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Regional Technical Specialist for Ecosystems and Biodiversity
|Location :||Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||10-May-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
UNDP recognizes that the growing risks and impacts of climate change and the accompanying loss of ecosystem services requires the world to urgently invest in a new green development paradigm. Based in UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy and its Environment and Energy Group, the UNDP/GEF unit helps developing countries make green, low emission and climate resilient development not only possible, but also economically attractive. To achieve this, it works closely with UNDP country offices to help countries develop and implement programmes and projects which advance their capacity to put in place the right mix of regulatory and financial incentives, remove institutional and policy barriers, and create enabling environments that attract and drive private sector investment into green development.
UNDP/GEF staff assist partner countries to develop and implement programmes and projects that combine and sequence resources from a wide range of global environment and climate funds, financial mechanisms, and instruments including, but not limited to: the GEF managed family of vertical funds such as the GEF Trust Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund, and the Least Developed Countries Fund; the Adaptation Fund; the Clean Development Mechanism, Joint Implementation, voluntary carbon markets and other innovative sources of carbon, climate, and ecosystem finance, as well as a variety of multilateral, bilateral, national, sub-national and private sector sources.
Staff are organized into thematic teams of technical specialists led by Principal or Senior Technical Advisors (PTAs/STAs). Each team leader supports, guides, and supervises a team of Region based Technical Advisors (RTAs) and Specialists (RTSs). RTAs and RTSs work in close collaboration with other technical specialists at both global and regional levels. While RTAs and RTSs have global responsibilities in their area of specialized technical expertise, they are deployed from Regional Service Centres, normally close to the countries to which they provide most support, and have a secondary line of reporting to the Regional Practice or Team Leaders on the countries they support.
The strategic objective of the Ecosystems and Biodiversity team is to support the effective management of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Sustainable Human Development. To achieve this, the team focuses its efforts into the following signature programmes: Integrate EBD management into development planning and production sectors to safeguard biodiversity and maintain ecosystem functions that sustain human well-being; unlock the potential of protected areas, including indigenous and community conserved areas, to conserve biodiversity while contributing to sustainable development; manage and rehabilitate ecosystems for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.
The RTS for Ecosystems and Biodiversity will be based in Bangkok, Thailand but may be periodically re-deployed, in accordance with capability and due process, to a different regional centre as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Region based Technical Specialist for Ecosystems and Biodiversity is primarily responsible for providing high quality technical, policy, programming implementation support and oversight, and knowledge and capacity development services to UNDP country offices, and works with other UN agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations, NGO’s, donors, the private sector and many others. Specific results are expected in the areas of:
Innovation, Strategic Leadership, Policy Dialogue and Advocacy (10%)
Portfolio Management (10%)
Resource Mobilization (35%)
Development Impact (35%)
Learning, Knowledge Management and Self Development (10%)
The results of the work of the RTS impacts on the standing and reputation of UNDP in all the countries served. Overall, the decisions taken by the RTS also impact: the relations and credibility of UNDP with government (civil society and donors); programme success or failure; the efficiency and effectiveness of resource allocations within UNDP. The RTS has regular contact with Country Office and national counterparts in monitoring UNDP ecosystem and biodiversity programmes and projects. The RTS makes recommendations to the UNDP Resident Representative or Country Director on necessary courses of action in response to changes in the country context and new programme and resource mobilization opportunities. When requested, the RTA represents UNDP in international and national fora, liaises with external clients and a broad range of constituencies and UNDP counterparts in the Government, local and international media, civil society as well as counterparts from other international organizations. The RTA promotes good cooperation and coordination among programme and operations staff and between the Country Office and Government counterparts.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
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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.