1.General Background of Assignment
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global Environment.
UNEP, through its 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, to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement and the priority actions defined in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
In terms of supporting countries in the region attain the global commitments signed within the framework of the Paris Agreement, UNEP’s Latin America and the Caribbean Sub-programme on Climate Change aims at strengthening the ability of countries to move towards climate-resilient and low emission strategies for sustainable development and human well-being.
In this framework, the UNEP Sub-programme on Climate Change, through its Climate Change Unit leads and supports several initiatives oriented at designing, promoting, and implementing innovative mitigation and adaptation solutions at the national and subnational level, and strengthening the transparency framework of the countries.
The expected accomplishment regarding climate change adaptation is that adaptation approaches, including the ecosystem-based approach, are implemented, and integrated into key sectoral and national development strategies to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience to climate change impacts.
Furthermore, UNEP’s Sub-programme on Climate Change is also committed to ensure that cross-cutting issues such as gender equity and women’s empowerment are effectively integrated in the development of its tasks to guarantee equitable development in line with its adaptation objectives.
In this context, the Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining of Honduras and UNEP have agreed on the implementation of the project Enabling environments to effectively plan, implement, monitor and report strategic National Adaptation Processes in Honduras (Plan A Project), framed within the Readiness program of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The project is aimed to sustainably build country capacity in identifying, prioritizing, planning, and implementing measures that address medium and long-term adaptation needs considering UNFCCC decisions 1 / CP.
16 and 5 / CP.17 and all elements of the UNFCCC Technical Guidelines for National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The ultimate objective of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of Honduras to the impacts of climate variability and change, by building adaptive capacity and resilience through the integration of climate change adaptation into planning and implementation within all relevant sectors and at different levels, as appropriate.
Specifically, the project has the objective to strengthen the country's capacity to integrate adaptation into national and local planning, including the participation of different line ministries, local governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations.
The project seeks to achieve its components and objective through :
To fulfill the objectives of the project, the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office is recruiting a Technical specialist in institutional strengthening and facilitation to provide technical support and inputs to the National Project Coordinator and the Project Management Unit (Plan A Project Team), on the strengthening of the climate change adaptation coordination structure at the national level.
This will ensure that all relevant stakeholders including government institutions, private sector, civil society, academia, Indigenous peoples, afro-descendants, and other stakeholders participate in the adaptation NDC’s and National Adaptation Plan process and through the revision, formalization and establishment of current and new coordination mechanisms and instruments that foster an enabling environment for the effective implementation of adaptation strategies in the country.
Additionally, the Technical specialist in institutional strengthening and facilitation will provide support to the National Project Coordinator in the drafting, preparation and socialization of institutional arrangements aimed at mainstreaming climate change adaptation into national planning processes and aligning different ongoing adaptation initiatives to ensure a more efficient use of resources.
The Technical specialist in institutional strengthening and facilitation will operate under the overall supervision of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office and will assist the National Project Coordinator in the execution of the project.
Additionally, he / she will work in close collaboration with the National Directorate for Climate Change (DNCC) of the Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining of Honduras (MiAmbiente+) and other national consultants, government, and non-governmental counterparts.
The Technical specialist in institutional strengthening and facilitation is expected to work over a 5-month period, 40 hours per week, from 8 : 00am to 5 : 00pm (Monday to Friday) and to be located in the Project Management Unit in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Qualifications / special skills
Academic Qualifications :
A Master’s degree in environmental science, politics, law, public administration, development studies or any related field is required.
In case the consultant doesn’t have a Master’s Degree in the aforementioned areas, a Bachelor’s Degree in any other area with at least five (05) years of extra professional experience performing relevant tasks compensates in lieu of the requirement of a master’s degree in such areas.
A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in public administration, development and / or natural resource management, and / or climate change adaptation or any other related field is required.
Demonstrated knowledge in the design of national policies and planning frameworks in Honduras, related to climate change and / or natural resource management, is required.
Demonstrated experience of working with national institutions and other relevant stakeholders involved in climate change and / or natural resource management and planning in the coordination of activities at the national and / or subnational and or sectoral level is required.
Demonstrated experience in the elaboration, preparation and design of reports and official documents for technical and high-level meetings is required.
Experience working with multi-actor, interinstitutional and intersectoral platforms.
Experience in engaging with local stakeholders including government agencies, private sector and civil society is required.
Work with Indigenous people will be valued.
Demonstrated knowledge of Honduras environmental legislation is highly desirable.
Experience in the organization and facilitation of small to medium size workshops, meetings and forum is an asset.
Ability to communicate to a wide range of actors including decision makers and members from the civil society and the private sector will be an asset.
Knowledge around climate change adaptation and environmental issues in Honduras will be an asset.
Experience with international organizations will be an advantage, as will be knowledge of UNEP policies, procedures, and practices.
Fluency in Spanish is required.
Fluent in Ability to communicate and write in English is an asset.
Excellent political, advisory and facilitation skills. Ability to facilitate technical discussions and participatory processes with multiple stakeholders in multicultural environments.
Demonstrated understanding of development planning and the ability to apply this to strategic and / or practical situations.
Excellent technical leadership and understanding of climate change adaptation concepts, principles, and policies. Ability to provide guidance on climate change adaptation, especially as it relates to development planning.
Professionalism : Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial, and human resources rules and regulations in work situations.
identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
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