SDGs Advisor


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (French: Programme des Nations unies pour le développement, PNUD) is the United Nations' global development network. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations and advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. The UNDP provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing…

Job Information

  • icon
    Duty Station Kathmandu
  • icon
    Type of Appointment Contract
  • icon
    No. of Openings 1 opening
  • icon
    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
  • icon
    Job Level : Mid-Level
  • icon
    Job Experience : 7+ Years
  • icon
    Job Category UN | United Nations
  • icon
    Job Qualification : Master
  • icon
    Posted Date : Sep 21, 2021

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.

Reorienting public finance for SDGs acceleration and leveraging additional resources in Nepal aims to leverage the competencies of the specific UN agencies at the national and subnational levels to assist the Government of Nepal to strengthen and bring alignment and coherence  in the public finance management system in the areas of budgeting and Medium-Term Expenditure Framework to support integrated financing for the SDGs primarily focusing at sub-national level. On the one hand, this will strengthen the coherence between planning and budgeting as well as ensuring increased public finance for the implementation of high impact activities contributing to multiple SDGs. This will also enhance results-based budgeting and thereby promote transparency and accountability. It will also ensure that Nepal is better positioned to attract and leverage additional resources needed to meet the SDGs at the national and subnational levels.

This is a joint project of UNDP, UN Women and UNCDF with roughly one years duration. This project has th two interlinked outputs with the objective to accelerate the implementation of SDG through SDG aligned planning and resource allocation. The project outputs include

Output 1.1: SDGs responsive medium-term expenditure framework piloted in all seven provinces and selected local governments

Output 1.2: SDG budget coding and expenditure tracking system developed and piloted at sub-national level

This project will work in close collaboration with the Provincial and Local Governance Support Program (PLGSP) of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MOFAGA). Other key partners include National Planning Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen, Provincial Planning Commissions and a selected local governments.

Duties and Responsibilities
1 ) Strategic partnership and Coordination and management. 
  • Ensure coordination with relevant UN partner agencies to ensure coherence of the project activities and results;
  • Ensure coordination with relevant government offices and officials at federal level for better collaboration, partnership and for greater ownership of the results of the federal government;
  • Coordinate with relevant officials of province and local governments to effectively implement project activities and also ensure alignment with their programs;
  • Ensure that all activities under each output are prepared in a timely manner and implemented in accordance with stated outcomes and performance indicators;
  • Prepare Annual Work Plans, Quarterly Work Plans and other documents for the approval of the Project Board;
  • Ensure project resources, aligned with overall project resources are effectively used to achieve set project outputs and outcomes;
  • Organize joint meetings of government and UN agencies as required for strategic engagement ;
  • Carry out field visits to the program areas as necessary, liaise with the stakeholders and government officials and monitor the project activities;
  • Support UNDP in organizing meetings of project steering committee and project advisory committee;
  • Prepare the Terms of References for the consultants required by the project;
  • Ensure timely submission of technical and progress reports to the donor, partners, and UNDP.
2) Expert policy advice and technical inputs on SDGs financing, database, reporting.  
  • Devise key strategies for implementation of the project, in close collaboration with the Policy Advisor, Inclusive Economic Growth;
  • Provide high quality technical advice on the policy documents and other strategic documents of the projects;
  • Provide technical and advisory services to the federal, provincial and local government on SDG financing, SDG based budgeting and data for SDGs;
3) Knowledge management, communication and report writing 
  • Ensure all products of the project are properly documented;
  • Lead in the preparation of strategic policy documents on SDG financing and SDGs based budgeting;
  • Ensure strategic communication of project results to government, development partners and other stakeholders;
  • Participate in relevant forums and produce communication material for project;
  • Lead in writing reports, and knowledge products as necessary.
4) Ensure mainstreaming of Gender & Social Inclusion (GESI):
  • Ensure that GESI is well captured and mainstreamed throughout the SDG Portfolio initiatives including at the policy and institutional levels and in detailed planning, programming, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and reporting;
  • Work closely with the GESI advisor to ensure GESI related results.


