Consultant, Climate Change

Consultant, Climate Change


21 Jun 2019

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships
The consultant will work in the International Development Programme of the Division of Programmes of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). In performing her/his duties, the consultant will report to the Programme Manager for International Development. The position will focus on climate change activities of the IPU, including related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation, aspects of development cooperation, and resource mobilization for the SDGs.

Within delegated authority, the Consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Develop strategies to promote action on climate change and support capacity building in parliaments to implement the Paris Agreement.
  • Organize and implement, in cooperation with UN Environment, UNFCCC and targeted parliaments, the various activities to strengthen parliamentary capacities and engagement in climate change.
  • Ensure finalization, distribution, and promote use of the updated IPU-UNDP Guidance Note on Effective Development Cooperation.
  • Ensure distribution and promote use of the IPU-UN Environment Issues Brief for parliamentarians on the green economy.
  • Monitor project expenditures within approved funding and keep administrative records on project activities.
  • Draft activity reports for submission to donors and the IPU governing bodies.
  • Provide material on project activities and results for publication on the IPU website and in other media.
  • Provide support in preparations of IPU publications in the area of climate change.
  • Support organization of Parliamentary Meetings at key international forums such as the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
  • Identify opportunities for cooperation with relevant entities and on projects and propose steps to implement such opportunities.
  • Provide, as requested, other assistance in areas relevant to IPU’s work on international development.

Key deliverables

  •  A capacity-building workshop on climate change is organized for the Zambian National Assembly.  
  • Preparatory steps have been taken for the organization of the Parliamentary Meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25).
  • At least one event on climate change is organized at the 141st IPU Assembly.
  • A session on climate change is prepared for at least one IPU regional seminar on the SDGs.
  • The guidance note on effective development cooperation is finalized and published.
  • The IPU-UN Environment Issues Brief for parliamentarians on the green economy is being distributed and used in at least one activity.
  • Reports on the implementation of the activities are prepared and submitted to the IPU governing bodies.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Parliamentarians, Secretaries General/Clerks of parliament, parliamentary staff;
  • Officials from the United Nations and other partner organizations;
  • Members of the IPU Secretariat.


  • Professionalism: Good knowledge of global development issues and current political affairs. Knowledge of the functioning and structure of national parliaments is desirable.
  • Planning and organizing: Demonstrated organizational skills; ability to establish priorities and to plan and monitor own work plan and meet deadlines. Demonstrated use of initiative in facilitating the production of a complex work product. Personal attributes of self-motivation, tact, sound judgment and a preparedness to accept responsibility.
  • Communication: Ability to write and to communicate orally in a clear and concise manner.
  • Technological awareness: Advanced knowledge of MS Office; advanced use of the Internet.
  • Teamwork: Aptitude for human contacts and resourcefulness. Team spirit. Adaptability to varying working environments and conditions.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the relevant fields and to develop own skills.


  • University degree in political science, law, international relations, or related fields.
  • Good knowledge of project management tools and techniques.
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in managing projects in an international environment. Demonstrated ability to achieve expected results and outcomes.
  • Demonstrated awareness about key global climate change and financing concepts and their place in international development/SDGs.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team.
  • Excellent reading, writing and speaking skills in English and a working knowledge of French. Knowledge of another official UN language an asset.
  • Work experience with projects involving parliamentarians is a distinct advantage.

Dates and conditions

The consultancy will run from 15 July to 15 November 2019.  The consultant will be working from the IPU Headquarters in Geneva.


The consultancy will be based at the IPU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The work is likely to involve occasional travel, the costs of which will be covered by the IPU.

Employment conditions

The External Collaborator is an independent contractor, is not considered to be an official or employee of the IPU and is not subject to the IPU Staff Regulations and Staff Rules. The External Collaborator is not entitled to recover from the IPU any income tax payable in respect of the fee provided under this contract and shall be solely liable for the payment of any national income tax due in respect of the emoluments payable under this contract. The External Collaborator will not be included in the IPU pension scheme.

Recruitment principles

Our guiding principle in selecting candidates is to secure the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. We do not discriminate on any grounds and are committed to promoting diversity in our workforce. 

Particular attention is paid to candidates from developing countries and to achieving gender balance. We strive to provide an environment where the contribution of each individual is valued.

All our employees are expected to possess the following qualities:

  • Motivation and a strong commitment to our principles;
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural team;
  • High level of technical knowledge relevant to the post;
  • Work experience at national and/or international level:
  • Fluency in at least one of our official languages (English, French) and a working knowledge of a second language. Additional languages are an asset.

We ask all our staff to agree to our Code of conduct for personnel and our Fraud and corruption prevention policy available at


21 Jun 2019
How to apply: 

Candidates should provide the following:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A brief description of why they are the right person for this consultancy, including details of their personal contribution to at least two relevant projects;
  • Expected monthly fee;
  • Information about their availability to begin work.

The deadline for applications is 21 June 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. They should be sent by e-mail to with “Consultant, Climate Change” in the subject line.

Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.