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Environmental Policy Specialist (Sustainable Financing and Natural Resource Management)
|Location :||Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA|
|Application Deadline :||07-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Regular)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-11|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Year with possibility for Extension|
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.
Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
Over the past two decades Cambodia has realized exceptional rates of economic growth averaging over 7% prior to the pandemic and has delivered an economic transformation. This has been accompanied by persistent declines in poverty and rapid improvements in human development.
Yet Cambodia does face several development challenges going forward. Pressures stemming from Cambodia’s rapid progression as a Middle-Income Country (MIC) have tended to be resource and carbon intensive, therefore, raising questions about sustainability. Cambodia has as a result, experienced both environmental challenges and natural resource depletion. As Cambodia responds to COVID19 and looks towards a recovery, opportunities may arise for a greener and more sustainable development pathway.
UNDP Cambodia has played important roles in supporting environmental sector priorities of the Royal Government of Cambodia covering climate change, environment and sustainable energy. Over the next two and a half years (2021-2023), UNDP will be providing technical support to the Ministry of Environment as part of a wider World Bank IDA loan financed programme, the Cambodia Sustainable Landscape & Ecotourism Project (CSLEP). The Project Development Objective is to improve protected areas (PAs) management, and to promote ecotourism opportunities and non-timber forest product (NTFP) value chains in the Cardamom Mountains-Tonle Sap landscape. UNDP’s technical assistance to the MoE is to ensure a robust “Cambodian Environmental Management Information System” (CEMIS) and a data management system, development and operationalization of sustainable financing mechanisms, and effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of project activities.
The Policy and Innovation Hub for Sustianable Development (PIH) housed under the Policy and Innovation Unit of UNDP Cambodia Office delivers timely and innovative policy solutions, supports pilot initiatives and mobilizes partnership and resources, with a view to contributing to Cambodia’s transition towards a sustainable and inclusive upper-middle income country. The project is structured around three pillars: Prosperity, Planet and Peace which is anchored with the UNDP Country Programme Document for Camboia 2019-2023. Under pillar 2 (Planet), these services cover range of programmatic areas including environment and natural resources management, circular economy, climate change and sustainable energy.
The role of the Environmental Policy Specialist is to support the delivery of technical assistance of this programme. For the CSLEP project, the Specialist’s role is to 1) provide technical and management support for the effective and timely provision of UNDP’s technical assistance packages to the CSLEP project, and 2) provide lead technical and advisory support for designing and operationalising sustainable financing options for natural resource management.
Based in the Policy and Innovation Unit and reporting to the Environmental Policy Specialist (Environment and Natural Resources Management), the Specialist 1) leads programming and resource mobilisation in the environment portfolio including natural resources management, and 2) helps facilitate UNDP’s policy engagement in terms of policy dialogue, advocacy, research, communication and partnership coordination.
The Environmental Policy Specialist (Sustainable Financing and Natural Resources Management) is based in the Policy and Innovation Unit under the overall management of the Assistant Resident Representative/ Head of Unit and direct supervision of Environmental Policy Specialist (Environment and Natural Resource Management). With regard to the implementation of the CSLEP project, the Specialist will work under the programmatic oversight of the Porogramme and Results Unit of UNDP Cambodia Office.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
The specific responsibilities of the Environmental Policy Specialist are as follows:
1. Provide technical and management support for the effective and timely provision of UNDP’s technical assistance packages to the CSLEP project and other projects when and if required:
2. Provide lead technical and advisory support for designing and operationalising sustainable financing options for natural resource management:
3. Lead programming and resource mobilisation in the areas of environment and natural resources management:
4. Facilitate UNDP’s policy engagement in terms of policy dialogue, research, communication and partnership:
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Required Skills and Experience