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Programme Officer-Climate Finance Governance and Gender

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Banking and Finance
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • International Relations
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Climate Change
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-02

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UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations though sustainable, innovative, and community-based development. UNDP Bangladesh supports the Government of Bangladesh to make critical advances in the areas of democratic governance, poverty reduction and inclusive growth, climate and disaster resilience, helping to meet targets set in the national development plan (8th Five Year Plan) and the global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
The UNDP Bangladesh Country Programme Document 2017–2020 is aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017–2020. It focuses on three priorities:
i.Ensuring economic growth is inclusive and supports economic opportunities, particularly for women;
ii.Improving social policies and programmes, with a focus on good governance and structural inequalities; and
iii.Building resilience and improving environmental sustainability.
The country programme seeks to engage two key groups as agents of change: (i) women, addressing their vulnerability and marginalization; and (ii) youth, in recognition of their role as drivers of Bangladesh’s economic growth and social change.
Since 2012 UNDP has been working to generate knowledge and understanding of how to integrate a response to climate change within the budget process. Under a broader regional programme Strengthening Governance of Climate Change Finance to Enhance Gender Equality (GCCF), UNDP is building on existing partnerships and on the experience of supporting budget reforms and providing continued  support the Government of Bangladesh to implement budget reforms that enable the delivery of gender-responsive climate change related investments that would have positive impacts on poverty and human rights.
In Bangladesh, the programme has provided key support to mainstream climate change into the broader development agenda moving to a ‘whole of government approach’ suited to the cross-cutting impact of climate change. Efforts have resulted in the Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review process which emphasized strengthening responsiveness of public financial management systems; a Climate Fiscal Framework which designed a full policy, institutional and PFM reform roadmap for climate public finance management and climate change compatible fiscal policies; and the Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR) project which will implement the policy, institutional and PFM reform roadmap envisaged by the Climate Fiscal Framework.
Reporting to Climate Change Specialist, UNDP, the Programme Officer - Climate Finance Governance and Gender is responsible for implementation of the second phase of the regional programme in Bangladesh. S/he is expected to coordinate between programmes on climate finance governance and provide technical support to programmes in ensuring that gender equality and human rights is incorporated for the effective delivery of climate change investments. She will also liaise with the regional team for Governance of Climate Change Finance programme.


Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Officer – Climate Finance Governance and Gender will be responsible for project management activities through the Climate Change Specialist on matrix management arrangement. The incumbent is expected to perform the following tasks:
1)Implement and manage identified components of the programme on gender-responsive climate finance governance
  • Work closely with Climate Finance Related projects (IBFCR, LoGIC, SIDA Global NCE Programme, Strengthening PPPA for Climate Private Finance, Climate Risk Finance Project) under the Climate Change Programme Portfolio of UNDP to make sure that climate finance is mainstreamed into public and private sector financing;
  • Establish better linkages with National Resilience Programme (NRP), Strengthening Social Protection System (SSPS) Project, Gender-responsive Coastal Adaptation (GCA) Project, IP-Governance (Parliamentary Component) Project, NAP Readiness, NDC Updating and other mitigation related projects of UNDP;
  • Enhance working relations with UN agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA), UNDP country team (Environment and Energy Programme, Governance Programme, Disaster Risk Management Programme, Poverty and Social Protection Programme) and regional hub, as well as government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society to ensure successful implementation of programme;
  • Draft and provide inputs to annual work planning, budgeting and quarterly reporting;
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results, outputs and outcomes; 
  • Lead and provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UNDP reports;
  • Contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for gender-responsive climate finance governance in Bangladesh;
  • Monitor implementation, results management and lesson learning;
  • Ensure appropriate application of systems and procedures, and develop enhancements as necessary;
  • Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of the gender-responsive climate finance governance programme;
  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
  • Work within a matrix structure with other relevant staff on this programme;
  • Liaise and receive technical guidance from the programme manager and country focal point based in the regional hub, as needed.
2)Provide technical assistance and capacity development to programme partners on climate-finance governance
  • Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities;
  • Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation of activities in the area of climate finance governance and gender;
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners.
3)Coordinate and collaborate with other programmes and stakeholders related to gender-responsive climate finance on activities, building synergies and maximizing results
  • Coordinate with Climate finance related projects, other UNDP relevant projects and UN agencies mentioned earlier and develop an integrated work plan to promote rights-based and gender-responsive climate finance governance agenda in UNDP and broader UNCT;
  • Coordinate with government, UN and non-government partners and stakeholders on actions, activities and events;
  • Contribute to the joint advocacy in identifying key issues, building evidence-base, communication; 
  • Build synergies with other programmes at national, local and community levels.
4)Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies on gender-responsive climate finance governance 
  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies as required, including contributiong to efforts to unlock further gender-responsive multilateral and bilateral climate finance;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, and advocacy materials;
  • Support UNDP Bangladesh senior management, partnerships cluster, and UNDP Headquarters in implementing resource mobilization strategies and engaging potential partners to the gender-responsive climate finance governance programme;
  • Participate in donor meetings, as needed.
5)Advocate and facilitate knowledge-building and communication efforts
  • Enhance the evidence and knowledge base across the gender, poverty and climate change nexus and promote the scaling-up of gender-responsive and inclusive approaches to climate change adaptation, mitigation, disaster management, natural resource management and adaptive social protection in the country programme portfolio;
  • Develop background documents and presentations related to gender-responsive climate finance governance; 
  • Contribute to advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products, for internal and external stakeholders;
  • Support the collection and use of sex-disaggregated data to inform national programming for climate action and the integration of gender and social inclusion dimensions into various tools and methodologies and contribute to the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on gender-responsive climate finance governance;
  • Prepare communications products and update, including for online and social media and press, as needed.
Impact of Results: 
  • Evidence based, well-reasoned and innovative approaches to deal with complex policy/technical issues are developed;
  • Projects are effectively managed and delivered in a timely manner, in accordance with overall objectives and policies;
  • Regional programme on gender-responsive climate finance governance reflects monitoring, lessons learned and evidence from Bangladesh;
  • Strong partnerships are formed with relevant stakeholders to help meet the objectives of programme climate finance governance and gender;
  • Quality knowledge and advocacy products are developed and used.


