National Consultant for the NDC Action project in Jordan
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Environment Programme
Close on 24 Aug 2020
Location: Manama (Bahrain), Jordan
Grade: Consultant/Contractor
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Job Description

Result of Service

Strengthening Jordan's national climate response by supporting the implementation of Jordan's NDC and realizing climate ambitions.

Work Location

Amman, Jordan

Expected duration

From 1 August 2020 to 15 July 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The “NDC Action” Project supports ten partner countries to translate their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) into concrete strategies and actions ready for financing and implementation and fosters accelerated public and private investment in sector specific NDC implementation.

The Project will be implemented in Jordan by UNEP and the UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP) in close collaboration with the government of Jordan and identified national institutions. The project will focus on two selected sectors: water (with a focus on water for agriculture) and waste (with a focus on solid waste).

The objective of the consultancy is to support the implementation of the project in Jordan and acting as the in-country focal point. The Consultant will work in close collaboration with the two focal ministries in Jordan, namely the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC). He/she will develop/update work plans, conduct research, hold consultation with stakeholders, oversee cooperation with technical collaborating institutions, provide regular updates on project progress and ensure the overall adherence to its objectives, quality standards, and timeframes.

The project’s intended outcomes are:
i. Partner institutions are leading NDC implementation and driving more ambitious NDCs with the engagement and support of relevant national stakeholders;
ii. Relevant actors have the knowledge on policies and programmes needed to drive NDC implementation in the priority mitigation and/or adaptation sectors;
iii. Financial institutions are engaged in the development of climate-friendly investment plans led by governments, and show the intention to make climate investments that support NDC implementation;
iv. Experiences and lessons learned are shared among partner countries and beyond, creating a foundation for enhanced ambition

Under the direct supervision of the Climate Change Coordinator at UNEP’s Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), the Consultant will carry-out, inter alia, the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Organize and facilitate a high-level launch event for the NDC Action project in Jordan:
The official launch of the project is an event that will bring together the two focal ministries, various stakeholders in the two selected sectors, and other interested organisations to formally kick off project activities. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, the Consultant shall:
• Plan and arrange the event, including venue, logistics, invitation lists, media release, among others
• Present a brief on the project’s objectives and workplan (see below)
• Facilitate the event’s other presentation and discussions
• Produce an event report

Deliverable: Event report and media coverage

2. Develop a workplan for the project:
The Consultant, in consultation with the two focal ministries and UNEP-ROWA and using the available project document and scoping mission report for guidance, shall develop a workplan for the project. The workplan must address how the areas of intervention will be achieved and should outline steps to implement the project with clear time limes, outputs, and relevant stakeholders. Activities to support the development of the workplan include, inter alia:
• Map stakeholders and organize exchange/collaboration fora to exchange ideas and share experiences relevant for NDC implementation
• Consult with other UN agencies and international development partners in Jordan to ensure alignment with existing programmes and projects
• Conduct a stocktake of existing policies and strategies in the two priority sectors
• Assess the institutional and human capacity of potential stakeholders for steering NDC implementation
• Assist UDP to identify suitable technical institutions for the two priority sectors and to get concurrence for this selection from government counterparts
• Liaise with UDP focal person for Jordan, UDP subject matter experts for the two priority sectors, and UDP in-country technical assistance partner organization(s) for finetuning the Technical Assistance program they will tailor-design in consultation with relevant line ministries and other stakeholders
• Integrate the tailored Technical Assistance programme into the project work plan
• Ensure that the work plan is validated by the two focal ministries

Deliverable: Comprehensive and validated project workplan

3. Establish, reform or enhance national-level multi-stakeholder consultation mechanism:
Countries participating in the NDC Action project have repeatedly flagged as a priority for efficient NDC implementation, the need for developing and/or reinforcing a robust and inclusive multi stakeholders’ consultation and coordination process. The project aims to provide just that, filling the gaps where necessary and supporting the (further) institutionalization of this process, leaving no institution or organization with a strong role to play behind. The Consultant shall develop a consultation mechanism that will be used throughout the project’s duration for this purpose. The Consultant shall, among others:
• Design a new consultation mechanism, or employ and finetune an existing mechanism, as an inclusive process of consultation to enhance collaboration and facilitate decision making
• Define clear roles and responsibilities, schedules, reporting structures, etc. of the mechanism
• Submit the mechanism for feedback to stakeholders, including the two focal ministries, the ministries and entities involved in the two selected sectors, and other relevant bodies
• Ensure that the mechanism is validated by the two focal ministries

Deliverable: Validated stakeholder mapping and consultation mechanism

4. Implementation of project activities and project management
• Support the regional coordinator is overseeing day-to-day implementation of the project according to the workplan and in liaison with focal ministries and all relevant stakeholders
• Provide advice and guidance on issues related to the project activities
• Prepare monthly progress reports to UNEP-ROWA detailing activities undertaken, achievements, minutes of meetings and discussions
• Continually assess, mitigate and report on project risks
• Organise meetings and local and national workshops for stakeholder consultation, as requested by the regional coordinator
• Facilitate the country missions of UNEP and UDP staff and consultants
• Facilitate the implementation of the technical assistance activities of the project
• Undertake any other project related activities at the request of UNEP-ROWA regional coordinator

Deliverable: Monthly progress reports

Qualifications/special skills

ACADEMIC: Advanced degree in environmental sciences, international affairs, climate change, public policy or similar

EXPERIENCE:
• Minimum 8 years’ experience in climate change policy, international development, public policy or similar
• Experience in water and/or waste sectors an advantage
• Familiarity with the Jordan and regional climate change context is essential
• Familiarity with Jordan government processes and data availability is essential
• Ability to conduct research and work independently
• Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills

LANGUAGE: Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

About UNEP

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment or UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Our mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UN Environment categorizes its work into seven broad thematic areas: climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource efficiency, and environment under review. In all of our work, we maintain our overarching commitment to sustainability. 

UN Environment also hosts the secretariats of many critical multilateral environmental agreements and research bodies, bringing together nations and the environmental community to tackle the greatest challenges of our time. These include the following:

  • The Convention on Biological Diversity 
  • The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
  • The Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  • The Vienna Convention for the Protection of Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol
  • The Convention on Migratory Species
  • The Carpathian Convention
  • The Bamako Convention
  • The Tehran Convention