Job Opening

Posting Title: Fifth review of the Financial Mechanism of the Stockholm Convention
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 19 December 2019 - 08 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-128882-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The services will deliver the 5th review of the financial mechanism of the Convention, covering the activities of the mechanism for the period from August 2016 to July 2020, with special emphasis on the activities concluded during that period.
The Consultant will gather and review information submitted by Parties and other stakeholders and develop a report for consideration by the COP in 2021.

The review is to be undertaken with a view to taking appropriate action, if necessary, to improve the effectiveness of the financial mechanism, including by means of recommendations and guidance to ensure adequate and sustainable funding. For that purpose, the review will include an analysis of:
- The ability of the financial mechanism to meet the changing needs of developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition;
- The criteria and guidance referred to in paragraph 7 of Article 13 of the Convention, including the financial mechanism’s ability to incorporate policy guidance from the Conference of the Parties;
- The level of funding;
- The effectiveness of the performance of the institutional entities entrusted with the operation of the financial mechanism, including, pursuant to Article 14 of the Convention, the effectiveness of the performance of the Global Environment Facility in its capacity as the principal entity entrusted, on an interim basis, with the operation of the financial mechanism.

The review will cover the activities of the financial mechanism for the period from August 2016 to July 2020, with special emphasis on the activities concluded during that period.
The review is to draw on, among others, the following sources of information:
- Information provided by Parties on their experiences gained in the context of activities funded by the financial mechanism;
- Periodic reviews by the Conference of the Parties of the conformity of the activities of the financial mechanism with the guidance provided to it;
- Reports submitted to the Conference of the Parties by the entity or entities entrusted with the operation of the financial mechanism;
- Other reports provided by the entity or entities entrusted with the operation of the financial mechanism, including, among other things, the reports of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility;
- Reports and information provided by other relevant entities providing multilateral, regional and bilateral financial and technical assistance pursuant to paragraph 6 of Article 13 of the Convention;
- Reports submitted by Parties pursuant to Article 15 of the Convention;
- Relevant information provided by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

The report on the fifth review is to include the following elements:
- Overview of elements set out in paragraph 1 (a)–(d) of annex II of decision SC-9/15;
- Analysis of lessons learned from the activities funded by the financial mechanism during the period covered by the review;
- Assessment of the Global Environment Facility principles of incremental cost and global environmental benefits as they pertain to activities involving persistent organic pollutants in order to facilitate the fulfilment of obligations under the Convention, along with lessons learned from the evaluation reports on the activities of the Facility;
- Assessment of the adequacy, sustainability and predictability of the funding provided by the financial mechanism for the implementation of the objectives of the Convention;
- Recommendations and guidance to improve the effectiveness of the financial mechanism in meeting the objectives of the Convention;
- Performance criteria set out in paragraph 10 of annex II of decision SC-9/15.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

A total of 190 working days during the period 15 January to 31 December 2020.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultants will undertake, in collaboration with the Stockholm Conventions Secretariat, the following tasks:
a) Information collection forms:
The Consultant will be responsible for preparing all information collection forms and related guidance, as appropriate, in view of supporting the present review. The Consultant will also be responsible for submitting them to stakeholders in line with sub-paragraph b) below, taking into account the deadlines set out in annex I of decision SC-9/15.
b) Information collection and compilation:
- The Secretariat will be responsible for sending out the information requests to Parties, which are encouraged to provide information pursuant to paragraph 3 (a) of annex II of decision SC-9/15 and any other significant issues as soon as possible and not later than 31 August 2020. All submissions will be forwarded, as received, to the Consultants for further processing. The Secretariat will also grant the Consultant access to all submitted Article 15 reports, and any other relevant information.
- For any other relevant supplementary information, where available, the Consultant will reach out to the following stakeholders:
o The entities entrusted with the operation of the financial mechanism, which are requested to provide information relevant to this review in a timely manner;
o Intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, which are requested to provide relevant information pursuant to the objectives of the present review, as soon as possible and no later than 31 August 2020;
o Any other relevant entities, including but not limited to the GEF Independent Evaluation Office or the secretariats of other multilateral environmental agreements.
c) Undertake the 5th review of the financial mechanism of the Stockholm Convention covering the activities of the mechanism for the period from August 2016 to July 2020, with special emphasis on the activities concluded during that period.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in environmental science, economics, or earth science, or a related discipline, or a first university degree in another field in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: Experience: At least ten years of experience in the field of financing multilateral environmental agreements. Experience in working on the issues related to the implementation of Stockholm Convention. Expert knowledge of the Stockholm Convention Financial Mechanism, the Global Environment Facility, national reports and National Implementation Plans. Experience with evaluation studies of the financial mechanisms of other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
Language: Language: Fluency in English, including strong drafting/writing skills is essential.

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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