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Date Posted: 12/Mar/2014
Deadline: 17/Mar/2014
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Knowledge Manager


Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information - IWC


International Waters Cluster


The UNOPS International Waters Cluster specializes in executing projects to prevent and reverse the degradation of transboundary water systems, including multi-country rivers and large marine ecosystems such as oceans, lake basins and shared groundwater resources. The cluster is executing over 30 projects for its partners, helping countries to work together and share knowledge to reduce ecological stress, such as that caused by overfishing and industrial pollution.

Background Information - Job-specific


This consultancy, advertised through UNOPS, is for the UNDP-managed global component of the Ecosystems-Based Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems Programme.

The Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) in Mountain Ecosystems Programme is a global programme supported by the German Government through the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). It is being implemented from 2011 to 2015 through a partnership of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The programme is coordinated by the BMUB, UNEP, UNDP and IUCN through a Global Steering Committee, providing technical leadership in three country-level pilots in Peru, Uganda and Nepal, each overseen by a national steering committee including leadership and representation of the relevant government ministries. The three country pilots contribute to the global programme through an emphasis on learning about EBA.

During 2014 and 2015, the project is being extended to include the development of a Learning and Knowledge Management Framework, with the objective to strengthen learning about EBA at various levels namely; site level (three pilot sites in Nor Yauyos-Cochas, Mount Elgon and Panchase), country level (Peru, Uganda and Nepal), inter-country, regional and global levels. The framework will be used by partners to generate new science, insights and messages that can influence policy and practice on EBA in mountain ecosystems and beyond. In this regard, UNDP will work closely with UNEP (as well as the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and IUCN to promote synergy between the various elements of the learning framework.

Healthy ecosystems deliver critical goods and services that underpin socio-economic development. However, due to climate change and other impacts, many mountain ecosystems have become degraded or are likely to be negatively affected, for example, by the melting of glaciers as temperatures increase causing temporary flooding and later droughts; or the devastating impacts on villages of increasing frequent landslides due to more intense rainfall events. Adaptation strategies help society to plan better and minimize negative impacts, even turn new conditions to their advantage. Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation use sustainable management, conservation and restoration of natural and agro-ecosystems, taking into account anticipated climate change impact trends, to reduce the vulnerability and improve the resilience of ecosystems and people to climate change impacts.

The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity of countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts, to build ecosystem resilience for promoting ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) options and to reduce the vulnerability of communities, with particular emphasis on mountain ecosystems. The project has four components, as follows:

  1. Development of methodologies and tools for EBA decision-making in mountain ecosystems
  2. Application of methodologies and tools at ecosystem level
  3. Implementation of EBA pilots at ecosystem level
  4. Making the case for EBA at the national level

UNDP is jointly responsible with IUCN for managing Component 3 in the three pilot sites, through support by the three UNDP Country Offices to the project management units headed by Project Coordinators representing UNDP, UNEP and IUCN at country level, and through global coordination and sharing of learning.  This involves providing guidance in support in the process of building on “no-regrets” measures implemented in the pilot sites in 2013 and learning from the results of the Vulnerability Impact Assessment (VIA) studies to design and implement further EBA measures that tackle the reduction of specific community vulnerabilities to climate change.

Component 4 of the global programme is being undertaken from 2014 in all three countries, making the case to national and sub-national government and other key role-players for ecosystem-based approaches to be considered as a key element of strategies for climate risk management, as well as broader development and poverty reduction strategies. UNDP, as the coordinators of the component, are working closely with UNEP and IUCN to apply learning from the pilot sites. In particular, important inputs will come from the VIA reports (Component 2) and data on costs and benefits of the EBA measures implemented in pilot sites (Component 3). Other input will come from related initiatives and research conducted in mountain and other ecosystems in the country.

Component 4 also involves mainstreaming EBA approaches into existing public sector finance and policy processes, and related initiatives, in order to maximize impact. This will involve using economic tools such as cost benefit analysis or targeted scenario analysis, backed up by pieces of strategic valuation work where necessary. Through the UNDP Country Offices and global technical team, UNDP will support national level work in Peru, Uganda and Nepal on Component 4 – enhancing enabling environments for scaling-up EBA approaches as part of climate risk management strategies. Consultants are being hired in each country with skills in public finance and policy analysis and natural resource economics, an additional support will be provided by an International Economist who will support the country teams and facilitate learning and sharing across the countries and beyond.

