Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant on Circular Economy for Plastics
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 02 July 2019 - 27 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-119408-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The aim of the consultancy work is to assist UNEP to consolidate technical delivery and outreach materials in the area of plastics pollution, with a strong focus on life cycle, sustainable consumption and production and circular economy approaches. Specific duties related to this position include:
1. maximise the outreach and usage of the approaches provided (communication);
2. enhance the integration and efficiency of reporting mechanisms with other UNEP processes (Pollution Implementation Plan; programme of work reporting), considering UNEP’s Results-Based Management;
3. develop (two) funding proposals (both in English and French languages) to replicate the work and strengthen the programme portfolio of UNEP to support Member States in the area of plastics, sustainable consumption and production and circular economy.

Expected result of services:
- Enhanced portfolio of project funding proposals in UNEP related to sustainable consumption and production / circular economy in plastics value chains.
- Improved impact and recognition of UNEP work in the area of life cycle and circular economy approaches to plastics.

Work Location


Expected duration

Starting as soon as possible (expected 1 September 2019) until 31 December 2019

Duties and Responsibilities


The consultancy position is placed within the Life Cycle Initiative team, Resources and Markets Branch of the Economy Division, UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The team supports UN Environment work in a variety of topics linked to life cycle / value chain / circular economy approaches to plastics:
• In 2018, the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment (NPEGC) was launched together with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The actions encouraged in the Global Commitment are informed by value chain work in UNEP (see The progress made under the Global Commitment will be reported in the context of the Implementation plan “Towards a pollution-free planet” (recognised by Member States in UNEA4, ).
• In collaboration with IUCN, the Life Cycle Initiative and the Resources and Markets Branch of the Economy Division, UNEP are developing a national guidance for marine plastic hotspotting to support sustainable consumption and production of plastics. The objective of the methodology is to provide countries with guidance to identify hotspots on marine plastics, to consider key areas of interventions specific to the local context and enabling the mitigation of the hotspots, and to converge with key stakeholders on the best instruments to carry out the action.
• In 2019, the Life Cycle Initiative launched the MariLCA project jointly supported by the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation; the project seeks to develop a methodology to integrate potential environmental impacts of marine litter into LCA, in priority on marine plastic litter:
• In September 2018, the UN Environment Programme announced the Global Plastics Platform to beat plastic pollution jointly with the European Commission alongside the UN General Assembly. The Platform is a partnership under development between UNEP, national governments and regional economic integration organizations. It supports the delivery of concrete results on the ground by exploring innovative ways to change the design, production, consumption and disposal of plastics towards a more circular global plastics economy.

Milestones / dates to be considered are:
• Communications of 1st Anniversary of NPEGC in Our Ocean Conference (23-24 October 2019);
• Launch of UNEP reporting towards #BeatPollution voluntary commitment process (September-November 2019, according to the development progress of the reporting interface of the #BeatPollution voluntary commitment process);
• Project proposal to relevant donors, developed in French (September/October 2019)
• Support to the development of 1-2 project proposal(s) to relevant donors on circular economy for plastics provided (December 2019)
• Support to the piloting and communication of the national guidance for marine plastic hotspotting and its further improvement provided (December 2019)
• Support other work of the team related to circular economy of the plastic sector

Qualifications/special skills

• Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of life cycle approaches, sustainable consumption and production and circular economy approaches applied to plastics, as well as of communication technologies and their relative impact; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, and; remains calm in stressful situations.
• Teamwork: Takes the initiative to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is flexible to support unexpected or urgent team’s needs that might not be expressed in the workplan; motivates others to provide ideas and feedback and genuinely values this input; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; demonstrates openness and pro-activity in keeping the network of professional and other stakeholders and clients well informed and in receiving feedback concerning areas for improvement; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits genuine interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; respect the communication channels within the organizations including the UN.

Academic Qualifications: University degree in Environmental Sciences / Engineering or a related field

Experience: At least 3 years work experience of progressively responsible experience in communications of sustainability aspects, with a good understanding of circular economy and/or life cycle approaches. Good skills in summarising technical information, and experience in preparing project proposals. Experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder processes and in establishing and maintaining productive partnerships with clients

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

No Fee


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