Regional Climate Change Specialist, Bangkok, Thailand
Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Office: UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok
Closing date: Friday, 19 August 2022
Job Identification : 5138
Locations : Bangkok, Thailand
Posting Date : 08/05/2022, 04:42 AM
Apply Before : 08/19/2022, 04:59 PM
Job Schedule : Full time
Agency : UNDP
Grade : IB
Vacancy Type : International Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area : Nature, Climate and Energy
Bureau : Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Contract Duration : 1 Year
Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 5 year(s) experience
Required Languages : English
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Working in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries/territories achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan emphasizes the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. Climate change could drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030. One of its key priorities for the next 10 years is to support countries/territories accelerate ambitious action on climate change.
Climate change is the single greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, threatening water and food security, health, livelihoods, and the safety of billions of people together with drastic negative impact on global ecosystem balance. UNDP’s ambitious "Climate Promise" supports over 120 countries/territories to enhance their climate ambitions under the Paris Agreement, with focus on greater emissions reduction and resilience building. The next phase of the Climate Promise will focus on implementation of their national climate pledges, or Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), while advancing advocacy on climate change, and long-term planning to ensure inclusive climate action at the speed and scale required to keep global temperature below 1.5°C. Achieving carbon neutrality in the second half of the century by all countries/territories is a crucial requirement set by the Paris Agreement to avoid the irreversible global climate change. Realization of this goal involves work on global, national, and local levels, as well as participation of all relevant stakeholders - governments, business, MDBs, international organizations, NSOs. The path to carbon neutrality should be just and leaving no one behind, while empowering women, youth, indigenous people, and vulnerable groups of the population. UNDP is well positioned to enable such work through cooperation on HQ, Regional Hubs and Country Offices (CO), forming an interconnected system of knowledge exchange and expertise delivery enabling the cutting-edge climate policy advocacy, development, and implementation.
Asia and the Pacific region is the most populated region in the world, with its majority of population and their assets and economic activities found in the coastal areas. This leaves the region highly vulnerable to climate impacts such as sea level rise, extreme weather events, floods and droughts. It is also the region with the highest CO2 emissions in the world. How fast the world can achieve the transition to net zero economy depends largely on how much the region can accelerate its transition to net zero economy. With a narrow window to take ambitious climate actions to both reduce carbon emissions and build climate resilience, the necessity to support countries on the two-prong approach for an integrated and sustainable climate actions have increased.
The Climate Promise provides direct financial and technical support to countries on NDC implementation in the context of national development priorities. As part of this portfolio initiative, a contribution from the Japan Supplementary Budget (JSB) of $42M to COs and global team is expected. This contribution will provide financial and technical assistance to 23 countries/territories around the world and serve as the catalyst to showcase NDC implementation as part of the UNDP flagship initiative. The JSB component seeks to respond to the status and context of the country’s NDC process and advance the implementation of the country’s NDC measures and realisation of its targets under two key pillars: clean energy and net-zero pathways; and helping vulnerable and fragile settings to be more resilient to climate impacts. Through the two pillars, the most common targets for NDCs are addressed - mitigation, primarily through energy, and adaptation and resilience - as well as scaling-up innovation to create opportunities for further investment by the private sector. There is a strong demand for engagement of Japanese counterparts in this process, and improved investment environments.
In achieving local results under the Climate Promise, the portfolio is housed in the Bureau of Programme and Policy Support (BPPS), Nature, Climate, and Energy (NCE), under the guidance of the Climate Strategies and Policy team. Climate Promise and its affiliated initiatives currently supports 20 countries in the Asia and Pacific region on a variety of activities contributing to the enhancement and implementation of NDCs. This includes development of NDC implementation plans, strengthening of monitoring systems, and mainstreaming of gender-responsive approaches. The JSB managed by the Climate Strategies and Policy team provides direct financial and technical support to the aforementioned 7 countries as well as regional activities on NDC implementation in the context of national development priorities and regional knowledge generation and south-south exchange. As the Climate Promise enters this second phase, utilising new funding sources from Japan and other donors, UNDP is leveraging its extensive climate change portfolio, its Country Office network and global policy services to provide thematic and substantive technical support to countries/territories and ensure that NDCs are fully aligned with national sustainable development priorities and advance progress on delivering national targets.
