NAP Junior Research Consultant

Bangkok, Thailand
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NAP Junior Research Consultant

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Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline : 31-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 14d 13h 32m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Aug-2019
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 July 2019 – 31 December 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment : up to 90 days


Financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the joint UNDP-UNEP National Adaptation Plan-Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) and its partners are assisting countries identify technical, institutional and financial needs to integrate climate change adaptation into ongoing medium and long-term national planning. The partner agencies of the NAP-GSP are the FAO, GIZ, GWP, IFAD, PROVIA, WHO, UNFCCC, UNISDR and UNITAR. The GSP is one of a number of initiatives in place to support Countries to advance their NAP process.

Within this overall background, UNDP is supporting countries with one-on-one technical assistance to identify specific needs, capacity gaps and suggest next steps with regards to advancing their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes. This tailored support complements NAP-GSPs activities that are focused on region-based technical training, awareness-raising, and knowledge sharing and exchange. Furthermore, this support is instrumental in leveraging financial support to developing countries embarking on their NAPs.

As part of NAP-GSP’s communication and Knowledge Management Strategy in support of the above scope of work, a country policy baseline, country briefings, country mission reports, policy briefs and infographics are envisaged to strengthen the programme’s outreach and increase awareness of its contributions to countries’ NAPs.

Duties and Responsibilities


The objective of this assignment is to assist the NAP-GSP team in compiling a database of existing strategies, policies, plans and projects/programmes in developing countries, which are supportive of their climate change adaptation planning and budgeting efforts. This assistance will help countries identify their technical and financial capacity gaps and needs, and formulate country baselines for the UNDP-led portfolio. This assistance is also expected to contribute to building awareness about the NAP process in the countries and be able to support the communication of the results to stakeholders both in-country as well as externally through tailored knowledge products.

The NAP Junior Researchers will provide assistance to UNDP for up to 20 countries (each – from the list of countries that have requested UNDP support to advance the formulation/implementation of their NAP).

Scope of Work

The consultant/s will be responsible for:

A. Assisting with the development of a schema conducive to a searchable and user-friendly database of existing information in developing countries;

B. Coordinating with the aforementioned countries (Governments and UNDP Country Offices) in collecting climate change adaptation relevant data on existing strategies, plans, policies and projects/programmes;

C. Conducting desk reviews, synthesizing the information into one-two paragraph descriptions of the data collected for each country;

D. Review and verifying accuracy, coherence and consistency of available data for other countries in the database, and updating information where necessary;

E. Increasing external engagement and visibility of NAP-GSP and exploring new entry points within the public and private sector, and amongst UN and other development agencies;

F. Support NAP-GSP works on the climate finance expenditures and conducting necessary reviews of public expenditures allocated to climate change activities in agriculture.

The tasks associated with this Terms of Reference are expected to be completed through desk-based preparatory and coordination work. Wherever necessary to validate the findings or collect additional information for the database, the incumbent might be required to participate in country level consultations, accompanying the NAP-GSP staff and partners, in selected countries.

Expected Outputs and DeliverablesExpected Outputs and Deliverables

Based on the aforementioned criterion of the tasks associated with this Terms of Reference (expected deliverables following UNDP guidelines on communications), the consultant will be responsible for:

No. Expected Deliverables Description Expected Number of working days

Country Briefings 1

Development of 4 -5 NAP-GSP Country Briefs

  • Tanzania
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Mozambique
  • Other assignment countries to be identified
            20 days

Country Briefings 2

Finalization of country briefing drafts for:

  • Lebanon
  • Tajikistan
  • Saint Lucia
            5 days
3. Private Sector Engagement Advancement of the private sector climate change adaptation case study publication            5 days
4. Project Concept Notes Concept Note development for:

  • African Adaptation Initiative
  • Other assignment countries to

be identified

          20 days
5. DRR/CCA Preparation of a guidance note         10 days
6. NAP Presentations Preparing substantive NAP presentations within defined thematic areas         10 days
7. Research, analysis, and writing Tasks upon request        20 days
Total        90 days

Apart from the aforementioned tasks in the table above, the consultant is expected also to perform any other related tasks assigned by the supervisors.

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will be supervised by the NAP-GSP Lead Technical Specialist throughout the consultancy.

Duration of the Work

1 July 2019 – 31 December 2019 (up to 90 days)

Duty Station

Bangkok-based with possible travel. Expected places of travel: To be decided in coordination with the requesting government, with the NAP- GSP coordinator assigned to that particular country. The expected travel schedule will be defined in consultation with the countries. The consultant is required to arrange for his/her own travel. The travel cost shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the amount quoted by UNDP travel agent.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualifications:

Master’s degree in environment, economics, international development, international relations or a closely related field.


  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience;
  • Experience in planning and conduction capacity building activities and trainings for government officials;
  • Experience working in Africa will be an asset;
  • Experience working in capacity building for climate change adaptation will be an asset

Language requirements

Excellent English communication skills.

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