Technical and logistic Assistant for Nature4Cities in Dominican Republic
Result of Service
The main objective of the position is to provide technical support to the National Coordinator of Nature4Cities in Dominican Republic and to ensure operational effectiveness during the planning and implementation of the project.
The Technical and logistic Assistant for Nature4Cities in Dominican Republic will report directly to the Adaptation to Climate Change Programme Officer and will work in closed collaboration with the project’s national coordinator in the Local office of the Ministry of Environment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The Technical and logistic Assistant for Nature4Cities in Dominican Republic main duties and responsibilities will include:
a. Assists in the administrative process on preparation and organization of travel itineraries for events, trainings, meetings, or related.
b. Participate in training activities, report writing and facilitation of expert activities.
c. Support to the National Coordinator regarding output progress of project.
d. Support and provide input on the policy assessment for integration of NbS in urban planning with focus on Santiago de los Caballeros.
e. Provide input to develop the Nature Based Urban adaptation and mitigation Plans for Santiago de los Caballeros.
f. Inform the National Coordinator immediately of any issue or risk which might jeopardise the success in logistical and administrative terms the performance of any activity that is being coordinated and that may affect the achievement of the project's objectives.
g. Provide information for project progress reports.
h. Provide input to technical and financial reports and other documents as described in the project document.
i. Perform other duties as requested.
3.Outputs/Work Assignments (must be tangible and/or mesurables)¿
- Drafting technical reports.
- Liaise with different experts involved in the project and local stakeholders.
- Support drafting of communication material.
- Support the National Coordinator in the coordination of meetings and workshops among other activities.
Ministry of Environment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
6 MONTHSDuties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACO), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 small island developing States - with a population of about 588 million people. The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the work programs approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP (UNEA).¿
UNEP seeks to support countries in Latin America to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new Paris Agreement and the priority actions defined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of Latin American countries.¿
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is the second most urbanized region in the world, with ~80% of its population living in cities. Rapid urbanization, coupled with limited urban planning and the associated expansion of cities, is degrading urban and peri-urban ecosystems that provide vital ecosystem services for urban communities. Ecosystem degradation poses a threat to urban communities and increases their vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change related impacts.¿
To address the vulnerability of urban communities, governments in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region need to develop and implement cost-effective, low-risk solutions, such as Nature-based Solutions (NbS) by protecting, maintaining and rehabilitating priority ecosystems in urban areas. As a result, UNEP is working with the governments of, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Cuba, Panama, Guatemala and Uruguay to execute a two-years, Readiness project “Nature4Cities - Increasing resilience through Nature- based Solutions in Latin-American cities” funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of participating countries to design and implement Nature- based urban development strategies that ensure urban resilience to climate change through five main areas of work: (1) Strengthening the knowledge base of national and local governments to assess the potential for Nature- based Adaptation and Mitigation Solutions in urban areas in the context of broader climate change strategies; (2) Reinforcing enabling policies and institutional frameworks to increase adoption of NbS in urban planning; (3) Strengthening partnerships between key actors to accelerate the adoption of NbS solutions; (4) Defining climate finance strategies through innovative public, private and blended financial mechanisms and facilitating access to climate finance for the sustained implementation of NbS; (5) Accelerating upscaling and replication through a regional Urban NBS platform.¿
The Technical and logistic Assistant for Nature4Cities in Dominican Republic will be responsible to assists in the administrative process, organization and preparation of travel, itineraries for events, trainings, meetings, or related, participate in trainings activities, provide information for progress report, drafting technical reports, support the National Coordinator in Dominican Republic in the coordination of meetings and workshops in other activities and products of the project. He/She will be based in Local office of the Ministry of Environment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and will be supervised by the Adaptation to Climate Change Programme Officer, working on a schedule of 30 hours per week, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. The assistant will also be required to travel on a regular basis to the project’s targeted cities, as required by the project’s implementation.
- Bachelor’s Degree in environment, environmental engineering, civil engineering, environmental economy, Local development, accounting, administration or closely related field is required.
- A minimum of 2 years relevant work experience in environment, local development or similar, is required.
- Experience in areas of work related to environmental topics, climate change adaptation and mitigation is desirable.
- Experience in public participatory development processes associated with environment and sustainable development is an asset.¿
- Proven experience in working and collaborating within governments is desirable.
- Fluent in Spanish with excellent writing and verbal skills is required.¿
- Confident in English is desirable.
¿Special Knowledge and Skills:¿¿
- Knowledge of environmental issues, adaptation to climate change, ecological restoration, and sustainable exploitation of natural resources is desirable.
- Ability to pick up new terminology and concepts easily and to turn information from various sources into a coherent project document.¿
- Ability to design and develop technical documents.¿
- Excellent organization and planning skills.¿
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentations).¿
- Ability to work independently and as a team.¿
- Motivated and dynamic to jump-start activities¿
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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