Exciting UNFCCC Fellowship Opportunity! Apply for the new round of the CAPACITY Fellowship Programme.

UNFCCC Fellowship Programme Overview

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the focus of the political process to address Climate Change. The UNFCCC secretariat supports the Convention, its
Kyoto Protocol and the historic Paris Agreement through a range of activities, including substantive and
organizational support to meetings of the Parties and the implementation of commitments. It is a dynamic organization working in a politically challenging environment to help resolve one of the defining
environmental issues of our time.

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 Programme with the aim of developing the capacity of negotiators and
therefore increasing the level of implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The CAPACITY Fellowship Programme contributes to building 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 development;
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 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 UNFCCC 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
The Communications and Engagement division serves multiple cross-cutting objectives, including
communicating authoritative, relevant and timely information to Parties, non-Party stakeholders
and the public regarding the secretariat’s process and action on climate change, with emphasis on
proactively building support among all stakeholders so as to facilitate climate action and increase

This UNFCCC Fellowship position is located in the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn, Germany, in the Action Empowerment Unit, which consists of a team that supports the implementation of Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) and youth engagement agendas and a team that supports the implementation of gender and climate change work under the Convention and Paris Agreement. Both teams support the
intergovernmental process in relation to their respective work streams. You will report to the Programme Officer (P-3), Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) team, under the general guidance of the Team Lead (P-4).

What will you be doing
Expertise is sought to undertake tasks supporting the implementation of the Glasgow Work Programme
on Action for Climate Empowerment (GWP) and its action plan focusing on two main areas of work:

  • Integration of youth and ACE across the UNFCCC workstreams.
  • Enhancement of youth engagement in climate policy and action.
    In particular, the Fellow will perform the following duties:
    Support the integration of youth and ACE across the UNFCCC workstreams:
  • Support the team in enhancing synergy and coordination of the work on ACE and youth with
    other teams and divisions within the secretariat.
  • Assess staff and management’s awareness of ACE.
  • Awareness raising and advocacy efforts, including writing articles and media content for internal
    and external publications, compiling and disseminating good practices, and organizing events
    with the technical teams that support constituted bodies, such as knowledge exchanges.
  • Develop activities and training to build the capacity of the teams in the secretariat that support
    UNFCCC constituted bodies on how to integrate ACE and youth considerations into their
    respective areas of work.
  • Prepare guidelines to support tracking, monitoring and reporting of ACE and youth work
    integrated across the UNFCCC workstreams.
    Support to the enhancement of youth engagement in climate policy and action:
  • Provide substantive support to activities under the GWP and its action plan.
  • Support the planning and coordination of ACE and youth-related events and activities at the
    global and regional levels, including the activities of the ACE Hub.
  • Engage UNFCCC’s Regional Collaboration Centers, the Children and Youth Constituency of
    UNFCCC (YOUNGO) and relevant non-governmental organizations with a view to enhancing
    cooperative and coordinated implementation of relevant activities.
  • Research and prepare official and non-official reports and technical papers. Collect, analyse
    and present data and other related information gathered from various sources as required.
  • Prepare website, social media and newsletter content and assist the team in the maintenance
    of the ACE webpages.
  • Perform any other job-related activity, including those required to achieve the goals and
    objectives of the team, the Engagement subdivision, and/or the overall Communication and
    Engagement Division and secretariat, including participation in meetings, workshops, and/or
    seminars and making presentations, where appropriate.

    What we are offering for Fellow/institution
    What the Fellow will learn in this particular UNFCCC fellowship:
  • Work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.
  • Enhance understanding of the UN system, the climate change intergovernmental process and Action for Climate Empowerment.
  • Develop practical knowledge of youth empowerment and climate action.
  • Improve the quality of curricula to meet career pathways.

    CAPACITY Fellowship Programme Educational background
    Required: Master degree in development studies, economics, communications, international
    relations, environmental studies, or a related field. A combination of a first-level
    university degree and an additional two years of relevant work experience may also be
    accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

    CAPACITY Fellowship Programme Experience Required:
  • At least three years of experience in development cooperation, including relationship
    management at an institutional level, stakeholder engagement and/or capacity building.
    Experience in climate change and sustainable development would be a strong asset.

    UNFCCC Fellowship Language Skills Required:
    Proficiency in written and spoken English.
    Knowledge of another UN official language.
  1. The CAPACITY Fellowship Programme is open to individuals who are:
    a. Currently employed in a governmental organisation (national, regional, provincial or local) including educational institutions, research institutes and ministries.
    b. nationals of an eligible LDC and SIDS country as listed in the following links (https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/least-developed-country-category/ldcs-at-a-glance.html and https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/sids/list (UN members only).
    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.
  3. What is the UNFCCC Fellowship Programme selection process
    You may be invited for an assessment of your technical/professional knowledge. If successful you may be invited for the final stage of the selection process, which consists of an interview to assess the skills and aptitudes required to successfully perform the functions of the post.



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