Senior Africa Advisor

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Nov-18-2021
  • Posted
    Nov 17

Position description

Result of Service

The Senior Africa Advisor will strengthen the policy elements of CCAC’s efforts in Africa, aligning these with the Africa Assessment findings. S/he will play an important role in producing a highly policy-relevant, actionable, and well received assessment.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

2.5 months of work over a 6-month period, starting in December 2021 and ending in May 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society. 

The CCAC is the only international body working on integrated climate and clean air solutions to reduce the rate of near-term warming. It focuses on fast action to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including methane, black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and tropospheric ozone. 

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosts the Secretariat at the Economy Division in Paris.

In response to the needs of the African countries and international agreements on sustainable development goals, and to tackle air quality and climate change, the CCAC has commissioned an African Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change to enable science-based and fast-tracked policy driven action. The assessment is bringing together practitioners working across Africa to address the growing air pollution and associated climate threats while promoting capacity building and action to reduce air pollution with a focus on short-lived climate pollutant (SLCPs) as part of climate and air quality strategies. The assessment is building a community of practice, integrating, and enhancing existing science-policy-practice networks, to consider the role and potential of emission mitigation strategies to support development in Africa. The development of the report is led by three Co-Chairs, supported by an International Advisory Group made up of key entities that help guide the assessment including the Africa Union Commission (AUC), regional economic communities and relevant international organisations (UNEP, WMO, WHO, US EPA and programmes (IGAC, ANGA) and key academic institutions. The core-coordination team consisting of members from CCAC Secretariat, UNEP Africa Office and SEI, oversees the day-to-day working of the assessment. A consultant with a strong policy background and reputation in Africa in the field of air pollution and climate change - with an emphasis on SLCPs, is needed to carry out additional activities to provide political acumen, strategic support in finalizing the assessment, and preparing for implementation of its findings.

The consultant will work in close consultation with the core-coordination team of the assessment, the CCAC Secretariat team and the CCAC Board. Electronic submission of all deliverables/outputs should be sent to the CCAC Secretariat. 

Specific responsibilities include:
1. Prepare draft strategy for engaging key countries in Africa, regional blocs, and African Union in implementation of assessment findings.
2. Advise on policy engagement strategies to scale up reduction of SLCPs in Africa.
3. Facilitate the finalization of the assessment, including chairing Authors’ meetings, webinars and teleconferences with stakeholders.
4. Review the assessment report and ensure the quality and alignment of the assessment to other key Africa region reports on climate change and air pollution.
5. Contribute to drafting of the key messages and the road map for the implementation of the assessment.
6. Inform outreach and communication activities of the assessment communications team, in support of the assessment to ensure political buy in embedding the assessment in key regional activities, initiatives and projects.
7. Support assessment and policy related communication requests from across Africa.
8. Through a consultative process convenene a strategic partners’ round table to support the development of the assessment implementation road map.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proven expertise in short-lived climate pollutants is required, and expert level knowledge of African policies related to air pollution and climate change.
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree is required in the field of climate change, environment, natural resources management, development, economics, or international relations.
Experience: At least 15 years of professional experience related to environment or climate change strategies are required, with at least 10 of those years obtained within a national government or public policy entity with direct experience in leading policy development or implementation.
Language: Fluency and excellent command of written and spoken English is required.

Additional Information

International travel will likely be required for this consultancy.

Application instructions

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