Job Vacancies – Senior Climate Change Program Officer, Climate Change Technical Officer, Climate Change Planning and Policy Officer, Climate Change Communication Officer and Climate Change Finance and Administrative Assistant

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MINISTRY OF METEOROLOGY, ENERGY, INFORMATION, DISASTER MANAGEMENT, ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND COMMUNICATIONS

Project Management Unit  for the Tonga- Green Climate Fund and Preparatory Support Program.

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Applications are hereby invited to apply for the posts of Senior  Climate Change Program Officer, Climate Change Technical Officer, Climate Change Planning and Policy Officer, Climate Change Communication Officer and Climate Change Finance and Administrative Assistant for the Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Project  Program  under the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications.

For government employees, endorsement of respective Head of Departments is required. All applications must be addressed to the CEO of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications,  P.O. Box 1380, Taufa’ahau  Road, Nukualofa, Tonga and labeled “Project Management Unit for the  GCF Readiness Program” and to reach his office no later than 4.30pm, Friday, 24 November , 2017.

Applicants are required to forward their applications with their “Curriculum Vitae” together with relevant documents such as certificates, transcripts, and testimonials.

[For queries contact:  Ms Lu’isa Tu’i’afitu-Malolo on ph: 28-349/28-170 or e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Tonga Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Program is funded under the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This Fund was established as a financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to support climate actions in developing countries. These countries are extremely vulnerable to climate change and its adverse impacts because of their geographic and socio-economic status. These countries need considerable financing resources to facilitate adequate adaptation to climate change impacts.

Accessing and management of the GCF are still major capacity gaps for developing countries. The readiness and preparatory support program of the GCF was therefore established to maximize the effectiveness of this fund and also to build the capacities of national governments and/or institutions in vulnerable countries  to  increase accessibility and effective management of these funds.

The priority areas of the Tonga-GCF readiness and preparatory support program include;

  • establishment and strengthening of the Nationally Designated Authority/focal point
  • development of strategic framework for engagement with the fund
  • selection of the national implementing entity and support for accreditation.

A Project Management Unit (PMU) will be established as the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC consisting of a Senior Climate Change Program Officer (SCCPO), Climate Change Technical Officer (CCTO), Climate Change Planning and Policy Officer (CCPPO), Climate Change Finance and Administrative Assistant (CCFAA) and a Climate Change Communication Officer (CCCO).

Post 1: Senior Climate Change Program Officer (SCCPO)

I. Scope of Work

The Senior Climate Change Program Officer will manage the program on a day-to-day basis and is accountable to the executing agency for the planning, management, quality control, timeliness and effectiveness of the activities carried out, as well as the management of funds. This officer will also ensure the regular monitoring, evaluation and reporting of activities implemented under the program.

The Senior Climate Change Program Officer will be located at the Department of Climate Change (DCC), Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC). He/she will report directly to the Head of the Climate Finance Division. He/she will also work closely with the Director of Climate Change, the GCF focal point and the JNAP Technical Team.

II. Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Climate Change Program Officer (SCCPO) will carry out the following duties:

