Job Opening

Posting Title: GGKP Metrics and Indicators consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 30 April 2019 - 13 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-116186-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The GGKP research programme will be successfully delivered by addressing existing knowledge gaps in green growth metrics and indicators. Completion of this research will serve GGKP partner organizations in identifying and measuring economic opportunities from green growth.

Work Location


Expected duration

The contract is for a total of 4 months at 25% part-time, starting on 1 June 2019 and expiring on 30 September 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 ( on behalf of the GGKP founding organizations (World Bank, OECD, UN Environment and GGGI). The GGKP is a global network of over 60 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, inter-institutional working groups composed of senior practitioners and technical experts. The GGKP Metrics and Indicators Working Group is tasked with identifying indicators for measuring economic opportunities arising from the green growth transition under a common, unifying indicators framework acceptable to GGKP partner institutions. Demonstrating these opportunities in clear economic terms is perhaps the most effective way to convince decision makers to take policy action in pursuit of growth that is environmentally and socially sustainable, particularly in developing countries.

A home-based consultant is sought to provide substantive support to the GGKP Metrics and Indicators Working Group. Through desk research and collaborative peer review, the consultant will produce a GGKP research report providing a conceptual framework and set of inter-operable indicators for measuring the economic opportunities of the green growth transition.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

The report will be produced in five steps. Output 1 consists of steps 1-3; Output 2 consists of steps 4-5; as follows:
(1) Critically analyze and recompose a unifying conceptual framework for the selection and inter-operability of relevant green growth indicators;
(2) Within this framework, assess and synthesize prior research by the GGKP Metrics and Indicators Working Group, including the Task Force submissions, and complement it with a review of recent indicators research;
(3) Produce a first draft report offering recommendations on the conceptual framework, selected indicators, and new indicators where necessary, including advice on short and long-term solutions to data gaps;
(4) Submit the draft report for peer review by the GGKP Metrics and Indicators Working Group and external experts, particularly from GGKP partner institutions;
(5) Adaptively integrate critical peer review feedback and finalize the report with iterative guidance from the GGKP and relevant experts.

The report will be structured as follows:

1. Executive summary: The state of knowledge review
a. Addressing the audience
b. Green economic opportunities in terms of employment, trade, investment and innovation
c. Lessons learned from case studies and approaches applied to date
d. Main challenges and ways to address them
e. Towards a policy diagnosis with a set of core indicators
2. Measurement
a. Indicators
b. Data and measurement gaps
c. Methodological approaches
3. Practical applications: Evidence from case studies
a. Public sector initiatives
b. Corporate perspectives
c. Sub-national approaches
4. What works and what doesn’t? Challenges and best practices
a. Barriers to measurement and reporting
b. Analytical relevance for further research
c. Comparability and international standardisation
d. Interpretation and communication
e. Alignment of public and private reporting and measurement
5. Measurement agenda and priorities for future research

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; able to formulate a concrete workplan and deliver high-quality research in a set timeline; takes a personal interest in seeing the work through to a successful conclusion; agile and adaptive to the inclusion of new and multiple perspectives from experts and peer reviewers; 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.
Experience: At least five years’ experience in environmental economics or a related field is required after having acquired the Master’s degree. Demonstrated prior work on economic indicators (e.g. green growth indicators) and their application to policymaking is required; experience with an international organization is a plus.
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.

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