The network of Associations of Local Authorities in South Eastern Europe NALAS announces two vacant positions for the implementation of regional UNDP Focus Programme 5 project “Think Globally, Develop Locally” (TGDL): Project Specialist (part time, placed in Skopje at NALAS Secretariat) and Project Manager (full time, responsible for the implementation of the project in three pilot associations, residing in one of them).


As climate change will increase in relevance across the policy spectrum, local governments will need to find their voice related to climate change.  Local governments must get in on the ground when it comes to policymaking for climate change to serve as a reality check, as well as ensure appropriate financial incentives are provided.

The Network of Associations of Local Authorities in South Eastern Europe NALAS stands for 15 full members from the whole region and represents around 4000 municipalities elected by 80 Million people. It has Observer Status in the Committee of the Regions at the European Commission and in the Congress of the European Municipalities and Regions at the Council of Europe.

Think Globally Develop Locally is a project in collaboration between NALAS and UNDP and its objective is to support the capacity building and knowledge exchange on climate change issues at national, local, and community levels within the scope of UNDP regional project. The aim is to introduce policies and actions that will support climate change mitigation and adaptation at the local level in the three pilot local government associations and in the whole network.

In this diverse region new EU-member and accession countries have significant experience to share with neighbours who are less advanced along the environmental and governance dimensions.  Through professional regional networks stakeholders from local and national governments can learn from the experience of their counterparts in other countries how to prepare for a new low-carbon economic and energy system.

Regional Initiative “Think Globally, Develop Locally”

The regional UNDP Focus Programme 5 project “Think Globally, Develop Locally” (TGDL) aims to create leadership on climate change issues at national, local, and community levels, and build capacity for local governments and communities to take appropriate action with support by their national government. Project activities will be concentrated around three major Outputs:

Output 1 Leadership and critical choice capacities developed among national and sub-national leaders for an integrated response to climate change

Output 2 Small municipalities strengthened through inter-municipal cooperation arrangements to achieve sustainable development

Output 3 Community involvements increased in local environmental governance and resource management

NALAS will be responsible for the range of project activities related to the implementation of Output 1 of “Think Globally, Develop Locally” UNDP regional project, namely:

  • Project management
  • Establishment and maintaining of the Local Integrated Response Network (LIRN)

The key external stakeholders will be national & subnational governments and associations of local authorities.  Possible cooperating partners include Energy Cities, Council of Europe, SeeNet / National Association of Italian Municipalities, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, and academic institutions, private sector representative organizations, civil society and bilateral donors.

Please refer to the Terms of Reference for detailed information on the positions. To be considered for the above positions, it is required to send your CV in English and a cover letter that clearly states your motivation and qualifications for the respective position.

Applications will be accepted by e-mail at Please mark clearly in the subject the position you are applying for. The deadline for submission is 17:00, Friday, 17th June 2011. Only the short-listed candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be invited for an interview. Contract is offered for 1 year (with a possibility of extension).

ToR for Project Manager

ToR for Project Specialist