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Climate Change and Environment Policy Advisor – Ethiopia


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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia    

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Application Deadline

May 22, 2024

Ethiopia has submitted its second updated NDC (2021-2030) to UNFCCC in July 2021 that aims to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 68.8 percent by 2030 through supporting climate mitigation actions in the sectors of agriculture (livestock and managed soils), land use change and forestry, energy, industry and waste sectors. Moreover, the revised NDC builds upon several national climate and development policy initiatives including the first NDC, the emerging 2050 Long Term Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS), the Green Legacy Initiative, and Ethiopia’s 10-Year Development Plan (10YDP) which considers CRGE as one of its strategic pillars for the period 2020-2030. The finance required for implementing the updated NDC is estimated at USD 316 billion (87 % for mitigation and about 13 % for adaptation) with 20% of the total resources planned to be domestically financed while the remaining 80% shall be financed by international support.

Ethiopia has put in place multifaceted institutional architecture to implement its climate strategies and plans and main institutions responsible for implementing CRGE/NDC are those entities responsible for priority economic sectors, i.e., Agriculture, Forestry, Water and energy, Mining, Transport, Industry, and Construction and urban development. Following the restructuring of public institutions in October 2021, the Ministry of Planning and Development (MoPD) of the Federal Government of Ethiopia has been mandated as the lead institution for coordinating national climate actions and the focal point (FP) and main interface between Ethiopia and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Nationally Designated Authority (NDA) for Green Climate Fund (GCF), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and Adaptation Fund (AF).

MoPD has established an Environment and Climate Change Main Department (ECCMD) and developed a revised national guideline on new institutional governance and Coordination systems and structures. ECCMD will serve as climate arm of MoPD to lead on its new national climate mandate including coordination of climate change international negotiation and communication, planning and implementation of climate policy and strategy initiatives such as the updated NDC implementation and LT-LED Strategy, ensuring national compliance to the UNFCCC’s requirements (such as the enhanced transparency framework), and mainstreaming climate into the sectoral development plans and budgeting processes.

To strengthen the technical capacity of the newly established Environment and Climate Change Main Department (ECCMD), MoPD has requested the NDC Partnership for a short-term assignment of a Climate Change and Environment Policy Advisor that will be embedded within the MoPD ECCMD team.

The National Climate Change and Environment Policy Advisor, as a member of the ECCMD, will provide high level technical assistance and policy advice for MoPD in the implementation of the updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), aligning NDC and LT-LED strategy, climate finance mobilisation, capacity building of the MoPD and climate sector institutions, assist MoPD in institutionalising and strengthening the revised climate governance and coordination system and structures, and facilitating dialogues and partnership with climate sector actors (international and regional Development Partners and financiers, private sector institutions, and civil society Organisations), and supporting MoPD in international communication and ensuring compliance to the UNFCCC’s Enhanced Transparency Framework/MRV requirement, Knowledge management and other relevant climate policy and technical initiatives. The Advisor will also assist the MoPD/ECCMD, the CRGE Facility and Sector institutions in mainstreaming climate into sectoral development planning and design of new climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives and respond to demands for advice from the Climate sector institutions coordinated by MoPD.

Special Requirements
Education – MSc Degree in Climate Change, Environment, Agriculture/Food Security, natural resources, or related fields – Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline in combination with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Experience Required – With a master’s degree, a minimum of 5 years of related technical experience in climate change, programming design, partnerships, global negotiations, and climate finance or related areas is required; – Experience working with Ethiopia’s climate change contexts, policies, strategies, institutional architecture/landscape and resilience issues in Ethiopia at both field and policy levels; – Experience in working with government counterparts and other partners at various levels – federal Regions in Ethiopia, including technical support, capacity-building, and coordination and climate change mainstreaming; – Knowledge of various funding mechanisms requirements such as GCF, GEF or Adaptation Fund among others especially environmental and social safeguards and fiduciary standards and their application in developing country institutions. – Experience in designing Climate Change and Environment strategies and proposals.

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