Job Opening

Department/Office: Convention to Combat Desertification
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 23 February 2021 - 24 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 150640
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), one of the three “Rio conventions” is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management.

In September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted. Goal 15 “Life on Land” has the target to achieve a land degradation-neutral world by 2030 (target 15.3). In October 2015, the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNCCD endorsed the concept of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) as a guiding principle for the implementation of the Convention and requested the Global Mechanism to assist countries in establishing targets to achieve SDG target 15.3 through an “LDN target setting Support Programme”. At its 13th session, the COP asked the GM to support countries in mobilizing resources to carry-out investments to meet their LDN targets and other activities to meet the Land SDG. .

The Global Mechanism (GM) is an organ of the UNCCD that is mandated to support country Parties to the Convention in the mobilization of resources for its implementation. With the view to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of existing financial mechanisms, the GM is requested to promote “actions leading to the mobilization and channeling of substantial financial resources, including for the transfer of technology, on a grant, and/or on concessional or other terms, to affected developing country Parties” (Article 21, para. 4, UNCCD).

The Global Mechanism is currently spearheading several initiatives to implement its resources mobilization mandate and respond to Parties’ need for innovative approaches to attain the Convention’s aims. These initiatives include :

(i) The Transformative Projects and Programme initiative to support countries in the development of projects and programmes through the provision of technical support in the preparation of proposals jointly with countries’ financial and technical partners.

(ii) The development of innovative financial initiatives, including the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund, aiming at channeling resources from impact investors and institutional investors into projects contributing to land degradation neutrality – from sustainable agriculture to large-scale rehabilitation of degraded land.


Under the direct supervision of the LDN and Land Restoration Programme Coordinator and overall supervision of the Managing Director and in close collaboration with the Transformative Projects team the incumbent will be responsible to support design and implementation of impactful large scale Transformative Projects and Programmes (TPPs) for the benefit of country Parties as well as to provide advice on tapping into relevant financing opportunities (such as Global Environment Facility, Green Climate Fund, Multilateral Development Banks and the private sector).

Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
1.Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the overall TPP portfolio and specific assigned TPPs; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
2.Engages with country Parties to identify opportunities based on desk reviews and interviews with potential beneficiaries, technical and financial partners;
3.Provides substantive support to relevant partners at country level to facilitate the development of project ideas, partnerships, financing approaches, delivery models, etc.;
4.Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources;
5.Prepares various written outputs, such as drafting background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
6.Supports country Parties and partners to develop and design transformative projects and programs in support of achieving LDN national voluntary targets and other national initiatives such as implementation of national drought plans in support of the aims of the UNCCD, including definition of strategic orientations, action plans, timelines, budgets, monitoring frameworks, and preparation of related documents/reports (work programmes, roadmaps, project budget, resource mobilization strategy, etc.);
7.Provides advisory services to country Parties to :
a.facilitate LDN leverage and strengthen capacity building of country Parties, including 3 Rio Conventions alignment, tap into climate finance, private sector mobilization, etc.,
b.implement projects and programs, including the development of Terms of Reference for the implementation of readiness proposals; feasibility studies; environmental and social impacts assessments; risk assessments and other project preparation activities, and provides analytical guidance during their elaboration;
8.Promotes national ownership by the country Parties, involving relevant national and local partners; building in the projects concepts, when relevant, a self-sustaining financing mechanism e.g. through national funds and/or national investment vehicles;
9.Cooperates with various technical and financial partners, in view of supporting country parties in mobilizing funds from funding partners;
10.Undertakes outreach activities and promotes Public Private Partnerships and Blended Finance approaches, including through intellectual leadership to foster the development of newer instruments taking into account the lessons learned from the development of the LDN Fund;
11.Cooperates closely with UNCCD Secretariat:
a.Ensure that related UNCCD Secretariat research and policy work is applied through Global Mechanism’s work at country level;
b.Support the Managing Director of the Global Mechanism to ensure relevant evidence from individual country work is fed back to the work of the Global Mechanism in other countries and to the research and policy work of the UNCCD Secretariat.
12.Coordinates activities related to project management, budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
13.Performs any other job related activity required to achieve the goals and objectives of the Global Mechanism/UNCCD.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to the implementation of public and private global funds, regional issues on land; Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual, analytical and political skills. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, ecology, agriculture, forestry, climate change, soil sciences, business development and management or related fields.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project development and management, resource mobilization, partnership building, and innovative finance is required
Experience working with governments and expert institutions on national, regional and global environmental and sustainable development issues is desirable.


For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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