AGRICULTURAL SECTOR CLIMATE CHANGE RISK MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
||Home Based with Missions to Comoros
|Application Deadline :||31-Aug-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
English French |
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 Weeks spread over the period 10 September 2012 to 31st July 2013|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5 Weeks spread over the period 10 September 2012 to 31st July 2013|
The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at its seventh session in Marrakech and is managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The fund addresses the special needs of the 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) which are especially vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. As a priority, the LDCF supports the preparation and the implementation of the National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs), country driven strategies which identify urgent and immediate needs of LDCs to adapt to climate change. The Union of Comoros as a LDC Party to the UNFCCC has completed its NAPA and is eligible for project funding under the LDCF. Submission to the GEF under the LDCF starts with a submission by the GEF implementing agency chosen by the LDC of a Project Identification Form (PIF), including a project preparation grant (PPG), if desired. After the PIF has been approved by the LDCF/SCCF Council, the GEF agency then works with the LDC to develop the project fully into a detailed Full Project Document (FPD) and a Request for GEF CEO Endorsement.
In the framework of the implementation of its NAPA, the Union of the Comoros has sought UNDP support to develop and submit to the LDCF a project proposal titled: “Strengthening the capacities of vulnerable communities to cope with the additional risks posed by climate change and variability on Comorian agro-sylvo-pastoral systems”. For this purpose, the expected output of the project are: (i) Adaptive capacities of institutions mandated to manage the agricultural sector are strengthened to enable them to plan for and respond to climate risks for agriculture; (ii) Agro-meteorological and decision support information are packaged into agricultural advisories and disseminated by agricultural extension officers to key stakeholders to promote agricultural resilience to climate change and; (iii) Climate resilient strategies are tested and transferred to strengthen the climate resilience of agro-sylvo-pastoral systems. The PIF of this project has been approved by the GEF council on the 14 June 2012. With the aim of developing and submitting to the GEF the detailed Full Project Document (FPD) and the Request for GEF CEO Endorsement, the UNDP Country Office (CO) in Comoros is seeking the services of an international consultant specialist in agricultural sector climate change risk management.
Duties and Responsibilities
The international consultant, specialist in agricultural sector climate change risk management will work closely with the team of international and national consultants as well as other key stakeholders at the country level and under the leadership of the international consultant specialist of climate change adaptation and GEF/LDCF project and team leader.
Tasks that the international consultant specialist in climate change risk management will be responsible for may include, but not limited to:
- Based on a review of existing regional models, and stakeholder consultations, identify a range of climate change scenarios with particular reference to the agriculture sector, for the project to take into account in its design
- Undertake vulnerability and climate risks assessments for the agricultural sector that are pertinent to inform the project design
- Help determine suitable and concrete agriculture adaptation measures
- Identify required additional investments for climate resilient agriculture sector management that the LDCF project could finance
- Design the project’s policy, institutional and capacity development strategy and action plan;
- Estimate the cost of climate change impacts on the agricultural sector in absence of adaptation
- Help prepare pre-feasibility studies and cost/benefits analysis for agricultural adaptation measures to be supported by the project by carrying out an evaluation of the cost of climate changes impacts on the agricultural sector in absence of the project intervention and an assessment of adaptation option proposed by the project
- Assist in clarifying additionality of proposed outcomes, outputs and activities
- Assist in identifying the risks for the proposed outcomes, outputs and activities including the climate changes risks
- Contribute in the definition of the monitoring and evaluation strategy for the project
These tasks might be complemented by additional tasks if the International Consultant team leader for this project deems it necessary.
- Excellent team player with good interpersonal skills
- Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision
- Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
- Ability to accommodate additional demands at short notice
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in French in order to communicate complex, technical information to technical and general audiences
- Strong strategic planning, results-based management and reporting capabilities
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master's degree (or preferably PhD) in Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Environmental Studies or closely related fields. Technical knowledge of Climate Change Risk Management is critical.
- A minimum of 5 years of progressive and relevant experience in the field of climate change
- Experience in risk analysis and management
- Experience in scenarios planning and/or development
- Experience in vulnerability and climate risk assessment
- Experience in coastal adaptation and/or disaster risk reduction is an asset
- Experience in working and collaborating with governments is an asset
- Experience working in Comoros is an asset
- Excellent knowledge of English including writing and communication skills
- Good Knowledge of French
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.