Job Opening

Posting Title: Climate Information Services Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 05 July 2022 - 13 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-184401-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant is expected to work closely with UNEP, the PMU programme coordinator and national project teams and focal points to develop the following ultimate outputs:
1. Work Plan
2. National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) in Niue, RMI, Palau and Tuvalu
3. National meteorological act in RMI
4. National meteorological strategy in Palau and RMI
5. Climate Sector Action and Communication Plan (CSACP) in all five countries
6. Sector Specific Climate Training Program (SSCTP) in four countries
7. Lessons learned report

Work Location


Expected duration

24 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Background and organisation setting

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. 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.

This consultancy is managed by UNEP’s Science Division. The Science Division is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyse and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. In response to requests from the Member States, the Climate Services and Capacity Building Unit builds country capacities in the collection, management, and use of environmental and climate data, information, and knowledge for early warning, planning, policy-making, preparedness, and response actions.

The International Consultant, Climate Information Services, will report to the Programme Coordinator of the Science Division, UNEP, based in Apia, Samoa.

The consultant will serve to implement portions of the USD 49.9 million GCF programme, “Enhancing Climate Information and Knowledge Services for resilience in 5 island countries of the Pacific Ocean”. The programme is UNEP’s largest project, and the programme will contribute to ensuring that accurate, timely and actionable climate information is used in policy, planning and response actions, and enable sectors and communities in the five Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Niue, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Palau, and Tuvalu) to adapt to increasing climate variability and change.

Specific duties and responsibilities;

Under the general supervision of the Programme Coordinator in the Science Division, UNEP, based in Apia, Samoa, the consultant will perform the following tasks;

The consultant will contribute to activities in the five Pacific Island countries programme under Activity 1.1, “Strengthen institutional and policy frameworks and delivery models for climate services”, that will lead to Result 1 “Strengthened delivery model for climate information services and MHEWS covering oceans and islands”. The consultant will be expected to establish comprehensive institutional and policy frameworks and delivery models for strengthened climate services, including the development of a National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) in Niue, RMI, Palau and Tuvalu, and national meteorological strategies and legislation in Palau and RMI. The consultant will also undertake a systematic five-year process of mainstreaming climate risk knowledge into government, private and community sectors, and develop a Climate Information Services Sector Action and Communication Plan for key sectors. The plans will address sector-specific needs for information services relating to both disaster risk reduction and management, and effective climate change adaptation; and will outline a process to test the best ways of regularly communicating climate information to sectors. Based on these plans, a Sector-Specific Climate Training Programme will be developed and delivered to facilitate uptake of climate information services by key sectors and their stakeholders.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Higher) in environmental science, climate change, meteorology or a similar related field is required. A first level degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

• A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible experience in climate information services, demonstrated experience in developing climate information frameworks, policies, sector action plans, communication plans and demonstrated successful experience in formulation and delivery of climate information training programme materials is required.
• Experience in the policy development process associated with climate information and early warning is an asset.
• Experience in working and collaborating with governments and Hydromet Services in the Pacific region is desirable.
• Previous work experience undertaking similar activities in the Pacific region is highly desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.

No Fee


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