Result of Service
The consultant will have to provide in English the required research tasks leading to this paper to be delivered in a timely manner. The consultants should also present this paper in a 3 hour webinar during the fourth week of October 2021, in addition peer review a publication on climate-security risk prevention.
Duties and Responsibilities
The ramifications of climate change are deemed substantial on economy, society, and peace. In the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Antònio Guterres ‘climate change is the defining issue for humanity’. Several ESCWA member states are affected or set to be affected by a wide range of environmental issues that will exacerbated by the current and projected impacts of climate change. This includes and is not restricted to the exhaustion of already scarce natural resources such as water and arable land, the increasing pollution levels, and the growing number and magnitude of extreme weather events.
Climate change has also the potential to disrupt peace and security through its effect on many areas that also act as drivers of conflict such as increased resource competition, shrinking economic activity, poorer socio-economic outcomes, to name a few.
While exposed to the effects of climate change, several ESCWA member states are affected by protracted conflict, rendering affected populations quite vulnerable.
This state of affairs requires a better understanding of prevention or mitigation policies that address climate change risk – conflict risk.
Working closely within the climate security working group at ESCWA and based on guidance from the Cluster Leader, the consultant will provide substantive inputs in the from of written contributions and visulizations to an ESCWA publication addressing climate-security risk prevention.
Academic Qualifications: A graduate degree in environmental sciences or related discipline to climate change and climate security. PhD is desirable
Experience: Extensive publication record on issues related to climate change and climate security required, with a focus on the MENA region is desirable.
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required
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