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UNDP Field Specialist (9 openings in the following locations: Honiara, Buala, Auki, Gizo, Kirakira, Lata, Tigoa, Tulagi and Taro Island)

UNDP Field Specialist (9 openings in the following locations: Honiara, Buala, Auki, Gizo, Kirakira, Lata, Tigoa, Tulagi and Taro Island)

Country: Solomon Islands
City: Honiara
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UNDP Field Specialist (9 openings in the following locations: Honiara, Buala, Auki, Gizo, Kirakira, Lata, Tigoa, Tulagi and Taro Island)

UNDP Field Specialist have collaborated with the Government of the Solomon Islands to establish the LoCAL Mechanism, targeting the enhancement of community and local economy resilience through consistent climate finance support. This initiative will increase provincial government access to climate funds for adaptation investments (outcome 1) and establish a recognized performance-based grant system to attract more climate finance (outcome 2).

LoCAL-Solomon Islands will enhance climate adaptation awareness and capacity at provincial and central levels (output 1), integrate climate change into local planning and budgeting, and fund adaptation projects (output 2), and deploy a performance-based grant system nationwide to attract diverse climate finance sources (output 3). This mechanism, embedded in the Provincial Capital Development Fund, empowers provincial governments to develop and fund adaptation strategies and infrastructure, supported by technical expertise from partners like the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening and the World Bank’s IEDCR program.

Duties and Responsibilities

The positions will be based at the Provincial Government Headquarters (up one position in each Province).

  • Guide Provincial Governments in the management, implementation and monitoring of performance-based climate resilience grants and investments.
  • Lead Provincial level LoCAL performance monitoring and reporting, and actively contribute to the knowledge and communication efforts of LoCAL in Solomon Islands
  • Provide advisory programme and technical advice to provincial government counterparts and key stakeholders, including on climate change adaptation.
  • Under the guidance of the LoCAL Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Safeguards (GESI) Specialist, ensure the alignment of LoCALs work with GESI objectives, environmental and social safeguards (ESS), and a safe and healthy working environment, coordinating and working closely with the IEDCR Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Resilience Expert, the IEDCR ESS specialist and the Provincial Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Reduction Officers
  • Act as a conduit between the UNCDF LoCAL Team and Provincial Government.

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Impact Results of UNDP Field Specialist

Efficient, timely, responsive, client-focused and high-quality support rendered to UNCDF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of their functions, including:

  • Provincial Governments and local stakeholders have increased awareness on climate change and have built their capacity to address the impacts of climate change;
  • Provincial administrations develop investment plans and budgets that foster climate resilient local communities;
  • Provincial Governments pilot methods and procedures for mainstreaming climate change into local public planning and budgeting, as well as into local resource allocation processes;
  • The performance-based climate resilience grant mechanism (LoCAL) is effectively deployed in Solomon Islands;
  • Lessons learnt and good practices are documented, capitalized and shared (through photos, videos, stories from the field).

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Required Skills and Experience for UNDP Field Specialist

  • Education:
    • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in climate change, environment, development, international relations, geography, engineering, economics, agronomy or a related area is required, Or
    • A first-level university degree (Bachelor´s degree) in the above areas in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of five (5) years (with Master’s degree) or seven (7) years (with Bachelor´s degree) in progressively more responsible positions supporting local government and/or communities, ideally on climate change and/or environment related issues, or in program management.
    • Experience in implementing and coordinating project activities with various stakeholders at the local and national level is an asset.
    • Ability to assess, analyse, synthesize, and provide recommendation on key technical issues.
    • Strong project management, organizational, monitoring, evaluation, and execution skills
    • Experience of climate change adaptation at the community level.
    • Practical experience with training and/or delivering capacity-building activities.
    • Practical knowledge and experience in planning and budgeting processes, preferably with local government authorities and/or communities.
    • Strong oral and written skills, including report writing skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and approaches of communications for development.
    • Previous work experience with the UN/International development sector is desirable, but not mandatory.
    • Good computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and email/internet; familiarity with office technology equipment.
  • Required Languages:
    • English and Solomon Islands Pidgin

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Type of Opportunity Internships
Deadline07 June,2024
CountrySolomon Islands



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