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Consultant, Climate Change

The consultant will work in the International Development Programme of the Division of Programmes of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). In performing her duties, the consultant will report to the Programme Manager for International Development.


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

  • Develop strategies to promote internal coordination on climate change within the IPU Secretariat and support the implementation of the IPU campaign on climate change.
  • In cooperation with UNEP, other partners and targeted parliaments, organize and implement the various activities to strengthen parliamentary capacities and engagement in climate change.
  • Ensure continued implementation of the MOUs signed with UNEP and UNFCCC respectively.
  • Ensure regular exchanges and strengthen cooperation with UNDRR, Adaptation at Altitude, London School of Economics, Arizona State University 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.
  • 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:

  • 1-2 national capacity building activities on climate change are conducted.
  • A guidance note on green parliaments is developed.
  • A briefer on parliamentarians, climate change and mountains is finalized.
  • A global virtual parliamentary briefing on COP28 is organized.
  • Preparations for the Parliamentary Meeting at COP28 and relevant side events are supported.
  • Webinars are organized to promote IPU’s work on climate change, including on health and climate linkages and the IPU’s climate change campaign.
  • Internal guidance and coordination support is provided to IPU colleagues in the area of climate change.
  • Support is provided to organization of relevant events at the 147th IPU Assembly.
  • Support is provided to IPU officials in terms of speeches, briefings and notes for file, and support is provided to the climate change campaign as required.
  • The IPU funding proposal on climate change is 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.
  • Provide, as requested, other assistance in the area of climate change.

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. Additional languages are an asset.
  • Work experience with projects involving parliamentarians.

Dates and conditions:

The consultancy will run from 10 April to 31 August 2023 (86 working days). The consultant can be based at the IPU Headquarters in Geneva or 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 on their personal contribution to at least two relevant projects.
  • Information about their availability to begin work.
  • Expected daily fee.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2023. Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] with “Consultancy – Climate change” in the subject line.