- Stay abreast of global and regional developments related to climate and forests and share knowledge within UNDP and with relevant partners;
- Contribute to efforts to position the Climate and Forests team as leaders on REDD+ Results Based-Payments and other innovative financing for the implementation of Article 5 of the Paris Agreement;
- Provide high-quality technical advice to UNDP Country Offices, development partners, national counterparts and sub-national partners;
- Ensure coordination with other related initiatives and mechanisms in the region;
- Advise the Principal Technical Advisor of trends and issues in the countries served and provide any additional assistance requested.
- Provide high-quality implementation support and oversight to UNDP country offices and national counterparts to support the successful implementation of the portfolio, across all relevant sources of funds in the region;
- Provide quality assurance for relevant projects and initiatives;
- Ensure application of UNDP social and environmental standards, as well as any other relevant safeguards or standards;
- Ensure mainstreaming of gender considerations in all key documents and processes;
- Maintain workplans, portfolio and corporate information systems;
- Ensure the timely preparation of semi/annual progress, final reports and other oversight documentation as necessary.
- Contribute to efforts to position UNDP as a leader in supporting developing countries in integrating the implementation of REDD+, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
- Collaborate with GPN colleagues to ensure UNDP Country Offices are provided with clear guidance on how REDD+ is a climate mitigation strategy that contributes to NDC targets;
- Assist Country Offices to coordinate various initiatives and programmes to ensure UNDP provides national counterparts with the best available guidance on efforts to raise Nature-Based ambitions;
- Provide advice to UNDP Country Offices and national counterparts, as requested, on NDCs and relevant UNFCCC negotiations relating to climate and forests.
- Work with partners to develop and formulate proposals in-line with requirements of donors and sources of funds;
- Coordinate the submission and approval of proposals in accordance with relevant operating procedures;
- Provide guidance in the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of programme/project concepts and full-fledged proposals for financing;
- Liaise with potential financing agencies and institutions;
- Prepare Terms of Reference, identify and evaluate experts, and review reports to source technical expertise and support;
- Provide guidance in the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of program/project concepts and full-fledged proposals for financing;
- Build strategic initiatives and partnerships;
- Support the development of proposals for REDD+ Results-Based Payments (RBPs) and other sources of innovative finance;
- Mobilize additional resources under the UNDP global project for the Climate and Forests team.
- Represent UNDP in relevant fora and strategic initiatives, including UN inter-agency meetings as required;
- Support the UN’s convening role by organizing and contributing to international events, such as policy dialogues and south-south exchanges;
- Share knowledge from international events with other members of the Climate and Forests team and build mechanisms for transfer of experience, lessons learnt and best practices;
- Contribute actively to the Global Policy Network, including relevant Communities of Practice and other UNDP corporate requirements;
- Contribute to the development of knowledge-based tools (including guidelines, articles, briefing notes etc.);
- Contribute lessons, experiences and stories for the Climate and Forests webpage and social media, as well as other UNDP outlets.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
- Ability to persuade others to follow.
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
- Ability to get things done.
- Knowledge of forestry and development and the ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations.
- Ability to plan, organize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
- Ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve operational efficiency.
- Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
- Ability to prepare quality reports.
- Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.
- Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.
- Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).
- Master’s degree in environmental management, international development, public policy or other closely related field;
- A Bachelor’s degree in environmental management, international development, public policy, or other related fields with at least 7 years of relevant experience would be accepted;
- Certification in project management would be an added advantage.
- At least 5 years’ relevant work experience, or 7 years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree, working on Climate & Forest issues in developing countries is required;
- Demonstrated experience with project development, implementation and management;
- Experience in forest and Biodiversity conservation issues, environment policies, and/or governance systems in the countries in the Asia and The Pacific region would be an asset
- Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills;
- Working knowledge of other UN language is an asset.
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