Project Manager

Project: Integrated Watershed Management for Improved Agro-Pastoral Livelihoods in the Sebapala sub-catchment


The Government of Lesotho has embarked on an ambitious national programme for integrated watershed management, the purpose of which is to address the interlinked issues of land degradation, livelihoods, food and water security in critical catchments across the country. This programme promotes catchment-wide planning and community-driven action at sub-catchment level to ensure integrated management of land and water resources. The UNDP Lesotho Country Office and the Government of Lesotho will, therefore, be implementing a four-year GEF-financed project “Integrated Watershed Management for improved agro-pastoral livelihoods in the Sebapala sub-catchment”. The objective of the project is to mainstream sustainable rangeland management and restoration of watersheds to combat land degradation, enhance the flow of agro-ecosystem goods and services and improve the livelihoods of agro-pastoral communities, including to mainstream gender priorities within the implementation plans. 

Post Title: Project Manager 
Type of appointment: Contract 

 Project Duration: May 2022 - May 2026

Duty station: Maseru, Lesotho with frequent travel to project site

Reporting to the Principal Secretary as the PSC Chairperson and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (through the Focal Point on Energy and Environment), the Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the Integrated Watershed Management for Improved Agro-Pastoral Livelihoods in the Sebapala sub-catchment Project, including the mobilization of all project inputs, supervision over project staff, consultants and sub-contractors, and will have lead responsibility for selected technical outputs. The PM will liaise with the assigned UNDP programme officer for all the Project’s substantive and administrative issues. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Facilitate timely preparation of Annual Workplans (AWPs) and budgets for approval by the PB/PSC.
  • Coordinate all project inputs for adherence to National policies and procedures for programme implementation and alignment to UNDP procedures for nationally executed projects.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of all project staff, consultants and sub-contractors ensuring timing and quality of outputs as per Project Document.
  • Develop, update and implement a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and ensure compliance with UNDP and GEF specific planning, reporting and monitoring exercises
  • Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, through advance of funds, direct payments, or reimbursement in line with established UNDP Rules and Regulations
  • Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure proper controls, accuracy and reliability of financial reports.
  • Develop Risk Management Framework for effective monitoring of project risks initially identified and submit new risks to the project board for consideration and decision on possible actions if required; update the status of these risks by maintaining the project risks log.
  • Oversee timely submission of the Inception Report, Project Implementation Reviews, Technical reports, quarterly financial reports, and other reports as may be required by Government, UNDP, GEF and other oversight agencies.
  • Oversee learning and knowledge management on integrated conservation and development projects nationally and internationally.
  • Facilitate capacity building for project staff and relevant stakeholders 
  • Foster inclusion of socially- marginalized groups in various project activities to strengthen their participation and enhance access to project benefits. 
  • Establish linkages and networks with the on-going activities of other projects, government and non-government agencies. 
  • Facilitate identification and establishment of centers of excellence and innovative initiatives to ensure sustenance of the project activities.

Work Experience

  • At least Seven years experience in land resources management projects for Master’s degree holders, Five of which must be at managerial level


Ten years experience in land resources management projects for Bachelor’s degree holders, Seven of which must be at managerial level.

  • Experience working in ministries or institutions dealing with natural resources and/or environmental management in Lesotho will be an added advantage.

All Interested candidates must hand deliver application letters, Curriculum Vitae, certified testamurs and transcripts to Ministry of Forestry Range and Soil Conservation Human Resources Offices addressed to the Director Human Resources, MFRSC, P.O Box 92, Industrial Area, Maseru OR email their application package to

The DEADLINE for submission of applications is Monday, 03 AUGUST 2022 AT 16:00 PM

Please visit Human Resources Office OR Contact +26657756292 for further enquiries.

A market competitive remuneration is offered for this role.