Job Opening

Posting Title: Gender Specialist to support UNEP/MAP – MedProgramme Coordinating Unit at a regional level to execute the MedProgramme Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (GM Strategy),
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 28 July 2020 - 06 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-138971-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 ensure that the MedProgramme GM Strategy endorsed by the GEF CEO is properly executed and the Child Projects of the MedProgramme fully adhere to and apply its principles including the coherence of gender-responsive action throughout the portfolio.

Work Location

Athens - UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit

Expected duration

The contract will be for eight (8) 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 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 Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (GM Strategy) aimed at: i) Providing an overarching and harmonized “Gender Mainstreaming Strategy” for the MedProgramme; ii) Supporting and building capacity of Child Projects as they implement the Strategy through gender-responsive actions within the specific context of each project; iii) Monitoring implementation advancements and consistency, as well as cohesion and complementarity of gender focus across the entire portfolio; and iv) Benefitting, over the long term, the UNEP/MAP system, by serving as an entry point and testing ground for mainstreaming gender in the programme of work of UNEP/MAP.
The GM Strategy will adopt a transformative approach posing a gender equality vision for the MedProgramme that questions established categories and implements positive action measures towards gender-responsive actions in the Mediterranean region. The GM Strategy will be a means (process) to an end (greater gender equality) among the beneficiary countries of the MedProgramme.

Under the direct supervision of the MedProgramme Management Officer and the overall coordination and guidance of 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 GM Strategy developed during the MedProgramme preparation phase by identifying, assessing and proposing for selection specific actions needed to achieve the GM 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 GM strategy execution plan, including the description of the relevant actions, follow up and impacts;
4) Analyze the Gender Assessment and Actions Plan included in each Child Project and choose appropriate mainstreaming actions suited to the results framework including timeline and estimated cost;
5) Oversee and support the execution of the Gender Actions Plans of each Child Project across the portfolio;
6) Review the MedProgramme GM Strategy in accordance with developments of the execution stage and provide any support required by the Child Projects of the MedProgramme;
7) Develop guidance and a strategy to align the MedProgramme GM Strategy with the UNEP/MAP work;
8) Develop an overall Gender Monitoring Framework responsive to both the UNEP/MAP and GEF requirements;
9) Create performance measurement indicators tailored to gender actions at the output level for each Child Project, comparable throughout the Programme;
10) Prepare a dashboard on the overall gender mainstreaming milestones being achieved by each individual Child Project;
11) Contribute to the design of gender balanced trainings, meetings, events and publications for Child Project 4.1 and the other Child Projects of the MedProgramme;
12) Facilitate the MedProgramme contribution to IW:LEARN activities (including participation to 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;
13) Provide inputs to Terms of References (TORs), identify and evaluate outsourced gender experts to support the execution of the Child Projects’ action plans, and provide quality assurance, following UN Environment rules and regulations;
14) Provide support to MedProgramme CU in establishing and/or maintaining partnerships with relevant actors within and outside the Mediterranean Region.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: • Strong analytical skills, ability to effectively articulate and present findings in writing are required;
• Good knowledge of the UNEP/MAP system and the GEF context in the Mediterranean region is an asset;
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in the field of environment, social sciences, or communication is required;
Experience: • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in environmental or international development aid projects, with some experience in the execution of technical capacity projects linked to the environment and gender mainstreaming, ideally in the Mediterranean is required in particular at least in two of the aspects listed below:
- Execution of tasks including the analysis of sex-disaggregated data;
- Definition, monitoring and reporting on gender mainstreaming activities and projects in the field of the environment, ideally in the context of the GEF, Regional Sea Conventions and or Marine and Coastal Areas;
- The principles and practical application of the GEF gender policy and priorities.
- Establishment and development of strategic partnerships to support GM;
- Design of monitoring and evaluation tools to assess the progress and impacts of specific actions;
Language: • Fluency in English is required;
• Working knowledge of French is an asset.

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