UNDP Kenya Individual Consultant - Support to Implementation of FCPF REDD+ Readiness Vacancies

UNDP Kenya Individual Consultant - Support to Implementation of FCPF REDD+ Readiness Vacancies


Background

The UNDP Climate and Forests team is part of the Natural Capital and Environment team in UNDP’s new Global Policy Network (GPN).

The team is spread globally, with advisors in New York, Geneva, Panama, Nairobi and Bangkok. The team is responsible for a growing portfolio of $100m largely focusing on support to countries to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation “REDD+”.

UNDP’s REDD+ portfolio includes project activities with the UN-REDD Programme; the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF); the Green Climate Fund (GCF); the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI); and several bilateral REDD+ agreements.

The team works closely with other parts of the Natural Capital and Environment team, particularly, the UNDP-GEF team, the Green Commodities Programme (GCP), and the New York Declaration of Forest global platform).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provision of technical support to the Project Management Unit (PMU) which will be responsible for the day to day management of the FCPF REDD+ Project
  • Provision of strategic policy and advisory services to the government, project stakeholders and United Nations partners
  • Contribution to the enhancement of effective collaboration between REDD+ partners, particularly the Government, the REDD+ Secretariat, the
  • Taskforce on the Africa Court ruling on Ogiek and to enhance Indigenous Peoples’ participation in forest management, the Technical Working Groups, and development partners
  • Support enhanced visibility of the REDD+ process, highlighting objectives, experiences, and impact on the ground to form and strengthen partnerships, collaboration, and coalition building between external REDD+ stakeholders, including governmental, non-governmental institutions and the private sector in Kenya.

    Under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Technical Advisor, Climate & Forest Team, and with guidance as necessary from other members of the team, the consultant shall:

    Technical and management support to PMU

  • Provide support to the PMU, Country office and the Regional Climate and forests team in accelerating implementation of the FCPF REDD+ project through ensuring that project meet prescribed requirements and approval processes
  • In consultation with the FCPF focal point within the Climate and Forests Team, provide the operational guidance on FCPF requirements to the PMU and key stakeholders
  • Support PMU in aligning FCPF REDD+ project
  • Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) related processes, the Sustainable
  • Development Goals and the Medium-Term Expenditure Frameworks
  • Facilitate the coordination of harmonized UNDP position in advance of FCPF Participant Committee meetings
  • Support PMU in preparing and providing regular technical briefs to the Climate and Forest team and country office colleagues, experts and visiting missions.

    Strategic Policy Advisory Services on REDD+

  • Support PMU in stakeholder engagement processes in the implementation of the project, with attention to the indigenous communities, independent commissions, county governments and the private sector
  • Facilitate partnerships with UN agencies notably UN Office of Human Rights (OHR), UN
  • Department of Economic and Social Affairs with the objective to mobilizing the competencies of different UN agencies to support the work with indigenous communities
  • Provide technical guidance to PMU and country office on best practices and tools on safeguards, grievance mechanisms, FPIC and stakeholder engagement
  • Support the PMU in addressing the complaints and grievances that may arise on the project
  • Support the country
    office in establishing partnerships and facilitating resources mobilization for REDD+ in Kenya

    Knowledge management and communication

  • Support PMU in the preparation of technical analysis, compilation of lessons, dissemination of technical findings for the FCPF
  • Support the development and management of key communications messages, particularly in managing relationships with indigenous people and key stakeholders and actors

    Additional Tasks
  • Undertake any other action or other related functions requested by the Senior Regional
  • Technical Advisor and Principal Policy and Technical Advisor.

    Competencies

    Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrate commitment to UNDP´s mission, vision and values
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty

    Functional Competencies

  • Good knowledge of social forestry in Kenya;
    Specific understanding of the concept and practice of REDD+, and broad knowledge of climate change;
  • Capacity to work with multiple stakeholders across a wide range of disciplines
  • Demonstrated leadership, facilitation and coordination skills, ability to manage technical team and long-term strategic partnership;
  • Demonstrated networking, team-building and organizational skills;
  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and partnership building skills with multi-dimension partners, people skill for conflict resolution and negotiation;
  • Computer proficiency especially related to professional office software packages (Microsoft Office);
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with the staff of government institutions and private sector;
  • Ability to seek and apply knowledge, information and best practices from multiple sectors;
  • Excellent written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings for the preparation of case studies and progress reports;
  • Excellent coordination skills and result-oriented collaboration with colleagues – especially for this case the private sector and different stakeholders;
  • Build strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and respond positively to feedback;
  • Good team player who has ability to maintain good relationships.

    Required Skills and Experience

    Education:

  • Master’s degree in Environment/Natural Sciences (Agriculture, Ecology, Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainable Land management, etc.), or related areas

    Experience:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in Climate Change, Environment and National REDD+ process;
  • Strong understanding of climate change, stakeholders’ engagement and advocacy skills and extensive experience in national policies, strong working knowledge of UNDP, government institutions, the civil society sector and working with state public authorities on issues related to climate change;
  • Experience in results-based management;
  • Experience in drafting reports, analyzing documents and making presentations.

    Language:

  • Fluent in English.

    How to Apply
  • Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 9th March 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Kenya Individual Consultant - Support to Implementation of FCPF REDD+ Readiness Vacancies

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