Resilience and Green Transition Consultant - IPSA 10 - Office-based

Location : Seoul, KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)
Application Deadline :28-Apr-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-10
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months

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.


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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.


Office/Unit/Project Description 

The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) for Global Knowledge Exchange through Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Partnerships is one of UNDP’s five Global Policy Centres and constitutes an integral part of UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN). USPC represents UNDP in Korea, works with Korea on international issues, and shares Korea’s development experiences with other countries. Through ‘SDG Partnerships,’ USPC acts as a facilitator of global knowledge exchange on innovative and tested-and-proven policy solutions in three thematic areas:

  1. Governance, specifically (i) transparency & accountability, and (ii) sexual & gender-based violence;
  2. Resilience, specifically sustainable forestry; and
  3. Development cooperation, specifically (i) capacity for addressing the challenges of development cooperation, and (ii) engagement of non-state development actors.

SDG Partnerships create and deepen a triangular cooperation among Korea, UNDP (USPC together with UNDP’s relevant global/regional teams), and partner countries (consisting of UNDP country offices and their partner Government institutions). They package Korea’s experience and knowledge, facilitate dynamic exchange of lessons learned & peer-to-peer mentoring, and support the national adaptation of the tools at the country level, by channeling seed funding and technical support to the partner countries through existing project facilities of UNDP country offices.

For the period of 2022-2023, from the resilience portfolio, USPC has a specific focus area for sharing Korea’s experiences & lessons learned with developing countries on sustainable forestry in context of SDG implementation. The portfolio will also be exploring green transition topics with a focus on the ROK’s Green New Deal and the development of applicable lessons for other countries.

Under the overall supervision of the Centre’s Director and in close partnership with other members of the USPC team and the GPN network, the Consultant will support the above aspects of the Centre’s work covering the resilience portfolio within the global development agenda. The Consultant is expected to lead the resilience portfolio, manage the SDG Partnerships on Sustainable Forestry and supervise resilience team members.


Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will be working directly under the supervision of the Centre’s Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Provide technical, administrative and logistical support to implement SDG Partnership activities

  • Monitor and support implementation activities in ongoing SDG Partnerships on Sustainable Forestry in Mongolia, Indonesia and the Philippines including substantive content preparation for webinars, capacity building activities, knowledge products and follow up with government counterparts

 Policy Research and Development

  • Lead the conduct of research and development to contribute to the Centre’s policy and research agenda, including the resilience portfolio’s research on green transition and the ROK’s Green New Deal; Work in close partnership/consultation with the GND Consultant on the latter.
  • Oversee consultancy on identifying lessons learned from the Korean green transition in collaboration with the development cooperation team by supervising the consultant, providing substantive feedback and editing support for related knowledge products;
  • Coordinate and conduct analysis of data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons from projects and programmes to inform policy formulation and guidance;
  • Support the quality assurance of policy services and foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area by reviewing lessons learned and evaluations to enhance programme delivery;

Policy Positioning and Representation

  • In close collaboration with UNDP’s Nature, Climate and Energy (NCE) Team, represent UNDP, as appropriate, in key green recovery, environment, and sustainable development fora, including on technical and expert bodies, including the upcoming World Forestry Congress organized by the Korea Forest Service;
  • Coordinate and draft briefing notes and speeches;
  • Advocate the importance of the thematic area in various fora, including academia and civil society;
  • Develop and strengthen relations with relevant policymakers and researchers, donors, regional and sub-regional organizations, including with UNEP and sister UN agencies working on issues of inclusive growth, green transition, green recovery and sustainable forestry
  • Maintain and strengthen ongoing partnerships with local partners, such as, Korea University, the Global Green Growth Institute, Korea Environment Corporation, Ministry of Environment, Korea Energy Agency and Korea Forest Service and National Institute of Forest Science

Partnerships, Resource Mobilization and Strategic Planning

  • Support the Centre Director to engage with global and local partners
  • Conduct outreach and communications activities on relevant Centre services in support of achieving UNDP Strategic Plan Outcomes in close collaboration with BPPS and BERA;
  • Provide substantive and content input to contribute to mobilizing, fostering and strengthening strategic partnerships with UN entities and other relevant bodies and provide inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
  • Coordinate team contributions and support to corporate activities to help influence/advance policy dialogue in the thematic area in collaboration with GPN including  policy teams in Global Policy Centres, at HQ and in Regional Hubs;
  • Coordinate and perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in the specific thematic area to help ensure internal synergies and inform the broader policy work of BPPS, and verify that knowledge sharing and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools; and
  • Support the formulation of USPC’s next three-year programme, and the development of revised focus areas for research and project implementation.  


Required  skills

  • Substantive experience in project management, events organization and/or knowledge management is required.
  • Prior work experience with international organizations required.
  • Demonstrated capacity to write clear and well-constructed reports and knowledge products is required.
  • Experience in the usage of computers, office software packages, video conferencing platform (including Zoom), and social media is required.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Familiarity with green recovery/transition, sustainable forestry and development cooperation is a strong asset.
  • Experience with publications on topics such as sustainable development, green growth, climate, environment, and energy is a strong asset.
  • Working knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.

Required Language(s)

Excellent command of written and oral English is required.

Professional Certificates



Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Direction & Strategy

Strategic Thinking

Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions. Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

Business Direction & Strategy

System Thinking

Ability to useobjective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need

Business Development

UNDP Representation

Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities; advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies

Business Management

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management

Portfolio Management

Ability to select, prioritise and control the organi]ation’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimising return on investment

Business Management

Customer Satisfaction/Client Management

Abilit to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers' needs. Provide inputs to the deYelopment of customer service strategy. Look for ways to add value beyond clients' immediate requests. Ability to anticipate client's upcoming needs and concerns.


Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA

Min. Education requirements

At least a Master’s degree or equivalent experience in environmental policy, environmental law, economics, natural resource management, sustainable development, rural development, climate-change policies and/or other relevant field.

Min. years of relevant work experience

At least 5 years of professional work experience providing policy advice and programme support in the general area of sustainable development, climate change and green growth in different development contexts.

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