate Change Coordination at the Office of Natural Resources and Environment (ONEP), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). Moreover, climate change is increasingly not an inclusive government affair; the private sector has shown progressive interests and actions in capitalizing on climate change opportunities. This role has been invisible until COP15 when the private sector representatives came forward to question Thailand’s engagement with the Copenhagen Accord, and repeated call for debriefing after each COP. Presently, the key private sector organizations like the Federation of Thai Industry (FTI) and Thai Chamber of Commerce, for example, have come forward to propose a climate change strategy to the government. It is becoming inevitably clear that future space in public policy making will be reserved for the private sector to play an increasingly proactive and constructive role. While the Government is facilitating certain aspects of rule setting as well as financial and technology transfer, and assisting in setting targets and implementing steps needed to fulfill mitigation goals, the private sector will assess their real mitigation potentials, confirm feasibility of targets, and lead implementation.

All in all, Thailand has a low carbon economy vision and several actions and sectors are geared towards that direction. Capacity building to enhance readiness for nationally appropriate mitigation actions can be instrumental to enable Thailand to make the transformation happen.

The Low Emission Capacity Building Project in Thailand will be nested in the above national policy and institutional context. The interventions are designed to complement and be in synergy with existing groundwork and on-going collaborations with other development partners in the areas of Low Emission Development Strategy and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Thailand. The project is also designed to be implemented in parallel and in complementary with the UNDP-GEF supported Third National Communication and Biennial Update Report (TNC-BUR) as the outcomes of these two projects are closely linked, especially with regards to national greenhouse gas inventory and on mitigation actions. Also, the implementation timeframe and steps are in tandem.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager will take charge of the overall management of the LECB and TNC-BUR projects under the supervision of the National Project Director and the Environment Unit Programme Analyst. The project manager will be primarily focused on the day to day operation of the projects including administrative, financial and operational aspects of the projects. Supported by the project assistant hired by UNDP, the project manager will manage and coordinate the implementation of various project activities in ensuring quality and timeliness of activities and delivery of outputs as well as synergy between LECB and TNC-BUR projects.

1) Planning:

  • Organize joint planning meetings involving the Implementing Partner, UNDP and other relevant parties to develop annual and quarterly work plans and corresponding budget plans with clearly stated milestones contributing to the achievement of target outputs defined in the Project Documents and obtaining approval from the Implementing Partner and UNDP;
  • Provide inputs for the Implementing Partner, UNDP on revisions to work plans and budget plans based on the operational and strategic consideration; and
  • Consolidate and synergize proposals of project partners and beneficiaries with project work plans and targets, providing advice on the appropriateness as well as timeliness of these proposals according to established targets and timeframes.

2) Implementation:

  • Mobilize competent national and international experts as needed;
  • Prepare Terms of Reference (TORs) for required inputs (individuals and institutional consultancy services, the procurement of goods, organization of trainings, seminars, etc.) with expert technical support as required;
  • Lead and provide guidance to the Project teams and analyse the performance of consultants in delivering individual outputs as described in their TOR under the sub-projects;
  • Follow-up and ensure that required inputs are processed in a timely and transparent manner and attest to the timeliness of submission and the quality of goods and services procured for the projects; and
  • Provide inputs by analysing project resources requirements if there are needs for budget adjustments and possible revisions.

3) Project Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Monitoring project progress against annual and quarterly work plans and budget plans;
  • Monitoring and evaluating activities implemented by project partners; and
  • Liaising with the implementing partners, responsible parties, beneficiaries and UNDP on the conduct of project evaluation and ensure access by the evaluators to project documentation, personnel and institutions.

4) Reporting and Audit:

  • Preparing the project reports (quarterly and annual/financial and substantive) against set targets and indicators, with an analysis of evidence of progress towards planned outputs according to schedules, budgets and inputs provided by the projects;
  • Prepare the final project reports, with an analysis of progress towards expected results as defined in the Project Documents and subsequent work plans and budgets;
  • Together with UNDP, organize the final project review meetings;
  • Establish and maintain a systematic filing system of key documents (in hard copy and soft copy) in line with audit requirements; and
  • Assist UNDP Programme Officer in closing projects operationally and financially in accordance of rules and regulations of UNDP and in close coordination with the Implementing Partner.

5) Coordination and Advocacy:

  • Ensure the coordination of activities carried out by different counterparts to achieve the project objectives;
  • Facilitate communication and advocacy of the project results;
  • Organize forums, workshops, seminars, or policy dialogues to advocate development options;
  • Liaise with stakeholders and ensure the effective implementation of advocacy plan;
  • Coordinate for development/policy advocacy is conducted in an effective manner and with awareness of the sensitivity of other related issues which might be involved, and ensure continuous good amity in communication with all parties concerned; and
  • Facilitate the technical support for human security and human development.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Exerts strict adherence to corporate rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Familiarity with the UNDP’s control framework and results-based management tools; and
  • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity.

Functional Competencies:

Communication, Training and Knowledge Management

  • Strong knowledge in communication strategy development and implementation;
  • Demonstrated ability to translate policy and programmatic issues into local contexts;
  • Strong research and analytical skills and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from a variety of sources;
  • Ability to build productive partnerships with various stakeholders;
  • Ability in production, sub-editing, and editing of various communication documents;
  • Ability in transmitting knowledge and building capacities;
  • Ability to act as a team player and leader, with strong interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Ability to work in a pressured environment with strict deadlines.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to perform specialized tasks related to Results-Based Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of the Project;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relationship with team members and counterparts;
  • Strong facilitation, coaching and interpersonal skills; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the clients and responds positively to feedbacks;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude; and
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Thai national with Master’s degree in climate change, energy, or any other science-based background.

Work Experience:

  • At least 2 years of relevant experiences in the field of climate change mitigation, low emission initiative, and policy formulation and implementation of strategies and programs related to climate change;
  • Proven experience in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working on development issues;
  • Strong facilitation, coaching and presentation skills;
  • Familiar with UNDP project implementation and management procedures is an advantage;
  • Familiarised with government institutions and coordination mechanism;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages and in handling of web-based management systems; and
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraint.

Language Requirement:

  • English language fluency and strong writing skills required.


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