Job Identification : 12005
Locations : Beirut, Lebanon
Posting Date : 07/10/2023, 08:00 AM
Apply Before : 07/25/2023, 03:59 AM
Job Schedule : Full time
Agency : UNDP
Vacancy Type : International Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area : Nature, Climate and Energy
Bureau : Regional Bureau for Arab States
Contract Duration : 1 Year
Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree
Required Languages : Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English
Desired Languages : Proficiency (verbal and written) in Arabic is an asset.
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UNDP Lebanon, Energy and Environment Programme, has been providing support to the Lebanese government and the Ministry of Environment in particular, to comply with the requirements of the UNFCCC provisions. This support entails national communications, technology needs assessment, Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) preparation, Biennial update reports, national adaptation planning, and climate financing.
To track efforts to fulfill the goals of the Paris Agreement, Article 13 calls for an enhanced transparency framework which will inform the decision-making process, assess the progress made by countries in mitigation and adaptation actions, and evaluate the overall support provided and received to achieve this progress.
Lebanon submitted its initial NDC on September 30, 2015, which was subsequently updated and submitted in 2021. The 4th BUR is Lebanon’s last BUR under the UNFCCC’s measurement, reporting and verification arrangements. However, moving to compliance under the Article 13 of the Paris Agreement would entail a considerable improvement of Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems to reach a mechanism ensuring the periodic flow of needed information, and track progress of NDC targets. This represents a challenge for Lebanon since Lebanon’s MRV system is characterized by unavailable/disintegrated data, fragile institutional arrangements, and lack of capacity. Various climate actions undertaken by different entities are not coordinated, and therefore not captured.
To improve Lebanon’s climate reporting quality and completeness, abide by Article 13 of the Paris Agreement and enhance policy implementation through progress tracking, UNDP Lebanon mobilized funding through GEF to implement the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) under the Paris Agreement. The CBIT project’s objective is to establish a national transparency framework through capacity-building and systemization to enable institutional improvements in the long-term.
Moreover, the CBIT project will address the gaps and constraints depicted in the consecutive BURs as the establishment of the MRV network will enhance communication and gradual engagement of key players for the sustainable establishment of institutional arrangements.
Within this overall context, the CBIT project is recruiting a Project Analyst to support the project achieving its outputs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Climate Change Advisor/Project Manager, the Project Analyst will support the implementation of the CBIT project, including the smooth delivery of the project outputs.
- Assist in reviewing the outputs of the various consultants and companies in accordance with the project document requirements and the relevant TORs.
- Assist in drafting background research briefs showcasing best-practice in the field of climate-related transparency and contribute to outputs related to the implementation of the project activities.
- Provide general inputs/information to NDC and long-term strategy related activities, including cross-sectoral (e.g., National cooling plan) initiatives and avenues of mainstreaming the Paris Agreement Transparency requirements.
- Prepare input for reporting, as required by the project document, and assist in the implementation of technical activities for the preparation and execution of the outputs under the project, with adequate documentation for reporting purposes.
- Conduct transparency coordination responsibilities with other agencies/programmes/projects as deemed necessary.
- Support the project team in response to requests from the Ministry of Environment in climate change issues, including climate negotiations, as guided by the climate change advisor/project manager.
The Project Analyst will report directly to the Climate Change Advisor/Project Manager and will work in close collaboration with other project staff and consultants.
LEVEL 1: Demonstrate focus on achieving quality results and impact
LEVEL 1: Look beyond conventional approaches and established methods
LEVEL 1: Keep abreast of new developments in one’s professional area
Adapt with Agility:
LEVEL 1: Be flexible in handling change, and adopt new ideas, approaches and ways of working
Act with Determination:
LEVEL 1: Pursue everything with motivation and drive
Engage and Partner:
LEVEL 1: Act in a way that demonstrates empathy and emotional intelligence, showing consideration for the needs and feelings of others
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:
LEVEL 1: Treat all individuals with respect, consider ethical implications and respond sensitively to all differences among people
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
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
Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels
Digital Awareness and Literacy
Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed
Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
2030 Agenda: Planet
Nature, Climate and Energy
Climate change policies: including international climate change regime and application
2030 Agenda: Planet
Nature, Climate and Energy
Climate change policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Academic Education
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science or engineering, or sustainability, or other related fields; or,
- A first university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in the related fields in combination with additional 2 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.
Min. years of relevant Work experience
- Up to 2 years with Master´s degree or minimum 2 years with Bachelor’s degree of progressive relevant experience in greenhouse gas emission calculation, reporting or similar functions
- Experience in greenhouse gas inventory development and accounting, and knowledge of GHG emission reduction target setting is an asset.
- Experience in setting greenhouse gas reduction as well as climate adaptation indicators is an asset.
- Experience with climate indicators related data sharing systems is an asset.
- Experience in climate-related transparency reporting or data management systems related to climate information is an asset.
Desired skills in addition
to the competencies
covered in the
- Previous exposure to climate change policy highly valued.
- Experience working in Lebanon or similar developing country context.
- Understanding of global climate policy setting, including linkages between nationally determined contributions and transparency framework
- Previous work with the UNDP will be considered an asset
- Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English.
- Proficiency (verbal and written) in Arabic is an asset.
501 IPCC: Introduction to Cross-cutting Issues is desirable
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