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WRI seeks a Regional Senior Expert focused on Climate to be seconded to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala, Uganda. This is a three-year termed position (with potential to extend). In this position, you will provide expert advice to the staff of the Netherlands embassies in partner countries on the integration of climate change into development programs. You will work closely with the Climate Team (IGG/KL) on climate-related policy and climate finance policies, including issues such as natural resource management and environmental safeguards when relevant to the climate focus. In order to strengthen the resilience of its partner countries and meet its international commitments on climate financing, the Netherlands has a proactive policy on integrating climate change into its development and trade programs. Currently, ten of those partner countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The integration of climate change into the Netherlands development programs not only serves climate adaptation and mitigation goals, but supports and strengthens sustainable development. To integrate climate change into the country programs successfully, there is a need to deepen the understanding of staff of relevant embassies of the potential impact of climate change and of the ways to best identify and address current and future vulnerability to climate change. This will result in strengthened climate change-related activities in existing projects and more attention to resilience in new programs and projects.
The Regional Senior Expert has been seconded by WRI to the Netherlands embassy in Kampala to support the integration of climate change in embassy development programs worldwide and to provide technical assistance and advice on projects and activities. In this role, you will continue and expand this effort. Areas of responsibility include climate screening of projects, holding local and regional climate-smart workshops and producing climate change profiles. Climate-smart development efforts have focused on food security, water and gender, but need to be expanded to include governance, renewable energy, infrastructure, humanitarian aid, refugees, and private sector development. Looking to the future, when African partner country programs will transition from aid to trade, the embassies will face new challenges. They will need to ensure that investments are climate-proofed and that investors are aware of climate risks and of potential mitigation and adaptation actions.
As an expert on integrating climate change in development plans and programs supported by the Dutch embassies and providing policy and technical support. Tasks will include but not be limited to the following:
Strategic, analytical and advisory functions
Pro-actively and on-demand advise embassies on ensuring their programs and projects are climate-smart with the aim to reduce vulnerability, strengthen resilience and (as appropriate) lower emissions. Advise in the preparation of the new cycle of Multi-Annual Country Plans (2018-2022).
Continue and improve the current process and procedure for the integration of climate change in embassy development programs and projects (including updating of country climate change profiles for partner/priority countries; review of the annual Pitch and Bids; review of quality at entry and of project appraisal documents to ensure integration of climate change; verification of assigned Rio markers; coordinate the Climate Helpdesk).
Provide technical support on climate change to embassies and to IGG (including reviewing and contributing to climate-related policy, papers and proposals, e.g. of the Green Climate Fund, and the Sustainable Water Program; review monitoring/progress reports; advise on result indicators to effectively monitor climate–smart activities).
Assist in the development of climate-smart development projects, such as the GGGI project on Energy Access for the Urban Poor.
Training and capacity development
Create a learning environment to identify and share key challenges, risks and opportunities with regard to climate change for the programs of the Netherlands.
Assist with the preparation and communication of e-courses on climate change and climate components of other relevant e-courses (e.g. food security, water, energy and Africa).
Effectively liaise with knowledge institutions (e.g. CDKN, WRI, Wageningen University) and development partners (e.g. European Commission, DFID, GIZ, UNDP, USAID) and ensure that lessons learned and new approaches inform IGG policies and embassy programs.
Communication and engagement
Provide advice to formulation, review and monitoring missions of climate-relevant projects of the embassies and (occasionally) of partner organizations (multilateral institutions, NGOs, other bilateral donors).
Represent the Netherlands in development partner committees, meetings, and functions.
Contribute to IGG reporting on mainstreaming (policy, programs, funding) and climate finance reports.
Report regularly to the WRI Climate Team, and the Kampala Embassy on the program and progress of work.
Contribute (as requested) in the annual consultations WRI/IGG.
Strengthen relations between DGIS and WRI by identifying and realizing synergies between WRI and DGIS programs in the region.
Coordinate the Climate Helpdesk, proactively providing climate information and updates, communicating IGG policies and guidelines, and responding to questions.
Share the results and experience at regional conferences, meetings and via media.
Advanced degree in development studies, environmental studies, economics, international relations, or related field
Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in developing countries, including Africa
Development program management, preferably in climate resilience, food security, water, or natural resource management, with in-depth understanding and experience in program development, results-based programming, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting
Capacity development experience (preparation and implementation of guidelines, training) especially as related to the integration of climate change into programming
Willingness to undertake significant travel in Africa and elsewhere
Strong English writing and oral communication skills. French language skills are a significant plus
Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
Commitment to the development policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
About the Inclusive Green Growth Department (IGG)
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs comprises of four directorates-general, one of which deals with development cooperation (DGIS). IGG is part of DGIS and is responsible for international public goods (global commons). It consists of four divisions (teams): Climate, Water, Food Security and Energy/Raw Materials. The Climate Team is composed of about 10 professionals and is responsible i.a. for formulating international climate policy, mainstreaming of climate in international policy, including development cooperation, climate finance (the Netherlands fair share of the $100bn pledged by the developed countries in Copenhagen) and a portfolio of about €100m of climate activities.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.wri.org to be considered.