National Project Manager


Job Description



Under the supervision of the National Project Director (NPD) at the Ministry of Climate Change, and the Assistant Resident Representative (ARR) at UNDP Pakistan, the Project Manager has the authority to run the project on a day-to-day basis on behalf of the Project Board within the constraints laid down by the Board. The Project Manager is responsible for day-to-day management, decision-making and coordination with the relevant PPDs and PPCs for smooth running of the project. The Project Manager’s prime responsibility is to ensure that the project produces the results specified in the project document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.

The National Project Manager (NPM) works in close coordination with the UNDP Environment and Climate Change and Operations Units to ensure consistent service delivery complying with UNDP rules and donor’s requirements.

The Government of Pakistan has recognized the threat from GLOFs in its National Climate Change Policy and in its National Determined Contribution to monitor changes in glacier volumes and related GLOFs. Flood hazards are already greater than what the national public finance can manage. To be able to strengthen capacities of vulnerable communities to address the GLOF issue urgently in the scale that is needed, the Government of Pakistan needs financial support from international donors. As a result, it has secured GCF resources to upscale ongoing initiatives on early warning systems and small, locally-sourced infrastructure to protect communities from GLOF risks. The interventions proposed for scale-up by this project will be based on activities implemented in two districts that have demonstrated success. In these districts engineering structures like gabion walls have been constructed and automatic weather stations, rain gauges and discharge equipment have been installed. Rural communities receiving this support were able to avoid human and material losses from GLOF events. The proposed GCF project will expand coverage of interventions to fifteen districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces. It will strengthen the technical capacity of sub-national decision makers to integrate climate change and disaster risk management into medium- and long-term development planning processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Ensuring effective initiation of the project, work-planning and operational launch of project activities
  • Effective implementation of the project, achieving project milestones and deliverables in a timely manner and at a specified cost
  • Facilitating operational closure of the project
  • Ensure effective coordination among the main stakeholders

Ensuring effective implementation of the project and primary responsibility for delivery of project results

  • Responsible for day-to-day management, administration and decision-making for the project;
  • Oversees planning process for the project and ensures its implementation in accordance with the signed project document;
  • Responsible for ensuring that the project produces the results specified in the project document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost;
  • Manage the realization of project outputs through activities;
  • Ensures that project contributes to the promotion of gender equality by reaching, involving and benefiting both women and men in its activities (gender mainstreaming);
  • Provide direction and guidance to project team(s)/ responsible party (ies);
  • Identifies partnership strategies with regard to providers of specialized expertise and possible co-financiers, and assists in resource mobilization for project components;
  • Identify and obtain any support and advice required for the management, planning and control of the project;
  • Liaise with the donor, project partners, suppliers and beneficiaries when needed;
  • Prepare timely reports of project progress in line with UNDP and donor requirements;
  • Perform other duties related to the scope of work of the PM as required.

Effective implementation of the project, achieving project milestones and deliverables in a timely manner and at a specified cost:

  • Plan the activities of the project and monitor progress against the initial quality criteria;
  • Mobilize goods and services to initiate activities, including drafting TORs and work specifications;
  • Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, using advance of funds, direct payments, or reimbursement;
  • Manage and monitor the project risks, submit new risks to the Project Board for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks by maintaining the Project Risks Log;
  • Be responsible for managing issues and requests for change by maintaining an Issues Log;
  • Prepare the quarterly and annual financial and progress reports and submit the reports to the Project Board and UNDP;
  • Monitors the implementation of project components, analyses problems that hamper their implementation and takes appropriate measures to ensure timely delivery of required inputs and achievement of project-wide results;
  • Monitors and reports to UNDP on all financial and procurement matters of the project, including proper utilization of funds and delivery, budget revisions, availability of funds, reconciliation of accounts, establishment of internal control mechanisms. Acts as a focal point to liaise with auditors and ensures follow-up actions. Ensures the accuracy and reliability of financial information and reporting;
  • Monitors and facilitates advocacy and mass media outreach activities, writing of success stories, newspapers coverage, PR campaigns;
  • Organize workshops, seminars and round tables to introduce project outputs to all stakeholders involved. Render support to related UNDP thematic activities such as publications, sharing of knowledge and group discussions;
  • Liaises with other UNDP and donors funded projects to implement possible synergies.

Facilitating operational closure of the Project:

  • Ensure proper operational, financial and programmatic closure of the project;
  • Prepare Final Project Review Reports to be submitted to the Project Board and the Outcome Board;
  • Identify follow-on actions and submit them for consideration to the Project Board;
  • Manage the transfer of project deliverables, documents, files, equipment and materials to national beneficiaries;
  • Prepare final CDR for signature by UNDP and the Implementing Partner.

Ensure effective coordination among the main stakeholders:

  • Ensure smooth synchronization of project at federal, provincial and local levels;
  • Ensure effective harmonization among MoCC, UNDP, GCF, government and non-government agencies and other stakeholders including donors;
  • Ensure timely and quality reporting (e.g. Annual Performance Report, QPR etc) to GCF in joint consultation with MoCC and UNDP
  • Mediate, facilitate and resolve conflicts among the key partners given the scale and complexity of the proposed project
  • Frequently coordinate with the NPD, relevant PPDs and PPC

The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behavior and ensure that:

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc

Impact of Results:

  • The key results have an impact on overall project success, and attainment of project outputs as per approved project documentation.


Core Competencies:

Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership Ability to persuade others to follow Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional Competencies:

Advocacy Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Building Strategic Partnerships Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Client Orientations Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Job knowledge Level 4: apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Data Analysis and Visualization Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Ability to evaluate, transform and model data to derive relevant findings- undertake & provide analysis of data to assess Org performance and or global trends

Monitoring and Evaluation Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations

Gender: Displays gender sensitivity and promotes gender equality in all aspects of work Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situation

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Business/Public Administration and Policy Management or a closely related field.


  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in project implementation with international organizations and/or projects, in a closely related field.
  • Experience with UN/DP implemented projects will be an asset;
  • Working experience with the project national stakeholder institutions and agencies is desired;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and interact effectively with a wide range on national, provincial and local actors;
  • Ability to effectively plan work and apply adaptive problem-solving skills in order to achieve desired results;
  • Ability to work effectively with counterpart staff at all levels and with all groups involved in the project;
  • Strong drafting, presentation and reporting skills;
  • Experience with Green Climate Fund (GCF) will be an added advantage.
  • Extensive experience in managing complex projects requiring frequent coordination with government, UNDP and donors.

Language Requirements:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written English and Urdu. Knowledge of other local languages is an asset


HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.

Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, orii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.

UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts

"UNDP has zero tolerance towards Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (SEA)”.


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