Climate and Environmental Data Specialist Andean States

Lieu : Home based
Date limite de candidature :11-May-21 (Minuit New York, États-Unis)
Catégorie supplémentaire :Géstion
Type de contrat :IPSA (Short-Term)
Niveau du poste :IPSA-10
Langues requises :
Anglais   Espagnol  
Durée du contrat initial6 months

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A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the assignment. Supporting evidence such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials on previous roles may also be requested.

A two-page methodology on how the Offeror will conduct the work including a Work Plan and approach in delivering the required outputs within the assignment period.


No travel is envisaged for this position, as the Specialist shall be working remotely from home (home-based).

Office/Unit/Project Description

The Climate Security Mechanism in the Andean Region and Climate Security Risk Dashboard (CRD)

The Climate Security Mechanism (CSM- jointly established by UNDP, UNEP and DPPA in 2018) seeks to strengthen the capacity of the UN system to address the interlinkages between climate change, prevention and sustaining peace, including by leveraging existing experience and expertise across the different pillars of the United Nations (UN) system. Building the collective evidence base on climate-related security risks and closing knowledge gaps form critical parts of this work. CSM supports work in the regions including the Andean States Region.

Following severe droughts and conflict of recent years, the Andean States may now face the largest migration crisis in world. The recent emergence of COVID-19 has now compounded risks related to governance, socio-economic development, social cohesion and food security, and undermined the capacity of States and communities to adapt to climate change. Additionally, there are disparities in how climate risks will be felt – requiring an equity and justice lens.

To ensure that UN Country Teams, field missions,  and other partners in the region, with a focus on Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are fully supported with data, analytics and capacity to deliver on assessing and addressing climate-related security risks in this context, the Climate and Environmental Data Analyst, in collaboration with UNDP Crisis Bureau, the Regional Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean, and DPPA, will develop and implement a Sub-regional Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD) – a risk tracking system for early warning. The CRD will serve as a tool to inform regular context analysis on the part of a Senior Policy Expert working in the project, as well as UNDP programme design, development and adaptation in the face of crisis-related risks. As such, a sub-regional approach is needed to map and analyze prioritiy areas, strengthen early warning capacities, including transboundary effects as intersecting climate and conflict/prevention risks are not confined by national borders.

Institutional Arrangement

The CSM members and CSM and the Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding, and Responsive Institutions, Crisis Bureau/ Climate Change Team/BPPS UNDP will provide overall oversight. The Consultant will report directly to the Climate and Security Risk Policy Specialist in Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding, and Responsive Institutions, Crisis Bureau/ Climate Change Team/BPPS UNDP with close coordination with the Regional Hub in Panama and COs in the Andean Region.

Devoirs et responsabilités

Scope of Work

 To deliver on this mapping and analysis, assessment, the UNDP/CSM in coordination with the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America & Caribbean and Country Offices and other key partners in Andean state region, propose the below objectives and corresponding scope of work for this assignment.

Support the mapping, analysis on climate security trends, and strengthen early warning capacities (30%)

  • Analysis of current and ongoing research on climate change and climate risks for peace and security in the sub-region and identify priority areas for informed crisis risk tracking in Andean sub-region, including determining populations and locations expected to be most exposed to climate security related risks.
  • Propose a strategy and implementation plan for capturing required primary data, develop a process for primary data gathering (e.g. designing and conducting periodic perception surveys, facilitating expert reference group information gathering, etc.).
  • Mapping of hotspots for climate, disaster, security risks in the Andean states, including new/emerging risks such as COVID-19 and including an analysis of differentiated impacts across population groups in support of the Senior Policy Expert.

Collaborate with UNDP Early Warning Team to develop a Crisis Risk Dashboard for the region, including offering technical advice on functionality (30%)

  • Engagement with the UNDP Early Warning Team for development of Crisis Risk Dashboard and consultations with stakeholders (Government National/local, Civil Society and convening workshop.
  • Propose revisions and improvements to the overall design framework and data requirements for the risk tracking system, using as the key tool the Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD) – a purpose-designed platform developed by UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit for online information management and data visualization - and ensure content is current, comprehensive, and follows relevant metadata standards.
  • Identify and integrate additional primary and secondary data into the early warning system as required by evolving needs including the development, implementation and management of new indicators and corresponding data that are associated with the crisis risk model.

Support the synthesis of results and channel appropriate inputs into National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies, Common Country Assessments (CCAs), UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs) and other relevant national and regional action plans/strategies (20%)

  • Draft substantive synthesis of inputs into NAPs, DRR strategies, conflict resolution strategies; local action plans on climate change adaptation; and provide advice to UNCTs, UNDP COs and the PDAs, and CRD users on effective data visualization through the CRD.

Develop guidance and training materials on the application of Crisis Risk Dashboard and templates for information products (20%)

  • Design initial drafts for guidance and training materials on application of the CRD and templates for information products (maps, charts, infographics) to be used by the UNCT, UNDP COs, PDAs and CRD users at large.


Professionalism: Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, financial and human resources policies and procedures. Ability to apply various United Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.

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

Planning& Organizing:  Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments.

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

Qualifications et expériences requises

Min. Academic Education

A master’s degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental management, geography, natural resource management, and other relevant disciplines

Min. years of relevant Work experience

At least five years’ experience in climate change, satellite-based meteorological, hydrological and/or multi-hazard early warning and forecasting systems, remote sensing, earth observation, geo-spatial data analysis is required

Required skills

Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.

Desired additional skills

  • Experience with information management, data collection and analysis, data visualization skills, machine learning, artificial intelligence and an ability to handle large data sets is an asset
  • Experience in Latin American and the Caribbean, in particular the Andean region is desirable
  • Experience in conflict, crisis, disaster, humanitarian settings including with the UN or other multi-lateral organizations is highly valued

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Excellent spoken and written Spanish and English is required

Working knowledge of another UN language would be an asset

Professional Certificates

Data Analysis and Information management or Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

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