UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Job Purpose and Organizational Context
Working in over 170 countries and territories, UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work, carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains that support signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
UNDP is the largest implementer of climate change support within the UN system. People’s lives and livelihoods around the world are threatened by food and water scarcity, extreme weather events and climate-change induced displacement. The annual average economic losses from climate-related disasters are in hundreds of billions of dollars. Tackling climate change is therefore a top corporate priority to ensure that the efforts made to advance Agenda 2030 are not rolled back. To fulfil the global goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid an irreversible climate crisis, we need to halve global emissions by 2030, and have carbon-neutral economies by 2050. 2020 is key because it is the first opportunity for countries to review and update the climate priorities and action plans they submitted in 2015 that underpin the Paris Agreement, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The UN system is advocating for all governments to commit to bolder climate action in their NDCs to help slow the pace of global warming.
The NDC Support Programme is one of the primary channels for UNDP support to countries to review, revise and implement their NDCs. The $72M Programme, funded by the European Commission, Germany and Spain, provides financial and technical assistance to 40 countries around the world. The Programme also played a catalytic role and is a significant contributor to UNDP’s Climate Promise, a corporate initiative spearheading support in over 100 countries to enhance NDCs and deliver upon the Paris Agreement. Both the NDC Support Programme and the Climate Promise are located within the larger Climate Strategies and Policy team.
ABOUT THE ROLE
UNDP seeks to engage a Global Technical Specialsit (GTS) on climate change policy and NDCs to provide guidance to UNDP country offices and the broader GPN. The role of the Specialsit would be to provide technical support and strategic guidance on climate change policy, NDC enhancement and implementation, ensure coherence between country projects and the NDC Support programme, facilitate coordination with strategic partners on NDCs, especially members of the NDC Partnership, and foster peer-to-peer learning between programme countries. The chosen candidate will contribute to outreach within the GPN to ensure the NDC Support Programme and the Climate Promise complement and create synergies with other relevant UNDP and partner initiatives in the context of UNDP’s broader climate change strategy. She/he will also engage with other GPN teams and strategic partners to identity opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing on integrated solutions to address climate change and accelerate the SDGs.
The Global Technical Specialist is a partial time appointment amounting to 80% time. The GTS will work in the BPPS Nature Climate and Energy team, within the Climate Strategies and Policies group, and in close collaboration with other programmes within the Nature, Climate and Energy portfolio and in the broader GPN. He/she will report to the NDC Support Programme Programme Manager.