Republic Of Zambia

United Nations Development Programme Zambia

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Our Approach

The Zambia Green Jobs Programme is supporting sustainable micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) along the building construction value chain – including NCC level 4 – 6 small scale contractors – to become more productive and competitive; to grow, create green and decent new jobs as well as improve the quality of existing jobs by extending basic social protection and improving access to occupational safety and health services for workers in the building construction sector.

our approach


  • Start: 01 June 2013
  • Period: 4 years
  • End: 31 May 2017
  • Target:
    • NCC level 4, 5 and 6 Medium, Small Scale Contractors
    • Architects
    • MSMEs along the building construction value chain

Global experience and technical assistance mixed with local ownership

Interventions at meta level where attitudes, practices and behaviour towards green building are shaped, are implemented by the media, research, training institutions and universities led by Copperbelt University School of the Built Environment in liaison with Thornpark Construction Training School, NCC School of Construction, University of Zambia's School of Engineering Technology Development Advisory Unit (TDAU), and the Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA). Additional support comes from the Zambia Network for Environmental Educators and Practitioners, Zambia Environmental Management Agency, Zambia Union of Journalists among others in the media. Technical assistance and facilitation for local design and construction of demonstration houses from green building materials and eco efficient technology solutions are provided by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, UNEP, UN HABITAT and ILO.

Cultivating the right mindset, attitude and enterprise behaviour for sustainable development and job creation

Interventions at macro or policy level are led and implemented by government and quasi-government institutions led by National Council for Construction (NCC) with support from other government institutions like ZDA, TEVETA NTBC and NHA, in dialogue with private sector financial institutions, business development service providers and sector associations of small scale and women contractors as well as workers organizations such as the National Union of Building, Engineering and General Workers (NUBEGW) to facilitate dialogue-driven regulatory reform to promote uptake of green building practices among private and public housing developers in Zambia. Here the Programme builds on evidence- based policy measures arising from the inception phase international best practice research. It utilizes the ILO's tripartite convening capacity and comparative advantage to advance and promote social dialogue and the practice of tripartism between governments and the representative organizations of workers and employers, building up social cohesion and the rule of law through, among other means, international labour standards.

Creating an enabling business environment for private sector development and green growth

Interventions at micro or enterprise level are implemented by private sector associations and institutions led by National Association of Medium and Small Scale Contractors (NAMSSC) and Zambian Association of Women in Construction (ZAWIC) working in close collaboration with a range or partners and service providers to facilitate access for MSMEs to industry-specific financial services and non-financial or business development support services. Emphasis is on functional and technical-vocational skills training, sector specific business services, finance and access to markets. It includes upgrading the capacities of forest growers, processors, manufacturers and retailers of local building materials for enhanced value chain participation. Technical assistance is provided by a consortium of UN agencies, namely UNCTAD, ITC, FAO and other collaborating partners led by the ILO.

A systemic approach to tackle the development challenge

A systemic approach to tackle the development challenge