JOB: UNDP – Technical Specialist REDD+

Source : Mailist – March 13, 2012

Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2012
UNDP Indonesia Country Office
Gedung Menara Thamrin 8th Floor
Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 3
Jakarta 10250
Phone: +62-21-3141308, Fax: +62-21-39838941

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST REDD+
Location : JAKARTA, INDONESIA Application Deadline : 14-Mar-12 Additional Category Environment and Energy Type of Contract : TA International Post Level : P-4 Languages Required :

English Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Apr-2012

Duration of Initial Contract : up to 31 December 2012 Expected Duration of Assignment : up to 31 December 2012

Background
“UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.”

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest emitters of CO2 and especially in terms of emissions originating from “agriculture, forestry and other land use.” Over the past five years, Indonesia’s annual deforestation rate has averaged around 1 million hectares, which contributes a significant amount to Indonesia’s estimated annual emissions. Over a third of Indonesia’s emissions are caused by the burning and oxidation of peat soils. Roughly half of Indonesia’s peat forests have been drained for logging and about one quarter cleared for agriculture and pulpwood. A significant proportion of the remaining peat forests are classified as areas where planned deforestation can and – barring strategic interventions – will take place. Clearing and draining of remaining peat forests would likely increase Indonesia’s annual CO2 emissions significantly.

Indonesia has begun to make significant strides towards better protection of its forest resources during the past decade. The country’s moves in this direction have also been recognised globally. In Dec 2007 the country hosted the United Nations Cllimate Change Conference in Bali. On May 26, 2010 the Governments of Indonesia and Government of the Kingdom of Norway signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to establish a Partnership for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation ) to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest and peat land degradation. As part of the partnership Norway has the intention to contribute to Indonesia’s REDD+ efforts in the order of magnitude of USD 1 billion. The actual funds will be delivered based on agreed upon and verified deliverables, and be deployed towards contributions to Indonesia’s low carbon development efforts, capacity building and REDD+ preparation measures. Oversight of the Partnership will be conducted by a Joint Consultation Group (JCG) comprised of high-level representatives from both the Indonesian and Norwegian governments, with support from a Technical Working Group.

As part of its commitments to the Letter of Intent, the Government of Indonesia established a Preparatory Task Force for REDD+ Institutional Formation in September 2010. After the conclusion of the mandate of this Task Force and with some complex work on the structures to be finalised the Government established the Preparatory Task Force for REDD+ Institutionalization in September 2011. These processes are led under the wider purview of the Presidential Work Unit for the Supervision and Direction of Development.

Indonesia has determined to adopt an ambitious target for reducing its greenhouse emissions through to the year 2020. The REDD+ Programme is seen as a critical component in this national effort enhanced through other initiatives such as the two year morotorium on opening new areas of forest cover to exploitation.

There are numerous challenges confronting the Government in its efforts to implement its REDD+ Programme. Beyond the technical and environmental aspects there are numerous governance challenges, including:

• developing regulatory coherence and certainty in division of authorities among assorted national level government agencies;

• ensuring coherence between the regulatory framework and implementation between the Central Government and provincial and local authorities;

• ensuring the capacity to police, implement and uphold regulations on the basis of accountable legal certainty;

• ensuring the emerging structures and institutional arrangements are free from internal conflicts of interest and other integrity challenges;

• ensuring the mechanisms for effective MRV are in place both in terms of regulatory authorities and resourcing as well as capable management and well trained staff;

• developing effective means to ensure local communities are engaged in, supportive of, and benefit from, the resources to be deployed through the REDD+ Programme.

Each of these challenges will affect the potential success of the REDD+ Programme. They need to be addressed proactively and ideally with pre-emptive advice to assist reduce the potential for these issues to become stumbling blocks to wider Programme success.

The Technical Specialist REDD+ will work under the direct guidance of the Leadership of National Programme Director of the Indonesia REDD+ Project and in close collaboration with the UNDP Team Leader Environment Unit to provide policy and other advice to the Chair of the Preparatory Task Force for REDD+ Institutionalization on each of the above identified issues. The Technical Specialist REDD+ will also work closely with each other component of the emerging REDD+ architecture including members of the Task Force and Working Groups on addressing problems that could impede progress on implementation.