Core Competencies
  • Achieve Results: Hold self and others accountable for results
  • Think Innovatively: Propose new ideas, approaches and solutions to problems. L-3
  • Learn Continuously: Proactively seek feedback, demonstrates a desire to learn from others as well as from experiences, both positive and negative. L-3
  • Adapt with Agility: Participate in, support, contribute to or drive meaningful change in UNDP. L-3
  • Act with Determination: Demonstrate courage, self-motivation and initiative to act on opportunities without being prompted by others. L-3
  • Engage and Partner: Demonstrate and encourage teamwork and co-creation internally and externally to achieve joint objectives and results. L-3
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Understand that inclusion is multi-faceted (e.g. race, gender, age, disability, culture, etc.). L-3
Cross-functional Competencies
  • 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. L-3
  • 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. L-3
  • Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win-win’ situations. L-3
  • Human-centred Design: Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process. L-3
  • Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results. L-3
  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals. L-3
People Management Competencies
  • Show Managerial Courage: Not hold back anything that needs to be said, respectfully and diplomatically. L-3
  • Demonstrate Empathy and Emotional Intelligence: Read a group’s emotional currents and power relationships, identifying influencers, networks, and organizational dynamics; adapt leadership styles at the appropriate times. L-3
  • Build an Enabling Workplace: Create a working environment where people are engaged and want to do their best; empower and enables team members to perform and have a positive workplace experience. L-3
Technical Competencies
  • Disaster and Climate Risk Governance.
  • Climate Change Adaptation: concepts and advancing resilient development.
  • Climate Change Adaptation: Embedding adaptation into development policy/planning/decision making.
  • Climate Change Adaptation: Public and private finance for adaptation solutions.
  • Climate Change Adaptation: strategies.
  • Climate Change Policies: Climate Finance.
  • Climate change Policies: including international climate change regime and application.
  • Climate Change Policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
  • Climate Change Policies: UNFCCC Policy, planning and reporting.
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity: Biodiversity Finance.
  • Energy: Market-based energy financing and practical application.
  • Inclusive Growth:Fiscal and SDG financing policy support in view of the socio-economic impact of COVID 19. 

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social science, environmental sciences, international studies, international development, economics, development studies, public financial management, gender/women’s studies, natural resources management or environmental governance, human rights, or related field.

Work Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years of experience required with at least 3 years of increasingly responsible and relevant work in the areas of climate finance, climate change planning, adaptation, mitigation gender equality and/or political economy of climate change.

Desired Additional Skills:
  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines; i.e. climate finance , climate change and development, and gender & climate change;
  • Establishes and maintains strong client/ partner relationships and substantive dialogue that creates valuable intervention opportunities;
  • Cultivates and builds productive relationships with donors, knowledge partners, and other important institutions and individuals to achieve strategic goals;
  • Builds partnerships with practitioners and members of the UNDP global networks and other UN agencies;
  • Formulates clear strategic plans, prioritizes activities and allocates resources accordingly;
  • Takes initiative and calculated risks and follows up regularly to drive successful implementation;
  • Motivates and works collaboratively with team members and colleagues;
  • Encourages and contributes to innovative solutions to address challenging situations.
Required Language:
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Bangla, both written and verbal. 


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