Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Mitigation and Energy

Organisation: UNDP
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Application deadline: 4 August 2017
Website/full details: Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Mitigation and Energy

Description: The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has corporate 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 UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogue initiatives, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  

 
The Cluster on Sustainable Development focuses on integrating UNDP’s economic, social and environmental work into a coherent sustainable development policy and programming framework. It seeks to provide an integrated package of services covering all strands of sustainable development, including on integrated development planning and inclusive and sustainable growth, sustainable livelihoods and economic recovery in post crisis situations and natural capital and the environment. 
 
Based in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, Sustainable development Cluster, the UNDP-Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP – GEF Unit) has an objective to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion by assisting Country Offices in accessing environmental finance for sustainable development. This objective is achieved through five inter-related areas of work: (i) sustainable management of ecosystem goods and services; (ii) scaling up of climate change adaptation and mitigation; (iii) sustainable, affordable and accessible energy services; (iv) sustainable management of chemicals and waste; and (v) improved water and ocean governance. These areas of work are fully aligned with the four environmental outputs of the UNDP Strategic Plan.
 
UNDP is an accredited implementing entity for the following environmental vertical funds: (i) the funds managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF): the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF TF); the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF); the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF); and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF); (ii) the Adaptation Fund (AF); and (iii) the Green Climate Fund (GCF). As an Implementing Agency for these funds, UNDP offers countries highly specialized technical services for eligibly assessment, programme/project formulation, due diligence, mobilization of required co-financing, project implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management. 
 
The UNDP – GEF Unit is organized into five substantive technical teams corresponding to the five areas of work above. Each area of work is led by a Principal (PTA) or Senior Technical Advisor (STA), who supports and guides a team of Regional Technical Advisors and Specialists (RTAs/RTSs).  The regional teams are based in regional hubs/regional service centers (Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Bangkok and Panama) from where they support UNDP’s country offices and partners in their region. As well as being a member of a technical team, each RTA/RTS is also a member of a regional team, which consists of RTAs/RTSs from all technical teams working together under the leadership of a UNDP – GEF Regional Team Leader.  
 
UNDP’s work in Energy, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, has as an overall strategic objective to make the use and supply of energy more environmentally sustainable, affordable and accessible, and to promote low emission and climate resilient urban and transport infrastructure. The value of all UNDP-managed sustainable energy and transport projects currently in planning or under implementation is US$ 0.6 billion, with UNDP supporting more than 100 countries to access Global Environment Facility grant finance for energy-based climate change mitigation, and to combine this with domestic and bilateral sources of finance.  An additional US$ 5 billion
in co-financing has been leveraged for these projects from a range of partners, bringing the current total portfolio size to US$ 5.6 billion.
 
Through this project portfolio UNDP provides support to countries’ work in three programming areas: (i) promoting access to clean and affordable energy systems and services; (ii) promoting low emission and climate resilient urban and transport infrastructure; and (iii) promoting access to new finance mechanisms, including climate finance. 
 
The Regional Technical Specialist (RTS) works under the overall supervision of the Principal Technical Advisor and in close collaboration with other technical specialists at both global and regional levels.  RTSs have global responsibilities in their area of specialized technical expertise but are deployed from Regional Hubs, normally close to the countries to which they provide most support. RTSs have a secondary line of reporting to the Regional Practice or Team Leaders for the countries to which they provide support.  RTSs may be periodically redeployed, in accordance with capability, consent, and due process, to a different regional hub as needed.
 
The Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Mitigation and Energy will be initially based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a policy and project portfolio emphasis on attracting and directing public and private investment towards catalyzing and supporting environmentally sustainable pathways for energy use and supply, climate change mitigation (including ecosystem based mitigation) and low carbon transport and mobility. The RTS will be required to travel frequently.