Job Opening

Posting Title: Nature Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 16 February 2021 - 24 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-149618-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Consultant will prepare a guidance document on the use of NBS for climate change adaptation by the IsDB and its Member Countries

Work Location

HOME BASED

Expected duration

The consultancy is for a 6 months duration

Duties and Responsibilities

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 project "Addressing urgent coastal adaptation needs and capacity gaps in Angola" is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) / Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), with a total duration of 4 years. The Executing Agency for the project is The Ministry of Environment of Angola (MINAMB). United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Development Program are the Implementing Agencies for the project, and as such accountable to the GEF for the effective and efficient use of funds.

The use of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), including for climate change adaptation, has attracted increased attention in recent years. This is true globally, within multilateral institutions, at the national and local government levels and within the private sector. The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is strengthening its work on climate change adaptation and wishes to raise awareness of the potential of NBS to contribute to adaptation, both within the IsDB and amongst its Member Countries. UNEP wishes to support IsDB in raising awareness of the use of NBS for climate change adaptation.

The purpose of this consultancy is to prepare a guidance document that will raise the awareness and understanding of potential of NBS for adaptation within the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), its Member Countries and other partners.

Under the supervision and guidance of (Senior Programme Officer, Nature for Climate Branch, Ecosystems Division) the consultant will:

1. Liaise closely with the supervisor through this process

2. Prepare a draft outline of the guidance document (Guidance on the use of nature-based solutions for climate adaptation for the Islamic Development Bank and its Member Countries)

3. Prepare a first draft of the guidance document (Guidance on the use of nature-based solutions for climate adaptation for the Islamic Development Bank and its Member Countries)

4. Prepare a second draft of the guidance document in the light of the inputs from the review of first draft

5. Prepare a final draft of the guidance document (Guidance on the use of nature-based solutions for climate adaptation for the Islamic Development Bank and its Member Countries) in the light of inputs on the second draft

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: In addition, the consultant should be results-oriented and diligent, as well as autonomous and computer literate in standard software applications; and have excellent writing and communication skills. It is essential that the chosen candidate can work in an independent manner to complete the given assignments
Academic Qualifications: - Master’s degree in a relevant field such as environmental sciences, economics and political science is required.
Experience: - 7 years of experience is required working on climate change issues including Ecosystem based Adaptation. Knowledge of IsDB Member countries s and of adaptation issues within the countries is desirable.
Language: - "ENGLISH AND FRENCH ARE THE OFFICIAL UN LANGUAGES, for this consulting position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in other UN languages used in IsDB Member Countries is an advantage"

No Fee

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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