Climate Change Adaptation Specialist

Thailand 🇹🇭

Duties and Responsibilities


The main objective of the consultancy is to provide high quality technical, policy, programming, and implementation support, as well as knowledge and capacity development services, to UNDP Country Offices and client countries. S/he will work with UN agencies, governments, inter-governmental organizations, non- governmental organizations (NGOs), donors, and the private sector in accordance with UNDP’s key results as outlined in the corporate Strategic Plan. This will be undertaken in full compliance with UNDP’s Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures including guidelines on gender equity, environmental and social safeguards, etc.

The consultant will lead and coordinate LDCF/GCF project formulation processes in a select number of countries. The incumbent will coordinate the work of other members of a project development team assigned to each country. This will include coordination with other members of the team entrusted with the task of developing other relevant and supplementary documents (including feasibility assessment, investment appraisal, safeguards appraisal, gender analysis, procurement plans, and budget and workplan) are developed and finalized for internal review and submission.

Scope of Work

The consultant will be responsible for the following activities:

Contribute to the management of the portfolio of programmes/projects

  • Conduct task team management functions of all those involved in project development including other contractors, government agencies and UNDP country office staff;
  • Facilitate the identification and sourcing of technical expertise and support including assisting with the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports, and promoting gender equality;
  • Develop and advocate for specific policy analysis and development tools and guidance in support of programming and finance for climate change adaptation, including from both public and private sources.

Support to Resource Mobilization through identification, development and funding of high technical quality and results-based programmes and projects in line with country priorities and UNDP strategic priorities

  • Support programme and project identification and development;
  • Provide timely quality information and technical advice on policies, priorities and activities for various sources of funds;
  • Facilitate the preparation, design, submission and approval of programme/project concepts and full-fledged proposals for financing.

Coordinate inputs from international and national consultants and relevant stakeholders to design project concepts and proposals including

  • Liaise with the relevant experts in Government, NGOs, CSOs, Private Sector, Development Partners to obtain critical input, including expert advice, information from relevant documents that can feed into the preparation of a feasibility assessment, concept design and proposal development.
  • Organize, lead, participate and collate information based on a series of consultations with stakeholders
  • Synthesize key information from existing documents of relevance, given the scope of the intended project, that can then be used as input to the development of a feasibility assessment, concept design and proposal development;
  • Support UNDP staff (at Regional and national level) to conduct and capture discussions from community level consultations to both inform and validate the design of the project;
  • Support the project formulation technical expert to conduct technical analysis to flesh out project components and all technical sections, project log frame with well-defined indicators, targets, inputs and outputs;
  • Support the project formulation technical expert with acquiring sufficient data and facilitating necessary consultations with relevant government agencies, stakeholders and experts to produce a draft feasibility report for the project concept based on the consultations, research and analysis conducted;
  • Support the project formulation technical expert on outlining of financial structure of the project (with input from UNDP staff) and all main cost categories at the input level corresponding to all outcomes and outputs;
  • Assist the UNDP country office with organizing and compiling information that will feed into the project development exercise.

Support to the Development Impact of the UNDP programmes and projects

  • Assist with the inception and start-up of programmes/projects including the establishment of indicators, benchmarks and work plans;
  • Support UNDP Country Offices and programme/project implementation partners in supervision, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, troubleshooting and adaptive management.

Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Capturing, codifying, synthesizing lessons and stimulating the uptake of best practices and knowledge, including support to the development of resource kits and other knowledge materials;
  • Developing knowledge products of relevance to UNDP’s Global Environmental Finance Unit’s support to countries on low emission climate resilient development.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The consultant is expected to produce the followings:


Effort Required

Draft Finalized version (following internal reviews) of at least 5 LDCF/GCF Concept Notes

5 x 10 Days = 50 Days

Contribute towards Finalized Draft of at least 5 full LDCF/GCF Proposals/Project Documents/CEO Endoursements

5 x 10 Days = 50 Days

Contribute towards Preparation of Annexes of the Full Proposal (Procurement plans, terms of references, GANTT charts, budgets, workplans)

5 x 10 Days = 50 Days

Supporting with substantive inputs towards addressing comments from LDCF/GCF

5 x 5 Days = 25 Days

Provide inputs to existing projects under GEF, Adaptation Fund, LDC Fund (Including Annual Work Plans, PIRs, PPRs, Mid-Term Reviews and Terminal Evaluation)

30 Days

Contribute towards Knowledge Management and preparation of knowledge materials on best practices and lessons learnt

15 Days

Total number of working days

220 Days

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will report to the Head of Climate Change Adaptation and/or his designate on a routine basis and coordinate his/her efforts to match the timelines of the assignments. The consultant performance will be evaluated by supervisor upon the completion of first 30 working days on the contract. The performance evaluation must yield satisfaction result or the contract will be terminated based on the recommendation of supervisor.

Duration of the Work: 1 July 2018 – 31 December 2019 (Up to 220 working days)

Duty Station: Home- based with possible travel.


  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;
  • Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills;
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Educational Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in environmental sciences, international development, with specific academic or professional background related to climate change adaptation, monitoring and evaluation or other closely related fields.


  • At least 4 years of experience related to climate change adaptation and mitigation or other closely related fields;
  • Experience in providing technical research to expert in support of formulation of projects/programmes/proposals:
  • Experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams, including local and expatriate technical experts (United Nations or other International Organizations);
  • Demonstrated experience in project development, implementation and management is an asset;


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language;
  • Fluency in other UN languages is an advantage.

Documentation required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.
  • Personal CV or P- 11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Financial proposal which indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs (in USD currency) as per template provided in Annex II. Note: National consultant must quote price in U.S. Dollar. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.