UN REDD Technical Specialist Job – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Post Level: P-3
Reports to: Climate Change Policy Committee
About UNDP:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global
development network. UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to
knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The
UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing countries
including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed
About UNDP REDD Programme:
UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing
Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing
countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role
and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme supports
nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful
involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other
forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+
implementation. The Programme supports national REDD+ readiness efforts in 56
partner countries, spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, in two
ways: (i) direct support to the design and implementation of UN-REDD National
Programmes; and (ii) complementary support to national REDD+ action through
common approaches, analyses, methodologies, tools, data and best practices
developed through the UN-REDD Global Programme.
Job Summary: The UN REDD Technical Specialist will provide support
to the various elements of the National REDD+ Strategy, the UN-REDD Technical
Advisor will be responsible for overall operational and financial management
and reporting on the implementation of Uganda REDD+ Roadmap through the UN-REDD
programmatic support. To achieve this objective, the UN-REDD Technical Advisor
will be also guided by the Regional Technical Advisor of the UNDP/UN-REDD
programme based in Nairobi. The incumbent will offer support to the REDD+
Secretariat in the day-to-day management of UN-REDD Programmatic Support
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible for the development of annual and
    quarterly work plans and reports for participating UN agencies;
  • Provide close and regular technical
    backstopping to the Lead Technical Advisor, other members of the REDD+
    Secretariat and UN-REDD Team, and other implementing entities for the
    implementation of various components of the national REDD+ process;
  • On request review of relevant policies and
    development of policy frameworks as well as the institutional arrangements
    for REDD+ development;
  • On request organisation of and substantive
    contributions to a high level policy dialogue on development of a National
    REDD+ Strategy;
  • Support the REDD+ Secretariat and in
    particular the Lead Technical Adviser in coordinating and supervising
    activities of national and international experts /consultants to secure
    timely production of planned outputs and the review of these outputs;
  • Support the REDD+ Secretariat to coordinate
    and liaise with stakeholders – including line ministries, development
    partners, civil society, indigenous peoples and the private sector;
  • Support REDD+ Secretariat in ensuring
    coordination with other REDD+ initiatives;
  • Support REDD+ Secretariat in strengthening
    communication between different government agencies, national and
    international initiatives and stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance to Government counterparts
    and facilitate knowledge building focusing on achievement of the following
  • Provide support and technical advice to the
    development of policy options and strategy for the design and
    implementation of Uganda National REDD+ Process to the REDD+ Secretariat
    including support on the development of: Strategy development, Policy
    dialogue, Stakeholder engagement, Governance and institution framing and other
    elements of National REDD+ development as required.
  • Share knowledge on REDD+ by documenting
    lessons learnt and best practices from the UN-REDD Programmatic Support
    and contributing to the development of knowledge based tools (including
    policies, strategies, guidelines, etc.);
  • Provide timely quality information and technical
    advice to the REDD+ Secretariat and the UN Country Team, to ensure
    effective development and delivery of the UN-REDD Programmatic Support;
  • Coordinate institutional capacity assessments
    of relevant national and subnational entities along the REDD+ supply
  • Render support in the identification of
    technical expertise and lead on the preparation of TORs, identification
    and evaluation of experts, and reviewing reports produced; and support to
    UNFCCC negotiations relating to REDD+.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    REDD National Technical Specialist career opportunity should preferably
    hold a Master’s degree or higher in Management, Environmental Science,
    Natural Resource Management, Environmental Economics, Geography or Social
    Sciences, Forestry or similar.
  • A minimum of five years of working experience
    on REDD+, conservation, resource management, forest economic policy and
    community development livelihoods, with experience in Uganda or East
    Africa preferable;
  • Significant experience of working in
    multinational teams to implement programmes involving different funding
    and implementing agencies;
  • Experience of implementing programmes across
    the UN agencies and across Government are definite advantages;
  • Experience the REDD+ developments at
    international, national and local levels;
  • Working knowledge on the UNFCCC negotiations,
    COP-decisions related to REDD and guidelines for national systems in the
    context of REDD+, as well as national and international best practices
    within REDD+ and other natural resource management initiatives.
  • Language: Fluent in English Proficiency in
    one, two or three UN languages is an advantage.
Personal Competencies
Corporate Competencies:
  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating
    Organizational Precedents;
  • Building support and political acumen;
  • Building staff competence,  Creating an environment of creativity
    and innovation;
  • Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment
    for open communication;
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent
  • Leveraging conflict & setting standards;
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and
    building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Fair and transparent decision making;
    calculated risk-taking.
Functional Competencies:
  • Advocacy / Advancing Policy Oriented Agenda:
    analysis and creation of messages and strategies;
  • Creates effective advocacy strategies;
  • Contributes to the elaboration of advocacy
    strategies by identifying and prioritizing audiences and communication
  • Performs analysis of political situations and
    scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses;
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and
    disseminate materials for advocacy work.
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, change
    processes, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead formulation, oversight of
    implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Ability to apply development theory to the
    specific project context to identify creative, practical approaches to
    overcome challenging situations;
  • Ability to manage for results: translates
    strategic aims into achievable plans, with established priorities,
    monitors them, making periodic adjustments as required.
Management and
  • Builds strong relationships with clients,
    focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and
    a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability
    to manage complexities;
  • Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as
    well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Demonstrates outstanding communication skills
    oral and written communication skills;
  • Negotiation skills: capacity to work with diverse
    partners including Government, donors and civil society;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured
    even under pressure;
  • Proven networking, team-building,
    organizational and communication skills.
is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality
and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons
with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be
treated with the strictest confidence.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United
Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should
endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review
job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 8th February 2016
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