Core Competencies- Level 3
Achieve Results
  • Demonstrates focus on achieving quality results and impact
  • Consistently strives to meet or exceed excellent standards
  • Efficiently establishes appropriate plans and resources for self and others to accomplish goals
  • Holds self and others accountable for results
Think Innovatively
  • Seeks patterns and clarity outside, across and beyond boxes and categories, resists false certainty and simplistic binary choices
  • Looks beyond conventional approaches and established methods
  • Proposes new ideas, approaches and solutions to problems
Learn Continuously
  • Actively pursues opportunities for learning and self-development, professionally and personally
  • Keep abreast of new developments in one’s professional area
  • Proactively seeks feedback, demonstrates a desire to learn from others as well as from experience, both positive and negative
  • Contributes to the learning of others
Adapt with Agility
  • Proactively seeks feedback, demonstrates a desire to learn from others as well as from experience, both positive and negative
  • Contributes to the learning of others
Act with Determination
  • Is flexible in handling change, and adopt new ideas, approaches and ways of working
  • Seamlessly adapt to working within new situations or contexts, with new people, and in different ways
  • Participate in, support, contribute to or drive meaningful change in UNDP
  • Is comfortable with ambiguity and effectively managing multiple demands
Engage and Partner
  • Establishes and develops networks that deliver powerful collaborations
  • Demonstrates and encourages teamwork and co-creation, internally and externally, to achieve joint objectives and results
  • Acts in a way that demonstrates empathy and emotional intelligence, showing consideration for the needs and feelings of others
  • Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Enable Diversity and Inclusion
  • Understand and appreciate issues from the perspective of others
  • Treats all individuals with respect, considers ethical implications and responds sensitively to all differences among people
  • Fully accepts and values all people, creating an inclusive environment
  • Understands that inclusion is multi-faceted (e.g. race, gender, age, disability, culture, etc.)
  • Treats everyone fairly and equally
  • Demonstrate honesty and transparency

People Management Competencies:

Show Managerial Courage
  • Face up to organisational and people problems
  • Not be afraid to take decisions and action when and as needed
  • Not hold back anything that needs to be said, respectfully and diplomatically
  • Address conflict in a timely manner, not allow conflicts in teams to linger
  • Help others through emotional or tense situations, tactfully bringing disagreements into the open and finding solutions all can endorse
Demonstrate Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
  • Genuinely care about people; demonstrate empathy with the joys and pains of others
  • Enable the wellbeing of the team(s)
  • Read a group’s emotional currents and power relationships, identifying influencers, networks, and organisational dynamics; adapt leadership styles at the appropriate times
  • See the positive in people, situations, and events
Motivate and Direct
  • Create and communicate a compelling vision and purpose
  • Align people and resources with organisational vision, strategy, objectives
  • Understand and proactively build the team/organisation culture
Build an Enabling Workplace
  • Create a working environment where people are engaged and want to do their best; empower and enable team members to perform and have a positive workplace experience
  • Promote honesty, openness, trust and psychological safety and create opportunities to innovate and learn
  • Recruit and promote individuals based upon objective measures and meritocracy; acknowledge and utilise the talent of others
  • Encourage collective action and integration
Build Capability
  • Identify and develop talent in individuals, providing positive support to enable them to achieve their potential
  • Foster learning or development of others by giving feedback, guidance, and support; support career development of others
  • Have willingness and ability to delegate to help people learn, including from failure
Manage Performance and Ensure Accountability
  • Ensure regular conversations with people about work
  • Provide positive and constructive feedback
  • Discuss poor performance in a timely manner
  • Provide praise and recognition, as well as ensure accountability
Lead with Humility
  • Be authentic and transparent, act with integrity
  • Be accessible and available to team members they lead
  • Encourage debate and discussion, creating a culture where people are comfortable to challenge senior leaders and feel listened to
  • Be modest, giving credit for success to others and admit own shortcomings
Cross Functional Competencies:
Project Management
  • Ability to plan, organise, prioritise and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
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
Risk Management
  • Ability to identify and organise action around mitigating and proactively managing risks

Resource Management

  • Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels
Technical Competencies:
SDG Integration
  • Economy-wide analysis
  • Gender Issues & Analysis
Inclusive Growth
  • Local Economic Development

Required Qualification & Experience

  • Master’s degree in economics, development studies, or another relevant subject.
MInimum years of relevant work experience:
  • Seven years of experience as project manager or infrastructure specialist

Required skills and competencies:

  • At least  years of experience on development planning, financing
  • Solid understanding and Knowledge of Nepal’s policy framework and financing instruments for SDGs
  • Experience in working with the government on SDGs costing, financing and data base
  • Better Knowledge and experience working with provincial and local governments on SDGs
Desired additional skills and competencies :
  • Prior experience working with UNDP is an asset
Required Language (s) (at working level) :
  • Fluency in oral and written Nepali and English is essential
  • The SDGs Advisor is required to travel in the provincial HQs and in the selected local goverments in monitoring project activities

How to Apply


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC/NPSA categories are subject to local recruitment.

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 description, experience and educational requirements.

Scam warning

The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.