Programme Analyst (Environment and Energy)

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The Environment and Energy Unit is one of three pillars of the Programme Unit along with the Governance and Gender and the Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Units. Each Unit is headed by an Programme Specialist, Head of Unit and supported by a Programme Analyst and a Programme Associate in addition to the dedicated personnel of projects under each pillar.

The Programme Analyst – Environment and Energy, reports to the Programme Specialist, Head of Unit- Environment, Energy and Climate Change and acts as the technical specialist on Environment and Energy key issues to the CO Senior Management team. S/he supports the CO efforts to ensure the achievement of the country programme results and provision of thought leadership and strategic positioning on Environment and Energy issues, including resilience, job creation and livelihood, community development, social protection, private sector engagement and cross thematic problematic on SDG acceleration, women/youth economic empowerment, economic diversification, reduction of poverty and inequality, resilience and promotion of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.

S/he deputizes for the Programme Specialist, Head of Unit – Environment, Energy and Climate Change to help drive integration of work at all levels, from overall direction setting to ideas generation, design, implementation – and further on to reporting, partnerships and communication. In exercising these roles, s/he may be asked to supervise a diverse team with various profiles and manages the deployment of additional long and short-term expertise as required.

Success in achieving results in this portfolio is reliant on robust national and international partnerships. The Programme Analyst contributes to mobilizing joint advocacy, expertise, and resources across UNDP global and regional initiatives in these fields, engaging with global and regional networks, and connecting with cooperating partners, academia, NGOs and private sector in involving them to successfully implement UNDP programmes in these fields. S/he will act as the thought-leader in her/his area of expertise in various fora including UNDP support to UN coherence and stronger UN Development System (UNDS) in Zambia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Position Purpose

  • Contribute to the strategic positioning and development of the Energy and Environment Cluster, in areas including integrated planning for Energy and Environment at all levels of the society in particular rural and peri-urban areas, local development, support to job creation and economic diversification, women/youth economic empowerment, resilience and promotion of Energy and Environment as well as initiative to reduce inequalities and address poverty challenges and the development of multi-sectoral partnerships;
  • Support the effective management and implementation oversight of Energy and Environment programmes and initiatives, focusing on quality assurance through the full programme cycle from design, to implementation, monitoring and reporting;
  • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships and support resource mobilization under the leadership of the Programme Specialist, Head of Unit – Environment, Energy and Climate Change in cooperation with the Senior Management and UN Result Groups;
  • Ensure provision of strategic results management and facilitation of knowledge management and sharing.


Core competencies

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work.
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking.
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning.
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process.
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously.
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build and/or /maintain coalitions/partnership.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making.

Functional/Technical competencies

Business Direction and Strategy – Portfolio Management

  • Ability to select, prioritize and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity;
  • Ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment.

Business Management

  • Partnerships Management : Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Business Management – Communication

  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.

Partnership management

  • Resource mobilization: Ability to identify funding sources, match funding needs (programmes/projects/initiatives) with funding opportunities, and establish a plan to meet funding requirements.

2030 Agenda: Planet – Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery

  • Disaster and Climate Risk Governance
  • Disaster Recovery Policy, Planning and Programming
  • Gender Responsive Disaster Risk Management and Reduction
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2030 Agenda: People: Gender

Gender analysis and issues

  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Gender and institutional development

22030 Agenda: Planet – Nature, Climate and Energy

  • Climate Change Adaptation: livelihoods
  • Climate Change Adaptation: Public and private finance for adaptation solutions
  • Climate Change Adaptation: strategies
  • Climate Change Policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Natural Resource Management
  • Energy: Renewable Energy
  • Energy: Energy access
  • Environment: Poverty-Environment Nexus
  • Environment: Environmental and social impact assessments and safeguards
  • Extractive industries

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Management, Natural Resources Management, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related fields.


  • Minimum 2 years of experience in working in the areas of: environmental and sustainable natural resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, resilience building, integrated approaches and nature-based solutions to climate change, disaster-risk reduction, renewable energy systems and energy access, gender-responsive and inclusive approaches for sustainable development;
  • Relevant experience at the national or international level in providing technical and policy advisory services in the general areas of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, disaster risk reduction and resilience;
  • Sound knowledge of multilateral environmental conventions and frameworks;
  • Sound expertise in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of complex environmental projects involving strategic national stakeholders and international organizations such as Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF);
  • Sound understanding of results-based management practices and quantification of environmental benefits;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages and handling of web-based management systems.

Senior Management Experience:

  • Proven experience in middle/upper management positions;
  • Minimum of 2 years’ track record of successful project/programme management experience with teams and budgets of comparable complexity and scope;
  • Hands-on experience in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.

Experience with Government and International Organizations;

  • Experience with UNDP and/or international organizations/UN agencies an asset;
  • Experience with Government institutions an asset.


Fluency in English with good verbal and writing skills is required. Knowledge of local languages is desirable but not mandatory.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.


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