Vacancy Announcement - Training Associate – National Adaptation Planning

Organizational Unit: Green Development and Climate Change Programme (GDCCP), Training Department

Date of issuance: 26 July 2017

Deadline for applications: 25 August 2017

Duration of contract: 12 months

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland


Depending on the professional background and experience the range of remuneration is CHF 5,460 to CHF 6,950 per month. The benefit package includes six weeks of annual leave and a limited health insurance plan. It does not include a pension contribution. Please note that this vacancy is located in Geneva and is a locally recruited position with no international benefits. This is not a regular post but a type of contract specific to UNITAR.


UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme (GCP) develops the capacities of individuals and training institutions in developing countries to advance green and climate resilient development in support of Agenda 2030.  The Programme offers a range of services, including executive training, capacity development for education and training institutions, support for national learning strategies, learning methodology development, and knowledge-sharing. Activities are carried out through partnerships with other UN organizations, bilateral development partners, as well as leading learning institutions and think tanks.

National Adaptation Planning (NAP-Ag and NAP-GSP)

The UNDP-led “Supporting Developing Countries to Integrate the Agricultural Sectors into National Adaptation Plan (NAP-Ag)” program aims at supporting five developing countries (Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Uruguay) and three Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (Nepal, Uganda and Zambia) to integrate climate change concerns related to agriculture-based livelihoods within existing national planning and budgeting process. Ultimately, the project will contribute to:

  1. Setting the national adaptation agenda based on priorities related to the agricultural sectors;
  2. Enhancing regional and global dialogue and cooperation on scaling up adaptation actions that have a bearing on food security and livelihoods;
  3. Integrating concerns and priorities into relevant national and sectoral planning and budgeting processes;
  4. Accessing international climate finance; and
  5. Creating synergies with ongoing projects, including IKI projects on eco-system based adaptation and unlocking innovative sources of climate finance that can support adaptation in the agriculture sectors.

UNITAR is also a partner in the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), funded by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) that aims at establishing a support mechanism focused on three main pillars, namely: i) institutional support; ii) technical capacity building; and iii) knowledge brokerage. This support will be provided to developing countries upon request and will be flexible enough to be tailored to each country’s needs and national circumstances. The SCCF-financed GSP will assist developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change by providing these countries with enhanced capacity to plan, finance, and implement adaptation interventions through integration of climate change into medium- to long-term development frameworks.

Under the NAP-Ag and the NAP-GSP, UNITAR will support the development of training materials and knowledge products based on knowledge gap and needs identified through country-based skills and capacity needs assessments.

Areas of Specialization

Climate Change Adaptation Planning/Project Development


The Training Associate will support the activities of UNITAR’s GCP relating to national adaptation planning in LDCs and non-LDCs, focusing on implementation of agreed tasks under the NAP-Ag and NAP-GSP. This includes training design and delivery, support for country capacity assessments and the development and active dissemination of knowledge products. The Training Associate will also support the activities of the “Building Capacity for LDCs to Participate Effectively in Intergovernmental Climate Change Processes” project and the UN CC: Learn project, with specific focus on country work in Malawi and Ethiopia, and global activities under the Youth Climate Dialogues (YCD). Additional support to the programme manager with project development and resource mobilization activities from multiple funding sources might be required.

Under the supervision of the Manager, Green Development and Climate Change Programme, the incumbent will:

1.         Design, implement and evaluate trainings for LDCs and non-LDCs in support of national adaptation planning and negotiations by:

  • Carrying out market analysis of existing climate change learning approaches and products;
  • Identifying learning objectives and evaluation approach;
  • Identifying appropriate instructional design approaches;
  • Designing learning packages to UNITAR quality standards and international certification;
  • Adapting and integrating learning packages to UNITAR knowledge sharing and training delivery platforms; and
  • Planning and coordinating training delivery in HQ and LDC and non-LDC contexts.

