The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is responsible for leading FAO’s efforts to achieve food security for all in the Asia-Pacific region. FAO’s three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
The FAO-RAP Regional Initiative on Climate change (RICC), which commenced in 2018, provides the framework for FAO’s work on climate change and resilience in the region. It aims to better support its member countries to scale-up action to address the impacts and drivers of climate change in the agriculture and land-use sectors; particularly adaptation and mitigation actions identified as part of countries intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. In connection with this initiative FAO-RAP is undertaking a number of related initiatives including research on regional understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture and NDC implementation and implementing programs on relevant technical options and planning processes including National Adaptation Plans.
To further support member countries in the region and strengthen the delivery of the RICC, the FAO Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) is coordinating closely with FAO-RAP on a number of related initiatives including the implementation of the new FAO-UNDP Support Programme on Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through NDCs and NAPs (SCALA). This programme is supported by the German Government and will be implemented in four countries in Asia and a further 8 countries globally from 2020-2025.
FAO-RAP’s Resilience and Climate Change team and OCB are seeking a motivated, dynamic consultant to support the implementation of both the RICC and SCALA. The consultant will also assist in the formulation, development and implementation of projects and activities related to climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation measures for continued agricultural development in the Asia-Pacific region.
The consultant will be based at the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok.
The consultant would report primarily to the Natural Resources Officer RAP - Climate Change and Bioenergy and will work in close collaboration with the Natural Resources Officer OCB - SCALA Senior Resilience Officer (RAP) and relevant technical officers of the FAO-RAP Climate Change Task Group and Natural Resource Management Group.
Climate change, Adaptation, Mitigation, Energy, Agriculture, Policy
Tasks and responsibilities
The consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Regional Programme Support
Technical guidance and capacity building
· Lead organization of peer exchanges and regional workshops on selected thematic topics of importance for SCALA and RICC in the region including nature-based solutions, private sector engagement and value chain development;
Perform other related duties as required.