Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant to support the Global LCA Data Access network (GLAD)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 08 May 2019 - 20 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-115831-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Dataset providers (nodes) are supported in their efforts to connect datasets to GLAD.

Datasets are connected to GLAD.

Work Location

home-based

Expected duration

One year.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultancy position is placed within the Life Cycle Initiative, hosted by UN Environment. In 2018, the Life Cycle Initiative launched the Global Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Data Access network (GLAD): https://www.globallcadataaccess.org. GLAD aims to achieve better LCA data accessibility and interoperability to support policy makers and businesses in their decision-making processes. The network is comprised of independently-operated LCA databases (nodes) from around the world and provides users an interface to find and access life cycle inventory datasets from different providers.

One of the main functionalities of GLAD is the conversion function which allows users to convert a dataset from its native format in the source database into another format convenient for the user. This functionality is based on key metadata descriptors, which are required from datasets to be connected to GLAD to allow for interoperability between them, as well as a global mapping of elementary flows’ nomenclature.

As part of the process to grow the GLAD network and to make it a truly global system of interconnected LCA databases, the Life Cycle Initiative is reaching out to dataset providers around the world to connect their datasets to GLAD. A substantive number of dataset providers (nodes) has indicated to be interested in engaging in the process.

In order to enable these dataset providers to manage the technical and operational aspects related to connecting datasets to GLAD, it is crucial to provide them with technical support, guidance and coordination with other network participants. UN Environment is seeking a skilled technical expert to deliver such support, guidance and coordination.

GLAD is an open source system with all documentation available here: https://www.globallcadataaccess.org/documentation.

In addition, a supporting document for nodes is available here: https://www.globallcadataaccess.org/uploads/Guidance%20for%20GLAD%20metadata%20descriptors.pdf

These resources form the basis of the support given to nodes through this consultancy.

The aim of the consultancy work is to assist nodes with the connection process to GLAD. Specific duties related to this position include:

1. Provide technical support to nodes targeted to each of their specific situations and needs and assist them in managing the data connection process to GLAD.
2. Manage and coordinate the network’s communication tools, such as Redmine and email lists, to identify issues and address them accordingly.
3. Coordinate with the GLAD Technical Management Group and UN Environment’s Knowledge Manager on issues requiring their input.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: University degree in IT development or a related field.

Experience: At least 3 years work experience of progressively responsible experience in IT development with a special focus on open source LCA database development and a good understanding of Life Cycle Assessment. Experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder processes and in establishing and maintaining productive partnerships with clients.

Language: Fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Mastering of another UN official language is an advantage.

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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