Technical Specialist: Coral Reef and Island Ecosystems – IPSA 11 – Home-based

Full Time
Posted 2 years ago

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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

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.

Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels offers a spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in its Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages; represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora, including public-private, government and civil society dialogues; and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. 

BPPS’ Nature Climate and Energy (NCE) Team works with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate natural capital, environment and climate concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies; support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements; and implement the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming on environment, climate change, and energy. This multi-billion-dollar portfolio encompasses: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services including forests; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification including food and commodity systems; Water and Ocean Governance including SIDS; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Sustainable Energy; Extractive Industries; Chemicals and Waste Management; Environmental Governance and Green/Circular Economy and SCP approaches. This work advances crosscutting themes on innovative finance, digital transformation, capacity development, human rights, gender equality, health, technology, and South-South learning.

In addition to UNDP’s bilateral partnerships in NCE, UNDP is an accredited multilateral implementing agency of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Multilateral Fund (MLF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). As part of UNDP’s partnership with these vertical funds (VFs), UNDP provides countries specialized integrated technical services for eligibility assessment, programme formulation, capacity development, policy advice, technical assistance, training and technology transfer, mobilization of co-financing, implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments, and knowledge management services.

Marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity contributes substantially to human development, including via the provision of food security, transport, energy, tourism, and critical ecosystem services; ocean sectors contribute around $3 trillion per year to the global market economy. Due to governance and market failures leading to unsustainable ocean practices, the health and socioeconomic contributions of the ocean, and especially coral reefs, face significant threats including overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change. These threats disproportionately impact SIDS and coral nations, where economic and community development is highly dependent on nature.

UNDP works with national and local governments, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to advance integrated, cross-sectoral, ecosystem-based approaches for the protection and management of marine and coastal ecosystems that help to create and maintain sustainable blue economies. Through UNDP’s Ocean Promise, the organisation commits to mainstreaming marine and coastal conservation and management targets into SDG-based national development and poverty reduction strategies and facilitating strategic partnerships and coordinated approaches to action and advocacy for marine and coastal resources management. This aligns closely with UNDP’s SIDS Offer—Rising Up For SIDS, which focuses on three interconnected pillars that can kickstart green and blue recovery and transform development: (i) enhance climate action; (ii) propel blue economies; and (iii) catalyse digital transformation, aiming to provide integrated development solutions specific to SIDS. On the ground, UNDP is redoubling its efforts to enable every SIDS and coral nation to access innovative and traditional finance that unlocks ocean-positive investment with benefits for local communities. UNDP is a founding partner of the Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR), which supports blended finance initiatives that unlock public and private investment for businesses and financial mechanisms that improve reef health and benefit communities. UNDP plays a leading role in the development and implementation of GFCR.

The Technical Specialist (TS) for Coral Reef and Island Ecosystems is primarily responsible for providing technical, policy, and programming implementation support and oversight across UNDP’s global Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) and wider coral reefs portfolio, and delivering related knowledge, capacity development and solution sharing services. The Technical Specialist will support UNDP’s engagement with the Global Fund for Coral Reefs, including management of UNDP’s GFCR global project and programme portfolio, the development and implementation of the REEF+ Accelerator (a GFCR facility hosted by UNDP) and related fundraising. The TS is expected to support and oversee UNDP´s work with key partners in the coral reefs arena including UN agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, donors (bilateral, IFI, foundations), the private sector and other stakeholders. The TS will also support corporate coral reef- and island-related policy and advocacy work.

Institutional Arrangement

  • The Technical Specialist will report to the Senior Technical Advisor (EBD/Marine and SIDS);
  • The Technical Specialist will be given access to relevant information necessary for the execution of the tasks under this assignment;
  • The Technical Specialist will be responsible for providing her/his own workstation (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;
  • Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the Technical Specialist is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for consultations taking into consideration different time zones;
  • The Technical Specialist will engage regularly with the supervisor by email and Skype on a weekly and/or as needed daily basis;
  • The Technical Specialist shall submit to the Supervisor a monthly progress report on the status of the implementation of tasks.

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