International Specialist(s) on Climate Change and Circular Economy (with Residency in South-East Asia, preferably based in Cambodia)

Location : Home-based and Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :27-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Initial contract is from July 2022 to July 2023
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to a total of 120 days per year per LTA with possibility of extension for one year more

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.


UNDP Cambodia Country Office works in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), non-government organizations, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, multilateral aid agencies, bilateral donors and private sector to support the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


To assist the country to promote and achieve SDGs, the Policy and Innovation Hub (PIH) has provided high level policy and technical advisory support to the government, focusing on three pillars, 1. Prosperity, 2. Planet, and 3. People. Main focus areas under the Planet pillar include climate change, natural resources, waste, circular economy and energy.  

Duties and Responsibilities

The main role of the senior international specialist is to provide technical assistance for priority policy initiatives in the field of climate change, waste and energy management and circular economy through the following set of activities:

Policy, Research and Strategy Development:

  • Analyse developments in sectors relevant for climate change, waste and energy and circular economy in Cambodia;

  • Conduct technical analyses and provide high quality technical inputs in relation to climate change and/or waste management related reports and policy documents including the Nationally Determined contributions (NDC)s;

  • Undertake research and analyses related to MRV and Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the  energy and waste management sectors;
  • Identify priority mitigation measures to reduce GHG emissions;

  • Prepare reports and power point presentations for policy engagement;

  • Prepare policy briefs and status papers on developmental challenges/issues related to climate change;

  • Make recommendations for course of action with a focus on activities with highest value added in terms of systemic change and/or quick wins; and

  • Identify barriers and proposed solutions for policy interventions and development;

Technical Advisory & Capacity Development  

  • Provide high quality technical inputs to trainings and technical assistance to partners on matters related to climate change, waste, energy and circular economy;and

  • Provide technical input and support for capacity building in developing and updating methodologies and procedures for GHG emissions inventory, and monitoring and reporting of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)


Project Design and Formulation:

  • Prepare conceptual frameworks/concept notes based on developmental challenges within target sectors;

  • Provide technical assistance in identification of developmental challenges, target areas, beneficiaries and partners and formulation of implementation strategy for UNDP support;

  • Provide technical support in development of new interventions/projects with implementation (operational plan, monitoring and resource requirement), institutional, financial and management arrangements;

  • Conduct studies on project/program highlights, activities and processes involved;

  • Prepare project documents following UNDP rules and procedures;

  • Prepare project proposals to ensure innovation in concepts, strategies, theory of change, results-orientation using log frames, and incorporation of best practices; and

  • Develop work plans, budgets, monitoring and procurement plans.


Functional competencies:

  • Strong reporting and writing skill (demonstrated by at least one written sample: e.g. project proposal)

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards. 

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Climate Change, Environmental Management and Policy or Sciences, Engineering, Waste, Energy, Natural Resource Management, or other related fields             


  • At least 7 years of working experience in analysis, policy support, design and project development in the field of climate change and waste, and energy in developing countries contexts. Prior working experience in Cambodia is a plus

  • Prior experiences in assisting developing countries in MRV related activities of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory and monitoring

Language Requirement:

  • Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills in English is required.

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at  more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your online applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Interested individual offeror must submit  the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Proposal:

i. Letter of explaining why they are most suitable for the work

ii. At least one written sample e.g. project proposal to prove strong reporting and writing skill

2. Financial proposal (Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP)

3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email and cc . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 3 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC).

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