Climate and Environment Specialist

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

In alignment with our commitment to protect children and young people worldwide, UNICEF has launched its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (SCAP) 2023 - 2030. The SCAP prioritizes urgent climate action through systematic change in partnership with public and private sectors to prioritize the needs of children and young people and build their resilience to the climate crises. The SCAP strives to mainstream sustainability and climate action both internally and externally, through protecting the lives, health and well-being of children and their communities; empowering children with developmental opportunities and skills; and reducing emissions and the environmental footprint within UNICEF.

The UNV Specialist (Climate and Environment) is a part of UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (UNICEF ROSA) Climate Team and reports to the Regional Adviser (Climate and Environment). The UNV specialist will support UNICEF ROSA’s Climate Change Team in driving climate programming, advocacy and knowledge management efforts, ensuring that the organization's objectives are effectively conveyed to stakeholders. The key duties and tasks for this position may include the following activities, determined as priorities throughout the year.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Advisor Climate Change, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Programme Support 1. Manage the collection, analysis, and sharing of relevant data, information, and docu-ments on SCAP implementation and other climate and environment related pro-grammes. 2. Coordinate data collection, analysis, and evidence generation activities on emerging trends on climate, identify and advance cross-sectoral programming and advocacy op-portunities. 3. Assist in developing multicounty proposals and accessing climate and environment funds from a variety of sources. 4. Support work planning and end-year reporting processes on climate and environment outcome and output results. 5. Carry out secondary research to enhance understanding on the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on children in South Asia to inform program-ming opportunities, advocacy and knowledge sharing.

Knowledge Management and Capacity Support
6. Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative ap-proaches and good practices, to support environment and climate change program-ming and advocacy. 7. Support consolidation of results and lessons on climate change impacts, risks and vul-nerabilities on children across emerging areas for UNICEF (e.g. climate related- dis-placement, nutrition, gender).
8. Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities, training packages for UNICEF staff, to ensure capacity on climate and environmental policies, safeguards measures, and programming. 9. Coordinate with the knowledge management focal points at COs and HQ climate teams.

Communications and Advocacy 10. Collaborate with the communication and advocacy team to generate high-quality con-tent, including articles, blog posts, infographics, and multimedia materials, to com-municate UNICEF's climate and environmental commitment and programmes effec-tively. 11. Working together with the communication and advocacy team, support in the execution of advocacy campaigns to raise awareness about climate and environmental issues af-fecting children and young people.

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: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by read-ing 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 publica-tions/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 when-ever technically possible.

As an active team member of UNICEF ROSA Climate and Environment team, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly, and high-quality support rendered to ROSA and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: • Technical support on climate and environment programmes and foundational and mainstreaming elements of the SCAP • Data, research, and analysis to consolidate scientific evidence, policy developments at the regional and international levels. • High-quality, compelling advocacy and knowledge products, policy briefs, articles, blogs including upkeep of the website content. • Maintain internal and external coordination and 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, activi-ties participated in, and capacities developed.

☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Building Trust ☒ Ethics and Values ☒ Integrity ☒ Knowledge Sharing ☒ Planning and Organizing ☒ Professionalism ☒ Respect for Diversity ☒ Working in Teams

international professional work on climate, energy or environment sector, preferably with the UN, multilateral development organisations.
- Data and evidence generation, analysis and its interpretation and visualization for wider network.
- Prior knowledge on developing communication and advocacy strategies, knowledge products (case stories, blog, website content, news articles) on climate and environ-ment is considered as an asset. - Familiarity with children's rights in the context of climate change, environmental degra-dation and climate related disaster risk reduction is an asset. - Self- motivated, well organized and structured; good attention for details; ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines. - Have affinity with or interest in volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

As the capital city, Kathmandu has a comfortable living environment with moderate climate conditions. Comfortable, inexpensive flats (furnished and unfurnished) are available. Imported and local food and clothing are abundantly available. Water is in somewhat short supply and not safe to drink without treatment. Public transport is readily available and generally reliable. It is important to note that navigating through regular traffic congestion is a common aspect of daily life, and the living costs are moderately high compared to other cities in Nepal. Kathmandu has a temperate climate with coldest temperature reaching just above zero at the night during the winter and mild but humid during the monsoon period, mid-June to end September.

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