Technical Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation Cooperation and Support for the National Designated Authority

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Result of Service The main objective of the position of technical advisor on climate change adaptation cooperation and support for the National Designated Authority is to contribute specifically to the execution of the following activities included in the project:

  • Activity 1.4.1. Establish and operationalise a formal structure lead by the government under MiAmbiente as DNA to gather all different donors working on adaptation to coordinate and orient the different actions on adaptation.
  • Activity 1.4.3. Perform an analysis of all the interventions made by donors related to adaptation during the past ten years and the results obtained.
  • Activity 1.4.4. Organize periodic meetings where donors can present their proposed projects and programmes under the country programme, the results obtained from the implementation of these projects and programmes and how these results articulate with the country commitments.
  • Support other activities: 1.3.1. Engage existing participatory spaces for climate change adaptation consultation, consensus-building and decision-making processes, and/or establish new ones if needed, and assess their strengths and needs, and possible role within NAP; 1.3.5. Organise annual participatory meetings of relevant stakeholders to present the state of art of the National Adaptation Plan and Adaptation NDC’s and the progress made to achieving the goals established by the country.

Additionally, the technical advisor on climate change adaptation cooperation and support for the National Designated Authority is expected to assist the National Project Coordinator and the Project Management Unit in the development and implementation of other project- related activities, including attending national, regional, and local meetings, as required.

For the effective implementation of the activities, the technical advisor on climate change adaptation cooperation and support for the National Designated Authority will perform the following tasks:

1. Define the workplan, specific outputs and deliverables and estimated deadlines to comply with this Terms of Reference, which will be validated by the National Project Coordinator and the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP-ROLAC. 2. Working in close liaison with the Plan A project team, the National Directorate for Climate Change and Environmental Sub Secretary Office, establish the roadmap for the climate agenda in Honduras with a special emphasis on adaptation issues. 3. Establish a cooperation Climate Change Adaptation Roundtable lead by government. 4. Support the elaborate of guidelines to help donors and cooperant to align their initiatives with the national and international commitments and needs on adaptation (Adaptation NDC’s and NAP). 5. Perform an analysis of all the interventions made by donors/cooperation, related to climate change adaptation during the past ten years and the results obtained. 6. Organize periodic meetings where donors/cooperation can present their proposed projects and programmes under the Climate Change Country Programme, the results obtained from the implementation of these projects and programmes and how these results articulate with the national and international country commitments. 7. Support the Plan A project team, to engage existing participatory spaces for climate change adaptation consultation, consensus building and decision-making processes, and/or establish new ones if needed. 8. Support to Plan A project team, to organise annual participatory meetings of relevant stakeholders to present the state of art of the National Adaptation Plan and Adaptation NDC’s and the progress made to achieving the goals established by the country. 9. Support to Plan A project team, to validation and prioritization of the project ideas identified in the NAP, through a participatory process. 10. Provide technical advice and assistance to the Sub Secretary Environmental Office, in climate change issues. 11. Carry out any other relevant tasks within his/her technical competence, as requested by the National Project Coordinator and/or the Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Outputs 1. Define the workplan, specific outputs and deliverables and estimated deadlines to comply with this Terms of Reference, which will be validated by the National Project Coordinator and the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP-ROLAC.

2. Working in close liaison with the Plan A project team, the National Directorate for Climate Change and Environmental Sub Secretary Office, establish the roadmap for the climate agenda in Honduras with a special emphasis on adaptation issues.

3. Working in close liaison with the national directorate for climate change, the external cooperation unit of MiAmbiente+ and the Cooperation Management Platform (PGC) of Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, analyze of all the interventions made by donors/cooperation related to adaptation during the past ten years and the results obtained.

4. Support the national directorate for climate change, on the establishment a cooperation climate change adaptation roundtable.

5. Working in close liaison with the national directorate for climate change, the external cooperation unit of MiAmbiente+ and Environmental Sub Secretary Office, support the process of COP27, in adaptation issues.

6. Support the Plan A project team to define institutional arrangements of climate change adaptation governance.

7. Provide technical advice and assistance to the Sub Secretary Environmental Office, in climate change issues.

8. Carry out any other relevant tasks within his/her technical competence, as requested by the National Project Coordinator and/or the Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

Deliverables Product No. 1: Workplan for the 6-month contract validated by the National Project Coordinator and the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer. The workplan must indicate at least, specific activities, outputs, and deliverables to comply with this Terms of Reference, as well as the approach, methodology to be used, estimated deadlines, actors involved and tentative timeline.

Product No. 2: Report on the establishment a cooperation climate change adaptation roundtable. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.

Product No. 3: Report on the roadmap for the climate change agenda in Honduras. Report about the establish the roadmap for the climate agenda in Honduras considering the national priorities and international commitments framed in the NDCs and with special emphasis on adaptation issues. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats.

Product No. 4: Analysis of all the interventions made by donors related to adaptation during the past ten years and the results obtained. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.

Product No. 5: Report on the COP27 adaptation issues. Report summarizing before and after process of COP27 in adaptation issues. The report must be submitted in word and PDF formats, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation synthesizing the report.

Work Location Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Expected duration 6 months

Duties and Responsibilities The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global Environment.

