Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) junior analyst
Result of Service
Tasks that the consultant will be responsible for include:
1. Support the EbA team, in particular, in the follow up on knowledge management activities such as Communities of Practice, face-to-face workshops and learning exchanges.
2. Identify opportunities for exchange of experiences and knowledge among countries in the area of EbA in order to have a better identification of themes and presenters in webinar and a more productive exchange among country officials.
3. Development of reports, briefings and presentations. When necessary, the consultant will also support the general organization of events, including sending invitations to participants / speakers, developing agendas and printing materials.
4. Contribute to the preparation of funding proposals, in accordance with the requirements set out in the different Funds’ regulations.
5. Contribute to support Urban EbA’s platform and webpage.
6. Contribute to UNEP’s overall climate change EbA work in the region.
7. Perform other related duties as requested.
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
The UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is the second most urbanized region in the world, with ~80% of its population living in cities. Rapid urbanization, coupled with limited urban planning and the associated expansion of cities, is degrading urban and peri-urban ecosystems that provide vital ecosystem services for urban communities. Ecosystem degradation poses a threat to urban communities and increases their vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.
To address the vulnerability of urban communities, governments in the LAC region need to develop and implement cost-effective, low-risk solutions, such as Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) by protecting, maintaining and rehabilitating priority ecosystems in urban areas. As a result, UN Environment is working with the governments of El Salvador, Jamaica and Mexico to execute the four-year, GEF-funded project Building climate resilience of urban systems through Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Latin America and the Caribbean in San Salvador, Kingston and Xalapa. The aim of the project is to increase adaptive capacity of urban communities by: i) mainstreaming urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) into medium- and long-term urban development planning; ii) implementing urban EbA interventions to foster climate-resilient communities; and iii) acquiring knowledge and raising awareness of urban EbA throughout the LAC region.
This consultancy position is located in UNEP ROLAC at Panama City duty station and will report to the Adaptation to Climate Change Programme Officer. The incumbent is expected to work 40 hours per week, from Monday to Friday, full time.
- Master’s degree in natural resource management, conservation, environment, economics, development, or a closely related field.
- At least two (02) years of professional experience including at least one year of experience in climate change adaptation.
- Demonstrated experience in the development and management of online platforms on EbA.
- Demonstrated knowledge of different approaches of climate change adaptation and development, including Ecosystem based Adaptation approach in particular in urban areas
- Experience in the design, preparation and formulation of adaptation to climate change projects funded by the Green Climate Fund, the Global Environment Facility, the Special Climate Change Fund, the Adaptation Fund, or other relevant funds for adaptation is an asset.
- Experience collaborating with governments in developing countries is an asset.
- Previous work experience in Latin America and the Caribbean is an asset.
- Work experience in an international organization is an asset.
- Excellent written and communication skills in English and Spanish. Knowledge of French is desirable.
- Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., human resources, budget/work programme, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
- Ability to pick up new terminology and concepts easily and to turn information from various sources into a coherent project document.
- Understanding of climate change adaptation concepts, principles and policies. Ability to provide guidance on climate change adaptation, especially as it relates to development planning.