Job Opening

Posting Title: Safeguards Specialist GCF Paraguay REDD+ RBP
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 12 October 2021 - 20 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-165906-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objective is to support the building and strengthening of capacities on safeguards and the updating, strengthening and implementation of key safeguards approaches and plans for the Project “REDD+ Results-based payments in Paraguay for the period 2015-2017” (FP121).
Work Assigments
• Help build and strengthen the capacity of Project staff, government partners and executing entities on safeguards, including through the development of capacity-building materials and the delivery of regular training sessions on safeguards.
• Help plan and facilitate workshops on safeguards and environmental and social aspects of the Project for different stakeholders.
• Support the updating, strengthening and implementation of key safeguards approaches and plans for the Project, including those related to continuous risk and impact management and monitoring; stakeholder engagement and participation; free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities; and a gender approach.
• Help design and implement a grievance redress mechanism for the Project that complies with applicable standards and requirements.
• Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation, monitoring and reporting of safeguards aspects of the work plans of the Project's executing entities.
• Continuously identify and evaluate risks and impacts of Project activities and identify gaps, problems and / or issues related to compliance with safeguards that must be addressed, and propose corrective actions.
• Participate in or lead field missions to promote the application of REDD+ safeguards in the implementation of Project activities, including providing guidance to external consultants, government officials and other relevant stakeholders.
• Help design and implement a safeguards monitoring and reporting system for the Project, in line with applicable standards and requirement.
• Prepare analyses and written inputs on REDD+ safeguards and contribute to regular reporting for the Project.
• Prepare communications materials on safeguards approaches, plans and requirements for the Project.
• Perform other tasks associated with the topics in these ToR, as necessary.

Work Location

Asuncion, Paraguay

Expected duration

13 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

In 2017, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved its REDD+ policy: a USD 500 million funding package, accompanied by a detailed and comprehensive process for countries to apply for results-based payments (RBP). To ensure a fair allocation of funds, no country can apply for more than 30 percent of the total set-aside envelope, in other words no more than USD 150 million. The GCF has assigned carbon from REDD+ a value of USD 5 per tonne, and a scorecard procedure to determine eligibility and how much each country will be paid, including a potential 2.5% bonus for non-carbon benefits (NCB).

Access to GCF payments will be through Accredited Entities (AE), which must coordinate with national REDD+ Focal Points and GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs).

In November 2019 and with the support of UNEP as AE, the Government of Paraguay signed a results-based payment agreement with the GCF for 9.8 million Tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) equivalent from avoided deforestation during the period 2015-2017. The Government of Paraguay committed to the GCF to use the payments received to generate further CO2 emission reductions through the implementation of the National Strategy for Forests and Sustainable Growth (ENBCS).

The implementation of the “REDD+ Results-based payments in Paraguay for the period 2015-2017” (FP121) Project in Paraguay will be executed jointly with the UN-REDD Programme agencies (UNDP, UNEP and FAO) with the administrative support of the UNOPS offices in Paraguay.

The Project foresees the implementation of a component to strengthen the capacities of state institutions for forest monitoring and management, including the development and implementation of early warning systems for fires and deforestation, territorial planning and the participation of indigenous peoples, the private sector and rural communities, and the promotion of sustainable forest management and the promotion of good agricultural and livestock practices. In addition, the Project will promote the National Climate Change Fund and the creation of economic promotion instruments for the implementation of activities that result in the reduction of emissions from deforestation and/or forest degradation.

The safeguards specialist will work closely with UNEP and Project staff, government partners and executing entities to support the appropriate application, monitoring and follow-up of safeguards for all Project activities. This will include capacity-building of relevant counterparts on safeguards and the development of appropriate follow up and reporting mechanisms, as well as the strengthening and consolidation of benefits-sharing plans and mechanisms for REDD+, and the establishment of a grievance redress mechanism for the Project.
This role will be key to help reduce environmental and social risks and enhance opportunities of the Project to achieve positive impacts beyond the reduction of CO2 emissions. The work will be undertaken in close collaboration with staff from UNEP, who will provide technical guidance and supervision.
The consultant will be supervised by the Programme Management Officer for REDD in Latin America and will work initially home-based, then at Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development MADES, Asuncion, Paraguay, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (master's or equivalent) is required in natural resource management, rural development, environmental / social sciences, environmental law, or a related area. A first-level college degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced college degree.
Experience: • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in social and/or environmental projects or programs is required.
• A minimum of two years of experience in a safeguards-related topic or area is required.
• A minimum of one year of experience in risk and impact assessment, management and/or monitoring is required.
• Experience in the Paraguay context is an asset.
• Experience on the implementation of policies related to human rights and free, prior and informed consent is an asset.
• Experience working and coordinating with government agencies and/or donors is an asset.
• Experience working in the UN system is an asset.
Language: • Fluent Spanish required.
• Basic English is required.
• Basic Guaraní is an asset.

No Fee


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