CURRICULUM VITAE

Proposed position:

1.    Surname:      Williams

2.    Name:          James (Jim)

3.    Date of birth:    25 March 1948

4.    Nationality:   British              Current Residence: Maidstone, UK

5.    Civil status: Married

6.    Education:

Institutions

Sussex University, UK

Date (from-to)

1965 to 1968

Degree(s) or diploma(s)

BSc Physics and Maths

 

Institutions

Nottingham University, UK

Date (from-to)

1968 to 1972

Degree(s) or diploma(s) 

PhD Environmental Hydrology: Water Balance of an Agricultural Catchment

7.    Language skills: (Mark 1 to 5 for competence, where 5 is the highest)

Language

Passive

Spoken

Written

English

5

5

5

French

3

3

3

Arabic

0

1

0

8.      Membership of professional bodies:

·         Royal Meteorological Society

·         Tropical Agriculture Association

9.    Other skills : Office skills in computing, web search and knowledge exchange

10.  Present position: Freelance Consultant with the NR Group: Contact jim.williams@theNRgroup.net

11.    Years within the Group: 11 (before that, 29 years with NRI and its predecessor organisations)

12.  Key qualifications (relevant to the project):

·         40 years’ experience in development, mainly climate, land and water management.

·         In-depth experience with climate change and disaster risk management, food, land and water issues (socio-economic and technical) at global/continental/national/local level.

·         Specialist in knowledge management - well practiced with analytical desk studies and production of programmes, syntheses, think-pieces and issues papers for decision makers

·         Worked for several different donors and agencies on climate (change) related development

·         Familiar with different donor procedures for programme development, resource mobilisation, coordination requirements and environmental screening

·         Extensive experience on managing climate variability derived over many years working with a range of partner countries, institutions, scientists, donors and media

·         Broad experience in climate change impact/mitigation/adaptation sectors (agriculture, water, health, forests, parks, biodiversity, disaster early warning, energy and related infrastructure)

·         Experience with UNFCCC process and developing country interests – NAPAs, CDM, GEF etc., and political climate change negotiations in Africa (AUC, AfDB and UN-ECA)

·         A network of climate and development contacts throughout the world (IRI, GCOS, ClimDev, WMO, Met Services, LARST et al)

·         Commitment to a vision of development through the extraordinary climate change challenge

 

13.  Specific experience (in non-EU member countries): non exhaustive

Long-term field work in several countries in Africa and the Middle East.  Short-term consultancies in very many countries (see selection in next section) including Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean.

14.  Professional experience:

Employment record:

2001 to date    Independent Consultant with the NR Group; based in UK.

1972-2001        Environmental Scientist with the Natural Resources Institute and its predecessor organisations.  Manager of Resource Assessment Research Programme, 1989-1996.

1968-1972        Environmental Physics Research Assistant, Nottingham Univ., School of Agriculture.

Projects (selection)

 

Date

2011- ongoing

Location

UK and Addis Ababa

Company

Consultant for African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at UN Economic Commission for Africa

Position

Climate Change and Development Specialist

Description

Support for the ACPC Forum on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-I) as part of ClimDevAfrica implementation, with subsequent work towards development of a strategic plan for ACPC. 

 

Date

2010

Location

UK and Addis Ababa

Company

Consultant for UN Economic Commission for Africa

Position

Climate Change and Development Specialist

Description

Support for the African Development Forum VII  ‘Acting on Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa’. Production of background and issue papers, support to the meeting and production of Indicative Action Plan. 

 

 

Date

2009 - 2010

Location

UK and Guyana

Company

Flasse Consulting

Position

Climate and Development consultant

Description

Support services consultancy assisting the Government of Guyana to develop its existing capacities into a national Early Warning System for Disaster Risk Reduction.

 

Date

2008 - ongoing

Location

Europe

Company

IBF international, Brussels, for European Commission AIDCO

Position

Lead Climate and Development consultant

Description

Production of easily accessible document on Climate Change and Development Infrastructure for EU Delegations. Document designed to enable non-technical decision makers to understand the scale and urgency of addressing the CC problem and to encourage them to re-orientate assistance programmes towards scaled up mitigation and adaptation processes in developing countries (ACP particularly). Special emphasis on infrastructural priorities.

 

Date

2006 - 8

Location

Europe and Africa

Company

UN Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank and AUC

Position

Climate and Development consultant

Description

Serial consultancy support to UNECA, AUC, AfDB, DfID and GCOS (UNDP) as part of an African team conducting wide stakeholder consultation and ClimDevAfrica programme development, with multiple visits to Addis Ababa. (ClimDev is the African continental initiative which seeks to assist national stakeholder groups with adaptation to climate change through better climate risk management throughout the continent.) Activities required synthesis of much scientific work/reports and presentation to non specialists. Final outcome was a $130 million programme to be financed through the AfDB Special Climate fund (CECAFA) supported by donors and implemented through the RECs.

 

Date

2006-7

Location

Europe

Company

MWH for EU AIDCO

Position

Team Leader and Consultant

Description

Development of programme documents for the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development programme (AMESD). Production of feasibility assessment and financing proposal for support from EC DG-Dev/AIDCO, after original consultants withdrew.

 

Date

2005 & 2008

Location

Niamey, Niger

Company

Met Office UK/IRI-NOAA

Position

External consultant

Description

To assist the continental African Centre for Meteorological Applications for Development with updating their Strategic Plan and resource mobilisation strategy. This required examination of continental scale needs and identification of appropriate technical and infrastructural methods for implementation.

