Technical Advisor on climate change adaptation finance

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
Spanish

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Result of Service

For the effective implementation of the activities, the Technical Advisor on climate change adaptation finance will perform the following tasks:

1. Define the workplan, specific outputs and deliverables and estimated deadlines to comply with this Terms of Reference, which will be validated by the Project Management Unit.
2. Working in close liaison with the Finance Secretary, establish a track of the financial support provided and received for adaptation actions and efforts, carry out a climate expenditure review and analysis and provide recommendations to increase expenditures on adaptation (activity 3.3.2). The Climate Public Expenditure Review (CPEIR) carried out in 2015 under the lead of MiAmbiente and the Financial Secretary will be a valuable input for this activity.
3. Develop proposals and initiatives to ensure links between the project inputs and the finance initiatives in the country (activity 3.3.2).
4. Carry out a cost-benefit analysis and co-benefit analysis of the 5 NAP project ideas prioritized (activity 3.1.2).
5. Develop a financial strategy and investment plan for the National Adaptation Plan (activity 3.1.3).
6. Take stock and analyze climate change adaptation cost information and identify existing information gaps in the country.
7. Identify funding options for climate change adaptation that consider financing through innovative financial mechanisms that include public budgets and private-public partnerships, as well as international cooperation opportunities.
8. Define institutional arrangements that facilitate the administrative coordination of current and future climate change adaptation funding.
9. Develop Terms of Reference for a consultancy package to develop concept notes based on prioritized project ideas (activity 3.1.4); provide technical guidance and feedback to this consultancy.
10. Develop Terms of Reference for a consultancy package to: develop and foster a strategy to engage private sector in adaptation and attract private investment opportunities to increase the resilience on climate change (activity 1.3.3); carry out cost-benefit analysis and co-benefit analysis of the five (5) project ideas prioritized in the National Adaptation Plan. (activity 3.1.2); develop a financial strategy and investment plan for the National Adaptation Plan (activity 3.1.3); carry out an analysis of the total cost of the adaptation measures included in the updated adaptation National Determined Contributions to attract future funds and investments, especially from the private sector, to enhance resilience (activity 3.2.1); and assess the cost of Business as Usual (no adaptation measures deployed) in 3-5 key private sector activities (activity 3.2.2). Provide technical guidance and feedback to this consultancy.
11. Prepare inputs for the periodic meetings and workshops with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) project team that designs an investment project portfolio of adaptation and climate resilience (activity 3.3.1) and, if required, collaborate in the organization of the meetings.
12. Collect lessons learned related to adaptation finance and investments, to feed the virtual platform established by the project (activity 4.1.2).
13. Prepare materials relevant for project activities as may be required.
14. Carry out any other relevant tasks within his/her technical competence, as requested by the National Project Coordinator.

Product No. 1: Workplan for the 12-month contract validated by the Project Management Unit. The workplan must indicate at least, specific activities, outputs and deliverables to comply with this Terms of Reference, as well as the approach, methodology and bibliography to be used, estimated deadlines, actors involved. The workplan should include a proposal to facilitate articulation with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) team. It should include a proposal for the periodic meetings and workshops with the PPC project team that designs an investment project portfolio of adaptation and climate resilience (activity 3.3.1). The proposal must include tentative timeline, number of meetings/workshops, agenda and content for each meeting, PowerPoint presentations, list of participants/actors to invite and any other relevant material useful to organize the meetings.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office

Product No. 2: Report with key elements needed to:
• develop concept notes based on prioritized project ideas (activity 3.1.4).
• develop and foster a strategy to engage private sector in adaptation and attract private investment opportunities to increase the resilience on climate change (activity 1.3.3)
• carry out cost-benefit analysis and co-benefit analysis of the five (5) project ideas prioritized in the National Adaptation Plan (activity 3.1.2)
• develop a financial strategy and investment plan for the National Adaptation Plan (activity 3.1.3)
• carry out an analysis of the total cost of the adaptation measures included in the updated adaptation National Determined Contributions to attract future funds and investments, especially from the private sector, to enhance resilience (activity 3.2.1)
• assess the cost of Business as Usual (no adaptation measures deployed) in 3-5 key private sector activities (activity 3.2.2).

