Climate Change Policy Specialist (CCCA 3) – Phnom-Penh

Location:
Phnom-Penh, Cambodia
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Climate Change Policy Specialist (CCCA 3) – Phnom-Penh

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Application closing date: 9 July 2019

Background

The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) is a joint initiative of the Royal Government of Cambodia and development partners to address climate change in Cambodia. It provides a unified engagement point to pool resources for the mainstreaming of climate change in national and sub-national policies and programmes.

The CCCA has been active since 2010, with significant results including the development of the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014-23 (CCCSP) and corresponding strategic plans and actions plans in fourteen priority ministries and agencies, the successful operation of a grant facility (42 Government and NGO projects supported in key areas of the climate change response), and increased visibility and understanding of climate change, both within Government and in society at large.

The new phase of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance programme (2019-2024) builds on these initial achievements and aims to support the scaling-up of the climate change response at national level and in priority sectors by focusing on three main drivers of change:

Ensuring that locally relevant, reliable information on climate change is generated and available to key stakeholders; Developing and implementing tools for the effective mainstreaming of climate change in the policies, programmes and budgets of priority sectors (rural development, public works and transport, education, energy and environment); Strengthening capacities for the mobilization, coordination and tracking of public and private climate change finance. The CCCA is closely aligned with the national institutions in charge of climate change. It is implemented by the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD), an inter-ministerial body bringing together the representatives of thirty-six ministries and agencies, and twenty-five provincial governors.

The CCCA will include a mix of technical and policy advisory support, and financial support. It engages a broad range of stakeholders in line with their respective roles in the climate change response, and promote innovative partnerships between government, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor for the CCCA programme. S/he will provide technical advice and capacity development support to programme stakeholders on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

The Climate Change Policy Specialist is expected to undertake the following functions:

  • Capacity development support to NCSD and other partner institutions on planning, monitoring and evaluation of the climate change response;
  • Advisory support to NCSD on the management of the national knowledge management system for climate change, and the related research and capacity development activities;
  • Support to CCCA programme management and Cambodia’s international engagement on climate change.

1. Capacity development support to NCSD and other partner institutions on planning, monitoring and evaluation of the climate change response:

  • Support NCSD in operationalizing the national monitoring and evaluation framework for climate change, in consultation with Ministry of Planning. This will include support to relevant inter-ministerial mechanisms (e.g. Climate Change Technical Working Group);
  • Support NCSD with the design of a comprehensive capacity development programme in support of this framework, including identification of potential national and international partnerships. The capacity development programme should include at a minimum the General Secretariat of NCSD and ministries in charge of public works and transport, rural development, education, energy, and environment;
  • Provide training and mentoring services on planning tools, M&E indicators and tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation, in support of Cambodia’s Climate Change Strategic Plan and commitments under UNFCCC (including the Nationally Determined Contribution). Promote the full integration of these tools in regular national and sectoral programming systems, legal frameworks and practices;
  • Provide advisory support and quality assurance for documents produced by NCSD on the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the climate change response;
  • Provide advisory support and training to pilot sub-national entities on climate change planning, monitoring and evaluation tools, in line with their respective mandates.

2. Advisory support to NCSD on the management of the national knowledge management system for climate change, and the related research and capacity development activities:

  • Identify key capacity needs in NCSD and other partner institutions for the effective management of the national knowledge management system on climate change, and advise NCSD on the design and implementation of the related capacity development plan;
  • Monitor the performance of the knowledge management system and advise on potential improvements to meet the needs of the key user groups. Support the implementation of these measures once approved by NCSD;
  • Support the development of existing and new research partnerships with national and international universities / research institutions, ensuring alignment of the research agenda with national priorities;
  • Mentor researchers and NCSD staff to produce tailored advocacy products for target groups, based on the research results. Provide quality assurance for knowledge products on climate change produced with CCCA support;
  • Support NCSD with the targeting and design of the CCCA grants for climate change innovation, in line with national research and technological needs. Assist in the monitoring of these programmes and inclusion of their findings/recommendations in the knowledge management systems and in policy discussions.

3. Support to CCCA programme management and Cambodia’s international engagement on climate change:

  • Contribute to drafting the CCCA annual/quarterly work plans and budgets and quarterly/annual progress reports;
  • Provide quality assurance and mentoring services for NCSD staff in charge of preparing Cambodia’s submissions and negotiating positions to the UNFCCC;
  • Provide other climate change technical advisory support to UNDP or NCSD as requested by the Chief Technical Advisor or CCCA Programme Manager.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Master’s Degree in Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources, Economics, Physical Planning, Engineering or related discipline.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of experience including at least 3 years supporting climate change response in developing countries;
  • Proven experience on planning and M&E of climate change adaptation / mitigation, and establishment of knowledge management systems in developing countries;
  • Proven experience in providing capacity development and advisory support to Government institutions in developing countries;
  • Specialized expertise in climate change vulnerability mapping/analysis, climate change research, and/or climate change awareness / education would be an advantage;
  • Experience developing and managing capacity development programmes for government institutions along with proven ability to negotiate and troubleshoot relationship with national and international stakeholders;
  • Prior experience in mobilizing resources and forming multi-stakeholder partnerships; and
  • Knowledge of UN/UNDP policies and procedures and experience in implementing UN/UNDP project at the country level would be an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Khmer would be an asset.

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