Race to Resilience announces Open Call for new members of its technical advisory body
The Race to Resilience, led by the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP27 and COP28, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin and H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, has announced an Open Call for new members of its technical advisory body, the Methodological Advisory Group (MAG).
By Climate Champions | March 9, 2023
Race to Resilience is a global campaign – the sibling to Race to Zero – that aims to catalyse a step-change in global ambition for climate resilience, putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate shocks and stresses but thrive in spite of them.
The campaign is led by the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP27 and COP28, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin and H.E. Razan Al Mubarak. The campaign is managed by the Resilience Team and counts with a Technical Secretariat (TS). It was launched at the Climate Adaptation Summit on 25 January 2020 by Alok Sharma, COP26 President designate, after an opening statement from Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations.
- By 2030, to catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of 4 billion people from groups and communities who are vulnerable to climate risks.
- By 2050, to live in a world where all communities thrive in the face of the multiple risks and uncertainty posed by climate change.
The campaign is currently in the process of integrating new members to the Methodological Advisory Group (MAG) through an Open Call for Nominations. The Race to Resilience’s Methodological Advisory Group (MAG) is a technical advisory body of the Race to Resilience (RtR) Campaign. The MAG advises the development and refinement of the RtR Metrics Framework and the methodological processes associated with its application, aiming to ensure the credibility, transparency, and robustness of the RtR campaign. The Technical Secretariat (TS) of the campaign manages the operation of the MAG to fulfil the campaign’s work plan.
The MAG main objectives are:
- To advise and validate adjustments to the RtR Metrics Framework on resilience quantitative and qualitative (attributes) metrics and its application.
- To advise on the methods for collection and analysis of data on climate action outcomes and validation of outcomes.
- To collaborate in the progress of learning on research and its application, as well as articulation with broader adaptation and resilience agendas.
A secondary objective is:
- To support the TS in integrating the RtR partner’s feedback into the design and process of the metric to improve the campaign continuously.
The MAG members’ functions are:
- Participate in the workshops and meetings organized by the TS and review and comment on notes and minutes prepared for each meeting.
- Provide inputs or feedback based on reports and other instruments and tools (such as surveys) on a monthly basis, approximately one to two hours a month, in addition to meetings.
Expectations for members of the MAG
All MAG members will be expected to:
- Engage as individuals or as named individuals from their organization.
- Act in good faith to provide accurate, evidence-based advice to the Champions.
- Participate voluntarily and provide their service to the HLC Champions free of charge.
- The HLC Champions will acknowledge the key support of the MAG members in reports and website information. Additionally, each MAG member will receive a letter of recognition.
- Participate in the MAG monthly meetings.
- Allocate 3-4 hours per month to the work of the MAG.
- Have a working knowledge of English.
The duration of the MAG work will be at least up to December 2024. However, this period will be automatically extended after its completion unless the MAG co-leads and the Technical Secretariat agree otherwise. A new set of Terms of Reference will be prepared for next year’s work. Each MAG member will have the option to continue or withdraw his/her commitment at that stage.
Note: (if needed) If a member of the MAG resigns before the next open call, the list of people nominated in the previous call will be re-visited to find another candidate or a new open call will take place.
The MAG will be composed of members from different geographic regions and sectors (academic, technical institutions, others) on the basis of their knowledge and expertise relating to the RtR’s goals and scope, ensuring balance in terms of gender and geographical diversity.
The MAG will be made up of a diversity of experts and practitioners. In this context, an expert is understood as an individual with experience and knowledge analysing, implementing, assessing, participating and/or investing in subjects related to resilience and adaptation to climate change. The expert could belong to academia, sub-national governments, civil society and community organisations or the private sector.
The expert should hold experience in metrics related to resilience and adaptation to climate change.
Experience in working with communities, networks, businesses, governments or civil society organisations is desirable.
The composition of the MAG aims to have a balance with respect to the following:
- Calls for nominations will be publicly shared on the HLC website and through HLC and Technical Secretariat networks.
- Individuals nominate themselves to serve on the MAG by filling in a Form, including:
- Short profileSpecify the reasons why you are applying
- Specify what you will bring to RtR
- A CV (maximum 2 pages).
- General information:
- The type of actor: academia, sub-national governments, civil society organisations and the private sector
- Country of origin
- Institutional affiliation
- Job Title / Position Title
- Country of institutional affiliation
- Domains of expertise
- Impact system
- Further information could be requested from the nominees
- The Technical Secretariat and MAG Co-leads will collect and analyse the nominations according to the criteria and present a list of 15 candidates to the Champions. Champions are the ones who decide the final list of 5 to 10 new members.
- Selected and non-selected individuals will be informed about the results.
- The MAG would be formed of around 5-10 individuals, but the Champions may appoint further members to the MAG as needed. The candidate(s) will be taken from the roster of nominees.
- Deadline for applications: 29th March 2023
- Deadline for communication of results to nominees: April-May
Operation of the group
- The TS coordinates monthly online meetings with members of the MAG. Before those meetings, the TS, MAG co-leads, and CCT Resilience Lead prepare and plan the content of the meeting.
- The TS sends documents and other tools to be reviewed or filled out by the MAG members. The MAG members review and give feedback on those documents discussed during the MAG meetings.
- In-person meetings may be organised during some events, such as COP, Climate Weeks and others.
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