GEF Small Grants Programme

United Nations Development Programme, Zambia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st November, 2019

Job Description

The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that finances community-led initiatives to address global environmental and sustainable development issues. Launched in 1992, it is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP pm behalf of the GEF Partnership. It is specifically designed to generate local action by empowering civil society organizations (SCOs) and poor and vulnerable indigenous peoples and women.

The SGP supports community projects that have global environmental benefits while improving livelihoods and reducing poverty, as well as promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. The programme provides small grants of up to $50,000 and strategic grants up to $150,000 directly to local communities including indigenous people, community-based organizations, and other non-governmental groups for projects in GEF focal areas of Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Land Degradation and Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters, and Chemicals & Waste.

Post’s Organizational Accountability

Effective management of the GEF-SGP (Global Environment Facility - Small Grants Programme) local team, the SGP programme and its portfolio - from programme strategy to individual project concept and design to technical support to SGP grantees, monitoring and evaluation - to ensure compliance with the overall approved global SGP Strategic Framework, the SGP Operational Guidelines, the SGP annual work programme, the national environmental priorities, as well as the annual delivery of the national SGP targets.
Building Strategic partnerships with development partners, such as donors, foundations, private sector and civil society, to promote SGP and mobilize resources.
Contribute to GEF-SGP’s efforts to develop effective national, regional and global networks for technical support and knowledge management, within the GEF SGP and with external institutions, including academia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Managerial Functions (20%)

  • ​Supervise the national SGP team members and provide necessary guidance and coaching;
  • Promote and maintain a suitable environment for teamwork within the SGP team, the National Steering Committee members, and with the UNDP Country Office team;
  • Prepare annul workplan, including strategic and/or innovative initiatives to be undertaken/explored, and set delivery and co-financing targets;
  • Set annual performance parameters and learning objectives for the SGP team, assess their performance and provide feedback;
  • Build and maintain effective relationship with key partners and stakeholders and keep CPMT, UNOPS and UNDP CO informed as appropriate.
  • Programme Development and Management (50%)
  • ​Keeps abreast of the national environmental concerns and priorities as well as socio-economic and trends as they relate to the GEF-SGP and its focal areas and assess their impact on SGP’s work and programme;
  • Contribute to the formation of the Country Programme Strategy (CPS) and its biennium review and update;
  • Exercise quality control over the development of a portfolio of project ideas and concepts, and closely monitor the programme implementation progress and results;
  • Organize periodic stakeholder workshops and project development sessions for NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBO) and local communities, and other stakeholders to explain about SGP, and to assist potential applicants in making the link between local environmental problems and global concerns of the GSF focal areas and operational programmes;
  • Work closely with NGOs and CBOs in preparation of project concepts and proposals to ensure that individual projects fit the GSF-SGP Strategic Framework;
  • Authorize and manage project planning grants as required;
  • Conduct periodic programme monitoring field visits and provide technical and operational support and guidance to SGP grantees as required;
  • Work closely and support the National Steering Committee and its deliberations during the processes of project proposal selection and approval especially the initial appraisal of proposals and assessment of eligibility;
  • Foster operational and policy linkages between the GEF-SGP and the large or medium-sized GEF projects, planned or underway in the country, as well as those of other donors and development partners;
  • Manage the annual SGP allocations (administrative and grants), maintain the financial integrity of the programme, ensure most effective use of SGP resources;
  • Report periodically to CPMT on programme implementation status.

Resource Mobilization (20%)

  • ​Establish and maintain close working relationships with stakeholders, advocate SGP policies, comparative advantages and initiatives, and ensure visibility;
  • Assess programme interest and priorities of key donors and other development partners, develop SGP advocacy campaigns and develop/update the SGP Resource Mobilization Strategy;
  • Identify opportunities and areas for GEF-SGP support, and mobilize resources from the Government, donors and other partners to best leverage the GEF-SGP resources.

Knowledge Management (10%)

  • ​Assist in the preparation of SGP project/programme evaluation;
  • Document lessons learned and best practices in SGP programme/project development, implementation, and oversight;
  • Raise awareness of Programme Team on corporate strategic issues, plans and initiatives to maximize highest impact and effectiveness;
  • Access UNDP’s world-wide and regional knowledge, distil best practices and facilitate their dissemination within CO and to counterparts and partners;
  • Document lessons learned and best practices in SGP programme development, implementation, and oversight;
  • Access global best practices and share them with other local and international stakeholders and ensure their incorporation into the SGP portfolio and project design process.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master’s degree in Environment or Natural Resource Management, Agroforestry, Environmental Economics, Project Management, Business Administration or fimilar field.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience in development work, which should include programme management, preferably with an extended specialized experience in any of the GEF-SGP focal areas: Conservation of global significant biodivresity; Climate Change mitigation and adaptaion; Preventing pollution of international waters; Elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs); Promotion of sustainable land management;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Excellent teamwork and people management skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Good negotiation and problem-solving skills;
  • Proficiency in standard computer software (word-processing, excel, presentation, databases and internet).

Language Requirements: Fluency in the official national language (must be one of the 6 UN languages) and English


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