Junior Consultant (Information and data gathering)

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Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Bangkok, Thailand
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Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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Vacancy Announcement

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Regional Collaboration Centre for Asia and the Pacifica in Bangkok (RCC Bangkok)

Position title: Junior Consultant (1 position).**

Information and data gathering to inform the mapping study for private sector engagement in Capacity-Building activities for climate action in South-East Asia

Responsible to: Under the direct supervision of the UNFCCC secretariat (at Bonn HQ and RCC Bangkok) and under the guidance of the senior consultant **

Salary: Depending on experience

Contract: 15 December 2020 – 31 March 2021

Work hours/days: Part time

Place of work: The consultant shall be based at their place of residence and work remotely in close collaboration with the UNFCCC teams in Bonn and in the RCC Bangkok.

1. About IGES, IGES Regional Centre, and UNFCCC-IGES Regional Collaboration Center

Established in 1998, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is an independent, non-profit environmental policy think-tank, headquartered in Japan. IGES aims to achieve a new paradigm for civilization, conduct innovative policy development and strategic research for environmental measures, and reflect research results into political decisions for realising sustainable development both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

IGES Regional Centre in Bangkok, Thailand (BRC) works on critical environmental and sustainable development issues and is IGES’ main arm for collaborating with local and international partners in Asia and the Pacific. BRC works closely with partners and governments to deliver real change on the ground by facilitating dialogue, conducting research and sharing replicable practices that are useful for policymakers. BRC’s activities focus on four key areas: climate change adaptation; climate change mitigation; environmental safeguards; and local and city initiatives.

In September 2015, IGES and the UN Climate Change secretariat jointly launched a Regional Collaboration Center (RCC) for Asia and the Pacific. The RCC, hosted by IGES Regional Center, is dedicated to the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. It helps channel local, regional and global resources into climate action, to facilitate the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement, National Adaptation Plans, roadmaps for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and other relevant policies and strategies of countries in the region. For more about RCC Bangkok activities, please visit our webpage (https://unfccc.int/about-us/regional-collaboration-centres/rcc-bangkok).

2. Background

Since 2018, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), and the capacity -building team at the UNFCCC Secretariat have been collaborating on activities to strengthen local, national and international stakeholder capacities to engage in climate action. Along with other committed partners, UNFCCC and IDRC co-organized the Capacity-Building Knowledge to Action Days during the regional Latin America Climate Week in August 2019 (LACCW) and COP 25 in December 2019. Jointly with IDRC, the UNFCCC Secretariat supported a mapping study of engagement for private sector actors in Capacity-Building activities for climate action in Latin America and the Caribbean, presented at COP 25.

This study identified several gaps, including:

· the need to better use available technical knowledge to develop Capacity-Building actions to help the private sector understand patterns and trends related to reductions in crop yields and increased water scarcity.

· The need of targeted training to enhance private sector understanding on adaptation and resilience practices, among medium size enterprises. Lack of knowledge on ways and means for reducing economic losses that will impact farmers and small businesses, including the development of crop and livestock insurance and water conservation funds, is required.

3. Objectives

The study in the LAC region and the discussions during the Capacity Building Knowledge to Action Days confirmed the conclusion that the private sector has a great potential to support climate-related Capacity-Building activities and can also benefit from enhanced capacities to better contribute to higher climate ambition.

Based on this, and on the lessons learned with the LAC mapping study, the UNFCCC and IDRC agreed to collaborate in developing two working papers: mapping out what type of Capacity-Building is required by the private sector small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help address the needs and gaps on climate action faced by South-East Asian[1] and Eastern and Southern African countries[2]]. The findings and recommendations from these papers will allow for greater understanding of actions already taken in those countries, and provide an evidence-based grounding for the development of actionable strategies and approaches to enhance private sector participation in climate related Capacity-Building actions towards decarbonization and enhanced resilience. Further, it will promote greater engagement by the private sector in national climate plans, such as National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and increase collaboration with research organizations and academia to support Capacity-Building efforts supporting low carbon and resilient development.

