Post Title: OFFICER - ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION
Office: Department of Environment and Climate Action (ECA)
Supervisor: Expert ENRG and, or Expert RCA /P4.
Duty Station: OACPS Secretariat, Belgium
Posting period: 20 September 2021 to14 November 2021
Post Number: ACP/41/078/21/AFHR/HR/CNA
No. of Vacancies: 1
Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Expert for Environmental and Natural Resources Governance or the Expert for Resilience and Climate Action, depending on the tasking, the Officer for Environment and Climate Action, working closely with the Senior Officer for Environment and Climate Action will assist ECA efforts in the provision of policy and technical advice related to environmental, natural resources governance and management, and risk resilience and climate action priorities of members and regions of the OACPS. Such assistance and support will contribute to OACPS members and regions pursuit of achieving the overall objectives of poverty reduction and sustainable development, within the context of resilience and climate action.
She/he will ensure high quality, accurate and consistent work output that promotes & embraces a client-oriented approach, consistent with OACPS rules and regulations.
The incumbent will support and assist in the implementation of ECA policy and technical initiatives, including supporting meetings with members and regions of the OACPS, and with partners which could be held in different modes (face-to-face; virtual) and settings (Brussels/ Geneva/ Capitals/ Other); as well as working in multidisciplinary teams made up of diverse cultures, expertise, and experiences, from in and across the regions and members of the OACPS. She/he will provide requisite support and assistance to ECA initiatives into OACPS governing organs (Committee of Ambassadors, Council of Ministers, and OACPS PA and JPA) and relevant working arms of these organs (such as the Subcommittee for Sustainable Development and Fisheries Working Group) and subsidiary and consultative organs (such as the SIDS Forum), on environmental and natural resources governance (food systems and food security, earth and ocean systems, sustainable management, use and conservation matters and the underpinning imperatives of risk resilience (disaster risk reduction and disaster management) and climate action (adaptation and mitigation).
In the performance of his/her duties, the Officer for Environment and Climate Action would actively participate and collaborate with other OACPS departments, given the cross-cutting nature of environmental and climate action priorities, including but not limited to, food systems transformation and food security, health, education, energy, disaster risk reduction and disaster management.
The Officer will be required to assist in preparing OACPS’ strategic advocacy and engagement efforts at regional and global levels, such as with regional agencies of OACPS regions, Secretariats of key Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (for biodiversity, chemicals and waste, climate change, disaster reduction and ocean governance), UN specialist agencies (for meteorology, food - agriculture and fisheries). In addition, she/he will assist in supporting ECA’s efforts in the implementation of OACPS -EU partnership agreement including working closely with relevant Directorates General of the European Commission (EC) on matters related to environment and climate action, whether at intra OACPS, OACPS-wide and global levels.
The Officer will be required to assist ECA to maintain a current digital register of OACPS’ policy and technical Focal Points (such as for resilience and climate change, fisheries), to coordinate OACPS collective efforts to achieve good ocean governance, sustainably manage, use and conserve the environment, adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, prevent disaster risk, and secure requisite resources to enhance OACPS members and regions’ pursuit to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable, resilient development.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of Key Functions:
Impact of Results
The key results will have an impact at national, regional and global levels as the activities will contribute to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the environment and natural resources of members and region of the OACPS, through advocacy and engagement on OACPS environment and climate action policy. Strengthened OACPS international cooperation efforts will result in partnerships with regional and international agencies, increasing OACPS’ visibility and enhancing action on the ground in the areas of environmental and climate action for sustainable development that is resilient to all risks.
A master’s degree or equivalent in Climate Change, Environmental Sciences or Natural Resource Management or in other fields related to Climate Change & Resilience, and Environmental and Natural Resources Governance.
Minimum of three (3) years relevant professional experience addressing environmental and climate action issues, with at least two years being at national or regional level. Proven practice experience in one or more areas of climate change & resilience, biodiversity, land and ocean degradation, drought and desertification issues will be an added advantage.
Good command of English or French or Portuguese or Spanish. A working knowledge of at least one of the other three would be an added advantage.
Candidates for the post must be nationals of Member States from the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions and must therefore attach a copy of their valid passport for proof of nationality. Applications from non-ACP nationals will not be considered.
Staff Members of the OACPS are subject to the authority of and duties assigned by the Secretary-General and will discharge their functions under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
All employment decisions are made on the suitability of the candidate and the needs of the OACPS. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
The appointment to this position is for an initial period of 3 years and renewal thereof is subject to the needs of the OACPS and availability of the post or funds.
Applications for this post should be sent by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and must reach the Secretariat by midnight on the deadline date.
Applications must be accompanied by updated curriculum vitae completed in the following format: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose. Applications in another format will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further evaluation. Applicants must provide copies of degrees, diplomas, certificates and any other document attesting to their competence and professional experience.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and those under serious consideration will be subjected to reference checks.
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