Senior Consultant

Paris, France 🇫🇷

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information – WEC

Water and Energy Cluster

Based in Copenhagen, the UNOPS Water and Energy Cluster provides specialized project management services to partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank. Together with partners, the cluster executes projects that support sustainable development by:

  • promoting international cooperation to prevent and reverse environmental degradation of international water systems
  • enhancing the resilience of communities and eco-systems to climate change
  • lowering emissions by bridging renewable energy solutions
  • developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions to strengthen climate-resilient development
Background Information – Job-specific

The Climate Technology Centre end Network (CTCN) is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and it is hosted and managed by UNEP in collaboration with UNIDO and with the support of 11 Centres of Excellence located in developing and developed countries. The Climate Technology Centre (CTC) is responsible for overall coordination, development of the Climate Technology Network (CTN), and liaison with National Designated Entities (NDEs) and is backed by the Consortium Partners. Delivery of CTCN services is facilitated through a wide and diverse Network of international, regional and national institutions that can respond effectively and efficiently to countries’ requests.

The CTCN promotes accelerated, diversified and scaled-up transfer of environmentally sound technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, in developing countries, in line with their sustainable development priorities. As defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate technologies cover any piece of equipment, technique, practical knowledge or skills for performing a particular activity that can be used to face climate change.

Consultancy services are required to help UNEP support the Climate Technology Centre and Network to further design its mechanics and workflow processes, plan meetings and its networking and partnership activities, and draft funding proposals. The Consultant will report to the CTCN director and to the UNEP DTIE Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch chief.

This recruitment is on behalf of the CTCN
Functional Responsibilities

Objectives:

  • Contribute to the operationalization of the CTCN by establishing and updating processes and workflows including the CTCN’s M&E system and Knowledge Management System (KMS).
  • Ensure the successful convening of CTCN Advisory Board meetings.
  • Support fund mobilization, communication and coordination with CTCN consortium partners, network members, and other stakeholders.

Outputs:

  • Guidance and recommendations that support design and development of the  CTCN’s monitoring and evaluation system and Knowledge Management system
  • Process workflows, briefings, background papers, presentations (e.g., concerning M&E processes).
  • Successfully organized meetings and other stakeholder interactions (e.g., Advisory Board meetings, Consortium Partners updates and annual meeting).
  • Additional knowledge partnerships that expand the offerings of the KMS and Technology Library.
  • Funding proposals, as required in response to funding opportunities.

The performance will be measured through analyzing the quality of documents produced, the respect of deadlines and the success of activities supported by the consultant.

Under the supervision of and reporting to the Director, CTCN and the Chief, Energy Climate and Technology Branch, the consultant shall work with other CTCN project team members to:

  • Support development and design of the M&E system with consideration for all facets of CTCN operations; support related KMS activities and management of partner contributions and agreements; support the on-boarding of Consortium Partner, Network member, and external knowledge partner content.
  • Support the CTCN Director in coordinating Advisory Board meeting preparations.
  • Support the engagement and regular update of Consortium Partners through email updates, teleconference calls, and newsletters; support the coordination of Consortium Partner meetings.
  • Support funding processes by drafting funding proposals, and donor agreements; perform financial and budget analyses for donor and Advisory Board reporting.
  • Support other tasks as requested by the CTCN Director.

Key deliverables

  • M&E materials and tools for various CTCN services are drafted and reviewed.
  • Materials needed for coordination of CTCN Advisory Board meetings are drafted and finalized.
  • Regular updates for Consortium Partners and materials needed for annual Consortium Partner meeting are drafted and finalized.
  • Concept notes and suggestions are drafted on possible collaboration between the CTCN and knowledge partners that contribute to the KMS Technology Library.
  • Communication and promotional materials on the CTCN as they relate to M&E, the KMS, and Advisory Board meetings are drafted/reviewed.
  • Funding proposals and donor agreements are drafted, as required.

Ultimate result of services

The ultimate objective of the consultant’s services is the establishment and operation of the Climate Technology Centre and Network to support developing countries addressing their technology needs for low carbon and climate resilient development.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Knowledge:  Significant experience in project development, including in drafting project proposals.  Solid knowledge of the CTCN, its operations, services, Advisory Board functions and stakeholders.  Good understanding of knowledge management regarding technologies and know-how for climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as solid knowledge of relevant negotiation processes.

Skills:  Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines; ability to plan, prioritize, and deliver tasks effectively and on time; ability to work in a multicultural environment and to maintain effective working relations; ability to contribute effectively in team-based activities, sharing knowledge and information; outstanding drafting skills and ability to prepare concise project/activity reports; ability to communicate complex issues to partners.

Education:  An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent additional experience) in environmental science, engineering or relevant studies.

Experience:  A minimum of 15 years relevant experience with demonstrable track record of achievement.  Strong experience in project design and implementation including resource mobilization and finance.  Experience working with International Organizations and governments is an asset.  Understanding and experience with UN Programmes, their development and implementation activities is an advantage.

Languages:  English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, strong communication and writing skills in English are required.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA Specialist
Contract level: IICA-2
Contract duration: 9 months

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

 
Additional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


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