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International Technical Specialist
|Location :||Hanoi, VIET NAM|
|Application Deadline :||22-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Regular)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-11|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One year with possible extension|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials
UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.
Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions inside Viet Nam
Viet Nam is particularly vulnerable to climate change and already impacted by more irregular and intense climate variability and change, and is among the top ten countries in the world most affected by natural disasters and extreme weather events. The increasingly exposure of people and economic assets has been and will continue to be the major cause of long-term increases in economic losses from weather- and climate-related disasters. At the same time, globally, Viet Nam ranks 25th (2018) in terms of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) and without changes to its carbon-intensive growth trajectory, Viet Nam will continue to be a major regional GHG emitter. The rapid increase of GHG emissions is attributable to the large portion of fossil fuel-based energy in the country’s energy mix, increased industrialization, and urbanization. The primary driver limiting green growth is the country’s high reliance on fossil fuel energy, high energy intensity industries, and high per capita carbon emissions.
To address climate change, the Government of Viet Nam has put in place a series of national policies, strategies, and action plans, included the National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (2011-2020), National Green Growth Strategy and Action Plan (2011-2020). Furthermore, in 2020, Viet Nam submitted its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC 2020) to the UNFCCC, in which Viet Nam committed unconditionally to reduce GHG emissions by 9% as compared to the Business-As-Usual (BAU) and which could be increased to 27% conditional with international support. Additionally, Viet Nam approved its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in 2020.
Currently, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) is updating the National Strategy on Climate Change for 2021-2050, with a vision to 2100 and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is updating the National Green Growth Strategy 2021-2030 with vision to 2050. The two strategies will frame the key roadmap and action plans for all key sectors and local economies of the country, including agriculture and its agriculture eco-systems, in moving rapidly toward a low-carbon and resilient development pathway.
UNDP has been providing technical support to developing countries to increase their ambitions and make contribution to addressing the global climate change challenge. In Viet Nam, UNDP has been providing technical support to the Government in the development of the 1st NDC in 2015 and the updated NDC 2020 and in the development of the updated National Climate Change Strategy. To support the Government in the achievement of the NDC targets, UNDP is deploying resources and technical assistance to enhance deforestation free cash crops and green agriculture supply chains, demonstrate scalable solutions for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, develop and implement green business models to enable climate investment and actions, incentivize and de-risk low carbon investments for the private sector, especially for cooperatives and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and increase energy efficiency in sectors and sustainable energy. UNDP is working in close partnership with the Government to promote private sector investments in these sectors.
In this connection, UNDP is implementing the two following projects:
First, with the support from the EU, UNDP is implementing the “Integrated sustainable landscape management through deforestation-free jurisdiction project in Lam Dong and Dak Nong Viet Nam” project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Dak Nong and Lam Dong provinces and international organizations including CIAT, EFI, IDH and UNEP. The project aims to improve environmental sustainability and social inclusion and resilience of food production models and supply chains in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam. Specific objectives include:
Second, as part of the NDC global support programme of UNDP, the BMU-EU funded project “Accelerating Private Sector Engagement in Climate Resilient and Low Emission Investment Opportunities in Viet Nam’s NDC” has been in implementation since late 2019. The project aims to advance the private sector engagement to finance, support and implement technically sound and financially viable risk-informed mitigation and adaptation actions in Viet Nam NDC. Specifically, the change is made via the project through delivering of the four expected outcomes
UNDP is looking for an International Technical Specialist (ITS) to provide strategic, technical and advisory services to UNDP and the Government counterparts in the areas of climate change mitigation, with a focus on agriculture, forestry, aquaculture value chains, and to provide technical and quality assurance for the effective implementation of the two above-mentioned projects.
More information on the project can be found here Annex I Description of the Action - Google Docs.
The ITS will work in partnership with the Programme Officers in charge of the two projects, namely the Integrated Sustainable Landscape Project and the Private Sector for NDC project at UNDP Viet Nam, National Technical Specialist(s), UNDP regional technical advisors, project technical officers and advisors, government officials, technical experts, development partners and civil society.
The ITS is part of the Climate Change and Environment Unit of UNDP Viet Nam. S/he will report to and work under overall supervision of the Assistant Resident Representative/Head of the Climate Change and Environment Unit, in close collaboration with the Programme Officers in charge of the two projects on daily basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The ITS has three main functions as below:
Technical Lead and Quality Assurance for project implementation, M&E and reporting:
Strategic Policy Advisory , Advocacy and Knowledge Management:
Promote public private partnership (PPP) and private engagement in green recovery and low carbon, resilient agriculture value chains
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Required Skills and Experience