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UN REDD Technical Specialist
|Location :||Kampala, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Feb-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 Months|
The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.
The Programme supports national REDD+ readiness efforts in 56 partner countries, spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, in two ways: (i) direct support to the design and implementation of UN-REDD National Programmes; and (ii) complementary support to national REDD+ action through common approaches, analyses, methodologies, tools, data and best practices developed through the UN-REDD Global Programme.
Uganda became a Participant of FCPF in 2008 and in 2009 received a first US$200,000 Grant through the World Bank to prepare a REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP). Uganda embarked on R-PP preparation phase in March 2010 which was approved during the ninth Participants’ Committee meeting in Oslo in June, 2011 with comments. Uganda submitted an acceptable and updated R-PP in May 2012 after which a second US$3,634,000 Readiness Preparation Grant Agreement was signed on July 10, 2013 between the Government of Uganda (GoU) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD/World Bank). Additional support has been received from the Grant Agreement with Austrian Development Agency (ADA – US$ 870,000) and UN-REDD Targeted Support (US$ 75,000) and GoU contribution (US$ 472,000 in kind).
The approved R-PP comprises the following 4 key component including (a) Readiness Organization and Consultation including setting up national REDD+ management arrangements and advancing consultation, participation and outreach; (b) REDD+ Strategy Preparation, including assessment of land use, land use change drivers, forest law, policy and governance, REDD+ strategy options, implementation framework and social and environmental impacts; (c) Reference Emissions Level/Reference Levels, and; (d) Monitoring Systems for Forests and Safeguards, including NFMS and information system for multiple benefits other impacts, governance and safeguards.
Uganda was furthermore retained by the UN-REDD Policy Board as priority country from Africa, and requested to express interest in National Programme (NP) support, to which Uganda responded favourably. Uganda’s UN-REDD NP was approved by the UN-REDD Programme 13th Policy Board in November 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania (US$ 1,798,670 until January 2017).
The overall NP goal is to enable Uganda to be ready for REDD+ implementation, including development of necessary institutions, policies, instruments and capacities, in a collaborative and leveraging way with other REDD+ readiness partners. The NP has three major outcomes - led by UNDP, FAO and UNEP, respectively: Outcome 1 – A transformational national REDD+ strategy is designed through substantial multi-sectorial technical and policy dialogue, including robust policy options and measures, mainstreamed and anchored in national development vision, planning and framework; Outcome 2 – A National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) is designed and set up, with appropriate Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) functions; and Outcome 3 – Subnational implementation of the REDD+ national strategy is prepared and facilitated through an “integrated landscape management” approach, building on a comprehensive set of analytical work, engagement and capacity building of stakeholders, and early actions.
Capacity building is a transversal stream of work that aims at enhancing national capacities to manage a high-quality and timely-delivered REDD+ process, mobilizing and engaging the required institutions and stakeholders, exploiting synergies between work streams as well as with initiatives beyond the REDD+ arena, sustaining the policy work, and building the national case for REDD+ in order to foster international dialogue and resource mobilization for REDD+ implementation. It will necessitate the expertise to ensure overall planning, coordination, sequencing, facilitation, monitoring and connecting the different work streams and actors in REDD+.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Climate Change Policy Committee, which is co-chaired by Permanent Secretary of MoWE and UN Resident Coordinator, under the close supervision of Country Director of UNDP Country Office in Uganda and the REDD+ National Focal Point, and under the technical guidance of the FCPF technical Advisor (Lead Technical Advisor) and in close collaboration with other consultants recruited to support the various elements of the National REDD+ Strategy, the UN-REDD Technical Advisor will be responsible for overall operational and financial management and reporting on the implementation of Uganda REDD+ Roadmap through the UN-REDD programmatic support. To achieve this objective, the UN-REDD Technical Advisor will be also guided by the Regional Technical Advisor of the UNDP/UN-REDD programme based in Nairobi.
Support the REDD+ Secretariat in the day-to-day management of UN-REDD Programmatic Support including:
Provide advice to Government counterparts and facilitate knowledge building focusing on achievement of the following results:
Provide support and technical advice to the development of policy options and strategy for the design and implementation of Uganda National REDD+ Process to the REDD+ Secretariat including support on the development of:
Share knowledge on REDD+ by documenting lessons learnt and best practices from the UN-REDD Programmatic Support and contributing to the development of knowledge based tools (including policies, strategies, guidelines, etc.);
Provide timely quality information and technical advice to the REDD+ Secretariat and the UN Country Team, to ensure effective development and delivery of the UN-REDD Programmatic Support;
Coordinate institutional capacity assessments of relevant national and subnational entities along the REDD+ supply chain;
Assist in the identification of technical expertise and lead on the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts, and reviewing reports produced; and support to UNFCCC negotiations relating to REDD+.
The Technical Advisor will be a senior member of the REDD+ Secretariat. S/he will report to the REDD+ National Focal Point and will sit in the National REDD+ Secretariat within the Ministry of Water and Environment. This reporting line will link the TA to the UNDP CO and MWE. On technical matters, the TA will report to the Country Director of UNDP Country Office in Uganda, the REDD+ National Focal Point and the Lead Technical Advisor, and collaborate closely with the UNDP Country Office and the UN-REDD+ regional team in Nairobi (through the UNDP CO).
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Management and Leadership:
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.