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NDC Partnership - National Climate Finance Advisor (Partnerships Specialist) - Malawi - Retainer

Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Mid level - LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Climate Change
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-08
Job categories Partnerships
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5002/26105
Department/office ECR, AUMCO, Water, Environment & Climate (WEC)
Duty station Home based
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-10
Duration up to 12 months (max. 220 working days), with possibility to extend, subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
Application period 26-May-2023 to 08-Jun-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

The National Climate Finance Advisor will work hand in hand with the In-country Facilitator to achieve the outlined deliverables. She/he will be embedded within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change in the Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) where s/he can deal with a whole spectrum of planners and policy makers within government. S/he shall report to and perform under the overall guidance and supervision of the NDC Partnership Country Engagement Specialist and Regional Manager. Official reporting shall be by means of monthly, quarterly and end of assignment reports submitted to both government and the NDC Partnership. Generally, one week will be allowed for finalisation of a report after the end of each reporting period. 

The following responsibilities are part of the embedded incumbent role:

Programme and Project Development
  • Provide technical guidance on development of project concept notes and full project proposals from the NDC Implementation Plan.
  • Support incorporation of NDC relevant projects into sector development/investment plans to benefit from national budgetary allocations.                                                    
  • Lead the development of an NDC investment plan.                                          
  • Provide input on NDC mainstreaming into national development plans and other strategies and budgets.
  • Develop bankable project concept notes and full project proposals. This responsibility includes collection of data and physical consultations (where necessary).
  • Profile low emission and climate resilient projects that have been developed to a bankable stage.
Resource Mobilization
  • Provide input on operationalization of the NDC Resource Mobilization Strategy.
  • Provide timely advice on international funding opportunities from which NDC relevant projects may benefit and facilitate exchange between national contacts and the various sources of funding.  
  • Organize meetings and conferences to mobilize resources for NDC implementation.
  • Support organisation of a results-oriented Donors Conference aimed at mobilising resources for the country to advance NDC implementation. The international Climate Advisor will take the lead to design the conference in a way that will yield the intended results.

Country Engagement
  • Support incorporation and mainstreaming of the NDC into the National Development Plans, sub-national plans, strategies, budgets and other national strategies where applicable. This includes the Malawi NDC Mainstreaming Guidelines.
  • Organize and conduct targeted stakeholder engagement meetings which will be complimented by the Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) joining regular development partner meetings to provide updates on priority areas in the NDC Implementation Plan.
  • Identification of support areas that remove barriers to NDC implementation through engagement.
  • Organize and engage in regular internal and external stakeholder engagement meetings including government departments, development partners, implementing partners and other non-state actors.
  • Actively contribute to the NDC Investment Plan which will provide information on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation opportunities and the potential means for financing these opportunities.
This is a home-based retainer position with a lot of interaction and face to face contact for maximized results. Therefore, the national advisor is to be resident in Malawi for the entire duration of the assignment. He/she will need to bring his/her own laptop to the ministry's duty station. The contract is for twelve (12) months with possibility of extension depending on performance and on availability of funds.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, mainly development studies with an orientation towards the economics of the environment or natural resources management.
  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline in combination with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A PhD in a relevant field will be an added advantage.  

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in policy analysis, programme planning and development, project planning and appraisal, implementation, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, organizational review, preferably with a bias towards environment and natural resources management.
  • Previous experience in project proposal development and integrating climate change and or environmental considerations in programme and project development and developing mitigation measures to programmes and projects.
  • Have wide exposure to and be well networked among funding agencies that aid small landlocked states on a grant basis or significantly concessional terms.
Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin) is an asset. 
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