In Uzbekistan, most of the country is characterised by aridity and most of its territory is classified as a drought zone, susceptible to land degradation and desertification. The climate change impacts do not act independently of each other; their interwoven effects, combined with anthropogenic pressures, will affect vulnerable sectors in complex ways. It is forecasted that in the forthcoming decades the country will be seriously affected by increasing climate variability and aggravated climate change impacts. This makes adaptation measures particularly urgent. As part of the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the NAP process will contribute to the formulation of corresponding, climate-responsive targets.
The UNDP and Green Climate Fund Readiness project on “Sector driven National Adaptation Plan (NAP) to advance medium- and long-term adaptation planning in Uzbekistan” will be implemented in partnership with the government of Uzbekistan with extensive stakeholder consultations, studies, and assessments to foster national and subnational ownership to further ensure sustainability of outcomes. The project aims to strengthen institutional and technical capacities for iterative development of a NAP and integration of climate change adaptation into national and subnational planning and budgeting processes in Uzbekistan. This will involve strengthening of existing frameworks and systems, enhancing capacities of key stakeholders, expanding the evidence base to effectively contribute to the adaptation planning process, and establishing a mechanism to sustain the process.
The UND/GCF Readiness project objective is to strengthen institutional and technical capacities for iterative development of a NAP and integration of climate change adaptation into national and subnational planning and budgeting processes in Uzbekistan, and the project is structured into three outcomes:
i) Outcome 1: Coordination mechanism for multi-sectoral adaptation planning and implementation at different levels is strengthened;
ii) Outcome 2: Evidence base for adaptation planning is strengthened and adaptation prioritized into national and sectoral planning and budgeting;
iii) Outcome 3: Adaptation financing and investment strategy for Uzbekistan is developed
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the National Climate Finance Specialist will work closely with the project team, and inter/national consultants and will be fully responsible for coordination of all relevant thematic activities across the three project components through providing sound technical expertise and oversight
Duties and Responsibilities
Take a lead on taking stock of sources of climate finance, finance tracking with focus on climate adaptation in sectoral and regional planning and budgeting, and set up a long-term infrastructure where the future climate-relevant investment priorities are mapped out to attract investments and set up long-term partnerships, including:
Bachelor's degree in one of the following areas: economics, finance, banking or any related field.
Proven track of at least 3 years of progressive working experience in the economics, finance, banking;
Practical experience in climate financing; and sound knowledge of CBA, CEA, MCA (and/or other tools);
Knowledge of climate change and corresponding UN climate convention as related to climate adaptation;
Strong experience in analysis and structuring financing to fit the specific needs of sectoral/regional investment strategies;
Proven experience of working with relevant government stakeholders in Uzbekistan around financing and economic national agencies as well as national banking sector;
Proven relevant experience of working with IFIs and private sector;
Working experience in international organizations, especially within UN system, is an asset.
Proficient in spoken and written English and Russian are essential and required. Knowledge of Uzbek is an assest.
Initiative and strong leadership skills;
Result and client-orientations;
Strong analytical, communication, writing, presentation and communication skills;
Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, ability to work in a team and to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, ethics and honesty;
Ability to use information and communication technology as a tool and resource;
Willingness to travel as appropriate.
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