UNV Resourcing and Partnerships Specialist - Saudi Arabia

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UN Entity: UNDP, Saudi Arabia

Assignment Context:
In support of the realization of the ambitious Saudi Arabia and Middle East Green initiative under the Saudi Vision 2030, the National Center for Vegetation Cover and Combating Desertification (NCVC) has been tasked with combating desertification, rehabilitating forest vegetation cover, protecting local endangered plant species and managing national parks. This project is designed to support NCVC in increasing necessary institutional, technical, and technological capacities to realize its mandate more effectively and efficiently. The enhanced NCVC capacity will be achieved through transforming information technology and digital capabilities, establishing cooperation and strengthening its network internationally, and promoting forest conservation practices, and increasing environmental awareness to ensure the long-term sustainability of NCVC activities at the policy level and on the ground. The project will support the achievement of the ambitious Saudi Green Initiative by designing a model of a tree nursery and seed bank with a road map for establishing a large-scale nursery facility to meet the Kingdom’s afforestation goals, along with by aligning policy and standards of tree planting and creating a mechanism to coordinate the afforestation work among different actors. These objectives will be achieved through a whole-of-society approach, in close partnership with the private sector, academia, youth, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the long-term sustainability of the activities across the project lifecycle and beyond. This project will build upon the long-standing Standard Basic Framework Agreement (SBBA) which was agreed upon between the Kingdom and the UNDP in 1975.

The project expected outputs are:
• Output 1: Strengthening international cooperation and network.
• Output 2: Promoting conservation practices and strengthening environmental awareness via advocacy and outreach.
• Output 3: Model tree nursery design and ecosystem conservation.
• Output 4: Transformation of information technology and digital infrastructure.
• Output 5: Strengthening institutional and technical capacity.

Task description:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Saudi Arabia is seeking a dedicated and experienced resourcing and partnerships specialist to join our efforts in supporting the National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification. This role is crucial in identifying, engaging, and mobilizing a network of experts within UNDP, Other UN Agencies, Academia, and relevant environmental organizations to contribute to the Center’s initiatives aimed at enhancing vegetation cover and combating desertification in Saudi Arabia. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange among experts to drive sustainable solutions for environmental challenges.

Under the direct supervision of the Digital Stream Project Manager the UN Volunteer will:

• Expertise Identification and Engagement: Proactively identify and engage with subject matter experts within UNDP, Other UN Agencies, academic institutions, and environmental organizations globally. Build a comprehensive database of experts specialized in vegetation cover, desertification, combating desertification strategies, climate change, and sustainable land management.

• Partnership Development: Foster partnerships with academic institutions, research centers, and environmental organizations to support the Center's initiatives. Coordinate with these entities to facilitate knowledge exchange, joint research, and collaborative projects.

• Project Support and Collaboration: Work closely with the project teams to understand their technical needs and match them with the appropriate experts. Facilitate collaboration among stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of projects.

• Capacity Building: Organize workshops, seminars, and training sessions to build the capacity of local stakeholders and project teams. Utilize the expertise within the network to enhance understanding of best practices in vegetation cover enhancement and desertification control.

• Reporting and Documentation: Prepare comprehensive reports on expert engagement activities, outcomes, and the overall progress of collaborations. Ensure proper documentation of expertise and resources mobilized for the Center’s initiatives

Required experience:

15 years of experience in

1. Global Expert Network Development: Expertise in identifying, evaluating, and engaging with top-tier subject matter experts in areas critical to environmental sustainability, such as desertification, climate change, and sustainable land management. This includes developing strategies for expert outreach and engagement to build a global network of professionals who can contribute to the organization's projects and goals.

2. Strategic Partnership Building: Specialized skills in creating and sustaining partnerships with key organizations, including UN agencies, academic institutions, and non-profits, focus on mutual goals in environmental research and project implementation. This involves negotiating partnerships that facilitate access to a broad pool of experts and collaborative opportunities.

3. Expert Resource Mobilization for Project Impact: Ability to match project needs with expert capabilities, ensuring that the right expertise is leveraged to enhance project outcomes. This includes creating mechanisms for easy access to and collaboration with identified experts to support project teams.

