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Climate Vulnerability Assessment Consultant
United Nations Environment Programme UNEP

 Vacancy No: UNEP/OCHA (JEU)-2019-01
 Section/Unit: UNEP/OCHA JEU
 Grade Level: UNOPS LICA Contract.
 Supervisor: The consultant will report to the UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit in Geneva with a secondary reporting line to UN Environment Office in Sudan and will benefit of technical support from both sides.
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: 6 months
 Closing Date: 26 May 2019


The UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) was established in 1994 as the United Nations mechanism to mobilize and coordinate emergency assistance to countries affected by environmental emergencies. The JEU also works on environmental emergency preparedness, to raise awareness among communities, disaster responders, governments, and industries on the impacts of environmental emergencies and to mainstream environmental considerations in humanitarian action.

The JEU is an implementing partner of the project “Adaptation to climate change in sub-Saharan African humanitarian situations”, which has received financial support from the International Climate Initiative (IKI), under the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. This project is led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with UN Environment through the UN Environment/UN OCHA Joint Unit (JEU), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), and the Governments of the three implementing countries (Sudan, Chad and Burundi). The project aims to strengthen the capacity for climate change adaptation of displaced populations and vulnerable communities in the three implementing countries. As part of the project, the JEU is tasked with conducting climate vulnerability assessments in selected humanitarian hotspots in each of the implementing countries. A Consultant is being hired to perform this assessment in Sudan.

 Duties and responsibilities:

The Consultant will deliver a country-specific climate vulnerability analysis for selected humanitarian hotspots in Sudan as a contribution to the “Adaptation to climate change in sub-Saharan African humanitarian situations” project. This will build on results from past and ongoing UN Environment and partners’ projects on climate change and security.


Objectives, output expectations and performance indicators

The objective of the consultancy is to conduct a climate vulnerability assessment for target humanitarian sites in Sudan and, more specifically, to:

  1. Conduct a baseline review of available information on climate risks and vulnerability for the target sites, building on findings from the systematic review of literature delivered as part of this project (in line with the developed assessment methodology) and on the outcomes of other related UN Environment’s or partners’ projects in the country, in liaison with project partners and other relevant stakeholders;
  2. Contribute to the identification of the most suitable methodology to conduct a climate vulnerability assessment in humanitarian hotspots and adapt it to target sites, based on existing literature and context-specific needs, in liaison with the corresponding counterparts performing the same assessment in the two other project beneficiary countries (Burundi and Chad);
  3. Gather the primary and secondary data required to feed into the climate vulnerability assessment (any travel requirements will have to be discussed with the reporting officer);
  4. Perform the climate vulnerability assessment and report on the main findings, with a focus on those related to the environment, energy and food;
  5. Identify entry points for the subsequent project activities related to adaptation to existing risks, as defined in the project documents.
  6. In liaison with partner UN country offices, support the organization of and facilitate a technical workshop to present findings from the assessment to national authorities and other project stakeholders (UN agencies, NGO’s, private sector, etc. – minimum 35 participants).


  • By 30 June 2019, a monthly report of activities and a summary document of the baseline review (minimum 5 pages)
  • By 31 July 2019, a monthly report of activities and an outline of the methodology (minimum 5 pages)
  • By 31 August 2019, a monthly report of activities and an interim climate vulnerability assessment report (minimum 10 pages)
  • By 30 September 2019, Terms of Reference for the technical workshop, including workshop agenda and proposed list of participants
  • By 31 October 2019, a monthly report of activities
  • By 30 November 2019, a climate vulnerability assessment report for target humanitarian sites (minimum 20 pages), and a one-pager with summary of key findings
  • By 31 December 2019, the technical workshop report (minimum 5 pages) and handover notes


Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:

  • Outputs are delivered in a timely manner and of high quality;
  • Communications in dealing with partners are professional and systematic;
  • Problem/issues for achieving results are identified early-on and workable solutions proposed.



 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Academic Qualifications:

Master’s degree in environmental sciences, social sciences, geography or related discipline



  • Experience in the field of environment, climate and/or humanitarian action.
  • Previous experience in vulnerability assessments.
  • Previous experience with the UN related to environment or humanitarian work is an asset.


Language: proficiency in English (required), proficiency in Arabic (asset).

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