Environmental Analyst

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  • Agency UNDP
  • Title Environmental Analyst (NPSA-8)
  • Job ID 41574
  • Practice Area - Job Family Environment&Disaster Reduction - CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Vacancy End Date 14/04/2022
  • Duty Station Pristina, Kosovo, UNSCR1244 (1999)
  • Grade NB4
  • Vacancy Type National PSA
  • Posting Type External
  • Contract Duration 12 months

The Environmental Analyst will support the functionalization of the newly re-established Kosovo Climate Change Council (KCCC). The Analyst will work directly with the technical secretariat of the KCCC/Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (MESPI) in enhancing climate action.

The main goals of the Kosovo Climate Change Council are: 1) creating projects that address climate change and are implemented in accordance with local legislation, as well as international agreements international agreements; 2) preparation of the Climate Change Action Plan in line with the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans and global climate change goals; 3) monitoring the incorporation of climate change concerns into key national and sectoral strategies and planning documents, sectoral policies and other planning documents; 4) proposing measures for the implementation, coordinating policies with implications on climate change, in accordance with the climate objectives of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), as well as overseeing and coordinating relevant projects and other activities in the field of climate change.

Members of KCCC are the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (MESPI) - Chairman of the Council; Ministry of Economy (ME), Ministry of Finance, Labor and Transfers (MFPT); Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD); Ministry of Industry, Entrepreneurship and Trade (MINT); Ministry of Local Government Administration (MLGA) -Ministry of Health (MoH).

UNDP in Kosovo brings its comparative advantages of (1) global and local expertise to support development and implementation of cross-sectoral strategies and approaches; (2) a strong presence at central and municipal levels to facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships; (3) impartiality, accountability and trust among local partners; and (4) as a thought-leader, providing integrated and cross-sectoral solutions, combining strategic policy advice with capacity development.  UNDP supports Kosovo institutions to plan and adopt policy frameworks, and to build capacities for transitioning toward sustainable energy, low-emission, and climate-resilient development pathways. UNDP is actively looking to be more innovative, knowledgeable, and data-driven in order to contribute to environmental sustainability and the wellbeing of people by enabling an economic shift towards decent jobs and climate resilience.

Climate change is expected to amplify the impacts that the natural and physical environment has on human health and wellbeing. The temperatures are increasing, water resources are declining, and infectious and vector-borne diseases (mostly heat-related) are consistently increasing. All these impacts will add to the burden already being experienced in Kosovo, in terms of health and wellbeing of people, and as adding pressure to the existing health systems and infrastructure.

UNDP aims to:

  • Strengthen evidence-based, gender-responsive and cross-sectoral policy formulation and implementation as well as strengthen legislative framework in combatting climate change.
  • Support Kosovo institutions in unlocking climate finance for strengthening resilience towards climate change, biodiversity loss and health crises.
  • Support Kosovo institutions in functionalizing the KCCC, facilitate the preparation and support the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan in line with the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans
  • Enhance capacities of Kosovo institutions and communities in monitoring, forecasting and early warning for climate risks and disasters, and strengthened transboundary integrated river basin management.

The Environmental Analyst, under the supervision of the Director of Environmental and Water Protection Department, Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure, and in close coordination with the Inclusive Growth and Climate Resilience Portfolio Manager will primarily provide support in the functionalization of the- newly re-established Climate Change Council, mapping the needs of the council and the respective measures, supporting the arrangement of  the high-level meetings and coordinating an agenda for the council, support drafting of CC policy documents knowledge products and working closely with Kosovo institutions but also with other UN agencies, governments, and inter-governmental organizations, civil society, development partners, academia, and the private sector.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Environmental Analyst will support the Kosovo Climate Change Council and its Technical Secretariat in functionalizing the KCCC, and taking an integrated approach for climate action, particularly in the area of decarbonization. The Environmental Analyst will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Support the KCCC Technical Secretariat through relevant analysis, policy advice and research in the area of green transition and climate change.
  • Support KCCC towards building a coherent and effective climate change policy architecture and ensuring that climate change is mainstreamed into the development plan and sectoral planning processes.
  • Support KCCC by leading a needs assessments and provision of targeted capacity-building support through UNDP’s extensive global expertise and experiences.
  • Support the KCCC Technical Secretariat in drafting the Climate Change Action Plan in line with the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans and monitoring framework incorporating SDG indicators and other appropriate set of indicators. Support effective monitoring and reporting with special focus on encouraging women’s participation.
  • Identify opportunities for KCCC line ministries in the transition away from coal, through bankable and economically attractive projects.
  • Support the KCCC in the efforts of meeting the the EU climate goals and the process of harmonization of legislation with the EU acquis.
  • Support the preparation of voluntary Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Kosovo, including a set of national reduction targets, and well-designed policies and measures.
  • Provide technical advice to the Kosovo Climate Change Committee and its Technical Secretariat, to formulate indicators for monitoring the integration of cross-sectoral climate change risks and opportunities in development policies, strategies, and plans.
  • Support KCCC with capacities to monitor climate change mitigation and adaptation progress and activities throughout Kosovo and to identify new areas of work and cooperation between sectors.
  • Explore opportunities for new climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, also considering the complementarity with ongoing interventions.

Overall support on the implementation of the project and other climate-related topics:

  • Support and coordination with project teams on day-to-day climate research, proposal writing, operations; as well as with other relevant stakeholders (civil society / academia / private sector / public sector).
  • Provision of regular reports and exchanges of information/experience with other projects, cross-learning and sharing results and good practices.
  • Collection and analysis of lessons learnt through project implementation as well as from other interventions in Kosovo and beyond, distil them into recommendations, follow-up actions, and knowledge products for more effective and efficient project implementation.

Support MESPI in leading an effective climate change stakeholder dialogue:

  • Support the facilitation of an effective multi-stakeholder dialogue around climate change
  • Ensure active participation of KCCC technical secretariat members (inter-ministerial, private sector, CSOs especially youth and women, and development partners) and regular meetings that enable coordinated policy making, drafting of implementable projects beneficial for the Kosovo institutions in implementing Agenda 2030 and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans.
  • Ensure active participation of UNDP in the process, engagement of the management, and timely response
  • Coordinate with MESPI, climate change experts on a daily basis to ensure smooth cooperation between the parties.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the close guidance and day-to-day management of the Director of Environmental and Water Protection Department, Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure and supervision of the UNDP Inclusive Growth and Climate Resilience Portfolio Manager, the Environmental Analyst will ensure implementation of activities.



Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Technical Competencies

Data analysis: Ability to extract, analyse and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making

Relationship management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Master`s degree in environmental sciences, climate change, energy, social sciences, development studies, or other relevant fields.
  • Bachelor`s Degree with 2 years of experience can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master`s Degree


  • If in a possession of Bachelor`s degree minimum 2 years of professional experience in providing coordination and technical assistance to institutional development is required.

Required Languages:

  • Fluent in both oral and written English and Albanian.
  • Knowledge of Serbian language is an asset.

Required  Skills:

  • Proven experience in project proposal development is required
  • Familiarity with government structures in Kosovo, especially related to Climate Change and sustainable development.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills in English and Albanian are required.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:

  • Experience working with International Organizations is an asset

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

a) Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

b) A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

c) Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.



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