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Programme Officer, Climate Finance – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

Programme Officer – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

Description of assignment title: Programme Officer. Assignment country: Thailand

Programme Officer, Climate Finance - UNV Thailand - open to international applicants
Programme Officer, Climate Finance – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

Expected start date: 04/12/2023. Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

Host entity: UNCDF. Type: Onsite. Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Programme Officer, Climate Finance – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

The Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) facility of the UNCDF was designed and launched in 2011 with the aim of promoting climate change-resilient communities and local economies by establishing a standard and internationally recognized country-based mechanism to channel climate finance to local government authorities (LGAs) in LDCs and to increase local resilience, thereby contributing to the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the specific goals of poverty eradication (SDG1) and climate action (SDG13).

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LoCAL increases awareness and capacities to respond to climate change at the local level, integrates climate change adaptation into local governments’ planning and budgeting systems, in a participatory and gender-sensitive manner, and increases the amount of finance available to local governments for climate change adaptation.

LoCAL focuses on the delivery of four outputs that will directly contribute to increasing local governments’ access to climate finance and building resilience to climate change: • Output 1 – Awareness and capacities to respond to climate change adaptation at the local level are increased; • Output 2 – CCA is mainstreamed into government’s planning and budgeting systems and investments are implemented in line with the PBCRG mechanism; • Output 3 – The PBCRG system is effectively and sustainably established in participating countries and leads to an increased amount of CCA finance available to local government and local economy; • Output 4 – The role of local authorities and of the PBCRGS in addressing climate change are increasingly recognized at international level, through outreach, learning and quality assurance.

LoCAL combines performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs) with technical and capacity-building support. PBCRGs ensure programming and verification of climate change expenditures at the local level and offer strong incentives for general performance improvements targeting areas of importance for enhanced resilience. The PBCRG can be seen as an earmarked cross-sectoral grant with conditions attached to the use of its funding for climate change adaptation beyond business as usual. Combined with regular grant allocations, PBCRGs enable 100 per cent of the investments in climate-sensitive sectors to become climate resilient over time.

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The PBCRGs consist of a financial top-up to cover the additional costs of making investments climate resilient and/or of additional investments for climate change adaptation. These grants complement regular allocations made by the central level to local governments through the respective intergovernmental fiscal transfer system. They include a set of minimum conditions, performance measures and a menu of eligible investments.

As part of the LoCAL Team, working under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, P3 based in Bangkok, and under the overall leadership of the Global Climate Facility Manager, P5 based in Kampala, the Programme Officer will contribute to the effective delivery and monitoring of the Programme’s activities in target countries, covering all the expected results. It is expected that 25% of the IUNV time will be dedicated to global activities, and 75% on Asia Pacific region.

Task description: Programme Officer, Climate Finance – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

Under the daily supervision of the Programme Specialist, and under the general supervision of the Global Climate Facility Manager, the Programme Officer will: • Provide support for the development and effective implementation of LoCAL in target countries in close collaboration with the Programme Specialist, UNCDF national teams and the LoCAL Facility (global team); • Contribute to the provision of technical assistance for LoCAL in target countries (e.g. writing terms of reference, letters of agreement, memorandum of understanding, official letters, support recruitment and management of consultants, etc);

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• Ensure that gender considerations are mainstreamed in LoCAL programme activities by supporting implementation of the Gender Action Plans, as needed; • Contribute to quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting (e.g. preparation and monitoring of the annual work plans, organization and participation in field missions, contribution to the preparation of the quarterly and annual progress reports); • Contribute to the organization of events, meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

• Collect intelligence on technical and financial partners, identify opportunities for collaboration with key stakeholders and support the development of partnerships for LoCAL in assigned countries. • Support the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of programme/project concepts and full-fledged proposals for financing;

• Contribute to operations activities, including finance, planning, human resources, procurement, transport, IT, security, administration and ensure they follow UNCDF’s rules, regulations, policies and procedures • Contribute to the knowledge and communication efforts of LoCAL based on lessons learned and results achieved from target countries (e.g. collecting stories from the field, photos/videos, webpage, as appropriate);

• Perform any other duties as it may be required. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

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• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;

• Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs:

• As an active UNCDF/LoCAL team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNCDF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including by pursuing the following key results of the Project and related activity results: o LoCAL in assigned countries is effectively, efficiently and transparently implemented in line with UNCDF project management regulations; o Government partners at national and subnational levels and communities benefit from quality and timely provision of technical assistance and capacity building support; o LoCAL in assigned countries is effectively and efficiently monitored, assessed and reported on; o LoCAL experience in assigned countries is well documented, best practices identified and lessons learned and disseminated through various communication channels; o LoCAL in assigned countries is strengthened as a result of in-country technical and financial partnerships.

• Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment; • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed. A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Eligibility criteria: Programme Officer, Climate Finance – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

Nationality: Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Requirements: Programme Officer, Climate Finance – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

3 years of experience in environmental science and management, climate science, geographic studies, political science, international development, economics, statistics, or a related field.

• A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in progressively responsible positions in implementing and monitoring development projects in the climate change and/or decentralization areas is required;

• Knowledge of local public financial management and governance, including decentralization processes and instruments (e.g. performance-based grants, intergovernmental fiscal transfer systems, etc);

• Proven/demonstrable networking capabilities and ability to associate him/herself with a range of actors (inter alia central and local governments; policy makers; development partners and donors, local communities, women and youth groups) with a view to building relations and facilitating links is highly desirable;

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• Work experience with local stakeholders, in particular local governments and local communities, and in addressing gender equality as project objective and/or cross-cutting issue in developing countries is desired;

• Strong awareness of key and emerging issues related to climate change/adaptation is highly desirable;

• Experience with a UN organization/agency is desirable; • Experience with UNCDF/UNDP policies, rules and procedures is desired, but not a requirement.

Area(s) of expertise: Programme Officer, Climate Finance – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

Economics and finance, Energy and environment , Business management

Languages: English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in environmental science and management, climate science, geographic studies, political science, international development, economics, statistics, or a related field.

Competencies and values

• Professionalism: Deep knowledge and understanding of key concepts related to climate change and environment sustainability; Understanding of key concepts related to local government finance including decentralization and local economic development;

Experience in policy, regulatory and technical advice and project management related to the fields of climate change and environment sustainability in relation to development; Relevant technical experience with policy and regulatory bodies and central and local governments;

Work experience in developing countries; Experience with addressing gender equality as project objective and/or cross-cutting issue;

Experience working with local communities, youth and women; • Innovation and commitment to continuous learning: Builds confidence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation; Takes on new approaches and fosters innovative thinking;

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Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities and resolve problems; Excellent analytical skills; • Client-orientation: Strong client orientation, recognizing the importance of providing appropriate, user-friendly and affordable services; Proactively identifies, develops and discusses solutions for internal and external clients, and communicates with management to develop new projects or services; Comfortable advocating and advancing an agenda, including with high level counterparts and other stakeholders;

• Integrity: Conducts fair and transparent decision making; Demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNCDF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;

• Teamwork and respect for diversity: Experience being part of teams, working with other stakeholders to achieve common goals; Experience managing consultants, including recruiting, hiring and managing and evaluating international and national expertise; Proven cross-cultural communication, able to function effectively in an international, multicultural environment; Builds and promotes teams and partnerships; Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability; Treats all persons fairly without favouritism;

• Planning and organizing: Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure; Effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;

• Communication: Creates and promotes open communication; Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and responds positively to feedback; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement: which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNCDF’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Other information: Programme Officer, Climate Finance – UNV Thailand – open to international applicants

Living conditions and remarks

Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand, occupying 1,568.7 square kilometers (605.7 so mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand and has an estimated population of 10.539 million as of 2020, or 15.3 percent of the country’s population. Like most of Thailand, Bangkok has a tropical savanna climate and is under the influence of the South Asian monsoon system.

The city experiences three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool, although temperatures are fairly hot year-round, ranging from an average low of 22.0 °C (71.6 °F) in December to an average high of 35.4 °C (95.7 °F) in April. The rainy season begins with the arrival of the southwest monsoon around mid-May. September is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 334.3 millimeters (13.16 in).

The rainy season lasts until October, when the dry and cool northeast monsoon takes over until February. The hot season is generally dry, but also sees occasional summer storms. The UNDSS assessed the security threat level for Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan province as level 2 (LOW).

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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