The Technical Specialist REDD+ is also expected to play a particularly proactive role in highlighting any integrity and corruption related challenges that need to be addressed to ensure smooth implementation of the REDD+ Programme. The Technical Specialist REDD+ , therefore, will be expected to play a leading role in providing answers to integrity and wider corruption challenges.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
• Develop an in depth overview of national, sectoral and local political systems and processes related to REDD+ development in Indonesia, and provide advice to the Chair of the REDD+ Institutionalisation Task Force in the area of strategic management of Indonesia’s REDD+ agenda including approaches to address obstacles in implementation;

• Provide programme support related to the design, implementation oversight and results for REDD+ in Indonesia, including working closely with the Secretariat of the Task Force

• Contribute to developing the capacity of national, provincial and local counterparts in support of achieving REDD+ objectives including at local and provincial levels • Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management

1. Develop an in depth overview of national, sectoral and local political systems and processes related to REDD+ development in Indonesia, and provide advice to the Chair of the REDD+ Institutionalisation Task Force in the area of strategic management of Indonesia’s REDD+ agenda including approaches to address obstacles in implementation;focusing on achievement of the following results:

• Provide programme and policy support related to the design, implementation oversight and results for REDD+ in Indonesia, including working closely with the Secretariat of the Task Force, including appraisal, monitoring, review of projects and programmes, and support relevant impact assessment and evaluation activities, where appropriate. • Provision of advisory support on key thematic areas of relevance to the REDD+ objectives, including (but not limited to) access to justice , policy formulation, pro-poor service delivery, gender equality and equitable sharing of benefit;

• Provide overall technical guidance and quality assurance to the programme.

• Provide technical guidance to programme staff and national / international consultants and contractors

• Advice on key policies, barriers, opportunities and partnerships

• Advice key national partners and UN agencies on policy and strategy.

• Advice the Programme on the performance and capacity needs of national partners in Programme implementation.

• Support policy development in the focus areas for the Preparatory Task Force for REDD+ Institutionalization;

• Support the Chair and members of the Preparatory Task Force for REDD+ Institutionalisation in engagements and communication with external stakeholders as needed.

2. Provide programme support related to the design, implementation oversight and results for REDD+ in Indonesia, including working closely with the Secretariat of the Task Force focusing on achievement of the following results:

• Represent the programme at meetings and other appropriate regional and global fora.

• Review all the technical outputs (e.g. reports etc.) to be generated within the scope of the Programme, and improve and/or ensure improvement of such reports in accordance with the expectations of the GoI and UN agencies.

• Support the NPM in collecting, analyzing and sharing knowledge and information regarding REDD initiatives in Indonesia, and international developments regarding REDD

3. Contribute to developing the capacity of national, provincial and local counterparts in support of achieving REDD+ objectives including at local and provincial levels focusing on achievement of the following results:

• Training and capacity building support for UNDP personnel and Government officials on governance issues.

• Develop and maintain effective partnerships with government, non-government players and other external support agencies as approriate through dialogue, regular and systematic networking, practical programme collaboration and information sharing, and sound political analysis. • In coordination with the Leadership of National Programme Director of the Indonesia REDD+ Project and in close collaboration with the UNDP Team Leader Environment Unit, coordinate the capacity development activities in national, provincial level.

• Collaborate closely with the Project Advisors in the relevant Ministries and the UNDP project support team to ensure the smooth coordination of the implementation of the capacity development support to REDD+ programme

• Monitor activities related to capacity development and ensure appropriate databases are maintained;

• Ensure that the capacity development plan complements the activities under the Joint Technical Support Plan, that is envisaged to be implemented in close collaboration with the bi-laterals and other technical partners

• Identify the bottle necks or capacity gaps that could delay implementation and scale up of activities at all levels and provide solutions; and

4. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

• Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme goals, activities, projects in support of governance issues

• Monitor practices, and project-specific news and developments in order to ensure guidance to the office that reflects the best and most current available information.

