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Climate Consultant

  • Location

    Saudi Arabia

  • Sector:

    Risk

  • Job type:

    Contract

  • Salary:

    Market rates

  • Contact:

    Stephen

  • Contact email:

    stephen@paritasrecruitment.com

  • Published:

    2 months ago

  • Duration:

    4 Months

  • Expiry date:

    14-04-2021

  • Consultant:

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Objective:

The key focus of the consultancy (one expert) is to develop and conduct a scoping study on policy imperatives and opportunities for the League of Arab States to address climate-related security risks through:

  • Establishing a common understanding and consolidated mapping of regional policies, frameworks, strategies, roadmaps; and reports as well as studies from the United Nations, the World Bank and think tank/ research institutions that have an impact on the understanding of and addressing climate-security and associated risks in the region.
  • Providing recommendations on possible opportunities for the UN system to support LAS and other regional partners to enhance mainstreaming of climate-related risks into policies, tools, databases, early warning systems and regional roadmaps.
 

SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK 

Focusing on the existing work portfolios, institutional capacities, and mandate of the League of Arab States, the Consultant is expected to: 

1. Conduct a Desk Review of existing policies, road-maps, strategies, tools that have relevant to climate-security, and create an overview of existing policies and programming initiatives related to climate security in the Arab States at the national and regional level including transboundary policies and initiatives applying a climate-security lens, with particular attention to the extent they affect displaced populations and vulnerable host communities.

2. Based on existing information, including statements, declarations, or other high-level validated documents, explain the understanding and approach (definition, if existing) of LAS on the issue of climate-security, including political sensitivities at the regional or country level. 

3. Identify gaps in existing policies, strategies, roadmaps, frameworks and tools, current and emerging data and strategic plans, policy and programming of climate-related security risks related to the Arab States context, based on available data. 

4. Identify and map key processes, stakeholders (including regional actors such as ESCWA, RICCAR, African Union Commission, Arab Maghreb Union, Special Political Missions, NGOs and audiences that need to be engaged (including Government, NGOs/community-led organizations inclusive of women and youth groups), to address climate-security related risks in the Arab States region

5. Identify and map key challenges (related to governance, institutions, geopolitics, finance, capacity or others) to addressing shared climate-related security risks in the Arab States region.

6. Identify areas of collaboration, capacity development gaps (that LAS may benefit from support to fill), and propose systematic engagement with existing UN initiatives, AUC and other regional entities and in climate security-related areas. 

7. Document best practices and lessons learnt in relation to climate security policy and programming, tools, institutional arrangements and mechanisms, including integrated climate security early warning and prevention mechanisms in the Arab States.

8. Based on analysis, make recommendations to leverage existing capacities, information, data, key regional processes and comparative advantages of stakeholders and potential partners to better address climate-related security risks and inform early warning system (such as AGIR, for instance), hot spot identification, and capacity building/ trainings. 

9. Throughout the baseline study, highlight studies, data, etc. that reflect the differentiated impacts of climate change on women and men, girls and boys and to the interlinkage between local livelihoods, climate change and conflicts in the Arab States. Furthermore, explore how existing policies, strategies and roadmaps are gender-sensitive, for instance, the impact (foreseen and unforeseen) of climate security risk policies on gender (in)equalities. 

10. Undertake consultations, with local communities and civil societies, as necessary to inform the activities and scope of work as identified. 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies: 

  • Knowledge of UN, including UNDP terminology, language and style.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations:
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and concise manner; 
  • Demonstrated ability to organise and structure information; 
  • Some understanding of democratic governance and sustainable development, etc. 
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills demonstrating fluency in English language; Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail;  
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changes as part of the review and feedback process; 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in political science, international development, sustainable development, conflict studies, environmental management, natural resource management, and other relevant disciplines

Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ experience with policy, programming and knowledge management for UN, government, and/or bilateral/multilateral organizations in climate change, natural resource management and/or conflict prevention and peacebuilding. (required)
  • Excellent all-round knowledge of the UN system, in particular its international development/ climate change AND its peace and security work is highly desirable. 
  • Extensive experience in developing and conducting scoping studies for policy imperatives including mapping of regional policies, frameworks, strategies, roadmaps, and reports (required).  
  • Excellent drafting and report writing skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and facilitating consultative processes is an advantage.
  • Previous work experience in the Arab States (MENA) region on climate change, peace and security and knowledge of the work of the League of Arab States is an added advantage.

Language:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is desirable for this role.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language would be an asset