Consultancy Researcher on Climate, Enrgyy and Environment Issues and Child Rights and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The consultant supports the Climate Change focal point persons of UNICEF Jamaica, UNDP Jamaica and UN Environment CSRO in producing a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC) and for persons with disabilities, with focus on children and women. S/he will be responsible for collecting, compiling and reviewing key resources and coordinating the information gathering and review processes. In addition, the incumbent will prepare the study by researching specific issues and drafting individual sections. The consultant will liaise with the climate, energy and environment teams in the region and Headquarters of these three UN Agencies.
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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child,
UNICEF Jamaica requires a consultant who can support the Climate Change focal point persons of UNICEF Jamaica, UNDP Jamaica and UN Environment CSRO in producing a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC) and for persons with disabilities, with focus on children and women. S/he will be responsible for collecting, compiling and reviewing key resources and coordinating the information gathering and review processes. In addition, the incumbent will prepare the study by researching specific issues and drafting individual sections. The consultant will liaise with the climate, energy and environment teams in the region and Headquarters of these three UN Agencies.
How can you make a difference?
In Jamaica, UNICEF, UNDP and UN Environment are jointly planning to conduct a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children and persons with disabilities, with particular focus on children and women. This includes examining the baseline situation of climate, energy and environment-related issues affecting children and persons with disabilities and how they relate to the UN Agencies priorities. The report will look at stakeholders, government policies and relevant programmes. It will also provide recommendations on how UN in Jamaica could further incorporate and strengthen work on climate, energy and environment-related issues in its work in Jamaica.
- Compile and systematize evidence related to energy, environment and climate change issues in Jamaica
- Review guidance materials and previous CLACs prepared in other UNICEF offices
- Compile and systematize literature related to climate change, energy and environment issues affecting children and persons with disabilities in Jamaica
- Compile and systematize key policy and strategy documents related to climate, energy and environment (e.g. Vision 2030 Jamaica: National Development Plan, Medium-term Socio-economic Policy Framework, NDC, NAP, NAMA, Climate Change Policy Framework, CDM Strategy 2014-2024, UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework) and UNICEF, UNDP and UN Environment's corporate priorities, and other regional Caribbean related policies and strategies.
- Map the work of UNICEF, UNDP and UN Environment in Jamaica related to disaster risk reduction, climate, energy and environment
- Compile information on ongoing programmes and active stakeholders related to energy, environment and climate change in Jamaica
- Elaborate UNICEF, UNDP and UN Environment comparative advantage, strategic partnerships and intervention platforms related to climate change in Jamaica
- Identify climate finance opportunities in the region and globally
- Identify and collect data and information gaps related to children, persons with disabilities, environment and energy issues to be filled through interviews and/or in subsequent studies
- Explore bottlenecks which impede climate action, considering policies, institutional arrangements, budgeting, capacities, planning and monitoring, sector engagement and enabling environment
- 2. Make recommendations on:
- How the findings of the study can augment the Government of Jamaica's efforts in addressing the impact of climate change, energy and environment on the target groups
- How the UN agencies can improve their engagement and partnership in climate change response in the social sectors such as education, health, child protection, nutrition and WASH. Consider for the recommendations the three Organizations' cross-enablers such as Data, Research & Monitoring, Communication for Development, Finance and Fundraising (including private sector) as well as innovation.
- How to build resilience of vulnerable communities through climate change response, ecosystem preservation and livelihood protection.
- How the recommendations can inform Jamaica's National Communications, such as the Fourth National Communication, and its obligations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
How to engage with external partners, such as IFIs, based upon comparative advantage, assessment of the external climate finance landscape and partnerships
- Research and writing
- Lead desk review of the collected information
- Summarize research and draft individual sections of the CLAC/PWD
- Organise and conduct interviews and meetings with stakeholders
- Conduct additional research to fill data gaps and answer specific questions as needed
- Support the Emergency and DRR focal points of organizations in ensuring that the quality of the documents meets that of previous CLACs/PWD
- Editorial management: Fact checking, editing and checking of references as needed
- Coordinate the internal and external review process and the incorporation of comments
- Administrative and planning tasks
- Lead the organization of regular stakeholder meetings: especially i) at the beginning to understand sector priorities and ii) towards the end for the report validation
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: geography, environmental science, natural resource management, meteorology, social and economic development, or related areas. Alternatively, a degree in communications or journalism with demonstrated expertise on environment and climate change -related issues can also be considered.
- Professional demonstrable experience conducting analysis on climate change/environment, social and economic development or situation of people with disabilities.
Local knowledge or capacity to access to local information from Jamaica context is required
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.