Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Adaptation

  • Added Date: Friday, 19 May 2017
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 02 June 2017

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  • Supporting Integrated Climate Change Strategies:  Supports national and sub-national governments (with focus on Ministries of Finance and planning bodies) to develop and strengthen policies, institutions, capacities and knowledge for integrated green, low-emission and climate resilient development (Green LECRD), and to make use of the full range of public and private financing mechanisms to support Green LECRD investment;
  • Advancing Cross-sectoral Climate Resilient Livelihoods:  Supports climate resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods, especially for vulnerable populations – the poor, women, and indigenous peoples. UNDP-GEF provides assistance to country-led efforts on climate change risk management in the context of food security, water resources, coastal zone development, public health, and climate change-related disaster risks;
  • Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilient Development: Supports the development of climate information and Early Warning Systems (EWS) across a range of countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific in order to help them respond to both short-term/rapid onset climatic hazards (e.g. cyclones, floods and storms), as well as long-term/slow onset hazards (e.g. drought and long-term climate change).

The RTS for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) works under the overall supervision of the UNDP-GEF STA on Climate Change Adaptation.  The RTS will be part of the UNDP-GEF team located in UNDP’s Regional Hub in Bangkok, Thailand supporting country offices in the Asia Pacific region and is expected to travel frequently.  RTSs may be periodically redeployed, in accordance with capability, consent, and due process, to a different regional hub as needed. 

The Regional Technical Specialist for CCA is primarily responsible for providing technical, policy, and programming implementation support and oversight, and knowledge and capacity development services pertaining to the work of the GLECRDS signature programmes to UNDP country offices, working with other UN agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations, NGO’s, donors, the private sector and many others.  Specific results are expected in the areas of:

  • Contributing to a strategic understanding of, and engagement with, the substantive technical issues, institutions, and processes within the region, including establishing contact and developing strategic partnerships with other agencies, donors, NGOs, the private sector, scientific institutions and the like; 
  • Participating in the development and implementation of UNDP’s global and regional strategies on environment and sustainable development within the BPPS and beyond; engagement in policy and advocacy work with external partners where relevant
  • Providing policy development support and guidance; 
  • Supporting the development of strategic UNDP policy position papers and internal briefing notes; 
  • Facilitating policy analysis and the development of technical tools and guidance; Maintain a trusted  leadership role within the region; 
  • Keeping the Regional Team informed of trends and issues with respect to the substantive technical area; 
  • Keeping the Principal/Senior Technical Advisors informed of trends and issues in the region.
  • Assisting in the maintenance of programme/project and portfolio information and corporate information systems;
  • Facilitating the identification, and sourcing of technical expertise and support including assisting with the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports.
  • Supporting programme and project identification and development, including on integrated approaches and multifocal area projects;
  • Providing timely and quality information and technical advice on sources of funds, policies, priorities and activities – including the Global Environment Facility funds, the Green Climate Fund, other multilateral donors, bilateral donors and foundations;
  • Identifying and suggesting to the STA priorities and entry-points for UNDP assistance;
  • Facilitating the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of programme/project concepts and full-fledged proposals for financing;
  • Providing guidance and support in the identification and sourcing of technical expertise and support including assisting with the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports;
  • Facilitating liaisons with potential financing agencies and institutions.
  • Assisting with inception, contracting and start up of programmes/projects including establishment of indicators, benchmarks and work plans;
  • Supporting UNDP country offices and programme/project implementation partners in supervision, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, troubleshooting and adaptive management. 
  • Preparing reports and communications pieces effectively showcasing socio-economic development benefits as well as environment results.
  • Evaluating, capturing, codifying, synthesizing lessons and stimulating the uptake of best practices and knowledge, including the development of knowledge materials;
  • Peer reviewing, commenting on, and seeking to improve the technical quality of programmes/projects, policies, practices, guidelines, advisory notes, publications and the like; 
  • Contributing to the preparation of regional Community of Practice meetings; 
  • Supporting the preparation and delivering of training courses;
  • Responding to queries on programme/project progress, impacts and lessons;
  • Developing and carrying out a personal learning plan (5%).
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Knowledge of environment issues, concept and principles and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Knowledge of economics concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Knowledge of development planning processes and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Develop programmes through a process.
  • Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.
  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.
  • Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).
  • Knowledge of methodologies, tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting.
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.
  • Ability to plan, organize, motivate, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
  • Ability to provide guidance on climate change adaptation especially as it relates to livelihoods, early warning systems, and coastal risk management. Ability to guide the design and implementation of multi-sectoral and sectoral programmes and projects at different scales, and to work with multiple stakeholders across a wide range of disciplines.
  • Master’s degree or higher in environmental economics, development economics environmental law, business administration with a specialization in environment and development, or other closely related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience working with developing countries on climate change adaptation, community-level finance (e.g. microfinance), and development;
  • Experience with project development, implementation and management (direct project management experience is preferable);
  • Experience in the policy development processes in climate change risk management; 
  • Demonstrated technical and intellectual skills in substantive area;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic partnerships;
  • Demonstrated facilitation and coordination skills;
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities and demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner;
  • Full computer literacy;
  • Experience working in Asia and/or the Pacific is strongly desired;
  • Working experience in an international organization is an advantage as is knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices.
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills;
  • Proficiency in other UN languages is an asset.

This vacancy announcement will be used to populate a roster of qualified candidates from which future Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Adaptation assignments will be drawn. Kindly note that the Roster will consist of internal and external candidates found suitable for Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Adaptation Fixed Term Appointments (FTA) at P4 levels. These candidates will have to be endorsed by the UNDP Compliance Review Board (CRB) after having successfully undergone a competitive recruitment process including a thorough technical assessment and a competency based interview. These individuals will be required to complete an application and, if successful, will be considered as “pre-approved” candidates for a duration of up to 3 years.

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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