Job Opening

Posting Title: Green Economy, PAGE Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 29 August 2018 - 17 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-102576-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CONSULTANCY

Contribute to the delivery of the UN Environment Office for Latin America and the Caribbean on advisory services on green economy and all the activities related to the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in the Latin American and the Caribbean countries, which includes supporting the ongoing projects in Guyana, Barbados, Guatemala and the Pacific Alliance countries.

The main activities to be carried out within the framework of this consultancy are:

1. Provide technical support, economic expertise and guidance to the PAGE Activities in Guyana, Guatemala and Barbados; this includes the following activities:
a) Support the development of PAGE activities in Guyana, Guatemala and Barbados in close cooperation with the PAGE National Coordinators (UN Environment is the lead agency in these two countries);
b) Act as liaison for the implementation of PAGE Guyana, Guatemala and Barbados activities, and coordinate work with UN Environment´s core team from the Latin America and Caribbean office and the PAGE Secretariat.
c) Review and provide technical inputs to the Green Economy studies, reports and material produced by the countries.
d) Support the planning and organizing of PAGE workshops, seminars, capacity building activities with relevant partners, as well as revising and providing technical feedback on related project documents and communication tools (brochures, factsheets, presentations, etc.), as requested.
e) Provide information to PAGE Secretariat (inputs for the website, newsletters), reporting on progress and indicators, preparation of briefings and PPT, and other relevant information requested by PAGE Secretariat and UN Environment.
f) Ensure good cooperation and communication with all focal points of PAGE UN Agencies in Guyana and Barbados, including participating in the periodical conference call, sharing information, identifying synergies and cooperation with other initiatives and/or partners.
g) Undertake some field missions in to support PAGE activities, if requested.

2. Support Green Economy activities and visibility of PAGE work in the region, this includes the following:
a) Share information and best practices with other PAGE countries in the region: Peru and Uruguay.
b) Position PAGE work with strategic partners, such as the Alliance Pacific´s Green Growth Platform (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru), sharing information and best practices, ensuring UN Environment participation, inputs, and contributions to the work plan of the platform; and build cooperation with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform and other UN Environment activities related to Green Economy and Resource Efficiency.
c) Identify funding opportunities on Inclusive Green Economy and prepare joint project proposals.

3. Regional focal point for PAGE Secretariat, sharing regional reporting and proving regional inputs for global events and activities
a) Support organization of a high-level PAGE events (Ministerial conferences, PAGE Academy, side events, etc).
b) Ensure participation from regional government representatives and stakeholders and major international actors.
c) Support with regional inputs for the preparation of annual report for all PAGE activities in the country in consultation with national and global partners.
d) Participate, as requested, in the regular communication with the PAGE Secretariat and inter-agency group on - updates on update on activities.
e) Contribute to the design and production of high-quality promotion and communication material adapted to a national and regional context.
f) Liaise with the Geneva UN Environment PAGE unit on internal reporting activities related to the UN Environment PAGE project document.
g) Assist in identification and mobilization of local or regional funding opportunities for green economy and resources efficiency in the country as well as the region.

Work Location

Panama City Office

Expected duration

The contract duration will be for a period of six (6) months. The consultant will work on a 40 hours a week schedule from Monday to Friday.

Duties and Responsibilities

BACKGROUND:

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UN Environment acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. Its mandate is to be the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

UN Environment´s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

The regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 small island developing States - with a population of about 588 million people. The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the work programmes approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly of UN Environment (UNEA).

UN Environment provides guidance and support to interested stakeholders, including businesses, industries and other major groups, in their efforts to develop strategies, programmes, projects and initiatives to increase resource efficiency and move towards sustainable development.

UN Environment is implementing national and regional initiatives on Inclusive Green Economy, and is an active member of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). PAGE is a joint initiative of UNEP, ILO, UNIDO, UNITAR and UNDP. PAGE supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies. The partnership offers a comprehensive and coordinated package of technical assistance and capacity building services.

UN Environment, Latin America and the Caribbean Office is seeking for an economist to support PAGE activities on inclusive green economy in Latin America and the Caribbean region. This consultancy is in the UN Environment Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama City, Panama.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in a field related to economics, public policy or international development with focus on international economics, macroeconomics, environment and fiscal policy. The tittle of Master can be substituted by 5 years of accumulated progressive experience in project implementation in resource economics and sustainable development, including producing policy analysis and providing policy advice.

Experience: A minimum of five years of relevant and progressively responsible working experience in project implementation in resource economics and sustainable development, including producing policy analysis and providing policy advice. Experience working with or for governments, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs, foundations, or charities is required, including in developing country context.

Language: Fluent written and spoken in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of other official languages in the United Nations System is an advantage.

Additional Information

Reporting Structure: The consultant will be based at the UN Environment Regional Office in Panama City, Panama. Given that UN Environment is the coordinating agency for PAGE activities, the consultant will report to the Regional Coordinator of the Resource Efficiency Programme, as the first supervisor, and the Regional Director, both at the UN Environment Latin America and Caribbean Office as the second supervisor.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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