Although climate change is cited as the most significant security threat to the South Pacific, its likely effects on security and potential conflict are yet to be widely explored by the international and regional organisations present on the ground. Climate change in the Pacific region has the potential for a myriad of cascading fragility and instability risks. These will affect men, women and youth differently, and vary across the region.
There are a range of critical climate fragility risks emerging in the Pacific Region that will require greater examination, monitoring and coordinated action by many stakeholders at the national, regional and international level to prevent potential irreversible economic, social, cultural and environmental damage with a range of potential security implications and a direct impact on social cohesion. Most critical issues amongst these include:
To avoid reaching critical thresholds for social conflict and exhausting coping capacities, effective responses must be tailored to the unique political, economic, cultural, social, environmental and development circumstances of the region, and must work with and through national systems.
The project responds to these issues by providing capacity to Pacific Countries, with a focus on low lying Atoll nations, to assess, understand and address their critical climate security challenges. This will be achieved through: the application of tailored climate security assessment approaches; inclusive youth and gender-sensitive dialogues; partnerships with the range of stakeholders operating across the aspects of Climate Security and supporting the uptake of key findings in relevant national, regional and international policy and resourcing strategies. These activities will add value through key regional frameworks and initiatives such as the Boe Declaration and Action Plan. This Climate Security project is designed as a catalytic intervention to both strengthen capacity for global advocacy as well as capacity to plan and respond to challenges at the community, national and regional level in Pacific SIDS.
The project will be implemented by the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji under the UNDP Direct Implementation Modality (DIM) and will be part of the Resilient and Sustainable Development (RSD) team. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Leader – RSD, the Project Manager and the Project Management Unit (PMU) directly supports the effective implementation of the Climate Security Project.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the National Coordinator (NC) is responsible for the management of the Climate Security project within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned. The NP analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, and provides policy advice services.
The NC will be working in close collaboration with the Project Manager, PMU and with the Resilience and Sustainable Development (RSD) Unit in directly implementing the Climate Security project in the three countries. This will include planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation and reporting and pulling together of project pipeline development under UNDP programme funds. The NC works in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP Programme implementation. The 3 NC’s will be based at the 3 different countries but may be expected to travel in-country and offshore as part of work responsibilities.
Summary of Key Functions:
Support Implementation of project Activities as outlined in the Project Document. strategies
Ensure the day to day management of the Operation aspect of the Project
Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures provision of top quality technical advice to the Governments and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
Kiribati nationals: National Coordinator (Climate Security Project)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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