Job Opening

Posting Title: Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) Advocacy Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 03 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-116107-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Terms of Reference and action plan for the Coalition;

• Overview of relevant actors and initiatives on SDS;

• Coalition’s Global SDS Response;

Work Location

HOME BASED

Expected duration

The Consultant will be expected to deliver agreed-upon outputs and services within a period of 6 months starting June 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities

The General Assembly, through its resolution 72/225, invited the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, to consider initiating an inter-agency process involving relevant entities of the United Nations system to prepare a global response to sand and dust storms. The General Assembly, in its 73rd session, welcomed the intention of the Executive Director of UN Environment to establish such inter-agency network through the Environment Management Group (EMG). In September 2018, the 24th Meeting of the EMG Senior Officials agreed to form a Coalition to Combat Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) including UN agencies and other non-UN organizations and research institutes, to address this growing challenge.

The objectives of the Coalition will be to:

•Prepare a global response to sand and dust storms, including a strategy and an action plan, which could result in the development of a United Nations system-wide approach to addressing sand and dust storms;

•Identify entry points to support affected countries and regions in the implementation of cross-sectoral, and transboundary risk reduction and response measures for SDS;

•Convene and enhance dialogue and collaboration among affected countries and the UN system agencies at global, regional and sub-regional level;

•Provide a common platform (web based) for technical expertise and resources for strengthening preparedness measures and strategies for risk reduction, consolidated policy, innovative solutions, advocacy and capacity building efforts, and fund-raising initiatives.

The EMG Secretariat is seeking a consultant to support the Secretariat with activities related to the shaping and launching of the Coalition, preparing the Coalition’s Global Drylands Response Report and Action Plan and activities related to the Coalition’s meetings and events.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

•Preparing the Terms of Reference, action plan and other above-mentioned outputs for the coalition;
•Planning and organization of SDS Coalition meetings;
•Mapping available models and tools, looking at the whole lifecycle of SDS starting from early warning to mitigation, including risk and impact assessments and sources;
•Creating a step by step road map (infographic) for addressing SDS challenges at policy level and/or local level;
•Creating working groups within the Coalition based on the Disaster Risk Management approach;
•Participating in related events upon request.

Qualifications/special skills

Education

An advanced university degree in the area of sustainable development, environmental science, sustainable land and water management, disaster risk management and communication. A first level university degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work experience

Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience in environmental governance and sustainable development. Demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of sand and dust storms and related challenges. Work experience in the field and in affected regions is an advantage.

Experience in preparing analytical reports, concept notes, branding, organizing multi-stakeholder roundtables or conferences at the global level in the area of sustainable development and theoretical and practical experience of knowledge sharing methodologies, tools and practices is an added advantage.

Language

For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is an absolute requirement. Knowledge of French or any other UN language would be an additional advantage.

Skills

The candidate should demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research and analysis, excellent communications skills, and competence in data analysis and knowledge sharing methodologies. The candidate should have the ability to deliver outputs and work under pressure to meet the deadlines mentioned in this Terms of Reference.

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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