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Technical Competencies - Environment


									Technical Competencies - Environment
Core technical
                     Environment advisers must be able to demonstrate significant knowledge and
                     experience in some of the following areas and knowledge of most of the
                         •   The role of environmental management in underwriting long term
                             development effectiveness
                         •   A contextual knowledge of the history of sustainable development and
                             environmental management in development
                         •   Contribution of environmental management to achieving the MDGs
                         •   Knowledge/understanding of the links between environment and
                         •   Sustainable development and relationship between economic, social
                             and environmental issues
                         •   Scientific theory that underpins environmental management and
                             development effectiveness
                         •   Links between global and local environmental issues
                         •   Environmental Management by government and the private sector
                         •   Ecosystem functions and change
                         •   Environmental Management Systems
                         •   Environmental Performance Standards
                         •   Climate change, as an environmental change phenomenon:
                                 o   the science of climate change
                                 o   mitigation and adaptation
                                 o   climate proofing development assistance investments
                     Environmental assessment methods and techniques (e.g. environmental
                     impact assessments, and strategic environmental assessments) – assessing
                     risk from a due diligence perspective, and identifying environmental

Specific technical
                     A good understanding of specific environmental issues, including:
                         •   Biodiversity
(according to job        •   Forestry
requirements)            •   Soil and Water resources management
                         •   Environmental health,
                         •   Pollution prevention, control and remediation
                         •   Urban environment
                         •   Land use and planning
                         •   Energy and environment e.g. traditional fuels, low carbon energy,

                              energy efficiency
                          •   Desertification;
                          •   Industry and the environment
                          •   Bio-diversity; management, use and conservation
                          •   use of market based instruments for environmental management;
                          •   Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
                          • conflict over environmental resources.
                          • Sustainable consumption and production
                      Understanding of how to:
                          • anticipate possible future environmental change and predict possible

                          • integrate disparate dimensions of environment/sustainability into a
                            balanced assessment and balanced set of recommendations

                          • analyse and evaluate problems from all environmental perspectives,
                            including concepts relating to trade-offs and prioritisation, and develop
                            practical sustainable solutions

                      Enabling Advisers to:
                         • Ensure environmental considerations are part of development planning
                            and development considerations are part of environmental planning
                         • Provide good quality advice and guidance on environmental issues in
                            relation to DFID policy, strategy, programmes and research portfolios.
                         • Engage with developing country partners on substantive issues of
                            environment and development.
                         • Articulate the dependence of poor people on environmental resources,
                            and vulnerabilities to change
                         • Ensure that policy and programme design takes account of
                            environmental issues in relation to poor peoples’ needs
                         • Take account of political realities and incentives, the specific context of
                            the policy advice and its likely impact
                         • Undertake environmental screening of DFID projects
                         • Engage in dialogue with other donors to agree common approaches to
                            environment and development.
                         • Articulate DFID’s approach to environmental management to all

Cross-cutting         Basic knowledge/understanding of:
technical knowledge
                      • basic ecology
                      • environmental technology

                      • basic environmental economics

                      • basic environmental law
                      • environment and governance

                    • key global public good and technology issues that impact on the
                      environment (for example developments in international trade, science and
                      technology) and an understanding of the factors that mediate between
                      these factors and poor people.
                    • networks among environmental policy professionals (other agencies,
                      private sector, academics, institutions and NGOs etc)

                    Understanding how to:
                       • translate environmental principles to the range of interventions and aid
                           instruments across the DFID portfolio including:
                                o Infrastructure
                                o Agriculture
                                o Livelihoods
                                o Health (including HIV & AIDS)
                                o Education
                                o Governance
                                o Trade, markets
                                o Budget support
                                o public financial management
                                o Conflict, natural disasters and humanitarian responses

                        •   use creativity and innovation to recommend approaches, technologies
                            and solutions that support principles of sustainable development

                    Enabling Advisers to:
                       • Interpret and communicate environmental knowledge and experience in
                          order to contribute effectively to broader cross cutting policy and
                          practice in DFID.
                       • Articulate how existing or proposed policies and actions affect
                          environmentally sustainable development
                       • Propose innovative and appropriate solutions to environmental and
                          sustainable development challenges.
Institutional and   Knowledge/understanding of:
knowledge           • Integrating environment into development planning processes, such as
                      Poverty Reduction Strategies
DESIRED             • Integrating environment into government sectoral and interdepartmental
                      planning and delivery processes
                    • National and local regulatory and institutional frameworks for environmental
                      management, as applied to developing countries
                    • community based environmental planning and management;
                    • international institutional architecture for environmental issues and
                    • Role of civil society, and contribution of environmental movements

                    • relevant conventions and protocols

                    • environmental standards and legislation

                    Enabling Advisers to:
                    •  Influence the integration of environment into development planning
                    • Work effectively with and influence international policies and organisations

                        •   Build partnerships and coalitions with a range of stakeholders around
                            complex environmental issues
                        •   Articulate the importance of environmental governance for the wider DFID
                        •   Work with partner governments to build their capacity to promote and
                            undertake sustainable development.

REQUIRED                Shared Technical Competency (Common to all Advisory Groups)
Knowledge of the        For example knowledge/understanding of:
development             • International and UK commitments, such as MDGs, PSA, White Papers,
effectiveness               G8 and Spending targets
agenda/ International   • Paris principles and their application in fragile states
development system/     • Aid instruments used by DFID and the international community- how they
Institutional and           work and are deployed. These include projects, SWAPs, budget support,
organisational              technical assistance, global funds, modes of working with multilaterals,
knowledge                   ‘influencing’ approaches and policy partnerships
                        • Whitehall departments and role of Parliament
                        • The international institutional architecture for development (UN system,
                            IFIs, regional institutions such as EC and African Union)
                        • Knowledge of resource and contact networks among policy professionals
                            in own area, including international and national NGOs, other agencies,
                            private sector, academics, research organisations etc).
                        • Understanding how to translate principles from own specialist area to the
                            range of interventions and aid instruments across the DFID portfolio
                            (drawing on a broad, up-to-date awareness of other advisory areas)
                        Enabling Advisers to:
                        • work with other donors to improve the effectiveness of aid instruments
                        • support the work of other professional groups by being familiar with their
                            tools, instruments and methodologies
                        • Advise DFID and external colleagues on the appropriateness of specific
                            aid instruments, drawing on international experience and best practice.
                        • Support and develop effective donor partnerships, co-ordination and
                            division of labour with key government, donor and civil society
                            stakeholders around sector plans and strategies.
                        • Collaborate successfully with key multilateral institutions on sector plans
                            and programmes.
                        • Advise and support complementary programmes and initiatives involving
                            relevant Whitehall departments in terms of effectiveness and reduced
                            transaction costs
                        • Influence the integration of own advisory area into development planning
                        • Build partnerships and coalitions with a range of stakeholders around
                            complex issues in own advisory area
                        • Work with partner governments to build their capacity to promote and
                            undertake sustainable development.


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