Job Opening

Posting Title: Green Economy (PAGE) Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 01 April 2019 - 21 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-114662-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Inclusive Green Economy policy agenda in PAGE countries is advanced and technical expertise in green economic policy making is developed. PAGE outputs/products will be used by government policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in formulating national or sectoral policies that address green economy and relevant sustainable development initiatives, such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Accord on Climate Change.

Work Location

Geneva

Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be from 1 May 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. UN Environment's Economy division plays a leading role in the Green Economy Initiative (GEI), launched by UN Environment in 2008. The GEI aims to transition national economies onto a new path, in which jobs and output growth are driven by increased investment in green sectors, and by a switch of consumers’ preferences towards environmentally friendly goods and services.

Located within the Economy Division, the Resources and Markets Branch is responsible for generating and disseminating knowledge, raising awareness, facilitating discussions, and forging strategic partnerships to advance a transition to inclusive green economies. Located in Geneva, it heads the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), a multi-year interagency initiative, jointly implemented by five UN agencies (UN Environment, ILO, UNIDO, UNITAR and UNDP) since 2013.

As a direct response to the call at Rio+20, PAGE seeks to assist countries to transform their economies towards greener and more inclusive ones, especially within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. PAGE is currently supporting 18 countries (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Ghana, Mongolia, Peru, South Africa, Brazil, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Barbados, India, Indonesia, Argentina, Guatemala, Guyana and Uruguay) in integrating sustainability considerations into economic policies. The Economic and Fiscal Policy Unit of the Branch is executing the PAGE country delivery activities on behalf of UN Environment.


Purpose

This consultancy will contribute to the delivery of the European Commission-funded PAGE project - Phase II (2018-2021), primarily to the PoW Output 614 “economic tools, technical assistance, policy assessments and capacity building provided to countries and regions to support achievement of SDGs through inclusive green economy pathways and sustainable consumption and production policies and action plans”.

The objective of this consultancy is to continue strengthening the delivery capacity of the Resources and Markets Branch, notably the Economic and Fiscal Policy Unit, in supporting green economy transition in 18 PAGE countries, in accordance with the PAGE theory of Change and Logical Framework.

Specific tasks and responsibilities per outputs:

Specific tasks and outputs include:

(1) Assist UN Environment’s PAGE delivery team in developing the 2019-2020 PAGE work plans, including the compilation and review of UNEP-led country workplans, in consultation with regional, national and thematic focal points.
(2) Assist in monitoring the progress of UN Environment’s delivery under PAGE in 18 countries. This includes tracking project milestones and conducting analysis on the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of PAGE country workplans.
(3) Provide support to budget coordination of UN Environment’s PAGE delivery team.
(4) Support project manager to collect, verify and review PAGE project results for various internal reporting processes, including UN Environment’s Programme of Work, its internal Programme Information Management System, PAGE narrative reports as well as ad-hoc requests from external funding partners.
(5) Coordinate and prepare UN Environment inputs of project updates and highlights for PAGE-wide communication materials such as PAGE newsletters, briefs and webinars.
(6) Provide support to the publication process of UN Environment PAGE country studies and thematic reports, including supporting the final layout/editing processes and coordinating the implementation of outreach/communication plans.
(7) Participate in PAGE inter-agency meetings and coordinate within UN Environment requests from PAGE Secretariat, as needed.
(8) Support PAGE new country application process and provide induction and operational support to the newly onboard PAGE country members within UN Environment, as needed.
(9) Support the implementation of PAGE work at country level, as needed. This may include to develop and provide comments to PAGE project documents, sustainability strategy and to participate in PAGE missions, stakeholder consultations and inter-agency coordination meetings.
(10) Assist in the preparation of legal documents related to PAGE work streams including project TORs and Small-scale Funding Agreements.
(11) Perform other related duties, as required.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s level) in public policy, environmental economics, sustainability studies or a related field
Experience: More than 3 years of progressive work experience related to environmental and/or economic policy, international environmental affairs, and project management, preferably in developing countries. Experience of working with the UN system is desirable. Proficiency in using graphic design and layout software is an asset.
Language: Proven communication and writing skills in English. Good knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

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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