UNDP is the UN’s global development network and assists countries to build/share solutions to the challenges of globalization and human development. UNDP’s support to countries on climate change and disaster resilience is shaped by three global agreements: Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNDP helps countries to reduce greenhouse gases and advance a long-term goal of zero-carbon development. We work with partners to adapt to the impacts of climate change, enhance access to clean energy, reduce the risk of disasters and, where needed, support resilient disaster recovery. These efforts are the path towards sustainable development that is risk-informed, zero-carbon and resilient.
With its natural resource-dependent economies, countries in Central Asia are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The region is warming faster than the global average and projected to experience increased incidences of extreme weather, changing precipitation patterns and increased drought.
The overall objective of the EU funded and implemented by UNDP project “Climate Change and Resilience in Central Asia (CCRCA)” is to support stability and climate resilient development in Ferghana Valley, a trans-border area of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It aims to (i) improve knowledge of climate-fragility risks amongst stakeholders at local, national, and regional levels; (ii) facilitate risk-informed policymaking and transboundary resource management; and (iii) support practical risk reduction interventions. There are four main outputs with corresponding sets of activities:
- Enhanced knowledge base/capacities to identify and assess climate-driven resilience risks in trans-border areas of countries.
- Technical assistance provided on the introduction of climate fragility risks into national policies, climate change adaptation and development strategies and plans of countries.
- Opportunities to promote regional cooperation and awareness on climate and fragility risks created.
- Enhanced early warning and prevention measures demonstrated at pilot site/s.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Team Leader will report to the Regional Project Manager. The Team Leader will work closely on policy mainstreaming of climate fragility risks with relevant teams in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The Team Leader on policy mainstreaming of climate fragility risks of the CCRCA Project will be based in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The Team Leader’s prime responsibility will be to ensure that the project produces the results specified in the project document to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.
The Team Leader will be responsible for provision of a technical assistance on the introduction of climate resilience risks into national policies and plans, climate change adaptation and development strategies in Uzbekistan.
The Team Leader will work closely with the relevant national policy and planning processes and bodies to promote a shared understanding of climate change and resilience concepts and approaches and to mainstream climate-fragility risks into national strategies and plans on civil protection, climate change, environment and development. He/or She will lead an assessment of institutional gender equality frameworks and coordination mechanisms to integrate gender into climate change policy and planning processes as well as other national policy and planning instruments to support climate and fragility risk mainstreaming.
The Team Leader will coordinate the project’s relevant activities with the ongoing national adaptation planning processes in Uzbekistan, and take a lead in identifying priority sectors and policy documents to be included in the strategic review and adaptation planning to mainstream climate-fragility risks through a national consultative process. The following sectors/areas will be considered: civil protection and disaster risk reduction, water and agriculture, land management, energy, health, rural development, urban development. The Team Leader will be responsible for development of adaptation strategies and plans, which mainstream climate-fragility risks in coordination with the on-going national adaptation planning processes for selected sectors/areas. The adaptation strategies and plans will be shared/validated with the national and local stakeholders as appropriate. The Team Leader will provide support in mainstreaming of gender considerations and gender indicators into regional, national, and sub-national adaption strategies and plans. The Team Leader will supervise a process of a comprehensive training programme design and its implementation to address needs of national decision-makers and institutional stakeholders which are primary beneficiaries of the technical assistance. It will be the training syllabus on climate-induced resilience impacts, climate change adaptation and conflict prevention. The training content will be revised based on the training participants’ feedback during its evaluation. At least 30% of national and local government officials and planning practitioners trained by the project will be women.
Based on the above described the Team Leader’s scope of work will include following main sections:
- Provision of a technical assistance on the introduction of climate resilience risks into national policies, climate change adaptation and development strategies and plans in Uzbekistan.
- Coordination of project activities with the ongoing national adaptation planning processes in Uzbekistan, and identification of priority sectors and policy documents to be included in the strategic review and adaptation planning to mainstream climate-fragility risks through a national consultative process.
- Development of adaptation strategies and plans, which mainstream climate-fragility risks in coordination with the on-going national adaptation planning processes for selected sectors/areas.
- Support in mainstreaming of gender considerations and gender indicators into regional, national, and sub-national adaption strategies and plans.
- Support a process of a comprehensive training programme design and its implementation to address needs of national decision-makers and institutional stakeholders.
Required skills and competencies:
Knowledge and understanding of mainstreaming gender considerations and gender indicators into sectoral or regional, national, and sub-national strategies/and plans.
Strong computer knowledge, in particular mastery of all applications of the MS Office package and internet search.
- Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
- Self-development, initiative-taking
- Acting as a team leader and facilitating teamwork
- Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
- Creating synergies through self-control
- Managing conflict
- Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others
- Informed and transparent decision making.
Communications and Networking
- Has excellent oral communication skills and conflict resolution competency to manage inter-group dynamics and mediate conflicting interests of varied actors
- Has excellent written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality project reports
- Confidence in dealing with senior and high-ranking members of national/subnational government and non-government organizations
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the team through leadership and personal example
- Leadership and Self-Management
- Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
- Competent in working as a team member and individually
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities
- Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
- Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
- Strives to keep job knowledge up to date through self-directed study and other means of learning
- Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.
Leadership and Self-Management
- Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
- Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.
Desired additional skills and competencies:
- Experience working in an international/multi-country or regional contexts is an asset.
- Experience in managing technical teams is an asset.
- Experience in developing partnerships with collaborating agencies is an asset.
- Experience working in cross-border cooperation context is an asset.
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Academic Education:
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject: environmental law/management, natural resource management, water management, climate change, disaster risk reduction, economics, business administration, environmental studies or related disciplines.
Min. years of relevant work Experience:
- At least 4 years of experience in introduction of climate-related risks/or disaster risks/or environmental risks into national policies/or сlimate change adaptation strategies/or development strategies and plans or other relevant field (for candidates with both bachelor or master’s degree).
- Including 2 years of demonstrable policy level work experience, preferably in cross-border cooperation context
- Including 2 years of experience working with international organizations/projects/programs, national or provincial institutions on promoting policy level initiatives in the field of natural resources, environmental management.
Required Language(s) (at working level):
Fluency in English, Uzbek and Russian is required.
The position of the Team Leader on policy mainstreaming of climate fragility risks envisages travels to the project sites in Fergana Valley, including the transborder areas of three Central Asia countries Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
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