The Local Government Initiatives on Climate change (LOGIC) is a joint project of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), supported by the European Union and SIDA. LOGIC will promote local action on climate change adaptation at scale. Bangladesh is ranked 5th among the 10 countries of the world most affected by climate change and disasters. It is experiencing change in weather patterns and in the occurrence of extreme events like cyclones and floods and rising of sea levels. These events exacerbate poverty and vulnerability of people on a regular basis The Government of Bangladesh recognises the severity of climate change and is working to mainstream related concerns into the national development policy, planning and financing. However, in the absence of a specific climate change policy, this sector is served by a number of sectoral policies which also shape the expenditure pattern in the national budget. While the local government institutions (LGIs) are mandated to implement many actions related to climate effects, these actions do not figure in the local plans as climate proofing initiatives. Moreover, the local planning process does not adequately engage communities and vulnerable people to reflect their needs and demands. LOGIC project will enhance the capacity of local government institutions, vulnerable communities, and civil society organisations for effective and inclusive local level planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected climate vulnerable areas. LOGIC will establish two financing mechanisms at the Union level: a Performance-Based Climate Grant and a Community Resilience Fund.
By achieving its objectives and results, the project will contribute to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability in Bangladesh. Specifically, the intervention aims at achieving the following objectives:
a. To strengthen the capacity of local governments, households and other local stakeholders, to develop local plans that integrate climate change adaptation measures and disaster risk management.
b. To establish a financing mechanism to fund local governments and communities for implementing climate change adaptation measures.
c. To produce information and evidence to feed further improvements in policies and practices for UPs and national systems in relation to climate change adaptation.
The Capacity Building and Policy Advocacy Specialist will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator. S/he will also closely work with UNDP-UNCDF programme clusters, local government, communities, non-government and civil society organizations. S/he would be responsible for the following key functions:
1. Capacity Development Strategy Developed and Implemented
- Undertake a stakeholders’ assessment and identify organizations and institutional positions that should be targeted for the training activities;
- Identify capacity gaps of key stakeholders and take appropriate measures to mitigate and reduce them;
- Develop the overall stakeholders’ technical capacity through on the job training/learning by doing;
- Identify technical capacity gaps within the project team and develop mechanisms to address them;
- Support relevant programmatic and technical missions and facilitate training needs assessment;
2. Training Manuals, Guidelines and Tools for Capacity Building and Social Mobilization Developed and Implemented
- Develop capacity development training modules, guidelines and tools;
- Supervise the implementation of capacity building activities and ensure adherence to the common and agreed guidelines for the identification of beneficiaries/target groups and implementation procedures;
- Clarify and further define criteria to guide project staff and district facilitators on their respective work with communities (on dialogue, grants and trainings);
3. Policy Advocacy and Communication Strategy Developed and Implemented
- Formulate plans/strategies on policy advocacy and communication issues;
- Develop policy paper on the basis of research findings and project experience, to inform the government/LGD on necessary actions to reform policy for climate change adaptation and resilience.
- Identify new opportunities, approaches and activities for policy advocacy and facilitate dissemination of evidence based key findings to inform the process of policy reform.
- Identify and support advocacy initiatives;
- Produce and regularly submit progress reports. Consolidate reports and provide feedback on the findings/ recommendations of reports provided by implementing partners;
- Contribute to the development of knowledge products;
4. Best Practices Identified, Documented and Shared for Capacity Building, Advocacy and Scale Up
- Develop and build on best practices to enhance capacities of key stakeholders;
- Develop appropriate best practices, training approaches, ToT and materials to enhance capacities of Local Government Institutions, CSO, and other stakeholders on inclusive and accountable climate change planning, budgeting and implementation, risk reduction strategies, etc.
- Develop best practices to build awareness on climate change at community level and enhance capacities of individuals and households on adaptation strategies as well as leadership skills to influence the local development planning process.
- Support management to identify new projects, areas of intervention, innovative approaches as well as flag likely overlaps, duplications, gaps and risk factors. Suggest solutions, where appropriate;
5. Took on ad hoc admin task as required
- Perform other duties as required by the LOGIC Management.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP and UNCDF
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly without favouritism
- Good understanding of capacity assessment methodologies;
- Excellent ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities;
- Understanding of political environment, reform issues and policy formulation;
- Consultative and empowering working style and willingness to learn from others;
- Capability to engage in team-based management, experience of leading workshops and being a resource person;
- Ability to undertake results-based management and reporting;
- Ability to think analytically;
- Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and completing it under pressure or when faced with competing demands
- Strong communication and IT skill; ability to use Microsoft Office for reporting, and presentations;
- A strong commitment to gender sensitive, inclusive and pro-poor development works ;
- Ability to oversee timely project implementation and to provide the necessary trouble shooting to keep project implementation on schedule;
- Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioural/ attitudinal change.
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development;
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral);
- Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners;
- Respectful and helpful relations with all UNDP-UNCDF staff and partners;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development;
Master’s degree in relevant disciplines, social sciences, development studies, with emphasis on climate change/disaster risk management/reduction or associated fields.
- Minimum 7 years of experience with at least 3 years proven experience in capacity building, preferable with international organizations;
- In depth understanding of climate change effects in Bangladesh.
- Ability to deliver strategic insight and analysis on communications and media strategies relevant to development sector; and a solid record of managing complex and challenging partnerships with governments and international partners.
- Strong training & facilitation skills.
- Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team;
- Proven track record of producing policy briefs and advocacy materials and communication products.
Experience in the usage of computers and relevant office software packages;
Fluency in written and spoken English and Bangla.
All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.
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Contract Duration: Initially One year with possibility of extension