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NDC Partnership Regional Climate Finance Specialist (Technical Specialist - Environmental) - Malawi

Remote | Lilongwe

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Remote | Lilongwe
  • Grade: Mid level - LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Banking and Finance
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Climate Change
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: Closed

Job categories Partnerships, Environment
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5002/27769
Department/office GPO, GVA, Water, Environment & Climate (WEC)
Duty station Home based
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-10
Duration 12 months, max 220 days, with possibility of extension depending on performance and on availability of funds.
Application period 20-Mar-2024 to 10-Apr-2024
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

*** As this is a Local Position, in order to be eligible, the incumbent should be a national of Malawi or have a valid residence permit in the Country. 

In addition to the day-to-day activities that may be required from the Specialist, the following outputs would be expected to be delivered. 

  1. A pipeline of bankable concept notes on various NDC relevant projects to inform robust resource mobilization for Malawi’s NDC. 

  2. A fully fledged bankable project proposal developed that can be presented to potential financiers.  

  3. Secure potential project funders or partners to advance the developed project concepts. 

  4. Sectoral and other stakeholder consultations on aligning the NDC Implementation Plan and the Resource Mobilization Strategy into national/sectoral strategies. 

  5. Engagement of project financiers/developers and donors on a regular basis through conferences, roundtables, workshops, meetings, etc. in consultation with the EAD to provide updates on priority areas in the NDC Implementation Plan. 

Specifically, the Regional Climate Finance Specialist will undertake the following:                                                

  1. Provide technical guidance to the Government of Malawi on the development of project concept notes that align with the NDC Implementation Plan. 

  2. Operationalize the NDC Resource Mobilization Strategy. 

  3. Lead the formulation of a pipeline of project concept notes that align with the NDC Implementation Plan and the Resource Mobilization Strategy to be presented to potential financiers/funders. 

  4. Develop a fully-fledged bankable project proposal aligned with the NDC Implementation Plan and the Resource Mobilization Strategy.  

  5. Facilitate awareness raising on the operationalization of the NDC Implementation Plan and the NDC Resource Mobilization Strategy.    

  6. Provide timely technical advice and guidance on international funding opportunities from which NDC relevant projects may benefit and facilitate exchange between national contacts and various sources of funding.                                                                         

  7. Support the organization of results-oriented donor resource mobilization exchanges including conferences, roundtables, workshops, etc. aimed at mobilizing resources for the country to advance NDC implementation and the NDC Resource Mobilization Strategy. The Specialist will take the lead to design the conference's format, content, and concept paper in a way that will yield the intended results.

Institutional Arrangement

The Regional Climate Finance Specialist will be based in Malawi for the duration of the assignment and will report to and perform under the overall guidance and supervision of the NDC Partnership Country Engagement Specialist, in close collaboration with the Director of Environmental Affairs, and will work hand in hand with the In-country Facilitator who is embedded within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change in the Environmental Affairs Department (EAD). S/he shall work across ministries, key stakeholders, and the NDC Partnership. Official reporting shall be by monthly, quarterly and end of assignment reports submitted to the government and the NDC Partnership.

This is a retainer position requiring engagement of the staff to support the Government of Malawi for initially 1 year, working 220 days a year.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, climate change, climate finance, development studies with an orientation towards the economics of the environment, climate change or natural resources management. A PhD in a relevant field will be an added advantage.  

  • Bachelor degree in related discipline in combination with additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in policy analysis, programme planning and development, project planning and appraisal, implementation, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, organizational review, preferably with a bias towards environment and natural resources management. 

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills including consultation and facilitation, with ability to express ideas clearly, logically, and effectively, both orally and in writing is desirable; 

  • Result orientation including being conscious and efficient in meeting commitments, paying attention to detail, observing deadlines, and achieving agreed targets id desirable. 

Proficiency in English is required. 

*** As this is a Local Position, in order to be eligible, the incumbent should be a national of Malawi or have a valid residence permit in the Country. 

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