Project Support Officer, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Project Support Officer, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

International Youth
Host entity
Location, Country
Kingston (JAM)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
01 October 2021
12 months
Application deadline
Description of task

Under the overall supervision of the Head and direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer, Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, UNEP, and in coordination with the regional programme coordinator for the Climate Change sub-programme, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist in programme/project development based on the UN Environment Programme of Work and Medium-Term Strategy and in line with member states’ needs and priorities, particularly climate change;

  • Conduct research on topics and issues particularly those related to the main UNEP thematic areas including climate change, biodiversity, and pollution and private sector partnership development;

  • Stay abreast of relevant emerging issues related to climate change in the Caribbean, to inform project/programme development;

  • Assist in organizing and facilitating technical and consultative meetings with local and regional governments and community stakeholders to assist project development and design;

  • Participate in consultations and meetings with governments, regional and sub-regional partners and other stakeholders on environment for formulating sub-regional and national projects/programmes;

  • Assist in analyzing work programme mandates and translate these into specific projects;

  • Support drafting of project documents, concept notes and any other project related documents, ensuring that gender is mainstreamed in the documents;

  • Assist in monitoring and reporting on the implementation of projects and programmes and provide recommendations for follow on activities

Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments
Experience remark
    • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in project development and management of environment related issues;

    • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;

    • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;

    • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;

    • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;

    • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;

    • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;

    • Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others).

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Spanish(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
Other development programme/project experience
Area of expertise details

Learning Expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.

  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.

  • Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.

Age requirement

UN Youth Volunteers should be between 18 and 29 years old throughout the duration of their service.

Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams
Application procedure
Prerequisites This assignment is funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland, therefore only the following are eligible to apply: Irish citizen or a European Economic Area national with an unrestricted right to reside in Ireland or have a declaration of refugee status from the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. This is a UN Youth Volunteer assignment and eligible candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the assignment. Selection process Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment, via competency-based interviews held via skype or telephone. Selected candidates will be invited to an assignment preparation training. How to apply Please apply via the link below. You can then either log in if you already have an account or register via ‘Candidate Signup’. You may apply to a maximum of three assignments per advertisement and indicate your order of preference in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile. Application deadline: 27 June 2021