The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 3: Baseline report. Report stocktaking and analyzing climate change adaptation cost information, identifying existing information gaps in Honduras and identifying funding options for climate change adaptation in Honduras. The report should consider financing through innovative financial mechanisms that include public budgets and private-public partnerships, as well as international cooperation opportunities. Report should incorporate, among others, the methodology used, the sources of information consulted or any other relevant information that could be useful. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 4: Report compiling lessons learned, case studies and examples related to adaptation finance and investments. The report must include at least 10 case studies and may include examples at the international, national and local level in Honduras. Report should incorporate, among others, the methodology used, the sources of information consulted or any other relevant information that could be useful. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 5: Report on climate expenditure review in Honduras and a proposed methodology to establish a track of the financial support provided and received for adaptation actions and efforts.
The report must include a detailed review and analysis of climate expenditure and recommendations to increase expenditures on adaptation, as well as a summary section with main findings, conclusions and key recommendations. It must also include a proposed methodology to establish a track of the financial support provided and received for adaptation actions and efforts. The deliverable requires to work in close liaison with the Finance Secretary. The Climate Public Expenditure Review (CPEIR) carried out in 2015 under the lead of MiAmbiente and the Financial Secretary will be a valuable input for this activity. Report should incorporate, among others, the methodology used, the sources of information consulted or any other relevant information that could be useful. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 6: Report with a proposal of institutional arrangements that facilitate the administrative coordination of current and future climate change adaptation funding and with proposals and initiatives to ensure links between the project inputs and the finance initiatives in the country. Report should incorporate, among others, the methodology used, the sources of information consulted or any other relevant information that could be useful. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 7: Cost-benefit analysis and co-benefit analysis of the 5 NAP project ideas prioritized. Report containing a complete and detailed cost-benefit analysis and co-benefit analysis of the 5 NAP project ideas prioritized. Identify key elements of the analysis, objectives and goals, information requirements and limitations. Report must also include, at the beginning, a summary section with main messages and conclusions of the report, useful for decision-makers. Report should incorporate, among others, the methodology used, the sources of information consulted or any other relevant information that could be useful. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 8: Financial strategy and investment plan for the National Adaptation Plan. Report containing a complete and detailed financial strategy for Honduras’s National Adaptation Plan. Report must also include, at the beginning, a summary section with main messages and conclusions of the report, useful for decision-makers. Report should incorporate, among others, the methodology used, the sources of information consulted or any other relevant information that could be useful. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 9: Report with feedback to documents related to adaptation finance. Review up to 10 documents related to adaptation finance (that will be provided by the Project Coordinator) and prepare a report with main findings, key revisions and comments. The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 10: Consultation report. Report summarizing the consultation process conducted to develop the financial strategy (product No.12), including actors consulted, feedback and comments received, as well as answers provided. Report should incorporate, among others, the methodology used, the sources of information consulted or any other relevant information that could be useful. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 11: Adaptation finance guidance. Report proposing key elements and methodology to conduct cost-benefit analyses and to develop adaptation finance strategies in the country, indicating key elements, main steps, proposed bibliography and resources. Report should incorporate, among others, the methodology used, the sources of information consulted or any other relevant information that could be useful. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Product No. 12: Technical recommendations. Report containing technical recommendations to the NAP project taking into consideration the conclusions from the different products and studies carried out during the consultancy. The report should include, among others, main opportunities related to adaptation finance in the country, challenges and how to overcome them.
The deliverable requires the review and approval of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Work Location

Home based

 

Expected duration

12 Months.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Purpose.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

UNEP, through its Latin America and the Caribbean Office located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 Small Island Developing States - with a population of about 588 million people, to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement and the priority actions defined in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

In terms of supporting countries in the region attain the global commitments signed within the framework of the Paris Agreement, UNEP’s Latin America and the Caribbean Sub-programme on Climate Change aims at strengthening the ability of countries to move towards climate-resilient and low emission strategies for sustainable development and human well-being. In this framework, the UNEP Sub-programme on Climate Change, through its Climate Change Unit leads and supports several initiatives oriented at designing, promoting, and implementing innovative mitigation and adaptation solutions at the national and subnational level, and strengthening the transparency framework of the countries.

The expected accomplishment regarding climate change adaptation is that adaptation approaches, including the ecosystem-based approach, are implemented, and integrated into key sectoral and national development strategies to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience to climate change impacts. Furthermore, UNEP’s Sub-programme on Climate Change is also committed to ensure that cross-cutting issues such as gender equity and women’s empowerment are effectively integrated in the development of its tasks to guarantee equitable development in line with its adaptation objectives.

