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Nature4Cities National coordinator in Uruguay


  • Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
  • Location: Montevideo
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Climate Change
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Result of Service


The National Coordinator will report directly to the Adaptation Programme Officer of UNEP’s Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and will work in close coordination with Uruguay’s NDA. The National Coordinator will be primarily responsible for developing the results of the project in Uruguay.

The National Coordinator´s main duties and responsibilities will include:
• Collaborate with the day-to-day implementation of the project, ensure stakeholder engagement and proper reporting of activities to the country´s NDA, Project Coordinator (RC) and Regional Project Steering Committee (RSPC).
• Follow and manage project implementation, monitor work progress, and ensure timely delivery of outputs in selected city(ies) according to GCF project’s requirements,
• Provide input for the baseline assessment on the state of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) integration into urban planning in each participant city(ies), including an estimation of the feasibility of NbS integration into urban planning and development processes.
• Provide input to management and technical reports and other documents as described in the project document.
• Facilitate the convening and meetings of the city-level NbS Task groups
• Act as a liaison and promote dialogue between national, provincial and local stakeholders, ensure key actors in the urban planning processes are involved in the project’s development.
• Coordinate work of the local experts and consultants in the respective country.
• Promote the participation of local communities in project activities.
• Participate in training activities, report writing and facilitation of expert activities.
• Follow the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) experts in developing and implementing a comprehensive monitoring and reporting system.
• Accompany the executing entities for the development of audio-visual material for each of the pilot cities as well as develop awareness-raising material, providing feedback and inputs for revision.
• Collaborate with the website designer to develop the online portal on urban Ecosystem based Adaption (EbA).
• Participate and promote dialogue in the community of practices and/or webinars that will be implemented within the project.
• Systematize national material on shared folders for a common regional use on knowledge management, capacity building and communication activities.
• Monitor the dissemination of materials and activities related to the community of practice with key stakeholders in the country.
• Report to the Regional Project Steering Committee regarding project progress.
• Inform the Regional Coordinator immediately and country´s NDA of any issue or risk which might jeopardise the success of the project.
• Provide on-the-ground information for progress reports.
• Coordinate visits to project sites.
• Attend to regular meetings with the ministry of Environment of Uruguay and its teams to ensure proper alignment with the national priorities.
• Ensure and promote synergies between Nature4Cities and climate change projects in Uruguay (both adaptation and mitigation projects under implementation or under formulation).
• Promote the urban NbS approach in national and local planning processes and climate initiatives, including Uruguay’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)
Ultimate result of service
• Project activities and deliverables in the target cities are carried out as outlined in the Project Document.
• Proper coordination between the local project management unit, key local stakeholders and the rest of the project team.
• Ensuring and promoting synergies between the project objective and activities, and other climate change projects and plans at national and local level
• Promoting the urban NbS approach in national and local planning processes and climate initiatives .

3. Outputs/Work Assignment

• Development of an initial and then bi-annual work plans and timelines, in dialogue with the national planning processes and UNEP portfolio in the region.
• Budget planning and reporting
• Drafting technical reports, including the development of baselines on NbS integration into urban planning and development processes
• Coordination between different experts involved in the project and local stakeholders
• Collaborate in drafting of communication material
• Organization of meetings and workshops

Work Location

UNEP Office, Montevideo, Uruguay

Expected duration


Duties and Responsibilities

General Background of Assignment.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

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.

To address the vulnerability of urban communities, governments in the 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 Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, and to execute a three-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 National Coordinator will be responsible for overall coordination of the execution of the GCF funded project Nature4Cities in Uruguay. The coordinator will be supervised by the Adaptation Programme Officer of UNEP’s Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and will work in close collaboration with Uruguay’s National Designated Authority (NDA). He/She will work in the UNEP Office in Montevideo, Uruguay, with normal working hours, 40 hours per week, from Monday to Friday on a full-time basis. The coordinator will be required to travel on a regular basis to the project’s targeted cities in Uruguay and to attend to regular meetings at the Ministry of Environment of Uruguay, as required by the project’s implementation.

Qualifications/special skills

Qualifications Required

- Bachelor’s degree in environment, natural resources management, architecture, urban development, economic development, or a closely related field is required.

- A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in urban planning, land management, climate change, including at least 2 years’ experience in project management in relevant sectors is required.
- At least 2 years of working experience in Uruguay or for national or local institutions and/or government is desirable.
- Demonstrated experience and/or solid knowledge of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, ecological restoration and sustainable use of natural resources is desirable.
- Demonstrated solid knowledge of uruguay’s environmental and climate change policies is desirable.
- Knowledge on urban planification processes, legal framework on adaptation to climate change and of the relevant stakeholders working in these sectors in Uruguay is also desirable.
- Experience in the public participation development process associated with environment and sustainable development is an asset.
- Proven experience in working and collaborating within governments is desirable.
- Experience within the National Climate Change Response System in Uruguay is desirable
- Experience in incorporating NbS in urban planning and development is an asset.
- Experience with GCF projects is an asset.
- Experience in UN institutions will be considered an advantage.

- Fluency in Spanish is required.
- Confident in English is required.

- 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

No Fee


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