Project Coordinator

United Nations Development Programme, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th March, 2020

Job Description


Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development and is already causing widespread, unprecedented impacts that disproportionately burden the poorest, marginalized and most vulnerable.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that urgent and transformative action is necessary to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees or below, adapt to global threats, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries unanimously agreed to work toward global goals that would limit global average temperature rise. A key principle in the Paris Agreement is that no country should backslide on its intentions, which were put forward in climate action plans known as “Nationally Determined Contributions”, or NDCs.

All countries are expected to submit increasingly ambitious NDCs every five years, often described as a “ratchet mechanism”. A first opportunity to do so is in 2020.

Kyrgyzstan has ratified the Paris agreement on climate change in November 2019, taking commitment to contribute to the reduction of global warming. Kyrgyzstan developed and submitted its INDC in 2015.

The upcoming NDC revision exercise will be based on INDC of 2015 and is the great opportunity and immediate step to emphasize cross-agency coordination and collaboration, strong leadership from the central government, further mainstreaming of climate actions into national development plans and sectoral strategies and consider long-term transitions in the NDC decision-making frameworks to meet the Paris Agreement goals. However, many changes have occurred since the INDC was prepared that may provide a strong technical and economic rationale for revising the NDC.

UNDP is well-positioned to support countries on these efforts, with a long track record of supporting NDC processes globally, which has led to insights on critical bottlenecks, key success factors, emerging trends and anticipated support needs. In response, UNDP announced it would leverage its extensive climate portfolio and scale up urgently-needed support for NDC enhancement in 100 countries, including Kyrgyzstan working in close collaboration with UN system partners (e.g. UNEP, FAO, UNICEF), IRENA, the NDC Partnership, the Green Climate Fund, and other strategic partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance and supervision of the Climate Change Advisor / Projects Coordinator, the Project Coordinator is expected to provide high quality services to the Programme to ensure timely and efficient coordination and monitoring over implementation of respective project(s) and provide substantive guidance for the effective delivery and alignment with the global practices. The Project Coordinator promotes a client, quality and results-oriented approach.
  • Ensure aligning the project activities within the UNDP mandate and corporate priorities, National strategies/programme, Project documents and contribution to the capacity development of the national counterpart institutions.
  • Deliver timely implementation of the work plan(s) as endorsed by the Project Board and approved by UNDP;
  • Monitoring and ensuring???the quality control, particularly on safety, of input from consultants and subcontractors providing assistance to the project(s);
  • Ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders in coordination with UNDP Programme Unit per the management arrangements established in the Project Document(s) and to the project(s) working groups;
  • Ensure operational management of the Project(s) in compliance with the UNDP Rules and Regulations.
  • Prepare the Project Annual Work plans, Project Quarterly - Reports, Project Implementation Reviews, Progress and Final Reports, Budget Forecasts;
  • Ensure the delivery of the assigned project(s) resources against approved budgets;
  • Liaise with key stakeholders and other partners to ensure proper coordination and partnership within the framework of the Project(s) activities implementation;
  • Ensure fulfillment of standard procedures, including the ones on procurement, contracting of services and formalizing partnerships, in accordance with UNDP Rules and Regulations;
  • Regularly assess performance of personnel and consultants working under his/her supervision (if applicable);
  • Undertake regular monitoring and evaluation field visits;
  • Ensure harmonious and coordinated project(s) implementation including budget preparation and management, planning and general monitoring of the project(s) and project’s -personnel;
  • Handle correspondence and keep the filing system related to the Project(s) and to general project matters in compliance with the UNDP Rules and Regulations;
  • Ensure proper documentation and codification (knowledge management) of programme methodologies and experiences for wide dissemination and institutional memory;
  • Arrange Project(s) events including meetings, trainings and other activities related to Work plan(s) implementation;
  • Assist in securing coordination of the Project(s) activities with other projects and initiatives, towards avoiding duplication of work and participatory and greater results;
  • Maintain and feed implementation level information to support the resource mobilization efforts of the Office in the field of Chemical and waste management (when and as needed).
  • Perform other duties that may be required by Climate Change Advisor / Projects Coordinator for effective implementation of the Project activities

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social / environment / business administration / environmental management / engineering field or other related field.
  • Gender certification is an asset.


  • 2 years of relevant work experience in managing/coordinating projects and hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects in environment / climate change related area and/ or working in a relevant position;
  • Knowledge of climate change / environment protection issues;
  • Experience of providing management advisory services;
  • Experience in managing team;
  • Be familiar with development methodologies, including participatory approaches to strategic planning, strategic management and the management of institutional change in developing countries;
  • Experience of work with the international organizations, high-level government officials representing central governmental bodies and local administrations;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.).

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Russian languages.
  • Knowledge of Kyrgyz language is an advantage.


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