International Technical Specialist (Environment & Disaster Reduction)

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

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Background

Viet Nam is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The Government of Viet Nam has made significant efforts in responding to climate change, including adoption of the National Climate Change Strategy, the Green Growth Strategy, legal frameworks and policies on climate change and disaster risk management. The country made the first unconditional commitment to reducing greenhouse missions, setting a target of 8 percent by 2030, or 25 percent with international support, compared to business-as-usual, in its Nationally Determined Contribution submitted to the UNFCCC.

In line with the One Strategic Plan of the UN in Viet Nam for the period 2017-2021, UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) for the period 2017-2021 underscores UNDP’s action to promote adaptation and resilience to climate and disaster risks will focus on empowering the poor and vulnerable groups. UNDP will support the application and scaling-up of gender-sensitive, community and ecosystem-based approaches. Innovative data collection and innovation, and vulnerability assessment tools to measure and track risks, including potential loss and damage, are key components of this work and enable strengthening regional cooperation to promote spatial planning and investment.

UNDP is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Construction (MOC), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI, as the GCF National Designated Authority), and seven participating provinces of Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Ngai, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Ca Mau and Nam Dinh, to implement a project “Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Viet Nam” (herein after referred to as “the Project),  financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Under this project, UNDP targeted policy advisory service and technical assistance aim to increase the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts by empowering local communities, especially the vulnerable groups, to enhance their resilience, and by promoting the application of climate risk information and technologies for development planning, and the design and implementation of development programmes/projects in coastal areas, including the Programmes on Resilient Housing and Mangrove Forest.

The International Technical Specialist (ITS) in Climate Resilience and Disaster Risk Management takes accountability for quality technical design, planning, monitoring, quality assurance, and delivery of the Project. The ITS is a key advisor to the project partners – General Directorate of Natural Disaster Response and Control, Viet Nam General Directorate of Forestry (VNFOREST) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Department of Housing and Real Estate of the Ministry of Construction, and seven participating provinces

The ITS will implement his/her functions under guidance of the Assistant Resident Representative/Head of the Climate Change and Environment (CCE). The ITS will agree with the National Project Director (NPD) and Project Manager of GCF project on specific tasks. The ITS works in close collaboration with the programme staff at the UNDP Country Office and Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) as well as national counterparts for ensuring the highest possible quality of project outputs and knowledge sharing. He/she ensures the alignment of the project outputs with intented outcomes, benefits and impacts of the UNDP’s CCE Programme in Viet Nam.

In line with UNDP staff rules, the ITS’s annual performance will be measured by a full Results and Performance Management and Development (PMD). The PMD will be done by the direct Supervisor, with self-assessment of the ITS and based on inputs from the NPD.

Duties and Responsibilities

The International Technical Specialist is expected to provide technical advice and inputs to the MARD, MOC, and seven participating provinces for effective implementation and delivery of the Project.  The IST is also expected to provide strategic advice to the Government and UNDP in the fields of climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. The ITS will have four main functions as follows:

  • Ensure technical design and planning, robust monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance, and strategic communication and partnership for effective implementation of the Project, including knowledge management (overall Project delivery);
  • Lead and foster development of enhanced information systems in Viet Nam for climate change adaptation and resilience, finance tracking and loss and damage data systems and mapping (the Project component 3);
  • Provide strategic policy advice to the Government on climate resilience, risk management, and loss and damage with due attention on impact on the poor and ethnic minority women and men, and other vulnerable groups;
  • Contribute to the development of Climate Change and Environment Programme and to resource mobilization.

1. Quality technical design and planning, robust monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance, strategic communication and partnership for effective implementation of the Project (70%)

  • Project planning: Provide advice and inputs to and assist the national project director (NPD), and the Project Manager, to ensure quality and timely preparation and submission of annual and quarterly project work-plans. Identify potential risks and emerging issues that may affect project outputs and outcomes, and initiate the revision results frameworks (RFF) of the Project;
  • Technical review: Assume full responsibilities of technical quality review of job descriptions, terms of references, and bidding requirements/ requests for proposal, and quality criteria for outputs/products. Design and put in place quality control/ peer review mechanisms to ensure highest quality of documents and outputs/products before review and approval by the NPD and UNDP;
  • Monitoring, review and evaluation: Lead preparation, update and revise indicators, baselines, targets, and means of verifications for project outcomes, outputs, and activities. Design necessary tools and mechanisms for regular and ad-hoc project progress reviews/ meetings, evaluations, and ensure proper implementation and follow-up of recommendations/actions from such reviews/evaluations;
  • Reporting and documenting lessons and good practices: Lead the preparation of progress project reports, including reports to donors/global programme as required, focusing on capturing results and lessons, and undertake necessary reviews to ensure quality of all the Project reports. Work with the Project team to document lessons learnt, best practices, and human interest stories, as well as risks and challenges in implementation;
  • Publishing and disseminating project results: Ensure publication of project products, including policy briefs, research results/ products, and proceedings of policy dialogues/ technical meetings, and wide disseminations of these outputs.

