Lesotho Forest & Scenario Buidli at UN Lesotho



The Lesotho Foresight and Scenarios Project (LFSP) is a new, joint project implemented jointly by UNDP, the Ministry of Development Planning and the National University of Lesotho. The project is intended to spur thoughtful dialogue about and encourage long-term strategic thinking regarding Lesotho’s stability and development. The LFSP provides a collaborative process and a non-partisan space through which national stakeholders will explore pathways to a stable future. Stakeholders including political, private sector, youth, CSOs, academic and religious leaders will engage with the question, “What Lesotho will look like in 2030 and what decisions we might need to make today to have the future we prefer?” The project will have three components including:

  1. A systematic analysis of key trends, systemic factors and actors including drivers of change in select thematic areas;

  2. Scenario building with the participation of key stakeholders and development of strategic options/pathways including crisis mitigation;

  3. Compilation of the analytical products into a compendium; translation, printing and dissemination of a summary popular version of the scenarios.


The National UNV will be working in UNDP’s Governance and Peacebuilding Unit (GPU) under the direct supervision of the Governance Specialist of GPU. The National UNV also reports to the Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) of UNDP, who is responsible for the overall oversight and implementation of LFSP.

  • Assist in the facilitation of the planning, coordination and implementation of the LFSP launch and inaugural methodology workshop in close collaboration with the National University and Ministry of Development Planning;
  • Assist with logistical support of the launch and inaugural methodology workshop and related activities of the project;
  • Assist the GPU Programme Associate (PA) in organizational work; scheduling both internal and external meetings, determining priority requirements;
  • Provide administrative support in mission planning, following up with the required approval process as well as preparation of necessary documents for team missions and other participants as requested;
  • Take minutes and draft reports based on the meetings arranged by the project, follow up on the assigned tasks; keep track record and file all documentations; assist GPU in drafting documents related to LFSP;
  • Liaise with the UN Communications Group on materials produced by LFSP for media and publication related to the project Support the GPU in capturing photos and taking registrars of various activities related to the project;
  • Conduct other tasks as assigned by the GPU.


Analytical capabilities:

  • Strategic vision, technical and analytical capabilities and demonstrated ability to collect, analyse and interpret data.

Interpersonal and communication skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills,
  • Proven ability to work in a team, develop synergies and establish effective working relations within the Councils and other stakeholders
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Strong written communication skills


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards

Managing complexity:

  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Negotiating skills, and the ability to cope with situations which may pose conflict,
  • Ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work with small multi-disciplinary, teams to deliver quality products in high stress, short deadline situations.


Qualifications, skills, experience:

The incumbent must be a dynamic, multi-functional person, who supports UNDP with professionalism, dedication and client orientation. The following qualifications are required:

·         University Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies or other Social Science would be desirable.

·         Two (2) years of progressively responsible administrative or programme experience is required at the national or international level;

·         Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint etc) and knowledge of spreadsheets;

·         Proven experience in developing and maintaining networks in the Government and/or civil society sector;

·         Very good writing and communication skills;

·         Excellent command of English and Sesotho;

·         Experience working for multi donors or UN Agencies would be an advantage.


United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

Closing date: 04 August 2017

Apply here!