The UNDP Global Environmental Finance (GEF) unit is based in the Sustainable Development cluster of UNDP’s Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and is responsible for providing leadership and technical support to delivery of the Environment and Sustainable Development pillar of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Its main focus is helping countries develop the capacity to fully incorporate environmental sustainability into development at national and local, but also global and regional, levels. The principal areas of work are in environmental mainstreaming, environmental finance, adaptation to climate change, and local governance of resources, including energy.
With its technical focus, the GEF unit is organized into substantive technical teams with a Principal or Senior Technical Advisor (PTA) being the team leader within each area. Each team leader supports and guides a team of Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs) and Specialists (RTSs). As well as being a member of a technical team, each RTA and RTS is also a member of a regional team, which consists of RTAs/RTSs from all technical teams working together under the leadership of a Regional Practice or Team Leader. The regional teams are based in regional hubs from where they support UNDP’s country offices and partners in their region.
The role of a Regional Technical Advisor/Specialist (RTA/RTS) is to provide high quality technical guidance and support to policy and project development and implementation partners, primarily UNDP country offices but also other UN agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations, NGO’s, donors, etc.
The PTAs and RTAs/RTSs are also responsible for providing detailed knowledge related to sources of funds for environment work, and assisting partners to obtain, use, and report on, such funding. Currently the main sources of funds include: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its Adaptation Funds (LDCF, SCCF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF), and various bilateral, multilateral, and sub-national donors and partners including country governments, NGOs, and the private sector.
The Regional Technical Advisor for Water and Oceans works under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head, Water and Oceans Governance Programme/Principal Technical Advisor-International Waters and the Regional Practice / Team Leader, and in close collaboration with other technical specialists at both global and regional levels.
This post will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a policy and project portfolio emphasis on Large Marine Ecosystems, fisheries, integrated coastal management and integrated water resources management for Eastern and Southern Africa. Depending on work load and resources, Regional Technical Advisors/Specialists can be periodically redeployed in accordance with capability, consent, and due process, to any region as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Technical Advisor for Water and Oceans is primarily responsible for providing technical, policy, and programming implementation support and oversight, and knowledge and capacity development services pertaining to the work of the Water & Oceans signature programmes to UNDP country offices, other UN agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations, NGO’s, donors, the private sector and others. Specific results are expected in the areas of:
Innovation, Strategic Leadership, Policy Dialogue and Advocacy
Key result: New strategic opportunities for UNDP are realized, UNDP’s technical focus is leading edge and innovative, UNDP has strong partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, and UNDP has a trusted leadership role in the technical area of expertise.
Key result: Portfolio of programmes/projects managed efficiently and effectively. UNDP recognized as providing outstanding programme and project oversight and supervision support.
Key result: Resources are mobilized in support of developing country clients as a consequence of the identification, development and funding of high technical quality and results based programmes and projects in line with country priorities and UNDP strategic priorities.
Key result: UNDP programmes and projects consistently deliver high quality, high impact development results.
Learning, Knowledge Management and Self Development
Key result: UNDP recognized as a learning and knowledge management organization.
Program Planning and Design
Results Based Management
Advocacy and Representation
Monitoring and Evaluation
Required Skills and Experience
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Regional Technical Advisor for Water and Oceans
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