National Coordinator, Local Climate Adaptive Living(LoCAL), Maseru, Lesotho 234 views

Job ID: 27371

Practice Area – Job Family: Poverty Reduction – CLIMATE CHANGE

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 16/12/2019

Duty Station: Maseru, Lesotho

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Languages: English, Sesotho

Grade: NOC

Vacancy Type: FTA Local

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Africa

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 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 two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to 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 number of different SDGs.

UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) Facility was designed to promote climate change–resilient communities and local economies by establishing a standard, internationally recognized country-based mechanism to channel climate finance to local government authorities in least developed countries. It thus aims to contribute through the local level to country achievement of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals – particularly poverty eradication (SDG 1), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and climate action (SDG 13). LoCAL increases local-level climate change awareness and capacities, integrates climate change adaptation into local government planning and budgeting in a participatory and gender-responsive manner, and increases the financing available to local governments for climate change adaptation. LoCAL combines performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs) – which ensure programming and verification of climate change expenditures at the local level while offering strong incentives for performance improvements in enhanced resilience – with technical and capacity-building support. It uses a demonstration effect to trigger further flows for local adaptation, including national fiscal transfers and global climate finance for local authorities, through their central governments.

Since its global scale up in 2014, LoCAL has engaged 107 local governments in 14 countries representing over 6 million people. Between 2014 and 2018, it delivered close to USD 17 million, with grants and technical assistance to countries totaling USD 11.9 million. During the same period, 637 climate change adaptation interventions were financed across 11 countries using LoCAL grants, mostly infrastructure investments (i.e. 64 per cent of total).

In Lesotho, UNCDF signed a Memorandum of Understading (MoU) with the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship (MoLGC) and the Ministry of Finance to deploy LoCAL in 4 community councils in the district of Mohale’s Hoek (i.e. Khoelenya, Lithipeng, Qhoasing and Senqunyane). The pilot phase will run for 3 fiscal years and will provide participating councils with annual PBCRGs so that they can finance investments that promote adaptation to climate change. Eligible investments may range from climate smart agriculture activities, sustainable livestock production, improved irrigation and water systems, flood control systems, to climate-proof infrastructure, sustainable land management, forestry, disaster risk reduction, climate information technologies, health, education, energy, and so forth.

UNCDF is seeking to hire a National Coordinator to contribute to the effective delivery of LoCAL Lesotho and its knowledge management and reporting activities.

This position will be based in Maseru, Lesotho and will report directly to the LoCAL Programme Manager, based in Brussels, Belgium and is expected to work closely with LoCAL programme colleagues in country and region

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the LoCAL Programme Manager or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the LoCAL National Coordinator will:

Duties and Responsibilities

Project coordination/management (40%)

  • Contribute to the day-to-day coordination and the effective, efficient and transparent implementation of the LoCAL country programme in Lesotho in line with UNCDF project management regulations and in close collaboration with the LoCAL Programme Manager (Africa) and the LoCAL Secretariat (global);
  • Lead project delivery and achievement of objectives by working with and supporting implementing partners’ project related activities;
  • Coordinate, participate in the elaboration, and ensure the timely submission of annual work plans and budgets, quarterly and annual financial and progress reports, while maximizing alignment and integration with national systems;
  • Support the effective and transparent transfer of funds from UNCDF to the local governments through the agreed financial circuit; the effective and transparent use of funds; and effective and transparent annual performance assessments in the context of LoCAL;
  • Contribute to the management of the risk log of the project;
  • Contribute to the provision of technical assistance for LoCAL Lesotho (e.g. writing terms of reference, recruitment and management of national consultants);
  • Strengthen the quality of the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of LoCAL Lesotho (e.g. preparation and monitoring of the annual work plan, organization and participation in M&E field missions, proposing corrective measures, contribution to the preparation of annual reports);
  • Monitor and make recommendations to revise or improve as appropriate the key elements of the LoCAL approach (e.g. minimum conditions, performance measures, triggers for fund transfers, investment menu, roles of partners and stakeholders, financial circuit used for the LoCAL grant transfer);
  • Ensure appropriate recording and accounting documentation as required by UNCDF and preparation of required financial reports. Make the financial operations of the project transparent and able to stand up to regular audits and evaluation;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Provision of technical assistance and capacity building support (30%)

