US nationals or can work in US: Part-time Climate Finance Knowledge Management Junior Consultant (Green Climate Fund Readiness)
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established by the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in 2010, as a unique global initiative to respond to climate change by investing into low-emission and climate-resilient development. GCF was established by 194 governments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, and to help adapt vulnerable societies to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
The Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservancy, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany-funded (BMUB) “Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme”, jointly implemented by United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Resource Institute (WRI) is supporting 9 countries (Benin, Colombia, El Salvador, Fiji, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, and Uzbekistan) to improve their national systems to access, manage, and monitor climate finance, particularly from the Green Climate Fund, or GCF (http://www.gcfreadinessprogramme.org). The programme is on its last year of implementation, therefore it is now critical to identify, aggregate, document, and disseminate lessons and best practices, across climate finance and development practitioners, government actors, the Green Climate Fund Readiness Coordination Mechanism, donors, and other relevant stakeholders.
Further UNDP also serves countries as a delivery partner for GCF readiness under the legal context of the global framework agreement with the Fund. In this context, UNDP is seeking a junior consultant with climate finance or climate policy experience to work with the GCF Readiness Programme Manager to ensure this project contributes to the development of new knowledge, refinement of practice and sharing of learning.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible for identifying and analyzing lessons and best practices from the BMUB programme in order to develop learning material for dissemination to key programme stakeholders. The consultant will also provide day-to-day project management support and liaison with national counterparts. Under the BMUB project, the Consultant is expected to collaborate actively with global coordination units in UN Environment (UNEP) and World Resource Institute (WRI).
Scope of Work:
The consultant will work under day-to-day supervision of the GCF Readiness Programme manager, based in UNDP-GEF unit, in UNDP HQ (New York) to undertake the following:
- Conduct a desk review of all 9 project documents and work plans, donor progress reports, reports from South-South workshops, side-events, GCF Readiness Coordination Mechanism (RCM) meetings and regional dialogues, etc., and liaise with programme partners and all national coordinators and governments to identify key challenges, lessons, and best practices during implementation to advance readiness goals;
- Work jointly with a communications specialist and editor to develop a brief publication on lessons learned from the programme for dissemination across other practitioners, donors, governments, readiness delivery partners, and the GCF;
- Conduct monitoring/knowledge management missions to participating countries of the programme when needed;
- Participate in GCF regional dialogues and Readiness Coordination Mechanism meetings, as needed;
- Assist in the execution of south-south learning events, workshops, panels or side-events, as needed;
- Support development of communications outputs (newsletters, blogs, videos and media) in collaboration with the communications specialist;
- Establish linkages between the UNDP-GEF readiness portfolio and other UNDP-led like-minded readiness initiatives supporting NAPs, LEDS, NDCs, NAMAs, etc.;
- Support other GCF readiness work, as needed.
- Estimated level of effort including travel days: 145 days;
- The consultant will be based in UNDP-GEF offices in New York, USA and report directly to the GCF Readiness Programme Manager;
- The consultant is expected to work 3 days per week;
- The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;
- The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop and mobile phone with active calling and data plan;
- Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the consultant is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones;
- Payments will be made upon submission of a detailed time sheet and certification of payment form and acceptance and confirmation by the Supervisor on days worked (with a “day” calculated as 8 hours of work) and outputs delivered.
- Mission travel will be required (at least three missions to Africa, South East Asia, and Latin America of 3- 5 business days each);
- Any necessary mission travel must be approved in advance and in writing by the Supervisor;
- The Advanced and Basic Security in the Field II courses must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel;
- Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director;
- Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives, set forth under https://dss.un.org/dssweb/;
- Consultants are responsible for obtaining security clearances and any visas needed in connection with travel with the necessary support from UNDP;
- The consultant will be responsible for making his/her own mission travel arrangements in line with UNDP travel policies;
- All related travel expenses will be supported by the project travel fund and will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations for consultants. Costs for airfares, terminal expenses, and living allowances should not be included in financial proposal.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- Expertise and sound understanding of global climate change negotiations, climate finance and multilateral climate funds, readiness, climate change mitigation and adaptation proposal development, project implementation, etc.
- Project management expertise, including budget management, Monitoring & Evaluation, reporting, knowledge management, results-based monitoring.
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English language.
- Demonstrated ability in analytical thinking;
- Strong organizational, reporting and writing abilities;
- Capacity to work independently, plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
- Flexibility to travel for work to all regions and under short notice.
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
- Ability to work under pressure;
- Ability to work in and manage in multi-partner teams.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in international relations, economics, development, environmental/climate change policy, natural resource management, or related field. (max. 20 points)
- At least 2 years of post-master’s proven work experience in climate change policy, negotiations, finance, and/or climate change project development or management (max. 30 points);
- Demonstrated experience in knowledge management and/or results-based monitoring and evaluation, development of knowledge management products, such as case studies, success stories, etc., preferably in climate change field (max. 10 points);
- Demonstrated experience in project management which requires coordination with multiple stakeholders is an advantage (max. 10 points);
- Previous experience in UNDP or similar international development organizations is an advantage (max. 5 points);
- Previous experience on advocacy, communications, outreach that relate to sustainable development, climate or environmental policy or negotiations (max 5 points).
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (max. 15 points);
- Fluency in Spanish or French is an advantage (max 5 points).
- Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. Incomplete applications will not be considered;
- Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the technical criteria will be weighted at 70% and the financial offer will be weighted at 30%;
- The technical criteria (education, experience, language) will be based on a maximum 100 points. Only the top 3 candidates that have achieved a minimum of 70 points from the review of the technical criteria will be deemed technically qualified and considered for financial evaluation;
- Financial score (max 100 points) shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified;
- The financial proposal shall specify an all-inclusive daily fee. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal must additionally include a breakdown of this daily fee (including number of anticipated working days and all foreseeable expenses to carry out the assignment);
- Applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.
Documentation to be submitted
- Applicants must submit a duly completed and signed UNDP Personal History form (P11) to be downloaded from the below link;
- Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application.
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