In the face of climate change impacts, Iraq encounters a host of complex and difficult challenges on a range of issues including water security, land degradation, desertification, loss of vegetation and biodiversity, salinity etc. which poses a significant hindrance to Iraq’s ability to become a resilient nation. However, despite these challenges, the Government of Iraq has remained committed to the cause of climate change and has laid down an economy-wide plan to cut GHG emission by around 14% from the business as usual scenario over the period from 2020 until 2035. This scenario was suggested by Iraq in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the Paris agreement in 2015.
According to the UNFCCC decision 1/CP21 each Party of the UNFCCC shall communicate a nationally determined contribution every five years. Despite that Iraq still not ratifying the agreement (singed in Dec 2016) the country is still committed and keen to ratify the agreement. Thus, Iraq decided to coordinate with the UNDP to develop its NDC and submitted officially before UNFCCC COP26 that will be held in the UK in December 2020. The accomplishment of the NDC document will lay the foundation for Iraq to kick-start and make concrete steps toward meeting the need for climate financing in an effective and coordinated way.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP Project Manager will directly supervise the work of the Service Provider/Contractor to whom the Service Provider will be directly responsible for reporting to, seeking approval from, and obtaining a certificate of acceptance of output. The service provider will be expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with all relevant government institutions, relevant authorities, local branches of Association, Governorate councils, academic institutions, and civil society organizations (as determined by UNDP).
UNDP Project Manager will supervise, evaluate and manage the work of the service provider and make any necessary contractual decisions, while other authorities and entities identified above will only have a consultative role.
All reports and documents provided to UNDP Iraq will be in English and Arabic, to facilitate review and feedback by UNDP Iraq.
Planning and Organizing:
Keeps abreast of available technology; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.
Required Skills and Experience
University degree (Graduate degree preferred, e.g. PhD or master’s degree) in environmental science, climate change, or similar/equivalent.
Fluency in English and Arabic languages both written and oral.
The application should contain the following:
The detailed terms of reference and the Letter of Confirming Interest and Availability form are uploaded in documents section, furthermore is available in the following link :
Please note you can upload only one document in the online application, therefore combine the CV, and the Letter of Confirmation and Availability as one pdf and upload it accordingly.moreover, please note that failure to submit required documents by UNDP will lead to rejection of your offer.
Iraq nationals: National Expert on Climate Change
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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