  • Ensure adequate provision of technical, policy and regulatory assistance and advice to national and subnational governments in the field of public financial management, good governance, decentralization, adaptation planning/programming, climate finance, climate change issues and environmental sustainability, climate change mainstreaming into planning, budgeting, investment plans, implementation, and monitoring of adaptation measures (performance assessments);
  • Support the MoLGC and the National Climate Change Committee in the organization and regular functionning of the LoCAL-Lesotho steering committee;
  • Support the strengthening of capacities, institutions and systems with a focus on local level adaptation mainstreaming and the strengthening of public financial management systems for climate change (e.g. by facilitating and undertaling capacity needs assessments; the development of capacity building programmes; the organization of training workshops; and on-the-job learning);
  • Promote LoCAL as standard practice to channel climate finance and implement climate change response at the subnational level (e.g. through revisions to local development planning and budgeting manuals and guidelines; performance assessment manuals for PBCRGs to inform/be integrated in the national inter-governmental fiscal transfer systems/performance-based grants system as applicable; creation of budget codes; integration of climate change in tendering, procurement and delivery processes, monitoring and reporting practices);
  • Support local communities in target LoCAL areas in ensuring a participatory and gender-responsive approach throughout the LoCAL planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring processes.

Advocacy, partnership and resource mobilization (15%)

  • Represent LoCAL in the country;
  • Serve as the UNCDF focal point in working groups and steering committees on the issue of environment and climate change and related sectors and provide inputs for conducive policy and regulatory environment;
  • Collect intelligence on technical and financial partners, identify opportunities for collaboration with key actors and support the development of partnerships for LoCAL Lesotho;
  • Support development of proposals related to LoCAL and support identification of potential climate finance sources;
  • Contribute to collaborative working relationships with other local stakeholders such as NGOs and CSOs at the local level by building linkages and networks to enhance climate resilience;
  • Ensure the regular integration of LoCAL related considerations into Government’s agendas (e.g. development goals, SDGs, NAP process and NDCs), including internal meetings and workshops organized by the Government;
  • Support negotiations on co-operation with UN, Government, technical partners, bilateral donors and other financing institutions in order to identify and mobilize resources for LoCAL;
  • Support co-operation with UN, Government, bilateral development agencies, and other technical partners to identify and develop synergies with relevant in-country projects and technical partnerships for LoCAL with a focus on policy and capacity development for climate change mainstreaming.

Knowledge management and communication (15%)

  • Identify key knowledge constraints and organize learning, knowledge exchange, training, workshops, etc. to build the awareness and capacities on relevant themes (i.e. climate change, local climate risk assessments, environmental sustainability, mainstreaming, etc.);
  • Identify, collect and disseminate best practices and lesson learned from the Project;
  • Contribute to the knowledge and communication efforts of LoCAL Lesotho based on lessons learned and results achieved (ex. stories from the field, photos/videos, webpage and social media presence, as appropriate);
  • Ensure the project is well documented through photos, videos, and field stories;
  • Ensure the timely publication and dissemination of reports and other project outputs at national and local level and with the LoCAL global project team;
  • Ensure that experiences, lessons learned and good practices are disseminated at local/national level using a range of means of communication, including press, radio, TV, multimedia and social medias appropriate;
  • Coordinate closely with LoCAL colleagues involved in knowledge management and communication to ensure a common message across countries and regions.



  • Delivery
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • People Management


  • Proven ability to manage projects and managing for results;
  • Excellent speaking and proficient writing skills in both Sesotho and English are necessary;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Strong general IT skills, including ability to work regularly with MS Office Suite;
  • Proven cross-cultural communication, able to function effectively in an international, multicultural environment and manage a team consisting of multiple nationalities;
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of development issues, especially in the areas of poverty alleviation, women’s economic empowerment and local development.
  • Builds and promotes teams and partnerships;
  • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability;


  • Proven experience in project management and supervision of development programmes;
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of key concepts related to local government finance, including decentralization, and local economic development, as well as on climate change adaptation issues;
  • Experience in policy, regulatory and technical advice and project management related to the fields of local government finance, performance-based grants and local economic development or equivalent, as well as on climate change adaptation issues;
  • Relevant technical experience with policy and regulatory bodies and central and local governments in Lesotho;
  • Work experience with environmental sustainability and climate change in Lesotho;
  • Experience with addressing gender equality as project objective and/or cross-cutting issue;
  • Experience working with local communities, youth and women.
  • Experience managing project teams and consultants, including recruiting, hiring and managing and evaluating international and national expertise;
  • Comfortable forming, leading or being part of teams, working with other stakeholders to achieve common goals;
  • Strong client orientation, recognizing the importance of providing appropriate, user-friendly and affordable services;
  • Proactively identifies, develops and discusses solutions for internal and external clients, and persuades management to undertake new projects or services;
  • Comfortable advocating and advancing an agenda, including with high level counterparts and other stakeholders;
  • Takes on innovation and new approaches and fosters innovative thinking;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities, and resolve problems;
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and responds positively to feedback.

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s or Higher Degree in environmental science and management, climate science, geographic studies, international development, economics, or a related field. A first university degree in related fields, with two additional years of relevant experience will also be acceptable, in lieu of a master’s degree.


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.

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