Senior Technical Advisor for Africa

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)


Result of Service

Expected results include the following services:

(i) lead on UN-REDD in-country activities in Africa,
(ii) projects documents related to activities expansion across the region,
(iii) safeguards elements related to in-country activities.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

12 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNEP and UN-REDD programme
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. Among it, the UN Environment’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

UNEP is a key partner in the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), which builds on the combined convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNEP.

The UN-REDD programme supports nationally led REDD+ processes to curb deforestation and forest degradation, which accounts for approximately 17% of carbon emissions, more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. It is now clear that stabilizing global average temperature rise within two degrees Celsius will be impossible to achieve without reducing emissions from the forest sector.

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a mechanism developed by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It creates a financial value for the carbon stored in forests by offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development.

REDD+ has the potential to deliver social and environmental benefits that go beyond the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but which may also entail potential risks to people and the environment. To protect against these potential risks while promoting benefits, seven Cancun safeguards are in place that must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions.

Duties and responsibilities

This position is home based under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer.

In accordance with the annual work plan of the UN-REDD programme, the consultant will be responsible for technical oversight to activities of the programme across Africa by performing the following tasks:

  1. Lead on the day-to-day development, implementation and reporting of activities of the programme across the Africa region:
    o Implement UN-REDD activities in each country on the basis of 2022 and 2023 annual work plans,
    o Provide inputs for UNEP and UN-REDD quarterly, semester and annual reporting,
    o Liaise with sister agencies and UN-REDD partners to coordinate programme activities,
    o Contribute to the Hiring, managing and backstop technical consultants to provide the programme with dedicated studies to support its activities,
    o Review relevant documents and reports to provide inputs (e.g. UN-REDD, UNEP reports; consultants’ deliverables),
    o Contribute to the UN-REDD communications and knowledge management team by sharing inputs on developed materials to
    enhance the visibility of the programme, internally among UNEP and externally among partners,
    o Participate in knowledge exchange events,
    o Lead and/or participates in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  2. Facilitate development and geographic and thematic expansion across Africa:
    o Contribute to identification of strategic opportunities, needs and gaps to deliver UNEP contribution to the UN-REDD Results
    Framework, as well as the UNEP logical framework, for the 2021-2025 period,
    o Guide the Africa team to transform these opportunities into concrete project ideas,
    o Provide inputs and clearance to project documents before submission to donors.
  3. Oversight private sector investment related to forests and mitigation/Contribute to safeguards activities as defined in the 2022 and 2023 UN-REDD inception reports,
  4. Contribute to safeguards activities as defined in the 2022 and 2023 UN-REDD inception reports.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced-level university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, forest policy, forest management, natural resources management, international development or environmental economics or related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least 7 years of professional experience in REDD+, forestry and climate mitigation, forest policy, forest management, climate change or ecosystem management or related fields, is required.

Previous work experience with REDD+ programmes in Africa or in other regions is a desirable.
Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization and project design, Previous work experience in project or programme management with an International organization or the private sector is desirable. Knowledge of the UN system, international organizations, national agencies or donor agencies with analytical capacity in a donor-funded environment is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required, French would be an asset. Knowledge of any other official UN languages would be an asset.

No Fee