Programme Coordinator - HIMALICA Entry Level

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Salary: Negotiable
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  • Working Position : Entry Level
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  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Job Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
Job Description


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of theHindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH region. To do this we bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional collaboration. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes of Adaptation to Change, Transboundary Landscapes, River Basins, Cryosphere and Atmosphere, Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and Himalayan University Consortium. These regional programmes are supported by the four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future. 
The Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (HIMALICA) programme is a demand-driven, need-based programme financed by the European Union (EU).  The programme is part of the larger ICIMOD regional programme Adaptation to Change which aims at supporting poor and vulnerable mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region in the context of socioeconomic and climate change, and the conservation of ecosystem services, through active regional cooperation.  The two main expected results are that the capacity of the national and regional stakeholders in dealing with livelihood development and protection of the environment in the HKH region is enhanced; and that poverty among mountain people is reduced through increased resilience and the unlocking of new livelihood opportunities, and through the promotion of more equitable approaches. 


Responsibilities and tasks

Under the overall guidance of ICIMOD’s Director of Programme Operations and under the direct supervision of the Adaptation to Change Regional Programme Manager, the Programme Coordinator will lead the Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HIMALICA) Management Unit and initiate, support, monitor, and coordinate the overall initiative activities in close cooperation with partners in the implementation countries. The Programme Coordinator will be responsible for the following: 
  • Lead the Himalica Programme Management Unit
  • Contribute, in cooperation with the internal team and partners, to the further development of the programme’s strategy 
  • Lead the preparation of yearly operational plans and budgets
  • Monitor implementation of the various programme components
  • Assist in organizing the communication and general outreach of the programme
  • Organize meetings and interactions with partners and ensure transparent communication
  • Prepare all reports and documents required for annual reporting to the donor
1. Leadership and programme coordination: 
  • Develop strategies and coordinate the implementation of different programme components 
  • Coordinate and lead the planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the programme and provide guidance to ensure that the results and recommendations are consistent, complementary, and in line with the expected programme objectives
  • Liaise and communicate with the promoters and partners in participating countries to ensure coherence and convergence of the programme outcomes 
  • Organize meetings of the steering and implementation committees and other regional workshops and events
  • Coordinate, develop, promote, and implement the conceptual framework within ICIMOD and with partner organizations
2. Programme planning, monitoring, and reporting: 
  • Prepare the work plan and budget in line with programme objectives and expected outcomes in consultation with component focal points and other ICIMOD programmes and ensure linkages and integration 
  • Identify and implement appropriate monitoring mechanisms for the smooth implementation of the programme, including follow up on the performance of the components, in coordination with ICIMOD’s Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit 
  • Control and constantly review the financial position of the programme 
  • Take responsibility for initiating, managing, and coordinating various regional activities, for developing a regional synthesis, and for meeting technical and financial reporting requirements 
  • Actively participate in and provide inputs to ICIMOD’s strategic planning process
3. Communication and outreach:
  • Develop and maintain a constructive dialogue with different groups of stakeholders in the region and beyond
  • Enable and support the appropriate dissemination of results and findings to policy makers at various levels and to the international communities, in close coordination with the promoters
4. Collaboration and partnership development: 
  • Develop partnerships with national, regional, and global stakeholders for strategic collaboration to contribute to programme objectives in building the resilience of mountain communities in the HKH;
  • Enable and support partner organizations in practising and facilitating regional and national collaboration, partnerships, and networking
  • Ensure that the role and participation of women are effectively integrated within the programme
5. Team and capacity building: 
  • Take leadership in team and capacity building activities of staff in the programme and in partner organization
  • Contribute to a positive, flexible, equitable, and professional working environment
6. Scaling up of Himalica interventions: 
  • Take leadership in developing a clear strategy for scaling up interventions, in close collaboration with programme component leads and Himalica partners
  • Ensure that operational plans for the upscaling strategy are developed by each component team and included in annual plans
  • Proactively engage, together with partners, with relevant stakeholders to ensure concrete outcomes for upscaling
7. Fundraising and resource mobilization: 
  • Lead resource mobilization activities to secure expansion of programme funding (e.g., write concept notes and proposals)
  • Develop and maintain constructive dialogue with donors whenever required
  • Explore co-funding opportunities involving regional partners and/or ICIMOD’s regional member countries 
8. Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals, and work closely with colleagues to contribute to a constructive and professional working environment and to the development of ICIMOD as a fully integrated mountain development centre
9. Perform other duties as requested


Minimum Qualifications

  • Post-graduate dgree, preferably PhD, in social sciences, environmental/natural sciences, and/or a related field 
  • A good understanding of mountain development issues, particularly in regards to poverty, livelihood security, and vulnerability reduction
  • At least 10 years of work experience in the development sector, particularly in mountain livelihood security, of which a large part has preferably been in HKH region
  • At least 5 years of experience in a leadership or management position, preferably in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience in managing and coordinating projects
  • A proven track record in promoting and supporting gender equity.



  • The ability to prepare project proposals and progress reports for submission to ICIMOD donors; skills in programme planning, negotiation, and assessment, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, with a documented record of publications in relevant subjects
  • Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams, particularly with international/regional agencies; capacity for intellectual leadership; and skills in working with colleagues and collaborators of different national, gender and cultural backgrounds


Duty Station

The duty station is Kathmandu; frequent travel in the region may be required.



Until 31 December 2017, with an initial probation period of six months and a possibility of extension subject to performance, programme activities, and ICIMOD’s future funding levels. Starting date as soon as possible.


Starting Date

As early as possible



Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are highly competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a Day-Care Centre at the campus and is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organisational and programmatic levels.


Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 17 Apr 2016 throughICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.