CTCN Capacity Development Research Associate

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Company:World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Job Type:Contract

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The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a center of scientific excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, for farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.

ICRAF’s headquarters are based in Nairobi, Kenya, and we operate six regional programmes in SubSaharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our vision is an equitable world where all people have viable livelihoods supported by healthy and productive landscapes. Our mission is to harness the multiple benefits trees provide for agriculture, livelihoods, resilience and the future of our planet, from farmers’ fields through to continental scales.

ICRAF is the only institution conducting globally significant agroforestry research in and for all the developing tropics. Knowledge produced by ICRAF allows governments, development agencies, and farmers to use the power of trees to make farming livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at scales. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org


About CTCN

The mission of the CTCN is to stimulate technology cooperation and to enhance the development and transfer of climate technologies to developing countries. The CTCN assists developing country Parties at their request, building or strengthening their capacity to prepare and implement climate technology projects that span the technology transfer continuum.

The CTCN supports public and private sector action on mitigation and adaptation, enhancing low-carbon and climate-resilient development in a manner consistent with the capabilities and priorities of recipient countries. It is also mandated to work, in conjunction with the TEC to ensure coherence and synergy within the Technology Mechanism, with the intention of scaling up international collaboration on the development and transfer of technologies (para 5(b) of decision 25/CP.19); and to work, in conjunction with the UNFCCC secretariat, with the intention of further enhancing collaboration and synergies among the bodies under the UNFCCC providing means of implementation to developing countries (these are TEC, CTCN, DPCB, EB of the CDM, GEF, and GCF) (para 19(ii) of decision 1/CP.20). 

The Position

The associate is expected to support the delivery of CTCN’s activities by delivering the following:

Output 1: (a) Conduct an analysis of the existing CTCN network members from Africa and prepare a network members’ engagement strategy. Based on this strategy, develop and propose activities/schemes for their meaningful engagements with the CTCN and the Nationally Designated Entities from the region. (b) conduct an analysis of African NDCs and prepare at least one analytical report/working paper;

Output 2: Conduct a landscape mapping of climate stakeholders in Africa including key regional climate initiatives and organizations and develop an effective engagement and outreach strategy for CTCN activities, and propose actions to implement the strategy;

Output 3: Support the preparation and organization of CTCN capacity-building programmes and events in Africa (including but not limited to Regional forums and workshops, CTCN Incubator Programme), covering both logistical and substantive aspects;

Output 4: Support CTCN communication activities in the region and identify opportunities to raise the awareness about CTCN in the region;

Output 5: Support the engagement of potential and existing network members through reviewing new network membership applications from the region; and 

Output 6: Support the delivery of CTCN technical assistance in Africa, as needed. Tasks could include:

- Supporting the review of all new Requests to the CTCN for Technical Assistance related to the region, including analyzing the relevance of each Request to national planning processes (e.g. NDC/NAP/TNA/TAP);

- Supporting the review of Technical Assistance requests, response plans, and deliverables and perform research on ongoing activities and projects to identify synergies and avoid duplication of efforts. Supporting the monitoring of results and impacts of Technical Assistance Identifying key sectoral and technological areas where CTCN can support developing countries in the region.

- Any other tasks assigned by functional/ administrative supervisor


Qualifications/special skills

a) Academic qualifications:

Master’s degree, preferably in environmental sciences, business administration, international development or related disciplines

b) Work experience:

At least 2 years of experience in the field of climate policies/environment/energy and/or technology transfer for developing countries;

Understanding and experience with UN programmes, their development, and implementation activities is an advantage.

Understanding and experience in international climate technologies, knowledge sharing or capacity building for developing countries is an asset. 

c) Language requirements:

Fluency in spoken and written English is required; fluency in French would be an asset;

d) Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to synthesize information in a clear and well-structured manner;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks effectively and on time;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a dynamic team.

e) Performance indicators:

  • Timely submission of outputs (interim and final versions)
  • A high-quality level in terms of analysis and recommendations provided

Work location

ICRAF Campus, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi

Expected duration: 6 months


How to apply


  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position.
  • Detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone numbers and email addresses,

Send via email to: [email protected] cc: [email protected] Indicate “Application for Capacity Development Associate” on the application letter. Applications will be considered until 15th August 2018 or until a suitable candidate is identified. Please note that only shortlisted applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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