Engagement Advisor, Invest4Climate

Location : Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :26-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
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 :12 months


Over the past decade more than 1.5 billion people have been affected by disasters that have cost at least US$ 1.3 trillion. Climate change, weak governance, and an increasing concentration of people and assets in areas exposed to natural hazards are driving disaster risk upwards, especially in poor and fragile countries. UNDP’s support to countries on climate change and disaster resilience is shaped by three important global agreements: the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development1.


UNDP works with countries to help them reduce greenhouse gases and advance a long-term goal of risk-informed zero-carbon development. At the same time, we work together with partners to adapt to the impacts of climate change, enhance access to clean energy, reduce the risk of disasters and, where needed, support resilient disaster recovery. Taken all together, these efforts are the path towards sustainable development that is risk-informed, zero-carbon and resilient.


UNDP’s work integrates issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at the country level, focusing on resilience building and ensuring development remains risk-informed and sustainable. To do this we assist governments in systematically and comprehensively delivering on risk-informed development through the communication, reduction and management of risk.


To support the achievement of UNDP’s strategic plan outcomes, as well as global agendas i.e. Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Sendai Framework of Actions for DRR and the sustainable development goals, the UNDP Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction team (CDT), under the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) focuses on four thematic areas:

  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Climate Change
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Sustainable Energy


There is a small team in Geneva that leads on integrated areas across external engagement, insurance, investment and private sector work across disaster, climate and energy.


As part of this work, the team leads on UNDP’s engagement in the Invest4Climate initiative. Jointly led by the World Bank and the UN, Invest4Climate platform provides an opportunity to mobilize further, coordinate, and deliver the finance needed to help countries make the transition to a low-carbon resilient future while creating job and building prosperity. 


An engagement advisor is required to lead UNDP’s work on the I4C platform.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives: The engagement advisor will primarily work on the I4C platform, in its development and its implementation. Their task will be support the engagement of UNDP (as well as, where appropriate, the broader UN system) in the platform, playing a key role in its work over the next 12 months. 

Reporting: The engagement advisor will be based in UNDP Geneva within the BPPS directorate and CDT team. For administrative and contractual purposes, the consultant will report to the Special Advisor for External Engagement, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction of UNDP Geneva.

Tasks and deliverables:

  • Coordinate UNDP’s engagement in the Invest4Climate initiative. This will involve the following:
    • Engaging directly with the World Bank, our partner in this initiative, which may require representing both UNDP and the broader UN family.
    • Work to develop the initiative, supporting efforts to increase political leadership, advocacy, and potentially financing platforms.
    • Working across UNDP to source high-value initiatives that can be put forward into the Invest4Climate showcasing events.
    • Lead on all workplanning for I4C within UNDP, and connect to other critical teams working on communications/advocacy, private sector, climate investment and more
  • In addition to direct I4C activities the successful candidate would have to ensure that this work is integrated across the teams’ engagement with investment, private sector and insurance. This would entail:
    • Support all the work across insurance and private sector activities, namely NDC programming, Invest 4 Climate, insurance, and investment platforms. Undertake bespoke research into key areas relevant to these sectors.
    • Support engagement with financing, private sector and investment communities.
    • Provide external information on CDT activities across platforms relevant to the above programmatic support, providing content for the website and other media outlets.
    • Support communications for the team, in collaboration with other colleagues in New York, and where appropriate support resource mobilization efforts.
  • Undertake preparatory and follow-up work for meetings and prepare documentation for records and support the management of the work by contributing to document management, retrieval and overall good practice
  • Any other tasks required by the team.






  • Excellent personal and professional communication and presentation skills, with strong organisational abilities;
  • Ability to represent UNDP in important settings, both in terms of organisation and advocacy.



  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to lead and gain the assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavour;
  • Ability to build trust through operating with transparency and creating an open, positive and enabling environment;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.


Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of climate, insurance, investment and development concepts on a technical level
  • Strong familiarity with financing and deal facilitation platforms, ideally across both private and multilateral sectors.
  • Ability to make compelling and clear presentations in PowerPoint
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Strong administrative skills with the ability to manage several projects at once, including prioritising one against another.
  • Ability to pay great attention to detail and exercise sound judgment.
  • Self-motivation and ability to self-manage when needed.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University degree in economics, finance, international relations, or development-related area of study or a first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience.



  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in development finance, investment, insurance, climate change, disaster risk management, partnership programme development, fundraising, and/or relevant fields;
  • Demonstrable experience in areas of investment in development settings.
  • Demonstrable private sector experience, especially in an investment or financing context.
  • Management or project experience in the UN, World Bank or other multilateral agency, and proven ability to engage at a senior level with donors and member states;
  • In-depth experience of working on project and programme development and implementation related to mitigation, energy, adaptation, investment, private sector or similar.
  • Experience acting in a coordination role in preparedness or response, for the UN, World Bank or other multilateral agency;
  • Administrative experience in acting in a Secretariat or similar role highly regarded.



  • Exceptional written and oral English skills;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language desirable


  • The consultant will be office-based and will be provided with an office desk and a computer in the UNDP Geneva offices.


Recommended Presentation of Offer

The following documents should be submitted:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780
  • Personal CV or P11 http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc, indicating all your past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) and at least three (3) professional references;
  • A motivation letter of why you consider yourself as the most suitable for the assignment is required for this assignment. A description of how you have played a similar coordination/secretariat role in the past will be highly regarded. Supplying an example of a work product you have developed previously would be advantageous to your application;
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  For this assignment, all mission travel costs will be paid for by UNDP, and do not need to be included in the Financial Proposal. If you are employed by an organization/company/institution, and you expect your employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing you to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), you must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. The interested candidates should provide their financial proposal on all-inclusive daily fee basis for requested services with detailed breakdown. Payments shall be made to the consultant based on a duly completed time sheet on monthly basis.

Applicants must apply online and submit all above to mahmood.zahir@undp.org , with the following subject heading: Engagement Advisor, Invest4Climate CDT" by the deadline for this vacancy. Applications received without a financial proposal and applications received after the deadline will be rejected.

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer

Candidates will be evaluated using a combined scoring method with the qualifications and methodology weighted at 70% and the financial proposal weighted at 30%.  Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49% (out of 70%) points on the technical qualifications part will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Criteria for evaluation of qualifications and methodology (70% points maximum):

  • Relevance of University degree (5%);
  • Experience acting in a programmatic or project activities, ideally for the UN, World Bank or other development agency (15%);
  • Experience working in either insurance, investment, private sector, and/or relevant fields (20%);
  • Excellent oral and demonstrated written communication skills in English (5%).
  • Interview (25%)

Criteria for financial evaluation (30 points maximum):

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: p = y (µ/z)

  • Where p=points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
  • y=maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
  • µ=price of the lowest priced proposal;
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated.

Annexes to the TOR

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.

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