Programme Specialist (Climate & Environment)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Amman, , JO

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a future. 

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is leader in the region for the rights of its children. Working closely with the Government of Jordan, civil society, the private sector and communities, UNICEF Jordan Country Office aims to sustain results achieved for children to date, and strive to further improve policies, national institutions and programmes, for the well-being of every child in Jordan, in line with Jordan’s Vision 2025 and the National Human Resources Development Strategy (2016-2025) towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Our programmes focus on improving the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the Kingdom, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or background. Our main pillars include: Child Protection; Education; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Adolescent and Youth Engagement; Health and Nutrition; Social Protection; and Operations.

How can you make a difference?

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jordan Country Office in Amman seeks a dedicated, experienced, highly motivated and proactive candidates for Programme Specialist (Climate & Environment) role on P3 level . Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of WASH and with support from the Deputy Representative, the Programme Specialist, Climate and Environment will lead and coordinate the Climate Action Taskforce (CAT) within Jordan Country Office (JCO), and support the mainstreaming, development and preparation of Climate and Environmental strategies and programmes across the  JCO sections and programmes.  The Programme Specialist, Climate and Environment provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to develop and facilitate the administration and achievement of the Climate and Environment related output results in the country programme. Specific responsibilities are highlighted below: 

Provide technical support to sections regarding climate, energy and environment 

  • Ensure that UNICEF engagement in the area of climate, energy and environment (CEE) is well coordinated within and outside UNICEF, and that UNICEF progressively integrates climate change action into office programs.
  • Coordinate UNICEF JCO national, regional and global advocacy points and inputs into the annual COP climate conference.
  • Support WASH, Youth, Education, Health and Social Policy sections in identifying UNICEF’s niche for addressing Climate Change and Environment impacts on children, awareness raising and design of programmes to support the rights of children, and support risk informed programming in JCO.
  • WASH: coordinate concept and proposal development jointly with internal and external stakeholders for accessing climate finance. Potential entry points include household and institutional climate adaptation, environment and climate awareness through WASH in Schools (WINs) programmes, innovation in water and wastewater treatment and management, climate resilient water safety planning and water scarcity.
  • YOUTH: support the section in conducting climate and environment focused youth Participatory Action Reach (PAR) and youth activism, through the establishment of a national Conference of Youth (COY) ahead of COP26.
  • EDUCATION: support the section in the development of environment and climate action curriculum support, and in awareness raising around environmental impacts on Early Childhood Development (ECD).
  • HEALTH: support engagement regarding the climate resilient health systems, and support work regarding the added burden of disease due to climate change.
  • SOCIAL POLICY: support the section in incorporation of national climate and environment vulnerability assessments and social safety systems.

Coordination and management of the Climate Action Taskforce (CAT)

  • Coordinate and manage the CAT, ensuring efficient task oriented functioning and knowledge management and
  • Develop learning and capacity building plan for JCO and facilitate a climate change training for JCO focusing on topics such as WASH/Inequalities; Water diplomacy; Integrated water resources; climate finance for WASH etc
  • Liaise with other stakeholders active in climate change and environmental sustainability in Jordan and MENA for coordination, lessons learned and good practices and ensure linkages/knowledge exchange with national, regional and global stakeholders.
  • Participate in development partners’ and joint UN climate action working groups.
  • Maintain overall knowledge on the policy, institutions and programmatic activities (manage climate Landscape Analysis for Children).

Management of climate finance, partnerships and resource mobilization initiatives and provide linkages to regional and global efforts

  • Establish climate and environment focused partnerships with CSO, Government, UN and development partners.
  • Identify how UNICEF programmes can support climate funding and financing priorities by establishing partnerships with relevant focal points and potential partners for UNICEF.
  • Advocate for improved child-focus of climate finance investments in Jordan among partners.
  • Develop concept notes for fundraising for climate change adaptation and mitigation proposals as well as inputs to proposals from all sections as needed.
  • Support section focal points in the coordination and implementation of approved environment focused proposals.
  • Support youth climate activism and the development of Conference of Youth (COY) and COP advocacy points and initiatives.

Generate evidence, policy advocacy and positioning of UNICEF in climate change and children

  • Provide technical guidance and policy advice to government officials, the private sector and civil society partners on climate change and environmental risks facing children.
  • In coordination and partnership with UNICEF Social policy section and other UN and institutional stakeholders, support public expenditure reviews of national public/private sector climate and environment financing and budgeting.
  • Support communication and policy advocacy regarding climate change, environmental degradation and child rights in Jordan, and input into key national climate and environment policy dialogues (National Action Plans, Nationally Determined Contributions and national climate strategies).
  • Identify objectives, actions and best practices for protecting children from climate change and environmental risk and work with sections on implementation strategies.
  • Identify partners and entry points for strategic engagement regarding climate change impact on children as well as strategic entry points for engagement with the government

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required:environment, climate change, social and economic development, international cooperation or another relevant technical field is required. A Bachelor degree in combination with 2 additional relevant years can also be considered. Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.
  • Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, focused on developing countries in areas related to development cooperation in climate change adaptation and mitigation, environment and socio-economic development. Familiar with children’s rights and gender in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Knowledge of gender equality principles and gender sensitive programming. Previous experience within Unicef is an asset. Demonstrated experience in applying results based management required. Excellent analytical and writing skills, advocacy and presentational skills an asset. Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious & effective working relationship both within and outside an organization.
  • Language: Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. The technical competencies required for this post are…. View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

Opening Date Mon Apr 20 2020 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Jordan Daylight Time
Closing Date Mon May 11 2020 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)