Technical Specialist (Climate Change)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Closed on 6 Jul 2020
Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
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Job Description
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
UNCDF’s financing models work through three channels: inclusive digital economies, connecting individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; local development finance, that capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and investment finance, that provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to Sustainable Development Goal-SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a broad diversity of SDGs.
The Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC) is a joint project of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), supported by the European Union and SIDA. This is Phase II (consolidation) of UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) Project for in Bangladesh.
LoGIC will promote local action on climate change adaptation at scale. Bangladesh is ranked 5th among the 10 countries of the world most affected by climate change and disasters. It is experiencing change in weather patterns and in the occurrence of extreme events like cyclones and floods and rising of sea levels. These events exacerbate poverty and vulnerability of people on a regular basis. The Government of Bangladesh recognises the severity of climate change and is working to mainstream related concerns into the national development policy, planning and financing. However, in the absence of a specific climate change policy, this sector is served by a number of sectoral policies which also shape the expenditure pattern in the national budget. While the local government institutions (LGIs) are mandated to implement many actions related to climate effects, these actions do not figure in the local plans as climate proofing initiatives. Moreover, the local planning process does not adequately engage communities and vulnerable people to reflect their needs and demands. LoGIC project will enhance the capacity of local government institutions, vulnerable communities, and civil society organisations for effective and inclusive local level planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected climate vulnerable areas. LoGIC will establish two financing mechanisms at the Union level: a Performance-Based Climate Resilience Grant System and a Community Resilience Fund.
By achieving its objectives and results, the project will contribute to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability in Bangladesh. Specifically, the intervention aims:
  • To strengthen the capacity of local governments, households and other local stakeholders, to develop local plans that integrate climate change adaptation measures and disaster risk management.
  • To establish a financing mechanism to fund local governments and communities for implementing climate change adaptation measures.
  • To produce information and evidence to feed further improvements in policies and practices for UPs and national systems in relation to climate change adaptation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Technical Specialist (Climate Change) will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, NOC UNCDF Bangladesh and with management guidance from the Project Coordinator (LOGIC Project) and technical guidance of the UNCDF’s Global LoCAL Project and UNDP Climate Change Specialist.
S/he will also closely work with government counterparts, UNDP-UNCDF operations unit, Programme cluster, local government, non-government and civil society organizations. S/he would be responsible for the following key functions:
  • Taking stock of international best practices for Country Climate Risk Assessments (CRA) for Subnational Climate Change Adaptation and Local information systems for CRA.
  • Updating the CRA and RRAP of the 72 UPs based on downscaled climate risk models and dynamic socio-economic drivers that contribute to sensitivity of climate variabilities and extremes.
  • Ensure how best the PBCRG investments address the priority climate adaptive/ resilience options aligning with the updated Community Risk Assessment (CRA) findings.
  • Ensure that the PBCRG respond with more ecosystem approach in addressing the climate vulnerability.
  • Support the preparation of adaptation rationale, adaptation outcome indicators and adaptation output indicators for each why the specific investment in line with the UNCDF LoCAL “Assessing climate change adaptation framework”
  • Justify why the specific investment in a particular context is eligible as climate change adaptation investment and its economic and social rate of return.
  • Support the costing of PBCRG investments including the estimation of the additional costs of climate change adaptation to inform the co-finance ratio and rationale and structure mechanism to secure co-finance from multiple sources with PBCRG as top-up to other investments.
  • Identify people being at risk due to climate change vulnerability and recommend nature-based solutions and infrastructure required to respond to the adaptation need.
  • Apply professional judgement in identifying climate change additionality to a problem.
  • Support local governments and communities in identifying benefits of the PBCRG schemes by the variance between cost of inaction and cost of action.
  • Support the undertaking of feasibility studies of the selected investments that integrate climate risks and other consideration in particular environmental and social safeguards.
  • Collect and analyze data from various sources to establish causality between global climate change and its impact at local level.