The EBA Learning and Knowledge Management Framework is being jointly implemented in 2014 and 2015 at national, regional and global levels by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN, collaborating closely to avoid duplication and ensure maximum synergy. The objective of UNDP’s participation in the development of the Learning Framework is to mainstream the planning and financial implications of the learning derived through the EBA Flagship Programme, extending this influence beyond the pilot ecosystem (mountains) and the pilot countries (Peru, Nepal and Uganda) to influence policy-making at a global scale.

From UNDP’s side, the planned outcomes of this additional knowledge-related work are that:

  1. Learning is shared between Peru, Nepal and Uganda on using cost benefit analysis for making the case for EBA at national level through global learning workshop and input by an international economist supporting country teams.
  2. Lessons learnt on making the case for EBA at national level are communicated through a set of publications on the experience of Peru, Uganda and Nepal, as well as a global publication on mainstreaming EBA into national planning and finance.
  3. A targeted intervention is undertaken in a regional forum or forums in Latin America / Africa / Asia Pacific to make the case for EBA, highlighting the achievements of the Mountain EBA programme and other work of partners, as well as the global evidence base.
  4. Effective communication between scientists, policymakers and practitioners on EBA is enhanced through the development of material for the EBA flagship webiste, and for global online learning forums and tools which UNDP is involved in managing, including the BES-Net web portal, the NBSAP Forum, and the Adaptation Learning Mechanism.

Sharing of learning is promoted between the implementing partners UNEP, UNDP and IUCN, together with the BMUB, at national, regional and global scales. 

Functional Responsibilities


UNDP is seeking the services of a Knowledge Manager (KM) with sound technical knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystems management, particularly ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, and experience of knowledge management and communications work, as well as project management and coordination. The purpose of the assignment is to ensure that UNDP’s participation in the EBA in Mountain Ecosystems Programme contributes to the development of new knowledge, refinement of practice and sharing of learning on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation globally, and achieves synergy with UNEP and IUCN’s learning.

The Knowledge Manager has two main areas of responsibility:

A.      Promoting learning on EBA in and beyond the pilot countries through UNDP’s networks

  • Provide technical input and project management to ensure the successful delivery of UNDP-managed elements of the EBA Learning and Knowledge Management Framework
  • Oversee the development of material on EBA for the EBA flagship website and global online learning forums and tools which UNDP is involved in managing, including the BES-Net web portal, the NBSAP Forum, and the Adaptation Learning Mechanism, working with colleagues in these initiatives, and an EBA Writer (see below); also contributing to online learning forums managed by UNEP and IUCN where appropriate
  • Provide technical input into and help organize and facilitate annual technical workshop and other EBA global learning events as appropriate (may include webinars)
  • Lead on conceptualizing, planning and coordinating a side-event on EBA at the CBD-COP 12 in Seoul, attend and play a role in facilitating or presenting as appropriate; provide conceptual input into an EBA side-event at the UNFCCC COP-20 in Lima
    • Provide support to the country pilot projects in Peru, Nepal and Uganda on UNDP-managed work on Components 3 and 4, coordinating reporting, and liaising with implementing partners
    • Support the Senior Technical Advisor to recruit and oversee the work of an International Evaluator to conduct a global component of the Mid Term Evaluation, involving UNDP, UNEP and IUCN, and support the country project teams in their evaluations
  • Liaise with partner organizations, governments and regional bodies to set up opportunities for presentations in regional forums on ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation, and undertake necessary organization
  • Provide input into communications products being developed by other implementing partners, including a video concept and script, an updated flyer, and a short guide to VIA methodology
  • Liaise with UNDP colleagues to ensure coordination between the Mountain EBA Programme and broader portfolios of work on Adaptation and on Ecosystems and Biodiversity, including through UNDP’s role in the National Adaptation Plan-Global Support Process, and to apply learning from the EBA Programme in supporting countries to develop new projects on EBA and resilience
  • Liaise with implementing partners UNEP and IUCN on sharing knowledge and applying lessons learnt through this collaboration.

