Job Opening

Posting Title: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 08 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-116341-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Indicative outputs, to be reviewed monthly:
• Feasible and cost-effective E&S frameworks for one or more land-use finance facilities
• Impact frameworks, comprising KPIs, for one or more land-use finance facilities
• Methodological specifications for KPI monitoring (with attention to frontier technology applications)
• Information on existing E&S data and monitoring platforms that could be applied to E&S monitoring
• State-of-the-art assessment of sustainable land-use finance E&S requirements and monitoring practices
• Organize and/or attend one or more E&S impact monitoring knowledge exchange events

Work Location


Expected duration

The consultant will work for 12 months, spread over the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, with a view to a possible extension of up to 12 more months, contingent upon performance. The consultant will be based in UN Environment’s office in Geneva.

Duties and Responsibilities

UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda and promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system. 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. UN Environment's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

In recent years, it has become apparent that the most significant threat to the world’s remaining forests is conversion to commercial agriculture and other non-forest use. Many of the environmental benefits of intact forest are unpriced ‘externalities’, resulting in the market mispricing natural forest assets. Anticipated global economic growth and changing diets will strengthen the demand for agricultural commodities and place additional pressure on forests in the foreseeable future, meaning that the pressure will get even bigger than it is today without a changing paradigm on how land is managed and how agricultural commodities are produced. The challenge is to advance sustainable land use by developing business models that can manage sustainable commodity production while also maintaining forests and forest ecosystem services.

To pioneer the transformation to sustainable land-use, UN Environment - in collaboration with partners - is setting up several facilities aimed at removing the regulatory, economic and financial barriers to deforestation-free commodity production. These facilities aim to use public funding to leverage and unlock private capital at scale for sustainable agricultural commodity production, as well as forest and landscape restoration. Central to the establishment and support of these sustainable land-use finance facilities is UN Environment’s role in setting the normative standards of good practice on what constitutes the ‘business unusual’ of deforestation-free commodity production. This role entails the development and periodic review of environmental and social (E&S) impact frameworks, including key performance indictors (KPIs), for the various finance facilities supported by the Land-Use Finance Programme. After the setting up of the E&S rules by which these facilities will operate, UN Environment also has a responsibility in providing technical assistance to the development of standardized methodological specifications for KPI monitoring and reporting.

UN Environment is interested to expand its E&S work to incorporate monitoring of KPIs of sustainable land-use finance facilities supported by the Programme. In this context, UN Environment’s new Land-Use Finance Programme is looking for an experienced Land-Use Impact Specialist who can lead the work with our finance institution partners (and other public/private stakeholders) to ensure that E&S impact is demonstrated. The consultancy will be in UN Environment / Ecosystems Division / Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch / Land Use Finance Unit and will report to the E&S Impact Coordinator of UN Environment. The duty station is Geneva.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the E&S Impact Coordinator the consultant will:
• Contribute to the development and review of E&S frameworks, including KPIs and their monitoring methodological specifications, for various finance facilities supported by the Land-Use Finance Programme
• Advise the Land-Use Finance Programme on frontier technology, and existing big dataset, applications for facility E&S monitoring
• Provide technical guidance to use-case pilots of private sector E&S monitoring and reporting platform/product/service development and testing
• Contribute to drafting a state-of-the-art assessment of E&S requirements and monitoring good practices for sustainable land-use and impact financing
• Support mainstreaming of E&S requirements and monitoring good practices through contributions to knowledge products and events
• Contribute to day-to-day development, planning and implementation of the Land-Use Finance Programme as part of an overall theory of change to accelerate the drive towards sustainable land-use
• Contributing updates on progress with finance facility E&S monitoring and reporting support, in programme, regional, unit and branch calls, meetings, reports and retreats

The consultant will report to the E&S Impact Coordinator and work in close collaboration with colleagues involved in the Land-Use Finance Programme, UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and other relevant programmes such as MapX.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: In addition, the consultant should be computer literate in standard software applications; have good analytical skills with a specific understanding of spatial data analytics; have good interpersonal skills; report writing and communication skills.
Academic Qualifications: The consultant should have a Masters’ degree or doctorate in applied remote sensing, geographical information systems (GIS), or similar discipline.

Eligible candidates will also have at least five years of professional experience in environmental and social monitoring, as applied to business, with experience in the finance industry or agricultural soft commodity sectors a distinct advantage.

A Bachelor’s university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: Experience with application of frontier technologies (artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, Earth observations, Internet of Things, machine learning, remote sensing, etc.) and existing global datasets, which could be employed to demonstrate E&S impact cost-effectively at scale, would especially be welcome.

Experience with the United Nations system and having a solid network with environmental and social specialists is considered an asset.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consulting position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is considered an asset.

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