 

Date

2004 to 2006

Location

UK and Africa

Company

European Space Agency

Position

External consultant in water, remote sensing and development

Description

To assist with TIGER Initiative development: networking, partnerships, workshops and resource mobilisation: water resource management and climate variability

 

Date

2004

Location

Bamako, Mali

Company

World Health Organisation

Position

External consultant in resource mobilisation

Description

Development of a proposal with WHO and the Multi-Disease Research Centre to the Global Fund, for climate induced Malaria Epidemic Control project in 8 Sahelian countries

 

Date

2003 to 2008

Location

Home based

Company

International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Columbia Univ. New York

Position

External consultant in sectoral climate risk management

Description

To assist with resource mobilisation, project development, team building, partnerships and institutional positioning vis a vis climate risk management in developing countries

 

Date

2003 to 2008

Location

Almaty, Delhi, Leipzig, Niamey, Santiago

Company

Met Office UK

Position

External consultant in resource mobilisation, broking between stakeholder needs and donors

Description

Resource mobilisation for GCOS Global Environment Fund programme of regional workshops to assess user needs in terms of climate infrastructure for coping with a changing climate.

 

Date

1999-2000

Location

Europe and Africa

Company

NRI: Consultancy to EC DG Development.

Position

Programme Development Manager

Description

PUMA /MSG Transition: Team leader in production of Financing Proposal, appraisal report and tenders for EC Supported Meteorological Transition in Africa project enabling some 45 countries with access to METEOSAT Second Generation. Visits to Niger, Kenya, Uganda and RSA.

 

Date

1988 - 2001

Location

UK and Africa, Asia and Latin America

Company

NRI

Position

Programme Manager: Scientific and Developmental  

Description

Developed and managed the Local Applications of Remote Sensing Techniques (LARST) programme which produced and transferred technology and methods for directly receiving and using weather satellite data in some 40 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

Date

1988 - 2001

Location

UK working in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Company

NRI

Position

Programme Manager: Scientific and Developmental 

Description

Developed contributions to Early Warning/Disaster Risk Management infrastructure with appropriate institutions a) for drought/famine (Ethiopia, Namibia, Somalia, Sudan), Locust invasion (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia), Forest Fire (Indonesia, Nicaragua, and many African countries) and UV/Ozone hole warning in southern Chile.

 

Date

1997

Location

Africa, - Ghana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Company

Department for International Development, UK

Position

Knowledge Manager

Description

1997 Leader of multi-disciplinary research team exploring changing Information Needs in Rural Development consequent on structural adjustment and decentralisation. Project concluded that knowledge management was non-existent in many circumstances especially in agriculture.

 

Date

1996-7

Location

Europe and Africa

Company

Consultancy for European Space Agency, Swiss Development and Co-operation Agency, NORAD, IICD, STAKES, BNSC with University of Namibia and University of Dar es Salaam.

Position

Knowledge Manager and Development Specialist

Description

COPINE: Project proposal for transformation of rural development in 10 African countries within continental framework, by means of satellite telecommunication infrastructure linking institutions within Africa and Europe. Sectoral benefits evaluated for tele-Health, Agricultural knowledge support, distance Education, commercial Communications and good Governance

 

Date

1996

Location

Ivory Coast and Ghana

Company

NRI consultancy for UNDP/UNIDO

Position

Environmental Knowledge Manager

Description

Review and evaluation of UNDP/UNIDO Gulf of Guinea Large Marine Ecosystem Programme to ascertain long term sustainability of research and operational  infrastructure being developed

 

Date

1995

Location

Southern Africa ( Botswana, Malawi, RSA and Zimbabwe)

Company

NRI: Consultancy for ODA and World Bank

Position

Team Leader and Institutional Specialist

Description

Assessment of potential for use of seasonal forecasting for improved drought risk management by a diversity of decision makers in Southern Africa. Exploration of institutional obstacles to conversion of technical climate knowledge into useable information for non-specialists.

 

Date

1989 -1996

Location

UK

Company

NRI

Position

Research Programme Manager

Description

Management of the ODA (now DFID) Natural Resource Assessment Research Programme. Development of local remote sensing systems for environmental monitoring and better management of disaster risks and natural resources in 15 countries in Africa (Algeria, Botswana, Ce ntral African Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Namibia, RSA, Sudan, Somalia, Zambia, Zimbabwe).

 

Date

1987 - 1993

Location

UK based support for work in Botswana

Company

Natural Resources Institute (NRI) for UK ODA

Position

Environmental scientist (soil, land, water, climate)

Description

Support to ODA financed SACCAR Regional Land and Water Management Project

Long term experience overseas

Date

1979-1983

Location

Madagascar

Company

Bureau National de la Meteorologie

Position

Expert in agro-climatology and development: national infrastructure assessment and planning

 

Date

1975-1978

Location

Yemen Arab Republic

Company

Land Resource Development Centre

Position

Land and Water Specialist in multi-sectoral Land Use Assessment and Planning team

 

Date

1972-1975. 

Location

The Gambia

Company

Land Resource Development Centre

Position

Land and Water Specialist in multi-sectoral Land Use Assessment and Planning team

15.  Others: 

More than 60 scientific papers, book chapters, international conference/workshop papers, and technical reports.