B. Coordinating learning on integrating EBA into policy and finance frameworks

  • Provide technical input to and global leadership of the process for Component 4 to enable interventions in pilot countries to mainstream EBA into existing policy and finance frameworks of government at various levels, and the private sector where appropriate
  • Review all material from three pilot countries to draw out experience to date and future opportunities for making the case for EBA – including project documents, brochures, informal progress reports for GSC meetings, minutes of steering committee meetings, formal annual reports, Vulnerability Impact Assessment reports, and terms of reference for consultants
  • Support the Senior Technical Advisor to oversee the work of the International Economist, providing technical input and project management to ensure best practice and sharing of learning on undertaking cost benefit analysis to make the case for EBA in the three pilot countries
  • Undertake missions to the three pilot countries to support Component 4 and gather material for national publications on lessons learnt around making the case for EBA, including mainstreaming into policy and finance frameworks
  • Support the Senior Technical Advisor to recruit and manage the work of an EBA Writer to undertake research, gather existing publications and tools, and produce original material for three national publications and one global publication and for global online learning forums (see above)
  • Procure the services of a company to generate up to six visual science diagrams showing complex ecosystem processes in an accessible way to illustrate the publications, and oversee the conceptualization and generation of the diagrams
  • Oversee the conceptualization, research, planning, writing and production of three national publications and a global publication; procure the services of a company to manage editing, design, diagrams, picture research, layout, proofing, printing and shipping
  • Work closely with UNDP Ecosystems and Biodiversity team members working on the multi-country Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) to share learning on the development and application of methodologies with the EBA programme, particularly on UNDP’s Targeted Scenario Analysis methodology.

The Knowledge Manager: EBA will report to a Senior Technical Advisor: Ecosystems and Biodiversity in UNDP. The work will also involve extensive communication with the implementing partners UNEP, UNDP and IUCN at global, regional and national levels, as well as the project management teams in the three pilot countries. The KM will be home-based and responsible for all his/her own office costs, including communication by email, phone and Skype. The work will involve international travel, to destinations including Peru, Nepal, Uganda and the Republic of Korea, and the KM should be available to participate in the annual EBA technical workshop, to be held in Pokhara, Nepal from 25 April to 1 May 2014.



Technical Competencies:

  • Ability to provide guidance on technical and substantive issues in climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management and development
  • Ability to guide the design and implementation of knowledge management programmes and projects at different scales
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders across a wide range of disciplines, including work in a developing country context

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies:

Planning and Organizing

  • Proven ability to plan and organize work in a complex team and institutional environment
  • Strong project management and coordination skills
  • Proven networking and team-building skills
  • Proven ability to organize national- and international-level learning exchanges, workshops and conference side-events.


  • Ability to write well in a range of styles and genres
  • Ability to communicate complex technical ideas to a variety of audiences in an accessible manner
  • CIear and confident presentation skills.

Client Orientation

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure

Education/Experience/Language requirements



  • Masters degree in environmental or natural science, geography, climatography, natural resource management, development, economics, international relations, or other closely related field;


  • Good knowledge of issues related to climate change, ecosystem-based adaptation and biodiversity conservation and sustainable use
  • At least 5 years of work experience at the national and international levels in a field related to ecosystem-based adaptation or biodiversity conservation
  • Demonstrated experience in project design, implementation, management and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience in knowledge management and communications
  • Demonstrates awareness of the policy development bodies, agreements, conventions, and processes for climate change adaptation
  • Demonstrates technical and intellectual skills in environment and development
  • Demonstrates ability and experience to take initiative and work in an independent manner
  • Full computer literacy
  • Knowledge of UNDP policies and procedures.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to speak, understand and read Spanish would be an asset

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA 2
Contract duration: Full-time over one year (April 2014 to March 2015, exact starting date negotiable)

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Additional Considerations


  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


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