Technical Consultant for National Adaptation Plans/ Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) support to Francophone countries

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Bangkok, Thailand
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2014 – 2017) lays out a commitment to strengthening sustainable development pathways and building resilience in developing countries. In this context, UNDP is currently supporting a number of countries to implement a large portfolio of climate change adaptation projects, which have designated sets of indicators to track project activities and impact. Among these initiatives is one that focuses on supporting countries to advance their national adaptation plan (NAP) process, which is meant to result in the integration of climate change considerations into planning and budgeting systems at the country level. Several sources of financing including the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and bilateral funding from the Government of Japan and Germany, are also supporting this body of work.

In this context, UNDP is seeking a consultant to support a set of initiatives that are underway which focus on supporting LDCs and developing countries, with the National Adaptation Plans process. The support through this consultancy focuses mainly on French speaking countries

Duties and Responsibilities


The consultant will assist the LDCF-funded “Expanding the ongoing support to LDCs with country -driven processes to advance National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) with technical support activities, writing as well as research works related to NAP-GSP and project development, especially for French-speaking countries.

Scope of Work

Under the supervision of the Lead Technical Specialist and under guidance of the Senior Technical Consultant, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

3.1 Policy and analysis:

  • Undertake policy analysis of appropriate climate and development frameworks of countries in order to identify entry points for the NAP process particularly for LDCs as well as Francophone countries
  • Compile and draft narrative reports on country support for NAP related projects
  • Conduct background research and provide technical input into project concept notes and documents
  • Provide technical inputs on other NAP-related activities, UNFCCC processes and outreach opportunities
  • Provide technical input for NAP regional workshops
  • Provide technical input for the drafting and review of presentations, notes, publications and other related technical documents
  • Provide and/or supervise translations in French of technical documents, guidelines, papers, power- points and other NAP materials

3.2 Country support

  • Prepare NAP technical support terms of reference (ToR) in consultation with UNFCCC focal points and related national institutions in coordination with NAP-GSP team and UNDP country offices (UNDP COs)
  • Facilitate training sessions for NAPs in cooperation with UNDP COs and Governments in French-speaking countries
  • Facilitate in-country foundational work on NAPs, including stocktaking and stakeholders´ consultations
  • Prepare narrative reports summarizing areas for future programme follow-up for the NAP process and areas for project development
  • Provide advice and guidance on best practices drawing from in-country support missions
  • Draft and review NAP Papers based on desk-review and fact-finding missions
  • Prepare NAP-related reference documents to assist countries with the NAP process
  • Review NAP documented outputs and provide technical feedback in French and English
  • Facilitate the identification of technical expertise to support countries in advancing their NAP process, including for applying climate scenarios, conducting risk and vulnerability assessments, identifying and appraising adaptation options, creating effective linkages with the broader development agenda, monitoring and evaluating climate adaptation action, addressing cross-cutting issues, and accessing funding
  • Identify entry points and opportunities for UNDP assistance in French-speaking countries
  • Identify linkages between the NAP technical support proposals and climate finance readiness activities and reflect accordingly in the NAP support proposal
  • Provide input into or prepare project proposals to assist countries in accessing funding for NAPs
  • Provide guidance and facilitate countries´ move towards implementation upon approval of project proposals, including by preparing relevant documents, and cooperating with the project management team

3.3 Learning, knowledge management and communication

  • Support to the evaluation, capturing, synthetizing of lessons learnt and best practice and knowledge, including the development of toolkits and other knowledge material (case studies, best practice write ups)
  • Prepare case studies and best practice write-ups to inform outreach for the NAP and associated projects based on country missions
  • Support to the organization of side events and other related outreach events in the frame of the UNFCCC and other related processes
  • Contribute to a French version of the e-news-letter, in coordination with the Knowledge Management consultant
  • Provide inputs to the Knowledge Management consultant for the revision and update of the website pages
Required Skills and Experience

Education Qualification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Economics, Climate Change and Development, Social Sciences or closely-related field.


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in environmental policy analysis and policy development
  • Experience in capacity building, organization and delivery of trainings related to climate change and development
  • Experience working with and supporting Governments in developing and/or Least Developed Countries, especially in Africa.
  • Experience in working in fields related to climate change, sustainable human development, environmental management issues, adaptation, vulnerability and impact assessments.Work experience in an international organization.
  • Good communications skills, both oral and written;


  • Excellent English and French (proficiency in both at the level of being able to do technical drafting)