2.         Manage the implementation of country level work for national adaptation planning and UN CC: Learn by:

  • Carrying out background research and stocktaking studies on existing adaptation policies, programs and activities;
  • Mission planning and development of analytical tools, questionnaires and other related materials;
  • In country support to country assessments (adaptation and UNCC: Learn), as necessary;
  • Preparing, reviewing and finalizing mission reports; and
  • Developing related knowledge products for dissemination at international meetings.

3.         Carry out effective project planning, management and administration relating to the above-mentioned areas, by:

  • Organizing meetings and workshops, national to global;
  • Caretaking and effective management of agreed work plans;
  • Budget monitoring;
  • Supervising the work of consultants, trainees and interns;
  • Support programme planning and resource mobilization efforts;
  • Building and maintaining partnerships with relevant international organisations and training organisations;
  • Compiling and preparing communication and outreach materials;
  • Acting as focal point for UNITAR’s national adaptation planning projects;
  • Supporting the programmes management tasks including quarterly work planning and representational tasks;
  • Internal and external program reporting and evaluation; and
  • Carrying out additional program management tasks as required by the program manager.

4.         Support project development and design activities by:

  • Carrying out background research and drafting of concept notes;
  • Familiarisation with templates and submission procedures for funding sources;
  • Organising meetings with partners, including drafting and sharing of meeting minutes;
  • Identification of consultants;
  • Preparing draft project proposals;
  • Work planning and detailed budget design;
  • Finalising project proposals, as necessary.

Measurable outputs

  • Organization and support for delivery of at least 2 in-country NAP training events for non-LDCs;
  • Develop and apply pre and post training skills assessments, based on standard UNITAR methodology and guidelines in at least 1 country;
  • Develop and deliver a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Mainstreaming Adaptation into Agriculture and Food Security”;
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and lessons learned between countries to inform adaptation planning and decision making;
  • Support for organisation of NAP related events national to global;
  • Missions to LDCs and non-LDC countries as needed under the NAP-GSP;
  • Efficient management of UNITAR work-plan, partnerships and final reporting within the LDC negotiator project;
  • Support to the UN CC: Learn program in two countries - Malawi and Ethiopia – and global activities such as the Youth Climate Dialogues;
  • Support to further organization and delivery of Youth Climate Dialogues under the UN CC: Learn program;
  • Support other projects and activities of the Green Development and Climate Change Programme (e.g. CC&E SDC Backstopping Mandate; Crowd-funding; etc.) as required.

Performance indicators for evaluation of results

  • Outputs are delivered in a timely fashion;
  • Learning products aligned with adequate methodological approach and applicable quality standards;
  • High quality inputs to all task outlines;
  • Maintenance of effective relationships with external partners;
  • Effective day to day management of the adaptation team;
  • Demonstrated competence to work within a team spirit and the structure of the Institute.

Reporting structure

The incumbent will report to the Manager, Green Development and Climate Change Programme

Skills and Competencies expected from the individual

Professionalism – Sound knowledge in the field of climate change and green development; good understanding of training methodologies; training and facilitation skills; climate change adaptation, climate change science; practical experience in project management and project evaluation; research, analytical and problem-solving skills; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Planning & organizing – Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize own work programme, delivering results and quality work, including when working under pressure; efficient, reliable and conscientious.

Commitment to continuous learning – Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of training and knowledge management, in particular in the area of climate change policy and climate change adaptation.

Communications – Good communication skills (spoken, written and presentational), including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written documents, such as training modules, reports, and other communication materials; articulating ideas in a clear and concise style.

Technology – Basic understanding of knowledge of learning management systems.

Team work – Strong interpersonal skills; ability to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


Education/Experience: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a field relevant to environment (environmental sciences, environmental policy) and climate change; At least 3 years of relevant experience including analytical work, programme/project implementation in the areas of environment, development and climate change, preferably at the international level; Experience of working in multi-cultural teams; Experience working with government stakeholders in LDCs is highly desirable. Previous working experience in developing countries would be an asset; Experience of working for a UN organization.

Language: Fluency in both written and spoken English. Good knowledge of a second UN language is an asset.

UNITAR shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent at:

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.