The Local Government Initiatives on Climate change (LOGIC) is a joint project of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), supported by the European Union. LOGIC will promote local action on climate change adaptation at scale. Bangladesh is ranked 5th among the 10 countries of the world most affected by climate change and disasters. It is experiencing change in weather patterns and in the occurrence of extreme events like cyclones and floods, and rising of sea levels. These events exacerbate poverty and vulnerability of people on a regular basis The Government of Bangladesh recognises the severity of climate change and is working to mainstream related concerns into the national development policy, planning and financing. However, in the absence of a specific climate change policy, this sector is served by a number of sectoral policies which also shape the expenditure pattern in the national budget. While the local government institutions (LGIs) are mandated to implement many actions related to climate effects, these actions do not figure in the local plans as climate proofing initiatives. Moreover, the local planning process does not adequately engage communities and vulnerable people to reflect their needs and demands. LOGIC project will enhance the capacity of local government institutions, vulnerable communities, and civil society organisations for effective and inclusive local level planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected climate vulnerable areas. LOGIC will establish two financing mechanisms at the Union level: a Performance-Based Climate Grant and a Community Resilience Fund.
By achieving its objectives and results, the project will contribute to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability in Bangladesh. Specifically, the intervention aims at achieving the following objectives:
- a. To strengthen the capacity of local governments, households and other local stakeholders, to develop local plans that integrate climate change adaptation measures and disaster risk management.
- b. To establish a financing mechanism to fund local governments and communities for implementing climate change adaptation measures.
- c. To produce information and evidence to feed further improvements in policies and practices for UPs and national systems in relation to climate change adaptation.in policies and practices for UPs and national systems in relation to climate change adaptation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Assistant will work under the guidance and supervision of the Project Coordinator. S/he will provide secretarial services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. S/he will promote a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP and UNCDF rules and regulations. S/he will work in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff with UNDP and UNCDF staff to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery. S/he will be responsible for developing the following functions:
- Assist the project colleagues in the preparation and execution of overall operational activities of the Project;
- Assist in preparing various reports;
- Assist the project colleagues in monitoring project expenditure;
- Timely and accurate preparation of bank reconciliations;
- Manage administrative and financial documents and files;
- Administrative, programme, petty cash and secretarial support;
- Knowledge building and knowledge sharing;
- Prepare routine correspondence and general reference documents, organize data and collect information for relevant partners;
- Assist in procurement of office supplies and equipment, maintain appropriate inventory records;
- Maintain in-coming and out-going documents, files, prepare routine correspondence and general reference documents, organize data and information and maintain records and files;
- Prepare routine correspondence and general reference documents, organize data and information and maintain project records, files and documents.
- Typing letters, documents, reports etc and applications of information and Communications Technologies;
- Preparing correspondence and general reference documents, organize data and information;
- Maintain communication through e-mail;
- Carry out any other job as assigned by the supervisor;
- Ensure coordination with GOB-UNDP-UNCDF
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Knowledge Management and Learning
- Shares knowledge and experience;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Ability to perform a variety of standard tasks related to financial resources management, including screening and collecting documentation, financial data processing, filing, provision of information
- Good knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting;
- Strong IT skills;
- Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new system;
Leadership and Self-Management
- Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
Required Skills and Experience
- Education: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline.
- Experience: Minimum 2 years of relevant experience of handeling small procurement, financial works, logistics support, inventory management at the national or international NGO will be added advantage. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems. Familiar of working with GoB.
- Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English and Bangla. Skill at Bengali typing is essential.