Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional expert to support the organization of the Regional Workshop on Synergies with G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 17 December 2018 - 26 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-108437-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate results of the services are the efficient substantive preparation and organisation of the 2019 G7 Marine Litter Workshop and timely delivery of its documents and follow-up actions.

Work Location

Home-based position

Expected duration

The contract will be for the period of two (2) months over a period of four (4) months, starting from the date of the last signature of the contract.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment's ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The consultancy assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), Athens, Greece.

Based on the UN Environment/MAP 2016-2021 Mid Term Strategy (MTS) (Decision IG.22/1 – COP 19) and the 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 Programmes of Work (PoW), and in the framework of the Cooperation Agreement, signed on 14 September 2016 between UN Environment and the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection (IMELS), UN Environment/MAP and IMELS are cooperating to implement a number of concrete activities operationalized on yearly and biannual basis, contributing to the achievement of their key shared priorities, including the enhancement of marine litter management in the Mediterranean.

In this context, UN Environment/MAP and IMELS organized the G7 Workshop on Marine Litter (Rome, Italy, April 2017) within the framework of the 2017 Italian G7 Presidency. The Workshop brought together for the first time the G7 country representatives, the Regional Sea Programmes where G7 countries belong, some of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, and numerous partners including experts and private sector, to review together the state of Marine Litter in the world, relevance of the regional activities to the progress of implementation of the G7 Action Plan on Marine Litter, lessons learned and shared priorities. The conclusions of the Workshop contributed to the preparation of the G7 Communiqué on Marine Litter.

Building on the significant outcomes from the aforementioned 2017 G7 Workshop on Marine Litter, and in the framework of the MAP Programme of Work 2018-2019 adopted by COP 20 (Tirana, Albania, December 2017) with its Decision IG. 23/14, UN Environment/MAP will organize a follow-up Workshop, entitled “Regional Workshop on Synergies with G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter” (hereinafter referred to as the 2019 G7 Marine Litter Workshop) in April 2019, with support through the Cooperation Agreement with IMELS. As outlined in the IMELS Activity Fiches, agreed by the Steering Committee of the Cooperation Agreement, preparatory activities, including desk studies and documents preparation need to be undertaken in view of the 2019 G7 Marine Litter Workshop.

In this regard, there is a need for a regional expert to support the UN Environment/MAP Coordinating Unit in the preparation of documents, the organization of the 2019 G7 Marine Litter Workshop, and the undertaking of follow up actions, as needed.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Knowledge of gender mainstreaming issues is highly desirable
Skills: Good knowledge of office software is required
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, management, law or other relevant areas is required
Experience: • At least 7 years of relevant professional working experience on areas related to marine litter management, especially on monitoring and assessment, measures development and implementation and review of policy instruments and related technical documents, is required;
• Good substantive understanding of the thematic priorities of UN Environment/MAP system and the Cooperation Agreement between UN Environment and IMELS, is highly desirable;
Language: • Excellent drafting skills and fluency in English are required;
• Good oral and written communication skills in French is an asset;

No Fee

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