Job Title Consultant (International), Climate Change Adaptation UNEP Nairobi

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental law and policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

An International Consultancy position has opened up in the Climate Change Adaptation Unit as a temporary replacement while a professional is recruited. The position focuses on coordination of the UNEP Adaptation Fund work, as well as UNEP’s work in supporting countries to obtain direct access as National Implementing Entities (NIEs) under the Adaptation Fund, in coordination with similar efforts in other UNEP regional offices. The consultant will also spearhead the ongoing development of UNEP’s efforts to support national level readiness to carry out adaptation work under the Green Climate Fund currently under development. In addition, the International Consultant will support various tasks related to planning projects, producing communications outputs, programme management and administration.

An international consultant is needed for a period of 6 months, located in the Climate Change Adaption Unit (CCAU) of UNEP/DEPI in Nairobi. Under the general guidance of the Chief of CCAU, the International Consultant will be responsible for the following functions:


1. Coordinate UNEP’s engagement with the Adaptation Fund (AF) and its development of readiness at the national level for the Green Climate Fund Adaptation funding window

· Engage with relevant UNEP Divisions and Regional Office teams regarding UNEP’s role as implementing entity of the Adaptation Fund

· Implement UNEP’s AF engagement strategy and ensure alignment and input into the Programme of Work

· Keep abreast of policy developments regarding climate change finance, and update UNEP’s adaptation finance strategy accordingly

· Advise the CCAU chief regarding results of, and support for participation as observer in, the Adaptation Fund board, Adaptation Committee and Green Climate Fund Committee events

2. Coordinate the implementation of UNEP’s direct access support programme

· Coordinate the implementation of the direct access support programme in collaboration with regional offices within the context of the existing budget and program of work

· Develop and maintain networks and partnerships with key regional and national partners to support the implementation of the direct access support programme

· Lead adaptation component of the ongoing preparation, and eventual initial implementation, of UNEP’s Green Climate Fund Readiness proposal.

· Respond to requests from governments for support in becoming National Implementing Entities (NIEs) of the Adaptation Fund with guidance of CCAU chief and provide technical advice and support to the accreditation process of national institutions in becoming NIEs of the Adaptation Fund within the context of the existing budget and program of work.

· Conduct interviews with selected countries (should not only be limited to countries that are UNEP supported) to obtain sights into their experiences with direct access accreditation.

3. Planning, development and implementation of project proposals

· Support divisions and regional offices in the development of adaptation project concepts and full proposals for submission to the Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund

4. Communication and Advocacy

· Develop communication materials for use when raising the profile of UNEP’s adaptation finance activities

5. Programme management and administration

· Monitor overall project budgeting and expenditures, and provide inputs into preparation of required administrative and financial reports to donors and UNEP.

· Participate in relevant meetings and carry out any other activities as required by the Chief of CCAU


In line with the responsibilities of the job outlined above, timely production of the following written deliverables is expected:

1. Adaptation Fund Direct Access Brochure printed and distribution plan in place and webpages updated (end of month 1)

2. Finalize a written agreement with UNEP colleagues (DEPI and DTIE) on execution arrangements for enhanced direct access under the Green Climate Fund proposal (end of month 2)

3. Develop a response e.g. in the form of workplan for one to three countries that have requested direct access, including developing TOR for national consultants (end of month 3)

4. A report on lessons learned and insights into countries’ experiences with direct access accreditation based on interviews (end of month 4)

5. A report on UNEP and adaptation relevant actions and decisions on climate finance taken during the period of the consultancy by, inter alia, the adaptation fund board, UNFCCC adaptation committee and Green Climate Fund Committee. (end of Month 5)

6. Final Report building on handover notes from previous adaptation coordinator of October 2012. (end of month 6)


Professionalism: Knowledge and technical understanding of theories, concepts and approaches related to climate change adaptation and climate finance. Particular knowledge and past experience of working with the Adaptation Fund and other adaptation finance sources is a strong advantage. Ability to complete in-depth studies on climate change adaptation subject matters and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems on specific, issues areas and/or countries. Ability to relate various issues and perspectives of climate change adaptation to political, social, and economic programmes in affected countries and areas.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Tailors language to audience especially to government officials at all levels and demonstrates openness in sharing information, while observing confidentiality.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be clients and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect, identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions, monitoring ongoing developments inside and outside Clients’ environment to keep information and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects ; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in climate change, environment and natural sciences, economics, water resources, land management or a related area. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible working experience on climate change adaptation . Knowledge of the UNFCCC and Adaptation Fund.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of additional languages is an advantage. The consultant will be based in the Climate Change Adaption

Unit of UNEP/DEPI in Nairobi, Kenya.

Assessment Method

Shortlisted candidates for this consultancy will be interviewed in person or by telephone.

Budget for International Consultant

The allocated budget (not comprising travel) for the International Consultant is at P3 level (5,200-6,800 USD per month based on relevant experience).

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to

participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary

organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee



To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Ms. Musonda Mumba

(musonda.mumba) before 14 December 2012.