UNDP in Honduras operates under a mandate granted by Member States of the UN incorporated into its Executive Board. The main goal of UNDP’s actions is the promotion of sustainable human development. This concept implies a multi-dimensional approach to progress, which goes beyond economic growth.
In this context, UNDP supports the Government of Honduras in processes aimed at promoting equitable access, sustainable use and conservation of natural resources through integrated environmental policies, advocating for the decentralization of environmental management, and promoting the efficient use of energy, preferably from renewable sources. As such, UNDP lends support to the Government in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, among other legal international instruments.
Since mid-2016 the Government has prioritized the development of a “Forest-Water-Soil” Master Plan that will be later adopted as national policy and will integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the National Strategy (NS) to Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and national and territorial adaptations plans. This Master Plan will also serve as an instrument to fulfill Honduras National Determined Contribution (NDC) under the UNFCCC’s Paris Agreement.
UNDP Country Office in Honduras lends supports to the Government in the elaboration and implementation of Adaptation Plans, national communications and readiness preparation activities for the future implementation of the REDD+ NS. UNDP is also supporting the Government to adopt medium term approaches for climate finance aligned with national development priorities. In the area of climate risks, the focus of this support is to reduce vulnerability through interventions on the ground and to assist in promoting comprehensive climate risk management in ongoing planning and budgeting processes through the National Development Plan and National Adaptation Plan (NAP). The NAP process draws attention to the need to identify, finance and implement appropriate medium-to long-term adaptation needs, including, to balance sectoral and cross-sectoral priorities, at national, sub-national and local levels.
The Climate Change Specialist will be part of the UNDP Sustainable development and Resilience team, reporting to UNDP Senior Management through the relevant Programme Officer. S/He will coordinate UNDP support and technical engagement with government and development partners focusing on results, credibility and compliance with the organization’s policies and programmes. S/he is responsible for performing and contributing to the following:
- Programme Support and Policy Implementation;
- Resource Mobilization;
- Knowledge Management.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Programme Support and Policy Implementation:
- In collaboration with the rest of the team, ensure the daily follow up, substantive and financial monitoring of relevant projects and initiatives to ensure efficient and evidence based results in line with the corporate UNDP Strategic Plan, the approved United Nations Development Assistance Framework and UNDP Country Document for Honduras (UNDAF and CPD 2017-2021).
- Coordinate the implementation of UNDP’s policies and approaches to climate change including the identification of programming opportunities and support to ongoing climate change projects;
- Develop linkages with other UNDP thematic areas, in particular sustainable development, to maximize synergies, optimize results on the ground, and promote a coherent approach of UNDP’s work;
- Ensure coherence in terms of messaging and conceptual positioning of UNDP in the climate change space vis a vis partners and clients;
- Coordinate the production and dissemination of relevant guidance, analysis, and tools in close collaboration with the Programme Management Support Unit (PMSU).
- Support policy dialogue with country partners, and represent UNDP at conferences, workshops and technical meetings, as requested by supervisor;
- Ensure thematic linkages between global policy and climate change programming including, on topics such as energy, agriculture, water, forest, poverty reduction; and
- Support the application of integrated multi-disciplinary approaches to meet policy and programming needs in line with corporate guidance and standards.
2. Resource Mobilization:
- Support research and elaboration of concept notes, briefs and prodocs to mobilize financial resources from relevant donors and partners for implementing climate change programmes and projects;
- Contribute to negotiations with counterparts in multilateral and bilateral agencies to promote UNDP’s experience and expertise;
- Establish and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues in other teams and partners, by promoting consistent and constructive communication, and open information sharing;
- Represent UNDP in UN inter-agency coordination as part of relevant thematic group(s) to develop partnerships and advance UNDP’s strategic agenda (such as for example UNDAF Results Group, etc.);
- Advocate policy and positioning of this thematic area with civil society partners, including academia and the private sector.
3. Knowledge Management:
- Participate actively in exchange of knowledge and contribute to knowledge products, tools and guidance to help influence/advance policy dialogue in the thematic area and present such material at various fora;
- In close collaboration with PMSU, coordinate specific knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned ensuring that knowledge sharing and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools; and
- Develop specific knowledge products to increase visibility of UNDP’s climate change in Honduras.
- Corporate Responsibility and direction
- 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;
- Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment
- Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests and concerns of others
- Builds trust and engenders morale by displaying open, transparent and credible behavior
- Respects individual/cultural differences; utilizes diversity to foster teamwork,
- Ensures others’ understanding of, involvement in, adaptation to a change process;
- Provides and responds constructively to feedback (correction or recognition)
- Ability to lead the design and implementation of UN program activities, strengthening of strategic partnerships for UNDAF implementation.
- Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with UN Agencies and main constituents, advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies.
- Has ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with all colleagues
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Shares knowledge and experience.
- ICDL standards and excellent skills in the use of office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems
- Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
- Building support and political acumen
- Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation
- Building and promoting effective teams
- Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
- Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
- Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
- Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
- Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking
Required Skills and Experience
- Bachelor degree in natural sciences, natural resources management, forest management, environmental economy, agricultural sciences, sustainable development, climate change or related fields.
- Postgraduate studies at a Master’s Degree level in fields of study related to climate change, sustainable management of forests, international development and associated fields or equivalent (Minimum of Four (4) years professional experience in programmes, projects and/or research in the fields of climate change, sustainable development or management of natural resources (preferably in Latin America).
- Minimum of two (2) years professional experience in programmes, projects and/or research in the fields of climate change, sustainable development or management of natural resources (preferably in Latin America).
- Knowledge and experience (at least 2 years) in strategic and political processes on climate change at governmental level with interinstitutional and multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms.
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience in monitoring or evaluation of project related to sustainable development.
- Minimum of two (2) years working with international organizations. Previous experience with UNDP is desirable.
- Minimum of two (2) years working in social participatory processes of dialogue and capacity building around the access and use of natural resources including experience with indigenous people.
- Specific experience in areas related to Climate Change Adaptation Planning and REDD+ is desirable.
- Knowledge of the decisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is desirable.
- Knowledge in gender perspective and rights based approach is desirable.
- Fluency in English and Spanish with excellent writing and oral skills
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