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Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
Background Information – Job-specific
Based on a regional inter-agency agreement, UNOPS is providing support to UNEP´s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP-ROLAC) for the recruitment of different project personnel. In this context, UNOPS wishes to recruit an experienced project coordinator for an initial duration of 11 months to join the UNEP-ROLAC team related to the following working area: The Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA) supports countries in the region to address climate change through the exchange of knowledge, development of pilot projects and provision of advisory services in adaptation and mitigation. REGATTA accomplishes these goals in collaboration with a set of regional Knowledge Centres for climate change technology transfer, and contributes to the implementation of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In response to priorities conveyed by government authorities, UNEP-ROLAC is working with governments and regional Knowledge Centres in conducting climate change vulnerability, impact and adaptation analysis (VIAs) in each of the four sub-regions of LAC. The VIAs aim to strengthen adaptation planning with critical information on climate change vulnerability, impact on key productive sectors and options to address these challenges. This information serves as a crucial resource to strengthen the climate resilience of national and local development planning and investment decision maker by public and private sector actors. Functional Responsibilities The overall objectives of the consultancy are: Coordinate and provide technical support to complete implementation of three VIAs. Support the use of VIA results for adaptation planning and financing, as well as designing projects adaptation projects. Support the dissemination of VIA results, climate change adaptation options, adaptation planning and financing efforts through various knowledge sharing channels. The consultant will be supervised by the Programme Officer for Climate Change Adaptation, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and shall perform the following activities:
1. Coordinate and provide technical support for the implementation of three vulnerability, impact and adaptation analyses: Provide technical support and coordination for three vulnerability, impact and adaptation (VIA) analyses (in the Gran Chaco Americano, Andes and Caribbean), involving liaising on a regular basis with the in-country project coordinators implementing the activities. Monitor the implementation of the VIAs, taking necessary actions to ensure the timely delivery of high quality and scientifically credible products that incorporate ecosystem services and ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) options as appropriate, as well as providing technical support on methodologies used and revision of final results. Support the organization of workshops to present the study and results from the VIA analysis, including providing input into the participant list, agenda, methodology and presentations. Help ensure that the national governments are involved in the projects and facilitate collaboration with the in-country partners and the national government. Support other climate change vulnerability and adaptation initiatives such as the Coastal EbA project in the Eastern Caribbean.
2. Support the use of VIA results for policy planning and financing projects: Based on the COP 19 agreement, which invites UN agencies to establish a National Adaptation Plan Global Support Program for non-LDCs, collaborate with the GEF to develop a project proposal and ensure that the proposal encourages the use of VIA results to inform the development of NAPs. Contribute to the preparation of project concepts and project proposals where VIA results can be integrated and used to gain funding for in-country climate change adaptation action. Provide support on how to integrate VIA results into policy and project financing, including the review and analysis of emerging VIA and adaptation policy and financing issues and trends and methods used to mainstream VIA results into adaptation policy making. Identify opportunities to integrate VIA results into National Adaptation Plans and sectoral strategies.
3. Support the dissemination of VIA results and design of climate change adaptation measures through various knowledge sharing channels: Review the content and provide relevant materials to the REGATTA Climate Change Adaptation Communities of Practice (COPs), organize webinars related to VIA methods and results, identify speakers and key emerging issues to present, participate in the webinars and relevant on-line discussion forums in the COPs. Contribute project information as needed for internal communication such as the UNEP newsletter, updates for the project donors, etc. Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, including draft background papers, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, policy briefs and presentations.
4. Perform other relevant duties as required.
- Excellent written, oral and presentation skills, including the ability to draft and edit reports, studies and other documents; Ability to effectively facilitate and present at workshops.
- Demonstrated ability to provide technical assistance to governments and other partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholder groups including national governments.
- Experience developing methodologies and tools for environmental assessments and planning.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in environment, sustainable development, environmental management, environmental economics, ecological sciences, or similar.
- Additional years of relevant experience in project coordination/development in combination with a relevant bachelor’s degree, may substitute for the requirement for a master’s degree.
- A minimum of five years professional experience in climate change adaptation, ecosystem resilience, development planning, or related areas of work.
- Demonstrated experience in planning and coordinating multi-country projects.
- Experience in climate change VIA and ecosystem-based adaptation preferable.
- Experience in the Latin American and Caribbean region essential.
- Fluency in Spanish and English verbal and written is essential.
Contract type, level and durationContract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (International Contract) Contract level: IICA 2 Contract duration: 11 months (with possibility of extension) For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx Additional Considerations
- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.