Job Opening

Posting Title: Analyst on Voluntary Sustainability Standards
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 08 January 2019 - 16 January 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Conference on Trade and Development-109761-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Develop the UNCTAD's content for the Trade Analysis VSS website. Also updating and improving the VSS website.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

Contract duration: 15 January to 15 March 2019
Effective working time: 36 days
Place of work: Geneva

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief of Global and Regional Trade Analysis Section and the Senior Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD’s Trade Division, will perform the following duties:

1. Develop the UNCTAD’s content for the Trade Analysis VSS website. Responsible for updating and improving the website. Prepare dissemination material, when required.

2. Support the work of the Trade Analysis Branch in advancing the understanding of Voluntary Standards for sustainable development. Carry-out analysis on this topic when required.

3. Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit's services.

Background:

In recent years, VSS is having an increasing influence over export opportunities for developing countries in international trade. VSS are considered as a market-based tool to transform production, global supply chains and consumption patterns into more sustainable ones. There are over 200 VSS today, which are the major export earning sectors for many developing countries.
The exponential growth of VSS reflects an effort to capture the growing consumer demand for “sustainable”, nature-based, and healthy products. More and more global retailers opt for sourcing products that carry sustainability standards, or eco-labels. For developing-country producers, complying with VSS can increase marketability of green exports in the growing and lucrative “sustainability” and nature-based markets in the world. Complying with VSS can also advance sustainable production methods in the field and contribute to the achievement of SDGs.

Hence VSS have the potentiality to help to determine market access; the efficiency of the economy; the cost, quality and availability of products; economic growth and innovation; and therefore development. VSS may be catalytic to achieve positive outcomes for trade-induced economic growth, environmental sustainability and social development. However, there are many trade-related market access issues that are brought to light by the utilization of VSS. Small producers and businesses in developing countries and their governments are not always technically, financially or institutionally capable to reap the developmental benefits arising out of VSS.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in Journalism & Information, or Communication & Media Studies or International Affairs
Experience: At least 2 years of work experience. Knowledge of trade issues, including private and regulatory standards, non-tariff measures, are an asset.
Language: Fluency in English

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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