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Regional Technical Specialist – Climate and Forests

Regional Technical Specialist – Climate and Forests

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UNDP’s approach to forests aligns with the SDG 15 and contributes to UNDP’s ‘signature solution’ on environment and nature-based solutions for development. Deforestation and forest degradation accounts for more than 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Further, stabilization of global temperatures cannot be achieved without reducing emissions from the forest sector. UNDP’s Climate and Forests team supports countries to conserve and sustainably manage forests and ensure sustainable and equitable development paths that lead towards carbon neutrality. UNDP Climate and Forests manages a portfolio of national and jurisdictional projects and provides technical assistance to countries and stakeholders ensuring alignment with the UNFCCC agreements, enhancing forest and land-use components of NDCs, and ensuring social inclusion, notably through mainstreaming gender equality and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples and forest communities. The objectives of UNDP’s Climate & Forests work are i) to support countries develop policies and instruments for sustainability in the land, forest & climate interface, in line with UNFCCC requirements and safeguards and to advance the Paris Agreement (notably articles 5 and 6); ii) to support countries access, combine, implement and monitor finance for their REDD+ actions and results, including international, market, and private-sector sources; and, iii) to promote partnerships and disseminate knowledge to better advance the forest solutions to the climate crisis. UNDP is currently active in the three major tropical forest areas (Amazonia, Congo and Southeast Asia) and in 20 countries.
 
UNDP’s Climate and Forests team is spread globally, with management based in Geneva.  Duty stations for the global team include Bangkok, Panama, Nairobi.  The team supports UNDP’s country offices and partners in their region.  Support to UNDP country offices is coordinated closely with the Regional Bureau through the regional hubs.
 
The team works closely with other parts of the Nature, Climate, and Energy team (particularly the Environmental Finance team, the Green Commodities Programme (GCP), and the New York Declaration of Forest global platform). It also works closely with the Climate team within the GPN (particularly with regards to NDC support).  The team can support Climate and Forest initiatives of the regions and country offices and provide quality assurance on a full cost-recovery basis.
 
Regional Technical Advisors and Specialists (RTAs/RTSs) have regular contact with UNDP Country Offices and national counterparts throughout the project cycle for UNDP programmes and projects related to Climate and Forests. Where BPPS issues a Delegation of Authority (or similar) to the Country Office, the RTAs/RTSs are responsible for quality assurance and provides specialized technical services. In all cases, the RTAs/RTSs makes recommendations to the UNDP Resident Representative on necessary courses of action in response to changes in the country context and new programme and resource mobilization opportunities.
 
Under the supervision of the Senior Regional Technical Advisor and the leadership of the Principal Technical Advisor, this Regional Technical Specialist will help position UNDP as a world leader in the provision of technical advisory services related to the contribution of forests to ambitious climate change targets.
 
As a member of the UNDP Climate and Forests team, the Regional Technical Specialist will also contribute to the overall success of the team, engage effectively with team members, support the delivery of the UNDP global project, and contribute to the overall portfolio as needed. 

Location: Bangkok
Organization: UNDP
Deadline: June 19, 2020
External website link: https://jobs.partneragencies.net/erecruitjobs.html?JobOpeningId=30993&HRS_JO_PST_SEQ=1&hrs_site_id=2
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