Specialist – Nature-Based Solutions

UNEP-CCC is a leading international advisory organization on energy, climate, and sustainable development. Its work focuses on assisting developing countries and emerging economies in transitioning towards low-carbon, climate resilient development pathways and supports the integration of climate action into national development. UNEP-CCC is actively engaged in implementing UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy and Energy Programme by delivering technical assistance and policy advice to developing countries and emerging markets in the context of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are increasingly understood to be effective and efficient options to address both mitigation and adaptation challenges in a wide range of settings. In urban contexts, they contribute to mitigation by sequestering and storing carbon in their biomass and in soils or by reducing the demand for cooling. NbS are also powerful options to reduce climate risk by significantly lowering the impacts of climate hazards, such as reducing the impact of wave height and strength in coastal settings, dissipating flood risk through flood plains, and reducing urban heat by providing shade. At the same time, NbS contribute significantly to the provision of jobs, energy savings, ecosystem services, health and biodiversity.

Reporting to the head of the impact assessment and adaptation analysis section, the main responsibility of the successful candidate will be to provide science-based advice in the context of nature-based solutions for adaptation and mitigation, policy support, and capacity building at local to national and global levels. The successful candidate is expected to work on a varied portfolio of activities, including project management and coordination, partnership development, data generation, quantitative and qualitative analysis, as well as contributing to fundraising, and proposal development in collaboration with other staff as well as other relevant colleagues across UNEP.

Specific areas of work for the Specialist – Nature-based Solutions will include:

  • Coordinate the work on nature-based solutions at UNPE-CCC through:
    • strategic inputs regarding the direction and scope of activities related to nature-based solutions;
    • management and implementation of projects and other initiatives related to nature-based solutions;
    • support and co-development of fundraising activities under the supervision of the head of section; and
    • development and maintenance of partnerships and intensive networking in the context of nature-based solutions, in particular those supporting low-carbon, climate-resilient sustainable development.
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge and capacity building products for nature-based solutions that address climate risks and support climate mitigation and sustainable development.
  • Analyse the opportunities and challenges for public and private sector engagement in nature-based solutions and develop and implement innovative business models for NbS implementation in developing countries and emerging economies.
  • Collaborate with the head of unit in setting the work and strategic discussion of the IAAA section in the context of nature-based solutions.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of UNEP-CCC’s and UNEP’s strategies, in particular in the area of nature-based solutions that address climate risks and support climate mitigation and sustainable development.
  • Other tasks as designated by the section head.

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

The incumbent will be evaluated against performance criteria including the following:

  • Level of contribution to project objectives
  • Level of contribution to resource mobilization, partnership building and maintenance, and networking
  • Level of contribution to the UNOPS core competencies (see below)
  • Level of contribution to the strategic discussions as part of the IAAA section, UNEP-CCC, and UNEP

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Application deadline: 24/09/2023

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