The multidimensional nature of climate change creates far-reaching consequences not only for the environment but also for development and ultimately for the security of people, communities and states. While climate change does not cause violent conflict in and of itself, it can multiply risks known to contribute to insecurity, overburden state capacity, and make already vulnerable communities more susceptible to threats.
In the past 15-20 years, these interlinkages between climate change, prevention and sustaining peace have received a growing amount of attention both among researchers and increasingly also in policy circles. In the Security Council, for instance, a landmark Presidential Statement from 2011 (PRST/2011/15) paved the way for more regular engagement on this topic and set the stage for a series of formal outcomes over the past two years recognizing the adverse impact of climate change on stability and calling for “adequate risk assessments and risk management strategies by governments and the United Nations”.
Across the UN system, a number of departments, agencies, funds and programmes deal with the impact of climate-related security risks. However, there is currently no shared, overarching understanding of and approach to climate-related risks. Responses tend to be ad-hoc and joint analysis and planning remain elusive. One of the main challenges is to connect analysis and assessments generated by the development/climate adaptation communities with the analyses of political and security risks by the peace and security entities to inform an integrated understanding of risks and develop coordinated response strategies. A concerted effort from across the UN system is needed to build bridges between different sets of mandates, expertise and capacities.
UNDP is putting together a pool of experts to support climate & security risk policy and programme development. The roster of experts will be utilized in 2020 but will be positioned for the next two to three years to provide a continued pool of expertise to countries for implementation of climate and security policy and programming, focusing on supporting implementation of actions and delivering results on the ground.
The Experts Roster for Rapid Response (ExpRes) is a recruitment and deployment mechanism which maintains pre-vetted consultants on a roster and contracts them quickly for Country Office support. The primary purpose of this roster has been to deploy technical experts to UNDP Country Offices/regional teams/ HQ units on short notice.
The ExpRes roster provides pre-selected and technically vetted consultants across 21 profiles and 79 sub-profiles to support the work of UNDP and other UNDP partner agencies in the area of crisis prevention and recovery.
Duties and Responsibilities
2. Knowledge creation, research and documentation
3. Project design, formulation & other programme related technical support
4. Capacity development/training
Required Skills and Experience
Education, experience and skills:
Knowledge and skills:
Evaluation of applicants
Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above and may be requested to participate in a brief interview. Interested candidates are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above.
Qualified women are encouraged to apply.
Applications should include:
Climate and Security Risk Policy and Programming Experts
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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