  • Prepare a detailed work plan and budget for the GCF readiness and preparatory support program;
  • Oversee the overall implementation of activities under the program;
  • Ensure effective communication and adequate information flow with the relevant authorities, institutions and government ministries and departments, NGOs and private sectors in close collaboration with the Director of Climate Change, Head of the Climate Finance Division at Department of Climate Change, GCF focal point and the JNAP Technical Team;
  • Maintain and establish additional links with other related national, regional and international climate change programs;
  • Conduct trainings and workshops to strengthen knowledge and capacities of the NDA and his climate change supporting team to fulfill their roles and responsibilities.
  • Use the existing Climate Change mechanism to strengthen capacity of NDA to better coordinate with relevant stakeholders (government, NGOs, CSO and private sectors) to facilitate effective consultation and communication on GCF related opportunities.
  • Developing a system/No objection procedure to ensure consistency of financing through GCF with national climate change priorities in consultation with Department of Climate Change, JNAP Technical Team, GCF focal point and national stakeholders.
  • Developing Capacity of NDA and Department of Climate Change to monitor, report, evaluate and maintain an overview of activities of the Fund and other relevant funding mechanisms and in country working institutions.
  • Identify and support applications of potential entities (public, private and non‐governmental entities) in Tonga towards meeting the accreditation requirements and standards of GCF
  • Lead the consultations with relevant stakeholders (government, non government organisations, CSO and private sectors), using the initial guidelines prepared by GCF secretariat, to prepare the Strategic Framework and country programmme.
  • Utilize Stocktake Reports to identify updated national climate change priorities to be supported by GCF and its investment framework, in consultation with Department of Climate Change, GCF focal point and the JNAP Technical Team. This will build on the existing programs of other development partners and to ensure that this support aligns with priorities identified in the Tonga Climate Change Policy 2016, Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, Tonga Strategic Development Framework (2015-2025), Tonga- Nationally Determined Contributions, and other climate related documents;
  • Lead the dialogue to discuss and update current and future projects for funding by GCF and enhance partnership between NDA, Accredited entities, and GCF Secretariat;
  • Conduct the annual review of the GCF Country Programme ;
  • Prepare and distribute Annual Review Report of the GCF Programme  to relevant stakeholders in both English and Tongan.
  • Prepare quarterly narrative and financial reports and submit to Director of Climate Change and GCF Secretariat via Head of Climate Finance Division;
  • Guide the work of consultants and experts and oversee compliance with agreed work plan and timely completion of tasks;
  • Coordinate the procurement of services and goods under the program;
  • Assume overall responsibility for the proper handling of logistics related to all project workshops and events;
  • Manage the Project finance and oversee the overall resource allocation and where relevant submit proposals for budget revisions for the approval of GCF Secretariat;
  • Undertake any other responsibilities related to the Program as requested by MEIDECC and GCF Secretariat.
  • Serve as secretary to the National Climate Change Coordination committee.

III. Qualifications and Skills

  • University degree- Master degree with minimum of 3 years or Bachelor degree with minimum of 5years of technical and management experience at senior level and particularly in fields of climate change or related fields
  • She/He must have good experience working with donors and development partners on climate change and related issues
  • She/He must have good experience with developing  project concepts and proposals.
  • Work Experience in a similar role would be an advantage
  • Experience in the Pacific region or small island states would be a necessity
  • Good knowledge and experience with the climate change convention (UNFCCC), the Paris Agreement, Climate Change Technical Reports, Tonga Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change Policy and Tonga- Nationally Determined Contributions.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing projects, and in liaising and cooperating with all project stakeholders including government officials, scientific institutions, NGOs and private sectors;
  • Familiarity with international organizations operations and structure;
  • Good experience with Government and in interdepartmental procedures
  • Familiarity with international negotiations and processes under the UNFCCC
  • Fluent written and oral communication in Tongan and English
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer knowledge (MS Office, Internet)
  • Tonga citizenship

Salary: Salary Range is T$30,240-T$45,360, in accordance with Tonga Government Civil Service

Salary scale/Band I.

Duration: 12 months

Post 2: CLIMATE CHANGE TECHNICAL OFFICER (CCTO)

I. Scope of Work

The Climate Change Technical Officer will be responsible for coordinating of all technical activities of the GCF readiness and preparatory support program, in close collaboration with the Senior CCPO, Department of Climate Change and JNAP Technical Team.

The CCTO will report directly to the Senior Climate Change Program Officer. He/she will be will be located at the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC.

II. Duties and Responsibilities

The CCTO will carry out the following duties:

  • Coordinate technical trainings and workshops to strengthen knowledge and capacities of the NDA and his climate change support team to fulfil their roles and responsibilities;
  • Prepare technical trainings and workshop reports and submit to SCCPO;
  • Assist the SCCO with conducting of technical trainings and workshops under the program;
  • Identify and provide to SCCPO in close collaboration with Department of Climate Change and JNAP Technical Team those national climate change priorities for GCF country programme using the Tonga Climate Change Policy, Tonga-Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Tonga- Nationally Determined Contributions, Tonga National Communication Reports as well as the Fund’s Initial results management framework;
  • Assist the SCCPO with preparation of the country programmes in consultation with Department of Climate Change, JNAP Technical Team and relevant stakeholders using the initial guidelines prepared by GCF secretariat;
  • Assist the SCCPO in conducting the annual participatory review of the GCF Country Programme;
  • Assist the CCCO with conducting of GCF awareness programmes and also the development of GCF awareness materials;
  • Assist the SCCPO to conduct dialogue, discuss and update current and future projects funded by GCF and enhance partnership between NDA, Accredited entity, and GCF Secretariat;
  • Provision/facilitation of all scientific and technical information and data to support the work of consultants and experts involved in the project;
  • Assume any other duties as determined by the SCCPO.

