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Terms of Reference: Consultant, Climate Change and SDG Financing

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 IPU’s climate change activities as well as on SDG implementation with a focus on financing, development cooperation and resource mobilization.


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.
  • In cooperation with UNEP, UNFCCC and targeted parliaments, organize and implement the various activities to strengthen parliamentary capacities and engagement in climate change.
  • Support the programme’s work on development finance.
  • Ensure the distribution and promote the use of the IPU-UNDP publication Enhancing the engagement and contribution of parliaments to effective development cooperation: A guidance note for parliaments and parliamentarians.
  • Ensure continued implementation of the MOUs signed with UNEP and UNFCCC respectively.
  • Ensure regular exchanges and strengthen cooperation with UNDRR, Zoï Environment Network, and other partners.
  • Explore opportunities to fund IPU’s climate change activities.
  • Monitor project expenditures within approved funding and keep administrative records in respect of project activities.
  • Draft activity reports for submission to donors and IPU governing bodies.
  • Provide material on project activities and results for publication on the IPU website and in other media.
  • Provide support to preparation of IPU publications in the area of climate change and disaster risk reduction.
  • Organize seminars/webinars and other types of meetings with parliamentary audiences.
  • Provide, as requested, other assistance in areas relevant to IPU’s work on international development.

Key deliverables

  • Capacity building activities on climate change are conducted in at least two parliaments in cooperation with UNEP.
  • At least one event on either climate change or development finance is organized at the 142nd IPU Assembly.
  • A panel on climate change is organized at the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.
  • Support is provided to IPU officials in terms of speeches, briefings and notes for file.
  • A textbook for parliamentarians on implementing the Paris Agreement is conceptualized and produced with UNFCCC.
  • An online training course for parliamentarians on climate change is produced with UNFCCC.
  • An advocacy toolkit on DRR is produced with UNDRR.
  • An IPU-UNEP brief for parliamentarians is produced.
  • The IPU funding proposal on climate change is continuously updated and presented to potential donors, as appropriate.
  • Reports on the implementation of the activities are prepared and submitted to IPU governing bodies and donors.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Parliamentarians, Secretaries General/Clerks of parliament, parliamentary staff.
  • United Nations and other partner organizations officials.
  • 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.
  • Work experience with projects involving parliamentarians is a distinct advantage.

Dates and conditions

                          The consultancy will run from 1 June to 31 December 2020. Sanitary situation permitting, this consultancy will be based at the IPU Headquarters, otherwise it will be home based.

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.
  • Information about their availability to begin work.

The deadline for applications is 26 May 2020. Applications should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] with "Consultancy – Climate Change" in the subject line.