Job Opening

Posting Title: Green Growth and Natural Capital Research Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 April 2019 - 30 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-115288-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The GGKP research programme, in particular the activities of the GGKP Natural Capital Expert Working Group, will be successfully delivered by addressing existing knowledge gaps in the area. Completion of this consultancy will serve GGKP partner organizations in advancing research and outreach on natural capital for green growth.

Work Location

Geneva

Expected duration

The contract is for a total of 6 months at 100%, starting on 1 May 2019 and expiring on 31 October 2019.

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.

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is hosted by UN Environment, in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). These organizations serve as the joint host of the GGKP Secretariat (www.greengrowthknowledge.org) on behalf of the GGKP founding organizations (UN Environment, GGGI, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank). The GGKP is a global network of over 58 international organizations, research institutes, and think tanks focused on promoting a green economy transition by:

• identifying major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice and addressing these gaps through the promotion of collaboration and coordinated research; and
• using world-class knowledge management and communication tools to provide practitioners, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to access, share, and utilize green growth policy analysis, guidance, information, and data.

The GGKP aims to achieve these objectives, in part, through collaborative working groups, which bring one senior-level representative each from key institutions working on green growth together with external experts. GGKP’s expert working groups are mandated to identify gaps in green growth knowledge and data and to collaborate in filling those gaps by stimulating a broader research agenda.

A consultant is sought to provide substantive and programmatic support to the GGKP research programme and, particularly, the Natural Capital Expert Working Group. This will include research into and assessment of green growth and natural capital metrics, methods, data and tools as well as institutions and experts active in green growth and natural capital research, policy, infrastructure and finance.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

To produce the above outputs, the consultant will engage in the following activities:

• Produce background research and critical assessments of metrics, methods, data and tools relevant to natural capital and other GGKP research themes as required;
• Regularly review and track institutions and experts related to natural capital and other GGKP research themes as required, identifying outreach opportunities for the GGKP research programme and the GGKP mission as a whole;
• Draft summaries recording key discussion points and follow-up opportunities based on virtual and in-person meetings under the GGKP research programme;
• Support the development of communications materials, background notes, slides and proposals for improving the impact of GGKP’s research programme through outreach and meetings with potential partners and donor organizations;
• Provide proactive and timely research-related updates to the GGKP web platform;

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the targeted audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Academic Qualifications: Master’s or higher degree in environmental economics or a related field is required. Understanding of green growth and natural capital research, concepts, initiatives and tools is required. Familiarity with land degradation and restoration, and / or natural infrastructure, is a plus.
Experience: A minimum of 3 years of experience in environmental economics or a related field is required. Experience in an international organization is an asset.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is a plus.

No Fee

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