Programme Analyst, Accra, Ghana

Closing date: Thursday, 23 September 2021

Agency: UNDP

Title: Programme Analyst

Job ID: 39620

Practice Area – Job Family: Environment and Energy

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 23/09/2021

Duty Station: Accra, Ghana

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience

Languages: Required: Desired: English

Grade: NOB

Vacancy Type: FTA Local

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Africa

Contract Duration: 2 Year with possibility for extension

This position is opened for nationals of Ghana only.



Under the Green, Equitable and Resilient Development pillar of its Country Programme Document for Ghana, UNDP aims to:

  • Strengthen public institutional capacities to reduce environmental degradation and implement climate action

UNDP is collaborating with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and other institutions to strengthen the planning and delivery process for gender-responsive mitigation and adaptation measures at national and local levels. This involves focusing on internalizing and implementing global environmental agreements, promoting policy coherence, and coordinating climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and green economy interventions across sectors. In addition, UNDP works with research institutions to improve climate and environment-related information and knowledge management systems. UNDP is supporting the Ministry of Finance and other institutions on new ways to mobilize financial resources for policy implementation (including climate finance), and promote an enabling environment for green private sector investments. UNDP is also strengthening partnerships with civil society organizations (CSOs) to better advocate and support action on inclusive participation for all segments of society, women in decision-making processes, and the management of natural resources.

  • Facilitate access to information, knowledge and tools that promote green jobs, citizen participation in environmental conservation, and community resilience

UNDP is undertaking targeted and catalytic interventions that have a clear potential to generate best practices to be upscaled and replicated. Drawing on its global expertise and network, UNDP is facilitating access to innovative tools, approaches and technologies developed and tested worldwide to: (i) help communities adapt to climate change, reduce their vulnerabilities to disasters and promote environmental conservation; (ii) support the private sector to make production/manufacturing more environmentally sustainable and enhance their involvement in inclusive markets and the delivery of green products and services.

The Programme Analyst will be the focal person for the management of selected projects, and will provide programme management and technical/administrative assistance. She/he will directly report to the Team Leader on Environment and Climate. In order to successfully deliver his/her work, she/he will need to work in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Supports implementation of programme strategies
  • Supports management of the CO programme
  • Supports creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy
  • Contributes to the provision of top-quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management
  • Supports implementation of programme strategies
  • Identifies areas for support and interventions within the area of environment and climate. Provides technical assistance under these areas.
  • Supports the Team Leader in engaging in the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) Result Area 3 on Safe and Protected Environment.
  • Contributes to the preparation of briefings and speeches for UNDP senior management’s participation in sustainable development related meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the area of sustainable development assigned, focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme
  • Supports implementation of UNDP project portfolio on environment and climate. Monitor project activities and progress and ensure that the agreed deliverables are produced satisfactorily according to plans. In doing so, effectively apply RBM tools.
  • Supports design and formulation of CO programme within the area of environment and climate, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions, in line with UNDAF and CPD. Coordinate programme implementation with the executing agencies.
  • Supports initiation of a project, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review.
  • Provides financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, and development of solutions. Participates in audit of NEX projects.
  • Follows up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Supports and facilitates the creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy
    • Supports development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on UNDP’s key targets, country needs and donors’ priorities.
    • Conducts analysis and research of information on donors, prepares substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identifies opportunities for initiation of new projects, and provides active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization in the area of environment and climate.
    • Provides of technical support to UNDP’s participation in relevant donors’ sector working groups as needed.Contributes to the provision of top quality advisory services and facilitationof knowledge building and management:
  • Identifies sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identifies and makes synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals relating to environment and climate.
  • Contributes to the preparation of drafts of technical policy advice and programme support documents in the area of environment and climate.
  • Supports development of policies and institutions that will address the national sustainable development problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Contributes to UNDP’s policy advice to Government for the implementation of Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to UNFCCC.
  • Makes sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.



  • Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

  • Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

  • People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

  • Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

  • Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement


  • Climate change (general)

Knowledge of climate change Including climate change international regime) and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

  • Sustainable development

Knowledge of sustainable development concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions

  • Project management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

  • Result Based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

  • Knowledge management

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge

  • Partnerships

Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

  • Relationship management

Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Resource mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency) Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree or equivalent in Development Studies, Environmental Sciences, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.


  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing programme management support in the area of environment and climate.
  • Knowledge of global and national issues around climate and environment.
  • Previous experience with UN or other development agencies is an asset.
  • Experience preparing knowledge products and communications material is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Proficiency in English.


Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

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