In this context, the Secretariat of State for Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining (MiAmbiente) of Honduras and UNEP, have agreed on the implementation of the project Enabling environments to effectively plan, implement, monitor and report strategic National Adaptation Processes in Honduras framed within the Readiness program of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The main objective of the project is to build sustainable country capacity and strengthen stakeholder engagement to plan, finance, implement, monitor and report strategic national adaptation processes and communicate knowledge about climate change adaptation.
The project seeks to achieve its objective through the following outcomes:
• Country institutional and technical capacity, and stakeholder engagement strengthened.
• National adaptation strategic planning strengthened.
• Financial flows and investment for adaptation measures under the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) fostered.
• Knowledge management strengthened.
• Adaptation transparency framework strengthened.

To fulfill the objectives of the project, the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office is recruiting a Technical Advisor on climate change adaptation finance to support the National Project Coordinator and the Project Management Unit in the delivery of several activities related to adaptation financing, including carrying out a cost-benefit analysis of NAP project ideas and the design of a financial strategy for the NAP. Additionally, the Technical Advisor on climate change adaptation finance will work in liaison with the Finance Secretary to track financial support provided and received adaptation actions, and to promote and ensure links between the project inputs and the finance initiatives in the country. They will also prepare materials relevant for project activities as may be required.

The Technical Advisor on climate change adaptation finance will operate under the overall supervision of the Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office and will assist the National Project Coordinator in the execution of the project. Additionally, he/she will work in close collaboration with the Climate Change Directorate of the Secretariat of State for Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining (MiAmbiente) of Honduras and other national consultants and government and non-governmental counterparts.

The Technical Advisor on climate change adaptation finance is expected to work over a 12-month period. The payments will be issued according to the delivery of each product and invoice, both duly approved by the Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office The Consultant will work at his/her home but will attend meetings if needed.

2. Objective.

The main objective of the position of Technical Advisor on climate change adaptation finance is to contribute specifically to the execution of the following activities included in the project:

• Activity 3.3.2. Establish a track of the financial support provided and received for adaptation actions and efforts; carry out a climate expenditure review and analysis by working in close liaison with the Finance Secretary; and develop proposals and initiatives to ensure links between the project inputs and the finance initiatives in the country.
• Activity 3.1.2. Carry out a cost-benefit analysis and co-benefit analysis of the 5 NAP project ideas prioritized.
• Activity 3.1.3. Develop a financial strategy and investment plan for the National Adaptation Plan.

Additionally, the Technical Advisor on climate change adaptation finance is expected to assist the National Project Coordinator and the Project Management Unit in the development and implementation of other project-related activities, including attending national, regional, and local meetings, as required.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: ● A Master’s degree or an equivalent or higher academic degree in climate change adaptation finance, environmental economics, finance or a closely related field. In case the consultant doesn’t have a Master’s Degree in the aforementioned areas, a Bachelor’s Degree in any other area with at least three (03) years of additional professional experience performing relevant tasks compensates in lieu of the requirement of a Master’s Degree in such areas.
Experience: ● A minimum of 7 years of work experience in project financing and/or project development and/or economic or financial analysis is required.
● A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience on natural resource management and/or climate change adaptation is required.
● Demonstrated experience in the development and/or analysis of financial mechanisms aimed at leveraging funding from the public and private sector to fund environmental actions is required.
● Demonstrated experience in the identification and management of funding options for climate change and/or environmental projects is required.
● Demonstrated experience in the estimation of costs and benefits of environmental actions and/or programmes to include in programmes of work or project development is required.
● Demonstrated experience engaging with government institutions and other relevant stakeholders involved in environmental planning and/or natural resource management and/or climate change adaptation at the national and/or local levels is required.
● Demonstrated experience in the integration of environmental and/or adaptation to climate change actions into national planning and sectoral budget schemes is highly desirable.
● Demonstrated knowledge of climate change adaptation approaches including Ecosystem-based Adaptation is an asset.
● Previous work experience and knowledge about climate change issues in Honduras is an asset.
● Experience with international organizations will be an advantage, as will be knowledge of UNEP policies, procedures and practices.
● Relevant expertise in integrating gender considerations into project formulation, planning and implementation is desirable, including the design of gender sensitive methodologies to collect and assess baseline data, evaluate outputs, and monitor project outcomes where applicable.

Language: ● Written and spoken fluency in Spanish is required. Fluency in English is an asset.
Competency: ● Professionalism: Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. He/she shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
● Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors’ language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
● Teamwork: Is able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team to achieve organizational goals and to take leadership when appropriate; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
● Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Skills: ● Excellent political, advisory and facilitation skills. Ability to facilitate technical discussions and participatory processes with multiple stakeholders in multicultural environments.
● Demonstrated understanding of development planning and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
● Excellent technical leadership and understanding of climate change adaptation concepts, principles and policies. Ability to provide guidance on climate change adaptation, especially as it relates to development planning.