Job Opening

Posting Title: Technical Advisor on Gender and Just Transition for Climate Change
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 19 December 2022 - 26 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-197815-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will collect, compile, and use essential resources and coordinating the information gathering and analyze processes regarding climate change with gender perspective. The consultant will analyze the information and develop recommendations and action points for key stakeholders in the region to provide them with tools to build the capacity in climate action for gender transformations.

The consultant should seek to harmonize the gender recommendations with objectives that can build capacity for key stakeholders in the region in terms of climate action with a gender perspective.


Output 1. Align global UNEP priorities in gender, climate change and the environment with the regional work currently undertaken in LACO.
Output 2. Supports UNEP in its regional responsibility to achieve gender equality through climate action and the implementation of climate transparency mechanisms.
Output 3. Steps are taken to strengthen the capacity on gender & climate change for the LACO region and the relevant stakeholders/governments interested in the thematic area.
Output 4. Informs and assists the unit in implementing efforts to mainstream gender in climate change and transparency goals.
Output 5. Installs capacity in the unit to carry out gender mainstreaming across all its areas of actions and priority fields. Gender equality is position in the unit.


Product No. 1. An analysis studying relevant documents like NDCs, Long-Term Strategies (LTS), Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs) and others to evaluate the gender commitments of at least one country in Central America, South America, and the English-speaking Caribbean. Specify their level of gender mainstreaming and transparency.

Product No. 2. A country assessment (with representation of at least one country in Central America, South America, and the English-speaking Caribbean, and a total of four countries) about the region's gaps and needs in gender and climate change. Incorporate suggestions for a project proposal that governments in the region can use to tackle gaps while centring the role that UNEP LACO. This assessment could emphasize gender division of labour, control of resources and technologies, and opportunities and constraints on women's participation.
The project should also assess the conditions of the following communities
- Indigenous groups
- Afro-descendants
- Migrants
- LGBTQ+ community

Product No. 3. A project proposal that can be carried out by the Climate Ambition and Transparency team in LACO on gender, just transition and loss & damage. This document will include (but is not limited to):
- Terms of reference for gender specialist to implement the gender-responsive components of the project.
- Gender-responsive targets and indicators.
- Timelines.
- Assigned responsibilities.
- Implementation arrangements.
- Theory of change.
- Deliverables expected.
- Cost estimates for its implementation (budget).

Product No. 4. A capacity-building plan directed at climate change technicians in the region and the Global Coordination Platform. The scheme should detail the findings and advances made so far within the team and unit of LACO and the agenda, list of participants differentiated by gender, as well as a robust section of conclusions and recommendations (including ideas of thematic approaches for future events on gender and just transition). Provide action points to build on and create capacity for future actions on gender and climate change.

Product No. 5. A repository with resources, links, webinars, and documents on gender and climate change, including references to action areas to build on after the consultancy. This report can include:
- Evaluations on practical barriers to women’s participation in climate change discussions, planning and decision-making in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Recommendations for participatory planning methods that are culturally appropriate, gender sensitive, and inclusive.

Work Location


Expected duration

8 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 (LACO), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region. Its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

Throughout the work that UNEP engages in, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change marks a turning point to an emerging climate regime that brings all the states and the actors together to a new global platform to address the growing risks to our planet.

Actions under the agreement call for the establishment of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to achieve the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals of limiting global temperature rise well below 2 degrees °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 °C. The Paris Agreement calls upon countries to review their NDCs every five years and raise mitigation and adaptation ambitions to help put the world on track to achieve neutrality by 2025.

Gender is a central organizing principle of societies and often governs the work, production, consumption, and distribution processes. Under article 7, paragraph 5 of the Paris agreement, countries acknowledge that climate action should follow a ‘country-driven, gender-responsive, participatory and a fully transparent approach.’ This mandate has given rise to practical assessments of the extent to which climate change plans have to be gender-responsive while learning how best to approach gender-responsive planning between countries.

The physical impacts of climate change and natural hazards compound pervasive structural inequalities and socioeconomic vulnerabilities since gender equality and human rights are given insufficient consideration in climate change mitigation and adaptation and disaster risk, recovery, and response. While this is a general pattern where women and girls face a disparity in terms of (amongst other things) access to economic participation, nuances exist in each country in the needs and vulnerabilities of women, men, girls and boys, which warrant more detailed investigation and articulation.

Data gaps must be identified, and coordination strengthened amongst agencies and governments for the collection, analysis, dissemination and utilization of data to operationalize gender-responsive climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. After that, conclusions should be applied in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating regional policies and programming. Specifically, data gaps on social, economic and associated climate change impacts should be collected on sectoral, district and national levels as part of the overall approach.

Gender equality is essential in bi-regional relations between the European Union and Latin America. EUROCLIMA+ was designed in response to international and regional mandates on climate change and gender equality. Taking into consideration the persistent gender inequality in Latin America, EUROCLIMA+ has the interest and desire to reflect gender equality in the objective of the program. The programme seeks to support Latin American countries to incorporate gender equality in their policies to reduce vulnerabilities and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.

In this sense, UNEP LACO is recruiting a Technical Advisor on Gender and Just Transition for Climate Change to mainstream gender in regional projects and initiatives. The incumbent will be supervised by UNEP’s Climate Ambition and Transparency Coordinator of the Climate Change Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean Office and will work home-based.

Qualifications/special skills


• Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, environmental management, international relations, or other areas related to social sciences, climate change, environment, sustainability and / or development. (required).

• A minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in areas related to gender equality and/or other social inequalities is required.
• Minimum two (2) years of professional experience in climate change, which can be within the three years of experience in areas related to gender equality and/or other vulnerable communities (desirable).
• Previous experience on planning and executing capacity-building sessions and/or workshops (desirable).
• Experience in gender perspective and elaboration of documents including gender analysis, gender action plans and gender budgets (desirable).
• In-depth knowledge about gender issues within climate projects and funds (desirable).
• Experience working with Latin American governments and actors (desirable).
• Proficient analytical and writing skills (desirable).

• Fluent in Spanish (required).
• Confident level in English (desirable).

• Has a strong commitment to the goal of gender equality.
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
• Excellent understanding of global and national climate change commitments.
• Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation planning.
• Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
• 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.

• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
• solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise.
• is willing to learn from others; 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.

• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.
• Identifies priority activities and assignments.
• Adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.
• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.
• Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
• Uses time efficiently.

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