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8 Feb 2022

National Coordinator at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Job Description

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. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Promoting climate action and innovative financing including risk and insurance solutions is one of UNDP’s key priorities in Ghana. Under its current Country Programme (2018-2022), UNDP aims to strengthen public institutional capacities and build partnerships with the private sector to reduce environmental degradation and implement climate action, as well as facilitate access to information, knowledge and tools that promote green jobs, citizen participation in environmental conservation, and community resilience. In this regard, UNDP has been facilitating public-private partnerships to promote risk financing and inclusive insurance in Ghana.

In order to streamline its financial and investment engagement, UNDP launched the Finance Sector Hub, a finance and innovation platform, that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the SDGs and lead the implementation of the new UNDP private sector strategy and other initiatives. In line with this, the UNDP Ghana Country Office seeks to engage the services of a National Coordinator who will be responsible for Day-to-Day Administration and will manage and deliver the work of the insurance/risk finance portfolio in-country, supported by the CO Environment and Climate Cluster as well as dedicated consultancy support (both technical and logistical) through the life of the Programme. The Coordinator will work closely with national stakeholders and lead on the planning of workshops and events, liaise with the insurance industry working on ISF initiatives at the country level including national monitoring, evaluation and reporting. He/She will ensure implementation mechanisms such as a technical working groups are established and meet regularly and that that all planned activities are organized in a timely manner and that they meet expected quality standards.


Duties and Responsibilities

a. Project planning and Management

  • Oversee the identification, selection and supervision of national consultants and experts, in close consultation with the UNDP Country Office Programme Support Unit and the IRFF Regional Advisor;
  • In consultation with the UNDP Country Office and Global IRFF Team S/he will undertake the work-planning process. Shall ensure that the workplan and a fully costed budget are prepared in accordance with POPP/PPM Guidelines and signed off by the Deputy Resident Representative and Team Leader of the IRFF;
  • Supervise the work of national experts and coordinate with institutions to ensure outputs are delivered on time, within the set budget, and to high quality standards;
  • Liaise with the Finance team to ensure administrative requirements and budgets are managed and executed in a timely and appropriate manner and within UNDP and donor rules and regulations;
  • Organise all relevant project workshops in a consultative manner, involving a wide variety of Insurance and Risk Finance stakeholders, including the government, private sector, NGOs, donors and academia;
  • Ensure a timely identification of risks in implementation at the national level and communication to the UNDP SMT and the global IRFF team;
  • Organise bi-monthly meetings of with the Technical Advisors and Regional Specialist from the global IRFF team;
  • Supports in resource mobilization efforts and project development.

b. Project administration

  • Timely and efficient projects administration according to plans and UNDP procedures;
  • Prepares all payment requests, financial record-keeping and preparation of financial reports required in line with both the National Implementation and Direct Implementation financial rules and procedures;
  • Maintains the budget and expenditure of projects within a portfolio, including formulation, revisions, and record keeping in ATLAS, monthly status reports, and reporting and liaising with the UNDP on budget matters;
  • Supports updated project information in ATLAS;
  • Supports project audit and facilitate access by auditors to project documentation, personnel, and institutions involved in the project;
  • Supports organization of HACT assurance activities, including spot checks and programme visits;
  • Regularly advises Implementing Partners or Responsible Partners on HACT related issues;
  • Initiates procurement actions for ICs, goods, works and services according to procurement plans;
  • Compiles supporting documents for procurement processes and ensures that supporting documents are complete;
  • Creates e-requisitions in ATLAS to initiate procurement processes, ensures the accuracy of the COA of the e-req;
  • Facilitates the periodic asset, inventory and supplies verification.

c. Reporting and M&E

  • Support the development of project M&E plans;
  • Lead project monitoring, reporting and evaluation at national level, draft monthly and quarterly reports for review by the lead expert and submission to the global IRFF team;
  • Update Country Risk Log and monitor UNDP SES Requirements;
  • Prepare quarterly and Annual Progress Report.

d. Communications and Stakeholder engagement

  • Arrange and facilitate stakeholder workshops and strategic engagement with key stakeholders at different levels;
  • Undertake stakeholder mappings;
  • Arrange and undertake interviews for CO with key stakeholders;
  • Coordinate and collect information and data required from key stakeholders;
  • Develop briefing notes, case studies, press releases, web articles and other media products as required;
  • Assist with research and write and edit sections of technical reports as required;
  • Review all national level deliverables to ensure quality and consistency with the IRFF methodology;
  • Develop workshop reports for the inception workshop and all technical workshops.

e. Resource Mobilization and Partnerships

  • Identify resource mobilization opportunities;
  • Support the drafting of concept notes and proposal;
  • Identify and nurture partnerships for risk and inclusive financing solutions;
  • Support detail analysis of funding landscape for risk financing and inclusive insurance.

Institutional Arrangement

  • The National Project Coordinator will be based in the Environment and Climate Cluster and work under the direct supervision of Team Leader and Environment and climate change specialist with a secondary reporting line to the IRFF Regional Specialist.


Core competencies

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work;

  • Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow;

  • Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others.

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;

  • Models independent thinking and action.

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;

  • Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis.

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement;

  • Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services.


Functional/Technical competencies

  • Biodiversity and Eco systems Management :Knowledge of conservation, sustainable use and access and benefit sharing of biodiversity, land, forests and oceans and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • ​​​Forests and development: Knowledge of forestry and development and the 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.
  • Relationship management: Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or bachelor’s degree in Development Finance, Actuarial Science/insurance , Economics, business administration, Development Management, Public Policy or related field, or another field combined with relevant work in Financial Services/Insurance Industry experience.


  • With Master’s Degree minimum of 5 years or with bachelor’s degree minimum of 7 years of relevant working experience in the implementation of projects relevant to insurance and risk finance, sustainable finance, or financial inclusion;
  • Prior experience with UNDP projects would be an asset;
  • Experience in conducting inclusive and risk financing diagnostic reviews;
  • Experience in collaborating with international and national experts and institutions;
  • Experience in the area of insurance and risk financing, sustainable financing or financial inclusion.
  • Experience in project cycle management (in particular project administration) in the public or private sector or international organizations.
  • Work experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning software is desirable.
  • Experience in UN organization is an asset.
  • Sound understanding of key software packages (MS Office);


  • Proficiency in English is required.


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional-level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job descriptions, experiences, and educational requirements.

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Closing Date : 18th Feb. 2022

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