As part of its efforts to promote and drive ambitious climate action and to mobilize international support for climate threatened nations, the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is launching a “Capacity-Building Fellowship” for 15 participants selected from its member countries. A CVF collaboration of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the program will work to strengthen the capacities of the fellows and contribute to the development of national efforts to pursue strategic forum priorities on climate change in CVF member countries and in international policymaking. In addition, the participants will be supported to be better positioned to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities developing countries face and present as a result of climate change, in addition to assisting the CVF in advancing its priorities within UN processes including the UNFCCC and COP meetings.
Background Information on the CVF
The CVF is a South-South cooperation platform enabling countries highly vulnerable to climate change to act together to deal with this historic global challenge across all world regions. The CVF is a voluntary, non-treaty organization for vulnerable developing countries specifically focused on climate change action and policy. It represents 1.5 billion people worldwide and is made up of 55 members from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific. The Maldives, along with ten other countries, founded the CVF in Male’ in November 2009. For an ordinary period of two years, the Forum is chaired by a rotating chair, with Bangladesh currently chairing for the second time for the period 2020-2022 and Ghana is chair-designate for the period following the current tenure of the incumbent presidency. The CVF also has dedicated platforms of cooperation for its Ministers of Finance (the V20) and for parliamentarians (the CVF Global Parliamentary Group). More information is available on the CVF and V20 websites: www.thecvf.org and www.v-20.org.
Scope of the Fellowship
Member countries of the CVF are extremely vulnerable to climate change-induced catastrophes, despite their insignificant contribution to the causes and highly restricted capabilities for responding to climate challenges compared to larger, wealthier, and more responsible nations. Building the capacities of stakeholders in the area of climate change is one of many possible mechanisms to address such imbalances. Thus, the goal of this Fellowship is to ensure that CVF government officials/representatives can benefit from increased opportunities to understand, engage in and master representation and policy development activities on climate change. Accordingly, the Fellowship includes the following opportunities anchored in specific training sessions conducted by UNITAR throughout the year:
- A comprehensive training on relevant climate change policy topics (e.g., mitigation, adaptation, finance, loss and damage, Paris Agreement compliance, UNFCCC historical development, structure and procedures, international climate finance access, national policy-making on climate change, policy mainstreaming), and a UNFCCC negotiation simulation workshop;
- A media training on the skills required to disseminate information to a wider international audience outside of policy circles;
- A platform for publishing the fellows’ research related to climate change, and participation in a South-South community of climate change government representatives from the CVF to share and exchange experiences and knowledge;
- A real-life experience of climate change negotiations through sponsored participation in UNFCCC COP 27, and possibilities to join other key international climate change conferences*;
- A Professional UNITAR Certificate of Recognition upon completion of the Fellowship.
*Any sponsored travel will be economy class and accommodation/subsistence support.
The Fellowship will last for one year, with an inaugural timeframe from April 2022 to February 2023. Subject to the experience of the inaugural Fellowship program, possibilities to extend the program for future years or to offer Fellowship extensions will also be explored. At the end of the Fellowship, the participants are expected to meet the below objectives:
- Understand the climate change negotiation process, including the Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement;
- Adopt the lessons learned from global climate change fora to support the implementation of national climate policies;
- Gain the knowledge and skills needed to assist governments in accessing climate finance;
- Equip with the necessary communication skills to use media as a platform to raise awareness on the challenges posed by the changing climate.
Conditions of Participation
CVF member countries are invited to nominate an eligible candidate with climate change expertise from their Ministry of Environment/Climate Change (or relevant UNFCCC line ministry) or Foreign Affairs, or a candidate nominated by the government from an international organization, think tank, or research institution. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Citizen and government official of a CVF member country, and for citizens but not government officials: nomination by the government including for accreditation to the UNFCCC;
- Demonstrated interest in climate change, environmental protection and/or sustainable development;
- Demonstrated junior to mid-level experience (ideally, 5 to 10 years experience) in international affairs, public policy and/or development, including climate/environmental/sustainable development;
- Motivated to follow the training sessions organized throughout the year, both online and in-person*;
- Willing to travel abroad to attend various international negotiations on climate change and on average to dedicate 1-2 days per month to Fellowship activities (aside UNFCCC meetings and in-person trainings)*;
- Committed to working and sharing information with its national government and national stakeholders after the completion of the Fellowship;
- Proficiency in English.
Places will be allocated on the basis of interest, gender, and regional distribution according to the limited fellowships available. Priority will be given to government officials.
* Subject to pandemic/other travel restrictions in effect.
2022 Fellowship Activities
The following activities are planned for the year 2022:
- Training on Climate Change Negotiations (May 2022);
- Media training (May 2022);
- Bonn Climate Change Conference (June 2022);
- Publication of reflections on the COP 27 expectations (October 2022);
- Training on Climate Change Negotiations in preparation for COP 27 (October 2022);
- Sharm el Sheik Climate Change Conference (November 2022);
- Publication of reflections on the outcomes of the COP 27 (November 2022);
- Any other activity organized by the Forum.
How to Apply
Please submit your CV and cover letter to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is the 31st of March 2022. A support letter from your government will be requested after the first round of selection.