Indonesia nationals: Programme Specialist (Environment & Climate Action)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Jakarta, Indonesia 🇮🇩

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The overall scope of work of the Programme Specialist is to contribute to the objective of the country programme of cooperation 2021-2025 of supporting improved Government capacity to implement effective child-focused, shock- and gender-responsive programmes to protect all children from social, climate and environmental risks.

Working in the Planning Unit under the supervision of the Chief of Planning, the Specialist will specifically support UNICEF engagement on environment and climate for and with children across nutrition, WASH, health, education, child protection and social policy programme components.

Title: Programme Specialist, Environment & Climate Action  
Level: NO-C (National Professional Category)
Type of Contract: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Jakarta
Duration: 364 days

How can you make a difference?

1. Evidence generation, situation analysis and technical guidance to staff and programme partners on climate change and environmental risks facing children

  • Map and maintain overall knowledge on the policies and regulatory frameworks, institutions, programmatic activities and partnerships, including at subnational level, relevant to child rights realisation from the perspective of environment and climate.
  • Identify objectives, actions and best practices for protecting children from climate change and environmental risk globally and locally and provide necessary technical assistance and capacity development.
  • Coordinate identification and addressing of gaps in the evidence base around the impact of climate change on child rights in Indonesia across various programmes.
  • Play a leading role in UNICEF’s flagship programmes such as tackling lead exposure among children.

2. Advocacy and partnership development

  • Establish strong working relationships with relevant ministries and government counterparts aimed at supporting national priorities and advancing UNICEF’s environment and climate action portfolio.
  • Support communication, dissemination of evidence, and awareness raising regarding climate change.
  • Identify partners and entry points for strategic engagement and policy advocacy regarding climate change impact on children.
  • Support the development of platforms and opportunities that empower children as agents of change with an active role in addressing climate-related risks.
  • Identify funding opportunities and support UNICEF programmes in accessing climate-related funding from existing and emerging sources.


3. Management and coordination support for programme development and implementation

  • Substantively lead UNICEF efforts at cross-sectoral integration of environment and climate change and development of effective programmatic response at all levels from strategy development to design and costing specific interventions.
  • Manage distinct projects in the environment and climate action portfolio and support a network of programme focal points in the coordinated implementation and optimal use funds of environment-focused interventions.
  • Liaise and build effective programmatic partnerships with other stakeholders active in climate change and environmental sustainability in Indonesia.
  • Participate in relevant United Nations and development partners’ climate change working groups.


4. Results-based planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Coordinate and be ultimately responsible for effective knowledge management systems regarding UNICEF environment and climate action.
  • Ensure that child-focused environment and climate action are appropriately integrated into results-based programme workplans, progress against set objectives and targets is monitored and jointly reviewed with Government to ensure achievement of quality and sustainable results.
  • Prepare inputs to annual reports, results assessments and specific programme/project and reports.

Please refer to the Term of Reference for more details

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced University Degree *) in environment, climate science, social and economic development, public health, public administration international cooperation or another relevant technical field is required. A Bachelor degree in combination with 2 additional relevant years can also be considered. Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree with a specialization on environment and climate science are a strong asset.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national level in programme/project development, focused on areas related to development cooperation in climate change adaptation and mitigation, environment or socio-economic development.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying results-based management required.
  • Familiarity with government and administration regulations and experience working with sub-national governments is considered an advantage.
  • Proactive and resourceful, good communication skills in negotiating and liaising with counterparts and partners.
  • Excellent knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia and English for developing reports and communication with government counterparts and international staff respectively.
  • Good skills in computer applications; especially Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Experience with research methodologies and data analysis, using a statistical software (STATA; SPSS or SAS), is an advantage.

(*First level of relevant university degree in combination with 7 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.)

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others

Download File TOR TA NOC Enviroment and Climate Action.docx

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. This vacancy is open for Indonesians only.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your profile to ensure accuracy and completeness. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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