Consultant: Climate Risk Assessment Specialist

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and French


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The Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) Facility of the UNCDF was designed and launched in 2011 with the aim of promoting climate change–resilient communities and local economies by establishing a standard and internationally recognized country-based mechanism to channel climate finance to local government authorities in LDCs and to increase local resilience, thereby contributing to achievement of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the goals of poverty eradication (SDG 1) and climate action (SDG 13). LoCAL increases awareness and capacities to respond to climate change at the local level, integrates climate change adaptation into local governments’ planning and budgeting systems in a participatory and gender-sensitive manner, and increases the amount of finance available to local governments for climate change adaptation.

LoCAL combines performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs) with technical and capacity-building support. PBCRGs ensure programming and verification of climate change expenditures at the local level and offer strong incentives for general performance improvements targeting areas of importance for enhanced resilience. The PBCRG can be seen as an earmarked cross-sectoral grant with conditions attached to the use of its funding for climate change adaptation beyond business as usual. Combined with regular grant allocations, PBCRGs enable 100 per-cent of the investments in climate-sensitive sectors to become climate resilient over time. They include a set of minimum conditions, performance measures and a menu of eligible investments.

LoCAL focuses on the delivery of four outputs that will directly contribute to increasing local governments’ access to climate finance and building resilience to climate change:

  • Output 1 – Awareness and capacities to respond to climate change adaptation at the local level are increased;
  • Output 2 – CCA is mainstreamed into government’s planning and budgeting systems and investments are implemented in line with the PBCRG mechanism;
  • Output 3 – The PBCRG system is effectively and sustainably established in participating countries and leads to an increased amount of CCA finance available to local government and local economy;
  • Output 4 – The role of local authorities and of the PBCRGS in addressing climate change are increasingly recognized at international level, through outreach, learning and quality assurance.

The Programme operates in three distinct phases:

  • Phase I: Piloting, consists of an initial scoping analysis, followed by testing in two to four local governments. As of 2019, The Gambia, Lesotho, Tanzania and Tuvalu are in Phase I; Ghana, Lao PDR, Mali, Mozambique and Niger are preparing to enter Phase II.
  • Phase II: Consolidating, takes place in 5–10 local governments in a country. It involves collecting lessons and demonstrating the mechanism’s effectiveness at a larger scale. As of 2019, Bangladesh, Benin and Nepal are in Phase II.
  • Phase III: Scaling-up, is full national roll-out of LoCAL based on the results of the previous phases and lessons learned. LoCAL is gradually extended to all local governments, with domestic or international climate finance, and becomes the national system for channeling adaptation finance to the local level. Bhutan is in Phase III, with budget support from the European Union; Cambodia has also begun Phase III preparations.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNCDF would like to enter into a non-exclusive Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), with one or more individuals that will perform the services described below on a need-basis.  In UNCDF, an LTA is a framework agreement by and between UNCDF and a company or individual where the latter may, at any time within the duration of the LTA, be required to render the agreed services at the agreed and fixed unit prices for a minimum period of 12 months, with potential extension for up to two (2) additional years, depending on satisfactory performance of the company.

Under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be purchased during the term of this agreement. The LTA does not form a financial obligation or commitment from UNDP at the time the LTA contract is signed and that such an agreement is non-exclusive. Where a request for service arises, UNCDF can engage the individual on LTA through a “call-off” of the LTA.

In performing the tasks, the incumbent will, inter alia, undertake, organize or facilitate (remote or in-country) consultations, workshops, and on-the-job learning, as agreed during the inception phase. As previously informed, one of the three selected individual contractors will have a team leader/coordinator role and will thus oversee the work of the other three ICs, in close collaboration and consultation with the LoCAL Facility. His/her functions will include, inter alia:

  • developing briefings and debriefings on missions and assignments;
  • Ensuring standards and quality of outputs/deliverables/methodology are observed and applied;
  • Technical review of draft reports, methodology and other documents submitted by the experts;
  • Focal point for technical support on field of expertise to selected experts;
  • Supporting the LoCAL Facility in assessing distribution of workload among selected individual contractors

Required Skills and Experience


  • Postgraduate degree in Environmental Science or Management, Climate Change Science, International Development, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other related fields.

Professional Experience and Skills:

  •  At least 10 years of professional experience in the fields of environment and climate change adaptation with a specific emphasis on local climate risk assessments, environmental risk assessment, risk mapping, climate modelling, and/or climate change mainstreaming;
  • Experience in capacity development and institutional strengthening in developing countries, ideally in the context of decentralization processes and/or climate change adaptation;
  • Experience in developing and implementing best practice methodological approaches for localized climate risk assessments, particularly in LDCs;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills and track record in producing relevant reports and other communications and knowledge materials;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and experience in organizing and facilitating consultations and workshops;
  • Work experience in Africa, Pacific and/or Asia, ideally working with a number of the LoCAL countries;
  • Work experience with LoCAL will be considered an asset;
  • Sensitivity to diverse opinions and difficulties arising from differing social and cultural perceptions;


  • Written and spoken fluency in French and English is required

To Apply

Interested consultants are requested to submit the offer comprising of

  1. Personal profile including:
    • CV including past experience in similar projects;
    • 1 page of cover letter describing why the candidate is the most suitable for the assignment;
    • Confirmation of availability to take up assignments for the whole period;
    • Name and contact details of 3 references.
  2. Technical Proposal (4 pages maximum)
    • Track Record and Experience outlining experience of direct relevance to the assignment (1 page maximum)
    • Approach and methodology for how the consultant will achieve the Terms of Reference of the project keeping in mind the appropriateness to local conditions and project environment (3 pages maximum)
  3. Sample of written work or publications related to the assignment
  4. Financial proposal
    • Price will be offered in Daily professional fee in US Dollar. To submit the financial proposal, please use the template for Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability. The financial proposal should be in a separate document from the technical proposal and other document (1) – (3) under this section.


  • Candidates shall indicate in their application their preferences to be considered as a team leader or expert.
  • Candidates applying via their network or on behalf of a company should apply as individual candidate and shall indicate in the technical proposal and in the methodological approach all the human resource that will be utilized to achieve expected results/deliverables.
  • Job type: Long-Term Agreement (LTA) as part time based on specific assignment and deliverables. Under the LTA, a Terms of Reference (TORs) which indicate a set of clear deliverables, budget and timelines will be prepared, agreed and approved by UNCDF prior to each assignment and/or mission. The payment will be made based on satisfactory completion of assignment and submission of deliverables under the specific assignment, and within the terms of approved ToRs.
  • Duration: Up to 90 days over 9 months (to be confirmed) per country.
  • Duty Station and expected places of travel: Home based with 4 missions to the country assigned (around 2 weeks each).
  • The schedule of travel will be agreed on with the incumbent according to the requirements of each programme country. Travel costs associated to the assignment will be paid following the UN rules and regulations which is Economy Ticket + UN Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for specific countries. DSA rates are set on a monthly basis by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), accessible from