Job Identification : 13421
Locations : Dhaka, Bangladesh
Posting Date : 09/01/2023, 05:12 AM
Apply Before : 09/14/2023, 05:59 PM
Job Schedule : Full time
Agency : UNCDF
Grade : NPSA-9
Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area : Inclusive Growth
Bureau : Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Contract Duration : 1 Year
Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 4 year(s) experience
Required Languages : English
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The Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC) is a joint project of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), supported by SIDA and DANIDA. This is phase II (consolidation) of UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) Project in Bangladesh. LoGIC has been promoting local action on climate change adaptation at scale. In 2021, Bangladesh ranked the 7th among vulnerable countries of the world based on long-term average vulnerability scores. It is experiencing change in weather patterns and in the occurrence of extreme events like cyclones and floods, and rising of sea levels. These events exacerbate poverty and vulnerability of people on a regular basis. The Government of Bangladesh recognises the severity of climate change and is working to mainstream related concerns into the national development policy, planning and financing. While the local government institutions (LGIs) are mandated to implement many actions related to climate effects, these actions do not figure in the local plans as climate proofing initiatives. Moreover, the local planning process does not adequately engage communities and vulnerable people to reflect their needs and demands. LoGIC project has enhanced the capacity of local government institutions, vulnerable communities, and civil society organisations for effective and inclusive local level planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected climate vulnerable areas. LoGIC has established two financing mechanisms at the Union level: a Performance-Based Climate Resilience Grant System and a Community Resilience Fund. By achieving its objectives and results, the project will contribute to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability in Bangladesh. Specifically, the intervention aims at:
- Enhanced capacity of local governments and vulnerable communities for facilitating locally-led adaptation planning and financing, which will enable local governments, civil society, and vulnerable communities (through climate resilient cooperatives) to build long-term local resilience to climate change impacts.
- Established a financing mechanism for vulnerable households for implementing climate-adaptive livelihoods, which will enable vulnerable communities, especially women, to build immediate-term resilience to climate change impacts.
- Established a performance-based financing mechanism for local governments for implementing community adaptation schemes, which will enhance access to climate finance at the local level and investments in resilience-building for priority sectors.
- Strengthened national and local level governance and policy frameworks for local-level adaptation planning and financing, which will enhance institutional adaptive capacity and local-to-national linkages.
His/her key responsibilities of the role include:
- Climate risk assessment
- Climate rational in adaptive infrastructure investment
- Staff supervision and capacity building support
- Implementation monitoring and oversight
- Communication and innovation
Duties and Responsibilities
The Climate Resilient Infrastructure Analyst will report and work under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the UNCDF Programme Specialist in coordination with Project Coordinator. S/he will also work in close coordination with the implementing partners, project team members, LGD and UNDP. S/he will lead the climate adaptive infrastructure component of the project.
Climate risk assessment
- Taking stock of international best practices for Country Climate Risk Assessments (CRA) for Subnational Climate Change Adaptation and Local information systems for CRA
- Updating the CRA and RRAP of the 29 upazilas based on downscaled climate risk models and linking with impact
- Localizing context-specific interventions identified by the National Adaptation Plan (NAP)
Climate rational in adaptive infrastructure investment
- Ensure how best the PBCRG investments address the priority climate adaptive/ resilience options aligning with the Climate Risk Assessment (CRA) findings and following ecosystem and nature-based solution approach
- Preparation of adaptation rationale, adaptation outcome indicators and adaptation output indicators including ecnomoic and social return
- Costing of PBCRG investments including the estimation of the additional costs of climate change adaptation to inform the co-finance ratio and rationale and structure mechanism to secure co-finance from multiple sources with PBCRG as top-up to other investments
- Feasibility assessment of the selected investments that integrate climate risks and other consideration in particular environmental and social safeguards
Staff supervision and capacity building support
- Supervision of nine District Climate Finance Coordinators
- Support capacity-building strategies and activities and help in identifying knowledge gaps and training needs at local government and community level
Implementation monitoring and oversight
- Coordinate the implementation of PBCRG component (i.e. risk assessment, needs assessments, planning and screening, financing mechanisms and budgeting, community consultations, implementation of adaptation measures, and reporting)
- Prepare periodic reports, status reports as required by LoGIC project in a qualitative and timely manner
- Coordinate and ensure quality and timely ME of the LoGIC as part of the LoCAL ACCAF
Communication and innovation
- Plan and commission field surveys and, case studies as evidence of PBCRG use for climate smart infrastructures investments, in line with the UNCDF’s ACCAF
- Introduce, explain and consolidate innovations of LoGIC intervention at local level and facilitate project communications
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making
People Management competencies:
- UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.
Cross-functional & technical competencies
Business direction and strategy
- Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority area of expertise and resources
- System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
- Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need
- Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
- Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results
2030 Agenda: Planet: Nature, climate and energy
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Small Grants Programme: Community-based innovation for sustainable development solutions in the context of the environment
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) related with Civil Engineering.
- A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in Civil Engineering in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.
- Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of experience in climate adaptive infrastructures.
- Experience in planning, monitoring and reporting of development projects is essential;
- Experience in staff management and capacity development is desirable;
- Experience in data management and analysis is added advantage;
- Previous experience of working with Government agencies, donors and other development partners will be an added advantage;
- Experience in climate change rationality/addtionality in projects is desirable;
- Computer skills with knowledge of desktop applications that will be useful for the position, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail etc. is desirable
- The candidate must have excellent written and verbal skills in English.
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