Work from home as a NDC Partnership – Climate Finance Specialist (Technical Specialist – Environmental) – Tanzania – Retainer

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NDC Partnership – Climate Finance Specialist (Technical Specialist – Environmental) – Tanzania – Retainer, Home based, Remote
Organization: United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Country: Remote
City: Home-based
Office: UNOPS in Home-based
Closing date: Saturday, 30 March 2024

Background Information – Job-specific

WEC Background:

The Water, Environment and Climate (WEC) portfolio, based in Vienna, and with offices based globally is part of the UNOPS Global Portfolio Office. The Portfolio has built strong partnerships and is effectively managing a portfolio of over 500 million USD over the last 15 years to support key initiatives with fund management, project implementation and administrative support.

WEC effectively operationalizes partners’ agendas with global approaches, as well as regional and country-specific activities focused on climate action, protection and conservation of the environment. Partners profit from WEC’s ability to operationalize and/or scale up their important substantive agendas, including in support of key multilateral environmental and climate agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, the Cartagena Convention as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

The NDC Partnership:

The NDC Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions collaborating to drive transformational climate action through sustainable development. In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – each country’s strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience against the negative effects of a changing climate. The Partnership advances the goals of the Paris Agreement by bringing together nearly 200 countries and institutions in new ways to accelerate NDC implementation and enhance ambition over time. The Partnership’s work through 120 partners supporting almost 80 countries produces many examples of impact, lessons learned and ideas for the future. The Partnership is governed by a Steering Committee, co-chaired by two country representatives. The Partnership’s work is facilitated by a Support Unit based at World Resources Institute in Washington DC and the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. UNOPS supports the NDC Partnership and its Support Unit through the Water, Environment and Climate (WEC).

Country Context:

The United Republic of Tanzania submitted the revised NDCs to the UNFCCC in July 2021 committing to abate its GHG emissions by 30-35% by 2030 relative to the business-as-usual scenario. The updated NDC offers mitigation and adaptation actions on climate change covering different sectors. The revised NDC is anchored on Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar Development visions, climate change strategies, the national development five-year plan and sectoral plans/strategies. Tanzania has a draft Implementation Plan which further aggregates sectoral information from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar with the budget split between the two and aligned with the NDC targets.

The Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP) collaborates with the Vice President’s Office (VPO) on Climate Finance mobilisation and assigned budget codes in the national budget and by extension, the First Vice President’s Office (FVPO) takes the lead in Zanzibar. The funds mobilised are allocated to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in Tanzania mainland and through the President’s Office of Finance and Planning in Zanzibar to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions. Climate finance will be mainstreamed in the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system.

To strengthen climate finance technical capacity and resource mobilisation to implement the NDC implementation plan interventions, MoFP has requested the NDC Partnership for Climate Finance Climate Finance Specialist. The Climate Finance Specialist will be embedded in the Ministry of Finance and Planning and shall work closely with the NDC focal point in the ministry. The incumbent will provide high-level technical support to MoFP on strengthening the capacity on climate finance, climate finance resource mobilisation through private sector, bilateral and multilateral donors, developing climate project/program proposals and investment plans aligned to the NDC Implementation plan, development visions for Tanzania mainland and Tanzania 3rd National five year development plan 2021/22-2025/26 (FYDP III), support MoFP GCF accreditation process, support climate finance tracking and support the establishment of a climate change unit. The incumbent will collaborate with the in-country NDC facilitator embedded in the Vice President’s Office (VPO).

Functional Responsibilities

*** As this is a Local Position, in order to be eligible, the incumbent should be a national of Tanzania or have a valid residence permit in the Country. The role of the Climate Finance Specialist will be to coordinate the government’s efforts to address climate change impacts through resource mobilisation and providing technical support to the Ministry of Finance and Planning on climate finance.

The Climate Finance Specialist will implement all tasks under the direct supervision of the NDC Partnership Focal Point and will work in close collaboration with the different ministerial offices. He/she will need to use his/her own laptop. This is a retainer national vacancy/position for twelve 12 months, a maximum of 220 working days.

 Support MoFP and VPO in climate finance needs assessment and NDC resource mobilization strategy development derived from the costing process and raising finance from national and international sources including the private sector.
 Enhance internal staff technical capacity of staff from VPO, FVPO, MoF and sectors on climate finance architecture and the various funding instruments and modalities for access;

 Support convening of quarterly donor and private sector round table meetings on climate finance mobilisation in Tanzania;

 Work across line ministries to identify, map and develop climate financing initiatives aligned with the NDC implementation plan interventions, including project proposals and investment pipelines that can be readied for finance;
 Support the National delegations to climate change negotiations through preparatory meetings and capacity strengthening on climate finance (GCF, Adaptation Fund (AF), Loss and Damage Fund, New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance (NCQG), etc.) issues;
 Advice and provide technical support to MoF in becoming GCF accredited under various funds such as Green Climate Fund (GCF) and support development of necessary protocols for use by project proponents to submit requests for approval of concept notes/proposals.
 Support the establishment of the climate change unit in MoF:

 Development of the Climate Change Unit mechanism of operation to ensure there in alignment with the climate change and environmental assessment sector at VPO
 Governance structure, mandates and organogram of the unit
 Support recruitment of staff
 Support the establishment of National Climate Change Financing Mechanism (NCCFM) including setting up the Climate Change Fund and requisite policies, regulations, plans and strategies.
 Produce and submit quarterly and monthly reports to the Assistant Commissioner for feedback and approval;
 Contribute to planning and reporting functions in support of the broader institutional mandates;
 Support MoF and VPO in the design and management of Consultancy assignments related to climate finance and resource mobilisation and ensuring quality deliverables agreed upon.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


 A master’s degree in finance, economics, public policy, international development, public policy, business development, or other relevant field of study;
 Bachelor degree in related discipline in combination with additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


eHCPp8B u3Bew At least 5 (five) years’ experience working in the public, NGO or private sector with a proven track record of successful resource mobilisation from diverse sources and development of finance sustainability plans/strategies related to climate change and/or development.
 Familiarity with climate finance architecture, domestically and globally, and strong understanding of global environment and development issues geopolitics that impact funding allocations from Official Development Assistance and bilateral/multilateral donors is required.
 Demonstrated successful mobilisation of resources related to the field of climate change and/or development
 Good understanding of United Republic of Tanzania development vision, budgeting cycle, donor environment, public finance, development issues as well as national obligations towards the UNFCCC in relation to climate finance
 Proven experience with concept notes/proposal and investment pipeline development for bankable projects/program in different sectors.

 Experience in developing public-private partnerships.
 Excellent communication (Written and Oral) Skills and knowledge of Microsoft suite in particular work, PowerPoint and excel.
 Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with minimal supervision.
 Demonstrated ability to liaise and foster cooperation between agencies, including Government, private sector participants, NGOs and other stakeholders.
Language: Strong proficiency in written and spoken English and Swahili is required. *** As this is a Local Position, in order to be eligible, the incumbent should be a national of Tanzania or have a valid residence permit in the Country.Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA / ICS 10 retainer Contract level: Local ICA 10 Contract duration: 12 months, 220 days, with possibility of extension depending on performance and on availability of funds.

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 Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
 Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
 Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
 UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
 Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
 We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

 For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
 For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
 All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
 It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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