III. Qualifications and Skills

  • University Degree- Bachelor Degree in Science, environmental science, climate change or related field with three years of working experience in the area of climate change and/or related fields;
  • Good knowledge of Tonga National Communication, Tonga-Nationally Determined Contributions, Greenhouse Gas inventory, vulnerability and adaptation as well as mitigation issues;
  • Good knowledge and UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement and the Green Climate Fund;
  • Experience in Government and in interdepartmental processes and procedures;
  • Fluency in both English and Tonga and proficiency in written and oral communication;
  • Computer literate;
  • Team work, strong time-management, organizational and inter-personal skills;
  • Excellent skills for presenting technical and scientific reports in meetings, trainings and workshops;
  • Tonga citizenship.

Salary: Salary Range is TOP$23,520 – TOP$35,280, in accordance with Tonga Government Civil

Service Salary scale/Band K.

Duration: 12 months

Post 3:  CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION OFFICER (CCCO)

I.                    Scope of Work

The Climate Change Communication Officer will be responsible for coordination and conducting of all awareness programmes of the GCF readiness and preparatory support program and dissemination of information and data of the program to national stakeholders, in close collaboration with the Senior CCPO, CCTO, Department of Climate Change and JNAP Technical Team.

The CCCO will report directly to the Senior Climate Change Program Officer. He/she will be will be located at the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC.

II.                  Duties and responsibilities

The CCCO will carry out the following duties;

  • Conduct awareness programmes on radio and television about the GCF readiness and preparatory support program;
  • Conduct awareness programmes of the program with national key stakeholders of the program;
  • Draft Press Release for trainings and workshops conducted under the program;
  • Develop and implement the communication plan for the program in consultation with SCCPO, Department of Climate Change and JNAP Technical Team;
  • Develop awareness materials (brochures, posters, newsletters), short video and documentary about the program (both in English and Tongan) and distribute to national stakeholders;
  • Develop quarterly newsletter about the program and distribute to national stakeholders;
  • Assist with organising and conducting dialogue to discuss and update current and future projects funded by GCF;
  • Document good practices and lesson learnt from the program and share with national stakeholders;
  • Regularly update the climate change portal and database with relevant data and information from the program;
  • Assume any other duties as determined by the SCCPO.

III. Qualifications and Skills

  • University Degree- Bachelor Degree in Education, English, Journalism, environmental science, climate change or related field with three years of working experience in the area of climate change and/or related fields;
  • Demonstrated understanding of climate change and related issues;
  • Experience in an international working environment, including project and programme implementation;
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating trainings, workshops and meetings, logistics (procedures), as well as preparation of documentation before and after trainings, workshops & meetings;
  • Experience in Government and in interdepartmental processes and procedures;
  • Fluency in both English and Tonga and proficiency in written and oral communication;
  • Computer literate;
  • Team work, strong time-management, organizational and inter-personal skills;
  • Tonga citizenship.

Salary: Salary Range is TOP$23,520 – TOP$35,280, in accordance with Tonga Government Civil

Service Salary scale/Band K.

Duration: 12 months

Post 4 : CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY AND PLANNING OFFICER (CCPPO)

I.                    Scope of Work

The Climate Change Policy and Planning Officer will be responsible for providing specific legal/policy and advisory support to the Senior Climate Change Program Officer, GCF focal point, Director of Climate Change, Head of the Climate Finance Division and JNAP Technical Team to ensure effective implementation of the GCF readiness and preparatory support program and the GCF no-objection procedures.

