Project Coordinator

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    2 weeks ago
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    Programme and Project Management
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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.
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UNDP helps Kazakhstan honor its Paris Agreement commitments by supporting the expansion of the “green economy” to tap into new opportunities for jobs and businesses. It partners with other United Nations agencies to provide technical expertise to translate strategies into action, establish a monitoring framework for climate change adaptation and mitigation, and develop plans for transition to green energy, land management, climate-proof agriculture, biodiversity, reforestation, disaster risk reduction, and waste management. By catalyzing SDG and Paris-aligned investments (public and private), UNDP delivers client-focused solutions that respond to immediate, mid and long-term recovery and socio-economic development priorities, and; by leveraging on-the-ground presence and networks, we unlock bottom-up solutions towards lasting impacts at the country level, benefitting most disadvantaged and leaving no one behind.

The objective of the UNDP-GEF Project “De-risking Renewable Energy Investment in Kazakhstan” is to promote private sector investments in renewable energy in Kazakhstan to achieve Kazakhstan’s 2030 and 2050 targets for renewable energy. The Project targets both large-scale and small-scale renewable energy. The goal of this project is to achieve energy market transformation in Kazakhstan by significantly scaling-up the deployment of renewable energy in electricity generation, from a 0.77% share of renewable energy to a 10% share by 2030, which makes for 10-fold increase in renewable energy-based energy generation to be facilitated by the project. In large-scale renewable energy, the Project will promote Kazakhstan as a prime destination for international investments. Technologies include wind energy and solar photovoltaic (PV). In small-scale renewable energy, the Project promotes investments in “renewables for urban life”, on-grid small-scale renewable energy applications, targeting urban households and businesses; and “renewables for rural life”, both on-grid and off-grid small-scale renewable energy applications, targeting farms and rural SMEs.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Coordinator is responsible for the management and implementation of the UNDP-GEF Project “De-risking Renewable Energy Investment in Kazakhstan” (DREI Project), including technical coordination and mobilization of Project resources, supervising Project personnel, consultants and subcontractors. The Project Coordinator will be tasked with the day-to-day management of the DREI Project activities, as well as dealing with material, financial and administrative reporting. The Project Coordinator will apply an integrative manner and closely coordinate with the Project experts, as well as other ongoing and future projects and initiative for building synergies, towards achieving outcome results as well as performance indicators specified in the Project Document, in accordance with the required quality standards and within the specified time and cost constraints. This will require linking indicators to the workplan to ensure results-based management. On institutional aspects, the DREI Project will closely communicate, coordinate and work with the National Project Director and the Department for Renewable Energy Sources under the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and other relevant government bodies and stakeholders.

Management of a designated Project in accordance with UNDP Program and Operations Policies and Procedures, and UNDP Kazakhstan Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):

  • Supervise and coordinate the Project and ensure results are in accordance with the Project Document and the rules and procedures established in the UNDP POPP. Bear responsibility for the day-to-day management of the – both organizational and substantive issues – budgeting, planning and overall monitoring of the Project;
  • Supervise the performance of the project team members including experts to ensure that all tasks are executed in order to meet the objectives of the project.
  • Develop Annual Work Plans in accordance with the Project Document and ensure adherence to the multi-year Annual Work Plan, and conduct budget revisions as required;
  • Support the work and decision-making of the Project Board by providing timely, detailed, and accurate information to the Project Board`s members. Prepare Project Board meetings to share progress updates and by documenting decisions and follow-up actions;
  • Coordinate an exit strategy at least 6 months ahead of the project closure date; ensure closure of the project is done per the established procedures;
  • Provide policy advise and support capacity development of national counterparts through transfer of generated knowledge i.e., procedures, manuals, guidelines and systems for implementation.

 Monitor progress and manage risks, ensuring that changes are controlled, and problems addressed, report on progress and issues:

