Nature4Cities National coordinator in Uruguay
United Nations
PANAMA CITY
hace 1 día

Responsibilities

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.

The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LAC Office), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 small island developing States - with a population of about 588 million people.

The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the work programs approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP (UNEA).

UNEP seeks to support countries in Latin America to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new Paris Agreement and the priority actions defined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of Latin American countries.

The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is the second most urbanized region in the world, with 80% of its population living in cities.

Rapid urbanization, coupled with limited urban planning and the associated expansion of cities, is degrading urban and peri-urban ecosystems that provide vital ecosystem services for urban communities.

Ecosystem degradation poses a threat to urban communities and increases their vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

To address the vulnerability of urban communities, governments in the LAC region need to develop and implement cost-effective, low-risk solutions, such as Nature-based Solutions (NbS) by protecting, maintaining and rehabilitating priority ecosystems in urban areas.

As a result, UNEP is working with the governments of Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, and to execute a three-years Readiness project Nature4Cities - Increasing resilience through Nature based Solutions in Latin-American cities funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

  • The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of participating countries to design and implement Nature Based urban development strategies that ensure urban resilience to climate change through five main areas of work : (1) Strengthening the knowledge base of national and local governments to assess the potential for Nature Based Adaptation and Mitigation Solutions in urban areas in the context of broader climate change strategies;
  • 2) Reinforcing enabling policies and institutional frameworks to increase adoption of NBS in urban planning; (3) Strengthening partnerships between key actors to accelerate the adoption of NBS solutions;
  • 4) Defining climate finance strategies through innovative public, private and blended financial mechanisms and facilitating access to climate finance for the sustained implementation of NbS;
  • 5) Accelerating upscaling and replication through a regional Urban NBS platform.

    The National Coordinator will be responsible for overall coordination of the execution of the GCF funded project Nature4Cities in Uruguay.

    The coordinator will be supervised by the UNEP Adaptation to Climate Change Programme Officer,and will work in close collaboration with Uruguay’s National Designated Authority (NDA).

    He / She will work in the Environment Ministry Office in Montevideo, Uruguay, with normal working hours, 40 hours per week, from Monday to Friday on a full-time basis.

    The coordinator will be required to travel on a regular basis to the project’s targeted cities in Uruguay and to attend to regular meetings at the Ministry of Environment of Uruguay, as required by the project’s implementation.

    Qualifications / special skills

    Academic Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s degree in environment, natural resources management, architecture, urban development, economic development, or a closely related field is required.
  • Master’s degree in similar field is required.
  • Experience :

  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience including environmental management, urban planning, international cooperation or other similar field is required.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in project management in relevant sectors is desirable.
  • At least 2 years of working experience in Uruguay or for national or local institutions and / or government is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience and / or solid knowledge of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, ecological restoration and sustainable use of natural resources is desirable.
  • Demonstrated solid knowledge of uruguay’s environmental and climate change policies is desirable.
  • Knowledge on urban planification processes, legal framework on adaptation to climate change and of the relevant stakeholders working in these sectors in Uruguay is also desirable.
  • Experience in the public participation development process associated with environment and sustainable development is an asset.
  • Proven experience in working and collaborating within governments is desirable.
  • Experience within the National Climate Change Response System in Uruguay is desirable.
  • Experience in incorporating NbS in urban planning and development is an asset.
  • Experience with GCF projects is an asset.
  • Language :

  • Fluency in Spanish is required.
  • Skills :

  • Ability to pick up new terminology and concepts easily and to turn information from various sources into a coherent project document.
  • Ability to design and develop technical documents.
  • Excellent organization and planning skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentations).
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Motivated and dynamic to jump-start activities.
  • No Fee

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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