Communications and Private Sector Research

United Nations Development Programme, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th July, 2019

Job Description


Working in over 170 countries and territories, and with a key role in governance and SDG integration, UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) is responsible for developing relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) as part of UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN), which provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages; represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

UNDP is uniquely placed to work with all sectors of society to help mobilize the institutions and resources required to achieve a 1.5-degree future. Specifically, UNDP is already providing technical support to its country partners to deliver on, and contribute to, sustainable development and resilience-building in the context of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Action. This is done through a vision outlined in UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2018-2022) that responds to a changing development landscape and the evolving needs of our partners.

UNDP’s support on climate change builds on an extensive portfolio of mitigation and adaptation projects and programmes for which UNDP provides oversight, quality assurance, and global and regional policy and technical advisory services. A subset of this portfolio focuses on strengthening enabling actions for NDC implementation, with a focus on the policy, institutional, reporting and financing mechanisms.

In addition to this extensive portfolio of support to countries, UNDP is also engaged at the global level as part of the UN System effort to advance ambitious climate action and NDC implementation. In 2019, the focus of the Secretary General will be on the Climate Action Summit which he is hosting in New York in September. The aim of this Summit is to mobilize political commitment to raise ambition and accelerate implementation of climate action in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. UNDP has been explicitly requested to co-lead in the area of Resilience and Adaptation, as well as support deliverables on national ambition and enhancements of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). UNDP is also contributing to several other workstreams leading up to the Summit, including on nature-based solutions and energy

Duties and Responsibilities:

Scope of Work, Responsibilities and Description of the Proposed Consultancy:

UNDP is seeking a consultant with expertise in private sector engagement and knowledge development in climate change issues, National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), to support UNDP develop reports and knowledge products.

Technical support on private engagement

The consultant will support the NDC Support Programme deliver the global financial component. Using her/his private sector experience, s/he will suppor the production of a series of reports on private sector engagement for 6 programme countries - Tunisia, Philippines, Ivory Coast, Paraguay, Kenya and Ghana.

Expected deliverables:

  • Private sector landscapes for 6 countries that will provide an understanding of the private sector engagement in climate change related initiatives
  • An analysis of the private actors in at least 3 key sectors namely energy, agriculture, industry, agriculture and forestry, among others
  • Analysis of identified private actor’s business opportunities and their societal and economic benefits to identify entry points for climate investment
  • A report on regulatory due diligence on direct cross-border investing to help potential private sector understand the benefits, liabilities, risks and opportunities for their investments
  • At least 6 Fact sheets, 5 webinar content, and a blog series to highlight success stories and lessons learned of private sector engagement

Required Skills and Experience:

Academic qualifications: At least an Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in environmental management, sustainable development, international relations, economics, business administration, social sciences or related disciplines, required?


  • At least two years’ professional experience in private sector in either: banking; consultancy; energy; finance; impact investment; private equity; or research, required
  • Demonstrated work experience in communications in the area of climate change, at the UN level or other development organizations, required
  • Experience developing knowledge products and content on climate change related issues, specifically on Paris Agreement, NDCs, NAPs, and other UNFCCC processes, required
  • Experience providing on-site communications support at key climate change conferences, desired
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a research project from conception to formatting findings into a report, as well as other information products, desired

Language: Fluency in English, both written and oral.


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