Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Adaptation
- Supporting integration of climate risks into national/sub-national planning and budgeting: 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 climate-risk informed medium- to long-term planning, and to make use of the full range of public and private financing mechanisms to support adaptation investments;
- Advancing resilient Livelihoods, Food and Agricultural systems, Water Security, Coastal Zone management, and Ecosystems: Advances climate resilient livelihoods across vulnerable sectors and populations promoting socio-economic development , especially for the poor, women, and indigenous peoples. Also, provides assistance to country-led efforts on gender-responsive, climate change risk management in the context of food security and resilient agriculture, water resources, coastal zone development, ecosystem restoration and management, 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).
- Promoting private sector engagement in adaptation: Supports the engagement of private sector in the adaptation portfolio through understanding of barriers, risks, and opportunities to the private sector in adaptation. Works with the private sector experts and other RTS/RTAs to help design and deliver projects that advance unlocking of private sector investments to support adaptation on the ground.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Adaptation is primarily responsible for providing high quality technical policy, programming, implementation support and oversight, and knowledge and capacity development services, to UNDP country offices in the region. Secondary clients might include other UN agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations, NGO’s, donors, and the like. Specific results are expected in the areas of:
- Provide support to establishing and maintaining a strategic understanding of, and engagement with, the substantive technical issues, institutions, and processes within the region, including establishing contact with and developing strategic partnerships with other agencies, donors, NGO’s, the private sector, scientific institutions and the like;
- Contributing to identification, development and implementation of new strategic programming opportunities and partnerships in the area of climate change adaptation, climate resilient development and sustainable livelihoods;
- Participating in global retreats, focal area retreats, regional strategic planning, pipeline management exercises, etc.;
- Participating in cross-substantive area technical dialogue, common strategic visioning, mainstreaming, programming, and other collaboration within the regional team;
- Assist in keeping the Regional Team informed of trends and issues with respect to the substantive technical area.
- Supporting the development of strategic policy and guidance for strengthening UNDP Country Offices with climate change adaptation project design and implementation including alignment with national priorities;
- Assisting the development of and advocacy for specific policy analysis and development tools and guidance in support of programming and finance for climate change adaptation;
- Supporting the establishment of a trusted leadership role for UNDP-GEF within the region;
- Sourcing of technical expertise and support including assisting with the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports;
- Contributing to regional retreats, focal area retreats, regional strategic planning, pipeline management exercises, etc.;
- Promoting gender equity/empowerment in programming opportunities;
- Helping to ensure that strategies and projects are aligned to country outcomes and UNDP corporate environment results in internal UNDP project tracking systems (e.g. ERBM);
- Maintaining quality/accuracy in data and project management (UNDP EF systems like PIMS), management of ATLAS Risks logs, and portfolio delivery rates;
- Monitoring to ensure expected quality standards are maintained in project implementation reviews;
- Supporting the RCU to internalize lessons from evaluations in programming in the region.
- Assisting the provision of timely quality information and technical advice on source of funds policies, priorities and activities;
- Draft, revise, finalize and help editing concepts and project documents for submission to donors including the Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund;
- Supporting the coordination of design, preparation, submission and approval of project proposals and requests for project development financing;
- Support the liaison with potential (co)financing agencies and institutions.
- Assisting with inception, contracting and startup of projects including establishment of indicators, benchmarks and work plans;
- Supporting UNDP country offices in the supervision, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, troubleshooting and adaptive management of approved projects, including preparing and reviewing annual reports and work plans;
- Maintaining project and portfolio information and corporate information systems;
- Developing guidance and tools for country offices to utilize in operationalizing projects inception, contracting and startup of projects including establishment of indicators, benchmarks and work plans;
- Functioning as surge capacity to COs, supporting EFP with urgent, pressing, complex and /or specific tasks in the context of climate change adaptation.
- Evaluating, capturing, codifying, synthesizing lessons and stimulating the uptake of best practices and knowledge, including the development of resource kits and other knowledge materials;
- Peer reviewing, commenting on, and seeking to improve, the technical quality of projects, policies, practices, guidelines, advisory notes, publications and the like;
- Assisting with preparation of regional Community of Practice meetings;
- Preparing and delivering training courses, as needed;
- Developing knowledge products of relevance to UNDP-GEF’s support to countries on low emission climate resilient development in the area of climate change adaptation;
- 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. Ability to provide guidance on climate change adaptation especially as it relates to livelihoods, early warning systems, and coastal risk management.
- 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 guide the design and implementation of multi-sectoral and sectoral programmes and projects at different scales.
- Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (programmes/ projects) or outside the organization and across a wide range of disciplines who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.
Required Skills and Experience
- 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 5 years’ experience working with developing countries on climate change adaptation, climate finance (e.g. microfinance), and/or sustainable 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 skills in a substantive area related to climate change adaptation;
- Demonstrated facilitation and coordination skills;
- Full computer literacy;
- Experience working in the Asia and Pacific region 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;
- Competency in other UN languages is an asset
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