Programme Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Bujumbura, Burundi

The Programme Specialist Climate Change reports to the Chief WASH and Climate (Level 4) for guidance and general supervision. The overall scope of work of the Specialist Climate is to contribute to the objective of the Country Programme of Cooperation for 2024-2027 of supporting improved Government capacity to implement effective child-focused, shock-responsive programmes and to protect all children from climate and environmental risks.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
  • Programme development, planning, coordination, integration, and technical and operational support to sections
  • Coordinate UNICEF engagement in existing climate change adaptation and environment-specific interventions and assist in the integration of these dimensions in the new UNICEF Country Programme (2024-2027`)
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance, advice and inputs on all aspects of climate (mitigation, adaptation, resilience).
  • Help refine UNICEF’s niche for addressing climate change and environmental degradation impact on children, raise awareness and design programmes supporting children's rights, and strengthen risk-informed programming in Burundi.
  • Serve as the focal point between the Burundi Country Office, partner organizations, government and UNICEF regional office & HQ for developing climate finance proposals related to systems strengthening (i.e. Fonds Vert Climate).
  • Assist in advancing synergistic cross-sectoral programming in WASH, Health, Nutrition, Social protection, Protection and Education and skills sectors to ensure that climate programming has a greater impact on children.
  • Keep abreast of climate and environment development trends for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management and implementation.
Advocacy, evidence generation, policy and positioning of UNICEF in climate change and children:
  • Establish UNICEF’s engagement in national working groups on climate change.
  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence national policies and strategies on environment and climate change adaptation to contribute to key results for children.
  • Support communication and policy advocacy regarding climate change, environmental degradation and child rights in Burundi, and inputs into key national climate and environment policy dialogues (national action plans, policies and climate strategies).
  • Support the collection and development of data on UNICEF thematic areas and sectors in support of climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and building climate resilience, including but not restricted to the upcoming Climate Landscape Analysis for Children.
External partnerships, resource mobilization and linkages to regional and global efforts:
  • Identify partners and entry points for strategic engagement regarding climate change's impact on children as well as strategic entry points for engagement with the government
  • Prepare donor proposals, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global strategy on Climate and Environment, as well as government plans and priorities.
  • Assist in developing strategic partnerships with financing and development partners and the private sector.
  • Support fundraising on climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction and climate resilience in line with UNICEF's key thematic areas, such as WASH, health, Nutrition, Protection and education sectors.
  • Participate in inter-agency and development partner discussions, interact with national, global and regional initiatives and partnerships for climate adaptation and ensure that child rights and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the planning and agenda setting.
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:
  • Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and challenges and assist in making timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • An advanced university degree in environmental sciences, climatology, geology or earth sciences, climate change, disaster risk reduction, water resource management, engineering, social and economic development, community development, international cooperation or another relevant technical field is required.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, focused on developing countries in areas related to development cooperation in climate change adaptation and mitigation, environment and socio-economic development.
  • Familiar with children’s rights and gender in the context of climate change and the environment. Knowledge of gender equality principles and gender-sensitive programming.
  • Previous experience within UNICEF is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious & effective working relationships both within and outside an organization.
  • Fluency in French and good working knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.