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Infrastructure Climate Adaptation Senior Analyst , Multiple positions

Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Junior level - IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: Closed
Job categories Environment
Vacancy code VA/2023/B0059/25622
Level ICS-9
Department/office OP, IPMG, Infra and PM Group
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-1
Duration 1 year, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and business
Application period 20-Mar-2023 to 17-Apr-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

The specific tasks for each assignment may vary depending on the needs of the requesting office.  Under the overall guidance and oversight of the Strategic Initiatives Unit and direct supervision of the designated Supervisor within the requesting office, the Senior Analyst  will work on a retainer contract and will be called upon for specific projects to fulfill one or more of the following key tasks: 

Technical expertise

  • Carryout data collection and any necessary research for climate risk screening , vulnerability assessments and climate resilience mainstreaming in infrastructure projects.

  • Provide analytical support in addressing climate adaptation and resilience infrastructure needs in developing countries to ensure compliance with the SDGs, Biodiversity convention and the Paris Agreement targets.

  • Promote and support the mainstreaming of climate resilience and adaptation actions in technical documents of infrastructure projects, papers and corporate communication materials.

  • Conduct assessment of the potential risks that project implementation might contribute to the vulnerability of human populations and natural systems to climate variability and change, and/or to contribute to maladaptation.

  • Support the development of Climate Risk Management Plans (CRMP) for the implementation of proposed measures to reduce climate-related risks and adapt to climate change.

  • Support the development of strategies, regulatory frameworks, guidelines, and  enabling the environment to promote climate adaptation and resilience in infrastructure sectors, in accordance with UNOPS’ overall climate strategy..

  • Provide technical climate adaptation support to project teams at any life cycle stages of infrastructure project development in compliance with UNFCCC climate adaptation guidelines. 

  • Provide climate adaptation inputs and support at events and meetings with stakeholders and partners. 

  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, economists, and engineers across UNOPS to support the design and implementation of high-quality climate adaptation analysis and technical solutions for infrastructure projects.

  • Promote data collection and conceptualize new technological tools and mechanisms oriented to enhance resilience and climate change adaptation standards of UNOPS project portfolio.

  • Work collaboratively (when requested) with UNOPS experts in the area of climate change mitigation and others, to achieve comprehensive infrastructure solutions aligned with the SDGs,  Biodiversity Convention and the Paris Agreement targets.

 Capacity development and training

  • Contribute to the design, develop and / or implement Infrastructure climate adaptation  training programmes and capacity building initiatives for both internal and external participants

  • Support the delivery of training tools and techniques to mainstream climate adaptation and resilience in UNOPS infrastructure and project management services.

  • Contribute to the enhancement and strengthening of the enabling environment for the development of climate-resilient infrastructure

Practice contribution and Knowledge Sharing

  • Ensure climate adaptation best practice guidance is disseminated and communicated throughout the relevant programmes and country offices and departments

  • Contribute to UNOPS knowledge management by capturing case studies and best practice examples of climate adaptation in infrastructure projects/programmes throughout UNOPS 

  • Provide substantive contribution to UNOPS Climate Change practice focusing on continuous improvement of climate adaptation and resilience; support the development of policy, guidance and tools.

  • Support and contribute to the body of knowledge to mobilizing public and private investment for climate-resilient infrastructure.

  • Create and strengthen technical support mechanisms for the dissemination of best practices to governments and other clients in the area of climate change adaptation.

Business development

  • Support UNOPS country offices on opportunities for resilient infrastructure development in addition to sharing  with clients institutional and industry knowledge of climate adaptation options  in infrastructure.

  • Provide expert climate adaptation support in formulation of new initiatives, projects and programmes related to sustainable and resilient inclusive infrastructure.

  • Similarly, to warn about risks in the development of potential business opportunities that compromise the achievement of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement goals, as well as the UNOPS corporate strategy.  

  • Provide expert climate adaptation support to enable the delivery of resilient Infrastructure projects and provide support to UNOPS project teams and partners in line with the climate aspirations in the UNOPS corporate strategy.

  • Support the conceptualization of strategies aimed at improving UNOPS climate change adaptation actions and serve as a technical contributor for business development activities through technical approaches, teaming strategies and partner negotiations. 

  • Present results from in-depth technical research and analysis on key infrastructure sectors to support business development and thought leadership such as on climate resilience, nature-based solutions, market systems, private sector participation, financing and others.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, International Development, Public Administration or a related field from an accredited university. 

  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree with additional 2 years of relevant working  experience may also be considered in lieu of the Master’s Degree.

Required Experience:
  • A minimum of two (2) years experience of climate adaptation and resilience in the infrastructure sectors preferably in one or more of the  following sectors: energy, transport and buildings sectors.

  • Experience in how to adapt infrastructure projects to optimize the exploitation of opportunities arising from climate change, to promote wider climate resilience, adaptation and adaptive capacity.

Desired experience:

  • Experience in identifying potential climate-related risks to infrastructure projects implementation and the successful realization of the projects’ intended benefits.

  • Experience in conducting climate vulnerability assessments and implementing climate adaptation measures.

  • Experience in the policy development processes associated with environment and sustainable development issues in the context of climate change risk and infrastructure  management.

  • In-depth knowledge of the Paris Agreement and its framework for action will be considered an asset.

  • International experience in developing countries is highly desirable.

  • Previous assignments with the UN system will be an added advantage. 

  • Experience working with Multilateral Development Banks and other donors would be considered an asset.

  • Experience in mainstreaming climate adaptation actions in other sectors of infrastructure e.g Water, Digital development, waste management would be a plus.

  • Familiarity with the Joint MDB climate Co-Benefits methodology on adaptation, and the Paris Alignment frameworks for adaptation


  • Proficiency in English or French or Spanish is required.

  • Intermediate level of English is required. 

  • Please note that:

    • the shortlisted candidates will be invited to indicate in which language they want to take the written tests (English or French or Spanish)

    • however, the competency based interviews will be held in English


  • Please attach a cover letter highlighting the experience, knowledge and qualifications relevant for the position.

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