The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LAC Office) located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 Small Island Developing States - with a population of about 588 million people, to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement and the priority actions defined in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

In terms of supporting countries in the region attain the global commitments signed within the framework of the Paris Agreement, UNEP’s Latin America and the Caribbean Sub-programme on Climate Change aims at strengthening the ability of countries to move towards climate-resilient and low emission strategies for sustainable development and human well-being. In this framework, the UNEP Sub-programme on Climate Change, through its Climate Change Unit leads and supports several initiatives oriented at designing, promoting, and implementing innovative mitigation and adaptation solutions at the national and subnational level, and strengthening the transparency framework of the countries.

The expected accomplishment regarding climate change adaptation is that adaptation approaches, including the ecosystem-based approach, are implemented, and integrated into key sectoral and national development strategies to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience to climate change impacts. Furthermore, UNEP’s Sub-Programme on Climate Change is also committed to ensure that cross-cutting issues such as gender equity and women’s empowerment are effectively integrated in the development of its tasks to guarantee equitable development in line with its adaptation objectives.

In this context, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Honduras and UNEP have agreed on the implementation of the project Enabling environments to effectively plan, implement, monitor and report strategic National Adaptation Processes in Honduras, framed within the Readiness program of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The project is aimed to sustainably build country capacity in identifying, prioritizing, planning, and implementing measures that address medium and long-term adaptation needs considering UNFCCC decisions 1/CP.16 and 5/CP.17 and all elements of the UNFCCC Technical Guidelines for National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The ultimate objective of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of Honduras to the impacts of climate variability and change, by building adaptive capacity and resilience through the integration of climate change adaptation into planning and implementation within all relevant sectors and at different levels, as appropriate. Specifically, the project has the objective to strengthen the country's capacity to integrate adaptation into national and local planning, including the participation of different line ministries, local governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations.

The project seeks to achieve its components and objective through: - Strengthening institutional and technical capacity, and stakeholder engagement at different levels. - Strengthening national adaptation strategic planning by revising, updating, and institutionalizing existing adaptation planning instruments. - Fostering financial flows and investment for adaptation measures under the National Adaptation Plan and the National Determined Contributions. - Strengthening knowledge management through the development and implementation of Adaptation Knowledge management strategy. - Strengthening the adaptation transparency framework to increase the country capacity to monitor and report adaptation progress effectively.

To fulfill the objectives of the project, the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LAC Office) is recruiting technical advisor on climate change adaptation cooperation and support for the National Designated Authority to provide technical support and inputs to the National Project Coordinator and the Project Management Unit (Plan A project team) on government support (SSA and DNCC) in the creation and operation of a coordination structure for international cooperation involved in climate change adaptation.

This will ensure that all relevant stakeholders including government institutions, private sector, civil society, academia, indigenous peoples, and afro-descendants, participate in the adaptation NDC’s and National Adaptation Plan process and through the revision/formalization and establishment of current/new coordination mechanisms and instruments that foster an enabling environment for the effective implementation of adaptation strategies in the country. Additionally, the technical advisor on climate change adaptation cooperation and support for the National Designated Authority will provide support to the National Project Coordinator in the drafting, preparation and socialization of institutional arrangements aimed at mainstreaming climate change adaptation into national planning process and aligning different ongoing adaptation initiatives to ensure a more efficient use of resources.

The technical advisor on climate change adaptation cooperation and support for the National Designated Authority will operate under the overall supervision of the UNEP Adaptation Programme Officer at the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office and will assist the National Project Coordinator in the execution of the project. Additionally, he/she will work in close collaboration with the Sub Secretariat of State for Environment.

The technical advisor on climate change adaptation cooperation and support for the National Designated Authority is expected to work for a 6-month period at the Project Management Unit located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Qualifications/special skills Academic Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in environmental, biological, social sciences, international relations or similar. A master's degree in environmental management, climate change, development studies or any related field is required. In case the consultant does not have a Master's degree in the aforementioned areas, at least five (05) years of additional professional experience performing relevant tasks compensate instead of the requirement of a master's degree in said area.

Experience: ¿ A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience in public administration, development and natural resource management, and climate change or any other related field is required. ¿ Required experience working with multi-actor, interinstitutional and intersectoral platforms. ¿ Experience in engaging with stakeholders including cooperation, government institutions, the private sector, and civil society, is an advantage. ¿ Demonstrated experience in the elaboration, preparation and design of reports and official documents for technical and high-level meetings is an advantage. ¿ Work with donors will be valued. ¿ Demonstrated knowledge of Honduras’ environmental legislation is highly desirable. ¿ Ability to communicate to a wide range of actors including decision makers will be an asset. ¿ Knowledge of climate change, environmental issues, policies and laws of Honduras will be an asset. ¿ Experience with international organizations will be an advantage, as will be knowledge of UNEP policies, procedures, and practices.

Language: ¿ Fluency in Spanish is required. ¿ Confident in the ability to communicate and write in English is an asset.

Skills: ¿ Ability to provide guidance on intersectoral and intergovernmental issues, especially as it relates to development planning and decision public police. ¿ Excellent political, advisory and facilitation skills. Ability to facilitate technical discussions and participatory processes with multiple stakeholders in multicultural environments. ¿ Excellent technical leadership and understanding of climate change, environmental and social concepts, principles, and policies. ¿ Demonstrated understanding of development planning and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Competency: ¿ Professionalism: Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. He/she shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. ¿ Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors’ language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. ¿ Teamwork: Is able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team to achieve organizational goals and to take leadership when appropriate; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. ¿ Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

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