  • Plan and commission field surveys and, case studies as evidence of PBCRG investments use for climate smart infrastructures investments, in line with the UNCDF’s ACCAF.
  • Coordinate the implementation of PBCRG component at district level (i.e. risk assessment, needs assessments, planning and screening, financing mechanisms and budgeting, community consultations, implementation of adaptation measures, and reporting).
  • Introduce, explain and consolidate innovations of LoGIC intervention at local level and facilitate project communications;
  • Support capacity-building strategies and activities and help in identifying knowledge gaps and training needs at community level.
  • Prepare periodic reports, status reports as required by LoGIC project in a qualitative and timely manner.
  • Support and facilitate project communications, through stories, updates of the Bangladesh country profile under LoCAL;
  • Coordinate and ensure quality and timely ME of the LoGIC as part of the LoCAL ACCAF
Corporate Competencies
  • Delivery
  • People Management
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
Functional Competencies
Management and Leadership:
  • Demonstrates effective project management skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback, timely responses to queries;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Provides strategic leadership and managerial support to the project for ensuring successful implementation and possible scaling up;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates leadership capacity and experience to carry on the policy advocacy for legal reform and sustainably mainstreaming the project within the LGD;
  • Demonstrates results-oriented approach to work;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines;
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrated ability to function at both policy advisory and project implementation level;
  • In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary developmental issues, adaptability and ability to treat all people fairly;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision, adapted to changing external environment.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to engage with high ranking UN Advisors, Experts, Managers, Government Officials and international donor community and provide policy advisory support services;
  • Ability to plan and strategize and manage the scaling up the project to a national level;
  • Ability to identify opportunities, conceptualize and develop project reports;
  • Ability to analyze situations and act accordingly;
  • Ability to effectively support in strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to formulate and manage training programmes and design relevant training materials;
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through personal example: Excellent knowledge of capacity building theory and the application of methodology: good understanding of capacity assessment methodologies;
  • Excellent ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities, ability to get capacity built, excellent ability to demonstrate national capacities built (mastery of the tools and their application);
  • Display understanding of the relevant contemporary ICT tools and continuously act towards personal capacity building;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral): sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNCDF staff.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Masters’ Degree in any discipline, preferably Environmental Science, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Water Resource Management, Atmospheric Physics, Climate Change, Geography and Environment.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in development projects implemented by national/international NGOs/ UN bodies/ Government in the field of climate change adaptation or environmental management;
  • Experience with climate change modelling, risk scenario development will be added advantage;
  • Excellent understanding of climate change and local governance issues in Bangladesh and elsewhere will be an added qualification;
  • Experience in working with government officials; Strong training & facilitation skills;
  • Work experience in climate change adaptation and resilience building related projects and financing at local level will be considered a strong advantage.
  • Excellent inter-personal, training, and communications skills;
  • Working IT skills ( Ms word, Power point, Excel);
  • Strong training & facilitation skills;
  • Proven track record of being able to work in a team;
  • In-depth knowledge on climate change issues, adaptation and vulnerability affecting rural Bangladesh;
  • In-depth knowledge on rural local government system in Bangladesh;
  • Knowledge on planning and budgeting procedures;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral);
  • Respectful and helpful relations with Government counterparts and project staff;
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems, and positively influence staff behavioural/attitudinal change;
  • Sensitive to and responsiveness to all partners, respectful and helpful relations with LGD, donors and project staff.
  • Strong technical background in some of the following technical areas; local governance, local justice, governance, human rights and project management
  • Ability to take initiative in complex emergency situations that takes advantage of windows of opportunity with communities and governments so as to rapidly implement programs that would otherwise be missed opportunities;
  • Solid knowledge in contract, asset and procurement, information and communication technology;
  • Prior experience of Project Manager; Knowledge Management and Learning; promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Knowledge on development issues;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Bangla required.


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