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|Location :||Geneva, SWITZERLAND|
|Application Deadline :||18-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English French Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|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.
With the Central African rainforest disappearing at an alarming rate, the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) aims to establish an effective balance between the interests of the forest and of economic development. To this end, CAFI’s donors work together with its six Central African partner countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo) to recognize and preserve the value of the forests to mitigate the climate change and biodiversity crises and reduce poverty. This objective will be attained through the implementation of country-led, national scale REDD+ and Low Emissions Development (LED) investment frameworks that include policy reforms and measures to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and promote sustainable development.
Lack of government capacity has been identified as a key challenge in the implementation of all CAFI’s investment plans, which impedes progress and slows cooperation. This capacity deficiency has also manifested in CAFI’s recruitment processes, where Central African applicants have been either lacking or underqualified.
CAFI’s Fellowship modality is based on UNDP’s Fellowship policy. It will contribute to increasing national expertise and capacity in CAFI’s six partner countries in the areas of sustainable development and climate change mitigation. Investing in young talents in the region will increase familiarity with donors and partners and expose them to a professional environment according to international standards and expectations. The overall objective is to promote a new generation of professionals committed to forest protection and poverty alleviation, equipped with the necessary skillsets to tackle these challenges when possibly returning to work for their national governments.
The Fellow will obtain valuable first-hand experience of the day-to-day work of the CAFI Secretariat in matters of evaluation and follow-up of CAFI-funded programmes, as well as communication and coordination with donors and Executing Agencies to advance policy dialogues and programme development.
Duties and Responsibilities
The fellow will report primarily to the Management Specialist, and will matrix-report to the designated staff in charge of the thematic area where the Fellow will be located during his/her period within CAFI.
The duties and responsibilities above will be adjusted depending on areas of expertise, interests, and skillset.
Required Skills and Experience
The candidates must hold the nationalities of one of the 6 CAFI Partner countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon or the Republic of Congo.
The candidates must submit (a) letter(s) of recommendation signed by a Government representative of their country of nationality, and/or a national or international academic/research institution based in their country of nationality.