UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Terms of Reference
Short-term Consultancy Assignment to produce
Environment-based Adaptation (EbA) Materials
Consultancy Vacancy Notice: ROLAC-2012-013
Location: UNEP ROLAC - Panama City
Type of Contract: Special Service Agreement (SSA)
Languages Required: Fluent in English and Spanish
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Estimated consultant days per month: Full time
Estimated duration of Contract: Three (3) months
Closing date: 19 July 2012
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated
entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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. In the framework of the Medium-term Strategy and the
climate change thematic priority, UNEP’s work on climate change adaptation will help to build
the scientific and knowledge base, facilitate the integration of science into adaptation policy
setting and planning, and support countries build ecosystem resilience and increase ecosystem
services for adaptation.
In order to address the challenges of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the Latin
American and Caribbean countries have joined forces through the creation of a number of
regional and sub-regional networks and initiatives. The Regional Gateway for Technology
Transfer and Climate Change Action (REGATTA) project has been designed to help coordinate
these efforts through an integrated and coherent approach, and if necessary, to offer additional
support through a broad variety of training activities and advisory services.
Among REGATTA’s main activities there is the design, development and management of a
virtual knowledge platform. The objectives of this platform are to strengthen the information
exchange among experts and Centers of Excellence of the region, and to create and maintain an
updated inventory that includes LAC’s adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer initiatives.
This consultancy will support the Climate Change Unit of the UNEP Regional Office for Latin
America and the Caribbean in its efforts to achieve these objectives.
The platform will also include tools, better practices, lessons learned, a database of Centers of
Excellence in key technical fields. Experts and professionals of the region will be invited to carry
out virtual exchange and debates about mitigation and adaptation topics.
Conduct analysis and articulation of ecosystem service values for human adaptation to climate
change, through a set of visual materials that illustrate concepts and comparative value of
“business-as-usual” vs. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approaches, as well as parameters for
incorporating ecosystem dimensions in adaptation planning.
With a combination of material provided by UNEP and desktop research:
Articulation of concepts and experiences, such as ecosystem services; climate change resilience;
climate change effects on ecosystems and ecosystem service provision (specifically in the LAC
region); EbA and its advantages vis-a-vis other adaptation approaches; specific examples of EbA
actions; VIAs and their importance to define EbA actions for each ecosystem and their services,
and examples of methodologies for the incorporation of these EbA action within national
ecosystem management plans. Identification of images and diagrams to illustrate each of the
above concepts and texts in English and Spanish to explain each image.
1. A set of approximately 20-30 images (pictures, diagrams, etc) and text (in English and
Spanish) that compellingly articulate:
a. The concept of ecosystem functions and services that underpin human wellbeing and
b. “What really is EbA (and what it is not)”
c. Examples of EbA as a viable and cost-effective tool for human adaptation to climate
change – show examples relevant to different scales, including small rural producer,
local rural community, peri-urban or urban setting, and national scale level examples
and co-benefits of an EbA vs. non EbA approach
d. Outline how to incorporate ecosystem considerations in climate change vulnerability
assessment adaptation action planning:
Identify ecosystem services key to livelihoods;
Identify stresses and sources of stress to ecosystem resilience;
Define and prioritise actions to minimize sources of stress; and
Incorporate actions into planning and investments at multiple scales.
2. Descriptive text, in Spanish and English for the purpose of conveying on 2-3 pages of text-
based website content, as well as images.
REPORTING AND SUPERVISION
The EbA Communications Consultant will be supervised by and report to the REGATTA Project
Payments will be made upon submission of invoice and confirmation from supervisor of
satisfactory services rendered for the referred period.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Advanced University degree in Environmental Studies and/or economics.
A minimum of three (3) years of experience in the field of environmental management,
climate change adaptation, environmental economics, and/or design.
Expertise in the field of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change.
Proven experience in design and edition of process diagrams and images on environmental
themes for the introduction of new concepts to a variety of target groups.
Excellent drafting and communication skills in English and Spanish, both written and oral.
Delivers outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
Eagerness in providing well-designed, innovative and highly customized services and
products according to the needs of the region.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit, via e-mail with reference “ROLAC-2012-013 – “EbA
Communications Consultancy Assignment” in Subject to email@example.com, on or
before 19 July 2012, the following:
Application cover letter.
Personal resume and completed P-11 form (downloadable from