Announcement for UNFCCC CAPACITY Fellowship Programmes for Coordination Department Regional Climate Weeks Support
Application Deadline: 16 June 2023
Duration of appointment: One year with possibility of extension
Location or Duty Station: Bonn, Germany
Target Audience: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East-North Africa regions.
About the UNFCCC Prestigious CAPACITY Fellowship Programme
What is the capacity building fellowship program?
Thanks to funding from the Government of Italy, the UNFCCC secretariat is launching a new round of the
Capacity Award Programme to Advance Capabilities and Institutional Training in one Year (CAPACITY)
Fellowship Programmes with the aim of developing capacity of negotiators and therefore increasing the
level of implementation of the Paris Agreement. The prestigious CAPACITY Fellowship Programme contributes tobuilding capacity for addressing climate change in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), through the development of local professional expertise by:
a. Supporting innovative analytical work on climate change in the context of sustainable
b. Promoting a network of experts who can bring creative and innovative options to bear on
questions of climate change;
c. Encouraging the leadership potential of young and promising professionals in their fields.
The Prestigious CAPACITY Fellowship Programme target group consists of mid-career professionals who are already in a government’s employment and who are nationals of and working in a SIDS or LDC Party. While Fellowships are awarded to individuals, the need for development/training, as described below, must occur within the context of the organization for which an applicant works. The training must help the organization to develop its capacity.
Where will you be working during the Prestigious CAPACITY Fellowship Programme
This position is located the Programmes Coordination division. Programmes Coordination, provides
strategic direction and oversight to the work of the Programmes department, comprised of the four
programme divisions (Adaptation, Means of Implementation, Mitigation and Transparency). It ensures
strategic, substantive and administrative coherence and synergy in the delivery of their work programmes, including in relation to the established intergovernmental processes and constituted
bodies, and is also coordinating UNFCCC’s Regional Climate Weeks.
The RCWs are currently organized on a semi-annual basis in four regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin
America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East-North Africa regions. They typically bring together
thousands of participants, including senior UN officials, ministers, heads of states, negotiators, and
representatives from all sectors of society. This post is supporting all operational aspects of the RCWs.
The Prestigious CAPACITY Fellowship Programme post is located in Bonn and requires in-person participation to the RCWs.
What you will be doing during the Prestigious CAPACITY Fellowship Programme
1. Support overall planning and coordination of preparation for the regional climate weeks
a) Manage the coordination process between different teams in UNFCCC, partners and the RCW hosts, including preparing planning and coordination meetings, internal and external information sharing, updates for senior management and partners, tracking key outputs against deadlines, and proposing remedial actions as needed.
b) Support identification and evaluation of potential host countries and venues for RCWs, including by evaluating practical, political, health, and other conditions.
c) Draft and support clearance of required legal instruments, such as letters of exchange or memorandum of understanding with the host and partners.
2. Provide substantive support to the planning, delivery of, and reporting from, operational parts of the regional climate weeks
a) In close cooperation with relevant teams and colleagues, support delivery of RCW operational components, including verifying immigration and protocol requirements, accommodation, local transport, health and safety arrangements, registration and crowd control, interpretation, recruitment and deployment of volunteers, virtual participation, shipment of equipment, press and media relations, payment of per diem, online information etc.
b) Coordinate, with the host, preparatory activities on-site at the RCW location for one to several weeks ahead of the RCW to ensure that all aspects of RCW are ready by the start of RCW.
c) Oversee logistical and practical aspects of operations during the RCWs, support daily coordination with colleagues, partners and the host, identify problems, propose and implement solutions as agreed with the manager.
d) Coordinate the preparation of session output reports and final reports for the closing session of RCW.
e) Support reporting from the RCWs to parties through a common output & synthesis report and a dedicated RCW feedback session with parties at COP 28.
3. Provide technical and substantive input for strengthening he RCW process
a) Support the updating and finalization of the Standard Operating Procedures for RCWs.
b) Manage the Expression of Interest process with the objective to announce the hosts for next year’s RCWs at COP the preceding year.
c) Support fund raising for RCWs through technical input to fund raising materials and coordination with the Resource Mobilization and Partnership team towards external donors.
d) Provide other support as may be required.
What we are offering for Fellow/institution
The Prestigious CAPACITY Fellowship Programme will offer an opportunity to deepen the knowledge of the international climate change process and of how the UNFCCC secretariat supports this process. In particular, the Fellow will gain understanding of and familiarity with UNFCCC’s support to regional level climate action and cooperation across the entire climate agenda.
Required: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, engineering, natural sciences, business administration, social sciences, international relations, or a related discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Required: Two (2) years of relevant professional working experience in intergovernmental administration, including coordinating and liaising with various senior level stakeholders is desirable.
Experience in climate change and sustainable development would be a strong asset.
Proficiency in written and spoken English.
Knowledge of another UN official language.
1. The Prestigious CAPACITY Fellowship Programme is open to individuals
a. Currently employed in a governmental organisation (national, regional, provincial or local) including educational institutions, research institutes and ministries.
b. Be a national of an eligible LDC and SIDS country.
c. Maximum of 40 years of age at the closing date of Fellowship Opportunity notice;
2. The secretariat will consider candidates only from SIDS or LDC Parties with a view to ensuring gender balance in the selection of candidates.
How to apply
Candidates from SIDS and LDCs, whose qualifications and experience match what we are looking for, should use the online application system.
1. These Fellowships are not intended for students, and does not provide financial support for an advanced degree, such as fieldwork for a PhD degree
2. We will confirm receipt of your application. However, only candidates who have been confirmed for
an interview will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process.
3. The monthly stipend including allowances is EUR 4500
4. The UNFCCC Secretariat will organise the return trip to Bonn
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