Job Opening

Posting Title: Knowledge Management Specialist (KM Specialist) to support UNEP/MAP – MedProgramme Coordinating Unit at a regional level to execute the MedProgramme Knowledge Management Strategy,
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GRE - Other cities; ATHENS;
Posting Period: 28 July 2020 - 06 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-138967-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objective of this assignment is to effectively implement the MedProgramme KM Strategy endorsed by the GEF CEO and provide necessary technical support and guidance to the Stakeholders and beneficiary Countries of the Child Projects in order to ensure effective knowledge sharing, capacity strengthening and dissemination of results during the lifespan of the Programme and beyond.

Work Location

Athens - UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit

Expected duration

The contract will be for ten (10) months starting from the date of the last signature.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional levels. 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. United Nation’s Environment Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This consultancy assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) – MedProgramme Coordinating Unit (MedPCU), Athens, Greece in the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security (GEFID 9607).
The MedProgramme represents the first GEF programmatic multi-focal area initiative in the Mediterranean Sea aiming to operationalize priority actions to reduce major transboundary environmental stresses in its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations. The MedProgramme is implemented in nine beneficiary countries sharing the Mediterranean basin: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco and Tunisia. It involves a wide spectrum of developmental and societal sectors, ranging from banking institutions, the private sector, governmental and non-governmental bodies, industry, research, media, and various other organizations. It builds on the work of UNEP/MAP and previous GEF investments in the region which have enriched the knowledge on the Mediterranean environment and unraveled the implications of climate change and variability; strengthened countries’ mutual trust, cooperation and common purpose; consolidated by the partnership among countries, UN bodies, civil society organizations, bilateral donors and the European Union (EU); and tested on the ground the feasibility and effectiveness of technical and policy instruments aimed at addressing major present and future threats to environmental sustainability and climate related impacts. The MedProgramme is expected to deliver a set of complementary results embracing three categories of priorities identified by the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) for the Mediterranean Sea which are translated into three components of the Programme: i) Reduction of Land-Based Pollution in Priority Coastal Hotspots and measuring progress to impacts; ii) Enhancing Sustainability and Climate Resilience in the Coastal Zone; and iii) Protecting Marine Biodiversity.
In line with the GEF Council approval of the MedProgramme and the GEF CEO endorsement of its related Child Projects 1.1 (GEF ID 9684), 2.1 (GEF ID 9687), 2.2 (GEF ID 9685) and 4.1 (GEF ID 9686), the MedProgramme should execute a specific Knowledge Management Strategy (KM Strategy) aimed at: i) Leveraging and systematically sharing knowledge assets generated by the Child Projects with the intended beneficiaries and audiences; ii) Strengthening the science-policy interface (SPI) and influencing decision-making through data and information sharing, capacity building, and regional stakeholder engagement; iii) Supporting the objectives of the Barcelona, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions and the work of the UNEP/MAP through effective stocktaking and scaling up, and broader adoption of MedProgramme’s approaches and results; and iv) Fostering incremental innovation within GEF programmatic approaches and enriching the knowledge base of GEF Implementing and Executing Agencies.
Effective KM strategy is a core leveraging mechanism of the MedProgramme to scale up approaches, policies and technologies promoted by the Programme. The KM strategy will complement and support the activities under the Child Projects of the Programme, maximize the effectiveness of the overall MedProgramme and provide opportunities for learning (including south-south learning exchanges), foster intergovernmental cooperation, use monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools and geospatial services, apply best practices and develop portfolio-wide training and communication strategies.

Under the direct supervision of MedProgramme Management Officer and the overall coordination and guidance from UNEP/MAP Deputy Coordinator, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1) Prepare a detailed work plan and timetable for the assignment;
2) Analyze and update as need be the KM Strategy developed during the MedProgramme preparation phase by identifying, assessing and proposing for selection specific tools and activities needed to achieve the KM objectives endorsed for each Child Project of the MedProgramme;
3) Based on the Child Projects endorsed by the GEF CEO develop detailed templates for the monitoring of the projects’ specific KM strategy execution plan, including the description of the relevant actions, follow up and impacts;
4) Prepare an Action Plan (including timeline and estimated cost) for the duration of the MedProgramme and support the MedPCU in its execution;
5) Coordinate the design, development, content upload and maintenance of the MedProgramme integrated KM Platform which includes (1) a project management/coordination tool; (2) a public portal including sub-webpages for each Child Project; (3) visualization tool(s) to display digitalized representation of data through GIS and other suitable means; and (4) a database for raw/primary data;
6) Facilitate MedProgramme contribution to IW:LEARN activities (including participation at the International Waters Conferences and twinning, preparation of Experience Notes, relevant trainings and workshops among others) and other GEF relevant initiatives and events, particularly related to the focal areas of International Waters, Chemical and Waste, Biodiversity and Climate Change;
7) Identify, design and rollout ad hoc knowledge exchanges and trainings on selected topics to enhance the capacity of key regional stakeholders and Child Projects teams;
8) Take stock and amplify results through the programme-wide outreach to promote projects results, address specific capacity building needs foreseen by each Child Project, and facilitate learning exchanges within and outside the Programme’s stakeholder community (for example, in the co-organization of the Annual Stocktaking Meetings);
9) Lead the communication and outreach components of the KM Strategy, which include: 1) creating and promoting a MedProgramme identity to ensure visibility and coherent presentation; 2) preparing and publishing periodic newsletters showcasing stories and data from Child Projects; 3) translating Child Projects’ findings and policy engagement works into communication products using diverse storytelling techniques and multimedia support (short movies and animations, infographics, interviews, articles, etc.); 4) developing appropriate content for MedProgramme social media channels; 5) engaging with media and testimonials;
10) Prepare Terms of References (TORs), identify and evaluate outsourced experts (i.e. video makers, graphic designers, web developers, data analysts, translators, etc.), and provide quality assurance, following UN Environment rules and regulations;
11) Strengthen the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) and positively influence decision-making in the region on NRM in coastal areas through various actions, including the preparation of National Replication Atlases (which encourage broader adoption and replication of the successful policies, practices and technologies implemented under the MedProgramme), the promotion of relevant scientific reports and scientific peer-reviewed publications prepared by the Child Projects, and specific recommendations distilled from the MedProgramme experience to inform and support country negotiations at relevant COPs, MEA and global agreements.
12) Establish and/or maintain partnerships with relevant actors within and outside the Mediterranean Region.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: • Strong analytical skills and ability to effectively articulate and present findings orally and in writing are required;
• Good knowledge of the UNEP/MAP system and the GEF Partnership in the context of the Mediterranean region is an asset;
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in information science, data management, environmental policy, international affairs, natural resource management, public administration, development studies, scientific communication or other relevant fields is required
Experience: • A minimum of 7 years relevant experience in designing and managing KM/capacity development/strategic communications components of environmental projects, ideally in the Mediterranean, is required;
• Experience in developing and executing KM approaches is required, including at least two of the following aspects:
- Design and implementation of strategies related to knowledge management, stakeholder engagement, science-policy interface and training/capacity building;
- Design and rollout of strategic communication tools, including conventional as well as innovative approaches;
- Establishment and development of strategic partnerships to support knowledge management objectives;
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation and results-based management tools to assess the progress and impacts of KM actions;
- Experience in/facilitation skills for meetings and training, including capacity development and consultative workshops.
• Experience in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization is required;
Language: • Fluency in English is required;
• Working knowledge of French is an asset.

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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