2. Development of enhanced information systems in Viet Nam for climate change adaptation and resilience, finance tracking and damage and loss data systems and mapping (10%)

  • Fostering innovation and sustainability in development of improved data systems: Lead and provide technical inputs in to the design of improved climate change adaptation mapping, assessment and decision-making tools. This will include gathering experience from existing pilots and programmes, facilitating dialogue with other development partners and institutions on this issue and supporting the government to develop enhanced, more integrated and sustainable systems.
  • Strengthening disaster and climate change damage and loss:  Building on existing government systems, support technical upgrading of disaster damage and loss reporting systems and provide technical inputs and policy advice to government on enhanced systems and climate change loss and damage under the UNFCCC process.  Initiate dialogue with private sector on risk information and transfer and support development of robust climate public expenditure review processes (CPEIR) for adaptation
  • Improved quantification and assessment of resilience: Propose locally appropriate solutions to better assess disaster recovery and assess levels of resilience in climate risk impacted areas of Viet Nam and work with counterparts and other stakeholders to develop appropriate approaches, tracking systems and solutions.

3. Strategic policy advice to the Government and UNDP on climate resilience, risk management, and loss and damage with due attention on impact on the poor and ethnic minority women and men, and other vulnerable groups (10%);

  • Supporting Viet Nam’s active roles in international and regional forums: Advise and provide substantive inputs to the Viet Nam’s participation and contributions to international and regional forums and frameworks/agreements, including Sendai Framework for DRR, ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Emergency Preparedness Working Group Meetings and relevant climate change adaptation forums;
  • Initiating policy research/analysis and ensuring quality: Identify strategic areas for policy analysis and research related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction/management; Build partnerships with research institutions, formulate research proposals/policy analysys and plans, and provide guidance and quality assurance to ensure quality and timely productions of quality products;
  • Generating knowledge and information: Based on policy analysis and research results in Viet Nam, experiences and practices elsewhere, prepare policy summary papers, focusing on policy recommendations, advocacy messages, and media information;
  • Knowledge sharing: Participate in events to share knowledge acquired from the project and join UNDP and other international knowledge networks to extract good practices learned elsewhere in disaster risk management (DRM), community-based disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) and share those in Viet Nam. Support to the South-South cooperation and exchanges between Viet Nam and other countries and Viet Nam’s participations at international and regional forums/ events;
  • Contributing to advocacy, policy dialogues, and media relations: Identify opportunities for advocacy, policy dialogues, technical discussions, and dissemination through media. Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of advocacy messages for important events, and UNDP’s policy positions on substantive issues for policy dialogues and forums, including advocacy for a multi-hazard approach, for incorporated DRM concepts, and for the active roles of women and girls and their organizations in DRM work. Serve as an advocate for UNDP’s policy sustainable development and human development concepts in the areas of crisis prevention and recovery/DRM and climate change adaptation including loss and damage.
  • Contributing to policy formulation with Government: Provide quality advice and substantive inputs to the formulation of policies for DRR/DRM and CCA; Support the improvement and issuance of guidelines for emergency response and early recovery standards. Proactively engage in policy discussions relating to (nation-wide) legislations, policies and guidelines;

4. Development of Climate Change and Environment Programme and Resource mobilization (10%).

  • Contributing to NCD and NAP processes: Technical advice and inputs to the processes of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and National Adaptation Plan (NAP);
  • Coordination and networking: Representing UNDP in relevant CC and DRR, UN coordination mechanisms and Government technical advisory bodies and related forums;
  • Resource mobilization: Support to the development of new concept notes and project proposals to mobilize finance for Viet Nam’s work on DRM/DRR, CCA and Resilience;
  • Contributing to UNDP Programme and UN Agenda in Viet Nam: Actively contribute to the development of the Climate Change and Environment Programme; Active participation in the UN Results Group on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience.

Competencies

Core Competencies: 

  • Innovation
    • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
    • Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
  • Leadership
    • Ability to persuade others to follow
    • Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
  • People Management
    • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
    • Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
  • Communication
    • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
    • Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
  • Delivery
    • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
    • Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy & Activation
    • Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue based advocacy.
    • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Partnership
    • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships
    • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Learning & Development
    • Knowledge of enterprise learning and development issues, concepts, and principles, and ability to apply them to enhance the fulfillment and performance of employees
    • Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
    • Knowledge of disaster risk reduction and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
    • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Resilient Recovery
    • Knowledge of resilient recovery and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
    • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Innovation
    • Ability to manage organisational resources and deployment in pursuit of innovative approaches and initiatives
    • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
  • Technical Advisory
    • Capacity to assess scope of request for advisory services, prepare detailed TORs, brief and manage a variety of technical consultants; assess quality of services provided by technical consultants and take remedial measures as appropriate
    • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master or PhD degree in disaster risk management, environmental sciences, or related fields.

Experience:

  • Proven knowledge in disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction, community-based disaster risk management, and climate change adaptation;
  • At least seven (7) years working experience in in conducting policy analysis and providing policy advice to the government agencies to enhance national and sectoral policies in relevant topics preferably with experience in the Asian region;
  • Excellent conceptualization and analytical skills and proven experience in leading policy researches in relevant topics;
  • Proven experience in resource mobilisation and partnership building;
  • Good advocacy and communications skills, able to take a forward-looking strategic views;
  • Good interpersonal skills and teamwork to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Prior experience with UNDP or another UN or international organizations will be an asset.
  • Good skills in standard software (Word processing, spreadsheets) are expected
  • Experience with the use of databases is an important asset

Language:

  • Strong written and spoken skill of English is a must.