Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 13 December 2019 - 24 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-128637-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Selection of a relevant companies to develop an implementation plan for Phases II and III of the Special Programme Communications Strategy and to develop a set of communications materials focusing on sectoral approaches and themes in the context of the Special Programme.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

Start date: 13 January 2020 (20 days over a 2-month period)

Duties and Responsibilities

Background (Org. Setting)
The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The overall objective of the UN Environment Programme’s Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

The Special Programme, provides support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to enhance their sustainable institutional capacity to develop, adopt, monitor and enforce policy, legislation and regulation for effective frameworks for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

The Programme’s terms of reference were adopted by the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in its Resolution 1/5 in June 2014. The resolution requested the establishment of the Special Programme and its Trust Fund as well the provision of a Secretariat to deliver administrative support to the Programme.

The Executive Director of UN Environment Programme provides the Secretariat hosted in the Chemicals and Health Branch in Geneva, as well established the Special Programme and its Trust Fund in September 2015.

The Special Programme intends to support country-driven institutional strengthening at the national level, in the context of an integrated approach to address the sustainable financing of sound management of chemicals and wastes, taking into account:
• National development strategies, plans and priorities of each country; and
• Increase sustainable public institutional capacity for the sound management of chemicals and wastes throughout their life cycle.
At its fifth meeting in October 2019, the Executive Board of the Special Programme was presented with a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) that was drafted with the view to soliciting bids from relevant companies to develop an implementation plan for Phases II and III of the Special Programme Communications Strategy and to develop a set of communications materials focusing on sectoral approaches and themes in the context of the Special Programme. The Executive Board endorsed the proposed RFP and requested the Secretariat to move forward with the procurement process with the view to presenting the appraisal of the bids submitted in response to the RFP at the next teleconference scheduled for late January 2020.

Purpose/Justification
Explain the requirement for a consultant / individual

The consultancy is to support the work of the secretariat for the Special Programme on institutional strengthening at the national level for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) in accordance with the implementation of the Phase II and Phase III of the communications strategy following the endorsement of the Request for Proposal (RFP) by the Executive Board of the Special Programme at its fifth meeting in October 2019. The RFP was drafted with the view to soliciting bids from relevant companies to develop an implementation plan for Phases II and III of the Special Programme Communications Strategy and to develop a set of communications materials focusing on sectoral approaches and themes in the context of the Special Programme. Furthermore, the Executive Board requested the Secretariat to move forward with the procurement process with the view to presenting the appraisal of the bids submitted in response to the RFP at the next teleconference scheduled for late January 2020.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in journalism, media, communications and outreach or related area. Experience in the field of environment, politics or society is an asset.
Language: English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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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