Under the guidance of the Climate Promise management team in HQ and the Regional Team Leader for Nature, Climate and Energy (NCE) and in coordination with other Regional Climate Change Specialists in the region, the incumbent will function as coordinator for JSB and provide support for the Climate Promise portfolio overall in the region. This includes supporting COs as well as relevant thematic colleagues at the regional hub and HQ to deliver an integrated approach to support NDC implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Climate Change Specialist will report directly to the Regional Technical Leader for Nature, Climate and Energy and will be part of the Nature, Climate and Energy regional team based at UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Regional Climate Change Specialist will also work closely with the global JSB coordinators and Climate Promise team in HQ, to ensure effective deliver of the JSB portfolio.
Country and Regional delivery and support
Ensure alignment of JSB activities with other ongoing support and strategic guidance provided by JSB global coordinators, NCE Regional Team Leader, thematic advisors across the GPN, and regional advisors in the Regional Bureau Country Support Team.
Coordinate JSB-related support across the region, backstopping COs with technical advice, in coordination with the global coordinators of JSB and broader Climate Promise infrastructure
Support JSB-supported COs in responding to information requested by the donor, if needed.
Oversee the timely delivery and reporting of the CO-driven JSB projects and provide technical support as needed - particularly on key outputs related to the NDC, in coordination with the NCE Regional Team Leader and relevant regional technical focal points.
Contribute to overall technical support of the Climate Promise in the Europe and Central Asia region, by ensuring synergies between the JSB-supported projects and the broader portfolio, as well as other NDC-related support in the region
Advise countries/territories on opportunities to leverage the NDC for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and linkages with gender-responsive NDC implementation.
Review and provide technical guidance/oversight for quarterly and annual reports from targeted countries/territories
Knowledge management and peer-to-peer learning
Coordinate peer-to-peer learning among JSB programme countries/territories and organize or coordinate with other regional teams to support webinars and a south-south exchange workshop to share information and experience with different regions
Create knowledge products on NDC enhancement and implementation that draws on and showcases the results and experiences under the JSB portfolio in the region
Contribute to and/or represent UNDP at regional and global NDC-related events to showcase the support under the JSB portfolio, as required
Provide technical and strategic insights on the demand emerging from countries in the region, to inform the direction and evolution of the Climate Promise
Contribute to relevant regional outreach, visibility, and reporting requirements, as requested by Regional Team Leader and global JSB coordinators.
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies: 2030 Agenda:
Planet: Nature, Climate and Energy: Climate Change Policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)
Customer Satisfaction/Client Management: Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers‘ needs; Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy; Look for ways to add value beyond clients‘ immediate requests; Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns.
Project management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience; Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels
Resource management: Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity
Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results, including support at the webinars and official events
Relationship management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in science, climate change, environment, sustainable development, engineering, management, international development or related areas.
At least 5 years of professional work experience providing policy advice and programme support in the area of climate change, environment, or related areas, with experience in Asia and the Pacific region is an asset
Knowledge of climate change policy landscape (including the international climate policy and negotiation) and ability to apply this to strategic situations at the global, regional and national levels
Demonstrated experience in or with OECD/DAC donor or Japan funded projects, with concrete reporting is an asset.
Direct experience designing and implementing national and regional climate-related projects, particularly related to climate change adaptation measures and/or mitigation measures in the energy sector
Substantive experience in working with national governments and stakeholders on climate change initiatives, preferably in the Asia-Pacific region
Expertise advancing inter-disciplinary approaches through engagement and coordination of cross-team collaboration
Experience supporting countries/territories in NDC formulation and implementation an asset
Demonstrated understanding of linkages between the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda
Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge products and outreach pieces related to climate change policy and project implementation
Experience with the work of multilateral, bilateral and civil society partners
Relevant relationship and network building in the area of climate change in the Asia-Pacific region is an asset
Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner and minimal supervision
Direct experience advising countries/territories, programmatic partners and internal teams on green recovery approaches from the COVID-19 pandemic is an asset
Experience supporting gender-responsive approaches to climate action
Work experience in UNDP and knowledge of UNDP policies and procedures is desirable
Excellent analytical and communications skills
Fluency in English is required, while knowledge in other UN language is an asset
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