He/she will be also ensuring the alignment of the national priorities in the GCF Programme to the existing climate change documentations- the Tonga Climate Change Policy, Tonga Joint National Action Plan and Disaster Risk Management and Tonga- Nationally Determined Contributions.

The CCPPO will report directly to the Senior Climate Change Program Officer. He/she will be will be located at the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC.

II.                  Duties and Responsibilities

The CCPPO will carry out the following duties;

  • Provide legal/policy advise to GCF focal point, Director of Climate Change, Senior Climate Change Program Officer and JNAP Technical Team for effective implementation of the GCF readiness and preparatory support program;
  • Align the national climate change priorities under the GCF Programme to Tonga Climate Change Policy, Tonga JNAP on climate change and disaster risk management and the Tonga-Nationally Determined Contributions.
  • Prepare the Contracts and Terms of Reference for consultants and experts who will be engaged under the program and ensure their timely hiring;
  • Assist the SCCPO with development of a system/No objection procedure to ensure consistency of financing through GCF with national climate change priorities;
  • Assist the SCCPO with preparation of the country programmes in consultation with Department of Climate Change, JNAP Technical Team and relevant stakeholders using the initial guidelines prepared by GCF secretariat;
  • Assist the SCCPO in conducting the annual participatory review of the GCF Country Programme;
  • Assume any other duties as determined by the Director of Climate Change, SCCPO & GCF Secretariat.

III. Qualifications and Skills

  • University Degree- Bachelor Degree in Law, English, Environmental Science/management or related fields with three years of working experience in the area of climate change and/or related fields;
  • Good knowledge of the UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement and the Green Climate Fund;
  • Good knowledge of the Tonga Climate Change Policy, Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Tonga-Nationally Determined Contributions and National Communications on Climate Change.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide accurate policy advice;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and build a good working relationships with project staff and relevant stakeholders of the GCF program;
  • Experience in Government and in interdepartmental processes and procedures;
  • Fluency in both English and Tonga and proficiency in written and oral communication;
  • Computer literate;
  • Team work, strong time-management, organizational and inter-personal skills;
  • Tonga citizenship.

Salary: Salary Range is TOP$23,520 – TOP$35,280, in accordance with Tonga Government Civil

Service Salary scale/Band K.

Duration: 12 months

 

Post 5: CLIMATE CHANGE FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (CCFAA)

I.                    Scope of Work

The Climate Change Finance and Administrative Assistant will provide secretarial and administrative tasks, documentation, financial assistance and reporting.

The CCFAA will report directly to the Senior Climate Change Program Officer. He/she will be will be located at the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC.

II.                  Duties and Responsibilities

The CCFAA will carry out the following duties;

  • Assist the SCCPO with preparation and organisation of meetings, trainings and workshops, as well as other events under the GCF program;
  • Prepare minutes of all meetings;
  • Assist the other officers of the program in preparing reports for all trainings and workshops;
  • Carry out monthly financial reconciliation with Ministry of Finance;
  • Prepare financial reports (monthly and quarterly reports) and submit to SCCPO;
  • Regularly update the asset registry of the GCF readiness program;
  • Organise and manage a comprehensive and robust hard copy and e-copy archive filing system for the program;
  • Assist in the preparation of climate change information for communication (climate change portal and database, newsletters and other communication materials) as required;
  • Assist with communication to and from of climate change target groups, committees under the GCF program;
  • Assume any other duties as determined by the Director of Climate Change, SCCPO & GCF Secretariat.

III. Qualifications and Skills

  • University Degree- Bachelor Degree in Accounting. Finance, Administration/Management or related fields with three years’ experience in demonstrated administrative functions;
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment and familiarity with principles of accounting and office practice as essential;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and build a good working relationships with project staff and relevant stakeholders of the GCF program;
  • Experience in Government and in interdepartmental processes and procedures;
  • Fluency in both English and Tonga and proficiency in written and oral communication;
  • Computer literate;
  • Team work, strong time-management, organizational and inter-personal skills;
  • Tonga citizenship.

Salary: Salary Range is TOP$23,520 – TOP$35,280, in accordance with Tonga Government Civil

Service Salary scale/Band K.

Duration: 12 months

 

 

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