• Encourage the incorporation of latest international and national best practice of governance works related to REDD+, and contribute to the effective management and sharing of governance knowledge and expertise;

• Identify and formulate lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader CO knowledge management efforts.

• Foster and establish technical best-practice links with other related REDD initiatives and, where appropriate, with other regional even global REDD programmes.

• Liaise with other initiatives and stakeholders to share knowledge and enhance coordination with regard to technical matters

• Build and maintain linkages with UNDP knowledge networks

• Support relevant regional and international initiatives and promote synergies with advancing Indonesia’s REDD+ Programme;

• Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice , wider governance related initiatives that also impact upon the potential success of the REDD+ Programme

Impact of Results
The key results of the post are formulation of forward-looking strategies and policies for the UNDP CO as well as UN Indonesia related to climate change, identification of opportunities for building partnerships and their implementation. This highly strategic post ensures the UNDP Indonesia Country Office is strategically positioned to support the Government, as well as acting as a key hub for climate change excellence within the context of the wider global UNDP/UN system.

The post increases visibility of UNDP in the discussion about governance policies and analysis

Competencies
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda

Level 2: analysis and creation of messages and strategies

* Contributes to the elaboration of advocacy strategies by identifying and prioritizing audiences and communication means
* Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses

Building Strategic Partnerships

Level 2: Identifying and building partnerships

* Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
* Sensitizes UN Partners, donors and other international organizations to the UNDP’s strategic agenda, identifying areas for joint efforts
* Develops positive ties with civil society to build/strengthen UNDP’s mandate
* Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
* Displays initiative, sets challenging outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work assignments

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Level 2: Developing tools and mechanisms

* Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
* Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms
* Develops and/or participates in the development of tools and mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organizational learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Level 2: In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter

* Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
* Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff
* Continues to seeks new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit
* Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
* Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
* Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Creating Visibility for UNDP/Supporting UNDP’s Capacity to Advocate

Level 2: Developing promotional projects and organizational messages

* Identifies and develops activities to enhance the visibility of UNDP
* Develops promotional activities based on monitoring/evaluation information identifying areas requiring higher visibility
* Reviews documents and materials intended for use within and outside the organization in order to ensure consistency and validity of messages
* Creates and cultivates networks of partners to promote UNDP’s image
* Conducts assessments of activities to improve impact and effectiveness

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies

* Performed analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
* Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level

Conceptual Innovation in the Provision of Technical Expertise

Level 2: Developing innovative and creative approaches

* Leverages different experiences and expertise of team members to achieve better and more innovative outcomes
* Leverages multi disciplinary, institutional knowledge and experience of other countries and regions to promote UNDP’s development agenda
* Participates in dialogue about conceptual innovation at the country and regional levels

Client Orientation

Level 2: Contributing to positive outcomes for the client

* Anticipates client needs
* Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
* Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective

Core 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 organization
* Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
* Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. Promoting learning and knowledge management /sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
* Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

* Master’s Degree in in Environmental Studies, Economics, Sciences, Development Policy or other relevant disciplines.
* Multidisciplinary educational background preferred

Experience:

* 7 years of relevant experience at the national or international level.
* Proven working experience and substantive knowledge in democratic governance practice, specifically in decentralization and local governance, civil service reform and development programming experience or related fields, at national and international scale.
* Extensive knowledge of the multilateral system notably UNDP and the UN System is essential
* Extensive experience in research and policy-level analysis. Some experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
* Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages
* Knowledge of Indonesia and the Governance issues in the country will be an advantage;
* Working experience in addressing problems related to poor integrity and corruption as part of efforts focused on strengthening state capacity; post-conflict/disaster management and environment would be preferable

Language Requirements: Fluency in the UN

Working knowledge of Indonesian would be an advantage.

APPLICANT MUST COMPLETE P11 FORM AND SUBMIT AS PART OF THEIR APPLICATION .

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

UNDP Indonesia reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP Indonesia at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and education requirements

POST CATEGORY INFORMATION : DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FUNDED (DPF) POST
UNDP 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.

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