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Call for Expression of Interest to provide consulting services to GRID-Arendal’s Polar and Mountain Environments Programme

Mountains cover 25 percent of the world’s land surface, and directly support 12 percent of the world’s population living within mountain regions. Sustainable mountain development should be a global priority given the multitude of ecosystem goods and services that mountains provide: among the most important are drinking water for half of humanity, irrigation and energy production.

Mountains cover 25 percent of the world’s land surface, and directly support 12 percent of the world’s population living within mountain regions. Sustainable mountain development should be a global priority given the multitude of ecosystem goods and services that mountains provide: among the most important are drinking water for half of humanity, irrigation and energy production.

GRID-Arendal has a dynamic and growing portfolio of projects in mountain regions with a particular focus on providing clear, credible and understandable scientific evidence to enable sound decision and policy making for the benefit of mountains and mountain people. As a centre collaborating of UNEP, GRID-Arendal has developed a close and strong partnership with UNEP in developing joint mountain activities. GRID-Arendal and UNEP (in particular, it’s Regional Office for Europe – Vienna Programme Office – Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention) continue to pool efforts to undertake existing, and initiate new, joint partnerships and activities in support of various mountain regions.

As part of the overall collaboration between UNEP and GRID-Arendal on mountains, GRID-Arendal is seeking to hire a temporary consultant on a 6-month basis to support on-going activities in the field of mountain sustainable development and climate change, as described below:

 

Principal Responsibilities/tasks

  • Provide expertise and assist UNEP and the GRID-Arendal project teams in implementation of the project “Climate change actions in developing countries with fragile mountainous ecosystems from a sub-regional perspective”, in particular completion of phase 2: negotiation of regional instruments/action plans related to climate change and adaptation in mountain regions, preparation and implementation of regional meetings (in particular Caucasus and Andes) to be organized according to the work plans for 2017; facilitation and contribution to experience sharing events, publications and activities;
  • Provide support to the implementation of the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) for GRID-Arendal, UNEP and ICIMOD, in particular the development of the Adaptation Outlook for the Hindu Kush Himalayas; tasks will include research, writing, assistance for preparation of stakeholder meetings; report production; outreach and social media tasks;  
  • Provide assistance in the presentation of relevant mountain projects and activities and contribution to relevant meetings (to be identified) related to the global and regional mountain agenda; preparation, review of and contribution to relevant documentation and publications on sustainable mountain development related topics, where appropriate.
  • Provide expertise, and support the facilitation of the development of joint proposals, new projects, activities and initiatives related to mountain issues at the national, regional and globals level seeking the involvement of UNEP and GRID-Arendal through financial and technical assistance mechanisms, such as but not limited to the CTCN technical assistance programme, Green Climate Fund and bilateral funding programmes;
  • Any other tasks as appropriate and based on determined needs;

 

Professional qualifications

Essential:

  • Masters’ level university degree in environmental sciences, natural resources management, sustainable development or related field;
  • A minimum of 1.5-2 years documented working experience in the above-related fields
  • Demonstrated ability to network with a wide range of stakeholders and organizing meetings and events;
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent written and oral command of English;
  • Excellent oral command of Spanish;

Desirable:

  • Demonstrated working experience and understanding of mountain-related sustainable development and climate adaptation issues (previous work experience and knowledge of tropical Andes and Caucasus will be considered particularly desirable);
  • Previous experience of working with mountain knowledge centres;
  • Previous experience in development of proposals targeting climate funds;
  • Previous experience of facilitating regional consultation meetings, soliciting feedback and reviewing working drafts and technical documents.

 

Duration: 20 January – 30 June 2017

Type of consultancy: Independent Consultancy Contract

Deadline for applications:  9 January 2017 – 4pm CET

The Consultant will be selected based on demonstrated expertise and cost.

 

Application: Responses to the Call for Expression of Interest must include the following:

  • Brief cover letter (1 page max), including relevant experience and information regarding the Consultants’ availability
  • CV (including contact details of at least 2 referees for which similar work has been undertaken)
  • Costs (in USD): The consultant should identify their monthly rate (which would be valid for any assignment entered into within the following 6 months contractual period)
  • Written proof (documentation) of legal independent consultant status

 

Consultants replying to this Expression of Interest should send applications to hr@grida.no and mark in the subject ‘Polar and Mountain Environments Programme’ by 4pm CET, Monday 9 January 2017.

The Consultant will be expected to work on location, and hold regular working hours, at the UNEP Vienna Office – Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, Vienna International Centre, Wagramerstrasse 5, 1400 Vienna (Austria), in order to ensure the smooth implementation of above-mentioned activities.

We thank you for your interest.

GRID-Arendal, a Norwegian foundation and Center collaborating with UNEP, is located in southern Norway. Established in 1989 by Norway’s Ministry of Environment, GRID-Arendal’s activities specifically support UNEP’s Programme of Work. GRID-Arendal’s mission is to provide environmental information, communications and capacity building services for information management and assessment. Together with its partners, GRID-Arendal’s core focus is to support decision-making processes aimed at securing a sustainable future.