  • Develop Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for tracking and evaluating progress against the agreed targets.
  • Monitor expenditures of financial resources to ensure compliance with rules and procedures and accuracy and reliability of financial reports; ensures preparation of budget revisions as necessary; follows up with the National Project Director and the Project Board on issues;
  • Monitor Project progress to ensure that it is in accordance with the timetable set out in the Project Document and preparation of regular updates to Project Board on project progress, implementing issues, emerging risks/problems, and proposals for necessary remedial actions;
  • Ensure that the indicators included in the project results framework are monitored annually in advance of the GEF Project Implementation Report (PIR) submission deadline so that progress can be reported in the GEF PIR. Prepare the GEF PIR;
  • Collect and manage project data as required by the M&E Plan;
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings that will arise as the result of partnerships with different project partners, and organize field visits to the project partners participating in implementation to monitor the project progress and discuss and clarify the related issues;
  • Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial report;
  • Monitor financial contributions of partners;
  • Monitor and manage the project risks; inform the Project Board on emerging issues and risks, update the issue and risk logs;
  • Ensure reporting to National Project Director/Project Board is prepared timely and the reports are meeting the standards;
  • Support the preparation of reviews and evaluations as defined in the Project Document – Mid-term review and Terminal Evaluation processes;
  • Prepare progress and final Project reports and papers;
  • Assess major and minor amendments to the project within the parameters set by UNDP-GEF;
  • Monitor implementation plans including the gender action plan, stakeholder engagement plan, and any environmental and social management plans of the project;
  • Monitor and track progress against the GEF Core indicators;
  • Ensure appropriate filing and availability of required documentation for the audit purposes;
  • Perform all tasks in Quantum Management Information System related to the Project Coordinator’s position.

Create synergies with other income generation or inclusive prosperity initiatives in the country or other UNDP initiatives to maximize the project impact:

  • Collaborate intensively with all project stakeholders, including other projects to maximize the impact of UNDP’s interventions that will contribute towards achievement of the expected outcome under the UNDP’s Country Programme Document 2021-2025;
  • Maintain good cooperation and coordination with national counterparts, project partners, and other stakeholders (donor community, international finance institutions, private sector);
  • Maintain regular contacts with beneficiaries to ensure relevance and quality of project’s outputs;
  • Actively identify and mobilize new partnerships and funding sources (resource mobilization) for new projects and initiatives, ensure blending of resources to achieve scalable impact;
  • Establish records with contacts, pursue networking and information sharing and follow up on partnership-related issues;
  • By providing project level information, contribute to the development of pipeline initiatives primarily under the themes covered by the Project.

Communication, knowledge management and learning:

  • Maintain close working relations and regular contacts with the Government partners on the implementation of the Project within the relevant competencies;
  • Ensure adequate flow of information, discussion and feedback among the various stakeholders of the Project;
  • Regular exchange of information/experience with other projects, cross-learning and sharing results and good practices;
  • Contribute to the development of high-quality knowledge and visibility products;
  • Share Project’s best practices and lessons at different national and regional platforms.

Ensure Gender mainstreaming within the project focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Ensure gender is effectively mainstreamed throughout the project activities, work plans, budgets, reports, research, analyses and, where specifically relevant, analysed in detail;
  • Ensure gender equality is mainstreamed throughout team, consultant and staff management activities;
  • Ensure knowledge on gender equality is incorporated in Project Knowledge management activities and products.

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Coordinator will report to the Programme Specialist/Head of EE Unit on all programmatic and administrative issues of the Project. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for liaising with the Government, UNDP and other UN agencies, NGOs and other Project partners as appropriate. The Project Coordinator supervises the project experts/ personnel engaged within the project.

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/maintain coalitions/partnerships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

People Management Competencies

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-functional and Technical Competencies

  • Business Direction & Strategy – Business Acumen
    • Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome
    • Knowledge and understanding of the operational frame
    • Works in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks
  • Business Direction & Strategy – Negotiation and Influence
    • Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations
  • Business Development – Human-centered Design
    • Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process
  • Business Management – Results-based Management
    • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Business Management – Project Management
    • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • 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
  • Partnership management – Relationship management
    • Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s degree in the social, environmental, engineering sciences, or other related sciences.
  • Bachelor’s degree with additional 2 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the Master’s degree.
  • Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of working experience in managing/coordinating projects/programs in the energy saving and energy efficiency, renewable/alternative/clean energy sources.

Desired Skills:

  • Additional years of work experience as a manager/coordinator in project implementation and the ability to manage conflicting priorities and tight timelines.
  • Familiarity with and working experience in energy efficiency/saving, financing for energy efficiency, renewable/alternative/clean energy sources, climate change mitigation issues in Kazakhstan, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts.
  • Working experience with ministries and/or other national institutions, and ability to work effectively with fellow partners at all levels and with all groups.
  • Working experience within the UN system in implementing development projects.


  • Fluency in English, Kazakh and/or Russian is required.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Hiring Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
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