NDC Partnership - Senior Embedded Advisor (Finance Specialist) - Chile - Retainer

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This is a LICA Specialist-10 contract. This kind of contract is known as Local Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally only for nationals. It's an external contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about LICA Specialist-10 contracts.

Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organisations. With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

WEC Background:

UNOPS Water, Environment and Energy Cluster (WEC) supports the design and management of multi-stakeholder initiatives by providing services in financial and grant management, procurement, human resources, and project management. The cluster has supported projects in the areas of water resource management, climate change adaptation, mitigation and transparency, energy access and distribution, and environmental conservation under the Paris Agreement. The WEC has also supported operations and financial management services, in Vienna, the rest of the ECR region, and beyond. The main partners include UN agencies, bilateral agreements (with the Nordics, Germany, and Italy), the Green Climate Fund, and several NGOs (such as CIFF and CWF).

The NDC Partnership:

The NDC Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions collaborating to drive transformational climate action through sustainable development. In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - each country’s strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience against the negative effects of a changing climate. The Partnership advances the goals of the Paris Agreement by bringing together nearly 200 countries and institutions in new ways to accelerate NDC implementation and enhance ambition over time. The Partnership’s work through 120 partners supporting almost 80 countries produces many examples of impact, lessons learned and ideas for the future. The Partnership is governed by a Steering Committee, co-chaired by two country representatives. The Partnership’s work is facilitated by a Support Unit based at World Resources Institute in Washington DC and the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. UNOPS supports the NDC Partnership and its Support Unit through the Water, Environment and Energy Cluster (WEC).

Functional Responsibilities

Professional for the Climate Finance and Means of Implementation Department to support activities related to the design of financing strategies for sectoral adaptation and mitigation plans and regional climate change plans that must be published by law by 2024. Specifically, this support is identified as follows:

  1. Financing schemes for the design and implementation of Sectoral Plans for mitigation and adaptation.

- Support the mobilization of funding for the design and implementation of Sectoral Mitigation and Adaptation Plans with proposals for viable funding sources and schemes for the typologies of measures in the different sectoral climate change and territorial plans linked to water resources. - Coordinate and communicate with key stakeholders to achieve sectoral and subnational financing strategies. - Design and execute engagement strategy for climate action financing with the private sector and implementing agencies.

  1. Design two actions/tools/measures necessary for the promotion and dissemination of subnational financing sources.

- Support the search and channeling of financing for subnational climate objectives by developing proposals and following up on the implementation of at least two actions/tools/measures necessary for the promotion and dissemination of financing sources and coordination instances among stakeholders that make it feasible to obtain financing for regional and local actions (preparation of 2 TORs and execution of their respective studies/actions). - Support in the development of the work agenda of the action group for community and regional climate finance GAFICCOR, as well as in the coordination tasks associated with the logistics of the group. - Support as a technical counterpart of the studies being developed in the community and regional climate finance, always linking the findings of the financing strategies associated with the sectoral plans for mitigation and adaptation.

  1. Present funding prioritization proposal around the means of implementation addressed by the ECLP.

- Support the financing of goals and commitments of the long-term climate strategy by analyzing financing prioritization processes around the means of implementation addressed by the ECLP and its link with sectoral and regional climate change plans.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education: - Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in natural sciences, economics, environmental management, engineering, development policies, finance, international development, or a related field; - Bachelor degree in related discipline in combination with additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience: Required - Minimum 5 years of experience in areas such as: - Climate change planning and management instruments in the public sector. - Financial evaluation of projects and financing models. - Knowledge of planning and financial management of regional governments and municipalities. - Experience in collaborative work with the private and financial sector. - Design and facilitation of participatory processes, knowledge of collaborative work methodologies and organization of workshops.

Asset - Knowledge and/or previous experience with NDC, climate change issues - Very good interpersonal skills - Skills of analysis and systematization of information, communication and teamwork skills

Language Requirements: - Proficiency in Spanish is required. - Knowledge of another official UN language (English, French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin) is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA

Contract level: Local ICA Support, LICA-10 Contract duration: Short-term ICA – up to 12 months (max. 220 working days) with possibility to extend, depending on the funds and performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
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