Environment and Climate Change Support Officer

Environment and Climate Change Support Officer

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

Under the direct supervision of Assistant Resident Representative and in close coordination with the staff of UNDP MCO Environment and Climate Change Unit, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • It is expected that the UN Volunteer in the first month will have become very familiar with the purpose and activities of the projects and have a good understanding of UNDP’s role as a Green Climate fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) implementing agency of projects.

  • Assist with project meetings, training and workshops during which it may be required to prepare meeting agendas, take meeting minutes and assist with logistics and reports.

  • Support providing technical and operational support to GCF and GEF projects.

  • Contribute to maintain good relations with the key Government stakeholders of the GCF project

  • Support smooth implementation of other related projects in the Environment and Climate Change Unit when necessary, in particular the GCF project in Samoa.

  • Develop lessons learned and knowledge management documents on ongoing projects for the environment. This task involves:

  • Review of all key project documents (e.g. project document, annual progress reports, Quarterly Progress Report, technical reports, brochures, project website, etc.)

  • Interviews with stakeholders/Survey (e.g. Implementing Partners, beneficiaries)

  • Site visits

  • Assist with youth and climate change programme & the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP).

  • Revision of project proposals, progress and other technical reports

  • Attend meetings and site visits and report back to office

  • Foster partnerships with private sector etc.

Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

Geography, Environmental science, Environmental Engineering and related fields.

Experience remark
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in environment and climate change;

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

  • Experience in the GCF (Green Climate Fund) and GEF (Global Environment Facility) focal areas is preferable; 

  • Relevant work experience at the national or international level in climate change;

  • Working experience with UNDP, UN or other development agencies is a strong asset;

  • Any professional experience in the area of finance and administration, sustainable development, including risk management, energy, environment, climate change, policy, or international development will be an added advantage although not strictly required;

  • Training and research experience in sustainable development, particularly with a focus on GEF Focal Areas and GCF Result areas in developing countries, is an advantage

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
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.

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Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, 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