These two working papers should inform the development of future strategies to:

1) Improve private sector, particularly SME’s, capacity to contribute to higher climate ambition and collective actions: enhancing resilience in collaboration with academic and research organizations, particularly through NDCs and NAPs and in close coordination and alignment with government- led climate actions and policies supporting decarbonization and enhanced climate resilience.

2) Harness potential platforms and other means to engage the private sector in Capacity-Building initiatives for climate action at different levels.

3) Develop specialist leaders [to engage the private sector in climate actions, with an emphasis on SME representatives.

4) Provide recommendations for enabling private sector engagement in the implementation of NDCs´ and NAPs’.

To prepare these working papers, two senior consultants will be identified who will be performing their tasks under the joint guidance of IDRC and the UNFCCC’s Capacity-Building sub-division and in coordination with RCCs.

To inform the drafting of the working papers, the senior consultant will design a survey to gather information on private sector capacity gaps and of potential Capacity-Building offer from academic institutions and research organizations for each subregion.

4. Position

The junior consultant will support the application of the above-mentioned survey and undertake research on academia and research organizations working on climate change issues, with a special focus on Capacity-Building. The junior consultant reports directly to the RCC Bangkok team lead and the senior consultant hired for this initiative. A dynamic person with strong interest in climate change and environmental measures and proactive in taking up multiple challenging tasks with an attention to details is suitable for this position.

5. Duties and responsibilities

With respect to the above-mentioned objectives, the junior consultant (South East Asia) under the direct supervision of the UNFCCC secretariat (at Bonn HQ and RCC Bangkok) and under the guidance of the senior consultants will perform the following tasks:

· Assist in preparing and maintaining a list with contact information of private sector stakeholders to conduct the survey;

· Send out the survey designed to asses the capacity needs and gaps to private sector stakeholders and communicate regularly with survey recipients to ensure answers are received with the established deadlines;

· When required, facilitate communication between private sector survey recipients and the senior consultants;

· Compile information obtained by the surveys and produce charts or summaries as required by the senior consultants;

· Create and maintain electronic folders on individual survey replies and compiled information and graphs/charts;

· Assist the senior consultants in the compilation of up to date information on climate change programmes and activities of academic institutions and research organization in the region that could address the Capacity-Building needs of the private sector.

· As required, produce summaries and/or charts on the information compiled on climate change programmes and activities of academic institutions and research organization in South-Eastern Asian countries.

· Create and maintain electronic folders on the information compiled as regards climate change programmes and activities of academic institutions and research organization in South-Eastern Asian countries.

· Integrate private sector information, especially of associations and industry networks and organizations into the RCC Bangkok database of stakeholder contacts for expanded engagement (e.g. for promotion of initiatives such as Climate Neutral Now, NAZCA, linkages between industry and country NDCs in the Asia-Pacific region) and to identify new sources of climate action commitments.

6. Qualifications

The consultants shall have the following competencies and qualifications:

(i) At least 2 years of relevant work experience at the national and/or international level on the collection and analysis of data and information preferably on climate change and/or sustainable development related issues;

(ii) Experience of working with international projects;

(iii) Excellent working knowledge of English;

(iv) Knowledge and skills on the development of databases.

(v) Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);

7. Term of Employment

The contract will cover 40 working days (8 hours/day) during period 15 December 2020 – 31 March 2021.

8. Place of Work

The consultant shall be based at their place of residence and work remotely in close collaboration with the UNFCCC teams in Bonn and in the RCC Bangkok.

9. Compensation

Relevant work experience, research career, and relevant professional skills will be taken into account.

[1] Brunei Darussalam - Cambodia - Indonesia - Lao - Malaysia - Myanmar - Philippines - Singapore - Thailand - Timor-Leste - Viet Nam

[2] Angola - Botswana - Burundi - Comoros - Djibouti - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Kenya - Lesotho - Madagascar - Malawi - Mauritius - Mayotte, France - Mozambique - Namibia - Reunion, France - Rwanda - Seychelles - Somalia - South Africa - South Sudan - Swaziland - Tanzania - Uganda - Zambia - Zimbabwe

How to apply

A cover letter and a recent CV must be sent directly by them to the email address below. Application deadline is 29 November 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Send your application to:
Ms. Ariel Yu ( ), copy

The application documents are not returnable.