For UNDP, adaptation to climate change means climate-resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods, especially for vulnerable populations – the poor, women, and indigenous peoples. UNDP supports these goals by assisting over 80 countries to integrate current and future climate risks and uncertainties into national and sub-national development efforts. UNDP works with governments, the private sector, communities, and other partners to build responsive state institutions and public policies; strengthen public and private sector capacities to manage climate change risks and uncertainties; and formulate, finance and implement climate-resilient initiatives.
Together with partners, UNDP supports climate change risk management in the context of agriculture and food security, water resources, coastal zone development, public health, and climate change-related disaster risks. To finance this work at the national, sub-national and community levels, UNDP helps countries secure climate change adaptation finance that is available through vertical funds such as the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (both of which are managed by the Global Environment Facility, GEF), Green Climate Fund, as well as other multilateral and bilateral sources. Countries are supported to optimize the use of these public funds by also leveraging and catalysing private finance for adaptation.
Within the Environmental Finance unit, the work focuses on resilient livelihoods, food and agricultural systems, water management, climate information, resilient ecosystems and ecosystem-based adaptation, making the use and supply of energy more environmentally sustainable, affordable and accessible, to promote low emission and climate resilient urban and transport infrastructure, and to improve water and ocean governance and management and to sustain livelihoods at the local, national, regional and global scales.
In the context of the above, Environmental Finance unit is seeking an economist to provide technical assistance in the area of economics of adaptation, especially in areas such as cost-benefit analysis and investment appraisal. Support is also required to provide one-on-one technical assistance to client countries to identify capacity gaps and deliver training in comprehensive integrated climate-environment-socio-economic vulnerability assessments as well as economic based appraisal techniques for sector-based and distinct adaptation investments
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
The consultants will work under the guidance and supervision of the Head of Climate Change Adaptation. The scope of work will vary depending on the specific assignment, but would include one or various of the below tasks:
An indicative list of outputs includes:
• Technical review and finalization of selected country reports on (a) economic impact of climate change on the relevant sectors; (b) economics of adaptation in the relevant sectors; (c) regional level analysis of the impact of climate change on relevant sectors; and (d) regional analysis;
• Technical support to model the impact of financing in selected countries using the end line survey data;
• Reports on the impact of the project on the resilience of livelihoods in targeted areas;
• Design Impact evaluation frameworks for selected countries that can be used to evaluate the impacts on targeted aspects of adaptation projects;
• Plan scope for missions and post mission assessment of areas of support needed given additional information gathered following the in-country workshop and project site visits;
• Liaise with country team on priority areas and capacity building needs to guide in country training material preparation on the economics of adaptation;
• Provide in-depth training programmes on economics of adaptation and investment appraisal;
• All PPTs and training material to be used for the trainings on the economics of adaptation and investment appraisal;
• Solutions for policy and regulation risks reducing barrier and conducive to incentivizing private investment;
• Investment proposals to access international finance;
• Drafts of appropriate number of journal quality articles, prepared in collaboration with UNDP staff, on the economics of adaptation pertaining to relevant sectors in the targeted countries.
Information on Working Arrangements:
Required Skills and Experience
Documentation to be submitted:
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