4. Collaboration and Network Utilization: Competence in fostering a collaborative environment among identified experts, project teams, and partners. This involves facilitating interactions and exchanges that bring added value to environmental projects, leveraging the network's collective expertise to solve complex challenges.

5. Impact Analysis and Expert Engagement Reporting: Proficiency in assessing the effectiveness of expert engagements and partnerships, tracking the impact of these collaborations on project outcomes, and reporting on successes and areas for improvement. This includes developing metrics and indicators to evaluate the contribution of expert networks to the organization's strategic goals.

6. Domain-Specific Environmental Expertise: Deep knowledge and expertise in the environmental domain relevant to the specialist's work, including understanding of the latest research, trends, and challenges in areas such as combating desertification, climate change adaptation, and sustainable land management. This includes the ability to apply this knowledge to identify the most relevant experts and inform strategic decisions and project approaches.

Inclusivity statement:
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

Living conditions and remarks
Riyadh, city and capital of Saudi Arabia. The city grew from a small, fortified desert village in the 17th century into a modern metropolis of several million inhabitants in the 20th century. Area city, 600 square miles (1,550 square km). Pop. (2010) 5,188,286. Life in Riyadh is concentrated around the city’s more than 4,000 mosques and its numerous busy shopping centers. The city’s central core and its many souks (marketplaces) attract heavy pedestrian traffic, emphasizing the city’s intense feeling of vitality. Riyadh is an important financial, business, and manufacturing center. A number of banks are headquartered in the city.

Riyadh’s climate is characterized by extreme heat in the summer, with average temperatures reaching the low 100s F (low 40s C), and coolness in the winter, with lows averaging in the low 50s F (low 10s C), though there is a large difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Humidity in Riyadh remains low throughout the year, especially during the summer.

Riyadh is served by the King Khālid International Airport, which is located about 22 miles (35 km) north of the city and handles both domestic and international flights. There are thousands of miles of paved roads in Riyadh, including the King Fahd (running north-south) and Mecca (Makkah; running east-west) highways, which constitute the two main axes of the city. With its grid system of wide thoroughfares and expressways, modern Riyadh was designed as an automobile-oriented city. Taxis are a significant form of transportation in Riyadh; local buses are also available.

Conditions of Service for International UN Volunteers

The initial contract is issued upon arrival for the period indicated above. The contract can be extended depending on the continuation of the mandate, availability of funding, operational necessity, and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectancy of renewal of the assignment.

A UN Volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA), which is composed of a Monthly Living Allowance (MLA) and a Family Allowance (FA) for those with dependents (maximum three).

The Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications, and other basic needs. The VLA can be calculated using by applying the Post-Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate. The VLA base rate is a global rate across the world, while the PAM is duty station/country-specific and fluctuates monthly according to the cost of living. This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on the ICSC website - http://icsc.un.org

UNV provides life, health, and permanent disability insurance as well as assignment travel, annual leave, and full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements).

UN Volunteers receive flight tickets for periodic home visits and for the final repatriation travel (if applicable). Resettlement allowance is paid for satisfactory service at the end of the assignment.

UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including the Code of Conduct, to the successful candidate.

International UN Expert Volunteers in Saudi Arabia are entitled to:
 - Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) at the amount of USD 2,833.13
 - Monthly Expertise differential USD 1133.25
 -  Entry Lumpsum USD 4000
 - Annual and learning leaves; - Free Medical and life insurance; and - Free access to different learning platforms. For more information on UN Volunteer benefits, entitlements and support, please visit: https://www.unv.org/volunteer-your-country-conditions-service



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Last modified: 
12 Jun, 2024
Intervention Sector(s):
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, 25 June 2024
Contract Type:
Full Time
Period of Employment:
12 months (with possibility of extension)
Salary Range:
> 3000 (USD)
Education Degree:
Bachelor Degree
Education Degree Details:
Bachelor degree or equivalent in environmental sciences, public policy, or a related field, a higher degree in environmental management, sustainable development, or climate change policy is considered an asset.
Experience Requirements:
More than 10 years
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Ar Riyāḑ