United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Regional Global Adaptation Network Liaison

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations. Within the delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the GAN Coordinator and with a second reporting line to Regional Climate Change Coordinator in the respective region or to his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Regional GAN Liaison will be:
  • Supporting 3 regional networks of GAN in their respective regional headquarters i.e. Nairobi, Panama and Bangkok (Africa: Ebafosa / AAKNet; Latin America: Regatta; and Asia Pacific: APAN)

  • Liaising and reaching out to other actors and networks in the region to strengthen and expand the regional presence of GAN

  • Keeping abreast of adaptation events in the region and exploring opportunities for GAN to connect / support

  • Creating and updating contact lists for the regional networks to share and cross-fertilize with GAN’s networks; building a database of regional adaptation contacts, organizations, companies, and prestigious experts along with their areas of expertise. This is also including mapping out these organizations and experts, along with the linkages between them.

  • Making regular contact with leading adaptation experts including in the private sector, and keeping abreast / discovering what they’re working on, interest and expertise (for potential involvement in projects, publications, sessions, webinars)

  • Supporting bi-directional connections between regional networks and GAN (exploring ways for GAN to work to support and connect the regions)

  • Developing surveys, conducting research and outreach to gather information, evidence, synthesize knowledge and create case studies from regional adaptation work including projects in the regions on best practices, barriers to EbA adoption and uptake, for feeding into the Global EbA Fund, UNEP normative work and global processes including UNFCCC

  • Creating content in the form of articles, stories, op-eds or other for bimonthly GAN and/or regional network newsletters, websites or reports

  • Supporting and organizing virtual or in-person adaptation events, webinars, seminars or sessions

  • Gathering information on regional adaptation reading to feed into regular GAN reading lists Dveloping reports on latest activities of updating GAN’s regional networks and partners on GAN’s latest activities

  • Stocktake initiatives, activities and adaptation tools and resources (e.g. webinars, publications and guidelines) carried out/developed by the regional networks such as APAN, Regatta and AAAKNet and create the linkage between them to enhance the coordination of global adaptation efforts across regional networks, and feed the information from stocktaking into GAN knowledge platform

  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Master degree or equivalent Required: Master’s degree related to environmental management, climate change, natural resources management or other relevant area. 36 Months
  • Required: At least 3 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in support of environmental or science networks or other relevant programmes; experience with adaptation, in particular ecosystem-based adaptation or nature-based solutions, is desired, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;

  • Required: Excellent proven written and oral communication skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting and analytical skills in English;

  • Desired: for Latin America: knowledge of Spanish; for Africa, knowledge of French and/or Arabic;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;

  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;

  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;

  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;

  • Have affinity with or interest in adaptation, in particular ecosystem-based adaptation, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Climate change mitigation and mechanisms for technology transfer No Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams
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