Consultant: Coordinator - Global Gender and Climate Alliance

Location : Home based
Application Deadline :23-Jul-10 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Other
Post Level :Other
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year with possible extension


The Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) was formally launched in December 2007 during the UNFCCC climate change talks in Bali, Indonesia, by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). Over the past two years, the GGCA has grown to include 13 UN agencies and 25 international civil society organizations working together to ensure that climate change policies, decision-making, and initiatives at global, regional and national levels are gender responsive.
The Steering Committee (SC) of the GGCA currently consists of the four founding partners. Through the appointment of a dedicated staff person (or an institution), the GGCA’s SC seeks to strengthen the GGCA’s role as a leader on gender and climate change.
Objectives of the GGCA
The GGCA works on four complementary objectives:
  • Integrate a gender perspective into policy and decision making in order to ensure international mandates and other legal instruments on gender equality are fully implemented;
  • Ensure that financing mechanisms on mitigation and adaptation address the needs of poor women and men equitably;
  • Build capacity at all levels to design and implement gender-responsive climate change policies, strategies and programmes; and
  • Develop, compile, and share practical tools, information, and methodologies to facilitate the integration of gender into policy and programming.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordinator of the GGCA is responsible for the following:
1. Operational structure and strategic direction of the GGCA
  • Lead a review  of the mission, functions and governance structure of the GGCA, through a consultative process with members
  • Organize meetings and teleconferences, related to the above
  • Advise the membership and SC on the strategic direction of the alliance and its communication strategy
2. Coordinate the membership and activities of the Alliance
  • Build and maintain GGCA partnerships, liaising regularly with members, as well as SC
  • Coordinate membership meetings
  • Maintain membership database
  • Upon direction from the Steering committee, facilitate research and analysis on existing and emerging issues related to gender and climate change in order to provide substantive guidance and direction to the Alliance;
  • Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the annual work plan of the Alliance and its activities in climate change policymaking and initiatives
  • Document and share lessons and good practices from the membership
3. Manage the GGCA secretariat
  • Manage the secretariat budget and activities, in accordance with direction from the SC
  • Recruit and manage short term consultants for the secretariat
  • Update and implement the GGCA communications strategy (including, inter alia, manage website, listservs, branding, media relations)
  • Monitor emerging opportunities in the area of climate change and present to members and SC
4. Support the Steering Committee (SC)
  • Coordinate and facilitate SC meetings, including preparing the meeting agenda and taking minutes
  • Report to the Steering Committee and membership on Secretariat activities
5. Build the alliance and strengthen its work  
  • Represent the GGCA in international , regional and national climate change meetings
  • Secure speaking opportunities for GGCA representatives in relevant meetings and other spaces on gender can climate change that are within the priorities set by the GGCA and can which can provide added value to the work of the Alliance
  • Network with international donors to explore funding for the GGCA 
  • Support drafting of proposals and budgets for core GGCA activities, as defined by the SC and agreed with the wider membership  
  • Liaise regularly with donors and members to keep track of proposal submissions and avoid overlap
  • Report on Secretariat activities carried out under joint project(s), including providing inputs into reports to the donor(s)


Functions/Technical skills:
  • Proven track record of policy development, design and implementation of programmes
  • Knowledge and technical expertise in the area of climate change, gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Demonstrated experience with evaluation instruments, results-based management, work planning, budgeting and reporting
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships, advocate effectively and communicate to various constituencies
  • Experience raising, managing, and reporting on funds from a variety of donors
  • Excellent analytical skills of substantive as well as organizational issues
  • Ability to establish priorities for self and others, and to work independently
  • Ability to perform a variety of research and logistical support tasks in a fast-paced and highly pressured environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and advocacy skills
  • Excellent team-building, networking  and inter-personal skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with UN agencies, governments  and with civil society

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced post-graduate university degree in Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Natural Resource Management, Social Sciences, Gender studies, or related fields
  • A minimum of 7 years relevant working experience in the area of sustainable development and gender, including advocacy, planning, and communications experience in gender and climate change
  • Professional experience in developing countries
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with multiple institutions at national, regional and international level
  • Excellent knowledge of institutional mandates, polices and guidelines to inform gender and climate change
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, with familiarity with other UN languages (particularly French and/or Spanish) an asset
  • Familiarity with information and communication technologies
  • Ability to travel internationally frequently
  • Willingness to sign a conflict of interest release and code of conduct
Institutions that meet the above criteria are also encouraged to apply.

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.

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