Job Opening

Posting Title: Action on Climate Expert (ACE)
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 31 October 2016 - 10 November 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-United Nations Environment Programme-69209-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Action on Climate expert (ACE) will be hired to provide technical guidance to the climate action components of UN Environment projects in Afghanistan. He/She will focus on watershed and ecosystem based disaster risk reduction (EcoDRR) and management as well as climate change adaptation. The ACE will work within the Metrics and Physical Sciences (MAPS) unit of UNEP and regularly work from NEPA in the execution of this project. The ACE will report to the UNEP Senior Programme Manager. He/she will collaborate with the National Project Coordinator, UNEP Senior Advisors and UNEP Task/ Portfolio Manager and will participate in the meetings of the LDCF and BERA PSC and be available throughout the project as a technical and managerial resource person.

Work Location

Kabul

Expected duration

The initial contract is for six months and subject to renewal based on satisfactory performance and delivery of outputs as per approved project annual work plans and UNEP supervision plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

Afghanistan is currently facing an increase in the number and intensity of droughts, as well as more frequent flooding events as a result of increased climate variability and the melting of glaciers in the highland and northeastern regions. It is predicted that the incidence of extreme weather events and droughts will increase, as will climate change-linked disasters such as glacial lake outflows. These changes are likely to adversely affect natural ecosystems, agriculture and community livelihoods throughout the country. Furthermore, national governance structures, including community councils, district units, researcher and government agencies currently lack the capacity to plan for, overcome and withstand the anticipated climate change-related threats.

UNEP has been working on capacity building for institutional development for sustainable environmental management in Afghanistan since 2002. From 2016-2019 UNEP Afghanistan is undertaking project activities on environmental resilience, climate change, capacity building and landscape planning with communities, NGOs, and international agencies and its main counterpart, the government of Afghanistan. These include the LDCF climate change adaptation, and BERA, Building Environmental Resilience in Afghanistan projects.

The Action-on-Climate expertise required has four main components:
(1) Climate change risk assessment, monitoring and forecasting information. (2) Climate change adaptation and response strategies. (3) Practices for water resources and watershed management piloted and tested in selected project sites (4) Adaptive learning and dissemination of lessons learned and knowledge management best practices.

The project is being executed with the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), Afghanistan with supported by the UNEP Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) in close cooperation with other government and international and local stakeholders.

The Action on Climate Expert (ACE) will be responsible for technical and strategic assistance to climate action project activities including, but not limited to project and staff management, activity monitoring, evaluation support, quality control and oversight, reporting, knowledge management, partner coordination, advocacy and outreach. The ACE will:

1. Provide technical and strategic assistance for project activities, including planning, monitoring and site operations, and assuming quality control of interventions;
2. Provide hands-on support to the LDCF1 National Project Coordinator (NPC), UNEP project staff and other government counterparts in the areas of project management and planning, management of site activities, monitoring, and impact assessment;
3. Draft and finalise Terms of Reference for consultants and sub-contractors, and assist in the selection and recruitment process;
4. Support LDCF project management units (PMU) coordinating and organising the second half of the project to 2019 including workshops;
5. Provide technical supervisory function to the work carried out by the other technical assistance consultants hired by the project;
6. Support the NPC coordination the work of consultants and sub-contractors, ensuring the timely delivery of expected outputs, and effective synergy among the various sub-contracted activities;
7. Advise the NPC in the preparation and revision of the Management Plan as well as Annual Work Plans (AWPs);
8. Advise the NPC in continued development and the technical quality of project M&E systems (including AWPs, indicators and targets);
9. Advise the project team on best suitable approaches and methodologies for achieving project targets and objectives;
10. Assist NPC in adjusting project Results Framework, in line with UNEP corporate requirements;
11. Support, as needed, the NPC in preparation of the periodic Status Report;
12. Support, as needed, the NPC in the preparation of the Project Implementation Reviews, inception report, technical reports, quarterly financial reports for submission to UNEP, GEF and Government Departments, as required;
13. Support, as needed, the NPC/SA/UNEP Task Manager in coordination of staff and consultants in the conduct of a mid-term project evaluation, and in undertaking revisions in the implementation program and strategy based on evaluation results;
14. Assist the NPC in liaison work with project partners, donor organizations, NGOs and other groups to ensure effective coordination of project activities;
15. Provide technical assistance, guidance and develop toolkits and trainings to the government of Afghanistan in partnership with the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium (ARC) on coordinating nation-wide climate-smart agriculture programmes, including, but not limited to, affordable micro-irrigation technologies (AMIT), water harvesting, agroforestry, and use of drought resistant crop varieties;
16. Provide trainings on climate-smart agriculture and climate-smart technologies to key stakeholders, partners and government counterparts;
17. Assist government counterparts and ARC partners to develop and implement comprehensive early warning systems (EWS) with climatological science, analysis, and forecasting;
18. Assist the Metrics and Physical Sciences (MAPS) Unit, Resilience and Disasters (RAD) Unit, Flagship Initiatives for Ecology, Landscapes and Development (FIELD Unit) and the Knowledge Management Unit (KMU) to develop training packages for the national curriculum, government partners and communities;
19. Assist in the consolidation of print and digital resources as part of the library housed in the Environmental Sciences Department at Kabul University;
20. Provide support and technical assistance for Kabul University as a training hub for short professional courses on DRR, environmental resilience, and climate change;
21. Work closely with the UNEP Environmental Education Expert to develop a course for university professors in order to mainstream climate action into the national curriculum;
22. Assist in knowledge management, communications and awareness raising and document lessons from project implementation and make recommendations to the Project Steering Committee for more effective implementation and coordination of project activities;
23. Ensure the quality of all project deliverables including technical and financial reports;
24. Perform other tasks as may be requested by the PSC, NPC, Implementing Agency and other project partners.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
An advanced University education (MSc or PhD) with expertise in the area of environmental management, and/or climate change science.
Excellent professional writing, presentation and facilitation skills in English are required.
Project management training qualifications will be highly appreciated.

Experience:
At least four years of professional experience in the domain of environment and agriculture, of which at least two are at international level, and four are in climate change science and action.
Demonstrated experience in project development, implementation and management, preferably climate adaptation projects.
Experience in monitoring and evaluation, and learning framework a plus.
Strong skills in community level climate and environmental adaptation activities.
Previous experience working with GEF projects highly regarded.
Experience of working and collaborating with governments highly regarded.
Experience working in conflict areas, and in particular experience working in and knowledge of Afghanistan will be highly regarded.
Experience in design and implementation of restoration and/ or hard infrastructure rehabilitation projects.
Ability to effectively coordinate a large, multidisciplinary team of experts and consultants.
Be an effective negotiator with excellent oral and presentation skills.

Language:
Excellent English writing and presentation skills are required. Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto will be highly considered.

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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