National Consultant

United Nations Development Programme, Apia, Samoa

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th November, 2020

Job Description


In accordance with its commitments as a non Annex I Party and as mandated by Article 12 of the UNFCCC and subsequent CoP decisions, Samoa will prepapre and submit its Third National Communication (TNC) and First Biennial Update Report (FBUR) to the Conference of Parties (CoP) of the UNFCCC. The project is implemented by UNDP and the Government of Samoa via the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The project aims to update the information provided regarding national circumstances, inventories of greenhouse gases (GHG), policies and measures undertaken to mitigate climate change, assessments of vulnerability to climate change and steps taken to adapt, and promote increased awareness and understanding of critical importance of climate change to its sustainable development. The project will also increase the national technical and institutional capacities in preparing the NC/BUR and assisting the Government to integrate climate change issues into sectoral and national development priorities that directly contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action.

The implementation of the project objectives will support Samoa’s preparation of a high quality National Communication and Biennial Update Report to be submitted to the UNFCCC in a timely manner. As GHG inventories are a key component of both the National Communication and Biennial Update Report, the project will take a learning-by-doing approach, to the extent possible taking into account limited staffs trained in populating and managing the GHG Inventory. In this way, the project intends to catalyze the institutionalization of knowledge among the national participating experts and partner institutions involved in the development of national GHG Inventory, in particular to improve quality control and quality assurance of the inventory’s data.

Given the findings from the last Second National Communication (2010) and the Intended National Determined Contributions (2015), important challenges remain. Although the exercises to prepare these reports have resulted in increased capacities to collect and manage data and information to carry out, for example vulnerability assessments, critical data and information gaps remain. Greater collaboration and institutional coordination is needed to ensure that critical understanding of the data and information needs for all sectors are adequately understood in order to move forward with policy implementation. While financing from the international community is available, it remains fragmented and insufficient at the local level, which is important to the pursuit of better adaptation practices.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has requested UNDP to contract a national expert who will gather GHG data of Samoa and perform analysis. The data analyst will work under the guidance of the Ministry and the Project Coordinator.


Scope of Work:

Working under the guidance of the Project Coordinator, the Data Analyst will;

  • Support the data collection, entry, maintenance, validation and clean up of the GHG database and drawing on a number of sources (UNDP climate portfolio dataset, NDC registry and other relevant public NDC content database);
  • Will liase with the Climate Promise Data Analyst based in New York and coordinate with the regional leads for the Climate Promise Project in the Pacific;
  • Identify key trends, defining critical questions/queries and designing structured analysis based on raw datasets and complex databases;
  • Generate visuals and charts based on analysis of existing data for dashboard, Climate Promise progress reports, knowledge products and other communications and advocacy materials; and
  • Support identification of lessons and results of the Second National Communications based on analysis of data gathered in the database, working closely with the Project Coordinator.
  • Engage, liaise and coordinate with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure institutional coordination in gathering data (for the period 2008 – 2019) and information for the IPCC sectors (Energy, IPPU, AFOLU and Waste)



  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in database design, administration and maintance or other relevant field. Master’s degree will be considered as an asset.


  • Demonstrated professional experience working on analysing complex datasets related to development and environment issues;
  • Minimum 5 years experiences in ability to generate data-driven products (e.g. graphs, charts, infographics) from raw databases and datasets;
  • Demonstrated hands on experience and knowledge of using Power BI, Ms Excel and Power Point to analyse and present complex dataset;
  • Experience and knowledge on climate change policy related issues including GHGs and NDCs under the Paris Agreement;
  • Proven experience in working with international or local organizations on similar assignments. Successful experience in working with UN agencies is an asset;
  • Prior working experience in Samoa and the Pacific or knowledge of its current socio-economic situation would be an advantage;
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in conducting technical presentations with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Good knowledge of Excel, Word, Power Point, and Web navigation;
  • Full proficiency in English both written and verbal including ability to review and edit the required project documentation.


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