GEF STAP Panel Member - Climate Change Adaptation

Job categories Climate, Environment
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5002/26937
Level ICS-11
Department/office GPO, GVA, Water, Environment & Climate (WEC)
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration The initial mandate is for a period of two years and may be extended for a further two years
Application period 24-Oct-2023 to 10-Dec-2023

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This Vacancy Announcement is being published by UNOPS Water, Environment and Climate (WEC) on behalf of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The selection process and further communication will be made directly STAP.

Background information: WEC

The Water, Environment and Climate (WEC) portfolio under the UNOPS Austria Multi-Country Office has built strong partnerships and has effectively been managing a portfolio of 490 million USD over the last 15 years to support key initiatives with fund management, project implementation and administrative support. 

WEC effectively operationalizes partners' agendas with global approaches, as well as regional and country specific activities focused on climate action, protection and conservation of the environment. Partners profit from WEC’s ability to operationalize and/or scale up their important substantive agendas, including in support of key multilateral environmental and climate agreements,  such as the Paris Agreement, the Cartagena Convention as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Background information: GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) ( was established 30 years ago on the eve of the Rio Earth Summit to tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. They have a unique mandate as a financing mechanism for a number of MEAs: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); the Minamata Convention on Mercury; and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The GEF also supports global and regional agreements on international waters, and transboundary water management. The GEF’s mission is to safeguard the global environment by supporting developing countries to meet their commitments under these agreements. The GEF’s sectoral responsibilities are often mutually supportive, which enables the synergies between them to be harnessed in a more holistic way. 

STAP Secretariat 

The Panel is supported by a small, dedicated Secretariat, which provides substantive and operational assistance in the delivery of Panel Members’ responsibilities.

Background information: UNEP

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Science Division, which hosts the STAP Secretariat, is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information, and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. UNEP is an equal opportunity employer.

Background information: job-specific

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
is seeking a new Panel Member to take the lead on Climate Change Adaptation. This position requires an understanding of the GEF-8 climate adaptation strategy and of country interventions to prepare for rising seas, higher temperatures, worsening droughts, intensifying floods, and other impacts that can affect water resources, crop yields, and the health of people and the ecosystems. Adaptation measures are urgently needed to safeguard development gains and to address the needs of developing countries which are especially exposed to climate change impacts.

Candidates should have outstanding academic and technical credentials, a passion for tackling global environmental and sustainable development challenges and should demonstrate the ability to work in a transdisciplinary manner that integrates environmental science, social science, and policy to address complex socio-ecological problems. 

STAP ( was established by UNEP and is hosted by UNEP’s Early Warning and Assessment Division on behalf of the GEF. STAP reports directly to the GEF Council and provides independent scientific and technical advice on the GEF’s policies, strategies, programs, and projects. STAP comprises a Chair and six Panel Members for climate mitigation, climate adaptation, biodiversity, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste. The roles and responsibilities of the Chair, Panel Members and STAP Secretariat are set out in STAP’s Terms of Reference (March 2012)

Panel Members provide intellectual leadership in their particular area of expertise, and they are expected to work effectively across the GEF’s focal areas, including advising on cross-cutting issues and integrated programming outside their area of expertise.

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